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June 15, 2012

June 14, 2012 Chandler City Council Meeting Recap

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2012, and took the following action:
  • Approved a two-year labor agreement with the International Association of Firefighters Local 493 that provides a 2.7 percent across the board wage and salary range adjustment in FY 12/13 for Chandler firefighters, fire engineers and fire captains.
  • Approved an amendment to the current labor agreement with the Service Employees International Union that increases the salary ranges and wages for all classifications by four tenths of one percent.
  • Amended the current labor agreement with the Chandler Lieutenant and Sergeant Association (CLASA) clarifying that funds will not be available in FY 12/13 for on-going merit increases. City management and CLASA reached an agreement on the amendment after an initial impasse.
  • Amended the current labor agreement with the Chandler Law Enforcement Association (CLEA) clarifying that funds will not be available in FY 12/13 for on-going merit increases. City management and CLEA reached an agreement on the amendment after an initial impasse, and also on a provision allowing members with at least 17 years of service who have accrued 1,000 hours or more of unused sick leave to have earned sick leave paid to them as part of their salary for up to three consecutive years.  An agreement was also reached to provide five percent additional pay to the K-9 trainer.
  • Convened a public hearing followed by a special meeting to review and adopt the City’s annual operating and capital budget of $835,767,025 for fiscal year 2012-13 and a Ten-Year Capital Improvement Program budget of $841,421,777. Coming year projects include the construction of a new fire station in south Chandler, renovations of aging recreation facilities and municipal parks, improvements to Ocotillo Road east of Arizona Avenue and Gilbert Road south of Ocotillo Road, and expanding the City’s wastewater treatment capacity.
  • Approved a $92,897 contract with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council for regional economic development services, including marketing and business lead generation services.
  • Approved submittal by the Community Services Department of a $500,000 grant application to the Gila Indian River Community (GRIC) to help fund the design and construction of a Veterans Memorial to be located at Veterans Oasis Park at the northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads. As part of the state’s gaming contract with GRIC, a percentage of gaming proceeds can be distributed via grants to cities, towns and counties for government services that benefit the general public.
  • Approved submittal by the Fire Department of a $33,000 grant application to GRIC to fund a temporary Crisis Intervention Specialist for the Department's Crisis Response Team. The Team provides on-scene counseling and support to citizens at police and fire emergencies, along with information and referrals to agencies that provide follow-up care.
  • Authorized an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with seven local police departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to create and participate in the Arizona Child Abduction Response Team. The Team will provide a pool of specialized investigators available to focus dedicated and intensive investigative, preventative, and general law enforcement efforts involving child abduction cases.
  • Approved the allocation of $1,134,740 from the City’s General Fund to help support the efforts of 48 non-profit agencies that provide human service programs to Chandler residents. Such programs include transitional housing, elder and homebound care, veterans transportation, adult literacy, and programs for youth and victims of domestic violence.
  • Approved an lGA with the Arizona Department of Economic Security to provide office space in the Chandler Police Department for up to two Child Protective Services (CPS) employees. The agreement will continue a co-location arrangement that has been in place since 2007 and allows police officers to work jointly with CPS on cases, ask questions, obtain advice and quickly access CPS records and reports.
  • Awarded two construction contracts to SDB Inc., one for $314,000 to renovate the Chandler Community Center courtyard and another for $1.1 million to remodel the Police Communications Center.
  • Awarded a contract for $8,194,691 to Achen-Gardner Construction to install a 36-inch sewer force main and 20-inch reclaimed waterline at the Ocotillo Water Reclamation Facility and complete mechanical, electrical, and site work associated with facility upgrades.
  • Awarded a $7,975,110 contract to Wilson Engineers to provide construction management and inspection services for the expansion of the Airport Water Reclamation Facility.
  • Recommended approval of a Special Event Liquor License for the Chandler Lions Club Foundation, sponsors of the Chandler 4th of July Firework Extravaganza to be held from 3 p.m. until midnight at Tumbleweed Park.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Tibshraeny thanked those in the community that attended his Listening Tour held June 12 at Navarrete Elementary School and invited the public to join him at the tour’s next stop September 11 at Knox Elementary School.

The Mayor also congratulated Nachie Marquez, the City’s Communication & Public Affairs Director, on her appointment to the Board of Directors of the International Hispanic Network and commended City staff on the recent launch of a new mobile application that enables residents to report maintenance issues such as potholes, litter and graffiti. Vice Mayor Weninger suggested the City pursue this relatively new technology. Residents can go to the City website, www.chandleraz.gov, to find links to download the app to their smart phones.
 
Councilman Heumann encouraged citizens to contribute cases of bottled water to the Chandler Employee’s Water Drive being held through June 25.  Drop off sites include City Hall and Chandler libraries.

Councilman Sellers lauded organizers of two recent candidate forums held in Chandler’s City hall and aired on Cable Channel 11.  He said the forums were a great public service and contributed to a more informed electorate. The City hosted forums for Congressional candidates in District 5 and District 9.

Finally, Councilman Hartke commented on a new Cool Spot project undertaken by the Salvation Army and For Our City-Chandler.  The project involves the provision of water, food  and shade from noon to 5 p.m. at the Chandler Salvation Army throughout the hot summer months for use by those in need. 

The meeting concluded at 7:25 p.m. The next City Council meeting is a study session scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, June 25, 2012. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed, on Chandler Channel 11 and streamed on the Web at www.chandleraz.gov/video.

At Monday’s Council Study Session, Mayor Tibshraeny recognized Neighborhood Programs Coordinator Judy Ramos and Neighborhood Programs Assistant Cristabel Dykstra for awards they received from Neighborhoods USA (NUSA), a non-profit organization committed to building and strengthening neighborhood organizations.  Chandler’s Let’s Pull Together community weed-pulling project was a finalist for NUSA’s Best Neighborhood Program Award and the City’s “News for Neighbors” newsletter received a second place Silver Medal Award in NUSA’s neighborhood newsletter competition.

The Mayor and Council also congratulated organizers of Chandler’s Relay for Life which raised over $200,000 for cancer research and recognized Special Events Coordinator Hermelinda Llamas, Public History Coordinator Jean Reynolds, Public Information Officer Craig Younger, and the Chandler Centennial Steering Committee for the critical roles they played in the success of the City’s centennial celebrations.  Also recognized were the winners of scholarships to Chandler-Gilbert Community College as part of the Centennial Scholarship Award Program.
 
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.

The City Clerk’s office posts official meeting results the morning following Council meetings. For a complete list of actions taken, visit www.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 www.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 480-782-2200.