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April 16, 2018

Recap of the Chandler City Council Meeting on April 12

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, and took action on 42 agenda items, including:
  • Approved the introduction of an ordinance to amend several sections of the City Code related to Chapter 34 Public Works and Utilities Department, the repeal of Chapter 54 Municipal Utilities and the addition of Chapter 34 Development Services Department. The ordinance also amends Chapter 27 Fire, Health and Medical Protection to Chandler Fire Department. The changes are needed since the Municipal Utilities Department split into two new departments: Public Works and Utilities Department and Development Services Department; and to cover the official name change to Chandler Fire.
  • Approved the introduction of an ordinance for the rezoning, Preliminary Development Plan and Preliminary Plat for Bellaza, a single-family residential subdivision located at the northeast corner of Ocotillo Road and 138th Street, east of Gilbert Road.
  • Approved the introduction of an ordinance for the rezoning, Preliminary Development Plan and Preliminary Plat for Arcadia Crossings, a single-family residential subdivision located at the southeast corner of Orchid Lane and Pleasant Drive, east of Alma School Road and north of Ray Road. 
  • Approved the introduction of an ordinance for the rezoning, Preliminary Development Plan and Preliminary Plat for Haven, a residential subdivision located at the southwest corner of Pecos Road and Hartford Street, east of Alma School Road.
  • Approved the introduction of an ordinance for the rezoning, Preliminary Development Plan and Preliminary Plat for the District at Chandler, a multi-family residential subdivision located at the northwest corner of Frye Road and 95th Street, west of Dobson Road. 
  • Approved the introduction of an ordinance for the rezoning and Preliminary Development Plan for the Lotus Project, a light industrial and general office development located at the southwest corner of Frye Road and Roosevelt Avenue. 
  • Approved the introduction of an ordinance to approve the sale of approximately 54.19 acres of City-owned property located at the northwest corner of Kyrene Road and the Loop 202, to Conor Commercial Real Estate, LLC, for the sum of $15,000,000.
  • Authorized an intergovernmental agreement with the Arizona Fire & Medical Authority (AFMA), formerly Sun Lakes Fire District, to allow Chandler Fire to continue providing firefighting and emergency medical training to AFMA firefighters.
  • Authorized an amendment to the intergovernmental agreement with Regional Public Transportation Authority to provide fixed route bus service, paratransit and ride choice programs for fiscal year 2017-18 in an estimated amount of $1,560,003.
  • Approved an agreement with Rosenbauer South Dakota, LLC, for the purchase of two aerial ladders trucks, in the amount of $2,197,909.51.
  • Approved a roadway alignment for a four-lane roadway with median on Chandler Heights Road (McQueen Road to Gilbert Road). This project will complete the remaining unimproved roadway and includes turn lanes, bike lanes, raised landscape median, streetlights, traffic signal interconnect, drainage and utility improvements. Construction will begin in the summer of 2020. 
  • Approved a roadway alignment for a four-lane roadway with median on Ocotillo Road (Gilbert Road to 148th Street). This project will complete the remaining unimproved roadway and includes turn lanes, bike lanes, raised landscape median, streetlights, traffic signal interconnect, drainage and utility improvements. Construction will begin in the fall of 2020.
  • Recommended Liquor Licenses be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for:
    • Maduro’s Fine Cigars and Tobacco, 4991 S. Alma School Road, Suite 9
    • Big Sushi, 2095 N. Dobson Road, Suite A5
    • Farmboy Foods, 1075 W. Queen Creek Road, Suite 1
  • Approved a Temporary Extension of Premises Liquor License for:
    • Cinco de Mayo celebration on Saturday, May 5, at Dos Gringos Mexigrille, 1361 N. Alma School Road 
    • Cinco de Mayo celebration on Saturday, May 5, at Ghett ‘Yo’ Taco, 261 S. Oregon St. 
    • Cinco de Mayo celebration on Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6, at Sandbar Mexican Grill, 7200 W. Ray Road
    • Cinco de Mayo – John Carlson fundraiser on Saturday, May 5, at Hangar Bar & Grille, 980 E. Pecos Road, Suite 5
    • Allred Celebration on Wednesday, April 25, at Meridiem Kitchen and Lounge, 1245 S. Price Road.
After the Council vote, three public hearings were held to discuss the following:
Proposed local alternative expenditure limitation – Home Rule option
Community Development Block Grant FY 2018-19 annual action plan
Home Investment Partnership Program FY 2018-19 Allocation.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny announced that Chandler Fire will hold a two-day safety course for family members who want to learn how best to take of themselves during an emergency. The course will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 28, and Saturday, May 5. To register, visit chandleraz.gov/fire.

The Mayor thanked the volunteers who helped prepare tax returns for low- to moderate-income families who needed the extra help. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program has been in effect for many years in Chandler, bringing millions of dollars back into the community. The Mayor also acknowledged everyone who came out to the Chandler Family Bike Ride and the Listening Tour at Frye Elementary. Both events were well attended.  

Councilmember Terry Roe mentioned that the weather is warming up and to please watch your kids around swimming pools.  

Vice Mayor Nora Ellen encouraged residents to attend the free Battle of the Burbs concert (on Friday, April 13) featuring Mat Kearney hosted by Mix 96.9 FM. 

Councilmember Sam Huang mentioned that the City’s six pools and aquatic centers will open in May and one center, the Mesquite Grove Aquatic Center, is already open for the swim season. He reminded everyone to be safe around water, never swim alone and children should always be supervised by adults near water. Councilmember Huang also shared that the City’s Recreation Division offers swimming classes for all ages. For more information, visit chandleraz.gov/recreation

Councilmember Kevin Hartke also reminded the public about last Friday’s free Battle of the Burbs concert featuring Mat Kearney and that that he would be in a dunk tank at the event. He also mentioned that the Chandler Historical Society will host their annual luncheon on Friday, April 20, at the San Marcos Resort. The keynote speaker will be Phoenix broadcast icon Pat McMahon. Suggested donation is $30. Proceeds provide support for history education, programs and exhibits at the Chandler Museum and scholarships at local schools. To RSVP, call 480-201-5884.

The meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

During a Study Session on Monday, April 9, Mayor Tibshraeny, Councilmember Rene Lopez and the City Council honored the winners from the Chandler Science Saturday Competition, which took place during the seventh annual Chandler Science Spectacular this past February. The Mayor thanked Orbital ATK for their generous sponsorship, as each team received a $500 award for their school. Trina Patterson from Orbital ATK, Renee Levin from Intel, Camille Casteel, superintendent of Chandler Unified School District and Odette Moore from Chandler’s Economic Development Division were on hand to congratulate the winning students. The Mayor also acknowledged Moore’s work organizing the annual Science Spectacular event.

The honorees were:
  • Nonprofit category: Melinda Romero Instructional Resource Center and the Arizona Mobile Education;
  • K-8 category: Cortex Crew from Bogle Junior High and Arizona College Prep-Oakland campus;
  • 9-12 grade category: Basha High School’s Science is FUN and Arizona College Prep-Erie Campus.
Chandler Fire, Health and Medical Assistant Chief Vale Gale gave a CPR Recognition Award to those who acted quickly last November to save the life of Basha High School student Nathan Carpenter. 

The Mayor and Council recognized the recent winners of the Volunteer Recognition Awards, who were honored this February during a breakfast celebration. The Mayor also issued proclamations for Arbor Day and Fair Housing Month. 

Photos from the Study Session may be downloaded online.
 
The next meeting of the City Council will be a study session at 7 p.m. Monday, April 23. 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.