Upcoming City Council Meeting: Surprise, Arizona

There are a couple of agenda items being discussed at the Council Work Session and Meeting on Tuesday, September 20 that I want to make you aware of. They are:

School Parking & Neighborhoods

During the 4:00 p.m. Work Session, the councilmembers and I will learn about the impact of school parking in neighborhoods. This will be the last item presented on the agenda.

Staff will focus on parking regulations relative to public and charter schools and how the current City Code addresses street parking. An overview of the Safe Routes to School program will also be provided. This program shows how the city, charter schools and the Dysart Unified School District have worked together to encourage walking, biking and carpooling.

We will see how other cities have addressed street parking in congested areas and discuss next steps to address the issue.

An Update on the Bell & Grand Construction Project

Regular agenda items for the 6:00 p.m. Council Meeting will lead off with an update on the Bell & Grand construction project.

Five months into the Bell and Grand intersection overpass project, tremendous progress has been made on the construction, community engagement and business outreach. The final stretch of construction will be an important time for the project’s success. A presentation will be provided to update the Council and public discussing the plans to reopen Bell Road.

Thus far, the Surprise Economic Development Department has worked to help businesses mitigate construction impacts through the process while driving a crucial ShopSurprise campaign. As the end of construction nears, the goal will be modified to help businesses to ramp back up and prepare for the holiday season. An early November job fair, for example, will be promoted to help local businesses add staff for the season. Local residents via the ShopSurprise campaign will also be encouraged to continue frequenting the intersection, particularly for Black Friday and other holiday shopping.

Also presenting will be the Surprise City Engineer as well as representation from the Arizona Department of Transportation, who will provide information with respect to project timing, access points, and other intersection-related updates.

To view the work session and meeting agendas, please visit http://agenda.surpriseaz.gov/.

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