|June 24, 2011
June 23, 2011 Chandler City Council Meeting Recap
The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, 2011, and took the following action:
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny congratulated Vice Mayor Trinity Donovan for her appointment to Chair the Budget and Finance Subcommittee of the Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority. He congratulated Councilmember Kevin Hartke for being named Vice Chairman of the Continuum of Care Regional Committee on Homelessness for the Maricopa Association of Governments. Congratulations were also extended to Councilmember Rick Heumann, who was named Secretary/Treasurer to the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association. The Mayor thanked all three for their work at the regional level on behalf of the residents of Chandler.
• Approved an Enhanced Municipal Services Agreement for FY 2011-2012 between the City and the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership and authorized payment in the amount of $118,804.
• Authorized an agreement between Newtown Community Development Corporation and the City to implement a First Time Homebuyer program for families in Chandler utilizing Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 funds in the amount of $692,447.
• Authorized an agreement between the Affordable Rental Movement of Save the Family and the City to implement an affordable rental housing program for families in Chandler utilizing Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 funds in the amount of$419,643.
• Authorized an amendment to the current Memorandum of Understanding with Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 5, for fiscal year 11/12 through FY 12/13.
• Adopted the 2011-12 Property Tax Levy, which sets a total tax rate of $1.2714 per $100 of assessed valuation.
• Approved a use permit for a temporary parking lot to be used to accommodate overflow parking from the Islamic Center of the East Valley. The approximate 1.8-acre site is northeast of Alma School Road and Erie Street.
• Approved contracts for City Clerk Marla Paddock and City Attorney Mary Wade.
• Approved the payment of $35,000 from on-going FY 2011-2012 funds, and $15,000 in one-time funds to the Chandler Lions Club for producing the City’s annual 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. The Club, in partnership with the City, has been organizing and producing the popular celebration for nine years.
Mayor Tibshraeny noted that volunteers are needed for the Project Connect homeless event on Thursday, July 21, at Chandler Christian Church. The event offers access to resources that homeless people need to get back to healthy, financially stable lives. Services at the event include medical care, showers, haircuts, clothing, meals, bicycle repair, counseling, substance abuse services, employment services and foreclosure prevention information. Volunteers are needed to work morning and afternoon shifts between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For more information visit www.vsuw.org/projectconnect
Congratulations were also extended to ICAN, which held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new facility at Folley Park on Saturday, June 18.
City of Chandler employees are conducting a bottled water drive to assist people in need this summer. The Mayor said he would be donating several cases and invited the members of the Council to do the same. Donations can be dropped off at the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall, 175 S. Arizona Ave.
Councilmember Rick Heumann noted that the City has installed two new pedestrian signals along Chandler’s recently completed Western Canal multi-use path. The two crossings are located just north of Elliot Road at the Western Canal on Dobson Road and on Alma School Road and will serve pedestrians and cyclists using the concrete path. Councilmember Heumann praised the City as a bike friendly community.
The City Council will be on a break until late July, and Mayor Tibshraeny wished everyone a safe and happy Independence Day holiday weekend. He also encouraged everyone to attend the Chandler 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at Tumbleweed Park, The event begins at 4 p.m., with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Admission to the park is free, and on-site event parking is $5 per vehicle.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:09 p.m.
The next City Council meeting is a Regular Meeting and a Study Session scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, July 25, 2011.
Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed, on Chandler Channel 11 and streamed on the Web at www.chandleraz.gov/video.
At Monday’s Study Session, Mayor Tibshraeny recognized two City employees for their years of service. Chandler Administrative Librarian Phyllis Saunders was honored for 15 years of service. Fire Engineer Alfredo Garcia was recognized for 20 years of service. The Mayor also recognized the Chandler Police Department’s Forensic Services Section which received international accreditation on May 6 in the field of Forensic Science Testing. He also read a proclamation recognizing July as National Parks and Recreation Month, and July 10-16 as Therapeutic Recreation Week. The proclamation was accepted by Parks and Recreation Board Chairman Dean Visser.
Note: These are not official meeting minutes of the City Council but rather a brief recap of the Council’s actions provided as a courtesy of the Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department.
The City Clerk’s office posts official meeting results the morning following Council meetings. For further clarification on actions taken, visit www.chandleraz.gov/agendas. Throughout the agenda, items are posted in red to signify any changes made at the meeting, and who voted no, or abstained.
For past City Council meeting minutes visit www.chandleraz.gov, or contact the City Clerk’s office at 480-782-2180. For any other information, contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at 480-782-2220.