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:
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.
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.
Town manager Nick Bacon resigns for health reasons. He is given a $30,000 severance payment a week later.
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.
Robert Gutierrez is appointed to the City Council to fill the term of Harry Reafleng Jr., who announced his resignation in late June.
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.
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.
The city hires Randy Oliver as its new city manager, replacing Prisila Ferreira, who was the acting city manager since March.