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Oct. 20, 2017

Recap of the Chandler City Council Meetings on Oct. 17 and Oct. 19, 2017 

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, and took action on 66 agenda items, including:
  • Approved the purchase of public safety communication equipment (247 portable and three mobile radios) from Motorola Solutions in the amount of $1,537,891.81.
  • Adopted a resolution authorizing the acceptance of a $120,000 Homeland Security Grant to support training and equipment for the Police Department’s Rapid Response Team.
  • Adopted a resolution ordering the sale and issuance of General Obligation Bonds, Series 2017, in an amount not to exceed $65 million.
  • Adopted a resolution ordering the sale and issuance of Excise Tax Revenue Obligations, Series 2017, in an amount not to exceed $45 million.
  • Approved the purchase of 51 cars and light trucks from the following dealerships: Sanderson Ford in the amount of $1,278,698.27; Midway Chevrolet in the amount of $119,698.39; and Midway Nissan in the amount of $29,824.
  • Approved the purchase of eight medium duty specialty trucks  from Sanderson Ford, in the amount of $608,326.63. The vehicles are for the Streets, Traffic, Water Distribution and Airport divisions.
  • Approved the purchase of two bucket (aerial lift) trucks from Altec Industries, Inc., in the amount of $239,150.
  • Approved the purchase of 20 public safety vehicles in the amount of $631,098.31 from PFVT Motors, LLC, and Midway Chevrolet.
  • Approved an ordinance to amend the City Code by adding a Business Registration process. The new process will require most businesses in Chandler to register, which will enable the City to track and analyze Chandler based businesses and professional services.
  • Recommended a liquor license be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for the following establishments:
    • Moreno’s Mexican Grill, 4981 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 6
    • Even Stevens Sandwiches, 11 W. Boston St., Suite 3
    • Hop Central, 5055 W. Ray Road, Suite 2
    • Venice Nail Lounge, 900 N. 54th St., Suite 3
    • Bear Creek Golf Complex, 500 E. Riggs Road
    • Fast Market 8125, 4020 W. Ray Road
    • Elvira’s Belizean Café, 2386 N. Alma School Road.
  • Approved a temporary extension of premises liquor license for the following establishments and events:
    • Vinum 55 Chandler, 2577 W. Queen Creek Road, Suite 112, for Vinum 55 Wine Tasting on the following dates: Saturday, Oct. 21, Friday, Nov. 3, Saturday, Nov. 18, and Friday, Dec. 15
    • Hangar 9 Bar & Grille, 980 E. Pecos Road, Suite 5, for the following dates and events: Saturday, Oct. 28, for a Take The Fright Out; Saturday, Nov. 4, for a Chandler-Gilbert Community College Softball fundraiser; Saturday, Nov. 18, for a John Carlson Fundraiser Cornhole Tournament
    • Jolie’s Place, 140 W. Warner Road, Saturday, Nov. 4, for a Cornhole Tournament
    • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7401, 751 S. Arizona Ave., Saturday, Nov. 11, for a Veterans Day Community Event.
  • Approved a special event liquor license for the following events:
    • Afro Soca Day Celebration, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21-22, at Elvira’s Belizean Café, 2386 N. Alma School Road, benefitting the Arizona Caribbean Cultural Association
    • Seton Booster Club Casino Night, Saturday, Oct. 21, Seton Preparatory Catholic High School, 1150 N. Dobson Road
    • Chandler 100 Event, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2401 S. Heliport Way.
    • Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off, Sat. Nov. 11, 2250 S. McQueen Road, benefitting Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch.

At the conclusion of the Oct. 19 meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny encouraged Chandler teenagers to apply for the 4th annual Teen Leadership Academy next spring during the Chandler Unified School District intersession. The week long academy educates young people on the functions of their municipal government. Register online at

The Mayor also noted that a new Valley Metro bus route begins service through Chandler on Oct. 23. Route 140 travels from 48th Street in Ahwatukee east along Ray Road to Gilbert Road, every 30 minutes, excluding Sundays. Details are online at

The annual Mayor’s Day of Play is from 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Oct. 21, at Tumbleweed Park, southwest corner of Germann and McQueen roads. Mayor Tibshraeny invited everyone to come out and enjoy lots of activities for kids and the entire family, entertainment and dozens of health and wellness vendors. Details are online at

He concluded his remarks by inviting the public to celebrate Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Safety and Veterans Expo (SAVE) from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road. There will be a special salute to Veterans at the Park’s memorial at 11:11 a.m. SAVE features vendors with information on Veterans issues, benefits and resources, along with City departments sharing information on the services they provide, including building permits, code enforcement and crime prevention. Food trucks and entertainment will be on hand as well. SAVE information is online at

Councilmember Nora Ellen noted that a special Operation Welcome Home ceremony is included during the 11:11 a.m. commemoration at the Veterans Oasis Park memorial on Nov. 11.  The public can nominate a person who has returned from military service or is leaving soon, and deserving of such recognition. Details are online at

Councilmember Terry Roe asked the public to remember that they can assist law enforcement in solving crimes by calling the Silent Witness hotline or visiting the website. He also noted that with the holidays approaching local food banks need donations and volunteers.

Councilmember René Lopez congratulated the Saba family on their 90 year anniversary of opening their store in downtown Chandler. He noted that there are plaques on many downtown Chandler buildings highlighting the history of the buildings and the businesses that operated there. Councilmember Lopez invited the public to the next Our Stories guest speaker presentation at 10:30 a.m., Oct. 28, at the Downtown Library. It will feature Chandler native Maria Luisa Ayala Mellman who will share her Vietnam War experience as an Army Combat Nurse at the 12th Evacuation Hospital near Saigon. Details on this and other Our Stories presentations are online at He concluded his remarks by congratulating the U.S. Navy and all of those who served in it on its 242nd birthday on Oct. 13.

Councilmember Sam Huang participated in the meeting by phone because he is currently in Taiwan. He said he will be traveling next week to Chandler's Sister City of Tainan, Taiwan.

Councilmember Mark Stewart recognized several residents who spoke during unscheduled public appearances and thanked them for their participation in the government process.

Vice Mayor Hartke asked for volunteers to help with two upcoming community projects. For Our City Day is Oct. 28 from 6:30 a.m. to noon at Gazelle Meadows Park, 500 N. Exeter St. The volunteers will work side-by-side in a nearby neighborhood that needs help with clean up and maintenance. Then, on Nov. 4, volunteers will help build a new playground at Gazelle Meadows Park, thanks to a grant awarded by KaBoom!®. For more information, or to sign-up for volunteer opportunities, visit Vice Mayor concluded his remarks by inviting everyone to attend the annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off on Nov. 10-11 at Tumbleweed Ranch. Details are online at

City Manager Marsha Reed concluded the remarks by recognizing and thanking “Team Chandler” – all