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April 15, 2016

Communications & Public Affairs

April 14, 2016, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 14, 2016, and approved 28 agenda items, including:
  • Approved the draft General Plan titled “Chandler General Plan 2016: a vision refined,” with minor revisions. The General Plan will now be placed on the ballot of the Aug. 30 election for voter ratification.  
  • Authorized the 2016-2017 Annual Assessment for the City’s Downtown Chandler Enhanced Municipal Services District, which totals $245,248.
  • Approved the appointment of Marsha Reed as City Manager, effective April 14, through June 30, 2017.  
  • Approved the introduction of Ordinance No. 4698, which amends the City Code, Chapter 28, by adopting the 2015 edition of the International Fire code with local amendments. 
  • Approved the introduction of Ordinance No. 4700, which adopts the 2015 editions of the International Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, Residential, Fuel Gas, Energy Conservation, Existing Building, Swimming Pool and Spa Codes, and the 2014 edition of the National Electrical Code with local amendments. By adopting the current editions, the City Code will now be aligned with state statutes, local zoning regulations, and long standing local fire sprinkler requirements where there is conflict or confusion between regulations.
  • Authorized the submittal of a Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Grant in the amount of $47,256, which will continue funding child safety seat clinics.
  • Approved an agreement with Dibble Engineering for design services for the Airport storm drainage and grading improvements, in an amount not to exceed $181,718. The project improves the Runway and Taxiway Safety Areas to meet FAA grading and drainage criteria and mitigates storm water runoff. Ninety percent of project costs will be funded by an Arizona Department of Transportation airport improvement grant.
  • Approved the purchase of the first half of the Panasonic Toughbooks and related services, in a total amount not to exceed $480,000. The units will be placed in the Police’s Department fleet of police vehicles and are the centerpiece of all communication infrastructure the officers use in the field to perform their daily functions. 
  • Approved the appointments of new Board and Commission members.
  • Approved a temporary extension of premises liquor license for the American Legion Post 91’s Memorial Golf Outing Lunch & After Party, on Saturday, April 16, at 922 N. Alma School Road. 
  • Approved Liquor Licenses for the following: Golden Crown, Series 12, 2051 W. Warner Road, Suite 13
  • Approved Special Event Liquor Licenses for the following:
    • $5 Dollar Food Festival, Saturday, May 21, located at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road
    • Chandler Craft Spirits Festival, Saturday, April 30, located at Downtown Ocotillo, 2475 W. Queen Creek Road
At the conclusion of the regular meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny shared that his Listening Tour held at Knox Gifted Academy this past Tuesday had a great turnout. He thanked everyone who came out and shared their ideas with the Council and staff. During the event, he also announced the winners of the 2015 Neighborhood Excellence Awards. Congratulations to:
  • The Pepperwood Neighborhood for Best Revitalization Story
  • The Springs for Most Active and Engaged Neighborhood
  • The Southwest Shawnee Park Neighborhood for Best Neighborhood Event
  • David Wolff of the Dobson Estates III neighborhood for Neighborhood Leader of the Year
The Mayor also announced that the annual Family Bike Ride (held this past Saturday) was the best turnout ever with close to 300 registrants. The Mayor thanked everyone who attended the fun ride. 

The Mayor shared that Google has chosen Chandler as the fourth location in the country to test its self-driving car project. This is an exciting opportunity for Chandler to showcase our community to Google and the world. The cars are safe, having logged more than 1.5 million miles already. The Mayor hopes this is just the beginning of a strong partnership with Google looking to the future. There also will be a community forum hosted by Google and the City at a later date.

Mayor Tibshraeny announced that it is National Library Week and encouraged Chandler residents to utilize all of the great tools and resources our libraries have to offer. He also thanked all of the great library employees who work hard throughout the year to make patron’s experiences at our libraries the very best. 

To close his announcements, the Mayor congratulated Marsha Reed on her appointment as City Manager. He’s enjoyed working with her over the last 10 months as Acting City Manager and looks forward to working with her in the years to come. 

Councilmember Rene Lopez also congratulated the newly appointed City Manager Marsha Reed. He announced that he’s proud of his daughter who was recently accepted into the Barrett Honor College at Arizona State University.

Councilmember Kevin Hartke congratulated the new City Manager Marsha Reed and gave a birthday shout out to former Councilmember Trinity Donovan (who served as chair of the General Plan Citizen’s Advisory Committee). Councilmember Hartke also invited the public to attend the For Our City breakfast on Thursday, April 21. He encouraged everyone to RSVP to The Relay for Life event is coming up on Friday, April 29, at Basha High School. Chandler Police and Fire, Health and Medical, along with the community and high school students will be participating. He invited everyone to join him during this event. 

Vice Mayor Jack Sellers congratulated City Manager Marsha Reed. 

Councilmember Rick Heumann congratulated City Manager Marsha Reed. He also encouraged the public to support the upcoming Relay for Life event. The annual Pat’s Run will be held on Saturday, April 23. He also invited the public to support this hero’s legacy. Councilmember Heumann also mentioned that Passover will be held on April 22 and for those celebrating Passover –
to enjoy a festive holiday.

Councilmember Nora Ellen also congratulated the new City Manager Marsha Reed. She just returned from visiting her parents in Colorado. She wished both her Dad (97 years of age) and her Mom (90 years of age) a happy birthday.

Councilmember Terry Roe welcomed Marsha Reed to her new role as City Manager. He reminded the public that nominations for Celebration Plaza are currently being accepted through April 30. Last year the Chandler Kiwanis Club and Officer David Payne were honored. To submit a nomination, visit and search “Celebration Plaza.”

After the Council announcements, City Manager Marsha Reed thanked the Mayor, and Council for their support during the last 10 months while she served as acting city manager. She also thanked Assistant City Manager Nachie Maquez, the City’s management team and the employees who serve Chandler residents every day. She also announced that after a nationwide search, Chandler’s own John Knudson was named the director of the Municipal Utilities Department. Congratulations, John!

The meeting adjourned at 8:47 p.m.

During a study session on Monday, April 11, the Mayor and Council recognized six employees for their years of service. The six employees are: Monique Bond with Information Technology (15 years); Neal Giger with Information Technology (10 years); Dionne Socie with Fire, Health and Medical (15 years); Randall Dunkelbarger with Fire, Health and Medical (25 years); Kristoffer Buchanan with Police (15 years); and James Dawson with Transportation & Development (10 years). 

The Mayor, Council and Chandler Fire, Health and Medical honored 13-year-old Chandler resident Nathan Boyer with a Life Saving Award. His quick actions last month saved the life of his baseball coach. 

The Mayor and City Council recognized the 2016 Seton High School Girls Basketball champions and Coach Karen Self. The team captured the Division II State High School Basketball title again. It’s the eighth title under Coach Self. And for the first time in our state, a girls’ basketball team was invited to compete in a national tournament in New York. 

The Mayor and Council also recognized Michelle Mac Lennan, general manager of the Chandler Center for the Arts. Earlier this month she joined 29 other Valley women leaders who were recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as Outstanding Women in Business. Michelle is a 17-year veteran of the City of Chandler and has done a tremendous job at the Center. 

Mayor Tibshraeny and Councilmember Rick Heumann both read several proclamations, including:
  • National Police Week (May 15-21) and Peace Officers’ Day (May 15)
  • Financial Literacy Month
  • Arbor Day (April 29)
  • Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (May 5)
  • Fair Housing Month
The next meeting of the City Council will be a study session at 7 p.m., Monday, May 9, and a regular meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 12. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed on The Chandler Channel, Cable Channel 11, 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. The City Clerk’s office posts official meeting results the morning following Council meetings. For a complete list of actions taken, visit 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 or contact the City Clerk’s office at 480-782-2180. For any other information, contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at 480-782-2000.