For Immediate Release
Council enthusiastic about agreement with Dysart Schools
Surprise AZ (June 5, 2012) The Surprise City Council heard details of a proposed intergovernmental agreement with the Dysart Unified School District to share facilities and improve the business relationship at its work session Tuesday night.
The agreement also encourages nonprofit groups to initiate recreation programs in Surprise, said City Manager Chris Hillman.
“It is a landmark development,” Hillman told the Council. “It marks an exciting new beginning in our mutual commitment to improving recreation opportunities for all our residents.”
Hillman says the agreement makes important adjustments in the City’s business relationship with the District. “We will no longer waive development impact fees when new Dysart facilities are built, for example,” Hillman said. “We will consult with each other on plans to construct new facilities that may be suitable for joint use. That will keep us focused on serving our residents and acting efficiently on behalf of our taxpayers.”
The agreement, a revision of an earlier agreement between the City and the District, clears a path for nonprofit groups to use city or Dysart facilities by allowing such groups access to both if they have an agreement with either.
“We will plan and review the scheduling of games and events to maximize access and efficiency,” Hillman said. “It is all about making positive things happen for our community by working together more closely.”
“The agreement is a big step forward in our growing partnership for community betterment,” he added.
Hillman told the Council the agreement commits the City to expediting inspections and other services that apply to Dysart facilities and to waiving permitting and other fees, “which we will account for and report,” he said.
Councilmembers expressed enthusiasm and support for the agreement, and is scheduled to vote on it at the June 12th regular meeting.