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June 23, 2017

June 22, 2017, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap 

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 22, and took action on 47 agenda items, including:
  • Approved the introduction of an ordinance to change the zoning of Site 6 (Chandler 87), which is a five-acre site located at the northwest corner of Arizona Avenue and Chicago Street in downtown Chandler. The property will be rezoned from Community Commercial and Multi-Family to a Planned Area Development for office, retail and a parking garage, along with a Mid-Rise overlay for building heights up to 115 feet. The ordinance also includes a Preliminary Development Plan (PDP) approval for site layout and building architecture. 
  • Approved the final adoption of an ordinance to amend the City Code to change certain reclaimed water, wastewater and solid waste fees effective Oct. 1, 2017.
  • Approved the final adoption of an ordinance for the rezoning and PDP for Windermere Ranch, 91 single-family residential homes on approximately 36 acres located at the northeast corner of Cooper and Riggs roads.
  • Approved an ordinance to adopt the 2017-18 Property Tax Levy in an estimated amount of $30,499,600.
  • Approved the introduction of an ordinance for the rezoning and PDP of an assisted living facility on approximately 20 acres located at the northwest corner of Gilbert and Riggs roads. 
  • Approved a resolution to authorizing the acquisition of real property as needed for the Arizona Avenue Improvement Project, from Frye to Pecos roads.
  • Approved a PDP for Towneplace at the Met, a five-acre commercial development that includes a coffee shop building with a drive-thru and walk-up order window and a credit union building, located on the southeast corner of Chandler Boulevard and Hearthstone Way. 
  • Approved the appointment of Vernon Stewart to serve on the Neighborhood Advisory Committee. 
  • Authorized payment for annual dues to the League of Arizona Cities and Towns in the amount of $97,000.
  • Approved an agreement with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) for regional economic development services in the amount of $110,166. The City has partnered with GPEC since 1989 to conduct marketing and business development lead generation.
  • Approved an amendment to an agreement with Skaggs Companies, Inc., for police uniforms, in an amount not to exceed $150,000. This agreement provides for the Department’s annual needs for all uniforms for patrol officers, motor officers, park rangers, explorers, motorist assist volunteers, detention officers and civilians.
  • Approved an agreement with Valley Services of Arizona for hangar remediation and repair at Chandler Municipal Airport in an amount not to exceed $436,771.83. The repairs are needed after fire damage from an incident on April 15, 2017. 
  • Awarded a construction contract with DCS Contracting, Inc., for the Frye Road Improvement Project in an amount not to exceed $1,024,986.80. This project will extend Frye Road from Roosevelt Avenue to Kyrene Road, along the north edge of Nozomi Park.
  • Approved an agreement with Schneider Electric Systems USA, Inc., for water and wastewater instrumentation/control system support and maintenance services, for a five-year term, in the amount of $566,840. 
  • Awarded a construction contract to ELS Construction, Inc., for the replacement of four tennis courts at Desert Breeze Park, in an amount not to exceed $312,173. The existing courts were originally built in 1996.
  • Awarded a construction contract to Val-E-West Construction, Inc., for the replacement of two basketball courts at San Marcos Park, in an amount not to exceed $165,966.50. The existing asphalt courts were originally built in 1995.
  • Approved a Special Event Liquor License for Chandler's 4th of July Firework Spectacular, Tumbleweed Park. 745 E. Germann Road.
  • Approved Liquor Use Permits and recommended Liquor Licenses be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for:
    • The Perch, 232 S. Wall St.
    • Hop Culture Kitchen, 3405 W. Chandler Blvd.
    • Pho Gia Dinh, 3002 N. Arizona Ave., Suite 1
    • Ocotillo Golf Resort, 3751 S. Clubhouse Drive 
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny reminded everyone that summer officially began yesterday, although the heat has been upon us for quite a while. He reminded everyone to be careful when outside in the heat. He encouraged residents to stay hydrated, use sunscreen, try not to do too much and be mindful of pets in the heat. He also mentioned that Chandler has wonderful aquatic facilities to help the public stay cool all summer long. 

The Mayor invited the community to the annual Fireworks Spectacular event on the Fourth of July.  The event will run from 5-10:30 p.m. at Tumbleweed Park. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9 p.m. The event is free, however, there is a $5 charge for parking. The event will feature plenty of activities, including the band, People Who Can Fly, and singer/songwriter Blaine Long. 

The Mayor also reminded the public that the City has restrictions on the use of certain types of fireworks. Learn more on the City's website chandleraz.gov

In closing, the Mayor mentioned that this was the last Council meeting for City Clerk Marla Paddock, who is retiring after 30+ years with the City. He wished her good luck and thanked her for service. 

Each of the Councilmembers and Vice Mayor Hartke wished Paddock well and thanked her for always being friendly, professional and helpful. They also wished everyone a safe and fun Fourth of July holiday.  

Councilmembers Terry Roe and Nora Ellen expressed their sincere condolences on the passing of John Walkup, owner of Chandler Air Service, and thanked him for his role in helping Chandler Municipal Airport. 

Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke shared that there are several "hot spots" across the City, including Fire and Police stations. These "hot spots" serve as cooling centers and hydration stations for those in need this summer. More information is available online: maricopa.gov/2461/Cooling-Stations-Water-Donation. The Vice Mayor also encouraged residents to join in the City's water drive this summer. 

Vice Mayor Hartke announced that Operation Back to School Chandler will be held on Saturday, July 22. Volunteers are always needed for the event. He said that those interested in volunteer opportunities may sign up online at backtoschoolchandler.org

Councilmember Sam Huang said that the City is still accepting nominations for Celebration Plaza honorees through Friday, June 30. Nomination forms can be downloaded from chandleraz.gov/celebrationplaza. There is no cost to submit a nomination. 

Councilmember Nora Ellen welcome the City's new City Clerk Dana DeLong. 

City Manager Marsha Reed congratulated Marla Paddock on her retirement. She also shared that tonight the Council approved the Property Tax Levy and the budget process now has been completed. Reed thanked the Council for their leadership as well as Budget Director Dawn Lang and her staff for their hard work. She also congratulated Budget Manager Greg Westrum on his retirement next month.
 
The meeting adjourned at 7:27 p.m.

During a Study Session on Monday, June 19, Mayor Tibshraeny and Councilmember René Lopez recognized City Clerk Marla Paddock who is retiring after serving the community for 31 years. 

The Mayor and Councilmember Lopez also recognized four employees for their years of service: Catherine Emerson, 10 years, Police Department; Keith Smith, 10 years, Police Department; Ann Marie Riley, 15 years, Transportation & Development Department; and David Palacios, 20 years, Community Services Department.

The Mayor and Council also proclaimed the month of July as Park and Recreation Month. For more information, visit chandleraz.gov/parkandrecmonth

Photos from the Study Session may be downloaded online: bit.ly/061917StudySession.  

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