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Feb. 23, 2018

Recap of the Chandler City Council Meeting on Feb. 22

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, and took action on 38 agenda items, including:
  • Approved the introduction of an ordinance for the rezoning, Preliminary Development Plan and Preliminary Plat for Orchard Heights, a 60-lot single-family residential subdivision, on approximately 19 acres located at the southeast corner of McQueen and Chandler Heights roads.
  • Approved an artwork agreement with Jeffrey Zischke (from Scottsdale, Ariz.,) for the Chandler Museum Shade Structure Public Art Project, in an amount not to exceed $55,000. The design, titled “Infinite Wave,” is an artistic shade structure made of articulated, “wavy” sculptural shapes designed to be installed within the existing beam framework of the new museum.
  • Authorized the execution of a license to use Salt River Project property, located at the Consolidated Canal between Germann Road and Chandler Boulevard, to host the annual Chandler Family Bike Ride event on Saturday, April 7.
  • Approved the Preliminary Development Plan for Mission Estates, a 26-lot, gated single-family residential subdivision on approximately 10 acres located north of the northwest corner of McQueen Road and Hunt Highway.
  • Approved an agreement with Southwest Slurry Seal, Inc., for slurry seal materials and installation, in an amount not to exceed $925,510.; for the term of one year. This year’s funding will be adequate to rehabilitate an estimated 74 lane miles of arterials, collectors and residential streets. 
  • Approved an agreement with AMEC Foster Wheeler Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc., for an environmental compliance audit, in an amount not to exceed $80,260.
  • Approved the appointment of Mr. Dennis Street to the Board of Appeals. 
  • Approved a use permit for Verizon to install a monopalm wireless communication facility at Epiphany Lutheran Church at 800 W. Ray Road.
  • Recommended Liquor Licenses be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for:
    • Egg N’ Joe, 4010 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 4
    • Cambria Market, 3165 W. Frye Road, Suite A
    • Harkins Chandler Fashion Center, 3159 W. Chandler Blvd.
  • Approved a Special Event Liquor License for the Robert Black Reception on Wednesday, March 7, at the Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St.
  • Approved a Temporary Extension of Premises Liquor License for:
    • Wine Tasting events on March 9, March 16, March 23, April 27, May 10 and May 11, at Vinum 55 Chandler, 2577 W. Queen Creek Road, Suite 112.
    • Annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party on Friday, March 16, Fat Willy’s, 4850 S. Gilbert Road. 
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny invited Chandler residents who live in a homeowner’s association community to attend the Mayor’s HOA Mini Summit.

The free event will be from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, at the Tumbleweed Recreation Center, Cotton Room, 745 E. Germann Road. During the summit, Beth Mulcahy with The Mulcahy Law Firm will provide an overview of a recent decision made by the Arizona Court of Appeals that affects the ability for HOAs to validly assess and collect monetary penalties.

The Mayor also mentioned the annual Ostrich Festival Parade and Mayor’s Fun Run on Saturday, March 3. This is a great way to kick off the Festival, which runs the following weekend. Event details can be found online at ostrichfestival.com. The annual Public Safety Fair and Classic Car Show also will take place on March 3, on Washington Street between Chicago and Boston streets. Organized by our Police and Fire departments, this free, fun event includes apparatus displays, demonstrations and activities for kids. The Fair runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mayor Tibshraeny also congratulated Pastor Victor Hardy and the Chandler Men of Action. This group does great work with the youth of our community and held its sixth annual African American Banquet at the Chandler Center for the Arts on Thursday, Feb. 22. Congratulations also to Bruce Cooper of Channel 12 for receiving the group’s “Man of the Year” award.

Finally, the Mayor thanked the members of the Mayor’s Youth Commission for putting on another successful Teen Town Hall. It was a great turn out and they tackled a number of challenging issues. This is a great event that adds true value to our community, while building the leaders of tomorrow.

Councilmember Terry Roe reminded the public at the Chandler Kiwanis Club will have their Willy Dog stand at this weekend’s Arizona Railway Day. The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Arizona Railway Museum, 330 E. Ryan Road.

Councilmember René Lopez shared that the Chandler Public Library was selected to receive an $11,000 American Dream Literacy Initiative grant from the American Library Association and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. This grant will enable the Chandler Public Library to provide updated resources needed to support the Adult Literacy Program. Free adult education is offered at all four Chandler library locations. Councilmember Lopez recognized the staff and volunteers for their efforts in providing these programs to our residents. For information on adult education resources and all other resources provided through the Chandler library, visit chandlerlibrary.org.

Vice Mayor Nora Ellen thanked the residents who participated in Thursday night’s Budget Connect forum. All of the feedback is appreciated. She also thanked City staff for their answers to residents’ questions and concerns. The Vice Mayor encouraged residents to continue sending comments or feedback online at chandleraz.gov/budgetconnect. The website will be open through Thursday, March 1.

Vice Mayor Ellen also encouraged residents to nominate Chandler veterans who recently returned home from service for the City’s Operation Welcome Home event. To nominate someone online, visit chandleraz.gov/patriotism or call 480-782-2243.

Councilmember Sam Huang invited residents to the upcoming Ostrich Festival on from March 9-11, at Tumbleweed Park. He recently interviewed Terri Kimble, president of the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, and Steve Levine, event organizer, on his Chandler in Focus program. Both guests shared information on the coming event, including activities and entertainment. Residents may watch the show on demand on YouTube, or visit ostrichfestival.com for event information.

The meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

The next meeting of the City Council will be a study session at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed on The Chandler Channel, Cable Channel 11 (CenturyLink Channel 8002), and streamed on the web at chandleraz.gov/video and on YouTube at YouTube.com/cityofchandler.

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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The City Clerk’s office posts official meeting results the morning following Council meetings. For a complete list of actions taken, visit chandleraz.gov/agendas

Throughout the agenda, items are posted in red to signify any changes made at the meeting, and who voted no, or abstained.  

For past City Council meeting minutes visit chandleraz.gov or contact the City Clerk’s office at 480-782-2180. For any other information, contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at 480-782-2000.