CityScope: October - November 2020

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, Oct. 5, Chandler residents may complete the survey — it will be available through Sunday, Nov. 15.

City staff asks residents to answer at least the first six general questions of the survey which should take about two minutes. The remaining questions allow you to provide specific feedback on any or all of our targeted topics. These topics are based on the six City Council strategic goals, which include: 

• Being the Most Connected City: (Transportation, Mobility, Technology)
• Being a Leader in Trust and Transparency: (Communication/Citizen Engagement)
• Maintaining Fiscal Sustainability: (Financial Services, Cost of Services)
• Attracting a Range of Private Sector Businesses: (Employment/Economic Vitality)
• Fostering a Contemporary Culture that Embraces Unity: (Arts, Culture, Recreation)
• Being Safe and Beautiful: (Public Safety, Parks Neighborhoods, Infrastructure)

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.

Paper copies are also 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. Paper copies also may be downloaded from the website.

Check your irrigation to ensure you’re not over-watering

Now that the seasons have changed and cooler weather is on its way, it’s time to check the frequency of your landscape watering systems. In the fall, your landscape can go many more days between watering.

When you don’t adjust your watering schedule for the season, overwatering can occur causing excessive growth diseases and other maintenance problems. Deep infrequent watering encourages strong healthy root systems that can better tolerate intense heat and periods of drought.

Effective irrigation system design, installation and maintenance  are also important. Sprinklers should serve only the required turf areas and not spray on buildings, fences or non-landscaped areas. Excess water on sidewalks, pavement and block walls causes damage, increases liability and wastes water. Watering should be done before sunrise to reduce evaporation losses. Turf areas, planters, trees and shrubs should be watered separately to meet varying water needs. 

Learn more about conserving water and to review the landscape watering guidelines for October through December. 

Chandler offers water audits to assist its customers in troubleshooting the potential cause for unexplained high water use. There can be a wide variety of reasons for high water use including, but not limited to, increased landscape watering, issues with irrigation systems, pool equipment, indoor fixtures, water softeners, RO system malfunctions, leaking toilet flappers and fall overseeding. Complete the Water Use Audit Request form online to begin the process.  

Upcoming events in October and November

Sonoran Sunset Series returns to Veterans Oasis Park — Oct. 2020 through March 2021 

Fall is the ultimate season for spending evenings outdoors and those dusky hours get even better when there’s live music involved. Fortunately for us, Sonoran Sunset Series returns to Veterans Oasis Park in October with plenty of alfresco concerts to catch all season long, all of which are entirely free! From funk and R&B to your favorite big-name covers, there is a concert for every music lover to enjoy from 6-7 p.m. The October and November bands are:

    Oct. 15 — Soul Vaccination 
    Nov. 19 — Remix Band 

Find future Sonoran Sunset Series information.

Puparazzi Photo Contest

Stop, Sit and Selfie! If your VIP (very important pooch) has “star quality” then send us your photos. Get creative and show us what makes your four-legged friend adorably cute and you win a paw-some prize basket (valued at $75). Submissions open starting Oct. 22. This opportunity is open to residents and non-residents of Chandler. 

Get Your daily dose of iron at the Chandler Golf Challenge on Nov. 13

Hit the links alongside our friends at Dignity Health in Arizona, Friday, Nov. 13. The Chandler Golf Challenge swings into action with reserved tee times and physical distancing guidelines. Get your daily dose of iron when you tee up in support of the Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities Scholarship Fund and Disability Awareness Events. The Challenge includes green fees, range balls, golfer gift, raffles and more. Make it a hole-in-one day and register now.

Turkey Swim on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26

Before dipping into the mashed potatoes and gravy on Thanksgiving Day, consider a dip in the pool at Chandler’s annual Turkey Swim. Chandler Aquatics is opening Hamilton Aquatic Center for lap swimming from 5:30-7:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, to help people burn some calories before plunging into their Thanksgiving meals. The water is heated and admission is free to participants who bring a canned food item to be donated to a food bank in Chandler.  


City offices will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11, for the Veterans Day holiday. Trash and recycling will be collected as usual on Wednesday, Nov. 11. 

City offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26-27, for the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no trash or recycling collection on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26. 

If your regular collection day is Thursday, place your container at the curb on Friday by 6 a.m. Customers whose regular collection day is Friday should place their container at the curb on Saturday by 6 a.m. 

The RSWCC is also closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Nov. 26-27, resuming operations on Saturday, November 28 at 8 a.m.

As our community continues to face the challenges and recovery from COVID-19, the health and safety of our residents and employees is of upmost importance. Find the most up-to-date and accurate information on the City's website.

Chandler meetings and events are subject to change. Find up-to-date event information online.

2, 5     City Council meetings, Council Chambers, 480-782-2180

11     Veterans Day holiday, City offices closed

13    Chandler Golf Challenge, Bear Creek Golf Course, 

13-15    Chandler Fall Classic NTRP, Chandler Tennis Center, Register at

19    Sonoran Sunset Series, Veterans Oasis Park, 480-782-2735    

26    Turkey Swim on Thanksgiving Day

26-27    Thanksgiving holiday, City offices closed

@Chandler Museum
300 S. Chandler Village Drive
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Bigger Than Boxing: Zora Folley and the 1967 Heavyweight Title

A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico

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