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Jan. 28, 2016
Jan. 28, 2016, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, and approved 35 agenda items, including:
  • Authorized an agreement with CH2M Hill Engineers, Inc., to develop a technical training program for the Municipal Utilities Department’s water and wastewater operations staff. 
  • Approved the final adoption of Ordinance No. 4685, which authorized the adoption of an Adaptive Reuse Overlay District to facilitate the reuse of existing underperforming/underutilized retail buildings and properties.
  • Approved the final adoption of Ordinance No. 4685 resolution to the Chandler Airpark Area Plan Amendment. The motion also included approval of rezoning for the Enclave at Hamilton Ranch, preliminary development plan and preliminary plat near Arizona Avenue and Queen Creek Road.
  • Approved a temporary extension of premises liquor license for The Perch’s Second Annual Anniversary Party, Sunday, Feb. 14, at 232 S. Wall St.
  • Approved Liquor Licenses for the following:
    • Bella Gusto Pizzeria, Series 12, 1964 N. Alma School Road, Suite 1
    • El Coyote Sports Bar, Series 6, 481 N. Arizona Ave.
    • Crazy Chicken, Series 12, 1825 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 2
    • Payless Market, Series 10 (use permit), 405 S. Arizona Ave.
    • Bella Gusto, Series 12 (use permit), 1964 N. Alma School Road, Suite 1
  • Approved Special Event Liquor Licenses for the following:
    • Ostrich Festival, Friday, March 11, to Sunday, March 13, located at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road;
    • Ostrich Festival Wrap Up Celebration, Thursday, March 17, located at Thorobred Chevrolet, 2121 N. Arizona Ave.;
    • The Great American BBQ & Beer Festival, Saturday, March 19, located at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave.
 At the conclusion of the regular meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny highlighted the City’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). Chandler’s Earned Income Tax Credit campaign helps working families who earned less than $54,000 in 2015 with free tax preparation and filing services. Six tax preparation sites in Chandler are set to open the week of Feb. 1. The locations and hours of operation are available online at

The Mayor invited the public to his annual State of the City Address on Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Council Chambers. The event will begin with a light reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by his remarks.
The Mayor also shared that Chandler is the proud host of this year’s 5th Annual East Valley Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, to be held at the Coyote Center at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Individual Tickets and tables are available online at The breakfast event is Wednesday, March 16. He thanked the steering committee, and his co-chair for the event, Pastor Victor Hardy, for their work. Mayor Tibshraeny wished Ch. 11’s Bob Leister (the man behind the camera) the very best as today was his last Council meeting. Bob’s last day with the City will be Friday, Feb. 5. The rest of the Council also wished Bob the best of luck with retirement.
Councilmember Rene Lopez announced that the Chandler Symphony Orchestra's last winter performance (Winter Romance) will be at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31. More information is available at He also congratulated his daughter for being accepted into both Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. He shared that she’s decided to attend Arizona State.
Councilmember Hartke gave a shout out to Pastor Lee Rehrer from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, who will be retiring after 37 years of service. He will be missed. Councilmember Hartke also invited the public to the Regional Unity Walk at 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, at Tempe Beach Park. The event is hosted by the cities and towns of Chandler, Tempe, Gilbert, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Guadalupe. This year’s walk will take place in the evening instead of the morning and all Chandler residents are invited to participate.
Councilmember Hartke also wished everyone a Happy (Chinese) New Year. Feb. 8 kicks off the Chinese New Year of the Monkey. Chandler will be celebrating Chinese Culture and Cuisine Week from Feb. 8-14. There are approximately 34 Chinese restaurants and 80 Asian restaurants in Chandler. He shared that the House of Egg Roll, near Alma School and Ray roads, was named one of the Best Chinese Restaurants in America by Time Out Magazine. He encouraged the public to visit the City’s tourism website at for a complete listing of restaurants.
Councilmember Hartke also mentioned the upcoming Mayor’s Volunteer Recognition Awards Breakfast that celebrates the top volunteers of the year. This event will be held at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The public has an opportunity to vote for their favorite volunteer in the “People’s Choice” category. Visit to cast your vote.
Councilmember Nora Ellen encouraged the public to nominate a Chandler veteran for Operation Welcome Home. The program honors military men and women who are returning from active duty or leaving for service. To nominate a veteran, visit

Councilmember Terry Roe reminded the public about the upcoming Ostrich Festival in March. Visit for more information, including an event countdown clock.
The meeting adjourned at 7:13 p.m.
During a study session on Monday, Jan. 25, the Mayor and Council recognized nine employees for their years of service. The nine employees are: Debora Lawless with Cultural Affairs (30 years); Craig Younger with Communications and Public Affairs Division (20 years); Daniel Romero with Community and Neighborhood Services (15 years); Christopher Sikora with Management Services (10 years); Tami Gray with Police (15 years); Cassandra Ynclan with Police (15 years); Cathie Gura with Police (20 years); Tamara Silversmith with Police (25 years); Tamara Rutt with Police (25 years).
The Mayor and Council also recognized two employees for their upcoming retirements from the City: Chief Jeff Clark with 24 years of service with the Fire, Health and Medical Department; and Bob Leister (aka “Video Bob”) for 30 years of service with Communications and Public Affairs.

The Mayor introduced members of the Willis Junior High School Jazz Band and its director, John Studzinski. Studzinski shared how the band was recently invited to attend the Jazz Education Network International Conference in Louisville, Kentucky earlier this month. The band was the only junior high band in the world to receive this prestigious invitation.
Vice Mayor Jack Sellers read a proclamation designating February as Go Red for Women Month. Chandler residents are encouraged to wear red during the month of February and to educate themselves on the importance of a healthy heart.
The next meeting of the City Council will be a study session at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8, and a regular