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Skip Hall: Mayor Newsletter — July 2024


As I enter my last 6 months in office, I want to express how proud I am of our incredible staff for their hard work and dedication. The new fiscal year brings new opportunities, and I am confident that our team will continue to excel and serve our community with excellence. Additionally, I want to acknowledge the City Council and the dedicated volunteers from our boards and commissions for their efforts in looking out for the best interests of our community. Together, we have achieved so much, and I look forward to seeing what we will accomplish in the coming months.  


Summer Reading Program

It’s not too late to get signed up for the Summer Reading Program! Surprise Public Library System is excited to join more than 60 libraries across the county for Summer Reading. The theme of this year’s program is “Adventure Begins at Your Library,” reminding us that an adventure is just a library card away. The journey to read and earn prizes runs through August 1.

Library cardholders of all ages can register now for Summer Reading!
Searching for more? See details and prize tiers.

City Council Meetings

City Council does not hold City Council Work Sessions or Regular Meetings in July. Councilmember Community Meetings are also canceled for the month of July. Meetings will resume in August.

The next City Council Meetings are August 6 and 20 at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend in person, or you can tune in on surpriseaz.gov/SurpriseTV, the City of Surprise Facebook page or Cox channel 11. 

Surprise Day of Service

Join us to assist with sorting bulk food items, creating food baskets and loading food into vehicles; helping in the process of providing food for families in need. Registration is required. For questions, please call 623.222.1647.

Wednesday, July 17, at 7:15 a.m., 9:45 a.m. or Noon
St. Mary’s Food Bank
13050 W. Elm St.

City Hall Art Gallery

The City has many ways you can enjoy the arts and culture scene in our community. One of these is by visiting rotating art exhibits at City Hall.

Chuck Kyle Photography Exhibit | Runs through July 26
16000 N. Civic Center Plz. • 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

More arts and culture events and programs in Surprise can be found at surpriseaz.gov/ArtsCulture.


Acai Republic Ribbon Cutting

It was a pleasure to join the ribbon cutting celebration for the new Acai Republic location in Surprise. You can find smoothies, bowls and bakery items at 16995 W Greenway Rd., Suite 105.

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Monsoon Season

Monsoon season is typically observed from June 15 - September 30. Our Emergency Manager Kimberly Campbell, accepted the Monsoon Awareness Week Mayoral Proclamation during the City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 18. Residents are encouraged to be prepared in the event of an emergency, as monsoon season typically brings thunderstorms, lightning, high winds, dust storms and flash floods. Check out our safety tips at surpriseaz.gov/Monsoon.

FY2025 Budget

Council approved the Fiscal Year 2025 Final Budget, maintaining its commitment to public safety, quality community services and transportation. For details, visit surpriseaz.gov/Budget.

2024 Library Card Design Winners

This year’s Library Card Design winners were announced by Arts, Culture, and Library Director Kelsey Lamphier along with Branch Manager Ashley Ware during the last City Council meeting. Jisella Longley was the winner of Mayor’s Choice. The new cards will be available at all three Surprise Public Library System locations beginning this summer! To see the winning designs, visit surprisepubliclibrary.gov/LibraryCard.

Pure Barre Ribbon Cutting

We are excited to welcome Pure Barre to Surprise. They offer fitness routines with low impact, high intensity movements. They’re now open at 13580 N. Litchfield Rd., Suite 160.

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St. Mary’s Food Bank

It was an honor to join the ribbon cutting celebrating the grand opening of the Neighbor Choice Pantry at St. Mary’s Food Bank. This wonderful addition will allow families to select the foods they need, improving the already amazing service St. Mary’s provides our community members!

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Voting Information

Find important voting information, like where to vote and important dates to remember for the upcoming election! Ballots for the Primary Election will be mailed beginning Wednesday, July 3. In-person early voting will begin July 3 in the City Hall Community Room and will continue through Election Day, July 30. 

Surprise 2040 General Plan

Residents will vote to ratify the Surprise 2040 General Plan during the upcoming Primary Election on Tuesday, July 30. If approved, the 2040 General Plan will serve as a roadmap for the City in the coming years. Overall, the plan acknowledges which places are experiencing growth pressure, which areas best support future growth and which areas need thoughtful reinvestment; each helping Surprise continually improve for residents now and in the future. Learn more and read the whole document at surpriseaz.gov/GeneralPlan2040.

Safe Speeds Saves Lives

Creating safer streets starts with addressing speed, which is the largest cause of injury and death in traffic collisions. The “Safe Speeds Save Lives” campaign is delivering high-visibility traffic enforcement with a zero-tolerance approach towards speeding and aggressive driving on West Valley roadways. The enforcement mobilization is in effect through July 31, 2024.

Thank you to all residents who have signed up to receive my monthly newsletter. Your engagement is essential, and I'm happy to keep you informed about community updates, events and items that may be of interest to you. Please do not hesitate to contact me at skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov, 623.222.1313. Also, feel free to visit my webpage at surpriseaz.gov/Mayor. Follow me on Facebook facebook.com/SurpriseMayor and X @SkipHall2.