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June 24, 2016

June 23, 2016, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 23, 2016, and took action on 48 agenda items, including:
  • Approved an agreement with the Export-Import Bank of the U.S., making it easier for Chandler businesses to sell their goods internationally. The bank is the official export credit agency of the United States and facilitates the export of U.S. goods by offering financing tools such as export credit insurance, working capital, loan guarantees, finance lease guarantees and direct loans.
  • Approved the rezoning of a 5.4 acre parcel located on the southwest corner of Chandler Boulevard and Dakota Street to allow for a 273-unit luxury condominium development, Alta San Marcos. Also approved was the site layout and building architecture, along with a mid-rise overlay for buildings up to 55 feet tall.
  • Approved a $17,281 Crime Victim Assistance Program Grant with the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission that will fund 20 percent of actual expenses for a Victim Services Specialist position. This position assists crime victims.
  • Approved the roadway alignment and acquisition of right-of-way for adding a second eastbound lane on Ocotillo Road between Redwood Drive and Norman Lane. The project will include turn lanes, a bike lane, raised landscaped median, streetlights, utility and drainage improvements. Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2017.
  • Authorized payment of $93,295 in annual dues to the League of Arizona Cities and Towns for fiscal year 2016-17.
  • Approved a $112,156 agreement with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council for regional economic development services, including marketing and business development assistance.
  • Approved memorandums of agreement with four employee unions representing the Police Sergeants Bargaining Unit (CLASA), Service Employees Int’l Union (SEIU), United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association and the Chandler Law Enforcement Association (CLEA).
  • Approved a one-year $193,000 agreement with Cleanview Sewer Inspections, LLC, for the video inspection of the City’s sewer system, with an option for two two-year extensions.
  • Approved the purchase of a graffiti abatement vehicle for $92,437. The new vehicle will have multiple paint sprayers, a power washer and steamer, enabling the City’s Graffiti Abatement Technician to use the tool most appropriate for the occasion.
  • Approved the $69,345 purchase of spray pad equipment from Landscape Structures, Inc., for installation this fall at Desert Breeze Park. The new equipment will replace the existing 25-year-old spray pad which no longer is serviceable.
  • Approved a Use Permit for Pinnacle Crossfit to occupy a suite in the Pollack Business Park North building located on the southeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Chilton Street. The 4,200-square-foot space will accommodate trainer classes of 20 persons consisting of Crossfit, yoga, conditioning and cardio exercises. 
  • Approved a Use Permit and Liquor License for The Casual Pint, Series 7, 1095 W. Queen Creek Rd., Suite 8.
  • Approved a Use Permit and Liquor License for Coconuts Fish Café, Series 12, 1155 W. Ocotillo Rd., Suite 1.
  • Approved a Use Permit and Liquor License for Fired Pie, Series 12, 1155 W. Ocotillo Rd., Suite 8.
  • Approved a Use Permit and Liquor License for Good Time Charli’s, Series 12, 6045 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 7
  • Approved a liquor license for Los Taquitos, Series 12, 2855 W. Ray Rd., Suite 1.
  • Approved a liquor license for Incognitos, Series 12, 2050 N. Alma School Rd., Suite 23.
  • Approved a liquor license for New India Gate, Series 12, 4939 W. Ray Rd., Suite 1.
  • Approved a permanent extension of premises liquor license, Series 12, for Starbucks Coffee, 4985 W. Ray Rd.
     
At the conclusion of the meeting, the Mayor and Council wished the community a happy and safe Fourth of July and reminded the public to stay hydrated, watch kids around water and be mindful of pets and the heat. Vice Mayor Jack Sellers said he attended an Arizona-Mexico Commission Summit, a State Transportation Board meeting and hosted a delegation from Yunnan, China representing the Flying Tigers Museum.

Councilmember Kevin Hartke encouraged the community to contribute to the City’s water drive and accepted Mayor Tibshraeny’s $20 contribution for the purchase of water. City Manager Marsha Reed congratulated Human Resources Director Debra Stapleton on her new role as Administrative Services Director overseeing HR, Information Technology, Fleet Services and Building & Facilities.

The meeting adjourned at 9 p.m.

During a study session on Monday, June 20, the Mayor and Council recognized six employees for their years of service, including 10-year employees Erik Swanson with the Planning Division and Jim West and Jose Carrillo with the Municipal Utilities Department. Also recognized were Librarian Phyllis Saunders who has worked 20 years for the City and 25-year employees Tom Lovejoy with the Police Department and Alfredo Garcia with the Fire, Health and Medical Department.

The Mayor read a proclamation designating the month of July as Park and Recreation Month in Chandler. He also joined the Council in accepting a $6,000 check from Kiwanis of Chandler to be used for park amenities and highlighted the City’s alliance with the Export-Import Bank of the United States that will make it easier for Chandler businesses to sell their goods internationally. Chandler is the first city in Arizona to take advantage of this partnership.

The next meeting of the City Council will be a regular meeting and study session at 7 p.m. Monday, July 25. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed on The Chandler Channel, Cable Channel 11, and streamed on the web at www.chandleraz.gov/video.
 
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Note: These are not official meeting minutes of the City Council but rather a brief rec