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February 2015 • Newsletter

Hello to all of my fellow District 1 residents!

It’s hard to believe that we are in the second month of 2015 already!
As usual, a lot of things happened in January and there’s more to come this month in Surprise.  The folks at City Hall celebrated our City Clerk’s 25th Anniversary with the City of Surprise on January 5.  What a great accomplishment for Sherry Aguilar!  We had a good number of staff and Council Member s gather in the Mayor’s atrium for refreshments to say congratulations to Sherry and thank her for so many years of service to the City.

Mayor congratulating Sherry Aguilar

I attended the Surprise Youth Council induction ceremony on the evening of January 15 in Council Chambers celebrating with many other Surprise residents, including many proud parents, as 25 high school students were welcomed into our newly formed Youth Council.  What a great bunch of youngsters!  Youth Services Administrator Paul Bernardo has done such a good job in this new position.

Mayor nd Council

Surprise Youth Council

I had my Friday Night Chat on the evening of January 11.  As always, everyone is welcome.

On January 21, I attended a meeting at the Surprise Senior Center in the Original Town Site about the improvements planned for the O.T.S. The City planners prepared a fantastic and thorough presentation.  We have such terrific people working for our great City!

I attended an ADOT meeting about the interchange of the 303 and Grand Avenue at Sun City Grand on January 27.  As most of you know, the project is already underway and will take approximately 18 months to complete with the widening of the 303 and new off ramps.  Immediately following that meeting, I travelled to Marley Park for the groundbreaking of a new charter school, Legacy Traditional School.  Several other elected officials were also present.  This will be an elementary school located in District 6.  Our Mayor and Councilman Tande, District 6, participated in the groundbreaking.

CM's Winters and Hall

On the evening of January 28th, I attended a Public Arts meeting with Councilman Hall at the West Valley Arts Council’s Arts HQ in Surprise.  The discussion included how the City can improve the presence of art in Surprise.   Our City Planners led the meeting.

I was invited to attend a tour of APS that included an energy update for elected officials at their office in Deer Valley on January 30.  We even toured the Energy Control Center, which was very interesting and educational.

As always be good to yourself and be good to each other,

Council Member, Roland Winters, Jr.

August 2014 • Newsletter

Greetings, District One!

I hope the month of August is off to a wonderful start for you!  As most of you are aware, Council is back in session after a month long recess in July.  Despite the recess though, we were and continue to be very busy!

I was able to attend the Marley Park Veteran’s Commemorative Plaza (VCP) event in Marley Park on Independence Day.  The VCP is for the community to commemorate those who have served or may currently serve in the armed forces. The event was well attended and Vice Mayor Hall (Army) and Councilman Biundo (Marines) were acknowledged for their military service.

Marley Park VCP Site
Marley Park VCP Site
VCP Dedication Ceremony
VCP Dedication Ceremony

I was fortunate to receive an invitation to the West Valley Gubernatorial Forum and Debate at ASU West on Tuesday, July 22nd along with many other elected officials from around the Valley.

Gubernatorial Candidate, Christine Jones  and Councilman Roland F. Winters, Jr.
Gubernatorial Candidate, Christine Jones and I

On July 24th, Mayor Wolcott and several other Council Members including myself attended the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the West Valley Arts Council in their new facility at the City Center.  The 2,500 square foot gallery will have regularly changing exhibits by local artists.  It is just north of City Hall next to the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce.

West Valley Arts HQ
West Valley Arts HQ
Councilmember Winters at Arts HQ Opening
Councilmember Winters at West Valley Arts HQ Opening

Surprise Farms III held their Annual HOA Meeting at Willow Canyon High School on July 24.  I was grateful for the invitation.  I was able to provide artist renditions of the amenities of the Surprise Farms Park.

The City Council was invited to interview a top candidate for Assistant City Manager on Friday, July 25.  Bob Wingenroth, City Manager, has really taken over the reigns and is in the process of building an excellent leadership team.  We look forward to seeing our beautiful city grow, both in and out of City Hall.

We are excited to announce that the crews working from Fire Station 304 moved into their new facility on June 28th.  We thank them for their patience and welcome them to their new temporary home!

Fire House 304
Fire House 304

Fire House 304

My August schedule is getting quite full.  Below, please find a quick glance at the meetings and events I will be attending:

  • August 5th, 4 pm – City Council Work Session
  • August 5th, 6 pm – City Council Meeting
  • August 11th, 11 am – Tour of Benevilla
  • August 12th, 7 am – Surprise Chamber of Commerce Breakfast
  • August 13th, 7:30 am – Dysart Unified School District Breakfast Meeting
  • August 14th, 6 pm – Surprise Fire Medical Promotion Ceremony
  • August 16th, 9 am – ADOT 303/I-10 Ribbon Cutting
  • August 18th, 4 pm – City Council Work Session
  • August 18th, 6 pm – City Council Meeting
  • August 19th through August 23rd –  Arizona League of Cities Conference
  • August 28th, 3:30 pm – Water Planning Sub-Committee Meeting

Also, please mark your calendar for my next meet and greet will take place on September 19.  Mark your calendars!  I hope to see you there!

Until we meet again, stay cool and be safe,

Councilman Roland F. Winters, Jr.
District 1