Tag Archives: Surprise

June 2014 • Newsletter

Greetings, District One!

Hello to all of my neighbors in Surprise District 1. I hope this newsletter finds you healthy and keeping cool. The heat is upon us, but Surprise is still a great place to live, and don’t forget that our pool is open this summer and is a great facility.

Summer Meeting Schedule
I will start off first by saying I will have one more meeting on Friday, June 20, 7 pm, in the Community Center at The Retreat at Arizona Traditions. This is a great chance for you folks to share your concerns or just stop by and chat. I will take a summer break until September 19 when my get-togethers will resume, so there will be no meetings in July or August.

WHAM Art
I have been busy in May and I would like to bring everyone up to date. For those who have not been to the Adelante Medical Office on Bell Road, they are displaying artwork and photos by some of the members of What’s Happening in Art Movement (WHAM). Well worth the stop to check it out. We were there Friday evening, May 2.

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Assistant City Manager Wingenroth and I paint for a cause at WHAM!

Relay for Life
The Annual Relay for Life event took place on May 3 and 4, at Willow Canyon High School. The American Cancer organization wishes to thank the student body and administrators for allowing that to happen at their facility. It is a very worthwhile fun event to raise money to defeat cancer. This event raised more than $60,000 and was well attended, including Mayor Sharon Wolcott, and Youngtown’s Mayor Mike LeVault,  and a number of Surprise City Council members. I wish all the seniors who graduated from Willow Canyon High School the best in their future plans. District One is very fortunate to have a school of your caliber.

Rancho Gabriela Career Day
I was honored to be invited to Rancho Gabriela School on Thursday, May 6 for Career Day, and those little kids were really sharp. The main attraction for them was, of course, our fire fighters, fire truck, the police area, and the S.W.A.T. team. I represented the City Council and would ask those kids, “What district do you live in?” and they would answer, “Dysart.” Great kids.

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Assisting a Rancho Gabriela student on Career Day!

Northwest Ranch Block Party
I spent a half day at the Northwest Ranch Block Party on Saturday, May 10, answering the residents’ questions and concerns while I got fat on hamburgers and hot dogs. Everyone had a great time.

Water Conservation
Wednesday, May 14 found me at a water conservation conference in Avondale, put on by West CAP. A number of public officials from around the West Valley were in attendance.  I was joined there by Mayor Wolcott; our City Manager, Chris Hillman; our Director of Public Works, Dick McKinley; and a number of others from Surprise. I came away with the impression that our water supply is limited and we must always keep in our mind to continue to conserve our precious water. Will we ever run out of water? Probably not, but the question is, how much are we going to be paying for it?

Northwest Ranch HOA
On Friday, May 16, I was invited to attend the HOA board meeting of Northwest Ranch to bring them up to date on what is happening in the city. The residents were mainly interested in when the well will be finished on Sarival and the APS service road. The well will be finished in December, but all the messy, dirty work is over. The service road will be taken care of by APS.

May 16 Coffee and Conversation
On Friday, May 16, I also had my usual meet and greet with a fairly good crowd. Remember, no meetings in July or August, but that does not mean you can’t get in touch with me at City Hall, or my direct number at 623-594-5952. If I am not able to answer the phone, leave a message and I will call you back.

Memorial Day
There was a beautiful Memorial Day ceremony at Radiant Church in Surprise, and I want to thank those folks for hosting that event. The M.C. was Chet Chetkauskas, who did a great job, and I was especially excited for Chet because he lives in District One. Our Vice-Mayor Skip Hall, recipient of a Bronze Star during the Vietnam War, was the keynote speaker, and he really honored our veterans. A very respectful ceremony overall!

F-35s Up Close
I really enjoyed the F-35 briefing that Rusty Mitchell, a former F-16 pilot stationed at Luke, put on in Sun City West on May 28. I got a new appreciation for Luke Air Force Base and the men and women that keep us safe. So when you hear that loud roar going overhead, look up and thank those pilots for their dedication. One other point is to appreciate the economic burst that Luke gives the West Valley.

Citizens Patrol Picnic
One last event I was lucky enough to attend was the appreciation picnic for all our volunteer citizens who help the Surprise Police Department. The Citizens Patrol(CP) is invaluable to the operation of our Surprise Police Department. They are extra eyes on the street. Those men and women put many hours in to help keep Surprise a safe place to live so the next time you see one of our Citizen Patrols, thank them for their service.

Public Meeting on Surprise Farms Park
Before I leave you, I want to remind everyone in District One, and especially Surprise Farms, that on Wednesday, June 18, there will be a meeting at Willow Canyon High School about the amenities the City will put in the Surprise Farms park. It is important you attend the meeting if you want to have a voice in this project. We are going to be there to listen to the residents. The meeting will begin at 6 pm, so have an early dinner and be there.

I will close for now so be good to yourselves and be good to each other.

Councilman Roland Winters, Jr.

 

March 2014 • Newsletter

Welcome

Greetings to all of my District 1 friends! I have been asked many times about WINCO. Is it going to be built on the southwest corner of Bell Road and the 303? The whole process has become very complicated due to the fact that several lawsuits have been filed both for and against the project. I believe this case will be settled in a court of law some time down the road.

At my last meeting on February 21st, a resident asked me to check into why there have been so many accidents at the corner of 165th Avenue and the Surprise Farm Loop. I am currently researching that question and as soon as I have an answer, if there is an answer, I will let you know.

Happy Trails RV Resort invited me to speak at their Town Hall meeting on February 6th. I was able to bring them up to date on the Development Code that the City has been working on. I was also asked a few questions about our Dial-A-Ride program and why the City put a cap on the amount of rides per day. The simple fact is that the program is depleting its funds for this fiscal year and if we do not do something now, rides will stop before FY14 ends on June 30th. I am going to do my best to get additional funding for this upcoming fiscal year, FY15.

The Council and staff held an all day Budget Retreat on Saturday, February 8th to work on FY15 financial forecasts and of course, every department needs some piece of the pie! The Dial-A-Ride program had a $300,000 budget for 2012-2013 plus a few federal freedom grants. We hope we can improve on that for our upcoming fiscal year.

I had the privilege to be in Desert Oasis on Friday, February 14th to take part in Operation Finally Home. Pulte Homes donated a brand new home to Army Specialist Philip Martin and his family. Mr. Martin served 2 tours in Afghanistan and he was wounded in both tours. This donation was made possible by the organization, Operation Finally Home. This was a Valentine’s Day that the Martins will never forget!
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On February 18th, I was at our beautiful Surprise Stadium with our Mayor, Sharon Wolcott and the rest of our City Council to welcome back the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers for spring training as part of the Mayor’s Welcome Back lunch. A special thank you to Cactus League President and CRS Director, Mark Coronado, for all you do for Surprise!
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On February 20th, the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce held their Legacy Business Awards at the Colonnade. It was exciting to see all of the residents of Surprise and our surrounding cities receive awards. Melissa Holdaway, COO of Arizona Charter Academy, was awarded the 2013 Surprise Citizen of the Year award. Thank you, Melissa, for all you do for our City!
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On Monday, February 24th, Council Members from the Valley and State Legislators celebrated Opening Day for spring training with Cactus League representatives at “Cactus League Lunch at the State Capital”. The Cactus League is especially important to the City of Surprise because of the tourism dollars it generates for our City.

In addition to all of the above, I have met with a number of developers and I am very optimistic that building in Surprise will soon begin again.

Along with these events as well as many others that have not been mentioned, one of the most important events, of course, was the Mayor’s State of the City Address that was held on February 27th. During the Address, the Mayor outlined everything this City has accomplished this past year which included our stronger financials and our increased credit rating. We are in good shape financially and that is why I am hopeful for some wonderful things to happen in Surprise this year. As our City Manager likes to say, “We are healthy, but not wealthy!”

Please know that you are always welcome to email me, call my office or call me directly at 623.594.5952. Thank you for your continued support. Please remember my next meeting will be held on March 14th.

Best Regards,
Councilman Roland Winters Jr.