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July 29, 2016
July 28, 2016, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, 2016, and took action on 67 agenda items, including:
  • Approved payment of the annual membership dues to Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA) in the amount of $94,495.
  • Approved a resolution authorizing agreements with the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) and Gila River Water Storage (GRWS) for several inter-related water transactions: the lease of Central Arizona Project (CAP) water from the community, an exchange of Chandler reclaimed water for GRIC CAP water, and the purchase of long term water storage credits from GRWS. The City will purchase 622,000 acre-feet of CAP water at a total cost of $42.86 million. Additional water is needed based on the City’s water demand projections at build-out.
  • Approved the appropriation for fire and emergency medical dispatch services from the City of Phoenix in accordance with the current Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA), in an amount of $1,025,108.42.
  • Approved the appropriation for Firefighter Physical Examinations in accordance with the current IGA with the City of Phoenix, in an amount of $166,773.
  • Authorized the use of Maricopa County’s detention services, for the booking and housing of inmates, in an amount not to exceed $1,705,573 for one year.
  • Approved an agreement with the Tempe Tourism Office to continue the Sunny Arizona marketing campaign to promote the City of Chandler and the City of Tempe as a single destination.
  • Awarded a construction contract to ELS Construction, Inc., for Amberwood Park improvements, in an amount not to exceed $57,408.
  • Authorized the purchase of eight BMW police motorcycles, in the amount of $216,011.92, from LZ Delta, LLC, dba GoAZ.
  • Awarded a design contract to Weddle Gilmore Architects LLC, for the Chandler Museum, in an amount not to exceed $609,105.
  • Approved a rezoning request for Allred Park Place, for an employment business park campus with commercial, office, conference center hotel and business park uses including a mid-rise overlay for buildings up to 150-feet in height under an Innovation Zone. The project is located on 62 acres at the southwest and southeast corners of Price and Willis roads.
  • Authorized the issuance and sale of (not to exceed) $50 million in General Obligation Refunding Bonds, Series 2016, and (not to exceed) $40 million in Excise Tax Revenue Refunding Obligations, Series 2016. Depending on the size of the final issues, these actions are expected to generate debt service savings to the City of approximately $6.5 million to $10 million in net present value dollars.  
  • Approved Liquor Use Permits and recommended Liquor Licenses for the following:
    • Zesty Zzeeks Pizza & Wings, 960 E. Warner Rd.
    • Streets of New York, 5965 W. Ray Rd.
    • Home2 Suites by Hilton, 2490 W. Queen Creek Rd.
    • Valero Corner Store, 1015 S. Cooper Rd.
    • Pieology Pizzeria, 3450 W. Chandler Boulevard
    • Fry’s Fuel Center, 2955 E. Ocotillo Rd.
    • Black Bear Diner, 2805 S. Alma School Rd.
    • Teakwoods Tavern, 5965 W. Ray Rd.
At the conclusion of the regular meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny announced that one part of his Health Connect Initiative has eclipsed the half-million dollar mark in savings to residents. Chandler residents have saved a total of $556,000 through the City’s discount prescription drug card saving program since its inception four years ago. The City partners with Coast2Coast Rx to allow all Chandler residents – regardless of income, age or health status – to participate in the program and save on the cost of their medications. The free prescription drug card can be printed online at

The Mayor invited the public to attend a free pool party at Chandler’s Arrowhead Pool from noon to 5 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 6. The Verano Sano event promotes water safety awareness in a series of fun, family-friendly activities including music, refreshments and raffle prizes. The Chandler Fire, Health and Medical Department will have a fire engine on site and provide CPR demonstrations, while swim instructors also will be on hand to perform demonstrations and provide instruction. Arrowhead Pool is located at 1475 W. Erie St. For more information, contact Chandler Aquatics at 480-782-2750.

Mayor Tibshraeny and members of the City Council congratulated City Attorney Kay Bigelow on her upcoming retirement. They thanked her for her service to the Council, and for this community, and presented her with a Key to the City plaque.

Councilmember Rick Heumann thanked City staff for their work on the ground breaking water agreement with the Gila River Indian Community. He then noted that students have returned to school and asked residents to be careful driving through school zones. Councilmember Heumann concluded his remarks by inviting the public to the Google Self Driving Car Open House on Saturday, Aug. 13, in downtown Chandler. Details are online at

Councilmember René Lopez reminded everyone that August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month and to watch your children around water.

Councilmember Kevin Hartke thanked all of the volunteers and the 50-60 organizations that worked together on the Operation Back to School event on Aug. 23. More than 2,500 children received backpacks, uniforms, shoes and other items to help them succeed in school. Councilmember Hartke also praised the “collaborative consciousness” that exists in Chandler among the business community, nonprofit organizations and the public.

Councilmember Terry Roe asked everyone to remember the sacrifice of Chandler Police Detective Carlos Ledesma who was killed in the line of duty six years ago.
The meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m.
During a Study Session on July 25, the Mayor and Council recognized Battalion Chief Roger Vigil on his retirement after 30 years serving the community. Also recognized for their years of service were: Lorraine Trow, Housing & Redevelopment, 20 years; Kevin Mayo, Planning, 15 years; Jose Sandoval, Print, Mail & Graphics, 25 years; Julie Buelt, Budget, 15 years; Jim Schwalenberg, Police, 20 years.

The Mayor also proclaimed August as Drowning Impact Awareness Month and recognized retiring Kyrene School District Superintendent Dr. David Schauer by proclaiming July 25 as Dr. David Schauer Day in Chandler.

The next meeting of the City Council will be a regular meeting and a study session at 7 p.m., on Mon., Aug. 8. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed on The Chandler Channel, Cable Channel 11, 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.