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November 2021 • Newsletter

Hi out there to the residents of District 1 and all the citizens of Surprise. I want to give a big shout-out to all the great folks here in the City of Surprise. October started with a bang and found me on October 5 at a City Council Meeting at 6 p.m. where I was recognized for eight years of service and dedication to local government in Arizona. Later in the meeting, City Council voted to appoint Bob Wingenroth to serve as the next Surprise City Manager.

Friday, October 8, I had my AZ Traditions Chat held at The Retreat at AZ Traditions at 7 p.m., which Councilwoman Cline attended.

On October 9 at 6 p.m., myself along with Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Duffy and Council Members Hastings and Judd attended the 8th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande. The Executive Director for the Governor’s Office of Equal Opportunity presented Mayor and Council with a proclamation in honor of Hispanic Heritage month. Thank you to everyone who attended this wonderful event!

On Thursday, October 14, I attended the Annual Surprise Police Employee Appreciation Banquet. It was an evening of appreciation to compliment our outstanding Police Department personnel for everything that they do to serve the City of Surprise.

Of course, on Tuesday, October 19, we had our workshop at 5 p.m. and the City Council Meeting at 6 p.m. with a full agenda. Alexis Klippel and Alina Bozhko were recognized for receiving the 2021 City of Surprise Scholarship Awards. Alexis, the daughter of Randy Rody (Police Department), received the first place award of $3,000 and Alina, the daughter of Leonid Bozhko (Information Technology), received the second place award of $1,500. Congratulations to both winners! The next City Council meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 2 at 6 p.m.

Alexis Klippel and Alina Bozhko are recognized by City Council for receiving the 2021 City of Surprise Scholarship Awards.

I had my Valley Metro meeting on Thursday, October 21, from my office at City Hall. That same evening, myself along with Mayor and Council attended the Best of the West Awards dinner which was held at State Farm Stadium. The event, hosted by WESTMARC, recognizes exceptional contributions to the image, lifestyle and economy here in the West Valley. This Awards Dinner is the signature event of the West Valley with a rich history of celebrating outstanding accomplishments and impacts to quality of life, economic development, innovation and leadership.

On Saturday, October 23, I attended the Public Safety G.A.I.N. Night (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods) at Mark Coronado Park. This is a day for Arizona to join forces and promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. It was a great turnout with trick or treating, a gaming trailer and laser tag, live music, Chick-Fil-A hot air balloon and public safety displays. Thank you Surprise Police Department and Parks and Recreation for hosting such a wonderful event!

Friday, October 29, you found me at Dysart School District’s ribbon cutting event to reveal the opening of their elementary school fields and playgrounds in Surprise to the public, after school hours and on weekends.

Below are some upcoming events happening here in Surprise:

  • November 7, 3-7 p.m.
    Sunday in the Park at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Ave.
  • November 11, 9-11:30 a.m.
    Veteran’s Day Parade at the Surprise Recreation Campus
  • November 12, 7-8:30 p.m.
    D1 AZ Traditions Chat at The Retreat, 18250 W. Weatherby Dr.
  • November 13, 10-2 p.m.
    2nd Annual Care & Share Expo at the Surprise City Hall 1st Floor Parking Garage, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz.
  • November 16, 6-8 p.m.
    City Council Meeting at City Hall in the Council Chambers
  • December 7, 6-8 p.m.
    City Council Meeting at City Hall in the Council Chambers
  • December 10, 7-8:30 p.m.
    D1 AZ Traditions Chat at The Retreat, 18250 W. Weatherby Dr.
  • December 21, 6-8 p.m.
    City Council Meeting at City Hall in the Council Chambers

Well, I will close for now, so be good to yourself and be good to each other.

Take care,

Roland F. Winters Jr.

June 2019 • Newsletter

Hi to all our residents in Surprise. As we experience the heat of the summer months, just remember, Bell Road has less traffic. The month started off with a large attendance at the Surprise Area Interfaith & Golden Rule Community Breakfast, hosted by the Salvation Army, on May 1. There were many religions represented and all had an opportunity to pray together for peace and civility in this world.

As always, the first and third Tuesday of each month hosts our City Council workshop and regular meetings. These meetings are where we take action on items.

Friday, May 10, found me in the Read on America meeting with Alyson Cline and her team. They do great things with the schools to help make sure all of our kids can read. That same night was my meeting at the community room, located at 18250 W. Weatherby Drive. There was a good crowd.

On Saturday, I was invited to a picnic that was hosted by Chance Shelter. This was a fund raiser, and I met the board members. As you probably know, they will build a no kill shelter in Surprise as soon as they get more funding. This is a great group of people, and I wish them the best of luck.

Vice Mayor Winters attending the Chance Shelter picnic.

Monday, May 13, found me at a meeting in the newest hotel, the Hilton, for a housing project going up out off of Sun Valley Parkway, called Mesquite Mountain Ranch.

I was at a meeting on Tuesday, in Sun City Grand, listening to some folks from Epcor. They are going to give some money back if you live in the Agua Fria District. For more information on the Epcor rate changes, offers or programs please visit www.epcor.com/assistance.

Since I am on the Valley Metro Board, I was in downtown Phoenix for a workshop beginning at 9:00 a.m. which was followed by the board meeting at 11:00 a.m. Once the meeting was over, I had to come back to City Hall for another meeting.

Friday, May 17, found me and my family at the Police Awards Dinner held at CCV. The church has been a great partner for the city whenever meeting space is needed. It is always nice to hear all those stories of bravery and of our finest men and women literally saving lives. Stories of kindness are happening everyday within the Surprise Police Department. For example, when one officer found that a resident was not going to have a nice Christmas for her and her children, due to lack of money, he took up a collection at the station. Donations from other officers and himself, allowed him to deliver gifts to their house.

The next day, Saturday May 18, I was invited to help celebrate the light rail extension to Gilbert Road in Mesa. It is a great project, but very expensive. Its cost is approximately $40 million a mile.

On May 21, you could find me at the council workshop followed by the regular council meeting.

Then on Thursday, May 23, I had a meeting with a developer who wants to build a tract of homes in my district, just to the east of Grand Ave, called Copper Canyon South. It will contain very nice homes.

On the same afternoon, I had my once a month meeting with the Mayor. These meetings are requested by the Mayor as he likes to keep the councilmembers up-to-date on city updates, and he also likes to get D1 updates from me.

Saturday morning, May 25, all councilmembers met at the World War II Memorial. The memorial honors the pilots from Luke who lost their lives during the war. There was a large crowd which included veterans and civilians. Thank you to George Van de Langeryt for organizing the event, and to the riders from VFW Post 96.

On Memorial Day, I gathered at the Nicky Bacon Memorial, which is in the courtyard at City Hall. A wreath was laid in his honor. Nicky Bacon won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery in Vietnam, saving many lives and going on to become the City Manager of Surprise. It was a great day honoring his service with the Bacon family.

On Wednesday, May 29, I was honored to participate in the ground breaking of Heritage at Asante. This will be a 1500 home, gated and age restricted, development. The community will include pools, lakes, a community center, putting green and much more. The home site will contain many different models and opportunities. It will be a beautiful place to live, and I would like to thank Mr. Jones and Lennar Building.

Vice Mayor Winters and Councilmembers at the Heritage at Asante ground breaking ceremony.

I had two meetings at City Hall on May 30 followed by the Board and Commission Selection Committee meeting. The committee meeting allowed the members to choose a candidate to fill the Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission opening. This committee includes myself, Councilman Remley and Councilman Sanders. We had a total of 13 applicants so the meeting took quite a while.

On the last day of May, I had to go to a League of Cities meeting in Phoenix. I am a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee for the League. This committee is a cross section of Mayors and Councilmembers throughout Arizona. The purpose is to bring forth resolutions and/or ideas to the conference. This year, the conference will be held in August down in Tucson.

Well folks, I am going to close for now.

Be good to yourself and be good to each other. Also, try and stay cool.

Surprise Public Safety launches veteran preference recruitment policy

The City of Surprise Fire-Medical and Police Departments now offer preference points for military service veterans applying as firefighter and police recruits.

Veterans, those that were on active military duty for at least six months, will be awarded an extra five points to their passing entrance recruitment exam score.

To qualify for the extra points, veteran candidates must have been honorably discharged from military service.

“These brave men and women served and protected our country; this policy is one way we can say thank you,” says Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott.

“Helping to employ our nation’s veterans is the right thing to do and we hope this policy in some way honors their service,” add Police Chief Terry Young.

For additional information on eligibility visit the recruitment pages of Surprise Fire-Medical and Surprise Police at www.surpriseaz.gov and click on the Public Safety Veterans Recruitment link.