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March 24, 2017

March 23, 2017, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap 

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 23, 2017, and took action on 32 agenda items, including:
  • Awarded a construction contract to Blucor Contracting for airport storm drainage and grading improvements in amount not to exceed $1,421,912.10. The improvements will meet current FAA grading and drainage criteria for safety areas. 
  • Approved a project agreement with SDB, Inc., for airport fuel system upgrades, in an amount not to exceed $339.631. The project will improve the airport’s self-service gasoline system that was installed in 1985 and many components are at the end of their service life and no longer supported. 
  • Adopted a notice of intention to increase certain water, wastewater, reclaimed water and solid waste rates. Staff will hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 25. 
  • Approved a purchase of a new fire engine in the amount of $580,553.26, in preparation of the completion of the City’s newest southeast Fire Station (Station No. 11).
  • Approved a purchase of 79 Panasonic Toughbooks for an amount not to exceed $360,000. The laptops will be used in Chandler Police patrol vehicles. 
  • Approved a one-year contract with Office Depot for the purchase of Citywide office supplies in an amount not to exceed $215,000.
  • Recommended a liquor license be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for ImprovMania located at 250 S. Arizona Ave.
  • Recommended a special event liquor license for the Cajun Fest on Saturday, April 22. 
  • Recommended an temporary extension of premises liquor licenses for the following establishments:
    • Hangar 9 Bar & Grille, 980 E. Pecos Road, for Saturday, April 8 and Friday, May 5;
    • Dos Gringos, 1361 N. Alma School Road, for Friday, May 5, and Saturday, May 6;
    • Espo’s Mexican Food, 3867 W. Chandler Blvd., for Friday, May 5;
    • Sandbar Mexican Grill, 7200 W. Ray Road, for Friday, May 5-Sunday, May 7.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny reminded residents of this weekend’s Great American Barbecue and Beer Festival in Downtown Chandler from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 25. More event information is available at chandlerbbq.com. He also shared that the Chandler Jazz Festival returns on Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1. More than a dozen acts will perform during the free event, which takes place at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. The Mayor announced that Overstreet Chandler will break ground next Wednesday. This exciting mixed-use concept at Chandler Boulevard and Arizona Avenue will include a Flix Brewhouse and several restaurants. The project should be completed by the end of the year, or early 2018.

The Mayor concluded his remarks by inviting the public to his ninth annual Family Bike Ride on Saturday, April 1. The bike ride kicks off at the Park and Ride Lot near Tumbleweed Park. Check in starts at 7 a.m. with the ride at 8 a.m. Details and registration is available at chandleraz.gov

Councilmember Terry Roe encouraged everyone to root for the home team during March Madness.

Councilmember René Lopez reminded the public about the Chandler Public Library's seventh annual LibCon. The event is for teens only (ages 12-18) and will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Chandler Boys and Girls Club. The event is free and no registration is required. Councilmember Lopez also invited everyone to the Chandler Symphony Orchestra's Spring Serenade at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26. The free concert is held at the Chandler Center for the Arts. Tickets are available at chandlersymphony.com. Councilmember Lopez also recognized Perry High School students for attending the Council meeting.

Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke encouraged residents to vote for Chandler in the "Battle of the Burbs" presented by Mix 96.9 FM. If Chandler wins, the City will get a free block party and concert featuring James Arthur next month. The Vice Mayor also asked for volunteers for the Let's Pull Together initiative. Currently, there are more projects than volunteers. To sign up, contact the Neighborhood Programs Office at 480-782-4348 or email judy.ramos@chandleraz.gov. Vice Mayor Hartke reminded residents of the next For Our City Chandler networking breakfast would be at 8 a.m. Thursday, April 6. For more information, visit forourcitychandler.org. In conclusion, the Vice Mayor expressed his condolences to Councilmember Mark Stewart for a recent death in his family.

Councilmember Sam Huang joined the Mayor by inviting the public to Downtown Chandler this weekend for the American Barbeque and Beer Festival. On that same day, the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership will be painting six murals near three major crosswalks along Arizona Avenue. 

Councilmember Nora Ellen shared how she recently attended the National League of Cities (NLC) Conference in Washington, D.C. She was able to attend several workshops, opening sessions and met with Arizona's leadership including Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, as well as Congressman Andy Biggs. Also in attendance was Councilmember Stewart and the City's Government Relations Coordinator Ryan Peters. 

Councilmember Mark Stewart thanked the Council for their condolences. He also shared how the NLC Conference was a great educational opportunity and it was interesting to meet representatives from all across the country. He was able to talk to many people and listen to their struggles and successes. Councilmember Stewart also mentioned that he would be attending next week's Overstreet ground breaking event. 

The meeting adjourned at 7:14 p.m.

During a Study Session on Monday, March 20, Mayor Tibshraeny and Councilmember René Lopez recognized Ping Li, a Library Assistant with the Community Services Department, who is retiring after 18 years serving the City and community. 

The Mayor and Councilmember Lopez also recognized five employees for their years of service: Miguel Almazabas, 10 years, Community Services Department; Deborah Moreno, 15 years, Community Services Department; Robert Zaruba, 15 years, Chandler Fire, Health and Medical; Naomi Fletcher, 10 years, Municipal Utilities Department; and Blanca Quezada, 10 years, Chandler Police Department.

In addition, the City’s Purchasing team was honored in celebration of National Purchasing Month. The team has won several awards for their work including an “Excellence in Achievement” Award from the Universal Public Purchasing Certification Council (UPPCC) and NIGP (The Institute for Public Procurement). The award recognizes an agency’s commitment to the value of continuing education and development through individual professional certification in public sector procurement. Second, the “Achievement of Excellence in Procurement” Award (AEP) for 2016 from the National Purchasing Institute. This distinguished award recognizes organizational excellence by measuring an agency’s commitment to continuous improvement in areas such as innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership. The City has received this award for 13 consecutive years. Accepting the awards were: Purchasing and Materials Manager Christina Pryor, Senior Procurement Officer Mike Mandt, Procurement Officers Raquel McMahon and Carolee Stees, and Purchasing Specialist Rosenda Contreras. Missing from the presentation was Procurement Officer Juan Martinez and Supply Supervisor José Tapia.

Photos from the March 20 Council Study Session may be downloaded online: cityofchandler.smugmug.com/Council-Meetings/2017-Council-Meetings/032017-Study-Session/n-CDDMMt/.

The next meeting of the City Council will be a Study Session at 7 p.m. Monday, April 10. 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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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.