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Skip Hall: Mayor Newsletter — November 2023


Councilmember Aly Cline and I joined the Economic Development team and hosted a very special event highlighting our recipe for success to become one of the U.S. IKEA expansion locations! This was a celebration in honor of Sweden's much beloved "Kanelbullens Dag" (Cinnamon Bun Day), observed every October 4. Thank you to all our "only in Surprise" bakeries for your delicious entries and our special guest judges from SACC Arizona!

a group of people, including Mayor Hall and Councilmember Cline, holding awards

Barrio Queen Meet & Greet

Vice Mayor Chris Judd, Councilmember Patrick Duffy, Assistant Director of Economic Development, Mike Hoover and I visited the Phoenix location of Barrio Queen for a meet and greet with their team in anticipation of the new Surprise restaurant currently under construction. Head Chef Julio Mata and his team gave a delicious preview of the award-winning menu, a wonderful taste of things to come to Surprise later this year at their Village at Prasada location!

A group of people including Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Judd and Councilmember Duffy hold bowls of food and pose for a photo around the host station at Barrio Queen in Surprise

EPCOR Behind the Scenes Tour

Senior Vice President of EPCOR, Shawn Bradford, took Water Resource Management Director, Mike Boule; Environmental & Resources Manager, Amy Peterson; and me on a tour of their award-winning Luke 303 Regional Water Reclamation Facility. We got an up-close look at the leading-edge wastewater treatment technology. We also got to see the water reclamation journey from start to finish to learn how water is purified and returned to Arizona's underground aquifers.

Mayor Hall and Shawn Bradford wearing safety vests and hats

Special Bond Election Information

On November 7, residents will have the opportunity to decide whether or not to allow the City to issue bond funding for transportation and public safety projects intended to decrease traffic congestion, increase traffic safety and maintain public safety levels of service and response times. No tax rate increase is expected if voters approve the bonds due to significant residential and commercial growth across Surprise.

Find more information about City Elections at surpriseaz.gov/2023Elections

Arizona Women Leading Government Award

Congratulations to our Arts, Culture & Library Director, Kelsey Lamphier! Kelsey was presented with the inaugural Arizona Women Leading Government "Women Leading in Excellence Award" on October 20. This award recognizes an individual committed to women's advancement into leadership positions within the local Arizona government.

A picture of a projection screen displaying a congratulations message. A glass award with text printed on it.

Surprise Public Library System Home Delivery

Surprise Public Library System offers Words on Wheels to deliver a wide variety of library materials, including books, DVDs, music, audiobooks and more to Surprise residents of all ages who are unable to visit a library on their own.

To be eligible for direct-delivery once a month, patrons must:

  • Have an active Surprise Public Library card
  • Live within Surprise city limits
  • Be unable to visit a library because of temporary or long-term illness, injury, impairment, medical condition or disability
  • Be able to manage an online account, search and select items, place holds, etc.
  • Read and sign the online Service Patron Agreement

Call 623.222.2901 for more information and complete a Words on Wheels Service Patron Agreement

After six months of this pilot program, the Arts, Culture & Library Department will review the successes and opportunities and adjust accordingly. 

To sign up for a library card or to learn more about the library's resources and programs, please visit surprisepubliclibrary.gov.


Domestic Violence Awareness Month

At the Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 3, I proclaimed the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Dana Martinez, Director at A New Leaf, was in attendance to accept the proclamation with Daniela Celaya, Program Manager at A New Leaf's Faith House Domestic Violence Shelter. Lilia Plascencia and her team from the Surprise Prosecutor's Office, Renee Gronski and her team, Carol Johnson, Patty Young, and Tina Cound from Victim Services at the Surprise Police Department, were also in attendance.

Mayor Hall presents a proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month A group of women dressed in purple pose for a photo with Mayor Hall and Police Chief Pina

Chick-fil-A Grand Re-Opening

Councilmember Aly Cline and I were thrilled to celebrate Chick-fil-A Surprise Marketplace's grand re-opening and ribbon cutting with Stefan Bringas, Owner-Operator, and his family. The beautifully remodeled location continues to offer dine-in, patio and drive-thru services. Welcome back!

Mayor Hall and Councilmember Cline posing for a photo with Chick-fil-A Surprise Marketplace owner and family

Luke West Valley Singapore Event

I attended a meet and greet event on Friday, October 6, at Luke Air Force Base hosted by the Country of Singapore. The Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Singapore's Ambassador to the United States, and several Valley elected officials were in attendance.

a group of people posing for a photo seated in chairs in front of a plane

2023 Best of the West Event

The annual WESTMARC Best of the West Awards Dinner is a West Valley signature event. WESTMARC celebrates and recognizes outstanding contributions to the quality of life, education, workforce, economic development and innovation in the West Valley. This year, the City of Surprise had projects nominated from the Parks & Recreation, Transportation and Economic Development departments. The Surprise Transportation Department brought home the Innovation Award for our new WeRIDE Microtransit Program, along with Avondale and Goodyear. WESTMARC's President's Choice Award was given to all West Valley mayors for their partnership and collaboration. Village at Prasada was nominated for the Economic Engine Award and the Surprise Adaptive Recreation Program was nominated for the Quality of Life Enhancement Award. Although they did not win their categories, they received Finalist awards.

A group of people including Mayor Hall pose for a photo in front of a WESTMARC banner

Champions for Clean Air

The WeRIDE Microtransit Program also won the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Livable Communities award at the 36th Annual Champions for Clean Air Awards ceremony held on Friday, October 20.  This award recognizes agencies who have made a special effort to improve transit, bicycle or pedestrian facilities that make communities more livable. The City of Surprise, along with the City of Goodyear and the City of Avondale accepted the prestigious award.

Councilmemer Cline poses for a photo with others in front of a balloon arch

West Valley Housing Assistance Center

The City of Surprise and the non-profit organization A New Leaf celebrated the opening of their West Valley Housing Assistance Center on Friday, October 20. The housing portion of the center began operations in July, but the decision was made to hold a grand opening when the weather cooled off. This facility provides short-term shelter to families facing homelessness and housing insecurity. A New Leaf operates a resource center on the same site offering support services for families experiencing homelessness, including employment and transportation assistance, and connections to additional community resources. Learn more.

a group of people holding a green ribbon

Western Hoedown Event

On Saturday, October 21, Vice Mayor Chris Judd and I attended The Western Hoedown. 100% of the proceeds from the event benefit the White Tank Mountains Conservancy. WTMC is important to Surprise and the region, and it was great to see so many people come together to protect our jewel of the West Valley.

A woman in a sherrif's costume pretends to arrest the Mayor A woman in a sherrif's costume pretends to arrest the Mayor


Veterans Day Parade

Join us in honoring our service men and women at the 9th annual City of Surprise Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 11. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and will be routed along Bullard Avenue between Paradise and Tierra Buena lanes. It will feature community floats, bands, dancers and more! This annual event has become a tradition in Surprise, honoring the men and women in uniform who have selflessly served our country.

If you're arriving early to get a spot, there's an option to purchase breakfast and coffee from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. at Surprise Stadium in the Centerfield Plaza. This year's breakfast is $7 and will be proudly served by the Surprise Police Department.

City of Surprise Veterans Day Parade

Arts & Culture Events

Are you ready to discover arts and culture events in Surprise? From theater performances, gallery tours, poetry readings and more, the City offers a number of events throughout the year. Here's what coming up: 

One More Step | Art Exhibition at Surprise City Hall
November 6 - December 15 • 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

Lunchtime Theater* | John Fitzsimmons: The Comedy Trickster
November 9 • Noon - 1 p.m.

*Registration required. Find details and sign-up information at surpriseaz.gov/ArtEvents.

Motorcycle Safety Class

Join the Surprise Police Department for a Motorcycle Safety Class on Sunday, November 12. After demonstrations and discussion, participants will apply their learned skills on an interactive course!

To apply, please fill out an application at surpriseaz.gov/MotorcycleClass

For current motorcycle riders only, a motorcycle and helmet are required.

a picture of a person on a motorcycle

Sunday in the Park

The City of Surprise presents Sunday in the Park on November 5. The event will feature live music by Thaddeus Rose, various food trucks, an assortment of beers and wines, entertainment and more! Admission is free; food and drink will be available for purchase. All Sunday in the Park events will be held at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Ave. from 3 - 7 p.m. Don't forget a blanket or lawn chair! Dogs must be leashed.

More information: surpriseaz.gov/SpecialEvents  

Surprise SciTech Festival 

The City of Surprise celebrates science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) efforts in the community by holding an annual SciTech Festival on Saturday, November 18, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Mark Coronado Park parking lot. This free, fun-filled educational event features interactive exhibits and demonstrations. Technology, and our daily interactions with it, continue to grow exponentially. Surprise embraces these new trends and the businesses that create new products and services. More information: surpriseaz.gov/SciTech

City of Surprise SciTech Festival

City Council Meetings

The next City Council Meetings will be held on November 6 and 21. City Council Work Sessions begin at 4 p.m., while City Council Meetings follow at 6 p.m. You can also watch live on surpriseaz.gov/SurpriseTV, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/CityOfSurprise, or on Cox channel 11. We hope to see you there.