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Feb. 26, 2016

Feb. 25, 2016, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, and approved 28 agenda items, including:
  • Approved a software license agreement with E-Plan, Inc., through Accela, Inc., for electronic document review software, which will allow City staff the ability to review electronically submitted construction plans and documents.
  • Approved an agreement with NJBSoft, LLC, for a water regulatory compliance system, in an amount not to exceed $119,100. 
  • Approved a professional services contract with Ritoch-Powell & Associates Consulting Engineers, Inc., for design consultant services for Ocotillo Road improvements (from Cooper to Gilbert roads), in an amount not to exceed $424,665.
  • Authorized the purchase and installation of furniture for the Downtown Library from Goodmans, Inc., in the amount of $125,000. 
  • Authorized a construction contract to Action Direct, LLC, for the Paseo Vista Recreation Area Drainage project, for a total amount not exceed $1,427,336. This will improve drainage control (initial damage was from a 2014 storm) and mitigate future erosion issues.
  • Approved a construction contract to Rural Electric, Inc., to upgrade 87 airfield guidance signs and replace precision approach path indicators on the airport runway at Chandler Municipal Airport, in an amount not to exceed $418,395.
  • Approved to continue Item #29 to the March 31st meeting. The item proposed a change to the Chandler Airpark Area Plan from low density residential to low-medium density residential; rezoning from agricultural to single-family residential, which impacts a potential eight-lot residential subdivision at the southeast corner of the Consolidated Canal and the Wildhorse Place alignment. 
  • Approved a liquor license for Starbucks, located at 4985 W. Ray Road.
  • Approved temporary extension of premises liquor licenses for the following:
    • Fat Willy’s St. Patrick’s Day Block Party, Thursday, March 17, and Friday, March 18, located at Fat Willy’s Family Sports Grill, 4850 S. Gilbert Road.; 
    • St. Patrick’s Day Festival, Thursday, March 17, located at Fibber Magees, 1989 W. Elliot Road. 
At the conclusion of the regular meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny noted a few events happening this Saturday. The Arizona Railway Museum is hosting Arizona Railway Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 330 E. Ryan Road, just south of Tumbleweed Park. Arizona Railway Day is a free event and includes tours of vintage railcars, plus displays of artifacts and memorabilia. 

The annual Classic Car and Hot Rod Show returns to downtown Chandler from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. About 250 vehicles will be on display, along with entertainment and vendors. Event proceeds will benefit local youth and veteran organizations. 

The Mayor explained that the City’s annual “Budget Connect”, an online virtual meeting was held that evening, prior to the regular Council meeting. He thanked everyone who participated by submitting questions. The Mayor acknowledged City staff for their continued work on this critical fiscal document. Mayor Tibshraeny also thanks everyone who attended the State of the City Address. For those who could not attend, you can watch it online at chandleraz.gov

Councilmember Rene Lopez announced that Chandler Public Library will be hosting LibCon on Saturday, March 26, at the Boys and Girl Club, 300 E. Chandler Blvd. The event is for youth only (ages 12-18). He recently featured the designer of this year’s LibCon logo on his Chandler in Focus show, which will start airing on Chandler Channel soon. Councilmember Lopez also mentioned he will be on a LibCon panel focused on Zombie Culture.   

Councilmember Hartke shared that he has attended several State of the City addresses and each time realized how much he truly appreciates and loves the City of Chandler. He also invited the community to attend the upcoming Ostrich Festival Parade on Saturday, March 5, and the 28th Annual Ostrich Festival at Tumbleweed Park on March 11-13. More information about the event is available online at ostrichfestival.com

Councilmember Heumann mentioned that the annual Science Spectacular (held last Friday and Saturday) was a huge success. He thanked Intel for their sponsorship and shared that he spoke with the president of Orbital ATK and he was very impressed with the event and the turnout. Councilmember Heumann publicly thanked Odette Moore, with the City’s Economic Development Division, for her outstanding work in organizing the event. He also shared that his 33rd wedding anniversary is on Saturday. Congratulations to the happy couple!

The meeting adjourned at 8:14 p.m.

During a study session on Monday, Feb. 22, the Mayor and Council recognized Stephen Heick with the Transportation and Development Department for 20 years of service. 

Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke read a proclamation designating March 5-13 as Ostrich Festival Week. The Vice Mayor also read a proclamation to designate the month of March as Disabilities Awareness Month. 

Mayor Tibshraeny and the City Council, along with Ted Maish, chair of the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities, presented the 2016 recognition awards. Congratulations to the Students of the Year Madeline Chan and Michael Gonzalez Santiago; Volunteers of the Year Max Rhoads, Kyla Belville and Connor Dorn; Employer of the Year Home Depot Store #8582; and Educators of the Year Stephanie Jones and Angelica Menchaca.

The Council and members of the Human Relations Committee and Unity Planning Committee also presented awards to the winners of the annual Creative Expression Competition. This year’s theme was Peace Through People: Connecting Communities for Peace and Prosperity. All of the winning entries can be found at chandleraz.gov/unity.

The next meeting of the City Council will be a study session at 7 p.m., Monday, March 14, and a regular meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 17. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed on The Chandler Channel, Cable Channel 11, and streamed on the web at chandleraz.gov/video.

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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 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