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June 10, 2016

June 9, 2016, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 9, 2016, and approved 29 agenda items, including:
  • Allocated $1.1 million in the FY 2016-17 budget to support various agencies that provide human services programs for Chandler residents. 
  • Approved the use of Council contingency funds from FY 2015-16 in the amount of $11,000, to be allocated to the Chandler Christian Community Center for its Community Action Program that will assist homeless families evicted from transitional housing due to federal funding cuts.
  • Approved the early redemption of the July 1, 2017 Maturity, Water and Sewer Revenue Refunding Bonds, in the amount of $5,725,000. The early redemption will result in approximately $220,000 net present value savings. 
  • Adopted an ordinance authorizing a Government Property Lease Excise Tax (GPLET) lease with PR III/Wood Chandler Apartments, LLC, for the use and operation of a multi-family residential development on the southeast corner of Frye Road and Washington Street. 
  • Approved a contract renewal with Artistic Land Management, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $1,468,044.14, to maintain designated landscaped areas (400 acres total).
  • Awarded a Construction Manager at Risk contract to Walsh Construction Group, for the Manganaro Lift Station improvements, in an amount not to exceed $1,734,570. The Manganaro Lift Station conveys wastewater flows from northwest Chandler to the City’s wastewater treatment facilities. This aging facility needs updates to maintain system reliability.
  • Approved the appointments of new Board and Commission members.
  • Approved a Use Permit for Fiesta Mexicana, Series 12, 4949 S. Alma School Road. 
  • Approved a temporary extension of premises liquor license for the American Legion Post 91’s Memorial Golf Outing Lunch & After Party, on Saturday, June 25, at 922 N. Alma School Road. 
  • Approved a Liquor License for Nishikawa Ramen, Series 12, 1909 E. Ray Road, Suite 10.
  • Approved Special Event Liquor License for the Hangar 9 Bar and Grill, for a First Year Anniversary Party, Saturday, June 25, 980 E. Pecos Road, Suite 5. 
The Council also held a public hearing on the final 2016-17 Budget, 2017-2026 Capital Improvement Program, and 2016-2017 Property Tax Levy. At the conclusion of the regular meeting, the Council held a special meeting to adopt the 2016-17 Annual Budget in the amount of $971,250,607 and approved a 2017-2026 Capital Improvement Program in the amount of $1,051,672,927. The vote to adopt the Property Tax Levy will take place on June 23.

Mayor Jay Tibshraeny provided a recap of the City’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA). This year, five tax preparation sites generated refunds of approximately $2.5 million for 1,860 low- to moderate-income residents. Sixty volunteers invested more than 4,500 hours assisting residents. He thanked both the staff and the volunteers for their work on this valuable program.

He also mentioned the recent Veterans Memorial Dedication, which had a tremendous turnout on Memorial Day. The Veterans Memorial honors all who have served our country and is a great asset to the Southeast Valley. He thanked everyone who has provided the financial support to make it happen, including the Gila River Indian Community. The Mayor also thanked everyone involved in the event and its planning. 

The Mayor also had the honor of welcoming the 96th annual VFW State Conference to Chandler earlier in the day. They had a great turnout and Chandler Police Chief Sean Duggan also provided welcoming remarks. He encouraged them to spend some time in the downtown and head to the Veterans Memorial if time permitted.

Councilmember Kevin Hartke shared that his third grandson was born in Tucson this past week. He thanked the Chandler Chamber of Commerce for hosting the Council Candidate Forum, which is available to watch on the City’s YouTube channel. He invited the public to attend the Chandler Museum’s Trivia Night from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at The Ostrich Bar at the San Marcos Resort. He also invited residents to celebrate Juneteenth at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Friday, June 17. He announced that he recently donated $20 to the City‘s water drive for the homeless and challenged his fellow Councilmembers to also donate. 

Vice Mayor Jack Sellers encouraged residents to attend a free Cancer Caregivers Education Program offered by the Arizona Myeloma Network. The event is on Saturday, June 18, at Hampton Inn/Chandler Fashion Center, 1231 S. Spectrum Blvd. Program details are available online at azmn.info/care. He attended the Intel Advisory Community Panel and was very impressed with the work of Read On Chandler. He gave kudos to Councilmember Heumann for bringing the initiative to Chandler. He also thanked the Mayor for selecting General Motors (his former employer) as a recipient of the Chandler Cup Mayor’s Choice Award during the Chamber’s Annual Community Awards event. The Vice Mayor also shared that he had fun being a part of the FOX10 Out Race Cancer TV program with Cory McCloskey.

Councilmember Rick Heumann reminded residents of the importance of pool safety during the summer. He also wished all fathers a Happy Father’s Day. 

Councilmember Nora Ellen thanked the Chandler Chamber of Commerce for hosting the Council Candidate Forum. She reminded the public to watch their children around water and also wished all fathers a Happy Father’s Day. 

Councilmember Terry Roe encouraged the public to take extra care of their pets during the summer months. He also accepted Councilmember Hartke’s challenge and donated to the City’s water drive. 

The Mayor and Council wished Councilmembers Lopez and Heumann a happy birthday. The meeting adjourned at 7:52 p.m.

During a study session on Monday, June 6, the Mayor and Council heard a presentation about the allocation process for FY 2016-17 General Fund dollars totaling $1.1 million for various human services programs.

The next meeting of the City Council will be a study session at 7 p.m. Monday, June 20, and a regular meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed on The Chandler Channel,