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April 14, 2017

April 13, 2017, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 13, 2017, holding three public hearings and taking action on 31 agenda items, including:
  • Approved an $844,302 amendment to an intergovernmental agreement with the Regional Public Transportation Authority to continue providing bus service, Dial-A-Ride and Ride Choice programs in Chandler.
  • Approved an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Maricopa Fire Department to allow the City to loan a fire engine to Maricopa if one their trucks becomes disabled. Also approved an agreement enabling the City to continue providing Maricopa with firefighting and emergency medical training.
  • Amended the Citywide Fee Schedule relating to certain fees charged by the Community Services, Management Services, Transportation & Development and Fire, Health& Medical departments, effective July 1, 2017.
  • Approved a $136,133 contract with SDB, Inc., to renovate a courtroom in the Municipal Courts Building to ensure accessibility in conformance with federal requirements (ADA).
  • Approved a $469,534 contract with ELS Construction, Inc., for the repair of street medians.
  • Approved a $51,616 contract with RSG Builders, LLC, to remodel the circulation desk area in the lobby of the Downtown Library.
  • Recommended Liquor Licenses be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for:
    • Smokin Fins, 900 N. 54th St., Suite 1
    • The Reef, 2401 N. Arizona Ave.
  • Approved Liquor Use Permits and recommended Liquor Licenses be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for:
    • Fazio’s Catering & Event Center (The Forum), 2301 S. Stearman Dr.
    • Meridiem Kitchen & Lounge, 1245 S. Price Road, Suite 1
    • Casa Maria Mexican Grill, 691 N. Arizona Ave.
  • Recommended approval of a Special Event Liquor License for the Chandler Craft Spirits Festival to be held in Downtown Ocotillo Saturday April 29, along with Craft Distillery/Festival Licenses for Lucidi Distillery, Elgin Distillery and Hooker Oak Distillery.
  • Recommended a Temporary Extension of Premises Liquor License be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for Valle Luna Mexican Cantina for May 5-6.
In addition, public hearings were held to accept public comment on the City’s FY 2017-18 Annual Action Plan governing CDBG grant funds and Chandler’s proposed allocation of FY 2017-18 Federal Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds. A public hearing also was held on the results of a biennial audit report of Chandler’s System Development Fee program.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said staff recently launched a social media hub that features posts, photos and videos from more than 40 of the City’s most popular social media accounts. The public can open the hub from the City’s home page or view it directly at www.chandleraz.gov/socialmedia.

The Mayor concluded by wishing everyone a Happy Easter and invited the community to celebrate Earth Day at the Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, April 22. The event will include activities for the entire family, as well as the dedication of a new demonstration garden recently completed at the park.

Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke reminded residents of the Family Easter Celebration being held from 9 a.m. until noon this Saturday, April 15, at Snedigar Sportsplex. Egg hunts are free and start at 10:30 a.m. There will be information booths, displays, art and take-home crafts, interactive amusements and performances.

He also invited the public to attend the free Battle of the Burbs Concert occurring from 5-8 p.m. Monday, April 17, at the Downtown Chandler Stage and the Great Southwest Cajun Fest taking place from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 22, also at the Downtown Stage. In addition he thanked Fire Chief Dwiggins for the department’s water safety awareness efforts.

Councilmember René Lopez said Chandler’s Fire, Health & Medical Department held their successful Drowning Prevention Walk April 8, joining with volunteers in a door-to-door effort to educate residents about the importance of pool and water safety. He also invited area youth to attend LibCon from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, April 22, at the Chandler Boys & Girls Club.

Councilmember Terry Roe thanked Chandler’s public safety employees for their service to the community, as well as the Chandler Compadres for the great work they do in the community.

Councilmember Sam Huang said changes to the City’s sign code will be discussed at the April 19 Planning & Zoning Commission meeting and that the public can view the revised code online at www.chandleraz.gov/planning. He mentioned that State law governs political signs.

Councilmembers Nora Ellen and Mark Stewart said they thoroughly enjoyed a recent tour of Orbital ATK, learning a lot about the role the company’s rockets play in defending the country.

The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.

During a Study Session on Monday, April 10, Mayor Tibshraeny proclaimed April 28 as Arbor Day in Chandler and April 2017 as Fair Housing Month.

The Mayor and Council also recognized Mr. Jake Harvey and Hamilton High School’s We the People team for taking first place honors in the state’s We The People competition. The team will now compete at the national competition representing the state of Arizona. 

Also recognized were coach Mike Grothaus and the Basha High basketball team for capturing their first-ever boys basketball state championship in February.

The next meeting of the City Council will be a Study Session at 7 p.m. Monday, April 24. 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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