Recap of Chandler City Council Meeting on April 8, 2021

April 9, 2021
The Chandler Cares Team accepts the proclamation for National Fair Housing Month

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Chandler City Council met at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 8, taking action on a total of 16 agenda items. Meeting highlights included:

  • Authorized a grant agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration to accept a Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act (CRRSA) grant not to exceed $57,162 for airport operating purposes.
  • Approved a one-time exceptional performance award of $3,000 to 1,522 full-time City employees and $1,500 to 29 part-time employees for an estimated cost of $5,530,000. Approval of this item reinvested a portion of the $8 million in wage and benefit savings the City achieved during the pandemic by deferring the recruitment of vacant positions.
  • Introduced an ordinance to approve the rezoning, preliminary development plan and preliminary plat for Serene Estates, a 15-lot, single-family residential subdivision, located at the northwest corner of Galveston and Hartford streets.
  • Approved a preliminary development plan to amend a comprehensive sign plan for The Johnathan, located at 55 N. Arizona Place in Downtown Chandler.
  • Approved a resolution authorizing support for a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) application for Viavi Solutions, Inc.; a manufacturing facility that is relocating to Chandler from San Jose, California. FTZ status grants certain benefits to exporters, including paying reduced duty rates on manufactured products and a property tax reclassification benefit. The City also authorized a development agreement with Viavi, which stipulates their headquarters must remain in Chandler for a minimum of five years. Once the FTZ application is completed it will be submitted to Foreign Trade Zones Board by the city of Phoenix on Chandler’s behalf through an approved intergovernmental agreement.
  • Approve the purchase of Microsoft software licenses from CDW-G, in an amount not to exceed $723,139.
  • Awarded a project agreement to Garney Companies, Inc., for the Airport Water Reclamation Facility headworks drain piping, in an amount not to exceed $391,070.
  • Approved multiple Board and Commission appointments as recommended.
  • Recommended a Series 11, hotel/motel liquor license application be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for Sonesta Select Phoenix Chandler, 920 N. 54th St.

During the meeting, Chandler Police Chief Sean Duggan presented a public safety update, highlighting crime statistics, call volume, impact of COVID on the department, as well as future staffing and resource needs.

The meeting adjourned at 7:36 p.m.

During a Study Session held on Monday, April 5, the Mayor and City Council honored two City employees for their 15 years of dedicated service, including: Jim Dawson, Development Services Department; and Robert Culbertson, Public Works & Utilities Department.

The Mayor, Councilmember Rene Lopez and the Council also presented the following proclamations during the Study Session:

  • April 18–24: Volunteer Recognition Week
  • April as National Fair Housing Month
  • April 4–10: National Library Week

Photos from the Study Session are available online.

The next meeting of the Chandler City Council will be at 6 p.m. Monday, April 19. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed on the Chandler Channel - Cable Channel 11 (CenturyLink Channel 8502), streamed online at Chandler Video and on YouTube.

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Note: These are not official meeting minutes of the City Council but rather a brief recap of the Council’s actions provided as a courtesy of the Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department.

The City Clerk’s office posts official meeting results the morning following Council meetings. For a complete list of actions taken, visit Chandler Meetings and Agendas. Throughout the agenda, items are posted in red to signify any changes made at the meeting, and who voted no, or abstained.

For past City Council meeting minutes, visit or contact the City Clerk’s Office at 480-782-2180. For any other information, contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at 480-782-2000.


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Stephanie Romero
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