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Jan. 27, 2017

Jan. 26, 2017, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, and took action on 64 agenda items, including:
  • Awarded a $938,240 construction contract to Arizona Beeman Drilling for the installation and testing of a new drinking water well to be located adjacent to Fire Station 10 on south McQueen Road.
  • Awarded a $557,599 construction contract to Nickle Contracting LLC, for renovations to Apache Park that will consist of removing two of the four racquetball courts, relocating the sand volleyball courts, replacing ramadas and installing new lighting, sidewalks, pavement and shaded playground.
  • Approved the $299,877 purchase of a new Police Department logging system from Motorola Solutions. The system will record all radio and 9-1-1 calls and replace the current system which no longer is supported by the manufacturer.
  • Authorized a Crime Victim Assistance Program Grant Agreement with the Arizona Department of Public Safety in the amount of $65,183 for the provision of crime services.
  • Approved an agreement with Maricopa County to receive $299,853 in federal Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds to be used for rental assistance for low and moderate income families and for Habitat for Humanity projects in Chandler.
  • Approved emergency funding of $400,000 to repair an aging water main beneath Toledo Street east of Arrowhead Drive.
  • Authorized the payment of $57,920 to the Town of Gilbert as part of joint holding facility agreement that saves operational costs and approved the implementation of an interface between the Chandler and Gilbert records management systems that will eliminate the redundant entry of information.
  • Approved an agreement for $124,970 with Minding Your Business, Inc. to develop a Tourism Strategic Plan that will analyze the Chandler tourism market and help develop a long term vision for the City’s tourism program.
  • Approved the $456,335 purchase of 15 vehicles from San Tan Ford, Midway Chevrolet and PFVT Motors for use by the Chandler Police Department.
  • Approved a license agreement with the Chandler Chamber of Commerce for use of Tumbleweed Park for the Chamber’s annual Chandler Ostrich Festival to be held March 10-12.
  • Approved a $1,104,719 amendment to an agreement with Southwest Fabrication LLC, for new bus shelters, bringing the total contract to $1,732,790.
  • Approved Liquor Use Permits for:
    • La Familia New Market, 545 N. Arizona Ave.
    • Hangar 9 Bar & Grill, 980 E. Pecos Road, Ste. 5.
    • Down Time Wines, 393 W. Warner Road, Ste. 109.
  • Approved Liquor Use Permits and recommended Liquor Licenses be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for:
    • Drury Inn & Suites, 1205 S. Price Road.
    • Moon China Chinese Bistro, 3165 S. Alma School Road, Ste. 16.
    • La Hacienda Family Mexican Restaurant, 2051 W. Chandler Blvd., Ste. 1.
  • Recommended Liquor Licenses be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for:
    • Rubio’s Coastal Grill, 3885 S. Arizona Ave., Ste. 1.
    • Winco Foods, 222 W. Willis Road.
  • Recommended approval of Special Event Liquor Licenses for three events: Scottsdale League for the Arts Barrel and Board event being held at Soho 63 on Thursday, Feb. 23; WAR concert being held at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Feb. 18, and; Evening Kickback event for Matthew’s Crossing being held at Drury Inn & Suites on Sunday, Feb. 12.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny invited the community to attend his annual State of the City Address Tuesday, Jan. 31, beginning with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by his address in the Council Chambers at 6:45 p.m.

He also invited the community to learn about HOA laws and new legislation by attending an HOA Mini Summit to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center. The event is free, but participants must pre-register by Monday, Feb. 6, by calling 480-782-4300. 
                  
The Mayor also reminded stargazers that the City will host a Star Party at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at Veterans Oasis Park.    The East Valley Astronomy Club will bring telescopes for visitors to explore Arizona's night sky.

He concluded by mentioning the wonderful ceremony and turnout at last weekend’s Celebration Plaza induction ceremony of former Chandler Mayor Kenny Thomas, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, and Police Officer James Snedigar who was killed in the line of duty in 1999. A history kiosk also was dedicated at Nozomi Park in honor of Japanese Americans held in an internment camp located on the Gila River Indian Community near Chandler.

Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke gave a “shout out” to the City’s public safety employees. He said as part of an annual homeless count done in Chandler, he interviewed a number of people living on the streets who told him they felt safe in Chandler and were treated with respect by Chandler police and fire personnel whenever interactions occurred. The Vice Mayor also wished the community a happy Chinese New Year .

Councilmember René Lopez encouraged the public to check out the Chandler Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Series concert, "To Jupiter and Beyond," being held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Center for the Arts.

Councilmember Terry Roe thanked those serving in the military and the City’s public safety employees for their service to the community and nation.

Councilmember Mark Stewart said the East Valley Institute of Technology will be holding their EVIT Annual Expo at the main campus, 1601 W. Main St. in Mesa, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28. More information is available at www.evit.com/expo.

Councilmember Sam Huang invited the public to attend the closing ceremony for the Lights of the World Lantern Festival occurring at 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29, at Rawhide. More information is available at www.rawhide.com.
 
The meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

During a Study Session on Monday, Jan. 23, the Mayor designated the month of Feb. 2017, as Go Red for Women Month in Chandler. The American Heart Association created Go Red for Women to raise awareness of heart disease and stroke as the number one killer of women.

He also proclaimed Jan. 23, 2017, Hidden Heroes Day in Chandler. Hidden Heroes brings vital attention to the untold stories of military caregivers and seeks solutions for the tremendous challenges and long term needs they face.

The Mayor and Council also recognized Library Aide Donna Chojnacki who is retiring after 9 years serving the City and community. In addition, Council recognized four employees for 10 years of service to their departments and the community. Recognized were Police Detective Donna Reno, Police Lt. Shawn Hancock, Police Community Outreach Coordinator Melanie Slate and HVAC Technician Andrew Prueher.

City Manager Marsha Reed also advised the Mayor and Council of the promotion of Dan Lee to the position of Library Manager.

The next meeting of the City Council will be a Study Session at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed on The Chandler Channel, Cable Channel 11, and streamed on the Web at www.chandleraz.gov/video.

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.

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