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March 2021 • Newsletter

Well, hello, my fellow Surprise residents. Here it is already March, and we have finally got the COVID-19 on the run with another serum to help us. The numbers are going in the right direction, but we must still be viligent, it is not the time to let your guard down.

On February 2nd, we started off with our city council meeting. We also started the construction on Greenway Road. This will make it easier for my friends in North West Ranch to get in and out of their community. So let us be patient, and before you know it, we will have a brand new road. Greenway Road is closed through March 14th between North West Ranch Parkway and Legacy Park Boulevard.

The City is requesting public comment on the draft Property Maintenance Ordinance that was presented to us at our last Council meeting. The Property Maintenance Ordinance is the document that establishes the minimum standards for all property throughout the city. This includes residential and commercial. The goal is to keep the city safe, healthy, and blight-free. Two virtual public meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, March 30 at 4 p.m. and Tuesday, April 13 at 6 p.m. Links to the public meeting, along with an online comment box, can be found at surpriseaz.gov/PMO.

Spring Training is back, but attendance has been cut back and the stadium is using a cashless system at the concession stands.

Recently, the City completed some work at our Community Park including removing some trees that were dying and some others that were blocking out the sun, which caused the grass to die.

On March 13 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. the city is having a Residential Waste Cleanup event. Surprise residents can drop off up to 2,000 pounds of non-hazardous residential waste free of charge at the Northwest Regional Landfill, located at 19401 W. Deer Valley Road. Please bring your drivers license and a utility bill showing the same home address.

The City is also hosting two Days of Service in March. Volunteers can help with a neighborhood cleanup on March 20, or help out at the St. Mary’s Food Bank on March 31. If you would like to volunteer, please call Larry Garcia at 623.222.1522, or you can email him at larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov.

On Thursday February 25th, the Boards and Commissions Nominations Committee met to choose some residents for seats on our various commissions. We interviewed 16 people. We finally finished up at 7 p.m.

I received an email from one of my constituents from the Northwest part of my district (163rd area) concerned about the landscaping on the median of 163rd and the surrounding area. I want to assure everyone in Asante, Desert Oasis, and the rest of the area up there, that it is the obligation of the builders to replace all the landscaping.

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

Roland F. Winters Jr.

February 2021 • Newsletter

Hello to all my friends in Surprise, and I hope you are all well and safe. Things seem to be getting a little better. Folks are starting to get their vaccines. I will be getting my booster shot next week, but we must keep our guard up; we can’t relax just yet. I can’t believe that we have been fighting this pandemic for a full year.

City Hall is still closed to the general public, most of the Council are working from our home offices, and most meetings continue to be on Zoom.

Councilmember Winters receiving a COVID-19 vaccination shot.On Wednesday, January 13th, I received my first vaccine shot to help fight COVID-19 at Banner Sun City West. Everything went very well, and the staff was very organized.

I attended my Valley Metro meeting on the 21st of January and again online from City Hall.

I know we have some Whataburger fans in Surprise. Well, I have some good news. The City of Surprise Economic Development Department tells us that Whataburger is building next to Costco, so get ready for a burger.

The Greenway Road improvement project is underway. Utility work for this project is requiring the closure of Sarival Avenue from Custer Lane to Greenway Road until March 1, 2021. The Greenway Road improvement project will add two travel lanes and eliminate areas where the roadway merged into one lane. The project is scheduled to be complete in November 2021, weather permitting.

We do have some openings on our Commissions and Boards, so the Boards and Commissions Nominations Committee will be meeting in early February to fill those seats. If you have an interest, you can call our City Clerk’s office at 623-222-1200.

Upcoming Events:

  • Surprise Day of Service February 20 and March 20 beginning at 8 a.m. Volunteer to help out with various projects, including landscaping, painting, trimming of shurbs, debris removal and more. To volunteer, please contact Larry Garcia at larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov. For more information, please visit Surprise-Day-of-Service.
  • Tax assistance program – The City of Surprise has partnered again with A New Leaf who facilitates the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. The program will begin on Feb 8th at the Surprise Resource Center and Feb 10th at Riverboat Bingo. To make an appointment call the Surprise Resource Center at 623-222-1600. For additional information, click here.

  • Community Legal Services – Is proud to offer Lunchtime Law Lessons every Friday on a variety of topics. Every session is a Zoom Virtual Workshop. Click here to register and join Legal Staff for live No-Cost workshops!
    February 12 – Male Victims of Abuse
    February 19 – TBD
    February 26 – Social Security Denials and Appeals
    March 5 – Consumer Law and Federal Student Loan updates
  • National Community Survey coming soon – What do you love about living in Surprise? The National Community Survey will be mailed to select households this month and offered online to the community at large beginning in mid-March. Details will be provided at www.surpriseaz.gov when they become available.
  • Surprise Progress Magazine – Free. Click on the link below to check out what is happening in Surprise!
    Progress Magazine Winter 2021 (surpriseaz.gov)

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

Roland F. Winters Jr.