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March 18, 2016

March 17, 2016 Chandler City Council Meeting Recap

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2016, and took action on 30 items, including:
  • Approved an agreement with the Ryan Companies US, Inc., for development of a 4.25-acre parcel located across from City Hall on the northwest corner of Chicago Street and Arizona Avenue. The mixed-use project will consist of two office buildings and a parking garage, plus restaurant and commercial retail space.
  • Approved a rezoning request and Planned Area Development Overlay for a building located at 111 W. Boston St. to enable its demolition and reconstruction at a taller height. The new building would be a three level building that would include two floors and a rooftop deck for a restaurant/bar and cigar lounge.
  • Passed a resolution setting August 30, 2016, as the date of Chandler’s Primary election for the purpose of electing three council members and established August 1, 2016, as the last day residents can register to vote in the Primary. Candidates may file nomination materials at the City Clerk’s Office beginning May 2, 2016, but no later than 5 p.m. on June 1, 2016.
  • Approved a Preliminary Development Plan for a commercial development with a hotel and retail shops to be located on approximately four acres located on the south side of Chandler Boulevard, west of Chandler Village Drive. The plan includes a four-story hotel with swimming pool, sun deck, fire pit, outdoor dining patio, fitness facility, lobby, business center, board room and breakfast area. In addition, there are two single-story retail/restaurant buildings.
  • Approved a Preliminary Plat for development of a charter school, Legacy Traditional School, to be located near the southwest corner of McQueen and Warner roads.
  • Approved an emergency expenditure of $116,000 to repair a Chandler fire engine that experienced a catastrophic mechanical failure of its drivetrain and rear suspension, which rendered it inoperable.
  • Approved a Chandler Special Event Liquor License and recommended approval to the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control of a Special Events Liquor License submitted by three organizations holding special events in coming weeks:
    • The Downtown Chandler Community Partnership which is holding their 17th Annual Chandler Jazz Festival downtown April 1-2;
    • The International Alliance for the Prevention of AIDS which is holding a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner April 15 at the Chandler Center for the Arts, and;
    • St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church which is holding a Silent Auction on March 25 at the church.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny invited the public to attend his Health Expo from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, March 19, at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center. He also thanked Mayor & Council Assistant Dave Bigos for organizing another successful Mayor’s Teen Leadership Academy held March 7-11.

He mentioned that over 400 people attended the March 16 East Valley Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast he hosted along with Chandler-Gilbert Community College and thanked Councilmember Kevin Hartke for his continuing efforts to address human service needs in the area.

The Mayor also asked residents to consider applying for one of the City’s 30 boards and commissions and said the Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department is looking for volunteers to participate in their 2016 drowning prevention campaign. The campaign will kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 2, at the Desert Oasis Aquatic Center where volunteers will go door-to-door in local neighborhoods distributing drowning prevention information.

Councilmember René Lopez said Chandler’s Downtown Library will host Libcon 2016 for teens ages 12 to 18 on Saturday, March 26. Registration is required at Councilmember Kevin Hartke said a Girl Scout troupe is completing a Butterfly Habitat project at 10 a.m. that same day at Tumbleweed Park and the Mayor’s Family Bike Ride is going to be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at Chandler’s Park & Ride lot, 2100 S. Hamilton St.

Vice Mayor Jack Sellers said Empire Machinery in Mesa will hold an East Valley Partnership event at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 30, where the topic will be the development of infrastructure for “intelligent vehicles.”

Councilmember Rick Heumann said the American Cancer Society will hold a Relay For Life event from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m. Friday, April 29-30, at Basha High School. He also highlighted the dangers of drowning as more children head to area pools as the weather warms up. He encouraged parents to take advantage of swim lessons offered by the City’s Aquatics Program.

Councilmember Terry Roe mentioned several successful events recently held in Chandler, including the Police Department’s annual awards banquet, a Senior Expo and the Chamber’s Ostrich Festival. All councilmembers wished the public a safe and enjoyable Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

During a Council Study Session held Monday, March 14, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and Councilmember Nora Ellen presented employees of the City’s Budget Office with the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association. This is the 28th consecutive year Chandler has received the award, which reflects the commitment of staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

The next meeting of the City Council will be a study session at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2016. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed on the Chandler Channel and streamed on the Web at

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.