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A look back at this week in Surprise history

Posted 7/6/22

Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week, compiled from archives of Independent Newsmedia, Newspapers.com and the city of Surprise historical records.

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A look back at this week in Surprise history

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Here is a look at Surprise history through the years on this week, compiled from archives of Independent Newsmedia, Newspapers.com and the city of Surprise historical records:

1962

Minors are now under a 9 p.m. curfew after complaints about young people loitering around businesses at night. A curfew siren on U.S. 60-70-89 is in El Mirage but will be audible in both towns.

1989

Surprise annexes 28 square miles of land in the northwest part of the city to grow from 31 to 59 square miles. The new area is bounded by Citrus Road to the east, 255th Avenue to the west, Patton Road to the north and Bell Road to the south.

1990

Town manager Nick Bacon resigns for health reasons. He is given a $30,000 severance payment a week later.

1994

With about 7,800 residents, Surprise is preparing for massive growth with the approval of 13 housing developments over the last year. Only about 1% of the 62 square miles in the city is developed. The city is expected to reach 70,000 residents in the next decade.

1998

Robert Gutierrez is appointed to the City Council to fill the term of Harry Reafleng Jr., who announced his resignation in late June.

2000

Maricopa County officials decide to avoid Surprise on a proposed Canamex highway route to connect Mexico and Canada through Arizona. It comes after hundreds of Sun City Grand and other Surprise residents send in letters of protest to the Maricopa Association of Governments. The opponents were worried about traffic and other problems the road would bring.

2001

The City Council approves plans to move the new Surprise recreation center from the City Center to the site at Countryside Elementary School across from Greenway Road. The move will save the city $7000,000 on the $1.2 million facility.

2008

The city hires Randy Oliver as its new city manager, replacing Prisila Ferreira, who was the acting city manager since March.

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