Today In Surprise

Posted on: December 12, 2018

Temporary closure of Cactus Rd, Cotton Ln to Auto Show Rd, Dec. 18

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On Tuesday December 18, Cactus Road, east of Cotton Lane to Auto Show Road, will be closed from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. for pavement maintenance. Please plan to use an alternate route while the closure is in place.  

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Posted on: December 11, 2018

D5 applicant names released; Council sets public interviews for December 20

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Nine residents of District 5 (D5) have applied to fill the vacancy on City Council, following former D5 Councilmember Skip Hall’s appointment to Mayor.

The application filing period closed at 5 p.m., Monday, December 10.

The following applicants (...

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Posted on: December 12, 2018

City of Surprise seeking applications for new Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission

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The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the newly formed Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission. 

During the December 4 Regular City Council Meeting, Council moved to form this new commission to assist in the devel...

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Posted on: December 12, 2018

Join city of Surprise for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service on Jan. 19

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Join the city of Surprise for the 3rd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service on Saturday, January 19, 2019. 

The event will be held at the Surprise City Hall courtyard, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza. It kicks off at 8:30 ...

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Posted on: December 11, 2018

Register for Surprise City Academy & get an inside look at how your city government works

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Want to learn about the structure of city government, get updated on local issues and get to know your city leaders?  Register for the 2019 Surprise City Academy! 

The eight-session academy offers the opportunity to learn about the city d...

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Posted on: December 10, 2018

City of Surprise program offers free support services for crime victims

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The city of Surprise offers a Victim Services Program that assists crime victims in the aftermath of their victimization – as they navigate the court system and seek resources to get back on their feet. 

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Posted on: December 6, 2018

New Surprise Progress TV Episode

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In this episode, get information on the Surprise Spring Training 5K, consideration of an increase to city sanitation rates, a state grant to support traffic and pedestrian safety programs and more.

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Posted on: December 5, 2018

Councils oks new Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission

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The Surprise City Council moved to approve the formation of a volunteer Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission at Tuesday’s regular council meeting. 

The 11-member advisory commission will assist in the development of city pr...

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Posted on: December 6, 2018

Bullard Avenue Improvement Project major roadwork concludes

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Work to bring the Bullard Avenue Improvement Project to substantial completion is scheduled to conclude the week of December 10, with minor adjustments and landscape establishment continuing through early 2019.

Median work, including grading, spreading dec...

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Posted on: November 21, 2018

City accepting applications for vacated D5 council seat

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The city of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the position of Councilmember District 5 (Palm) due to the selection of the incumbent, Skip Hall, as Mayor at the November 20th City Council Meeting.

Mayor Hall will serve in the mayoral capacity...

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Posted on: December 10, 2018

City hosts free Tax Review class

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The city is hosting a free, one-day Tax Review Class that will touch on various aspects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that passed at the end of 2017.

The class, presented by Bernie Dobrin and Ramon Vasquez with Block Advisors Tax and Business Services, will...

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Posted on: December 4, 2018

Council to take action on Utility Rate Study public notice at Dec 18 meeting

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Council will take action on whether to proceed with a 60-day public ‘Notice of Intent to Increase Rates’ on the proposed Utility Rate Study during the 6 p.m. Regular City Council Meeting on Tuesday, December 18 at city hall, 16000 N. C...

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Posted on: December 6, 2018

Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex to host series of national tennis tournaments

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The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex is proud to welcome several United States Tennis Association (USTA) tennis tournaments this winter and spring. 

December 7-9 - USTA Southwest 65 and over Section Championships

This is the final Southwest leag...

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Posted on: December 5, 2018

There’s still time to register for youth winter sports camps & skills classes

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The City of Surprise is registering for 2019 youth winter sports camps and skills classes! 

We are offering a number of sports camps and skills classes, including: basketball, baseball, softball and tennis. Softball, baseball and basketball camps ...

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Posted on: December 5, 2018

Pickleball competition draws local and national talent to the City of Surprise

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The City of Surprise will welcome thousands of pickleball players this winter. Pickleball, the paddle sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping pong, is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing sports in the nation.  

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Posted on: November 20, 2018

Skip Hall selected as City of Surprise Mayor

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The Surprise City Council unanimously selected Skip Hall to serve as the city’s next mayor. 

Mayor Hall will serve in this capacity until December 31, 2020, fulfilling the remaining mayoral term vacated by Sharon Wolcott on November 16, 2018.

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Posted on: December 4, 2018

DevelopNEXT: Drafts of Land Development Ordinances Chapters 104 & 105 Now Online

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The city’s DevelopNEXT effort to simplify and modernize its development and design standards is advancing, with drafts of chapters 104 and 105 of the Land Development Ordinances (LDO) online for public and stakeholder review and comment.&nbs...

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Posted on: December 5, 2018

Applications open for Community Development Block Grant funding for public service activities

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The City of Surprise Neighborhood Services Division is soliciting applications from qualified nonprofit organizations that are interested in providing services that address one or more of the public service needs targeted in the city’s Community Developme...

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Posted on: December 4, 2018

National Anthem performer auditions set for 2019 Spring Training in Surprise

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The City of Surprise is looking for experienced vocalists and musicians to perform the National Anthem at Surprise Stadium for the 2019 Cactus League Spring Training games, February 23 - March 24.

There are three ways to be considered:

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Posted on: December 3, 2018

Ready, set, register for the 2nd Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K!

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The Surprise Spring Training 5K, presented by Jimmy John’s, returns to Surprise Stadium on Friday, March 1! 

The 2nd annual Surprise Spring Training 5K will begin at 7 p.m. at Surprise Stadium and take you on a scenic run through the City of Surpr...

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Posted on: November 27, 2018

Register for Winter 2019 City of Surprise Adult Sports Leagues

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City of Surprise Community and Recreation Services will be accepting registrations for winter adult sports leagues Dec. 3 - 19.

Winter leagues include: Coed and Men’s Softball; Coed Kickball; 4 on 4 Flag Football; Coed Indoor Volleyball; and Coed and Men’s...

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Posted on: November 26, 2018

Toy drive benefiting less fortunate children in full swing in Surprise

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On November 20, the Surprise Police began their annual toy drive and are asking for the public’s assistance in this worthy cause. We are currently accepting either new unwrapped toys or new wrapping paper from those who want to help out the less fortunate...

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Posted on: November 16, 2018

Surprise Spring Training tickets now on sale

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Get your tickets for the 2019 Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers Spring Training season starting tomorrow, Saturday, November 17 at 8 a.m. (MST). 

Head to SurpriseStadium.com to purchase tickets online or download the Spring Training Order Form;...

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Posted on: November 21, 2018

Put your pipes on a fat-free diet! Surprise encourages residents to properly dispose cooking grease

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Surprise reminds residents to be responsible environmental stewards by properly disposing cooking oil, grease and fat remnants in the trash can or at designated dumping locations when preparing meals this holiday season.

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Posted on: November 20, 2018

Surprise Fire-Medical hosts series of fire station open houses

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The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is holding a series of open houses at city fire stations. Residents can come out and meet the firefighters, check out the living and eating quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks!  Attendees w...

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Posted on: November 19, 2018

Tracy Montgomery named city’s first Emergency Operations Manager

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City Manager Mike Frazier has announced the selection of Tracy Montgomery as the city’s first-ever Emergency Operations Manager.

Montgomery has a 30-plus year career in law enforcement with the Phoenix Police Department, where she rose to the ran...

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Posted on: November 16, 2018

Support local businesses and #ShopSmall on Nov 24

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The holiday season is upon us and Surprise wants to remind you to support local businesses and #ShopSmallSurprise on Small Business Saturday, November 24.

Small Business Saturday is an American Express initiative that has been widely adopted by public and ...

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Posted on: November 16, 2018

AZ TechCelerator’s Global Concierge program wins at Best of the West

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It was an award-winning Thursday night for the City of Surprise at Westmarc’s annual Best of the West Awards ceremony. 

The Global Concierge program, operated through the city’s business innovation center- the AZ TechCelerator,...

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Posted on: November 14, 2018

Surprise Fire-Medical sends assistance to battle California Wildfires

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The Surprise Fire-Medical Department has sent three Wild Land Firefighters and a Type 6 Brush Truck to assist in battling the deadly wildfires burning in California.

The Surprise crew was deployed on Saturday, November 10 and is currently working in Los An...

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Posted on: November 8, 2018

Royals, Rangers announce 2019 Spring Training Game Times; Tickets On Sale Nov. 17

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The 17th annual Surprise Spring Training Season will kick off on Saturday, February 23rd at Surprise Stadium – featuring Surprise’s home teams - the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers.

The 2019 schedule features a majority of Surprise Stadium games begin...

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Posted on: November 7, 2018

Mayor Wolcott announces plans to resign; succession process set per code

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City of Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott announced her intention to resign at Tuesday's Regular Council Meeting.  Read her message.

Wolcott was first elected as mayor in November 2011 and re-elected in August of 2016. Prior to her service as mayor, s...

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Posted on: November 14, 2018

Veterans Day Parade Entry Winners Announced

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The City of Surprise would to thank all of our Veterans Day parade entries for a wonderful event! We had over 95 entries and  would like to recognize the parade winners in the following categories:

Best Veteran Service Organization Entry &ndas...

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Posted on: November 6, 2018

County releases D1 city election results

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These are the following District 1 city election unofficial results as released by the Maricopa County Elections Department, Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.: 

Jim Cunningham 2,586 votes (44%)Roland F. Winters Jr. 3,148 votes (54%)

For the...

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Posted on: November 9, 2018

Get trained as a tax preparation volunteer & provide free tax help

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Volunteers are needed to provide free tax return preparation for low-to-moderate income individuals and families through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. No prior tax preparation is needed; training will be provided.  

There are...

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Posted on: November 1, 2018

DevelopNEXT: Drafts of Land Development Ordinances Chapters 101-103 Now Online

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The city’s DevelopNEXT effort to simplify and modernize its development and design standards is advancing, with drafts of the first three chapters of the Land Development Ordinances (LDO) online for public and stakeholder review and comment. 

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Posted on: October 31, 2018

Task Force Votes on ways to honor combat-wounded veteran Brian Mancini

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The City's Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force will present two recommendations for ways in which to honor the late Brian Mancini, to the City Council at their December 4th Work Session.

At the task force’s October 30 meeting, members were presented ...

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Posted on: October 29, 2018

City of Surprise recognized for exemplary event production and promotion

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The City of Surprise, in partnership with local community sponsors, was recognized October 25 at the 24th Annual APS Arizona Talent in Events Concepts Awards Competition.  

Each year, the APS AzTEC Award competition, endorsed by the International ...

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Posted on: October 26, 2018

SeaCa Packaging Breaks Ground on Manufacturing Facility in Surprise During AZ Manufacturers Month

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SeaCa Packaging, owned by Seattle Tacoma Box Company, an over 125-year-old six generation family owned and operated company specializing in packaging, today announced its expansion to Greater Phoenix with the groundbreaking of a manufacturing plant in Sur...

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Posted on: October 29, 2018

City's annual Pavement Preservation Program kicks off

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The City of Surprise Public Works Department kicked off its annual Pavement Preservation Program this week, and the focus of the first phase is low-to-moderate-capacity collector roads.

This annual program identifies city streets to receive appropriate app...

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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 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 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: 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 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: 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: 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 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 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: 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 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: 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 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

HOME Investment Partnerships Program

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

Sign Code Update-01

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

Surprise Stadium - AZ in grass

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

Decide Surprise - 2017 General Obligation Bond

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

D2 Councilmember Nancy Hayden

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

Councilmember Ken Remley Portrait

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

Decide Surprise - 2017 General Obligation Bond

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

Surprise Councilmember Jim Hayden

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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