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Feb. 24, 2017
 

Recap of the Chandler City Council Meeting of Feb. 23, 2017
 
The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, and took action on 32 agenda items, including:
  • Authorized a development agreement with 201 South, LLC, for the sale of the property at 201 S. Washington St. (former home of Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods [ICAN]), and the development a signature restaurant/entertainment venue, including “best of local” concepts.
  • Turbo Resources makes their home in sunny Chandler, Arizona!Approved rezoning and a Preliminary Development Plan for a light industrial development on 18 acres, near the northeast corner of Arizona Ave. and Palomino Dr. (south of Elliot Road). Phase I of the Turbo Resources project includes a 253,116-square-foot warehouse with a 44,914-square-foot office building. Phase 2 includes a 176,942-square-foot building.
  • Authorized a grant agreement with the DUI Abatement Council through the Chandler Police department in the amount of $60,000 for DUI enforcement overtime.
  • Approved a Preliminary Development Plan with the SEVRAR, the Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors, for a corporate headquarters and training center on a 3.1-acre site north of the northeast corner of Germann Road and Northrop Boulevard, in the Chandler Airpark Area.
  • Approved a project agreement in an amount not to exceed $63,165 with Environmental Planning Group, LLC, for planning and design of improvements to Arrowhead Meadows Park, 1475 W. Erie St. Improvements will include pathways, amenities, landscaping, irrigation and Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility.
  • Approved Liquor Use Permits and recommended Liquor Licenses for:
    • The Reef Restaurant & Bar, 2041 N. Arizona Ave.;
    • Señor Poncho Villa, 825 N. 54th St.;
    • Curry Bowl India Cuisine, 955 W. Chandler Heights Rd.
  • Approved Special Event Liquor Licenses for the following events:
    • 18th Annual Chandler Jazz Festival, March 31-April 1, 2017. 
At the end of the regular meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny thanked the more than 100 teenagers who attended the Teen Town Hall, hosted by the Mayor’s Youth Commission. Prior to the Council Meeting, he hosted the annual Budget Connect, and he thanked all the residents who submitted questions and comments through the budget survey and social media. The Budget Connect can be viewed on Chandler Channel 11 or streamed online at chandleraz.gov/video.
 
Mayor Tibshraeny shared some good news about the City’s fiscal stability. The Fitch Ratings agency recently re-affirmed a strong AAA rating for Chandler’s General Obligation Bonds and upgraded the rating of our outstanding Spectrum bonds to AA+.
 
Councilmember Terry Roe recognized several City staff members who make a difference in the community, including:
  • Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department Battalion Chief and PIO Blas Minor who recently spoke at the Chandler Kiwanis Club;
  • Water Conservation Specialist Deina Burns who helps residents evaluate their water usage and save money; and  
  • Police Chief Sean Duggan, Commander Ed Upshaw, and Video Production Specialist Jim Schwalenberg for producing a public service video about youth substance abuse. 
Councilmember René Lopez thanks all of the vendors, partners and City staff who worked so hard to organize and set up for the Chandler Science Saturday event that was rained out on Feb. 18. One event did take place, and he thanked Orbital ATK for their support and for hosting former NASA Shuttle Astronaut Brian Duffy, who spoke to attendees in the Council Chambers.
 
Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke invited the public to support the Clothes Cabin’s 4th Annual “No More Chilly Nights!” fundraiser on Feb. 25 to support services for the homeless and those on restricted incomes. Details are at clothescabin.org. He invited participation in the Arizona Avenue Improvements public meeting at 6 p.m., March 1, at the Chandler Senior Center, 202 E. Boston St. The area being discussed is from Frye Road to Pecos Road and details are online at chandlersnewfrontdoor.com. On March 2, the Chandler Education Foundation will celebrate its 30th year and event details are at mychandlerschools.org. Vice Mayor Hartke concluded his remarks by thanking Library Manager Dan Lee and Library staff for hosting an International Mother Language Day celebration on Feb. 18.
 
Councilmember Sam Huang said on behalf of the City he attended the 3rd Annual Unity in the Community Black History Fellowship Breakfast in Mesa. He also noted that Chandler Police Commander Ed Upshaw will be honored on Feb. 24 as the Man of the Year by the Chandler Men of Action, chandler-moa.org.
 
Councilmember Nora Ellen thanked SEVRAR CEO Janet Kane and President Liz Harris for attending the meeting and for moving its headquarters to Chandler from Mesa. She also encouraged the community to support the arts by dining at a participating restaurant during Eat Your Art Out Chandler on Feb. 28. Details are at chandlercenter.org.
 
Councilmember Mark Stewart joined with Mayor Tibshraeny to promote the upcoming Ostrich Festival, starting with the Mayor’s Fun Run, Parade, Classic Car Show and Public Safety Fair on March 4, in downtown Chandler. The Festival will be the weekend of March 10-12 at Tumbleweed Park and features a great lineup of musical entertainment and fun for everyone. Visit ostrichfestival.com for tickets and information.
 
The meeting adjourned at 7:53 p.m.
 
The next meeting of the City Council will be a Study Session at 7 p.m., Monday, March 6, 2017. 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.
 
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.