CityScope: July-August 2021

Monsoon safety tips and reminders

June 15 through September 30 is the official Arizona monsoon — a season known for high temperatures, dust clouds and heavy moisture. The following tips are provided to help keep you safe:

  • During a heat advisory, drink plenty of fluids and avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol. Stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. You should NEVER leave children or pets alone in enclosed vehicles.  
  • Thunderstorms and heavy winds can damage property and power lines. Secure outdoor objects that could blow away or cause damage. 
  • Follow these tips to reduce monsoon damage to your trees.
  • In case of power outages, contact your utility company (SRP 602-236-8811 or APS 1-855-OUTAGES).
  • For those caught outdoors during a storm, find shelter, or go to a low-lying, open place away from trees, poles or metal objects. 
  • Get out of swimming pools, boats and away from all water. If flooding is possible, go to higher ground.
  • If, while you are driving, you approach a storm of any kind, reduce speed and turn on your headlights. 
  •  In a thunderstorm, pull safely onto the shoulder, stay in the car and turn on the emergency flashers until the heavy rains  
  •  subside.  
  •  In a dust storm, if you cannot see more than 300 feet (length of a football field), it is time to get off the road. If traveling on a 
  •  freeway, exit at an exit ramp find a safe place to stop. If no exit ramp is near, pull completely off the roadway. Turn off driving 
  •  lights and all vehicle lights, including emergency flashers. Set your emergency brake and keep your foot off the brake pedal. 
  •  Stay in the vehicle with your seatbelts buckled and wait for the storm to pass. 
  • Always obey traffic warning signs and avoid flooded roadways.

Budget for FY 2021-22 is approved

A message from Mayor Kevin Hartke:

In fiscal year 2021-2022, the City is focused on rebuilding, returning to normalcy and providing residents and businesses with the resources to thrive. Chandler’s commitment to strong financial policies, maintaining healthy reserves and conservative forecasting kept Chandler in a good financial position throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chandler continues to be one of the few communities across the United States to be awarded an AAA General Obligation bond rating with all three bond rating agencies, allowing the City to obtain the most favorable interest rates on bonded debt.

Due to a significant reduction in the prior fiscal year’s budget to mitigate potential COVID-19 impacts, the budget will increase 13.6 percent, totaling $1.06 billion. Major factors contributing to the increase are anticipated American Rescue Plan Act grant funding, additional infrastructure and capital improvement projects and nine net new positions and grant funding for 
additional police staffing to help deliver outstanding services. This budget allows for flexibility to address grant funded 
projects should additional funding be made available.

This budget will continue to paydown the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System unfunded liability with an 
additional one-time payment of $22 million and additional commitments in the one-time forecast. New positions and replacement of safety and communication equipment for our public safety departments will enhance their ability to serve and respond to the community’s needs.

Thank you to the Citizen Bond Exploratory Committee and subcommittees for providing input on future bonded project needs, focusing on parks, facilities, streets, police and fire. This thoughtful review and prioritization of community needs is vital as we plan for the future.

I would like to thank Council and City staff for working diligently to provide innovative ways to guide us through the unparalleled times of the pandemic. Careful planning lead to a stable and growing economy, and we will continue to build upon that in this next fiscal year.

Thank you to our residents and businesses for your confidence and input over the last year. This year we are Moving Forward Together, and Council remains committed to providing services that create an exceptional quality of life.

Reduce ground-level ozone with these tips

Check out these tips to reduce ground-level ozone for each day of the week from the Maricopa County Air Quality Department

Bike: Ride your bicycle to places you would normally drive your car. Get some fresh air and save some gas.

Ride Public Transit: Utilize alternate modes of transportation. Visit Valley Metro, for information on transportation alternatives.

Carpool: Carpool to as many locations as possible. Riding together decreases the amount of dust and emissions in the air.

Walk: Walk to nearby locations instead of driving. Increasing the number of steps you take will also improve your health.

Avoid Idling: Avoid the drive-thru and go inside to order your food, coffee or prescriptions. By doing this you will reduce exhaust emissions.

Fuel After Dark: Hot temperatures and gasoline fumes create ground-level ozone. Reduce the effect and refuel your vehicle at night time.

Sweep It Up: Sweep your driveway and patio instead of using a leaf blower. Get some exercise and breathe in fresh air while you burn calories.  

Help prevent ‘ hot loads’ in trash, recycling

What is a hot load? A truckload of recyclables or trash that catches fire, smolders, spontaneously combusts or becomes toxic as a result of incompatible waste mixing inside a collection truck. A hot load can occur in neighborhoods while collecting recycling and trash or on public roadways and can damage personal property and collection vehicles.  

What causes a hot load? Improper disposal of material in a recycling or trash container that is incompatible and reacts when mixed with other waste in a collection vehicle. The combination of incompatible chemicals, such as household bleach and ammonia, can be lethal. Depending on the types of household chemicals, the results can injure workers, family members, 
neighbors, pets, cause damage to personal property and the environment. 

When trash is collected, it is compacted to make more room. The process makes it possible for incompatible materials to mix together. Household chemicals should be used to the last drop. Leftover products should be labeled and stored for recycling or disposal at a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility. Call 480-782-3510 for more details and to schedule a drop-off appointment. DO NOT place the following in your recycling or trash containers: 

  • Hot ashes, cigarette paraphernalia, fireworks, hot coals or wood 
  • Motor oil, gasoline, antifreeze, kerosene or lighter fluid
  • Paint, varnish, pesticides or other household chemicals
  • Auto batteries, rechargeable NiCad or Lithium batteries
  • Cooking oil from fryers    
  • Liquid waste of any kind  

View the City’s Annual Water Quality Consumer Confidence Report for 2020 at It contains 
valuable information about the source and quality of your 
drinking water.

6    Free Summer Concert Series: Kim Weston Jazz Quartet, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680

12, 26    City Council Meetings, Council Chambers, 480-782-2180

13    Free Summer Concert Series: Sandra Bassett Motown Revue, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680

14    Los Chicos del 512 The Selena Experience, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680

20     Free Summer Concert Series: Blues Legend Big Pete Pearson, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680

27     Free Summer Concert Series: Marmalade Skies, Center for the Arts, 480-782-2680

@Vision Gallery and @The Gallery at CCA
Now-Aug.14, 2021
Take a Hike

@Vision Gallery
Aug. 21 - Oct. 2, 2021
Off the Clock: Artwork by City of Chandler Staff

@Chandler Museum
Now-Aug. 29, 2021
Bigger Than Boxing

Now-Oct. 17, 2021
Black and White in Black and White

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