Today In Surprise

Posted on: July 27, 2021

Hollyhock Pool has reopened

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Hollyhock Pool has reopened and all afternoon programming will be held as scheduled.

For questions about Hollyhock Pool programming, please call 623.222.2530. 

For information on city of Surprise aquatics programs at Hollyhock Pool or Surprise Aqua...

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Posted on: July 21, 2021

Surprise updates RideChoice transportation program to include veterans and raised income limit

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Valley Metro’s RideChoice program, which offers discounted transportation options, has been expanded to allow more access for Surprise residents. All veterans with proof of eligibility will now qualify, and the FY2021 Income Limit Category has b...

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Posted on: July 22, 2021

Waddell Rd and 145th Ave traffic signal will be activated July 27

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The city has completed work to install traffic signals at the intersection of Waddell Road and 145th Avenue and will activate the signal lights on Tuesday, July 27.

The new traffic signals will flash red for the first 48 hours before being fully operationa...

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Posted on: July 21, 2021

Greenway Road improvements near completion; upcoming traffic restrictions & signal activation

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Work on the Greenway Road improvement project will require intermittent road restrictions and a change in traffic pattern as a new traffic signal becomes operational.

Drivers can expect intermittent restrictions from Monday, July 26 – Thursday, July 29, as...

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Posted on: July 21, 2021

City of Surprise Seeking Applications for Voluntary Commission Vacancies

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The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following Commissions.  All Board/Commission positions are voluntary and you must reside in the City of Surprise.   

  • City Audit Committee – Term Expiration June 30,...
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Posted on: July 16, 2021

New “Surprise Lately” Episode

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In this episode of Surprise Lately, learn how you can get funding for a neighborhood event or improvement, see which leadership position the city is looking to fill, and check if you're eligible to receive money for conserving water!

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Posted on: July 15, 2021

Parks & Recreation expands Esports Program, and offers another tournament

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The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is excited to expand its Esports Program to include Esports “Weekly’s.” The Department will also be hosting yet another Fortnite Tournament!

Esports Weekly’sThe featured game is ‘Super Smash Bros.’ for...

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Posted on: July 13, 2021

Enjoy Dive In Movie Night at Surprise Aquatic Center

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The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is excited to announce a second Dive In Movie as part of our summer special events series!

Join us for the family-friendly, “Raya & The Last Dragon,” presented by Dental Depot, ...

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Posted on: July 7, 2021

City of Surprise opens recruitment for a City Manager

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The city of Surprise is seeking a City Manager. City leaders are looking for a seasoned public sector professional with a proven track record of quickly and effectively assessing, engaging with, and acclimating to an organization’s needs, and embracing ch...

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Posted on: July 7, 2021

Surprise to host Perfect Game baseball championship series

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The City of Surprise is set to host Perfect Game’s major elite amateur baseball events throughout July. 

Perfect Game is considered the elite amateur baseball scouting organization in existence, producing over 100 tournaments and showcas...

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Posted on: July 6, 2021

City of Surprise Seeking Applications for Voluntary Commission Vacancies

Boards and Commissions Vacancy

The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following Commissions.  All Board/Commission positions are voluntary and you must reside in the City of Surprise.   

  • City Audit Committee – Term Expiratio...
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Posted on: July 2, 2021

Governor Ducey rescinds 25 pandemic-related Executive Orders

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Governor Doug Ducey’s office announced today that it is rescinding 25 Executive Orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic following action by the Arizona Legislature.

View the governor’s press release for a complete list of Executive Orde...

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Posted on: July 1, 2021

Neighborhood Grant Program application now available

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Surprise City Council approved funding to support the Neighborhood Grant Program, providing eligible neighborhoods with small grants to fund neighborhood events, functions or community improvements. 

Recognizing an opportunity to encourage communi...

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Posted on: July 2, 2021

Surprise Judge Dominguez awarded for excellence in judicial education

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On Thursday, June 24, 2021, at the 2021 Arizona Judicial Conference, Surprise City Court Presiding Judge Louis Frank Dominguez was presented with the “2021 COJET Excellence in Education Award” from the Judicial College of Arizona, a standing committee of ...

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Posted on: July 1, 2021

Surprise Economic Development Director receives “Most Influential Women in AZ Business" honor

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The city of Surprise applauds Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic on being named one of Arizona Business Magazine’s 2021 “Most Influential Women in Arizona Business.”

Jerkovic’s work as the city’s Director of Economic Development attracts busine...

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Posted on: July 6, 2021

Gear up for youth Fall Sports Leagues in Surprise; registration begins today

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Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is now registering for youth soccer, tee-ball, baseball, softball and volleyball leagues as well as sports skill classes and camps. Youth pickleball and tennis programs are also available. Regular registration fo...

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Posted on: June 28, 2021

Holly Osborn to serve as Parks & Recreation Director

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City Manager Mike Frazier announced today that he has selected Holly Osborn to serve as the next Surprise Parks & Recreation Director.  

Osborn has 18 years of progressive experience with the city of Surprise, most recently as an Assistant Fin...

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Posted on: June 28, 2021

Progress Magazine - Summer 2021

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The Summer Surprise Progress Magazine is ready for your reading pleasure! Your mailbox will be extra hot with info about your most desired retail & restaurants, a look at what residents think about Surprise, how you can enjoy July 4th events and more.

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Posted on: July 1, 2021

Surprise rebate programs offer incentives for water-conscious customers

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Surprise water customers who want to help with water conservation efforts have additional incentives to save.

Beginning July 1, city-serviced residential and business water customers will have three water conservation rebate options. 

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Posted on: June 21, 2021

Neighborhood Meeting Canceled: 163rd Ave & Grand Ave Major General Plan Amendment Request

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A Neighborhood Meeting scheduled for June 23, 2021 regarding a Major General Plan Amendment Request for the Northeast Corner of 163rd & Grand Avenues has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a date to be determined.

The meeting was to be held by Be...

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Posted on: June 18, 2021

Waddell Rd and 145th Ave traffic signal project begins June 21

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Work to install a new traffic signal at the intersection of Waddell Road and 145th Avenue will begin on Monday, June 21.

Drivers can expect intermittent lane restrictions in the outside lanes near each corner of the intersection while signal preparation wo...

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Posted on: June 16, 2021

City Council Reappoints Surprise City Court Presiding Judge and Associate Judge

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Surprise City Council voted at their June 15 meeting to reappoint Surprise City Court Presiding Judge Louis Frank Dominguez and Associate Judge Catherine A. Gaudreau to new four-year terms beginning July 1, 2021. 

Prior to Council’s vote, the city...

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Posted on: June 11, 2021

City of Surprise Opens Recruitment for Human Resources Director

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The City of Surprise is seeking an experienced servant leader who is passionate about public service, diversity, equity, and inclusion and can lead a high performing team to support the needs of a fast-growing and innovative city as Human Resources Direct...

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Posted on: June 15, 2021

Council proclaims Monsoon Awareness Week; Surprise offers safety tips for Monsoon 2021

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Mayor Skip Hall, proclaimed June 13-19 as Monsoon Awareness Week in Surprise during tonight’s Regular City Council Meeting and encouraged residents to be prepared for severe weather during the unpredictable season.

Monsoon, June 15-September 30, is a seaso...

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Posted on: June 14, 2021

Four-Way Stops Coming to 175th Ave at Intersections of Surprise Farms Loop North & South

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A traffic pattern change is coming to two intersections of 175th Avenue in Surprise. Four-way stops will be added at Surprise Farms Loop North and Surprise Farms Loop South on Monday, June 28.

Due to Dysart Unified School District boundary changes slated f...

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Posted on: June 2, 2021

Council adopts FY2022 Budget focused on addressing city growth; adding personnel

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The Surprise City Council approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 City Budget in a Special Meeting Tuesday night. The budget is focused on maintaining our current level of service as the city continues to see steady growth. The budget continues to focus on Cou...

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Posted on: May 14, 2021

Residents love their city; focused on economy in National Community Survey

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The 2021 National Community Survey (NCS) results reveal at least 9 in 10 residents gave excellent or good ratings to the overall quality of life in Surprise and the city as a place to live. 

About 90% of the residents reported they would recommend...

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Posted on: May 13, 2021

Perfect Game & USA Baseball host series of amateur youth baseball tournaments in Surprise

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The City of Surprise is set to sizzle this weekend as it marks the start of summer youth baseball tournaments at the Surprise Stadium Sports Complex. Competition play begins this weekend for the 2021 Mountain West Elite Championship, which is the first in...

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Posted on: May 12, 2021

Peoria Deputy Police Chief Benny Piña selected to serve as Surprise Police Chief

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City Manager Mike Frazier announced today that he has selected Peoria Deputy Police Chief Benny Piña to serve as the next Chief of the Surprise Police Department. 

“The Surprise Police Department has a mission centered on serv...

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Posted on: May 10, 2021

City of Surprise Opens Recruitment for Parks & Recreation Director

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The City of Surprise is seeking an experienced servant leader to support and guide an accredited Parks & Recreation Department as Parks and Recreation Director. 

Strong candidates will be visionary team leaders who exhibit high energy and an e...

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Posted on: May 3, 2021

Search for Surprise Police Chief narrows to six candidates

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The search for a new City of Surprise Police Chief is moving forward, with finalist interviews set to take place on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. 

The application period for the position closed on March 23 after receiving 62 applications. 

The s...

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Posted on: April 21, 2021

New West Valley Hub for Veteran Resources and Support Services Launches in Surprise

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Public-Private Partnership, Donor Network Help Grow West Valley Military and Veteran Success Center

Veterans, service members (active duty, Guard and reserve) and their families now have a new place to access resources, support and assistance in the West V...

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Posted on: April 15, 2021

Passport services return to Surprise City Hall April 19

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Passport services will return to Surprise City Hall beginning April 19, by appointment only. 

Normal business hours for passports will be Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the City Clerk’s Office. 

City staff can acc...

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Posted on: April 14, 2021

Watch the 2021 State of the City Video

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Following an April 13 live premiere, the 2021 State of the City video is now available for on-demand replay. 

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted so many people in so many ways last year, and in this video, we highlight the resilience of our community....

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Posted on: April 9, 2021

Spring 2021 Progress Magazine available now!

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The latest issue of Progress Magazine has hatched!

Read about blooming development, how you can take the Surprise Retail survey, where to find budding art around the city, and much more!

View the digital edition now: Surprise Progress Magazine Spring 2021

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

City Hall reopens to public 4/12; City Council & public meetings open to in-person attendance

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On Monday, April 12, Surprise City Hall and other city administrative buildings will open to the public, following a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Additionally, meetings of the City Council and all boards and commissions will open to in-person attend...

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Posted on: March 25, 2021

Governor Announces New Phase of COVID-19 Mitigation; Events of 50+ No Longer Need City Approval

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With the state of Arizona hitting several important public health benchmarks, Governor Doug Ducey today announced several updates to the state’s COVID-19 measures, including on events, businesses and local ordinances.

Several key data points contributed to...

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Posted on: March 5, 2021

Governor Ducey Announces Next Phase of Business and Safety Protocols

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Governor Doug Ducey today announced the next phase of COVID-19 mitigation.

The announcement follows 7 weeks of declining cases in Arizona, and the distribution of more than 2 million vaccines.

The following changes are reflected in a new Executive Order fro...

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Posted on: February 3, 2021

Say it, Surprise! National Community 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 2021 National Community Survey (NCS)!

What you tell us helps to identi...

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Posted on: January 15, 2021

City debuts anti-litter campaign, “Keep it Beautiful, Surprise!”

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The city of Surprise takes pride in being a safe, clean and attractive city, where residents and businesses can thrive and visitors are impressed. In an effort to keep our city as clean as possible, we are releasing a campaign encouraging residents to &am...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

DevelopNEXT: Council approves updates to city’s land development ordinances & design standards

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The Surprise City Council approved the adoption of new Land Development Ordinances (LDO) and Planning and Engineering Design Standards (PEDS) at the December 15 City Council Meeting following a more than two-year process that engaged both residents and de...

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Posted on: December 16, 2020

Governor Ducey Shares Latest On COVID-19

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Governor Doug Ducey today toured the vaccine distribution site at the Arizona State Fairgrounds and announced ten Arizona health care frontline workers who will be among the first Arizonans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

After the tour, the Gov...

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Posted on: December 7, 2020

Surprise breaks ground on Fire Station 308 at Litchfield & Cactus roads

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Construction began December 7 on City of Surprise Fire Station 308 at the southeast corner of Litchfield Road and Cactus Road. This voter-approved project is being funded by the 2017 Decide Surprise General Obligation Bond.

The southeast portion of Surpris...

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Posted on: December 2, 2020

Governor Ducey Announces Latest Actions to Fight COVID-19, Increase Hospital Staffing

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Governor Doug Ducey today announced a series of actions to fight the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona.

Today’s actions include: 

  • Update on vaccine distribution plan
  • Executive Order ensuring all Arizonans receive the vaccine without financial barriers
  • Ex...
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Posted on: December 2, 2020

Greenway Rd improvement project begins, Cotton Ln to Sarival Ave

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Construction of the voter-approved Greenway Road improvement project will begin Thursday, December 3.

The project will finish the south half of Greenway Road from 800 feet west of Loop 303 to 1600 feet east of Loop 303 (approximately Cotton Lane to Sarival...

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

Governor Ducey Announces $25 Million for Medical Professionals, Additional Safety Measures

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At a press conference at the state Public Health Lab, Governor Doug Ducey today announced a list of new actions to support hospitals and medical professionals and combat the spread of COVID-19. Arizona will invest $25 million to bolster hospital staffing ...

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Posted on: November 3, 2020

Hastings sworn in as new District 5 Councilmember

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Jack Hastings was officially sworn in as the new District 5 (D5) Councilmember today at Surprise City Hall.

Hastings won the D5 seat during the August Primary Election over David Sanders, the council-appointed incumbent. 

Sanders was appointed on J...

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Posted on: October 7, 2020

Council approves Temporary Expansion of Premise permits for Surprise restaurants during COVID-19

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City Council last night approved the use of Temporary Expansion of Premise (TEP) permits for local restaurants to help expand their ability to serve more customers while maintaining social distancing requirements during COVID-19. 

The TEP permit a...

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Posted on: August 31, 2020

Governor Ducey and Health Leaders Urge Arizonans to Get Flu Shot

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As Arizona continues efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, state health agencies and the Governor’s Office are partnering with health care providers and businesses to prepare for the upcoming flu season.

Governor Doug Ducey today was joine...

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Posted on: August 10, 2020

Arizona Department of Health Services Phased Reopening Plan for Paused Industries

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The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) today announced public health recommendations for the eventual safe reopening of paused businesses in the state of Arizona.

On June 27, Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-43 “Pausing of Ari...

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Valley Metro adjusts Express, RAPID bus service schedules due to COVID-19

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Valley Metro has released the following information:

Valley Metro is adjusting the Express and RAPID commuter bus service schedules to operate fewer trips each weekday morning and evening. This is a proactive step to maintain local bus route service for th...

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

City webpage provides community support resources, volunteer opportunities amid COVID-19

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This is an overwhelming time for communities around the world, and it is important that our residents know how to access the resources they need.Here’s a look at what is available on the webpage:

  • Community Resource Guide – provides contact information for ...
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Posted on: March 30, 2020

City temporarily amends A-frame sign policy during COVID-19 Pandemic

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Beginning, Monday, March 30, 2020, businesses in the city of Surprise will be allowed to display an A-frame sign along the adjacent roadway or roadway closest to their business subject to certain requirements set forth below.

The temporary use of A-frame s...

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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.

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Surprise Partners with Meals of Joy to Offer Hot Lunches to Vulnerable Populations

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The City of Surprise has partnered with Meals of Joy to deliver meals at no cost to seniors aged 62 and over, as well as individuals 55 and over with a disability. This temporary, federally funded program is designed to help vulnerable residents maintain ...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Surprise Resource Center Reducing Public Hours

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Due to COVID 19 concerns, the Surprise Resource Center is reducing the number of public walk-in hours while maintaining call-in hours to ensure service to the community.

The Surprise Resource Center is a one-stop-shop for social services. Through strategic...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Governor Ducey Announces Latest COVID-19 Actions

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Governor Doug Ducey today announced additional mitigation strategies to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona. His executive actions include ensuring food access; increasing hospital capacity; Updated guidance and flexibility for restaurants, bars and ...

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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Changes to public participation during Planning & Zoning meetings effective March 18

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Out of an abundance of caution, and in an effort to protect the health and safety of our employees, residents and visitors, the Council Chambers will be closed to the public during city Planning & Zoning Commission Meetings until further notice. Publi...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Changes to public participation during Council Meetings effective March 17

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Out of an abundance of caution, and in an effort to protect the health and safety of our employees, residents and visitors, the Council Chambers will be closed to the public during City Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings until further notice. Publ...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Surprise cancels/postpones events and programs due to COVID-19

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After careful consideration, the city of Surprise is canceling or postponing all city-sponsored events, programs, and sports effective March 16 and continuing through May 10. 

The decision comes as COVID-19 (coronavirus) has reached pandemic level...

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