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March 10, 2017

March 9, 2017, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, 2017, and took action on 21 agenda items, including:
  • Approved the preliminary development plan, site layout, building architecture and rezoning of a 4.3-acre parcel located on the southwest corner of Chandler Boulevard and Arizona Avenue to permit the development of a movie theater, commercial retail and office buildings.
  • Approved an agreement with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) to enable Chandler Police to provide law enforcement security services at the University of Phoenix Stadium. The agreement provides officers with experience in crowd control and fosters cooperative working relationships with DPS and other law enforcements agencies.
  • Approved a preliminary development plan to amend the site development standards on nine acres located within the 100-acre Chandler Corporate Center situated on the northwest corner of Chandler Boulevard and McClintock Drive. The amendment will increase the allowable square footage of a single building from 75,000 square feet to 100,000 square feet.
  • Approved an $835,305 agreement with Dimension Data North America, Inc., for the purchase of a new Cisco-based phone system that will provide the City with a converged solution for call center applications, voice, data, video and other services.
  • Approved a $129,493 purchase of artificial turf from Landscape Structures, Inc., for installation at the Chandler Tennis Center. The turf will cover berm seating areas where grass failed to grow.
  • Approved a use permit allowing operators of Casa de Montessori to provide child day care services to as many as 10 children at their facility at 410 N. Vine St.
  • Recommended a liquor license be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for Max and Ted’s 480 Bar located at 480 N. Arizona Ave.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny reminded residents of this weekend’s Chandler Ostrich Festival at Tumbleweed Park, March 10-12. He also said his 3rd Annual Teen Leadership Academy begins next week and commended those students willing to use their spring break to learn about local government and community leadership. He also thanked Dave Bigos, Mayor and Council Assistant, for the great work he does administering the academy.

The Mayor concluded by noting that Chandler PD will be holding their Annual Awards Ceremony next week to honor exceptional performance by department employees. The Mayor thanked the department for the work they do to keep Chandler safe, as well as the efforts of the Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department.
 
Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke invited residents to attend the 6th Annual East Valley Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast taking place at 7 a.m., Wednesday, March 15, at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Registration information is available at www.EVMPB.org. He also said he attended a pre-opening event celebrating the move to Chandler of an REI store. He lauded the company for choosing Chandler and said he’ll be a frequent customer.

Councilmember Terry Roe asked citizens not to forget the needs of local non-profits when preparing their 2016 tax returns. He encouraged donations be made to any of the many worthy organizations, including the Chandler Christian Community Center, Boys & Girls Club, Matthew’s Crossing, ICAN and others.

Councilmember Sam Huang invited the public to comment on the conceptual designs for a new Chandler Museum which will be unveiled at a special open house being held from 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 22, at the historic McCullough-Price House, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive.

Councilmember Mark Stewart said he attended the first in a series of weekly HOA Academies being held this month at Snedigar Sportsplex and found the academy to be very educational. He encouraged residents to consider attending such academies.  Information is available by calling 480-782-4348.

The meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

During a Study Session on Monday, March 6, Mayor Tibshraeny proclaimed March 4-12 as Ostrich Festival Week in Chandler and March 2017 as Disability Awareness Month.

Disability Awareness Month promotes the importance of disability awareness and the impact it has on our society. In conjunction with this initiative, the Chandler Mayor and Council honored recipients of the 2017 Disability Awareness Recognition Awards. These awards celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities and those who support them in our community.

David Solano, a student at Perry High School, was selected “Student of the Year.” Alex Smith was chosen “Volunteer of the Year” for his work with Camp Challenge and the Special Olympics Program. Lynn Wasley was chosen “Employee of the Year” for her work at Village Day Care, often filling in on extra shifts to meet the needs of her employer. Chosen as “Educators of the Year” were Emily Birecki, a teacher at Willis Jr. High, and Amy Stahl, a teacher at Santan Junior High. Chosen as “Employer of the Year” was FedEx Ground in Chandler.

The Mayor and Council also recognized Randall Greeley, a Planning and Research Manager with the Police Department, who is retiring after 24 years serving the City and community.

Councilmember Terry Roe joined the Mayor in presenting employees of the City’s Budget Office with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association. This is the 29th consecutive year Chandler has received the award, which reflects the commitment of staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

At February’s annual Volunteer Recognition Awards, the City, in coordination with the Chandler Care Center and For Our City Chandler, recognized community members for their volunteer efforts. Award recipients were invited to the March 6 Council Study Session to be further recognized. Award winners were: Jack and Joyce McCormack (Longevity Award), Kennedy Nicoll (Makes It Happen Award), Alan Zaben (Sunbeam Award), Mario David Giron (Youth Award), Ken Hawkes (Innovation Award), Crystal Ellison (Strong Arms Award), Larry Sebben (People’s Choice Award), Chandler Chamber Leadership Class #32 (Working Together Award), Mark Drez (Mayor’s Choice Award), and the Anguiano Family (Multitasking Maestro Award).

The next meeting of the City Council will be a Study Session at 7 p.m. Monday, March 20. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed on The Chandler Channel, Cable Channel 11, and streamed on the Web at www.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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The City Clerk’s office posts official meeting results the morning following Council meetings. For a complete list of actions taken, visit www.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 www.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.