Today In Surprise

Posted on: October 19, 2018

Traffic signal upgrades scheduled for Greenway & Reems intersection, Oct 23-25

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The city of Surprise will be conducting upgrades to the traffic signal at the intersection of Greenway and Reems roads beginning Tuesday, October 23 through Thursday, October 25. The traffic signal will be disabled on Wednesday, October 24 from a...

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Posted on: October 18, 2018

Surprise Council to take action on naming Michael Frazier as City Manager

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The Surprise City Council will consider an employment contract to name Michael Frazier as the Surprise City Manager at their Regular Meeting on November 6. 

Frazier has served as the city's Assistant City Manager since July 2015, with the followin...

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Posted on: October 18, 2018

Bullard Ave Improvement Project update; weekend work continues through the month of October

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The Bullard Avenue Improvement Project remains on schedule to be substantially complete in mid-November, weather permitting; full project completion will be achieved in early 2019.

Weekend work is scheduled for Saturday, October 20 and Saturday, October 27...

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Posted on: October 16, 2018

City, OUAZ partner on shared-use facility agreement

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Surprise, AZ (October 16, 2018) As Ottawa University (OUAZ) continues to build its residential college campus in Surprise, City Council, Tuesday night, approved a new shared-use facility agreement with the school that supports the city's Strategi...

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Posted on: October 15, 2018

Driving Wise in Surprise now includes hands-free mobile communications

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Are you new to the city or returning to your Surprise home to enjoy the temperate fall and upcoming winter weather? Surprise has a new hands-free device ordinance that you should be aware of.Effective September 6, 2018, motorists who are cited for using a...

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Posted on: October 10, 2018

Surprise seeking sponsors, volunteers for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service

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Surprise is seeking event sponsors and community service volunteers for its 3rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service on Saturday, January 19, 2019. 

A program celebrating Dr. King’s life will begin at 9 a.m...

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Posted on: October 9, 2018

Students take on 6th Annual Surprise Literacy Challenge

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The 6th Annual Surprise Literacy Challenge has begun and approximately 2,500 fourth – sixth grade students from 11 schools are participating in this two-month challenge to experience literacy in fun and interesting ways!

Councilman Skip Hall is hosting the...

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Posted on: October 9, 2018

Tickets on sale for Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic with 2018 National Champs Oregon State

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Come see the 2018 College World Series National Champions, the Oregon State Beavers, as they make their 2019 season debut right here in Surprise, Arizona. 

The Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic will take place February 15-24 at the Surprise ...

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Posted on: October 8, 2018

Arizona Fall League brings Major League Baseball’s top prospects to Surprise Stadium

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October is for baseball in Surprise! With the start of the Arizona Fall League, Surprise Stadium sets the stage for baseball’s future breakout stars.

The Surprise Saguaros, one of six teams competing in the Arizona Fall League, will begin their season Tues...

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Posted on: October 4, 2018

Draft of Planning & Engineering Design Standards online as part of DevelopNext; revised timeline

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The city’s DevelopNEXT effort to simplify and modernize its development and design standards has reached the first phase of public and stakeholder feedback. 

The draft Planning and Engineering Design Standards (PEDS) Manual is now available online...

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Posted on: October 8, 2018

Enter the Surprise Party Gingerbread House Contest

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Enter the Gingerbread House Contest at our 17th Annual Surprise Party for a chance to win a $100 gift card! 

The contest will offer four categories: adult, teen (ages 13-17), youth (ages 12 and under) and groups (families, culinary groups, after s...

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Posted on: October 4, 2018

New Surprise Progress TV Episode

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Watch the latest episode of Surprise Progress TV for info on new RideChoice enhancements, where you can drop off household hazardous waste, why City Hall is glowing purple this month and more!

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Posted on: October 3, 2018

Theatre, Poetry, Art & more! Details on October Arts Events in Surprise

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October is jam-packed with amazing arts and cultural events – from theater performances to poetry readings. Check out what’s coming up, and mark your calendar to attend! 

October Events: 

October 17, 9 a.m. – ...

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Posted on: October 3, 2018

City of Surprise Receives International Economic Development Award for Retail Survey

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The City of Surprise has won an international award for its annual Surprise Retail Survey from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The project won a “Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award” in the category of...

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Posted on: October 2, 2018

Election 2018 Information; Voter Registration Closes Oct. 9

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Residents are reminded that Voter Registration closes on Tuesday, October 9 for the November 6 General Election. Not sure if you are registered? You can verify your registration and access online voter registration at http://maricopa.vote

If you...

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Posted on: October 1, 2018

Surprise City Hall goes purple for domestic violence awareness

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 Mayor Wolcott will officially proclaim October “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” at tomorrow night’s Surprise City Council Meeting. During the month of October, purple lights will shine from Surprise City Hall and...

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Posted on: September 27, 2018

New date for Task Force meeting to honor veteran Brian Mancini

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The next meeting of the City's Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force has been rescheduled to Tuesday, October 30 at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. 

At the meeting, originally scheduled for October 9,...

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Posted on: September 25, 2018

District 1 City Council Election Update

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After extensive legal review, including consultation and obtaining the legal opinion of outside counsel, the City Attorney’s office has issued the following statement regarding the election:

On September 11, 2018, the City Council approved the re...

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Posted on: September 25, 2018

Surprise Community Outreach Program Funding Awarded

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On Tuesday, September 18, Surprise City Council took action to grant funding to 23 organizations through the Surprise Community Outreach Program. The program is a City Council led initiative to assist non-profit 501(c)3 organizations in providing programs...

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Posted on: September 24, 2018

Parent & Tot Tennis class open for registration

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The City of Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex is now registering for its Parent & Tot Tennis class!   

This introductory 45-minute tennis class is for children ages 2-4 and a parent. Registration is open for the October and Novemb...

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Posted on: September 20, 2018

RideChoice Update: Choice to enroll in new program or keep existing program thru Nov.

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On October 1, Valley Metro will launch an enhanced RideChoice service for qualified participants in Surprise.

Currently, RideChoice offers qualified seniors and people with disabilities in Surprise up to forty taxi trips per month. The participant pays $3 ...

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Posted on: September 6, 2018

August 28th Primary Election results now final

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Here are the Final Official city election results released by the Maricopa County Elections Department. (*denotes incumbent / All Caps denotes winner): 

District 1:

James Cunningham 1,237 votes (38%)Raymond Grim 854 votes (26%)*Roland F. Winters Jr...

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Posted on: September 4, 2018

City of Surprise distracted driving law goes into effect 9/6

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 Driving and using mobile devices that are not operating in a hands-free mode, is illegal within Surprise city limits effective this Thursday, September 6. 

The ordinance, which Council approved last month, penalizes driving and using a m...

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Posted on: September 7, 2018

Surprise, DUSD win national award for video showing dangers of drunk driving

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A drunk and distracted driving awareness video co-produced by the City of Surprise and Dysart Unified School District (DUSD) has won first place in the “Partnership Production” category of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Adviso...

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Posted on: September 5, 2018

RideChoice transportation program adds new, enhanced features for Surprise residents this fall

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Surprise customers of Valley Metro’s RideChoice transportation program will soon see simplified ride booking and payment experiences, increased trip allowances, and an expanded provider network – including a new partnership with Lyft. 

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Posted on: September 6, 2018

Learn to play tennis at Surprise Tennis University

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If you’re a beginning tennis player looking to learn the fundamental skills of the game, Surprise Tennis University is perfect for you! 

Surprise Tennis University at City of Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex is an 11-week program fo...

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Posted on: August 28, 2018

UPDATED 9/3: Early Unofficial Primary Election Council votes announced

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Here are the Early Unofficial city election results released by the Maricopa County Elections Department as of 5:17 p.m. on September 3. The County is still processing Election Day ballots. The results will be updated as the city receives the latest updat...

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Posted on: August 29, 2018

Major League Baseball Announces 2019 Surprise Stadium Spring Training Schedule

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Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers, has announced the 31-game 2019 Surprise Stadium Spring Training schedule. The City of Surprise will begin its 17th season of Cactus League Spring Training on Saturday, Fe...

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Posted on: September 4, 2018

Vendor spaces available for Surprise Super Swap Meet in November

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Do you have new or used items to sell? Reserve a space at Surprise Super Swap Meet!

The city’s popular community-wide garage sale will be held Saturday, November 10 from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Surprise Aquatic Center parking lot, located at 15831...

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Posted on: August 7, 2018

Council approves Distracted Driving Law

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Driving and using your mobile devices, that are not operating in a hands-free mode, is now illegal within Surprise city limits.

City Council approved the Distracted Driving Ordinance at their Regular Meeting, Tuesday night.

The ordinance penalizes driving a...

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Posted on: August 30, 2018

Task Force working to honor late Veteran resident Brian Mancini will meet 9/11

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The City’s Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force will meet Tuesday, September 11 to continue discussing ways in which to honor the late Brian Mancini.

Mancini was a medically retired Sergeant First Class, Combat Wounded Veteran who served as a Combat M...

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Posted on: August 27, 2018

Tot Time in Surprise - Spaces Available!

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The City of Surprise Tot Time program is now accepting registrations! Tot Time is a state licensed program that provides educational and recreational opportunities for children ages 3-5 in a safe, supervised and fun environment!

The program focuses on Kind...

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Posted on: August 20, 2018

City of Surprise accepting Veterans Day Parade entries

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Be part of the 4th annual City of Surprise Veterans Day Parade! The city is now accepting parade entries from clubs, organizations, groups and residents who want to show their patriotic spirit and honor those who have bravely served our country.The parade...

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Posted on: August 21, 2018

Phoenix Business Journal recognizes Surprise Resource Center partner as Health Care Heroes finalist

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The Surprise Resource Center is pleased to announce that Roberta Ezratty, a partner in its team of social, human and workforce development organizations and agencies, is a finalist for a Phoenix Business Journal Health Care Heroes award in the “...

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Posted on: August 15, 2018

Surprise Youth Earn Arizona Career Readiness Certificates

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Participants in the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program, not only gained invaluable work experience alongside city staff, they also earned the Arizona Career Readiness Credential (ACRC) through a partnership with Arizona@Work, Maricopa County’s Workfor...

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Posted on: August 14, 2018

Join a City of Surprise Adult Sports League this fall

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The Surprise Community & Recreation Services Department will open registration for fall adult sports leagues next week!Fall leagues include:

  • Co-Ed and Men’s Softball
  • Men’s Basketball
  • Co-Ed Kickball
  • Co-Ed Indoor Volleyball
  • 4 on 4 Flag Fo...
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Posted on: August 8, 2018

Neighborhood Grant Program application now available

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The Surprise City Council approved funding to support the Neighborhood Grant Program that provides eligible neighborhoods with small grants to fund neighborhood events, functions, or community improvements. Recognizing an opportunity to encourage...

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Posted on: August 13, 2018

Registration opens for Surprise HOA Academy

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Registration is open for the popular Surprise HOA Academy!The goal of the Academy is to provide expert information for HOA residents, board members and managers. Topics include contracts, fiduciary duty, CC&R enforcement and code compliance.Academy Cl...

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Posted on: July 26, 2018

Surprise wins award for adaptive recreation program offered in partnership with Royals, Rangers

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The city of Surprise took home a statewide award this week for an adaptive recreation program that gives athletes with physical and developmental disabilities a chance to train with Major League Baseball players and coaches.The city’s Adaptive Spring Spor...

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Posted on: July 25, 2018

Spring Training a tourism hit in Surprise

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Spring Training brings in the people and the money to Arizona and as a proud Cactus League city, Surprise is feeling the benefits!

According to research released Monday by the Cactus League, the 2018 Cactus League season generated $373 million in the state...

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Posted on: July 23, 2018

Cactus League produces windfall for Arizona economy

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The following news was released by the Cactus League on July 23, 2018...

The 2018 Cactus League season generated $373 million for Arizona’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to a study by the L. William Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State Uni...

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Posted on: July 19, 2018

Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP1, 3) Amendment Comment Period and Public Hearings

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The City has initiated a substantial amendment to both the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 1 (NSP1) and Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 (NSP3) action plans to re-allocate NSP funds to new activities. These amendments are supplements to the existin...

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Posted on: July 17, 2018

New Adaptive Signal Control Technology activated along Bell Rd, Cotton Ln to 114th Ave

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The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT), in partnership with the City of Surprise, and the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), has activated new Adaptive Signal Control Technology (ASCT) along Bell Road between Cotton Lane and Av...

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Posted on: July 10, 2018

Surprise to update development & design standards; public meeting July 24

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The city of Surprise’s development and design standards are getting a comprehensive update for the first time since 2009, and we want you to join as we DevelopNEXT!DevelopNEXT is an effort to simplify and modernize the city’s Land Development Ordinances a...

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Posted on: July 10, 2018

Touring outdoor photography exhibit “Neighbors” comes to Surprise, showcases residents

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Larger-than-life photographs of Surprise residents and others from across the country will be featured in an outdoor art exhibit in the city’s Original Town Site (OTS), August 1 – October 31.  The exhibit, titled “Neighbors”, is the work of artis...

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Posted on: July 9, 2018

New Explore Surprise Episode - Youth Programs!

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Youth are an important part of our community! That’s why the City of Surprise makes it a priority to keep them involved – through recreation, social events, career readiness programs and more. Check out this new episode of Explore Surprise to learn about ...

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Posted on: July 3, 2018

New Issue of Surprise Progress Magazine

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Surprise Progress Magazine is hot off the presses and full of ways to enjoy some summer fun – from exciting rec programs to inspired art experiences! Check your mailbox for your copy and take the online version with you wherever you go.

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Posted on: June 29, 2018

Revised - Task Force begins work to honor late Veteran resident Brian Mancini

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The city’s Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force met, Thursday, June 28, to begin discussing ideas in which to honor the late Brian Mancini.

Mancini was a medically retired Sergeant First Class, Combat Wounded Veteran who served as a Combat M...

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Posted on: June 21, 2018

Council adopts Surprise Arts & Culture Master Plan, Tourism Strategic Plan

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The Surprise City Council adopted two new plans at their meeting Tuesday night that will guide the growth of arts and culture and tourism in the city.The Arts & Culture Master Plan will help ensure that as our community and our arts and cultural oppor...

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Posted on: June 20, 2018

City Council receives Decide Surprise bond projects and finance update

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City of Surprise staff provided City Council with a Decide Surprise General Obligation Bond projects and financial update at Tuesday night’s Regular Meeting.

On April, 18, 2018 the city issued the first General Obligation Bond sale resulting in $37 million...

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Posted on: June 12, 2018

City of Surprise seeking instructors and ideas for Special Interest Classes

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Do you have a special skill or hobby you would like to teach others? The City of Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department is now recruiting instructors and proposals for special interest classes; such as, dance and fitness, art, preschool, co...

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Posted on: June 11, 2018

Surprise youth showcase innovative solutions at Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

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Youthful innovation was on display June 8 at Surprise City Hall in culmination of the AZ TechCelerator’s 5th Annual Surprise Youth Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.Fourteen students from Paradise Honors, Willow Canyon, Valley Vista, Shadow Ridge and Dysart high...

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Posted on: June 6, 2018

City Council adopts safety-focused FY2019 Budget

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The Surprise City Council approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 City Budget in a Special Meeting Tuesday night, that addresses safety needs for Information Technology, Police and Fire-Medical.New to the $384.6 million budget is funding for Decide Surprise ca...

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Posted on: May 22, 2018

Truth In Taxation Hearing Notice Of Tax Increase

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IN COMPLIANCE WITH SECTION 42-17107, ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES, THE CITY OF SURPRISE IS NOTIFYING ITS PROPERTY TAXPAYERS OF THE CITY OF SURPRISE'S INTENTION TO RAISE ITS PRIMARY PROPERTY TAXES OVER LAST YEAR'S LEVEL. THE CITY OF SURPRISE IS PROPOSING AN IN...

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Posted on: May 15, 2018

Voters ok city water election

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Voters have approved the May 15th Water Election, authorizing City Council to complete negotiations with the Circle City Water Company (CCW) for the possible acquisition of the utility.

According to preliminary results released by the Maricopa County Recor...

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Posted on: May 7, 2018

Phoenix Business Journal ranks City of Surprise as one of Valley’s Healthiest Employers

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The City of Surprise has been named one of the Valley’s Healthiest Employers in a 2018 Phoenix Business Journal ranking, placing sixth among midsized companies.The city’s employee wellness program includes diverse initiatives that addr...

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Posted on: May 7, 2018

Residents love their city; focused on safety & economy in National Citizen Survey

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The 2018 National Citizen Survey (NCS) results reveal more than 8 in 10 residents rate the quality of life in Surprise as excellent or good; and they recommend living here.

The NCS serves as the city’s service report card, and the collected data assists in...

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

2018 Surprise Retail Survey Results are in!

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The City of Surprise launched a retail survey in March asking the community to vote for their favorite locally-owned businesses; both their top restaurant and top retailer. In just three weeks, the survey garnered more than 3,000 responses!Congratulations...

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Posted on: April 17, 2018

FY2019 Recommended Budget focuses on safety

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Finance Director Lindsey Duncan presented the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 City Manager Recommended Budget to City Council at Tuesday’s Work Session, that is built on the foundation of safety- for residents; city infrastructure/technology; and the city...

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Posted on: April 16, 2018

2018 State of the City Address is future-focused

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Growing a downtown, building community wealth, enhancing public transit via autonomous vehicle options and highlighting ways to maintain a Connected Surprise, were all addressed in Mayor Sharon Wolcott’s 2018 State of the City speech, Monday night from We...

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Posted on: April 4, 2018

S&P upgrades city’s GO Bond rating as Council authorizes first Decide Surprise Bond sale

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The Surprise City Council authorized staff to proceed with the first bond sale related to the General Obligation Bond Election approved by voters last fall. 

Tuesday night’s vote coincided with Standard and Poor’s (S&P) upg...

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

Meet Surprise Spring Training’s volunteer team – The Surprise Sundancers!

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Did you know it takes about 200 volunteers each Surprise Spring Training game to create the ultimate fan experience? 

The Surprise Sundancers are the official volunteer organization for the city’s Spring Training activities and other special event...

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Posted on: March 8, 2018

City of Surprise builds family a home through grant program

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It was a day of celebration in Surprise as city officials handed a local family the keys to their newly-constructed 1,300 square foot home yesterday!Yolanda and Manuel Diaz, residents of the Surprise since 1985, were approved for home replacement under th...

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Posted on: March 7, 2018

Council approves new sign code with increased options for permanent & temporary signage

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Last night, City Council voted to approve a new City Code Chapter 113, which addresses signage. The update aims to balance business needs with aesthetics, while meeting the requirements of law.Under the new code, Businesses will have increased options for...

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Posted on: February 22, 2018

Surprise Stadium ranked #1 AZ Spring Training Stadium by USA TODAY

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Surprise Stadium, spring training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City royals, has been ranked the No. 1 Spring Training stadium in Arizona by USA TODAY!The newspaper conducted a study of online fan reviews to create scores for all 23 spring training...

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Posted on: February 21, 2018

City sets plans to honor former CRS Director Coronado

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The Surprise City Council, Tuesday night, agreed to recognize the late Community and Recreation Services (CRS) Director Mark A. Coronado's service to Surprise in the following ways: 

  • Rename 8-Acres Park “Mark Coronado Park” and include a memorial ...
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Posted on: February 20, 2018

Funding released for Decide Surprise bond projects

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Design work and some land acquisition deals can commence on several of the Decide Surprise General Obligation Bond Projects, following City Council’s action Tuesday night. 

City Council approved the authorization for staff to spend $5,05...

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Posted on: February 16, 2018

Sex offender notifications are up to date

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Please read Chief Young's update on city's notification process.

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Posted on: February 6, 2018

Council appoints Hayden to serve District 2

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The Surprise City Council appointed Nancy Hayden to serve as the councilmember for District 2 (D2), at their Tuesday Regular Meeting.

Hayden immediately took the Oath of Office and joined the council for the remainder of the meeting. 

The seat was ...

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Posted on: January 24, 2018

Say it, Surprise! National Citizens Survey coming soon

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What do you love about living in Surprise? What services do you value most? What can the city do better to improve the quality of life in our hometown?

You can share your thoughts in the 2018 National Citizens Survey (NCS)!

What you tell us in this survey h...

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Posted on: January 24, 2018

Public input opens for D2 applicants; Council votes February 6

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The public input period for the applicants seeking the District 2 Council appointment is open through Tuesday, January 30 at 5 p.m.

The District 2 seat was vacated following the death of Councilmember Jim Hayden.

Public comments can be received by:

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Posted on: January 18, 2018

Surprise Police release statement regarding sex offender notifications

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In early December 2017 the Surprise Police Department became aware of a situation regarding our processes for sex offender community notifications. It was discovered that during calendar years 2016 and 2017 there were a total of 22 community notifications...

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Posted on: January 18, 2018

D2 applicant names released; interviews on January 23

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Seven residents of District 2 have applied to fill the vacancy on City Council, following the death of Councilmember Jim Hayden.

The application filing period closed at 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 17. 

The following applicants (read complet...

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Posted on: January 16, 2018

City Council names Remley Vice Mayor

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The Surprise City Council selected District 4 Councilmember Ken Remley to serve as Vice Mayor at their regular meeting Tuesday night.

Per city code, City Council must select a new Vice Mayor to serve on an annual basis no later than January 30. The Vice Ma...

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Posted on: January 12, 2018

City releases procurement schedule for Decide Surprise bond projects

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The city of Surprise has released the anticipated procurement schedule for some of the bond projects approved by voters last November. 

The advertisement for Design-Build Professional Services for the Public Works Operations Facility will open Feb...

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Posted on: January 10, 2018

Task Force to send options to Council for ways to honor former CRS Director

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At the Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force’s January 9th meeting, the group reviewed previously discussed options, with identified approximate costs, for ways the city could honor the late Community and Recreation Services(CRS) Director Ma...

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Posted on: January 2, 2018

City accepting applications for D2 council seat vacated by death of Hayden

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The city of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the position of Councilmember District 2 (Cottonwood) due to the death of Councilmember Jim Hayden.

All applicants must reside within the District 2 district boundaries. The term expiration for t...

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Posted on: December 20, 2017

City announces the passing of Councilmember Jim Hayden

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District 2 Councilmember Jim Hayden passed away this afternoon, following a short illness. 

Hayden was first appointed by the Surprise City Council to serve out the remainder of the term for the District 2 council seat in October 2016.  T...

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Posted on: December 15, 2017

Task Force narrows options to honor former CRS Director; requests cost analysis

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At the Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force’s December 14th meeting, the group reviewed all public recommendations they received identifying ways the city could honor the late Community and Recreation Services(CRS) Director Mark A. Coronado...

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Posted on: December 13, 2017

CALL OF ELECTION

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Public Notice of the City of Surprise, Arizona.

Notice is hereby given that the City of Surprise, Arizona will hold elections as follows:

Primary Election: Tuesday, August 28, 2018General Election: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (If Applicable)

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Posted on: November 3, 2017

D4 meeting open to all residents for discussion on future OTS projects

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Residents from across the city are invited to attend the next District 4 Community Meeting to discuss proposed improvement projects in the city’s Original Town Site (OTS). 

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 15, 6 p.m., at ...

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Posted on: November 2, 2017

City wins big at Best of the West Awards

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The City of Surprise took home some great honors at Thursday night's Westmarc’s annual Best of the West Awards! 

Economic Development Manager Mike Hoover was awarded Westmarc’s President’s Choice Award for his leaders...

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Posted on: November 3, 2017

City’s innovative risk management program earns national recognition

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A fresh approach to workers’ compensation at City of Surprise has resulted in a significant decrease in medical costs and lost work days and earned the city’s Risk Management team national recognition!The team captured Honorable Mention in the 2017 Theodo...

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Posted on: November 1, 2017

City launches opioid addiction resource website; supports other initiatives

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It’s no secret that opioid abuse in the United States has become a national crisis, and while many people think it’s only about the use of illegal drugs (heroin), there is an increase in people becoming addicted to opioid-based pain killers (fentanyl and ...

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Posted on: October 4, 2017

Surprise Fire-Medical Department receives AHA’s Lifeline EMS Recognition Award

Surprise Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott receives Lifeline EMS Recognition Award

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than...

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Posted on: November 7, 2017

Voters ok bonds to build 10 projects

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Voters have approved general obligation funding for projects related to Public Safety, Traffic Congestion Mitigation and Pavement Preservation, according to final results released by the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office.

Question #1: Voters in S...

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Today In Surprise

Posted on: March 28, 2018

Surprise AZ TechCelerator awarded international soft landings designation

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After completing a rigorous application and peer-review validation process, the AZ TechCelerator is excited to announce  its acceptance in the Global Soft Landings Network under the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA).InBIA reco...

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See press release... Economic Development News
Posted on: January 23, 2018

LGE completes Milam Glass HQ in Surprise

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The LGE team served triple-duty as the developer, architect and general contractor for the new $2.7 million headquarters for Milam Glass.

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Posted on: November 2, 2017

City wins big at Best of the West Awards

WESTMARC logo

The City of Surprise took home some great honors at Thursday night's Westmarc’s annual Best of the West Awards! 

Economic Development Manager Mike Hoover was awarded Westmarc’s President’s Choice Award for his leadership and contribution to the We...

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See press release... Economic Development News
Posted on: April 5, 2017

Economic Development Community Profile

Surprise Community Profile

The City of Surprise Community Profile offers information about who we are demographically, our business services, transportation options, key development areas and more.

View Community Profile... Economic Development News

Today In Surprise

Posted on: January 4, 2017

Free Child Passenger Safety Seat Inspection

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80% of car seats are installed incorrectly. Have your car seat inspected!

Child safety seat inspections are available every 1st and 3rd Tuesday and 3rd Saturday of each month at Fire Station 303 at 15440 N. Cotton Lane from 9-11 a.m.

Call 623.222.5000 to sc...

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Fire-Medical Department News
Posted on: April 18, 2016

Join the Surprise Fire-Medical Team

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The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is not accepting applications at the moment. Please continue to visit our website or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the most up-to-date information. You may also submit a "Job Interest Card" with Human ...

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Fire-Medical Department News
Posted on: October 4, 2017

Surprise Fire-Medical Department receives AHA’s Lifeline EMS Recognition Award

Surprise Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott receives Lifeline EMS Recognition Award

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than...

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See press release... Fire-Medical Department News
Posted on: April 18, 2016

New Fire User Fees

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At the November 17th, 2015 Regular Council Meeting, Council approved Resolution 2015 – 108 which authorized an updated user fee schedule citywide to include the following updated fees for the Surprise Fire Medical Department to be effective immediately: R...

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Today In Surprise

Posted on: February 16, 2018

Sex offender notifications are up to date

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Please read Chief Young's update on city's notification process.

Read city's notification process... Police Department News
Posted on: January 18, 2018

Surprise Police release statement regarding sex offender notifications

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In early December 2017 the Surprise Police Department became aware of a situation regarding our processes for sex offender community notifications. It was discovered that during calendar years 2016 and 2017 there were a total of 22 community notifications...

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Posted on: June 30, 2016

“Rose” and the Surprise Police provide update to MedReturn Program

The Surprise Police Department recognizes the dangers associated with prescription medication abuse and the link it has to illegal drug abuse. Rose, the Department’s therapy dog, has seen first-paw the negative impact that substance abuse can have on fami...Read more...

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Today In Surprise

Posted on: September 10, 2018

College Readiness Summit

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Surprise Youth Services will be hosting the first annual College Readiness Summit on Saturday, November 17 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Ottawa University! It’s a fun and informative event designed to prepare high school seniors for college or trade scho...

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Youth Services News
Posted on: September 7, 2018

Zombie Compound Community Event Oct. 27

Surprise Spooktacular

The Surprise Youth Council is bringing back the Zombie Compound! This year’s theme includes more than zombies. You can expect to meet a maniacal ringmaster, creepy clowns, and other sorts of carnival elements in the multi-level house of scares. The Compou...

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Youth Services News
Posted on: September 7, 2018

Restorative Justice Project Launches This Fall

Surprise Restorative Justice Project

Surprise Youth Services is introducing a new program this fall as a chance for teens to engage around the topic of Restorative Justice Practices. As members of the SRJP, students will be trained in restorative justice principles, educate others in the com...

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Youth Services News
Posted on: September 7, 2018

Upcoming Surprise Youth Council Projects

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The school year has just begun, and the Surprise Youth Council (SYC) has already hit the ground running with sixteen projects! The group of 30 committed students will be tackling topics such as healthy relationships, quality education, and mental health, ...

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Youth Services News
Posted on: September 7, 2018

Surprise Literacy Challenge Begins Oct. 1

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The annual City of Surprise Literacy Challenge will be kicking off at local elementary schools on October 1st and will run through December 14th. Throughout the challenge, 4th, 5th and 6th grade students will engage in various activities centered around b...

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Youth Services News