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May 12, 2017

May 11, 2017, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap 

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 11, and took action on 17 consent agenda items, including:
  • Approved a final plat for a portion of the Allred business park development on approximately 30.3 acres on the southwest corner of Price and Willis roads. The final plat will create the lots and tracts, establish the necessary easements and dedicate the required rights-of-way.
  • Approved a preliminary development plan for a site layout and building design for an EOS Fitness located north of the northwest corner of Ray and Cooper roads.
  • Approved board and commission appointments for the City’s Board of Adjustment; the Citizen’s Panel for Review of Police Complaints and Use of Force; Economic Development Advisory Board, Mayor’s Youth Commission; and Merit Board.
In addition, a public hearing was held to accept comments on the City’s initiative to amend Chapter 39 (the sign code). After the public hearing, the Mayor shared a statement that the Chandler City Council will not support Salt River Project’s current proposal to locate overhead power lines along Ellis Road. He’s aware of residents’ concerns and wishes for more collaboration and stronger leadership from SRP. The Mayor also directed the City Attorney to re-initiate Chandler’s relationship with outside counsel to ensure the City has a voice during meetings with the Arizona Corporation Commission.

The City Council also held a Special meeting to discuss and vote on proposed budget amendments. The following amendments were approved by the Council during the Special meeting:
  • Provide $2,500 for a leadership training program for police officers (ongoing request).
  • Provide $1,000 in funding assistance for the annual domestic violence community breakfast (ongoing request).
  • Provide $62,000 for the addition of two shade ramadas at Shawnee Park.
  • Provide $80,000 for the installation of an electronic marquee/informational sign at Snedigar Sportsplex.
  • Provide $30,000 for the addition of two spectator shade structures at Pima Park.
  • Provide $15,000 for playground equipment at Gazelle Meadows Park.
  • Provide $8,500 for a matching grant to KaBoom for park development at Gazelle Meadows Park.
  • Provide $10,000 for a leadership training program for police officers.
  • Provide $5,000 for an intern to archive Communication and Public Affairs’ historical video footage currently on tape to high definition (HD).
  • Provide $20,000 for the Chandler Symphony Orchestra Jubilee event.
  • Provide $30,000 for the installation of ballfield lighting on small turf areas adjacent to soccer fields 1 and 2 at Snedigar Sportsplex.
  • Provide $5,000 for the purchase of a full-size pool table to replace a smaller one at the Senior Center.
These approved amendments now will be incorporated into the Tentative Budget that will be presented for adopted at the Council meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 25.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny shared that vendor registration is open for the eighth annual Chuck Wagon Cook Off, which will be held at Tumbleweed Ranch on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11. This culinary competition features teams working from authentic chuck wagons as they cook in the style of 1880s cattle drives. Preference will be given to vendors who specialize in cooking, local foods, Western art, and other old-west or history-related items. The deadline to submit a vendor application is Friday, Sept. 15, and applications are available online at chandleraz.gov/chuckwagon

The Mayor also shared that the City of Chandler has been recognized as a 2017 Healthy Arizona Worksite Gold Award recipient for excellence in worksite wellness. This award recognizes businesses that make efforts to positively affect the health and well-being of its employees, families, and the community through worksite health initiatives and programs. He congratulated the City’s wellness committee and all the employees who place health and wellness as a priority.

The Mayor concluded by wishing all of the Moms a happy Mother’s Day.

Councilmember Terry Roe wished everyone a happy Mother's Day. He also wanted to thank all of the engaged folks who participated in tonight's meeting. 

Councilmember René Lopez also wished everyone a happy Mother's Day especially to his family members. He wished happy birthday to his daughter who just finished her first year at Arizona State University. He also congratulated his son who is going to test for a black belt.

Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke traveled to Washington, D.C. with members of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) to represent the area and to connect with Senators, Representatives and their staffs. They are very interested in attracting tech companies, something that Chandler has been doing all along. The Vice Mayor also acknowledged those who have lost their mothers as the Mother's Day holiday approaches. He shared that his son graduated with a degree in engineering from Arizona State University. He also mentioned that the Relay the Life event is this weekend at Basha High School. It's an event to celebrate life and those who are suffering from cancer. 

Councilmember Nora Ellen thanked City staff for their work and also wished everyone a happy Mother's Day.

Councilmember Mark Stewart attended an event at Santan Junior High School, which was honored with an A+ Award from the Arizona Educational Foundation. Thirty-nine schools were honored and six of them were part of Chandler Unified School District. They are: Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School, John M. Andersen Elementary School, Perry High School, Santan Elementary School, Santan Junior High School, and Willie and Coy Payne Junior High School. He congratulated the Chandler schools and also wished everyone a happy Mother's Day. 

The meeting adjourned at 10:10 p.m.

During a Study Session on Monday, May 8, Mayor Tibshraeny proclaimed May 12, 2017, Relay for Life Day in Chandler, and the month of May as Building Safety Month. 

The Mayor and Councilmember Sam Huang also recognized Sí Se Puede founder Alberto Esparza and members of the “Degrees of Freedom” Robotics team. The team recently won the State Robotics competition and competed nationally last month in Houston in the Robotics FIRST Championship.

Photos from the Study Session may be downloaded online: bit.ly/050817StudySession.  

The next meeting of the City Council will be a Study Session at 7 p.m. Monday, May 22. 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.