CityScope: January - February 2021

Mayor Kevin Hartke and Chandler Chamber of Commerce President Terri Kimble are pictured presenting a PPE kit to a Chandler business.

Personal protective equipment kits now available for qualifying businesses

The Chandler Chamber of Commerce, via a contract with the City of Chandler, will distribute I Choose Chandler PPE (personal protective equipment) kits to qualifying Chandler businesses. The City Council authorized $500,000 from the Arizona Cares Act funding for this program. The kits are on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be available until supplies are gone.

The PPE kit consists of the following: two boxes of 50 each 3-ply non-medical face masks, one automatic dispenser stand and one gallon of hand sanitizer. 

In addition, if you own or operate a business in Chandler and purchased additional personal protective equipment for your company, you may be eligible for reimbursement up to $500 through the Choose Chandler PPE Grant Program. 

Budget outlook for Fiscal Year 2021-22

Chandler continues to be one of the leading communities in the state for new businesses and job creation. Local sales tax revenues continue to trend higher despite some business segments that are seeing significant reductions due to COVID-19. City officials take these and many other economic factors into consideration as work begins on the 2021-22 Fiscal Year budget. 

Each year, we focus on continuing fiscal strength by conservative forecasting and managing expenditure growth, which would position the City well in the event of a slowing economy no matter the reason. We desire to continue the tradition of transparency, maintaining strong financial policies, adding efficiencies, providing essential public services and maintaining infrastructure to make it attractive for 
businesses and their employees. These efforts are paying off as many new companies have moved to, or expanded in Chandler over the last year. Many are future-focused, and provide quality jobs in innovative sectors. This year’s budget theme, Moving Forward Together, alludes to the City’s desire to ensure that we keep moving forward to meet the ever-changing needs the future requires in our community.

An important part of the budget process is an ongoing review of the many programs and services the City provides, as well as reviewing the budget feedback received during the recent budget survey. This process is among the reasons the City’s budget so closely matches the community’s highest priorities each fiscal year.

Your involvement in this process makes a difference, and ensures the needs of the entire community are heard. 

Portable Wireless Communication Device law in full effect now

Distracted driving is dangerous and drivers should keep their focus on the road and not their cell phone. Beginning Jan. 1, 2021, the new statewide Portable Wireless Communication Device law is in full effect, and police officers can issue citations.    

The bill prohibits the following activities while driving:

  • Physically holding or supporting a portable wireless communication device or stand-alone electronic device; or
  • Writing, sending or reading any text-based communication, including text messages, instant messages, email or internet data on a portable wireless communication device or stand-alone electronic device.

Check out the state statute (HB 2318) for complete details. 

Woman checking her home alarm system

Did you know? Alarm permits are required

Did you know, when you install a security alarm, per City Code (Chapter 24 - Alarm System Regulations), you must obtain an alarm permit? 

The City of Chandler is excited to announce that PM AM Corporation will begin the management of the Alarm Permit and False Alarm Management Programs. This innovative technology will allow citizens and businesses the opportunity to manage all aspects of their alarm accounts online. This includes registering, renewing, updating, appeals and making payments; all on a new web-based platform.

To obtain a permit, please register and submit the $10.00 fee to the City of Chandler False Alarm Reduction Program.  Alarm users over the age of sixty-five may receive a fee waiver. Permits must be renewed annually.

If you have any questions regarding alarm systems or permits please contact the PM AM Corporation at 1-855-302-4533.

FAQs on recycling and trash in Chandler

The Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center (RSWCC) is a residential drop-off facility for recycling and trash disposal. It is located at 955 E. Queen Creek Rd., and is open Thursday through Monday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Tuesday, Wednesday and City-observed holidays). These are some of the most frequently asked questions about the RSWCC:

What do I need to bring with me to use the RSWCC? A Photo ID and a current copy of your City of Chandler Utility Bill (City Code requires a current bill within the last 60 days).

What if I don’t receive a City utility bill in the mail? I have autopay online. Residents with autopay should print a copy of their utility bill from the Utility Billing web page or have the bill print/barcode open and available on an mobile electronic device prior to driving on the scale for check-in.    

Who can use the RSWCC? Chandler residents with proper identification whose names are listed on the solid waste account are permitted use of the facility. Only waste generated at the address on the City utility bill is accepted for disposal. 

Can I bring or authorize a third party to use the RSWCC for me? Use of the facility by a third party performing work at a resident’s property is prohibited. The facility is restricted to resident self-haul and unload.

Fees are applicable for some items. Please call 480-782-3510 prior to your visit for details. 

  • Save the date for the State of the City on Feb. 4, 2021. 
  • Chandler voters elected three candidates to serve on the City Council. Christine Ellis, OD Harris and incumbent Mark Stewart will take office after an installation ceremony on Jan. 14, 2021.
  • City offices will be closed Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, for New Year’s Day; Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, for Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day. 
    • There is no trash or recycling collection on New Year’s Day. Collections roll over one day after the holidays from Friday to Saturday, Jan. 2. Have your can at the curb by 6 a.m. or after 6 p.m. the evening before collection. On the Martin Luther King Jr./Civil Rights holiday, recycling and trash is collected with no changes to your schedule. 
    • The Recycling-Solid Waste Collection Center is:
      • OPEN: Thursday through Monday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
        CLOSED: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & City-observed holidays.
  • Find the most up-to-date and accurate information about Chandler’s response to COVID-19.

4     State of the City

5 & 6    Madden 2021 Teen (eSport Tournament), 480-782-2909

6     Sweetheart Social, Community Center, 480-782-2890

11, 25    City Council meetings, Council Chambers, 480-782-2180

12-14    Chandler City Championships, Chandler Tennis Center, 480-782-2651

13    Daddy Daughter Dance, Community Center, 480-782-2641

15    City offices closed for President’s Day holiday

18    Sonoran Sunset Series, Veterans Oasis Park, 480-782-2890

25    Budget Live: Moving Forward Together 

@Chandler Museum
 300 S. Chandler Village Drive

Aug. 25, 2020 - Aug. 29, 2021
Bigger Than Boxing: Zora Folley and the   
1967 Heavyweight Title

Feb. 3 - Mar. 10, 2021 
Death and Diamonds: A Holocaust Survivor’s Journey from Kraków to Chandler

Feb. 3 - Mar. 10, 2021 
Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustrations

 @Vision Gallery
 10 East Chicago St.

 Jan. 9 - Feb. 20, 2021
 Out of Character: Artwork by Jerome  
 Fleming and Andre McCline

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