Hello to all my friends in Surprise, I hope you are all well and safe.
Last month started off with a workshop and City Council Meeting on the 2nd at 6 p.m. where members of the Youth Council presented reports on school projects. We have some very smart young folks living in our city.
On Friday, November 5, you found me at a ribbon-cutting for Ally Pediatric Therapy, located at 13700 N. Dysart Rd., Suite #180. Welcome to Surprise!
The same day, I, along with Mayor Hall, Chief Piña and Councilwoman Cline attended a Newcomer’s Welcome event at Arizona Traditions. This event welcomed those who moved to Arizona Traditions this year and it was a great opportunity for them to learn more about the facilities, activities and clubs within the community.
On November 11 at 9 a.m., I along with Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Duffy, and Council Members Hastings and Judd honored our servicemen and women at our 7th annual City of Surprise Veterans Day Parade. Thank you to our amazing community for coming out to participate and support. And a big thank you to Surprise Parks and Recreation for a successful pancake breakfast and parade.
Friday, November 12, I had my AZ Traditions Chat, held at The Retreat at AZ Traditions at 7 p.m., which Councilwoman Cline attended.
Of course, on Tuesday, November 16, we had our workshop at 5 p.m. and the City Council Meeting at 6 p.m. where Mayor Hall proclaimed Saturday, November 27 as Small Business Saturday in Surprise. Debbie Han, CEO of the Arizona Small Business Association accepted the proclamation. This day is recognized nationally as a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Show your support by shopping Surprise’s small businesses! The next City Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, December 7 at 6 p.m. I hope to see you there.
I had my Valley Metro meeting on Thursday, November 18, from my office at City Hall. Even though the meetings offer in-person attendance now, I chose to do this meeting via Zoom. It’s more convenient than driving to Phoenix!
On Friday, November 19, I attended the ThrivePoint High School Grand Re-Opening ribbon-cutting, located at 16578 W. Greenway Rd., Suite #204. This celebratory event welcomes ThrivePoint High School, formerly eInsitute into our local community. Congratulations Learning Center Coordinator Mckenzie McClanahan. We wish you the best of luck here in Surprise.
Below are some upcoming events happening here in Surprise:
December 10, 7-8:30 p.m. D1 AZ Traditions Chat at The Retreat, 18250 W. Weatherby Dr.
December 14, 3:15-5:15 p.m. Fire Station 304 & 308 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Fire Station 308, 13771 W. Cactus Rd.
December 21, 6-8 p.m. City Council Meeting at City Hall in the Council Chambers
January 14, 7-8:30 p.m. D1 AZ Traditions Chat at The Retreat, 18250 W. Weatherby Dr.
January 18, 6-8 p.m. City Council Meeting at City Hall in the Council Chambers
January 23, 3-7 p.m. Sunday in the Park at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Ave.
So as you can see, we are getting busy and back to order. I’ll sign off for now, so be good to yourself and be good to each other.
I’d like to extend a big shout-out to all of my fellow District 1 residents. I hope this new year has started well for all of you.
This year promises to be a very busy year for the City of Surprise with lots of construction occurring throughout our growing city. The largest project, of course, is the Bell Road/Grand Avenue interchange project. The project basically began with utility work last month and lane restrictions on Grand Avenue this past week.
To meet the needs of a growing Surprise, the city is working on several significant transportation improvement projects. The projects range from constructing additional lanes, to paving new areas, to enhancing safety through new medians. In addition, the city has created a 2016 Transportation Projects Map for easy reference. The map shows the areas where the work is happening and their expected timelines.
The following projects are currently underway:
Original Town Site (OTS) Infrastructure Improvement: This project will replace old asphalt with pulverized asphalt in the OTS. The project began in December 2015 and is scheduled to conclude February 2016.
Cactus Road (north half) from 140th Avenue to Bullard Avenue: This project includes half street improvements with a median. DMB is the project owner, with the City contributing to median costs. The project is underway and is expected to conclude in spring 2016.
Waddell Road Median (Litchfield Road to 1200 feet west): Work to add a landscaped median west of Litchfield Road began in January 2016 and is expected to run through February 2016.
Peoria Avenue (Reems Road to Sarival Avenue): Project will provide two travel lanes in the westbound direction. Lennar has started construction, which is expected to be completed in February 2016.
Greenway Road (Bullard Avenue to Litchfield Road): Project will add an additional lane in each direction. This project began in January 2016. Work is scheduled to be completed in June 2016, weather permitting.
The following are upcoming projects:
Cactus Road (south side) from Litchfield Road to Rail Road Tracks & Litchfield Road (east side) from Cactus Road to Desert Cove Road: The project will provide two travel lanes in one direction along Cactus (eastbound) and Litchfield (northbound). Construction is expected to begin in February 2016.
Landscaping Median (various locations):
The project focuses on completing medians in the following locations:
Reems Road—Peoria to Cactus (1 mile)
Bullard Avenue—Peoria to Cholla (1/2 mile)
Waddell Road—175th to Citrus (1/2 mile)
Sarival Road—Bell to Northwest Ranch Parkway (900 feet)
Construction is expected to begin in March/April 2016 with the individual sections prioritized as listed above.
Peoria Avenue (south side) from Greer Ranch Parkway to Reems Road: The project will provide two travel lanes in the eastbound direction. Construction will begin in April 2016.
Additionally, the Arizona Department of Transportation is managing several major improvement projects in and around the city. Loop 303 interchange connections at both U.S. 60 (Grand Ave.) and El Mirage Road are expected to be completed this summer. Early work on the Bell Road bridge, which will carry traffic over Grand Avenue and the adjacent railway tracks, has begun. The project is scheduled to be completed over the next 14 months (in spring 2017). The full closure of Bell Road between 134th Avenue and West Point Parkway is scheduled to start April 1 and will be in place for 6 – 8 months. For more information on this project, please visit www.azdot.gov/bellandgrand or call ADOT’s project hotline at 1.855.712.8530.
All project timelines are weather permitting. Please note, this list does not include regular (short duration) pavement preservation and maintenance or sidewalk maintenance projects.
My meeting this month is scheduled for Friday, February 19 at 7 pm in the Retreat Community Center at Arizona Traditions (18250 W. Weatherby Drive). I will have officials from ADOT present as well as representation from the city to further discuss the project, provide updates, distribute detour maps and answer any questions you may have. We will have a model of the bridge available to give you an idea of what the finished product will look like.
City Council kicked-off this year with a City Council Work Session and Regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 5. I’m excited to be part of this Council and help make Surprise the greatest city it can be.
Three of my fellow City Councilmembers – Vice Mayor Jim Biundo, Councilman Skip Hall, Councilman Todd Tande and I attended the Dysart Unified School District tour on Friday, January 22. I was very impressed to witness the great job these dedicated teachers are doing to get our school children ready for the challenges in life. School is very different now than it was when I went to school. There are so many more choices for our students such as career and technical education, etc.
Councilmembers from all over the West Valley took part in the 2nd West Valley Council to Council Mixer hosted by City of Peoria City Councilman Jon Edwards at Rio Vista Recreational Park on January 28. Councilwoman Rachel Villanueva initiated this event last fall to build the camaraderie amongst the elected officials in the West Valley.We can do so much more for our respective communities when we are working as a team rather than working alone to promote economic development and quality of life issues for the residents throughout the West Valley.
City Council attended the Surprise POPS band concert at Valley Vista Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 30. I am happy to report there were over 1,000 attendees. As some of you are aware, our fine City Manager Bob Wingenroth worked with the band and arranged for them to call Surprise home. What a great performance!
If you haven’t already heard, the city launched a redesigned website, www.surpriseaz.gov, to enhance mobile functionality and make it easier for our users to connect to the information they are looking for. I encourage you to visit the website see all the changes firsthand.
I will close for now. I hope to see you at my chat on the evening of the 19th. In the meantime, please be good to yourself and be good to each other.