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Nov. 13, 2017

Recap of the Chandler City Council Meetings on Nov. 6 and 9, 2017 

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, and took action on 46 agenda items, including:
  • Approved a professional services contact with Kitchell CEM, Inc., for the downtown Oregon Street parking structure, in an amount not to exceed $939,260. The project proposes to build a parking garage in two phases at the northwest corner of Chicago and Oregon streets. Phase 1 will include a multi-level parking garage with a minimum of 255 parking spaces. Phase 2 will expand the garage to 1,000 parking spaces. This contract will facilitate development of a master plan for both phases of the project and preparation of a preliminary design plan that will be used in selection of the design-build team.
  • Authorized a grant agreement with the Arizona Department of Homeland Security for the Urban Area Security Initiative Enhanced Rapid Response Fire Teams equipment and training in the amount of $100,000. This program ensures Chandler Fire, Health and Medical personnel are prepared and equipped to respond to large-scale emergencies, terrorist events and natural/man-made disasters. 
  • Approved an agreement with Pride Group, LLC, and Arizona Emergency Products Incorporated, for public safety vehicle up-fitting, for a total amount not to exceed $600,000. Up-fitting modifies vehicles to provide emergency response warning devises, communication systems and equipment/personnel carrying capabilities. In FY 2017-18, the City will be up-fitting a total of 38 public safety vehicles. Two vendors were selected to allow staff to compare pricing. 
  • Approved an agreement with SGR Media and Clearwing Productions, LLC, to convert the current incandescent stage lighting fixtures, in all three theaters in the Chandler Center for the Arts, to LED fixtures and bulbs, in the amount of $385,893. The expected lifespan of the new fixtures is 25-30 years. 
  • Approved an agreement with DNG Construction, LLC, for Gilbert and McQueen roads median modifications, in an amount not to exceed $191,074. This project addresses safety concerns by constructing various median modifications on Gilbert Road at Locust Drive and on McQueen Road north of Via De Palmas. 
  • Approved a contract with DCS Contracting, Inc., for Frye Road improvements from Roosevelt Avenue to Kyrene Road, in the amount of $85,000, for a revised contract amount not to exceed $1,109,986.80. The project scope includes roadway improvements for one lane of travel in each direction. Work consists of paving, bike lanes, sidewalk, storm drain facilities, landscape, undergrounding electrical lines, streetlights and realignment of the SRP irrigation tailwater ditch.
  • Approved a construction contract with Lincoln Constructors, Inc., for the Reclaimed Water Infill, in an amount not to exceed $773,209. The project will increase the redundancy and efficiency of the system and provide reclaimed water service to awaiting users. Construction will start in early 2018.
  • Approved a construction contract with Shasta Industries, Inc., for Nozomi Aquatic Center improvements, in an amount not to exceed $209,800. This facility requires several upgrades to meet new health and safety codes. The upgrades include re-plastering the dive pool, pool deck improvements, replacing worn fabric on all shade structures and upgrading the public address system.
  • Approved a new appointment (Ms. Lisa Davis) for the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities.
  • Approved a Special Event Liquor License for the November Education Program fundraiser on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 1220 N. Kyrene Road.
  • Approved a Temporary Extension of Premises Liquor License for a LiveLikeLexi Bully Awareness Event & Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Majerle’s Sports Grill 3095 W. Chandler Blvd. 
  • Approved Liquor Use Permits and recommended Liquor Licenses be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for: 
    • QuartHaus, 201 S. Washington St.
    • West Alley BBQ, 111 W. Boston St., Suite 100
    • Harkins Chandler Fashion Center 20, 3159 W. Chandler Blvd.
    • Buffalo Jump Winery, 2625 W. Queen Creek Road, Suite 4
    • AZ Spirits Distribution LLC, 2885 N. Nevada St., Suite 150
    • Copper Still Moonshine Grill, 7450 W. Chandler Blvd.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny shared that earlier this week Waymo announced at a technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal, that Chandler was the first location where they drove their cars completely autonomously – no one in the driver seat! This took place a few weeks ago in a west Chandler neighborhood. The Mayor was excited that Waymo has dedicated so much of its research and development here in the community. Residents can hear more about this in the coming weeks as Chandler again becomes the focus of global technology news.

The Mayor also invited the public to the second annual Safety and Veterans Expo (S.A.V.E.) from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Veterans Oasis Park, 4050 E. Chandler Heights Road. There was a special salute to Veterans at the Park’s Memorial at 11:11 a.m. The event included information and activities from City departments as well as food trucks and entertainment. The Mayor encouraged everyone to take a moment to thank a Veteran or at least reflect on all our military has done for our nation through the years. 

The Mayor and the Council also wished everyone a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving Day holiday. 

Councilmember Terry Roe encouraged the public consider donating a toy to the W. Steven Martin Toy Drive during the holiday season. The program allows officers to deliver toys to children making a difference in how they view law enforcement in the community. Visit 911toydrive.com for more information.

Councilmember René Lopez shared that he attended the Chandler Chamber’s Education Forum that morning at the Chandler Center for the Arts. The event brought together business and education leaders to work towards creating the best labor force for our community’s future. They launched a video series called “What’s Your Job?” and three to five videos will be uploaded to YouTube each month that focus on showcasing various positions within different industries. Councilmember Lopez thanked all of the speakers, panelists and attendees. For more information or to get involved, visit chandlerchamber.com/pages/education-forum

Councilmember Lopez also reminded everyone to mark their calendar for the upcoming Chandler Symphony Orchestra Fan Fest event on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 2-8:30 p.m. at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park. More event information is available online at csofanfest.com. He also congratulated Perry High School’s mountain biking team for a successful year. Earlier in the day, he attended a Veterans Day event at New Vista Center for Education; he thanked all fellow Veterans for their service. 

Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke thanked Councilmember Lopez for his service. He also highlighted a few events that he was a part of, along with hundreds of other volunteers, the past few weeks. He highlighted the recent For Our City Day that included improvements at various locations in the Gazelle Meadows neighborhood. He thanked City staff and the Neighborhood Resources and Chandler Fire, Health and Medical departments for their assistance. He also acknowledged all the volunteers who assisted with building a new playground at Gazelle Meadows Park.  

The Vice Mayor also invited the community to the eighth annual Chuck Wagon Cook Off event on Nov. 10 and 11. Held at Tumbleweed Ranch, the free event had great food and music. He also invited residents to the Harvest Festival on Sunday, Nov. 12, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event included a farmer’s market, holiday items, activities for adults and children, live entertainment and more. The Vice Mayor concluded his remarks with a reminder to visit forourcitychandler.org to learn about opportunities to give to Chandler charities during the holidays.    

Councilmember Sam Huang thanked all the residents who attended tonight’s meeting to share their feedback related to tennis and pickleball courts. He also invited the public to attend a free tour of Veterans Oasis Park at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. 

Councilmember Nora Ellen shared that she recently attended the latest angel investing workshop hosted by the City, East Valley Partnership and Arizona Tech Investors. She thanked the City’s Economic Development Director, Micah Miranda, and his staff for their work on this initiative. The next free workshop for interested investors will be on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center. For more information, visit chandleraz.gov/ange