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Sept. 19, 2016

Sept. 15, 2016, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, and took action on 98 agenda items, including:
  • Approved annual contracts with a number of planning and engineering design consulting firms, including Dibble Engineering, Armstrong Consultants, Coffman Associates, and Mead & Hunt, Inc.
  • Approved contract extensions for consulting firms providing architectural, environmental, hydrogeological, landscape and water/wastewater services.
  • Approved the site layout, building architecture, rezoning and Area Plan Amendment of a 4.5-acre parcel located on the northeast corner of Gilbert and Queen Creek roads to permit the development of a Quiktrip gas station and convenience store.
  • Amended the City Code to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes inside City-owned or occupied buildings, as well as in the exterior areas of the City Hall campus located at Arizona Avenue and Chicago Street.
  • Approved the FY 2015-16 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for submittal to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The report measures Chandler’s success at meeting required goals and strategies for HUD-funded programs administered by the City.
  • Approved a Preliminary Development Plan for site layout and building architecture for a new office and warehouse building planned for a 4.3-acre site located in the Stellar Business Park.
  • Authorized the $50,000 annual membership fee payment to Valley Metro Rail, enabling the City to participate in the planning of the region’s light rail system.
  • Awarded a $455,535 contract to Dibble & Associates Consulting Engineers to evaluate the structural condition of the City’s sewer collection system. The findings help the City prioritize the repair or replacement of wastewater sewer lines and manholes.
  • Approved the fourth and final one-year extension of a purchase agreement with Municipal Emergency Services, Inc., to provide Chandler firefighters with protective clothing at a cost of $539,300.
  • Approved the final two-year extension of an agreement with ACT Towing, LLC, to provide towing services to the Police Department.
  • Approved Liquor Use Permits and recommended Liquor Licenses for:
    • Quiktrip, northeast corner of Gilbert and Queen Creek roads
    • Dirty Blonde Tavern, 4929 W. Chandler Blvd.
    • VB Lounge, 81 W. Boston St.
    • Mambo’s Dominican Kitchen, 1950 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 8
    • Element Hotel, 44 S. Chandler Village Drive
    • Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 San Marcos Place
    • Twisted Cactus Brewing Co., 4080 W. Ray Road, Suite 26
    • Rick’s Pub & Grub, 4910 W. Ray Road, Suite 3
  • Approved Special Event Liquor Licenses for the following events:
    • First Annual Ryan Thomas Foundation Cornhole Tournament to be held at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Saturday, Sept. 24.
    • Mariachi Festival being held at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 1.
    • Casino Night being held at The Praise & Worship Center on Saturday, Oct. 8.
    • Taste of Solera event being held at Solera, 6360 S. Mountain Blvd., on Thursday, Oct. 13.
    • Chandler Christian Community Center’s 50th Anniversary Gala being held at Noah’s Event Venue on Friday, Oct. 14.
    • Chandler Chamber of Commerce’s Chandler 100 being held at Quantum Helicopters on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
    • Chandler Cultural Foundation’s Center Stage event being held at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Saturday, Oct. 29.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny acknowledged the opening of two new restaurants in Downtown Chandler; LaBocca Wine Bar and Modern Margarita.  He also encouraged residents to attend two downtown events occurring on Saturday Oct. 1; the 9th Annual SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest and the 17th Annual C.A.L.L.E. Arizona Mariachi and Folklorico Festival.

The Mayor also thanked those in the community who attended his recent Listening Tour held at Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School and mentioned a recent municipal bond sale that saved the City nearly $9 million due to low interest rates resulting from Chandler’s excellent Triple-A bond rating.

Councilmember René Lopez congratulated the Mayor for the Silver Circle Award his State of the City video received from the City-County Communications & Marketing Association and invited the public to support the Chandler Symphony by attending their upcoming Classical Series beginning Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Chandler Center for the Arts. He also encouraged attendance at an Oct. 29 fundraiser at Wild Horse Pass for Streetlight USA, a non-profit agency that assists adolescent female victims of abuse, sexual trauma and sex trafficking.

Councilmember Kevin Hartke said he attended the 10th Annual Prayer Breakfast Sept. 15 at the Chandler/ Gilbert Family YMCA and came away grateful to live in such a great community. He also said For Our City Day will be celebrated Oct. 22 when community volunteers gather to assist with projects in the community. Volunteers are asked to join For Our City Chandler and the City’s Neighborhood Programs Division to clean yards, remove weeds and perform various cleanup efforts. To volunteer, call 480-782-4354.

Councilmember Rick Heumann congratulated the Mayor for his selection as president of the League of Arizona Cities & Towns and said the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona will hold their 19th Annual luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the San Marcos Golf Resort and encouraged the public to make reservations to attend by calling 480-899-4984 or by visiting

Councilmember Nora Ellen said the City’s Domestic Violence Commission is holding its 8th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Breakfast at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Community Center and invited the community to obtain more information by calling 480-782-4566. She also congratulated Sam Huang on his successful election to the Chandler City Council beginning in 2017 and asked the public to nominate military men and women for Chandler’s Operation Welcome Home program. For information, visit
Councilmember Terry Roe said he attended the opening of two new businesses in Chandler, Hand and Stone and Chick-Fil-A, and thanked those who choose Chandler for their business location. He also expressed gratitude to public safety and military personnel and others serving the community for their service.
The meeting adjourned at 7:42 p.m.

During a Study Session on Monday, Sept. 12, the Mayor and Council recognized individuals from seven City departments chosen as Employees of the Year for their respective areas. Honored were: Janet McFaul, Management Services Department; Adan Clemente, Transportation & Development; Jeff Azevedo, Municipal Utilities; Traci Tenkely, Community & Neighborhood Services; Carlos Vargas, Fire, Health & Medical; Darrin Vigesaa, Police, and; Kristen Poe, General Government.

Also recognized for their years of service were: Cynthia Castillo, Purchasing, 20 years; Patricia Carroll, Center for the Arts, 15 years; Benn Hernandez, Parks, 15 years; Angela Lorenzo-Clavell, Aquatics, 15 years; Helen Parker, Budget Office, 10 years; Traci Tenkely, Aquatics, 10 years; Richard Tonn, Transportation & Development, 10 years, and; Russell Suprak, Fire, Health & Medical, 10 years.

In addition, the Mayor and Council recognized the winners of two prestigious awards presented to Chandler Parks & Recreation by the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association. Chandler Senior Center volunteers Bert and LaVerne Johanson received the Volunteer of the Year Award and Chandler’s Therapeutic Recreation Program received the Outstanding Adaptive Program Award.

The next meeting of the City Council will be a regular meeting and a study session at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10. Council meetings are