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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Change to City Council Meeting public comment; Cancelation of several public meetings

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In an effort to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, public comment options have changed for City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission Meetings and several other public meetings have been canceled until further notice.

City Council

Council Chambers are closed to the public during City Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings until further notice. Public comment will be taken by phone and email. Video comment from the Council Overflow Room will no longer be an option as City Hall is now closed to the public.

The following are instructions for each method of comment:

  • Email: To submit email comments, including Call to the Public for non-agenda items, please email publiccomments@surpriseaz.gov prior to the start of the meeting, which is generally 4 p.m. for Work Sessions and 6 p.m. for Regular Sessions. Please check the agenda for exact times. Only comments received prior to the start of the meeting will be considered and included in the record.
  • Phone: To comment live by phone for Call to the Public for non-agenda items or for agenda items, please call 623.222.1250 prior to, or during, the meeting to have your name placed on a callback list. If you reach voicemail, please leave your name and phone number. The City Clerk will call those wishing to comment from the dais during the meeting, and the call will be streamed through the Council Chamber audio system. Only calls received before or during Call to the Public for non-agenda items or before action is taken on the subject agenda item will be accepted and streamed.  No calls will be accepted after action has been taken upon or an agenda item has otherwise concluded. 

The City of Surprise streams and broadcasts its City Council meetings. To watch live, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise. Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513 also carry the meetings live.

To see meeting agendas, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas

Planning & Zoning Commission

Council Chambers are closed to the public during city Planning & Zoning Commission Meetings until further notice. Public comment will be taken by phone and email.

The following are instructions for each method of comment:

  • Email: To submit email comments, including Call to the Public for non-agenda items, please email PandZComments@surpriseaz.gov prior to the start of the meeting, which is 6 p.m. Please check the agenda for exact times. Only comments received prior to the start of the meeting will be considered and included in the record.
  • Phone: To comment live by phone for Call to the Public for non-agenda items or for agenda items, please call 623.222.3030 prior to, or during, the meeting to have your name placed on a callback list. If you reach voicemail, please leave your name and phone number. The Planning and Zoning Commission Secretary will call those wishing to comment from the dais during the meeting, and the call will be streamed through the Council Chamber audio system. Only calls received before or during Call to the Public for non-agenda items or before action is taken on the subject agenda item will be accepted and streamed. No calls will be accepted after action has been taken upon or an agenda item has otherwise concluded.

The City of Surprise streams and broadcasts its Planning and Zoning Commission meetings. To watch live, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise. Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513 also carry the meetings live.

To see meeting agendas, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas.  

Other Public Meetings

The Public Safety Retirement Commission will meet as needed.

All other Boards and Commission meetings have been canceled until further notice.

Public outreach meetings will be held, as needed, with virtual participation options.

 For questions about public meetings, please contact the City Clerk at 623.222.1200 or clerk@surpriseaz.gov.

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