CityScope: Dec. 2022 - Jan. 2023

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah & Happy Holidays from Mayor Kevin Hartke

Mayor Kevin Hartke

During this joyous holiday season, I want to thank everyone in Chandler, from our residents, businesses, and City employees, for another terrific year.

The holidays can be a time to reflect and think about all the positive things that have happened over the past year. The City accomplished so much in 2022. One example is Chandler Flex, a new on-demand public transportation option that connects students and other riders to key locations in the city. New business growth has helped Chandler grow to become Arizona’s fourth-largest city. That growth includes a $30 billion Intel investment that will expand our microchip footprint even further. And how can we forget about Chandler being named the sixth most livable city in the nation and the fourth best city for families?

I look forward to a new year filled with more innovative projects and success stories that help improve the quality of life for all residents. Chandler is continuing to grow and with a continued focus on economic vitality, innovation and technology, neighborhoods, and quality of life, we can build an even better Chandler for tomorrow. On behalf of the City Council, I wish you all a very happy holiday season.

28th Annual Multicultural Festival on Jan. 14

Performer at the Chandler Multicultural Festival

Join the City of Chandler Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Division for the 28th Annual Multicultural Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. This event promotes the cultural diversity within Chandler through music, dance, art, storytelling, food and more. Come enjoy cultural performances, kids’ activities, unique vendors and delicious food. 

Also, the 2nd Annual Chandler 2022 MLK Keeping the Dream Alive Awards will be presented on Friday, Jan. 13. Chandler residents will be recognized with the Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Distinguished Achievement Award, the Emma Arbuckle Empowerment Award, the Youth Action Award and Legacy Award. See the winners and learn more about their community involvement.

In addition, the Chandler International Film Festival will take place Jan. 21–29, 2023. The nine-day festival will include a red carpet event, an opening ceremony, world premiers, industry workshops and a Q & A session with directors.

Survey gives you the opportunity to provide input on the City budget

It’s that time of year again! The City of Chandler is starting its budget process and encourages residents to provide their thoughts about the community and its future.

Starting Monday, Nov. 28, Chandler residents will be able to take the budget survey, available through Friday, Jan. 13, 2023.

City staff asks residents to answer at least the first seven general questions of the survey which should take about two minutes. The remaining questions allow you to provide feedback on some specific focus areas of the City, or you can share thoughts and ideas on any or all topics.

The budget survey results are shared with the Mayor, City Councilmembers, City Manager and staff to assist in the 
formulation of the City’s financial plan. Please take this opportunity to let us know what is going well, and what could use some additional attention during the next Budget Year.

In addition to the online survey, paper copies will also be available in either English or Spanish, and may be picked up at various City facilities, including libraries, community centers and the lobby of City Hall.

What to do with your Christmas tree

Christmas Tree Curbside Collection

Looking for a way to dispose of your Christmas tree? Chandler offers several methods for tree recycling. Trees that are collected are chipped and reused in projects. For safety, please remove tree stands, nails, lights, ornaments and garland before recycling, and do not place trees in bags.

Drop-off boxes are available at multiple locations from Dec. 26, 2022 through Jan. 13, 2023. 

Trees also will be collected separately at the curb on your recycling collection day, from Dec. 26, 2022 through Jan. 13, 2023. You do not have to schedule collection, but trees must be at the edge of your driveway (no more than four feet onto your property) by 6 a.m. on your recycling day. Do not place the tree in your trash or recycling bin, on the sidewalk, street or in the alley.

Live potted trees can be donated for replanting at City parks. Call 480-782-2745 for details.    

Be the solution to stormwater pollution

Stormwater runoff is a leading cause of pollution to surface waters in the United States. Stormwater runoff occurs when
precipitation from rainfall flows over the ground. The flows can pick up dirt, litter, automotive fluids, pet waste, household chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, yard waste and other pollutants as it flows over paved surfaces and yards. Paved surfaces like driveways, sidewalks and streets direct stormwater runoff into the street and gutter and eventually into a storm drain 
structure, where it discharges, untreated, into the nearest landscaped retention basin, park, greenbelt or community lake within your neighborhood. Please follow these tips to prevent debris and pollutants from entering the storm drains:

  • Sweep yard debris and properly dispose of in the trash, rather than blowing or hosing into the street. 
  • Contain swimming pool or spa water on private property or dispose of it in the sanitary sewer cleanout associated with your home. For more information call 480-782-3506 or visit Pool Drainage.
  • Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly and as directed by the manufacturer.
  • Pick up after your pet and properly dispose of the waste in the trash.
  • Wash vehicles at a commercial car wash.
  • Always use a nozzle on your garden hose around the home. Do not let the water flow into the street.
  • Maintain vehicles to be free of leaks and do not park leaking vehicles on the street.
  • Do not overwater your lawn.
  • Take household hazardous waste products, such as cleaning products, automotive fluids, paint, pesticides, herbicides and pool chemicals, to the City’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility for recycling and proper disposal. An appointment is required. Please contact Solid Waste Services at 480-782-3510.

Report illegal dumping into streets and storm drains by calling 480-782-3506. 

The City of Chandler will close City offices on Dec. 26 and 30. City offices will be open with limited services available Dec. 27-29. 

City administrative offices will be closed:

  • Monday, Dec. 26, 2022 for the Christmas holiday
  • Friday, Dec. 30, 2022 for the New Year’s holiday
  • Monday, Jan. 16, 2023, for the Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights holiday

There will be no changes to trash or recycling collection. 

The Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center (RSWCC) will be closed Dec. 25, 26 and 30, 2022 and Jan. 1 and 16, 2023, for the 
holidays. The RSWCC is also closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays year round. 

Please enjoy the Six Month Event Calendar and Quick Look phone directory included with your water bill this month.

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Communications & Public Affairs | 480-782-2228
Mayor & Council | 480-782-2200
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