Today In Surprise

Posted on: May 20, 2020

Sanitation schedule change week of Memorial Day

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Due to the Memorial Day holiday May 25, city of Surprise sanitation customers ONLY are reminded that collection will be postponed by one day the week of May 25-29. Monday collection will occur on Tuesday; Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday; Wednes...

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Posted on: May 18, 2020

Surprise Introduces Phased COVID-19 Reopening Plan

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With Governor Ducey’s stay home order lifted, and in the spirit of his recent “Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger” Executive Order, the City of Surprise has prepared a phased reopening plan. 

Each phase wil...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Waddell Rd narrowed to one lane each direction, Sarival Ave to Reems Rd, beg. May 17

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Beginning Sunday, May 17, Waddell Road will be reduced to one lane in each direction from Sarival Avenue to Reems Road.

The lane reductions will be in place through early July 2020, weather permitting, to allow for milling and paving preparation work on Wa...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

Changes to public participation during Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission meeting May 18

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In an effort to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council Chambers will be closed to the public during the City of Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission Special Meeting on May 18 at 4:30 p.m. Public comment will be taken b...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

City of Surprise pools, gyms, recreation centers remain closed until further notice

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While Governor Ducey’s newest Executive Order allows public pools and gyms to open May 13 under Arizona Department of Health Services guidelines, the city of Surprise is maintaining closures of Surprise Aquatic Center, Hollyhock Pool, the gym at...

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Posted on: May 12, 2020

Governor Ducey Announces Next Phase Of Arizona Recovery

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Governor Doug Ducey today announced that the Stay At Home order in Arizona will be ending on May 15 and replaced by new guidance for the next stage of economic recovery. The new guidance aligns with gating criteria issued by the White House and Centers Fo...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

Surprise Sundancers raise nearly $175,000 for scholarships and youth programs

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The Surprise Sundancers, the official Surprise Stadium Spring Training volunteer organization, with the support of the Arizona Community Foundation, awarded $155,000 in scholarships to 95 students from high schools in Surprise, El Mirage, Youngtown or Wic...

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Posted on: May 8, 2020

Surprise Fire-Medical offers prevention tips, evacuation info in anticipation of wildfire danger

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Wildfire danger in Arizona is expected to be high this year following a wet winter that aided in increasing desert vegetation growth. Surprise Fire-Medical reminds residents that there are simple best practices that can help prevent wildfires and what ste...

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Posted on: May 7, 2020

Bell & Litchfield intersection improvement project will require lane restrictions beg. May 11

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Work to improve the intersection of Bell and Litchfield roads will require lane restrictions on both eastbound and westbound Bell Road, Litchfield Road to West Point Parkway, beginning Monday, May 11.

The intersection improvement project will lengthen the ...

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

City of Surprise Seeking Applications for Voluntary Commission Vacancy

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The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following  Commission.  All Board/Commission positions are voluntary.  

•    Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission  &ndash...

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Posted on: May 7, 2020

Surprise to open some recreation amenities May 15

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In anticipation of Governor Doug Ducey’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” Executive Order expiring May 15, the city of Surprise is preparing to reopen select recreational amenities that allow for appropriate physical...

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Posted on: May 4, 2020

Gov. Ducey Issues Updated Guidance For Restaurants, Coffee Shops, Barbers & Cosmetologists

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Governor Doug Ducey today issued an Executive Order allowing cosmetologists and barber shops to resume appointment-based services this Friday, May 8 and restaurants and coffee shops to resume dine-in services with physical distancing measures on Monday, M...

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Posted on: May 1, 2020

Governor Ducey, ADHS Release Guidelines For Retail Business & Customers As Openings Resume Next Week

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Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services today released additional guidelines as retail businesses resume partial operations starting next week. The recommendations include enhanced sanitation and physical distancing steps custome...

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Governor Issues Updated Guidance For Arizonans, Businesses

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Governor Doug Ducey yesterday issued an Executive Order extending Arizona’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected Order until May 15, 2020. 

The order also continues Arizona’s gradual economic reopening, allowing retail busin...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Mayor Hall Declares Local State of Emergency in Surprise

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In consultation with members of the Surprise City Council, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Skip Hall announced a State of Emergency for the city of Surprise today in an effort to preserve public health.  

Effective 5 p.m. this even...

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

View a list of upcoming pavement preservation projects, timelines in Surprise

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Pavement preservation is underway in Surprise.

The city’s annual pavement preservation program identifies city streets to receive appropriate applications to lengthen the lifetime of the street surface. The approved budgeted amount for the FY20 P...

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Posted on: April 28, 2020

Surprise continues suspension of recreation programming & events

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With the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and its impacts to public assembly and the city’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget and beyond, all recreation programming and events will continue to be suspended until further notice. 

This includes summ...

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Posted on: April 27, 2020

Veterans Reflection Circle named Project of the Year by national & state public works associations

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The city of Surprise Veterans Reflection Circle has been selected as an American Public Works Association (APWA) Public Works Project of the Year for 2020, as well as the APWA Arizona Chapter Project of the Year, in the category of Structures that cost le...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Surprise water professionals, facilities honored with AZ Water Association awards

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The city’s Water Resource Management department is the recipient of multiple 2020 AZ Water Association awards, including Operator of the Year, Technology Professional of the Year and four facility safety awards.

The AZ Water Association awards re...

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Posted on: April 22, 2020

FY2021 Recommended Budget provides flexibility for the future

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The Fiscal Year 2021 (FY2021) City Manager Recommended Budget was presented to the City Council at the Work Session on April 21, 2020, with a focus on flexibility amid the to-be-determined economic impacts of COVID-19. 

The FY2021 recommended expe...

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Posted on: April 21, 2020

City to host online veteran workshops on VA Aid & Attendance benefits

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The Reveille Foundation in partnership with the American Patriot Service Corporation will be offering online information and registration workshops on Veterans Administration Aid & Attendance benefits.

Aid & Attendance benefits are provided to both...

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

Surprise Lights City Hall Blue to Honor Health Care Workers, First Responders

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Surprise has joined Governor Ducey’s Light AZ Blue initiative to show support for Arizona’s frontline medical workers and emergency responders battling COVID-19.

As part of the statewide initiative, buildings like the Arizona Capitol, e...

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Posted on: April 16, 2020

Watch the 2020 State of the City Video

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Following an April 15 live premiere, the 2020 State of the City video is now available for on-demand replay. The video looks at significant achievements that have transformed our city and celebrates the progress we have made over the past six decades &...

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Posted on: April 13, 2020

Sarival Ave improvement project, Cactus to Waddell, to be completed late June 2020

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Work to improve a portion of Sarival Avenue, Cactus Road to just south of the Waddell Road intersection, will be complete in late June 2020, weather permitting. 

The traffic signal at the intersection of Sarival Avenue and Waddell Road is also sch...

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Posted on: April 6, 2020

Surprise introduces Shop Surprise banners for retailers; creates Open for Business list

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To help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Surprise Economic Development department is introducing two new resources to promote local non-restaurant retailers: a purple “Open for Business” #ShopSurprise banner campaign and a ...

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Changes to public participation during PSPRS Fire & Police Board meetings

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In an effort to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council Chambers will be closed to the public during city PSPRS Fire and Police Board Meetings until further notice. Public comment will be taken by phone and email beginning with the...

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

COVID-19 financial relief information for individuals & families available on city’s website

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought economic uncertainty to many individuals and families. In response, financial assistance policies have been activated at the national, state and city levels, as well as by business industries. The city has developed a web...

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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 cont...
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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 26, 2020

COVID-19 Special Report Video

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With so much change and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, Mayor Hall sat down with staff to talk about how the city is working hard to preserve public health, support our vulnerable populations, and maintain essential city services. 

Community inq...

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

City launches webpage for consumers, businesses, job seekers; introduces business recovery plan

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Surprise launched today a webpage dedicated to connecting consumers, businesses and job seekers with tips, resources and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city’s Economic Development department created the COVID-19 Business and Workforce ...

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Posted on: March 26, 2020

Update: March 27 FY 2021 Budget Retreat Public Comment Details

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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Surprise City Council’s Budget Retreat, scheduled for Friday, March 27, has been relocated to City Hall- Council Chambers.

In an effort to preserve public health, the retreat will be closed to public atte...

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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 24, 2020

City Park Amenities & Facilities Closed to Public

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To minimize the potential spread of illness by reducing opportunities to gather, Surprise is closing all city park amenities and facilities effective immediately.

The closure includes: playgrounds, water fountains, basketball courts, pickle ball courts, do...

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Local nonprofit Benevilla seeking volunteers to assist seniors

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Local nonprofit Benevilla is seeking volunteers to help our community’s seniors during this difficult time.

At this time, Benevilla needs immediate assistance with the following volunteer opportunities:

  • Grocery shopping: Assist older adults who ca...
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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Surprise launches “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” campaign to support community needs

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You can have a major impact by helping your neighbors! During our current public health crisis, the need of those in our community is increasing. The city of Surprise is asking our residents to donate some critical items.

The following items are being soug...

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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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Posted on: March 10, 2020

Census Mailings Arrive March 12-20; Count for your Community

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It’s time to count for your community! Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census are arriving in mailboxes March 12-20, and you will have the opportunity to respond online, by phone, or by mail. 

This once-a-decade survey will count ever...

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Posted on: March 10, 2020

Fiscal Year 2021 Budget Retreat set for March 27

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The Surprise City Council will hold a Budget Retreat on Friday, March 27.

At the retreat, Council will be joined by city staff as they continue the development of the Fiscal Year 2021 Recommended City Manager’s Budget, which is scheduled to be re...

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Posted on: March 4, 2020

Surprise Fire-Medical is Awarded International Accredited Status

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The Surprise Fire-Medical Department in Surprise, Arizona has received Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and ...

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Posted on: February 13, 2020

Surprise Resource Center expands evening hours beginning March 4

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The city’s one-stop-shop for social services will soon expand its evening hours.

Beginning March 4, the Surprise Resource Center will extend its closing hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The new hours will be:

Monday & T...

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Posted on: February 4, 2020

Surprise Reaffirms Support for Quality Education

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The City of Surprise has announced its support of the Arizona Education Progress Meter, along with the statewide goal to boost postsecondary attainment to 60 percent by the year 2030.

Launched in early 2016 with the backing of 40 major endorsers, the Progr...

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Posted on: January 31, 2020

Chief Young to serve as 2020 AZ Association of Chiefs of Police President

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Surprise Police Chief Terry Young will serve as the President of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) for 2020, the association announced Friday at their annual General Membership Meeting and Board Installation Luncheon.

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Posted on: January 22, 2020

City Council names Judd as Vice Mayor

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The Surprise City Council selected District 6 Councilmember Chris Judd 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 16, 2020

City begins FY21 budget discussions Jan. 21

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The City of Surprise FY2021 budget building process kicks off at the City Council Work Session on Tuesday, January 21.

This will be the first in a series of presentations to Council by the City’s Finance Department regarding the overall developme...

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Posted on: January 7, 2020

Celebrate Asante Library Grand Opening Feb. 1

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Join the City of Surprise and Maricopa County Library District for a morning of celebration and fun activities as we mark the Grand Opening of the Asante Library, located at 16755 W Vereda Solana Drive!

The grand opening event will be held:

Saturday, Februa...

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Posted on: January 3, 2020

Surprise names Community Development Director

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Surprise City Manager Mike Frazier has announced that Chris Boyd will serve as the city’s new Community Development Director.

Boyd has served as Acting Director of the Community Development (CD) Department since April, stepping in from his role as Assistan...

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Posted on: December 11, 2019

DevelopNEXT: Give Input on Draft Land Development Ordinances

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The city’s DevelopNEXT effort to simplify and modernize its development and design standards is advancing, with drafts of chapters 101 -108 of the Land Development Ordinances (LDO) online for public and stakeholder review and comment.

The purpose of the LD...

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Posted on: December 4, 2019

City awarded $50K grant from Tohono O’odham Nation to advance community initiatives

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The city of Surprise City Council voted to accept a $50,000 grant from the Tohono O’odham Nation at their meeting last night.  

The city’s Human Service and Community Vitality Department applied for and was awarded the grant to...

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Posted on: November 20, 2019

Surprise offers free online “Startup Space” to connect entrepreneurs, small businesses

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Free business support is now only a click away in the City of Surprise! A new online platform called Startup Space is now available to all Surprise small businesses, startups and residents free of cost, courtesy of the City of Surprise Economic Developmen...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

City of Surprise Revenue Bond Rating Raised to ‘AA+’

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Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings raised its long-term rating to 'AA+' from 'AA' on Surprise, Ariz.'s series 2015 pledged revenue and revenue refunding obligations. The outlook is stable.

The raised rating action reflects the applica...

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Posted on: November 4, 2019

Arizona History & Culture Speaker Series returns with new speakers, topics

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Experience stories of Arizona history and culture through a speaker series presented by the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission in partnership with Arizona Humanities.

Local experts from Arizona Humanities’ AZ Speaks program will present on the ...

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Posted on: October 16, 2019

Surprise Fire-Medical Awarded 8 New Firefighters Through Federal Grant

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The Surprise Fire-Medical Department was awarded eight new firefighters through a federal grant. This newly-awarded grant pays for the majority of the training costs and salaries for a period of two years and a little less than half of the costs for a thi...

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Posted on: October 21, 2019

CALL OF ELECTION - Public Notice of the City of Surprise, Arizona.

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

Primary Election: Tuesday, August 4, 2020General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (If Applicable)

Offices to be filled – Mayor (4 year term ending in December 2024)...

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Posted on: October 16, 2019

Surprise expands library services with increased hours & new location

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The City of Surprise and Maricopa County Library District are excited to announce that in early 2020 a new library will open and another will offer expanded hours. 

Starting in early January 2020, expanded hours are coming to Hollyhock Library, lo...

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Posted on: October 1, 2019

Fall 2019 Progress Magazine released

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Does this cooler weather have you wanting to cuddle up with some hot chocolate and a good read? Progress Magazine is out now! This issue has all you need to know about upcoming festivals & entertainment, road improvement projects, Census 2020, and mor...

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Posted on: October 1, 2019

City wins national video award for “The Moving Wall Vietnam Memorial” visit

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The City of Surprise Marketing & Communications Department earned a first place win in the National Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors’ (NATOA) 34th Annual Government Programming Awards.

Surprise took first place for ou...

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Posted on: September 26, 2019

City of Surprise recruiting new tourism events; grant funding available

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The city of Surprise, Arizona is a hotbed for tourism events like MLB Spring Training, NCAA college baseball, USTA tennis, arts festivals, and amateur sports tournaments. In an effort to continue growing successful tourism opportunities, the city&rsqu...

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Posted on: September 25, 2019

Surprise Fire-Medical donates fire engine to Valley Vista High School Fire Science program

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 The Surprise Fire-Medical Department (SFMD) donated a fire engine to the Valley Vista High School Fire Science Program on September 24.

The fire engine is a 2006 EONE Cyclone Pumper with a 1500 gallon per minute pump and seating for up to six cre...

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

Mayor proclaims Surprise a Dementia Friendly City

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Mayor Skip Hall proclaimed the city of Surprise as a Dementia Friendly City at last night’s City Council meeting. This action created the second Dementia Friendly city in Arizona, joining Tempe as part of the Dementia Friends initiative, in partnership wi...

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Posted on: September 16, 2019

Citywide transportation projects update; Litchfield Road widening begins 9/30

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To meet the needs of a growing Surprise, the city is working on several significant transportation improvement projects. The projects range from constructing additional travel lanes to improving pavement conditions.

The city has created a Transportation Pr...

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Posted on: September 9, 2019

Surprise breaks ground on new Fire Station 304

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The city of Surprise broke ground today on a new Fire Station 304 at 163rd Avenue and San Ysidro Road, located in the city’s growing northern area. This voter-approved project is being funded by the 2017 Decide Surprise General Obligation Bond 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: August 12, 2019

Rising costs amid a volatile recycling market result in changes to city’s collection

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Like many communities across the country, the city of Surprise recycling program is struggling to maintain existing service levels amid soaring operational costs.

The city began curbside recycling in 2004 and the revenue generated by the recyclables helped...

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Posted on: July 24, 2019

Surprise wins marketing award at the Arizona Governor's Conference on Tourism

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The city won the Outstanding Marketing Campaign – Rural for its Find Your Surprise marketing campaign, including the website ExploreSurprise.com

This award, given at Tuesday night’s Arizona Governor's Conference on Tourism (G...

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Posted on: July 9, 2019

Judge Gaudreau Appointed to AZ Supreme Court Committee

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Surprise City Court Associate Judge Catherine A. Gaudreau was recently appointed by the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court to serve a three-year term as a Limited Jurisdiction Judge member of the Committee on the Impact of Domestic Violence and th...

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Posted on: July 1, 2019

Neighborhood Grant Program application now available

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The 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 com...

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

National Indoor RV Centers expands to Surprise, brings head-of-household jobs

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Texas-based National Indoor RV Centers (NIRVC) has selected the City of Surprise, Arizona for its new expansion location. The new Surprise business center will grow 65 full-time jobs and will be dedicated to the sales, servicing, storage and maintenance o...

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