Today In Surprise

Posted on: July 20, 2018

Surprise hosts Ken Griffey Jr. World Series & Babe Ruth Pacific Southwest Regional tournaments

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Beginning today, the Ken Griffey Jr. World Series kicks off the end of the summer tournament season as the first of three tournaments you can catch in Surprise!

Pool play for the 15U tournament starts Friday and runs through Sunday at the Kansas City Royal...

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Posted on: July 19, 2018

Bullard Ave Improvement Project median work progresses, Greenway Rd to Cholla St

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The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), in partnership with the city of Surprise, is currently constructing the Bullard Avenue Improvement Project, a multi-modal roadway (Greenway-Peoria) featuring two vehicle lanes in each direction, protected b...

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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 19, 2018

Upcoming music, theater performances at West Valley Arts HQ in Surprise

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The Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission is excited to announce some upcoming arts performances at West Valley Arts HQ!NEW! Sunset SeriesAugust 11, 6:30 p.m.Stuck Moving Up (condensed version)Performed by Holly TheaterWest Valley Arts HQ - 161...

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Posted on: July 17, 2018

City offering up to $125 rebate for installing smart irrigation controllers

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Surprise water customers who install a WaterSense®-labeled irrigation controller may be eligible to receive a rebate up to $125 from the city!The water conservation office is now accepting applications from single-family residential, homeowner ass...

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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 12, 2018

Updated: Bullard Ave Improvement Project work continues in the medians, Greenway to Waddell

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The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), in partnership with the city of Surprise, is currently constructing the Bullard Avenue Improvement Project, a multi-modal roadway (Greenway-Peoria) featuring two vehicle lanes in each direction, protected b...

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Posted on: July 10, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: July 10, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: July 10, 2018

Become a Volunteer on Surprise Fire-Medical’s Community Emergency Response Team

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The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is offering free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for residents interested in volunteering in an emergency or disaster situation.CERT is a FEMA program that educates volunteers about disaster preparedn...

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Posted on: July 9, 2018

New Explore Surprise Episode - Youth Programs!

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

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Posted on: July 6, 2018

New Surprise Progress TV Episode

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Watch the latest Surprise Progress TV for info on fall youth sports registration, two road improvement projects, and ideas for honoring an exceptional leader.

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Posted on: July 3, 2018

ADOT pavement improvement work scheduled on Grand Avenue (US 60), 163rd Ave - CAP canal

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The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers in the Surprise area of a scheduled two-week pavement-improvement project along Grand Avenue (US 60) west of 163rd Avenue.The work is scheduled from July 11-27.Lane restrictions will be in place wee...

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Posted on: July 3, 2018

New Issue of Surprise Progress Magazine

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

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Posted on: July 2, 2018

Bullard Ave construction project scheduled to begin July 9

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Construction to restore Bullard Avenue to two vehicle lanes in each direction (Greenway-Peoria), with additional safety features, is scheduled to begin July 9.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), the lead agency on the project, co...

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Posted on: July 6, 2018

Free Classes: Wills vs Trusts and Estate Planning

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The city is hosting free classes on Wills vs. Trusts and Estate Planning.August 1 – Wills vs. Trusts

Most American adults do not have a living trust, a will or any estate plan in place. For many who do, they can fall out of date for various reasons. If you...

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Posted on: July 9, 2018

Free Workshops: Medicare 101 & Medicare Prescription Drug Plans

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The city is hosting free workshops for anyone wanting to learn more about Medicare or Medicare prescription drug plans.The following classes, taught by Orlando Cruz with Cruz Insurance Advisors, are now open for registration:Medicare 101 – Tuesd...

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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 27, 2018

Register for youth fall sports leagues & classes

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Fall youth sports registration opens July 2! The city is offering soccer and flag football leagues, as well as skills classes in basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball.Fall Youth Soccer and Flag Football League:These are recreational leagues for bo...

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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 13, 2018

Heat warning this week; hydration stations available

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With a heat warning in effect this week, the city of Surprise reminds residents that the city is a Heat Relief Network partner, providing hydration and refuge stations for those in need of a place to cool off during the hot summer months. The Mar...

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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 11, 2018

City opens application process for Community Outreach Program

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A City Council-led initiative to assist community organizations in providing programs and events that benefit City of Surprise residents is now accepting applications.Council set aside $65,000 for FY2018-2019 for the Surprise Community Outreach Program in...

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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: June 8, 2018

Dysart Road restrictions, Cactus to Peoria, beginning June 18

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Construction of a new median on Dysart Road near Saguaro Drive will result in road restrictions beginning Monday, June 18.Dysart Road will be restricted to one lane in each direction from Cactus Road to Peoria Avenue through Sunday, August 5.For project q...

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Posted on: May 24, 2018

City of Surprise swim lesson registration opens

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Have fun and improve your water safety skills with City of Surprise swim lessons!Private and group swim lessons are available for all ages and abilities at Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N Bullard Avenue and Hollyhock Pool, 15808 N Hollyhock Street.Select...

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Posted on: May 23, 2018

Don’t sit out the Summer! Get in the game with City of Surprise youth sports camps!

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Registration is now open for a variety of City of Surprise Summer Break Youth Sports Camps, including volleyball, cheerleading, baseball, softball, basketball, football, soccer and tennis.Volleyball Camp – Ages 7-15In this four-day camp, coaches...

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Posted on: May 22, 2018

Truth In Taxation Hearing Notice Of Tax Increase

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

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Posted on: May 15, 2018

Voters ok city water election

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

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

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Posted on: May 10, 2018

Summer Adult Sports League Registration Opens May 14

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Registration for the summer season of city of Surprise Adult Sports Leagues opens next week!Summer leagues include: Co-Ed and Men’s Softball; Men’s Basketball; Co-Ed Kickball; Co-Ed Indoor Volleyball; 4-on-4 Flag Football, and Co-Ed an...

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Posted on: May 10, 2018

Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool Open May 26

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Splash into summer at the Surprise city pools! Both Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Pool will open for summer swimming on May 26, including Memorial Day, May 28.

The Surprise Aquatic Center, located at 15831 N Bullard Avenue, will be open on weekends...

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Posted on: May 7, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: May 7, 2018

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

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

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

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

2018 Surprise Retail Survey Results are in!

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

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Posted on: April 17, 2018

FY2019 Recommended Budget focuses on safety

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

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Posted on: April 16, 2018

2018 State of the City Address is future-focused

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

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Posted on: April 4, 2018

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

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

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

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

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

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

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

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Posted on: March 8, 2018

City of Surprise builds family a home through grant program

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

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Posted on: March 7, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: February 22, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: February 27, 2018

Police investigating trespassing at Ottawa University campus in Surprise; investigation continues

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Surprise Police have identified the suspect in this morning’s trespassing incident at Ottawa University, as 31-year old Steven Ziya. 

Ziya, a resident of Sun City, is being booked into the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail on charges of trespassing,...

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Posted on: February 21, 2018

City sets plans to honor former CRS Director Coronado

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

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

Funding released for Decide Surprise bond projects

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

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

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Posted on: February 16, 2018

Sex offender notifications are up to date

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

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Posted on: February 6, 2018

Council appoints Hayden to serve District 2

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

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

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Posted on: February 1, 2018

Former Canadian Prime Minister to visit Surprise, speak on city’s Canadian Healthcare Initiative

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The City of Surprise will welcome The Right Honourable John N. Turner, 17th Prime Minister of Canada, next week. Mr. Turner plans to speak to City Council about Surprise’s efforts to expand healthcare services to Canadians who visit or reside in...

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Posted on: January 24, 2018

Say it, Surprise! National Citizens Survey coming soon

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

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

What you tell us in this survey h...

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Posted on: January 24, 2018

Public input opens for D2 applicants; Council votes February 6

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

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

Public comments can be received by:

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Posted on: January 18, 2018

Surprise Police release statement regarding sex offender notifications

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

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Posted on: January 18, 2018

D2 applicant names released; interviews on January 23

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

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

The following applicants (read complet...

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Posted on: January 16, 2018

City Council names Remley Vice Mayor

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

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

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Posted on: January 12, 2018

City releases procurement schedule for Decide Surprise bond projects

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

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

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Posted on: January 10, 2018

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

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

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Posted on: January 2, 2018

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

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

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

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Posted on: December 20, 2017

City announces the passing of Councilmember Jim Hayden

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

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

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Posted on: December 15, 2017

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

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

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Posted on: December 13, 2017

CALL OF ELECTION

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Public Notice of the City of Surprise, Arizona.

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

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

Offices to be fill...

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Posted on: November 3, 2017

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

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

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

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Posted on: November 2, 2017

City wins big at Best of the West Awards

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

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

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Posted on: November 3, 2017

City’s innovative risk management program earns national recognition

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

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Posted on: November 1, 2017

City launches opioid addiction resource website; supports other initiatives

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

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Posted on: November 1, 2017

Surprise special events team wins multiple APS AzTEC Awards

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The Surprise Community and Recreation Services Special Events team was awarded gold and silver in multiple categories on October 19 at the 23rd Annual APS Arizona Talent in Event Concepts Awards Competition.Each year, the APS AzTEC Award competition, endo...

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Posted on: October 30, 2017

City of Surprise wins statewide Economic Development awards

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The City of Surprise Economic Development Department won two Golden Prospector awards at Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) fall conference.The AAED Golden Prospector awards encourage and recognize excellence in economic development state...

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Posted on: October 17, 2017

City recognized as a Veteran Supportive Employer and Community

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The Arizona Coalition for Military Families (ACMF) has designated the city of Surprise an Arizona Veteran Supportive Employer & City! 

The news was announced at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting. 

The city’s Public Saf...

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Posted on: October 9, 2017

Task Force to research way to honor long-time CRS Director Mark A. Coronado

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Recognizing that the City of Surprise rests on the shoulders of great women and men who invested a precious part of themselves to the benefit of our city; the Surprise City Council has adopted a policy to create an Ad-Hoc “Honoring an Exceptiona...

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Posted on: October 4, 2017

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

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

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

Every year, more than...

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Posted on: October 3, 2017

Surprise named Global City of the Year

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The City of Surprise has been recognized by the Global Chamber of Phoenix as the Global Business City of the Year at the organization’s annual Grow Globally Fair. 

The annual awards event held recognizes metro Phoenix-based individuals, organizati...

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Posted on: September 29, 2017

City of Surprise Seeking Applications for Voluntary Commission

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

Municipal Property Corporation - 1 vacancy

Applications for the above mentioned commission are available for pick-up immedi...

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Posted on: September 27, 2017

City participates in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ “Idea Accelerator” Workshop

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Through the nationwide Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge, the city of Surprise was selected to host an all-day visioning workshop to discuss the future of City Center.

The purpose of the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge is to explore bold and innovative...

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Posted on: September 25, 2017

City of Surprise Community & Recreation Services receives National Accreditation

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The City of Surprise Community & Recreation Services Department has received accreditation by the National Recreation and Parks Association.  The Association recognized Surprise’s efforts to provide high quality parks and recreation services ...

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Posted on: September 19, 2017

Council appoints Duffy to fill D3 vacancy

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The Surprise City Council approved the appointment of Patrick Duffy to represent the residents of District 3 at their Tuesday night Regular Council Meeting. 

Duffy replaces John Williams, who resigned from Council on August 15, 2017.

Duffy is a Fin...

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Posted on: September 19, 2017

City Manager selects Kendra Pettis to lead new Sports & Tourism Department

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City Manager Bob Wingenroth has selected Kendra Pettis to serve as the director of the new Sports and Tourism Department.

Kendra joined the city’s Community and Recreation Services (CRS) Department in 2005 as the Sports Tourism and Special Events Coordinat...

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Posted on: September 20, 2017

Surprise Economic Development Team Wins Three International Awards

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The Surprise Economic Development team won three international awards on September 19 at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) conference.

IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world's best economic development prog...

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Posted on: September 18, 2017

City’s Lock It or Lose It campaign wins national award

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An important community safety message is now award-winning! The City of Surprise Lock It or Lose It took top honors at the National Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors (NATOA) Government Programming Awards, held last week in Seattle,...

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

Council oks temporary sign policy, as work continues to update permanent code

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The City Council approved an updated Temporary Sign Policy for the city, at their Tuesday Regular Meeting. 

The intent of the policy is to better align with the current needs of businesses and residents and temporarily waives the Surprise City Cod...

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Posted on: September 6, 2017

Hollyhock Library to extend hours of operation, funding support from local charitable organizations

Councilmembers and CRS staff receive funds from Friends of the Surprise Libraries

The City of Surprise and Maricopa County Library District are excited to offer extended operating hours for the Hollyhock Library, located at 15844 N Hollyhock Street.   

In response to the recommendations provided through the recent libr...

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Posted on: August 31, 2017

Seven apply for D3 seat; Council interviews on Sept. 5

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The Surprise City Council will meet to interview the seven applicants seeking the vacant District 3 council seat in a Special Meeting, September 5, at 3 p.m., in City Hall- Council Chambers.

The names of those who filed their applicants by the 5 p.m., Augu...

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Posted on: August 31, 2017

City to honor Dick McComb in park renaming event

Dick McComb City Park

Following City Council's direction to honor the city's longest-tenured City Manager Dick McComb (1990 - 2000), the city will officially rename Surprise Farms Community Park, to Dick McComb City Park, at a public ceremony, Saturday, September 30, at 9 a.m....

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Posted on: August 15, 2017

District 3’s Williams resigns from Council

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District 3 Councilmember John Williams on Tuesday, submitted a letter of resignation from the City Council effectively immediately.

Williams was first elected to the City Council in November 2007. He was re-elected last fall to begin a new four-year team J...

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Posted on: August 14, 2017

City Council Meetings get “social” with live Facebook streaming

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The city is launching a new way for residents to connect to what’s happening in their community! Beginning, August 15, all City Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings will be streamed live on the city’s Facebook page.

For 13 years t...

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Posted on: August 8, 2017

New Explore Surprise Video

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Have you ever wondered how Surprise got its name? That answer and more in this edition of Explore Surprise - where we take a look at the city's history!

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Posted on: November 7, 2017

Voters ok bonds to build 10 projects

Decide Surprise - 2017 General Obligation Bond

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

Question #1: Voters in S...

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Posted on: March 28, 2018

Surprise AZ TechCelerator awarded international soft landings designation

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

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Posted on: January 23, 2018

LGE completes Milam Glass HQ in Surprise

LGE development of Milam Glass HQ

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

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Posted on: November 2, 2017

City wins big at Best of the West Awards

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

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

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Posted on: April 5, 2017

Economic Development Community Profile

Surprise Community Profile

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

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Posted on: October 3, 2017

Surprise named Global City of the Year

Global Business City of the Year award

The City of Surprise has been recognized by the Global Chamber of Phoenix as the Global Business City of the Year at the organization’s annual Grow Globally Fair. 

The annual awards event held recognizes metro Phoenix-based individuals, organizati...

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Posted on: September 20, 2017

Surprise Economic Development Team Wins Three International Awards

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The Surprise Economic Development team won three international awards on September 19 at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) conference.

IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world's best economic development prog...

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Posted on: July 26, 2017

MedProperties Holding and Caddis form JV to develop behavioral health hospital

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MedProperties Holdings and Caddis formed a joint venture to develop a 67,566 square foot, 90-bed hospital in Surprise, Ariz. to meet the growing demand for behavioral healthcare services for adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.

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Posted on: January 4, 2017

Free Child Passenger Safety Seat Inspection

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

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

Call 623.222.5000 to sc...

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Posted on: April 18, 2016

Join the Surprise Fire-Medical Team

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

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Posted on: October 4, 2017

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

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

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

Every year, more than...

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Posted on: April 18, 2016

New Fire User Fees

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

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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: January 18, 2018

Surprise Police release statement regarding sex offender notifications

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

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Posted on: June 30, 2016

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

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

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