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May 13, 2016
May 12, 2016 Chandler City Council Meeting Recap

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2016, and took action on 56 items, including:
  • Approved a $2,667,523 construction contract with M.A. Mortenson Company to make modifications to Chandler’s Surface Water Treatment Plant, including the demolition of an existing plate settler, replacement of existing chemical feed piping and four raw water pumps, construction of a new gravity thickener and installation of two new polymer feed units.
  • Approved a construction contract for $615,756 with RSG Builders, LLC, for the conversion of a former fire station at 911 S. Hamilton St. into a facility to be used by the Police Department’s Special Assignment Unit.
  • Approved a Preliminary Plat for development of a gas station, car wash and convenience store on 2.5 acres located on the southeast corner of Pecos and Alma School roads.
  • Approved a resolution amending the Citywide Fee Schedule effective July 1, 2016, for certain Airport, Parks and Recreation and Transportation & Development fees.
  • Approved an agreement with the Union Pacific Railroad paying them $10,000 to make improvements to the Germann Road crossing east of Arizona Avenue to meet sidewalk and driveway standards mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Approved an agreement with Maricopa County and the Newtown Community Development Corporation for the purchase and rehabilitation of houses using $400,000 in federal Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds. The houses are sold to low and moderate income families participating in Chandler’s First Time Homebuyer Program.
  • Approved a Chandler Liquor License and recommended approval to the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control of a Series 10 Liquor License for Cost Plus World Market located at 860 N. 54 St. and for a Circle K located at 3087 S. McQueen Rd.
  • Approved a Chandler Liquor License and recommended approval to the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control of a Series 12 Liquor License for Zorba’s Restaurant located at 1964 N. Alma School Rd. and for Barro’s Pizza located at 2050 N. Alma School Rd.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny invited veterans and residents to attend the 8 a.m. Memorial Day dedication of the first phase of Chandler’s Field of Honor Veterans Memorial located on the northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads at Veterans Oasis Park.
He also mentioned that the Chandler Police Department held its Fallen Officer Memorial Service on May 2, saying the recent shooting in Chandler was a grim reminder of the challenges faced daily by the City’s public safety personnel. He asked the community to keep the officers involved in the recent shooting in their thoughts as they continue to recover and to “have the backs of our police officers as they have ours.”

Councilmember René Lopez reminded parents to watch their children around water now that warmer temperatures and swimming season are upon us.

Councilmember Terry Roe acknowledged members of the audience in town to interview for the vacant Fire Chief position and commended staff on the selection process currently underway.

Councilmember Kevin Hartke extended his congratulations to those graduating from local high schools and colleges in the next several weeks and Councilmember Rick Heumann encouraged residents to vote in the May 17 Special Election and to educate themselves about the two ballot measures - Proposition 123 relating to education finance and Proposition 124 relating to public retirement systems. He also mentioned the successful Relay For Life fundraiser held recently in Chandler, saying it is the state’s most successful RLF event.

Vice Mayor Jack Sellers said he spent a week in Ireland at the Sister Cities International Conference and visited with representatives of Chandler’s Sister City, Tullemore, Ireland. He emphasized the importance of establishing such relationships and their potential for generating foreign investment in Chandler.

The Vice Mayor also attended Arizona’s Town Hall in Tucson where discussions focused on how best to leverage economic ties and develop partnerships across Arizona and Mexico for the benefit of the region. In addition, he met recently with Chandler’s home-grown car manufacturer, Local Motors, and learned about their process of building vehicles from carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic using large 3-D printers. In addition, the Vice Mayor said he attended the Most Connected Community dialogue held May 11 at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center and congratulated organizers of the event. City Manager Marsha Reed echoed the Vice Mayor’s remarks, thanking City staff for their work on the event, as well as participating Council members and co-organizers Gangplank and Arizona State University.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

During a Council Study Session held Monday, May 9, Mayor Tibshraeny and Councilmember Terry Roe presented employees of the City’s Accounting Office with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. This is the 34th consecutive year Chandler has received the award, which reflects the commitment of staff to meeting the highest principles of financial reporting.

Two proclamations were read at the meeting, including the declaration of May 18 as International Museum Day in Chandler and May 8-14 as Economic Development Week. In addition, checks for $2,500 were presented to two local charities, the Maricopa County Community College District Foundation and the FANS Across America Charitable Foundation. The funds were proceeds from the annual East Valley Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast.
Students from Knox Gifted Academy made a presentation regarding an invention they developed as part of a Shark Tank Competition held at their school and the Council recognized the Desert Rivers Audubon Society and residents Victor Peterson, Natasha Thompson and Beth Werner for their volunteer efforts in support of the City’s Adopt-A-Park Program.

The next meeting of the City Council will be a study session at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 23, 2016. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed on the Chandler Channel and streamed on the Web at

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 a complete list of actions taken, visit 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, or contact the City Clerk’s office at 480-782-2180. For any other information, contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at 480-782-2000.