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March 9, 2018

Recap of March 8, 2018 Chandler City Council Meeting

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, and took action on 27 agenda items, including:

  • Approved the rezoning of a 10-acre parcel located at the southwest corner of Willis Road and Ellis Street from Agricultural to Planned Area Development, along with a Preliminary Development Plan for site design, for commercial, office and business park uses as part of the Allred Park Place Development.
  • Approved an agreement between the City, Maricopa County and the Newtown Community Development Corporation for the purchase and rehabilitation of properties to be developed as affordable housing for first-time homebuyers in Chandler.
  • Approved an agreement with the United States Marshals Service (USMS) that will entail the assignment of a Chandler Police officer to the USMS’s Violent Offender Task Force.
  • Authorized the inclusion of two Chandler census tracts in the Opportunity Zone Program, a program that uses federal tax incentives to encourage private investment in lower income areas. The Chandler zones would be bounded west to east by Alma School Road and McQueen Road, and north to south by Chandler Boulevard and Pecos Road. 
  • Approved a Preliminary Development Plan for a new single family subdivision to be located on a 36-acre parcel on the northeast corner of Cooper and Riggs roads.
  • Approved a $582,970 contract with Wilson Engineers, LLC, to provide construction management services for the Price Road Utility Relocation Project. This project will begin in late March and relocate underground utilities to make way for a 230-kilovolt power line to be buried beneath Price Road south of the Loop 202 Santan Freeway.
  • Awarded a $4,991,331 construction contract to CSW Contractors, Inc., to relocate underground utilities located beneath Price Road in preparation of an SRP project that will bury a 230-kilovolt power line beneath Price Road south of the Loop 202 Santan Freeway.
  • Approved a Special Event Liquor License for the Ginger Monkey Going Green event being held March 17-18 at Ginger Monkey Restaurant, 135 W. Ocotillo Road.
  • Approved a Temporary Extension of Premises Liquor License for:
    • Wine Tasting events on April 6, April 13 and April 14, at Vinum 55 Chandler, 2577 W. Queen Creek Road, Suite 112. 
    • Here’s To Our Heroes Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 28, being held by American Legion Post 91, 922 N. Alma School Road.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny invited the community to attend the upcoming Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival March 9-11 at Tumbleweed Park. The event celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Information can be found at www.ostrichfestival.com.

The Mayor also thanked Neighborhood Resources staff and local HOA attorney Beth Mulcahy for organizing a successful HOA Mini-Summit held Feb. 27.

Vice Mayor Nora Ellen encouraged residents to nominate Chandler veterans who recently returned home from service for the City’s Operation Welcome Home ceremony. To nominate someone online, visit www.chandleraz.gov/patriotism.

She also invited active adults to attend Chandler’s Senior Expo taking place from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the Chandler Community Center. There will be giveaways and free health screenings. For information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/seniorexpo or call 480-782-2720.

Councilmember Kevin Hartke displayed the “Battle of the Burbs” trophy won by Chandler last year and challenged the community to claim the trophy again this year by voting online at www.mix969.iheart.com.

Councilmember Terry Roe thanked Chandler’s public safety personnel for their dedicated service and all City employees for the work they do to “keep the lights on” in Chandler. He also acknowledged the passing of longtime Chandler resident and community leader Barbara Knox.

Councilmember René Lopez shared that his family is growing, following the recent addition of a nephew, Alexander Adrian Rodriguez, born March 1.

Councilmember Sam Huang encouraged residents to take advantage of the 15 percent discount being offered on Family Season Passes to Chandler’s six aquatic centers if purchased between March 10 and March 25. Discounted passes can be purchased online by visiting www.chandleraz.gov/registration and clicking on “memberships”.

The meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

During a Study Session on Monday, March 5, Mayor Tibshraeny proclaimed March 3-11 as Ostrich Festival Week in Chandler and the month of March as Disability Awareness Month.

In conjunction with Disability Awareness Month, the Mayor and Council honored recipients of the 2018 Disability Awareness Awards. These awards celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities and those who support them in our community. Tiana Standing Elk, a student at Payne Jr. High School, was selected “Student of the Year” and Malina Chawla was chosen “Volunteer of the Year” for her efforts to obtain new athletic equipment for Unified Sports at Payne Jr. High.

The Mayor and City Council also recognized students from Hamilton High School participating in an instructional program and scholarly competition called “We The People” based on the principles of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. The team of students won the state competition and will be traveling to Washington, D.C. to compete for the national title. 

Also recognized were winners of Chandler’s annual Celebration of Unity Creative Expression Competition, as well as employees of the City’s Budget Office who received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for the 30th consecutive year.

The next meeting of the City Council will be a study session at 7 p.m. Monday, March 19. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed on The Chandler Channel, Cable Channel 11 (CenturyLink Channel 8002), and streamed on the web at www.chandleraz.gov/video and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/cityofchandler.

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.