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May 27, 2016
May 26, 2016, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap 

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, 2016, and took action on 28 agenda items, including:
  • Approved a resolution adopting the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-17 Tentative Budget and 2017-2026 Tentative Capital Improvement Program and giving notice of a public hearing followed by final adoption of the budget (June 9 at 7 p.m.), and for setting the tax levies and tax rates (June 23 at 7 p.m.).
  • Authorized the Enhanced Municipal Services District (EMSD) Agreement with the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership for FY 2016-17 including a contribution to the EMSD in the amount of $118,804.
  • Approved a project agreement with Gavan & Barker, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $123,501, for the design of various improvements to the Snedigar Sportsplex. Amenities could include pavilions, lighting, playground equipment and sidewalks, etc., with construction beginning in early spring 2017.
  • Approved a professional services contract with RAK Development, Inc., dba Kreuzer Consulting Group for Design Consultant Services on the Arizona Avenue Improvement Project between Frye and Pecos roads, in an amount not to exceed $749,947.
  • Approved a Preliminary Development Plan for Stellar Airpark Estates II, a 14-lot, single-family residential subdivision with aviation-related uses on 10 acres on the southeast corner of Chandler Boulevard and Galaxy Drive.
  • Approved Liquor Use Permits and recommended Liquor Licenses for the following:
    • Fry’s Marketplace, 2929 E. Ocotillo Rd.
  • Approved a special event liquor license for the Downtown Chandler Community Foundation, for the Los Lonely Boys concert on June 12, 2016, located at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. 
At the conclusion of the regular meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny invited residents to attend the dedication ceremony for the first phase of the Field of Honor Veterans Memorial at 8 a.m., on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, at Veterans Oasis Park, located on the northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads. The memorial honors veterans and pays tribute to all branches of the U.S. military. Although located in Chandler, it stands as a regional memorial, honoring the dedication of all those patriots from the Southeast Valley who have served in the armed forces.

As a military veteran, Councilmember René Lopez thanked the Council, City staff and the donors for working to get the first phase of the Veterans Memorial built. All members of the Council expressed appreciation for our veterans and asked everyone to reflect on the men and women who have served and given their lives to preserve our freedoms.

The Mayor announced that for the 10th consecutive year, Chandler has been honored with the prestigious “Playful City USA” designation, an accomplishment shared by only 12 founding cities since the national nonprofit organization, KaBoom!, initiated the program in 2007. The City will celebrate this designation and bring attention to the many recreational opportunities available to families in the community with the annual Day of Play on Saturday, Oct. 22, at Tumbleweed Park.

Mayor Tibshraeny and members of the Council congratulated Tom Dwiggins on his selection as the new chief of Chandler’s Fire, Health & Medical Department. They also congratulated Assistant Chief Tom Carlson on his retirement after 25 years of service in Chandler.

Councilmember René Lopez encouraged the public to support a grilling fundraiser at Von Hanson’s Meats, 2390 N. Alma School Rd., this weekend, May 27-29, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., each day. All money raised will benefit Chandler Police Officer Joshua Pueblo and Officer Daniel Colwell, who were injured in the Walmart shooting on April 23. There are also donation accounts set up for both officers at Wells Fargo Bank.

The Mayor and Council also expressed their condolences to the family of Phoenix Police Officer David Glasser, who was killed while on duty last week and laid to rest earlier in the day.

Councilmember Rick Heumann praised Conrad Lindo, Regional Director of the First Things First East Maricopa Regional Partnership Council, whose heroism is credited with saving the life of a 15-day-old baby trapped in a car that was on fire on I-10 near Marana. Councilmember Heumann called Lindo a great citizen of the Valley and said that we appreciate his selfless actions.

In closing, Mayor Tibshraeny and the members of the City Council wished everyone a reflective, happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.
The meeting adjourned at 7:24 p.m.

During a Study Session on May 23, the Mayor and Council recognized Colleen Sigfusson (Information Technology) upon her retirement after nine years with the City. Also recognized for their years of service were: Cynthia West, Police, 35 Years; Teresa Busby, Police, 15 Years; Erich Kuntze, Transportation and Development, 15 Years; Jon Sherrill, Management Services, 15 years; Kimberly Anderson, Law, 10 years; Salvador Leyvas III, Transportation and Development, 10 Years; and Brandon Ynclan, Police, 10 years.

The next meeting of the City Council will be a study session at 7 p.m., on Mon., June 6. 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.