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May 26, 2017

May 25, 2017, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 25, and took action on 28 agenda items, including:
  • Approved a resolution to extend the current development agreement between the City of Chandler and Ryan Companies US, Inc. for six months.
  • Approved a resolution declaring that the City of Chandler will not support the extension of Salt River Project (SRP) 230kv overhead transmission lines in the Price Road Corridor along Ellis or Price roads. The City requests that no line siting process be concluded until the City and SRP can reach a reasonable resolution that allows for undergrounding of transmission lines.
  • Approved the final adoption of a revised Chapter 39 (Sign Code) of the Chandler City Code.
  • Approved the final adoption of an amendment to Chapter 46 (Encroachments and Other Uses in the Public Right-of-Way) of the Chandler City Code to allow temporary signs in the right-of-way as provided for in Chapter 39.
  • Authorized an amended ground lease with Chandler Aviation Services, Inc., which has been a tenant at Chandler Municipal Airport since 1985. The current long-term lease is set to expire in December 2018. The new lease will be one 20-year lease term with one 10-year option to extend.
  • Approved a resolution authorizing the acquisition of property as needed for the Chandler Heights Road Improvement Project, from approximately a quarter mile west of Arizona Avenue to McQueen Road, at market value plus closing and escrow fees.
  • Approved a memorandum of agreement between the City and the University of Southern California’s (USC) School of Social Work for participation in a master of social work student intern program. USC students will complete 550 hours over a 30-week period with the Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department’s Crisis Response Unit.
  • Approved a resolution authorizing the acquisition of property as needed for the Cooper Road Improvement Project, from approximately 3,500 feet north of Chandler Heights Road to Riggs Road, at market value plus closing and escrow fees.
  • Approved a resolution to adopt the fiscal year 2017-18 Tentative Budget and 2018-27 Tentative Capital Improvement Program. The resolution also provided dates and times of hearings to obtain public comment on the budget, plus dates of the final budget adoption and for setting the tax levies and tax rates.
  • Approved an agreement with Otto Logistics LLC, for operation of the Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center and transportation of bulk waste, for an estimated amount of $962,000 per year, for a five-year term.
  • Awarded a construction contact to Nickle Contracting, LLC, for Dakota Street improvements, in an amount not to exceed $1,149,876. This project will improve traffic circulation in the downtown area and involve the construction of two traffic lanes, bike lanes, on street parking, street lighting, widened sidewalks and landscaping.
  • Approved Liquor Use Permits and recommended Liquor Licenses be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for:
    • Fullers Bar & Grill, 4929 W. Ray Road, Suite 3
    • Burgers & Brews, 393 W. Warner Road, Suite 121
    • QuikTrip, 2975 S. Gilbert Road
    • Original Chop Shop Co., 35 W. Boston St.
In addition, a public hearing was held to accept comments on changes to water, wastewater, reclaimed water and solid waste fees.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and Councilmembers wished everyone a happy Memorial Day and encouraged community members to thank military veterans for their sacrifices. The Mayor also said preparations are underway for this year’s Safety and Veterans Expo to be held at Veterans Oasis Park on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Organizers are seeking local veterans and veterans groups to participate in the event. If interested, call Dave Bigos at 480-782-2222.

The Mayor also shared that class registration is now open to all Chandler residents for the hundreds of summer programs offered through the Community Services Department. Learn more by visiting chandleraz.gov/breaktime.

He also said the City Clerk's Office will not offer passport services, Friday, May 26, and Monday, July 3, as staff will be in training. Residents in need of passport services on those days may visit other locations in the East Valley, which can be found at chandleraz.gov/passports.

Councilmember Terry Roe encouraged the public to donate to local food banks during the summer, when donations typically decline, and Councilmember René Lopez congratulated all recent school graduates.

Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke asked local organizations and faith-based groups to consider making their facilities available as cooling centers and hydration stations for those in need this summer. He said to contact the City’s Neighborhood Resources Department to learn more.

Councilmember Sam Huang said the Community Center has set aside a room for people wanting to play table tennis (ping pong) several days a week. For information, call 480-782-2727. He also thanked Economic Development staff for assisting with a bus tour provided to members of the local Chinese community.

Councilmember Mark Stewart reminded residents to be cautious when driving now that children are out of school. City Manager Marsha Reed thanked the Council and City staff for their involvement in revising the City Sign Code.

The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

During a Study Session on Monday, May 22, Mayor Tibshraeny and the Council recognized Transportation & Development employee John Cones who is retiring after serving the community for 21 years.

After the Study Session, a Special Meeting was held to introduce two ordinances: one that amended Chapter 39 (Sign Code) of the Chandler City Code by adopting a revised Chapter 39 in its entirety; and a second ordinance that amended Chapter 46 (Encroachments and Other Uses in the Public Right-of-Way) of the Chandler City Code to allow temporary signs in the right-of-way as provided for in Chapter 39. The motion passed.
 
Photos from the Study Session may be downloaded online: bit.ly/052217StudySession.  

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