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March 23, 2018
 

Recap of March 22, 2018 Chandler City Council Meeting

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, and took action on 33 agenda items, including:
  • Authorized an amendment to a development agreement between the City and Orbital ATK, Inc., to support the establishment of a new corporate campus in Chandler. Orbital ATK will occupy 617,000 square feet in two buildings on a 47-acre campus located at the southeast corner of Price and Willis roads. Orbital ATK is a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies.
  • Approved a contract with Deere & Company for the purchase of 16 utility vehicles in the amount of $164,236.28. The vehicles will be a more efficient means of transportation for staff, equipment and materials at the Airport and Ocotillo Water Reclamation Facilities.
  • Adopted a resolution updating the City’s Financial Reserve Policy, increasing the existing Wastewater Operating Enterprise Fund reserve minimum target from 15 to 20 percent and establishing a new Reclaimed Water Operating Fund reserve minimum target of 20 percent. These changes do not impact rates and will help maintain the City’s high standards for fiscal integrity.
  • Approved a Special Event Liquor License to the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership for the Chandler Jazz Festival being held April 6-7 at the Downtown Chandler stage plaza, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave.
  • Approved a Special Event Liquor License to Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank for the Chandler Craft Spirits Festival being held April 14 at the Downtown Chandler stage plaza, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave. For this event, Wine Fair Licenses were approved for Drinking Horn and The Windmill Winery.
  • Approved a Special Event Liquor License to the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership for the Southwest Cajun Fest being held April 21 at the Downtown Chandler stage plaza, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave.
  • Approved a Temporary Extension of Premises Liquor License for:
    • Espo’s Mexican Food for the Espo’s Cinco de Mayo Party on Saturday, May 5, at 3867 W. Chandler Blvd.
  • Approved a Liquor License for:
    • Hyatt Place Phoenix/Chandler, 3535 W. Chandler Blvd. 
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny encouraged the community to participate in the Chandler Fire, Health and Medical Department’s annual Drowning Prevention Neighborhood Walk Saturday, April 7. This is the ninth year for this door-to-door information sharing campaign and anyone who wishes to participate in the neighborhood walk should call 480-782-2120 or email chandlerfire@chandleraz.gov prior to April 7.

This coming weekend marks opening day for a number of youth baseball and softball organizations throughout Chandler and the Mayor noted that he will be at the opening of the Chandler Girls Softball league Saturday morning to throw out the first pitch at Folley Park. He then wished a safe and successful season to all of the ballplayers. 

Mayor Tibshraeny will be participating in the Chandler Family Bike Ride on Saturday, April 7, at the Chandler Park and Ride lot off of Hamilton Street across from Tumbleweed Park. The 7.8-mile ride runs along the Paseo Trail (Consolidated Canal path). Registration for the free event begins at 7 a.m., and the ride begins at 8 a.m. Residents can pre-register by going to chandleraz.gov/transit.

Councilmember Terry Roe noted that he recently taped a video for the City’s #LoveChandler campaign at the Chandler Downtown Library. He encouraged everyone to get a library card and take advantage of all the services offered at the four library facilities and online at chandlerlibrary.org. He also encouraged residents to get involved in one of the many non-profit organizations serving the community.

Councilmember René Lopez highlighted the 9th annual Chandler Great American Barbeque and Beer Festival on Saturday, March 24, in Downtown Chandler from noon to 10 p.m. Come enjoy great food, entertainment, activities and eating contests. For information and tickets, visit chandlerbbq.com. He then invited the public to a fee performance by the Chandler Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, March 25, at 3 p.m. at the Chandler Center for the Arts. The concert is free; however, donations are appreciated. For information visit chandlersymphony.com. Councilmember Lopez concluded his announcements by noting that Chandler celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month with the 19th Annual Chandler Jazz Festival in Downtown Chandler on Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7. All performances are free, and more information is online at chandleraz.gov/jazz.
 
Vice Mayor Nora Ellen also pointed out that Chandler Libraries offer some wonderful programs and thanked all library staff and volunteers. She also extended an invitation to local musicians who would like to perform at the Downtown Library on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. The stage is located in the coffee shop area, which can accommodate up to three musicians. They are seeking musicians who can play acoustic instruments for 45 minutes to an hour. The Musical Guest Interest Form is on the Chandler Library website at chandlerlibrary.org. The next performance is scheduled for April 11 by solo violinist Jack Mao.

Councilmember Sam Huang mentioned the Opening Reception for the "Fruit Art from the Heart” photo exhibition on Saturday, March 24, from 5-8 p.m. at Gangplank, 250 S. Arizona Ave. Details are at theartyardproject.org

Councilmember Kevin Hartke asked residents to show their Chandler pride and go vote in the Mix 96.9 Battle of the Burbs at mix969.iheart.com. He also announced that the next For Our City Networking Breakfast is at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 5, at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Visit forourcitychandler.org for details and to RSVP.

Earlier in the day, Councilmember Mark Stewart attended the 2nd Annual Tech Innovation Summit and noted that our City is “open for business” and ready to welcome Silicon Valley tech companies to Chandler. Summit details are at aztechsummit.com.

The meeting adjourned at approximately 7:30 p.m.

During a Study Session on Monday, March 19, Mayor Tibshraeny, Councilmember Terry Roe and the City Council recognized the following employees for their years of service, including: Sgt. David Austin, 30 years, Police; Lydia Ortiz, 25 years, Public Works and Utilities; Maria Meli, 20 years, Information Technology; Firefighter Robert Guayante, 20 years, Fire, Health & Medical; Engineer Travis McBurney, 20 years, Fire, Health & Medical; and Cathy Flores, 10 years, Development Services. 
In conjunction with National Purchasing Month, the Mayor and Council honored the City of Chandler Purchasing and Materials Management Division for receiving the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Purchasing Institute. This is the 13th consecutive year that the Purchasing staff has earned this recognition.

Mayor Tibshraeny proclaimed March 19 as Pastor Jose Gonzalez Day in Chandler. Pastor Gonzalez has served as lead pastor of the Chandler Free Methodist Church for the past 38 years. In 2003, he founded the Light and Life Day Labor Center near Downtown Chandler. Pastor Gonzalez generously donates thousands of hours of volunteer time to the Day Labor Center and to other compassionate efforts in the Chandler community. Pastor Gonzalez is retiring and we wish him the very best.

Photos from the Study Session may be downloaded from the City’s Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofchandleraz.

The next meeting of the City Council will be a study session at 7 p.m. Monday, April 9. 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 chandleraz.gov/video and on YouTube at 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.