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April 28, 2017

April 27, 2017, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27, 2017, and took action on 36 agenda items, including:
  • Appointed Dana DeLong as City Clerk, effective June 5, 2017, replacing long-time City Clerk Marla Paddock who is retiring.
  • Authorized the early redemption of General Obligation Refunding Bonds that will result in interest savings to the City of $447,000.
  • Authorized the Fire, Health & Medical Department to accept a two-year innovation grant of $125,000 from the Vitalyst Health Foundation and Arizona Community Foundation for implementation of a Crisis Support Training Program.
  • Awarded a $748,649 contract to DNG Construction, Inc., for renovations to the public restrooms and concession area at the Chandler Center for the Arts.
  • Awarded a $263,396 contract to Carollo Engineers, Inc., for the design of valve replacements and process improvements at the City’s municipal water treatment plant.
  • Awarded a $438,305 contract with Signature Projects for the removal and replacement of deteriorating neighborhood walls located along the north and south sides of Warner Road between Dobson Road and Bullmoose Drive.
  • Approved Liquor Use Permits and recommended Liquor Licenses be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for:
    • Zoës Kitchen, 2985 S. Alma School Road
    • Jimmy T’s Holy Crab Shack, 1050 W. Ray Road
  • Recommended a Temporary Extension of Premises Liquor License be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for wine tasting events being held from 4-9 p.m. on May 4 and May 12 at Vinum 55 Chandler located at 2577 W. Queen Creek Road.
In addition, a public hearing was held to accept comment on the adoption of the annual assessment associated with the Downtown Chandler Enhanced Municipal Services District.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny said Waymo, whose Arizona operations are based in Chandler, is ramping up its autonomous vehicle testing by asking residents to apply for the use of a self-driving car. Interested persons can apply at www.waymo.com/apply.

He also said there was a great turnout for the annual Police Volunteer Awards Banquet held April 26, and thanked all the people who volunteer their time and energy to this program.

The Mayor concluded by inviting the community to attend the annual Police Memorial Service to be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 1, in front of the Police/Fire Memorial on east Boston Street.

Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke said he will be accompanying the Greater Phoenix Economic Council representing Chandler on a trip to Washington, D.C. He also thanked Perry High students in attendance as part of their Government class.

Councilmember Terry Roe thanked Boy Scout Troupe 77 for leading the Council in the Pledge of Allegiance, reminded parents to supervise their children around water and thanked representatives of the John Birch Society who spoke to Council about concerns regarding the federalization of local police forces.

Councilmember Sam Huang said he attended the Police Department’s Volunteer Awards Banquet and encouraged community members to become involved. For more information, visit chandlerpd.com. He also said Chandler’s new Assistant City Manager, Joshua Wright, will begin his new job at the City on Monday, May 1.
The meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

During a Study Session on Monday, April 24, Mayor Tibshraeny proclaimed May 15, 2017, Peace Officers Memorial Day in Chandler and May 15-21, 2017, as National Police Week. He also proclaimed May 4, 2017, as Children's Mental Health Awareness Day in Chandler.

Two City employees, Sandra Muñoz-Weingarten with the Community Services Department and Ashley Lewis with the Police Department, were recognized for 10 years of service to the community. Employee Susan Martin, senior executive assistant to the Police Chief, was congratulated on her retirement after 18 years of exemplary service.

In addition, Chief Tom Dwiggins of the Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department presented Lifesaver Awards to Erica and James Bettcher for the swift action they took to aide a young traffic accident victim.

Photos from the Study Session may be downloaded online: https://cityofchandler.smugmug.com/Council-Meetings/2017-Council-Meetings/042417-Study-Session/

The next meeting of the City Council will be a Study Session at 7 p.m. Monday, May 8. 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