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Chandler City Council Meeting Recap: Jan. 12, 2017

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, and took action on 11 agenda items.

Mayor Jay Tibshraeny, members of the City Council and City staff then recognized two members of the Council for their dedication and commitment to making Chandler a better community. With their final terms in office ending, Vice Mayor Jack Sellers and Councilmember Rick Heumann were presented with tokens of appreciation for their many years of service to Chandler. Both served on the Council for two consecutive terms over the past eight years.

Mayor Tibshraeny noted that during their time in office, the City of Chandler experienced significant challenges related to the Great Recession, and "thanks in large part to their experience, compassion and vision, Chandler emerged from the economic downturn quicker and stronger than most communities could ever imagine or hope for."

The Mayor added that the two had served as neighborhood leaders, youth coaches, champions of business and education, and as citizens who wanted to make a difference. "I can tell you, your foresight and wisdom will be missed," he told them.

In their farewell remarks, both Heumann and Sellers thanked their fellow Councilmembers, City staff, various community organizations, their families, the citizens of Chandler and others who supported them through the years.

The meeting was then adjourned at 7:58 p.m., and the oaths of office were given to Councilmember Nora Ellen (re-elected to a second four-year term), newly elected Councilmember Sam Huang (four-year term) and newly elected Councilmember Mark Stewart (four-year term).

Councilmember Ellen was given the oath of office by her son, State Representative and House Speaker J.D. Mesnard. City Magistrate Michael Traynor presided over the inductions for Councilmember Huang and Councilmember Stewart.

At the conclusion of the ceremonies, Councilmembers Ellen, Huang and Stewart joined seated Councilmembers René Lopez, Terry Roe, Kevin Hartke and Mayor Tibshraeny, and a second meeting was called to order. The Council then took action and unanimously elected Hartke to serve as Vice Mayor for a one-year term.

In his closing announcements Mayor Tibshraeny thanked the Chandler Police and Chandler Fire, Health & Medical (CFHM) Honor Guard, the CFHM Pipes & Drums, and vocalist Victor Hardy for participating in the evening’s events.

The Mayor noted that on Saturday, Jan. 21, there are two important events, starting with the annual Celebration Plaza induction ceremony at 8 a.m. at Tumbleweed Park. The Plaza is a permanent monument wall near the center of the park where we recognize organizations or individuals for their civic leadership, public outreach and outstanding personal service and commitment to the community. Celebration Plaza honorees this year include former Chandler Mayor Kenny Thomas, Police Officer James Snedigar and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. Kenny Thomas served as Mayor from 1976 to 1979, and sadly, passed away late last year. Officer Snedigar joined the Chandler Police Department in 1995, and was killed in the line of duty in 1999. Formed in 1912, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce has advocated for Chandler’s businesses and community for more than 104 years.

Also that morning, Chandler will dedicate a history kiosk at Nozomi Park. The kiosk recognizes the stories of Japanese Americans who were interned at the Gila River War Relocation Center during World War II, just a few miles south of Chandler. That event begins at 9:30 a.m., and Nozomi Park is located at 250 S. Kyrene Road, just north of the Loop 202 Santan Freeway.

Vice Mayor Hartke invited residents to attend 22nd Annual Chandler Multicultural Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 14, at Chandler Fashion Center. The event features a day of dance, music, storytelling and more. As in years past, a Naturalization Ceremony will be conducted at 10 a.m. to welcome 100 new U.S. citizens representing 35 countries. On Jan. 18, Local First Arizona will hold a business mixer that will start at Peixoto Coffee at 6 p.m., and then, attendees will walk to other downtown Chandler venues. Visit localfirstaz.com for details. Vice Mayor Hartke closed by inviting job seekers to the upcoming Chandler Career Fair from 9 a.m. to noon, Jan. 19 at the Chandler Community Center. Details are on the City website, chandleraz.gov.

Councilmember René Lopez encouraged the community to support the inaugural Chandler International Film Festival this weekend at Soho 63, 63 E. Boston Street. Visit chandlerfilmfestival.com for details. In addition, the Chandler Symphony Orchestra will present, "To Jupiter and Beyond," a free concert at the Chandler Center for the Arts at 3 p.m., Jan. 29. Details are online at chandlercenter.org.

Councilmember Sam Huang noted that many Chandler residents and businesses will be celebrating the Chinese New Year beginning Jan. 28 and continuing through Feb. 2.

Councilmember Mark Stewart highlighted the 19th annual Chandler Tactical Competition January 13-15, hosted by the Chandler Police Explorers. The event is one of the best youth law enforcement tactical competitions in the nation, with teams from around the country coming to Chandler. Visit cpdcadets.com for details.

The second meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

During a Special Meeting of the City Council on Monday, Jan. 9, the Mayor and Council took the following action:

 Reconsidered a previous vote taken during the Dec. 8, 2016, meeting that – by a 5-2 vote – rejected a rezoning request for a 16-lot, single-family residential subdivision on 6.7 acres, located east of the southeast corner of Alma School and Germann roads. The vote was held again, and the rezoning passed by a super-majority vote of 6-1.

The next meeting of the City Council will be a Study Session at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, 2017. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed on the Chandler Channel and streamed on the Web at chandleraz.gov/video.

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 Communications and Public Affairs Department.

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The City Clerk’s office posts official meeting results the morning following Council meetings. For a complete list of actions taken, visit

chandleraz.gov/agendas. 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 chandleraz.gov, 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.