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April 26, 2018

Recap of April 26, 2018 Chandler City Council Meeting

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, and took action on 39 agenda items, including:
  • Introduced an ordinance amending the City’s parking and loading regulations to provide the City with more flexibility to reduce minimum parking requirements in response to changes in transportation behavior resulting from an increase in ride sharing and autonomous vehicles.
  • Adopted an ordinance amending the City code relating to the method used for calculating the majority of all votes cast in primary elections. The amendment clarifies the method to be used in the calculation.
  • Adopted a resolution designating and providing notice of the 2018 Primary and General elections to be held in Chandler on August 28, 2018, and November 6, 2018, respectively.
  • Amended the Citywide fee schedule relating to Community Services, Public Safety (Police and Fire) and Public Works & Utilities, effective July 1, 2018.
  • Adopted an agreement with Spike Lawrence Ventures, LLC, for the purchase of City-owned property located on the northwest corner of Chicago Street and Arizona Avenue. In addition, the Council approved a development agreement with Spike Lawrence Ventures for development of the property to include office, hotel and retail/restaurant uses.
  • Introduced an ordinance to rezone a 6.5-acre parcel located west of the southwest corner of Ray and McQueen roads from single family residential to multi-family residential. Included with the rezoning was approval of the site layout and building architecture of a 53-unit multifamily development at this location.
  • Introduced an ordinance to rezone a 9.7-acre parcel located west of the southwest corner of Chandler Boulevard and Cooper Road from commercial to single family residential. Included with the rezoning was approval of the site layout, building architecture and preliminary plat for a 106-unit condominium complex at this location.
  • Awarded a $286,823 construction contract to AJP Electric, Inc., for renovations to Harter Park to include a new 20' x 20' picnic ramada, swing set, site furniture, playground surfacing, lighting upgrades, irrigation improvements and sidewalk improvements.
  • Approved a $536,573 construction contract with Nickle Contracting, LLC, to pave a dirt parking lot at Snedigar Sportsplex located off Alma School Road. The construction will include 61 paved parking spaces, sidewalks, curb, gutter, landscaping and lighting.
Two public hearings also were convened to accept public comment on the City’s continued participation in the Downtown Chandler Enhanced Municipal Services District and the City’s continued governance using the “Home Rule Option” that frees the City from State imposed expenditure limitations.

Following the public hearings, a Special Meeting was convened to approve the City’s continued use of the Home Rule alternative expenditure option and place the Home Rule Option on the August 28, 2018, primary election ballot approval.

At the conclusion of the Special Meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny encouraged the community to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day being held from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. The public is asked to bring old prescription drugs to a collection site at Downtown Ocotillo on the southwest corner of Dobson and Queen Creek roads.

The Mayor also said the summer issue of Chandler Recreation’s Break Time magazine is now available, with class registration for Chandler residents beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5. The magazine can be viewed online at chandleraz.gov/breaktime.

The Mayor and several members of Council said they attended the recent groundbreaking of Orbital ATK’s new facility being constructed on south Price Road. The Mayor and councilmembers lauded Orbital ATK for their commitment to the Chandler community and the commitment of City councils, past and present, to keeping the Price Road Corridor zoned for larger industrial and commercial uses, such as Orbital ATK.

Vice Mayor Nora Ellen said that April is Distracted Awareness Driving Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. Councilmember Terry Roe said he recently interviewed Dr. Sally Downey, superintendent of the East Valley Institute of Technology, and invited the public to view the interview on Chandler’s YouTube channel, youtube.com/cityofchandler.

Councilmember René Lopez applauded Orbital ATK for the work they do in the community and their support of various STEAM initiatives, including Chandler’s annual Science Spectacular.

Councilmember Sam Huang invited the community to celebrate Water Safety Awareness Day from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at Hamilton Aquatic Center. He also said pools will open in May and the City will be closed for Memorial Day, May 28, but that trash and recycling services will not be affected.

Councilmember Kevin Hartke thanked City staff and management involved in efforts to land Orbital ATK’s expansion project, which other communities also competed for. He also thanked local businessman Steve Bishop and volunteers who packed 7,000 food boxes for distribution to children who otherwise would not receive lunches due to school closings during the #RedForEd teacher walkout.

Councilmember Mark Stewart complimented the school districts in Chandler for their excellence, saying great schools play a big role in where companies decide to expand or locate. He also reflected on the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast he attended earlier in the day and said the SanTan Brewing Company will host members of the Job Creator’s Network on Tuesday, May 1.

During a Study Session on Monday, April 23, Mayor Tibshraeny proclaimed April 16-20, 2018, as the Week of the Young Child in Chandler. He also proclaimed May 10 as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, May 13-19 as National Police Week and May 15 as Peace Officer’s Memorial Day.

The Mayor and Council recognized Karla Chitwood-Bush with Fleet Services who is retiring after 19