The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25, and took action on 60 agenda items, including:
- Approved to amend the citywide fee schedule related to three new fees for the Public Works & Utilities Department, which will take effect on Feb. 9, to be in compliance with State law.
- Approved the introduction of an ordinance for the annexation of three parcels (approximately six acres) located north of the northeast corner of Riggs Road and St. Andrews Boulevard.
- Approved the introduction of an ordinance for the annexation of three parcels (approximately 70 parcels) located on the northeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Riggs Road.
- Approved the introduction of an ordinance for the rezoning, Preliminary Development Plan (PDP) and Preliminary Plat for a single-family residential subdivision on approximately 14 acres located one-half mile east of the northeast corner of Riggs and McQueen roads.
- Approved the introduction of an ordinance to amend an existing ground lease with WingSpan Business Investments, LLC, to extend the plan submittal deadline for the first phase development to no later than Nov. 1; and set a start date for the first phase vertical building shell construction to no later than April 30, 2019.
- Authorized an amended and restated development agreement allowing for a successor-in-interest to DC Land, LLC, for the DC Heights multi-family residential project, located between the southwest corner of Commonwealth Avenue and California Street and extending to include Essex Street.
- Authorized a public highway at-grade crossing agreement with Union Pacific Railroad Company to reconstruct and widen the existing crossing, located on Chandler Heights Road, east of Arizona Avenue, in an amount estimated at $772,483.
- Authorized an amendment of the 2016-17 intergovernmental agreement with Maricopa County to receive Federal Home Investment Partnership (HOME) funds in the amount of $298,870.
- Approved the introduction of an ordinance for the rezoning, Preliminary Development Plan (PDP) and Preliminary Plat for single-family residential and neighborhood commercial components on approximately 105 acres located at the northeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Riggs Road.
- Adopted a resolution to amend the City's financial disclosure for local elected officials to reflect the current State law.
- Authorized an agreement to extend the deadline an additional 90 days to complete the design and relocation or abandonment of City-owned facilities under an existing agreement with Salt River Project for the undergrounding of a 230kV transmission system in the Price Road Corridor.
- Adopted a professional services agreement with Gangplank, LLC, for a collaborative co-working space, web and technology development and educational-related services in the amount not to exceed $170,000, for a period of one year, with two additional one-year extensions. The funding for the first year will come from the General Fund, non-departmental capital, strategic economic development reserve.
- Authorized an air traffic control tower operations agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration for air traffic services at the Chandler Municipal Airport.
- Approved to extend a Planned Area Development conditional schedule for a commercial development (car watch and storage) on approximately 10 acres, east of the southeast corner of Chandler Boulevard and McQueen Road.
- Approved to extend a Planned Area Development conditional schedule for a commercial development and Preliminary Development Plan for a site layout and building design for a commercial center on approximately two acres, on the southwest corner of Arizona Avenue and Willis Road.
- Approved a new appointment for the Domestic Violence Commission.
- Approved an agreement with MR Tanner Development & Construction, Inc., for street replacement asphalt mill and inlay services, in an amount not to exceed $6,641,000 for a one-year term. This year's funding will be adequate to rehabilitate an estimated 64 lane miles of streets in Chandler.
- Approved a design and construction contract with Salt River Project for Chandler Heights Road improvements, in an amount not to exceed $579,390.34. This project will complete the widening of Chandler Heights Road from Arizona Avenue to McQueen Road from one through lane to two through lanes in each direction, and also include bike lanes, curb and gutter, sidewalk, raised landscape median, traffic signals modification, street lighting and storm drainage.
- Approved a construction contract change order with Achen-Gardner Construction, LLC, for Commonwealth Avenue Street and Irrigation Canal improvements, in the amount of $271,778.33, for a revised contract amount not to exceed $2,448,971.33. This project consists of the installation of a new Salt River Project concrete channel along the north side of Commonwealth Avenue between San Marcos Place and Essex Street, as well as reconstruction of the north side of Commonwealth Avenue to create an urban environment that is pedestrian-friendly with architecture and character unique to downtown Chandler.
- Approved a construction contract with Currier Construction, LLC, for the Tumbleweed Aquifer Storage and Recovery Well Sand Separator system, in an amount not to exceed $1,834,750.
- Approved a Use Permit for Chandler Dogs 24/7, to allow overnight dog boarding and an outdoor area to operate together with a doggy daycare and pet grooming, at 6145 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 7.
- Approved Special Event Liquor Licenses:
- Ahwatukee Bags Tournament Fundraiser on Sunday, Feb. 11, at Sandbar Mexican Grill, 7200 W. Ray Road
- Night to Fight Hunger Dinner and Auction on Thursday, March 1, at Bella Rose Estate, 1380 S. Price Road
- Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival on Friday, March 9 through Sunday, March 11, at Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Road
- Shamrock Fest, on Saturday, March 17, at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park-Stage Plaza, 178 E. Commonwealth
- BBQ & Beer Festival on Saturday, March 24, at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park-Stage Plaza, 178 E. Commonwealth
- Approved Liquor Use Permits and recommended Liquor Licenses be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for:
- Casual Pint, 1095 W. Queen Creek Road
- Residence Inn by Marriott, 2727 W. Queen Creek Road
- Homewood Suites Chandler, 7373 W. Detroit St.
- Palmas Cantina, 95 W. Boston St.
- Curry Bowl Indian Restaurant, 955 W. Chandler Heights Road, Suite 1
- Approved a Temporary Extension of Premises Liquor License for Fibber Magees Annual Saint Patrick's Day Festival on Saturday, March 17, at Fibber Magees, 1989 W. Elliot Road, Suite 19.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny mentioned the annual celebration hosted by the Mayor's Committee for People with Disabilities. During the event, they recognize the efforts of people with disabilities and those who support them in our community. He encouraged the public to submit nominations, which are due on Monday, Feb. 12. The nomination form and the various categories can be found online at chandleraz.gov/therapeutic.
The Mayor reminded the public that the second phase of work along Arizona Avenue began last week. Arizona Avenue, between Pecos and Frye roads, will receive new landscaping, wider sidewalks, raised medians, bike lanes, streetlights and a new traffic signal at Fairview Street. Arizona Avenue will remain open at all times, but traffic restrictions are in place for the safety of workers and travelers. Business access will be maintained with temporary signage in place to assist with directing traffic. The first phase of construction was completed back 2010. Construction of this current phase should be completed in October.
The Mayor invited the community to attend his annual State of the City address on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The event begins with a light reception at 6 p.m. followed by his remarks in the Council Chambers. The Mayor also recently attended Gilbert's State of the Town event and congratulated them on a job well done.
The Mayor and City Councilmembers also acknowledged Kim Kaan, a member of Team Chandler (in the City's Communications and Public Affairs Office) who passed away this week. They expressed their condolences to her family, friends and fellow co-workers.
Councilmember René Lopez shared that the Chandler Symphony Orchestra celebrates 25 years on Sunday, Jan. 28. There will be a concert at the Chandler Center for the Arts that day at 3 p.m. Admission is by donation only. They also will host a Gala event from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit chandlersymphony.net.
Councilmember Lopez also reminded the public to come out to the seventh annual SciTech Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17. The free event is sponsored by Intel and Orbital ATK and will feature a variety of hands-on activities for the community to learn how science can impact your life. For more information, visit chandleraz.gov/science.
Vice Mayor Nora Ellen reminded the public of the upcoming Angel Investing workshop from 5-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center, 249 E. Chicago St. The topic will be "Trends in investing, with a nod to venture capital." For more information or to register, visit chandleraz.gov/angelinvesting.
Vice Mayor Ellen also encouraged residents to subscribe to the City's YouTube channel to view all the latest videos, including live Council meetings, at youtube.com/cityofchandler.
Councilmember Kevin Hartke shared that the City participated in the annual Point in Time Homeless Count on Jan. 25. He thanked the 32 volunteers and City staff who assisted with the effort. They counted a total of 59 unsheltered homeless people and 24 sheltered people in Chandler.
Councilmember Hartke highlighted the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program that will be offered to qualifying residents at five locations in the City. The program helped 1,689 low- to moderate-income families, including elderly and disabled individuals claim approximately $2 million in tax refunds for the 2016 tax year. Assistance also is available in Spanish. Visit chandleraz.gov/VITA for details.
He also invited the public to participate in the Regional Unity Walk on Jan. 27, at Tempe Beach Park. The festival starts at 4:30 p.m. and the one-mile walk begins at 6 p.m. He thanked Chandler Diversity Office for sponsoring this event, along with other East Valley cities.
The meeting adjourned at 7:23 p.m.
During a Study Session on Monday, Jan. 22, Mayor Tibshraeny, Vice Mayor Nora Ellen and the City Council recognized three employees for their years of service, including: Clarissa Martinez, 10 years, Management Services; Daniel Desjardins, 10 years, Chandler Police; and Amanda Simington, 15 years, Chandler Police.
Photos and captions from the Study Session may be downloaded online.
The next meeting of the City Council will be a Study Session at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed on The Chandler Channel, Cable Channel 11, and streamed on the web 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.