A big shout out to my constituents in District 1 and everyone who lives in this great city called Surprise. I must first apologize for being late with my newsletter this month as it just rolled by.
I want to start off with a little unscientific survey. I would like to get some feedback from all of you who use our Ride Choice program or the City’s Trans Dev program, both of which are our way to help people get around Surprise and the region. These transit systems started in December, and I would like to know how they work for you, so call me at 623-594-5952, email firstname.lastname@example.org, text 714-315-0840 or mail a letter to Surprise City Hall, 16000 N Civic Center Drive, Surprise AZ 85374, ATTN: Councilmember Winters. Thank you in advance.
February 4 found me in the Mayor’s office at our monthly meeting, which is very helpful, so we can exchange information and I can be brought up-to-date on some things that I may not know.
Of course, our Council workshop was on February 5, followed by the City Council meeting where we take action.
We had a ribbon cutting at our newest hospital in Surprise at Destiny Springs on Dysart Road at 4:00 p.m. This is a behavioral health center for those in need of help with a variety of behavioral health conditions. It is a very nice facility with good architecture.
On February 8, I had a meeting with Clark Landrum II, the manager of the Waste Management Recycle Center on Deer Valley Road in District 1. I was invited to tour the facility and what a tour it was! All the trash going into that plant gets sorted out and all recyclable materials are separated, bailed up and shipped out of the plant to final users.
Friday night, February 8, was my meeting for my constituents and there was a good turnout.
Wednesday, February 13, I had the honor to be in Sun City Grand when an Army Veteran received a home, free and clear, from the Homes for Heroes organization as well as Chase Bank.
The same day at 2:00 pm, we held our board and commission committee meeting and chose two candidates for the CRS Commission, the full council agreed on the recommendations.
On Thursday, February 14, I attended the WESTMARC meeting at the Gila River Arena in Glendale. The message was positive by Sintra Hoffman that the time is now for the West Valley to generate commercial growth.
There was a great ribbon cutting for Spooner’s Physical Therapy on Friday, February 15. It is located at 16968 W Bell Road. Most of the council members attended this ribbon cutting.
Audra Colson, who is the contact for Chance Shelter, put on a great fundraiser on Saturday, February 16 at the Bingo Parlor on Bell Road. There was a great turn out, so I am hoping they fattened up the building fund for Surprise’s first shelter for our furry friends. The exact location of the future shelter has not been confirmed, but as soon as it is, I will inform you all.
February 19 was a workshop and council meeting day.
On Wednesday, February 20 the Council and Mayor had a nice meeting with Congresswoman Debbie Lesko. We talked about a number of things that she can help with in D.C.
Only my second meeting since I was appointed to the Valley Metro Board was on Thursday, February 21 at the Valley Metro Headquarters in Phoenix. There is some light at the end of the tunnel as far as our transit because we are talking about the bus that stops at Arrowhead Mall to continue on to Surprise City Hall. We are hoping to have this in place and operating by 2022, providing we can get financing. Each jurisdiction must pay their fair share for the bus so that would include Sun City, Sun City West, Peoria and Surprise.
Clint Hickman made an appearance at Sun City Grand Wednesday night, February 27, and I attended to hear him speak. I also got the opportunity to talk to him for a few minutes.
I have been asked a couple of times what is being built next to Winco in District 1. So if you were wondering, it is a hospital! It is going to be an Abrazo Hospital. We have many projects going on in Surprise as you have noticed. I will close for now. Be good to yourself and be good to each other.
Vice Mayor Roland F. Winters Jr.