CityScope: August - September 2020

GAIN participants in 2019

Vote for the People’s Choice Award

The nominations are in and Chandler residents will be able to cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award as part of the annual Mayor’s Neighborhood Excellence Awards program. Residents may view the final nominees’ applications and vote once per day. Voting will be open starting Friday, Aug. 21, and continue through Friday, Sept. 11.  

Last month, Mayor Kevin Hartke and the City’s Neighborhood Programs Office, in partnership with the Chandler Police Crime Prevention Unit, encouraged neighborhood watch groups that participated in last year’s G.A.I.N. (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods) events, to submit a nomination for the Mayor’s Neighborhood Excellence Awards. There are two award categories available: Mayor’s Choice Award and the People’s Choice Award. The awards recognize neighborhoods for their dedication to creating community through events, increasing neighborhood involvement and developing the next generation of leadership. 

The winners will be announced on Mayor Hartke’s Facebook page in lieu of the usual G.A.I.N. kickoff event on Monday, Sept. 21. Prizes will be applied towards the 2021 G.A.I.N. events as the 2020 G.A.I.N. activities have been canceled due to the pandemic. 

Visit Mayor’s Neighborhood Excellence Awards for more information, or call 480-782-4348.

Census workers start going door-to-door in August

The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. At the time of this publication, the City’s response rate is 68.5 percent — 10 percent higher than the state’s current response rate. An accurate count is vital as even a one percent undercount statewide could result in the loss of $620 million in federal funding for Arizona over the next decade.

For those who have responded already, we thank you. If you have not completed your Census questionnaire yet, Census workers will start going door-to-door in mid-August to follow-up. The easiest way to avoid a knock at the door is to complete your Census online or by calling 1-844-330-2020. The Census also is available in different languages.

If a Census worker visits your home, check to make sure they have a valid ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark and an expiration date. Census workers also may carry Census Bureau bags and other equipment with the logo. If you still have questions about their identity, contact the Regional Census Center at 972-510-1800 to speak with a Census Bureau representative.


Change a life by changing the way you give

Man holding a sign that says, Will Your Change Count?

Chandler has an innovative way to help those in need. ChangeUp is a text-to-donate and awareness campaign that educates residents on the benefits of donating directly to local charities, instead of people who panhandle.

It’s easy to donate. Text “ChangeUp” to 44-321 to make a one-time or monthly donation of $1, $5, $10, $25, or any amount. Donations also are accepted online

All proceeds collected through the ChangeUp initiative will go directly to programs and services provided by nonprofits to help end homelessness in Chandler.

Learn more about your trash and recycling container care 

Container Placement 

To ensure your service is not interrupted:

  • Place containers out for collection by 6 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.  Not an early riser?  Put it out the night before. Remove container from the curb by 9 a.m. on the day after collection.
  • Place your container on the street with the wheels against the curb. 
  • Place your container away from permanent structures such as mailboxes or street signs.
  • Make sure containers are at least 3 feet apart and parked vehicles.

Broken Containers  

  • Trash and recycling containers with cracked or missing lids, handles,  wheels or bodies are considered broken containers.  
  • Call Solid Waste Services at 480-782-3510 to schedule a “house call” and we’ll have your container back on its wheels in no time.

Clean Containers 

It is the residents responsibility to keep their trash and recycling containers clean. Spray and rinse containers 
occasionally to reduce odors and dirty, grimy build-up.

The City of Chandler is committed to ensuring that people with disabilities are able to participate in, and benefit from, the full range of public programs, services and activities offered by the City.  In accordance with the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, the City of Chandler will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in the City’s facilities, services, programs or activities. 

Employment: The City of Chandler does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices and complies with all regulations promulgated by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Effective Communication: The City of Chandler will generally, upon request, provide appropriate aids and services leading to effective communication for qualified persons with disabilities so they can participate equally in the City’s facilities, services, programs and activities, including qualified sign language interpreters, documents in Braille and other ways of making information and communications accessible to people who have speech, hearing or vision impairments. 

Modifications to Policies and Procedures: The City of Chandler will make all reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all City facilities, programs, services and activities. For example, individuals with service dogs are welcome in City facilities, even where animals are generally prohibited.

Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication, or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a City of Chandler program, service or activity, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator no fewer than two business days before the scheduled event or meeting:

Jason Crampton, ADA Coordinator 
Mailing address: MS 412, PO Box 4008, Chandler, AZ 85244
Physical address: 175 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225
Phone: 480-782-3402 or 711 via AZ Relay Service (AZRS)
E-mail: ADA Coordinator  

Requests for reasonable accommodation may also be made directly to the responsible City office or department as follows:

  • For communication aids and services at City Hall and City Council Chambers, contact the City Clerk, Dana DeLong, at 480-782-2180 (711 via AZRS).
  • For accommodations relating to the Recreation, Parks and Aquatics programs of the Community Services Department, contact Collette Prather, Recreation Inclusion Specialist, at 480-782-2709 (711 via AZRS).

Optional forms for requesting an accommodation are available from the City website, the City Clerk’s Office or the ADA Coordinator. 

The ADA does not require the City of Chandler to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden. Complaints that a City program, service, facility or activity is not accessible to persons with disabilities should be directed to the ADA Coordinator.

The City of Chandler will not impose a surcharge on an individual with a disability or any group of individuals with disabilities to cover the cost of providing auxiliary aids/services or reasonable modifications of policy. 

  • August is Drowning Impact Awareness Month. Direct supervision is the best way to prevent drowning. Never leave your child unattended in or near any pool, tub or other body of water.
  • National Constitution Day is observed each year on Sept. 17, the day the Constitution was signed in 1787. It is a federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens.
  • City offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, for the Labor Day holiday. Trash and recycling collection will not be affected by the holiday, and regular collection will occur. Place your bins out on your normal collection day.
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