The Chandler City Council met at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, taking action on a total of 44 agenda items. Meeting highlights included:
- Approved a resolution accepting the 2020 Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Access Audit and Transition Plan reports and recommendations, and directing staff to implement the Transition Plan.
- Approved the re-naming of East Mini Park, 605 E. Erie St., to Vida Park. The Spanish translation for “vida” is “life” and the name was chosen by an online vote of the Galveston neighborhood.
- Approved the rezoning of an undeveloped portion of the southeast corner of Gilbert and Riggs roads from commercial to multi-family.
- Approved a resolution for a Memorandum of Clarification to the current Educational Service Agreement between the City of Chandler and the Maricopa County Community College District, allowing an fire service employee of a Maricopa County entity to enroll for college credit in a Chandler Fire Department paramedic training program.
- Authorized the City Attorney to enter into the One Arizona Opioid Settlement Memorandum of Understanding. This will enable the City of Chandler to receive a share of the settlement proceeds, which must be spent on opioid abatement strategies.
- Adopted an ordinance amending Chapter 30 – Neighborhood Preservation of the City Code to incorporate best practices from other cities, promote transparency and provide better clarity through considerably more detailed and concise language. The Neighborhood Preservation Code is vital to the long-term sustainability of Chandler neighborhoods by promoting aesthetics, safety and community vitality.
- Approved a resolution authorizing additional allocations of $4,115,000 in AZCares Grant funds to Chandler AZCEND Community Action Program (CAP) and The Salvation Army Chandler Corps for Rent, Mortgage, and Utility Assistance, and to the Neighborhood Resources Department for Homeless Services.
- Approved two items for the purchase of public safety communication equipment for the Police, Fire and Public Works & Utilities departments from Motorola Solutions in the amount of $1,611,808.64 and $74,886.74.
- Authorized an Intergovernmental Agreement between the Chandler Police Department and the Arizona Department of Corrections to send new detention officers to the Correctional Officer Training Academy.
- Adopted an ordinance amending Chapter 11 of the City Code to allow for the regulation of recreational marijuana by prohibiting consumption of marijuana on City property, prohibiting recreational marijuana retail sales and marijuana testing facilities, repealing conflicting ordinances, providing for severability and providing for penalties.
- Approved three items related to the Cooper Road Improvement Project (Alamosa drive to Riggs Road): a Professional Services Agreement with Entellus, Inc., for Post-Design Services, in an amount not to exceed $215,026.40; a Professional Services Agreement with Ritoch-Powell & Associates, for Construction Management Services, in an amount not to exceed $1,552,722.25; and a Construction Contract with Pulice Construction, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $17,174,000.
- Approved a mutual aid agreement between the Chandler Public Works and Utilities Department and other members of the Arizona Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network (AzWARN). The network provides a structure where public and private utilities around the state collaborate in order to provide assistance to other member utilities during times of crisis or catastrophic events.
- Recommended a Series 12, restaurant liquor license be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for:
- El Pacifico Tacos Y Mariscos, located at 2386 N. Alma School Road
- Big Air Chandler, located at 2840 S. Alma School Road
- Inchin's Bamboo Garden, located at 17 E. Boston Street
- Recommended a Series 10, beer and wine store liquor license be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for:
- Fast Market #4601, located at 4020 W. Ray Road
The meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.
During a Study Session on Monday, Dec. 7, the Mayor and Council honored two employees for their years of service to the City of Chandler, including: Cassandra Ynlcan, Police, 20 years; and Jermaine Swinton, Public Works and Utilities, 15 years.
Additionally, the Mayor and Council recognized the following accomplishments and honors:
- “Best of Arizona” Award received from the Arizona Association for Economic Development for the City’s many years of planning and developing the Price Corridor.
- Public Works and Utilities earned re-accreditation from the American Public Works Association, making it one of only four accredited departments in Arizona.
- U. S. Census Bureau “Thank You” for the City’s year-long efforts to promote community involvement in the 2020 Census.
- Digital Cities Award from the Center for Digital Government, ranking No. 5 for cities of 250,000-500,000 population.
- Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for Fiscal Year 2020-21 from the Government Finance Officers Association, the 33rd consecutive year that the Budget staff has earned this distinction.
The next meetings of the City Council will be a regular meeting, including the installation of new council members, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021.
Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed on the Chandler Channel, Cable Channel 11 (CenturyLink Channel 8502), and streamed online at chandleraz.gov/video and on YouTube at youtube.com/cityofchandler.
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 chandleraz.gov/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 chandleraz.gov 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.