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Feb. 13, 2017

Feb. 9, 2017, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap 

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, and took action on 24 agenda items, including:
  • Unanimously authorized a development agreement with LGE Design Build to redevelop the City-owned property on the southwest corner of Chandler Boulevard and Arizona Avenue (known as Sites 1-2-3). Phase 1 will consist of a 77,000+ square foot mixed-used project including a Flix Brewhouse cinema, retail/restaurant, office and a 350-stall parking structure. Construction will commence in Spring 2017. 
  • Authorized a construction contact to M.A. Mortenson Construction, Inc., for an Airport Water Reclamation Facility Grit System, in an amount not to exceed $5,936,610. Installation of a grit system is needed to maintain basin capacities, extend equipment life and reduce maintenance costs of grit removal. 
  • Approved an agreement with Wilson Engineers, LLC, for design services for the Gilbert Water Production Facility Rehabilitation, in an amount not to exceed $124,600. This project is a continuation of the City’s ongoing efforts to modernize and rehabilitate the City’s older water production facilities. 
  • Authorized an intergovernmental agreement with the Roosevelt Water Conservation District in the amount of $55,854, for the design and construction to relocate irrigation system facilities impacted by Queen Creek Road improvements. 
  • Approved a preliminary development plan for the site layout and building architecture of a commercial shopping center located south of the southeast corner of Gilbert and Ocotillo roads. 
  • Recommended approval of Special Event Liquor Licenses for three events:
    • Ostrich Festival to be held at Tumbleweed Park on March 10-12;
    • ShamRock Festival to be held at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park – Stage Plaza on Saturday, March 17; 
    • Great American BBQ and Beer Fest to be held at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park – Stage Plaza on Saturday, March 25.
  • Approved temporary extension of premises, Series 18 Liquor Licenses for:
    • Sandbar Mexican Grill, 7200 W. Ray Road, on Sunday, Feb. 26;
    • Fibber Magee’s, 1989 W. Elliot Road, on Friday, March 17.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny shared how Intel made global headlines when it recently announced a $7 billion expansion in Chandler. The expansion will inject billions of dollars into the local economy through jobs, construction and Intel’s vast array of suppliers. The completion of Fab 42, in three to four years, will create approximately 3,000 high-tech, high-wage Intel jobs. Combined with the indirect impact on businesses that will help support the factory’s operations, Fab 42 is expected to create more than 10,000 total long-term jobs in Arizona. Intel continues to be a tremendous corporate citizen, and a strong supporter of City events, facilities and local schools. 

The Mayor also shared that he delivered his annual State of the City address (on. Jan. 31) and highlight video to a packed Council Chambers. The message focused on car technology and other positive economic development news. He also unveiled the new Uptown Chandler branding initiative as well as the City’s new online annual report. The complete address and the annual report are available for viewing online at chandleraz.gov

The Mayor closed his remarks by wishing everyone a happy Valentine’s Day.     

Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke congratulated Leah Powell on her recent promotion to the City’s Neighborhood Services Director. Earlier in the day, he attended the Volunteer Recognition Breakfast, and once again, he thanked the winners who were acknowledged, as well as all volunteers in the community for their dedicated service. Vice Mayor Hartke also shared that Chandler was recently selected by WalletHub as one of the most romantic and cost-effective cities to celebrate
Valentine’s Day. 

Councilmember Terry Roe thanked the Boy Scouts who led the evening’s Pledge of Allegiance.

Councilmember René Lopez encouraged the public to check out the Chandler Science Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. The free event, sponsored by Orbital ATK and Intel, will feature more than 60 companies and educational organizations hosting interactive and hands-on learning activities. Orbital ATK also will host a special guest, four-time NASA Shuttle Astronaut Brian Duffy, from noon-3 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to head to the Downtown Stage from 1-2 p.m. to hear Colonel Duffy speak about his experience in space, how to pursue a career with NASA and what's next with NASA’s next generation of space exploration. Intel and its volunteers will display Makey Makey/Sparkfun kits and feature activities focused on the basics of computer science. More event information can be found online at chandleraz.gov/science

Councilmember Sam Huang shared that he attended a Council retreat this past week and thanked staff for their work on the information presented. He mentioned that budget talks are underway and he looks forward to working with the Council. 

Councilmember Nora Ellen congratulated Leah Powell on her promotion to Neighborhood Services Director after 20 years of service at the City. She wished everyone a happy Valentine’s Day and encouraged the public to do something for someone you love. She also attended the City’s Volunteer Recognition Breakfast and congratulated Mark Druz, a recipient of the Mayor’s Choice Award, for his service. 

Councilmember Mark Stewart also shared his excitement for Intel’s $7 billion investment in Chandler. He was impressed with City staff’s professionalism and their assistance with getting the media coordinated. He reminded the public about the upcoming Ostrich Festival and activities leading up to it, the Public Safety Fair, the Mayor’s Fun Run and the Classic Car Show. More information is available at ostrichfestival.com. He also recorded his first Chandler in Focus show – check it out on the City’s YouTube channel.

The meeting adjourned at 7:31 p.m.

During a Study Session on Monday, Feb. 6, the Mayor and Council recognized Mark Dorman with the City’s Transportation and Development Department for 20 years of service, and Sgt. Michael Moore with the Chandler Police Department for his 10 year of service.

The Mayor and Council also recognized the first place winners of this year’s Creative Expression Awards, which were honored at the recent Multicultural Festival. A complete list of first, second and third place winners by category are available for viewing online at chandleraz.gov/unity

The Study Session adjourned at 7:18 p.m. 

The next meeting of the City Council will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed on the Chandler Channel, Cable Channel 11, 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 Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department.

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