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Nov. 14, 2016

Chandler City Council Meeting Recap: Nov. 10, 2016 

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, and took action on 49 agenda items, including: 
  • Authorized a memorandum of understanding and leasing agreement between the City of Chandler and the Arizona Board of Regents, to expand the ASU Chandler Innovation Center, located at 249 E. Chicago St., to include the City’s Innovations incubator program and community co-working space. This agreement will establish the location as a hub for entrepreneurial development programming and services in Chandler.  
  • Adopted a 10-year master license agreement with Verizon Wireless to install micro cells on existing City property in the right-of-way, primarily City streetlight poles, to supplement Verizon’s existing cellular wireless network and boost capacity in high-demand areas. 
  • Awarded a construction contract to TSG Constructors, LLC, to replace the ramada at Arrowhead Pool, in an amount not to exceed $210,700. 
  • Awarded a construction contract to DNG Construction, LLC, for Harris Park improvements, in an amount not to exceed $293,733.50. The work includes installation of new amenities including sidewalks, seating areas, a shade structure, a half-court basketball court, game courts, area lighting, turf/landscaping and associated irrigation. 
  • Awarded a design consultant services contract with Breckenridge Group, Inc., to design Fire Station 2811, in an amount not to exceed $365,145. The new fire station will be located on the west side of Gilbert Road, approximately one-quarter mile south of Ocotillo Road.
  • Awarded a construction contract with Path Construction Southwest for improvements to the City’s Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center, in an amount not to exceed $323,137.83. The facility serves more than 20,000 households per year and the work done will improve efficiency, functionality and safety.  
  • Approved the purchase of a DUI enforcement vehicle using a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, in the amount of $29,784.69. This vehicle will allow officers to perform their duties from a vehicle rather than a motorcycle, increasing safety and efficiency.
  • Approved Liquor Use Permits for:
    • Harkins Chandler Crossroads Theatre, 2980 E. Germann Road. 
  • Recommended Liquor Licenses be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for:
    • Harkins Chandler Crossroads Theatre, 2980 E. Germann Road. 
    • Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.
    • Blooming Beets Kitchen, 7131 W. Ray Road, Suite 45.
    • Majerle’s Sports Grill, 3095 W. Chandler Blvd. (temporary extension of premises for an event sponsored by LiveLikeLexi Inc., on Saturday, Nov. 12.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny encouraged Chandler residents and business owners to visit the City website and complete two surveys: one on the City budget, which is available through the end of December, and a communications survey, which is open through Nov. 23. Responses to the communications survey will ensure our efforts remain effective and valuable. Both surveys can be accessed at

He also congratulated the City’s Planning staff for being honored with a Public Outreach Award for the 2016 General Plan Update from the Arizona Planning Association. The award showcases staff’s outstanding work with the process. He also mentioned that Chandler voters overwhelming supported the update during the August Primary election. 

The Mayor also welcomed Kelly Schwab, the new City Attorney. He also complimented the new Councilmember Mark Stewart, who was in attendance, and congratulated all the candidates, both local and national, in Tuesday’s election. He also wished everyone a safe and happy Veterans Day. 

Vice Mayor Jack Sellers shared that two Little League teams from Tainan would be visiting Chandler this December and would be playing exhibition games at Snedigar Park. More information about their visit and how residents and businesses can support this continuing Sister City partnership will be available on He also congratulated the City’s Economic Development Division who hosted an Export Symposium that morning. He’s proud that the City of Chandler is a partner of Export-Import Bank of the United States. Earlier in the day, Vice Mayor Sellers also attended an Education Forum hosted by the Chandler Chamber of Commerce. He thanked Councilmember Lopez for being the event’s moderator and he’s also proud of Chandler’s education system and its partners. 

Councilmember René Lopez welcomed the new City Attorney Kelly Schwab. He recently attended the Streetlight USA Gala, which raised monies for victims of child sex trafficking and sexual trauma. He thanked the Mayor and Council for generously donating a basket for the event. He also thanked Police Chief Duggan for attending and donating a basket, along with the Fire, Health and Medical Department. Lastly, Councilmember Lopez congratulated the ladies involved with the Gala planning for their efforts to make the event a huge success. 

Councilmember Lopez invited everyone to the annual Chuck Wagon Cook-Off this (past) weekend at Tumbleweed Ranch. He also thanked all the Veterans for their service and sacrifice and wished a happy birthday to the United States Marine Corps. 

Councilmember Kevin Hartke thanked Councilmember Lopez for the ticket to the Streetlight USA Gala. He also thanked all Veterans as they celebrate their service during Veterans Day.

He mentioned Vision Gallery hosted an exhibit called “Portraits of Homelessness” (Nov. 3-12), which showcased photographs and stories of homeless individuals from the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging System (I-HELP), a program that is administered by the Chandler Christian Community Center. He hopes that the exhibit will be a traveling display in the future. 

Councilmember Hartke encouraged the public to support several organizations who are assisting needy families with Thanksgiving Day meals. Donations can be made online at

He also congratulated Councilmember-Elect Mark Stewart and applauded all of the great people who ran. 

Councilmember Rick Heumann wished everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving. He invited everyone to the Tumbleweed Tree Lighting and Parade on Saturday, Dec. 3; this year the City’s is celebrating the event’s 60th anniversary. 

He also welcomed the new City Attorney Kelly Schwab and Councilmember-Elect Mark Stewart.

He recently attended a celebration that highlighted the East Valley Regional Veterans’ Court. With Presiding Magistrate Michael Traynor’s leadership, Chandler City Court and City Prosecutor are able to ensure the City’s participation in this regional court effort that provides a valuable service to the veterans in our community.

Councilmember Nora Ellen wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving as there is much to be thankful for including City staff and residents. She congratulated Councilmember-Elect Mark Stewart as well as her son State Representative J.D. Mesnard. Rep. Mesnard was elected for another term and will be the House Speaker. 

Councilmember Terry Roe wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving. He stressed the importance to take the time and make a donation to our food banks. This year, W. Steve Martin, legendary KNIX disc jockey will be hosting his 31st annual toy drive. The toys will be collected and given to Police and Fire for distribution to needy children.

City Manager Marsha Reed thanked Glenn Brockman for serving as Acting City Attorney. She also welcomed City Attorney Kelly Schwab to Team Chandler. 

The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.

During a Study Session on Monday, Nov. 7, the Mayor and Council recognized the City’s Aquatic centers. In September, Aquatics International Magazine named Chandler’s Aquatics programs as the winner of its “Best of Aquatics Customer Satisfaction” award. Additionally, the Mesquite Grove Aquatic Center was named the winner of the Summer Lifeguard Challenge. 

The Council also recognized the winners of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership’s holiday banner challenge. The Chandler Chamber of Commerce presented “How We Stand” and afterwards, presented the Chamber’s President and CEO Teri Kimble with an award. 

Micah Miranda, director of the City’s Economic Development Division, also gave a brief presentation on the agenda items related to the Innovations incubator program. 

The Mayor and Council recognized Jack Mikelson with Transportation and Development, who is retiring after 32 years serving the City. In addition, 13 individuals from three City departments were recognized for their years of service. The honorees were: Jason Hunsaker, Police, 20 years; Emma Huenneke, Police, 20 years; David Sitz, Police, 20 years; Michael Stewart, Police, 20 years; Vincent Carpenter, Police, 15 years; Matthew Figley, Police, 15 years; Marc Olivier, Police, 15 years; Michael Mills, Police, 10 years; Diane Shearer, Police, 10 years; Elisa Rivas, Police, 10 years; James Smith, Economic Development, 10 years; Steven Ochoa, Transportation and Development, 10 years; and Thomas Mueller, Transportation and Development, 10 years.

The next meeting of the City Council will be a regular meeting and a study session at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5. 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