Ken Remley: District 4 Newsletter — September 2022

Posted 9/2/22

The City of Surprise is partnering with Vitalant Blood Donation to host a blood drive on Sept. 6.

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Ken Remley: District 4 Newsletter — September 2022


The City of Surprise is partnering with Vitalant Blood Donation to host a blood drive on September 6. Members of the community wanting to participate are encouraged to make an appointment through the Vitalant website Although walk-ins are welcomed, those with an appointment will be given priority. 

As a local non-profit, donations through Vitalant stay in the community to help our neighbors. On average, Vitalant needs to collect about 5,500 blood donations every day to meet patient needs, so this is an opportunity to transform your life and the lives of so many others!

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Surprise seeking sponsors and exhibitors for SciTech event

The City is currently seeking event exhibitors and sponsors for the 2022 SciTech event that will take place from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 in the Mark Coronado Park parking lot, 15850 N. Bullard Ave.

More than 600 science enthusiasts of all ages attended the City’s last SciTech Festival to view robotics presentations, fun experiments and learn about opportunities to engage in STEAM-related (science, technology, engineering, art and math) programs. Organizations, schools and businesses with hands-on, interactive STEAM projects or presentations are invited to request a free booth to participate in this year’s event.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for organizations who would like to partner with the City to host the event. View available sponsorship levels. To participate in the Surprise SciTech Festival or for more information, visit or contact Lord Garcillano at 623.222.1647 or

Incentives for Surprise residents for being water-conscious 

Surprise water customers can save water and money thanks to new rebates. From now through April 2023, City-serviced residential and business customers can take advantage of the water conservation rebate programs listed below:  

  • Single-family turf removal rebate
  • WaterSense®-labeled irrigation controller rebate
  • Single-family new home Xeriscape landscape installation
  • HOA, commercial, multifamily turf removal rebate

For detailed information and to learn more about the rebate programs, visit

Surprise Fire-Medical starts recruitment for multiple positions

The City of Surprise Fire Medical Department will be opening recruitment for multiple positions from August through September. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older and possess a High School Diploma or G.E.D. Each of the positions have their own set of requirements and qualifications listed below: 

  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT): August 22 - September 12
    • Possess Arizona EMT & CPR certifications at the time of application
  • Paramedics: August 22 - September 12
    • Possess Arizona Emergency Paramedic Certification at the time of application
    • One year experience as a Paramedic, or two years experience as an Emergency Medical Technician
  • Firefighter Recruit: September 1 - 30
    • Possess EMT & CPR certifications at the time of application
    • Possess a Certified Physical Ability Test (CPAT), dated within six months prior to submitting an application

Fire Medical Recruiting

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Baseball is back in Surprise!

Major League Baseball has announced the Arizona Fall League 2022 schedule. The Surprise Saguaros, one of six teams who compete in the Arizona Fall League, will begin their season on Tuesday, October 4 at Surprise Stadium. The roster for the Surprise Saguaros will include the top prospects from the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Saguaros will compete against the Glendale Desert Dogs, Scottsdale Scorpions, Mesa Solar Sox, Peoria Javelinas and Salt River Rafters, each team assembling the top talent from each of the 30 Major League Baseball affiliates.

Individual game tickets will be available for purchase online or on game day, one hour prior to game time, at the stadium box office. During the 2022 season, box office transactions will be cashless. Accepted forms of payment include Visa & MasterCard.

Single Game Tickets
Adult: $10 | Senior 55+: $8
Kids 12 and under are free, but must be accompanied by an adult.  

To check out the 2022 Arizona Fall League schedule or to purchase a season pass, go to AZ Fall League. For additional information, contact the Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623.222.2222 or visit MLB AZ Fall League.

Now accepting vendors for Surprise Fiesta Grande

Join us for the Surprise Fiesta Grande street festival celebrating our unique culture, traditions and community! This family-friendly event on Saturday, October 8, from 5 - 9 p.m. in the Original Town Site on Hollyhock Street in the Grand Avenue corridor, offers a fun evening of live music, food, dancing, vintage classic cars and so much more! There is a $20 pre-event registration fee, which includes a t-shirt, dash plaque and goody bag.

The street festival offers promotional opportunities for interested businesses, organizations and non-profits. The booth fee is $150 for non-profit organizations and $500 for all others. Booths includes a 10 x 10 vendor tent, (1) table and (2) chairs. Please note that space is limited!

The City is also accepting Classic Car Show entries in-person at the Parks and Recreation Office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave., and online at For more information, contact Daniel Luvisi at 623.222.2251 or

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Special event license no longer required for some events

The Surprise City Council voted to amend Chapter 26 of the City of Surprise Municipal Code so that a special event license will not be required for the following:

  • Special Events, defined as: a fair, ceremony, show exhibition, festival, street dance, circus, carnival, concert, performance, rodeo, organized race, seasonal/holiday sales lot or other temporary activity which invites public participation and patronage (with or without charge), whether held on public or private property, and that is no more than seven consecutive days.
  • Special Event Vendors, except for Mobile Food Vendors, for a special event as defined above. Mobile Food Vendors are still required to obtain a business license regardless of the duration or type of event.

While a special event promoter, sponsor or vendor may not need special event license, most special events such as carnivals, festivals, holiday events, fairs, grand openings and sidewalk and tent sales still require a Special Event Temporary Use Permit

For questions on business licenses, please contact the City of Surprise Finance Department at or 623.222.1836. For questions on special event temporary use permits, please contact Development Services at or 623.222.3000.

District 4 Community Meeting

Join me for my next monthly Community Meeting on Wednesday, September 28 at 6 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock St. Check the City website at for updated information on my meet and greet schedule. Call or email me in the meantime with any questions or concerns you may have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings are September 6 and 20 at 6 p.m. in the City of Surprise Council Chambers. City Council meetings are open to in-person attendance or you may tune in at, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page or on Cox channel 11 to watch the meeting live.

Surprise, City Council, Ken Remley, District 4