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Aug. 12, 2016

Aug. 11, 2016, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, and took action on 46 agenda items, including:
  • Approved the site layout, building architecture and rezoning of a one-acre parcel located near the southeast corner of Chandler Boulevard and Kyrene Road to permit the development of a Salad And Go drive-thru restaurant.
  • Renewed an agreement with the Arizona Department of Transportation allowing the City to administer the design and construction of Federal-Aid Highway Program projects.
  • Adopted a resolution supporting a declaration to create a Sister Cities International program exchange with Tainan, Taiwan. The signed declaration will be sent to Tainan officials acknowledging Chandler’s desire to pursue a formal Sister Cities Partnership with them.
  • Approved a Memorandum of Understanding and Telehealth Services Agreement with the Veterans Affairs/Phoenix Health Care System that will extend by 18 months a pilot program that allows the Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department to manage the delivery of healthcare and follow up medical services of Chandler veterans.
  • Authorized payment of $510,755 to continue participation in the Regional Wireless Cooperative, a regional radio network that provides seamless radio communications for multiple public safety and governmental agencies.
  • Approved an agreement for $895,270 with Grey Mountain Construction, LLC, to perform alley resurfacing using asphalt millings as part of a regional PM-10 dust reduction program.
  • Approved Liquor Use Permits and recommended Liquor Licenses for Desert Cider House, 284 E. Chilton Drive, Suite 8, and Ginger Monkey, 135 W. Ocotillo Road.
  • Approved Special Event Liquor Licenses for the following events:
    • Rockin’ Taco Street Fest to be held downtown on Saturday, Sept. 17.
    • Get the Led Out being held at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Sunday, Sept. 25.
    • Santan Oktoberfest being held Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Downtown Stage.
At the conclusion of the regular meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny encouraged residents to vote on Tuesday, Aug. 30, when three positions on City Council will be up for election, along with Proposition 493, Chandler’s updated General Plan. If approved, the Chandler General Plan Update will guide growth and development in the City for the next 10 years.
 
The Mayor also acknowledged as great news the announcement that Roger’s Corporation, a long-time business in Chandler, will be moving its corporate headquarters to the City. He also said Google will be hosting an open house on Saturday, Aug. 13, to demonstrate the new technology of their self-driving cars.
Also commented on by the Mayor was a recent Cost of Service report prepared by the City of Tempe that looked at numerous Valley cities and compared the average cost a resident pays in city utilities, sales taxes and property taxes. He said Chandler was the second lowest in the Valley, behind the Town of Gilbert.
 
Vice Mayor Jack Sellers reported on the recent visit of a Chinese delegation of business leaders from Gansu, China, saying they were in the U.S. looking for investment opportunities. He also recognized a number of people involved in recent efforts to establish a Sister City relationship with Tainan, Taiwan. He thanked Ellen Harrington, president of Chandler-Tullamore Sister Cities; Michelle Chang, a member of the Chandler Human Relations Commission who has family ties to Tainan; Leah Powell, with the City’s Community Development Office; Milt Laflen, Sister Cities state president, and; Alana Chavez with the Maricopa Association of Governments International Economic Development Office.
 
Councilmember Kevin Hartke said For Our City Chandler will be hosting a breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 1, and invited members of the community to become involved in the organization. More information can be found online at www.forourcity.org/Chandler.html.
 
Councilmember Rick Heumann reminded the public to use caution around area schools, as children are back in school. Councilmember Roe thanked public safety personnel for their continued efforts to keep the community safe and for the work of all City employees. City Manager Marsha Reed noted that Chandler’s AAA bond rating from Moody’s Investor Services was recently reaffirmed and that Standard & Poor's has verbally reaffirmed the same rating, which results in significant savings when the City sells bonds to fund municipal projects.

The meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

During a Study Session on Monday, Aug. 8, the