The Chandler City Council met in regular session for the first time in 2018 at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, and took action on 15 agenda items, including:
- Approved changes to the City Code to add a new Chapter 34, Development Services Department, and a new Chapter 43, Public Works and Utilities Department, which are the names of two new departments created through mergers and reorganizations of the Development Services, Municipal Utilities and Transportation and Development departments, effective Jan. 1, 2018.
- Approved an agreement with Interim Public Management, LLC, for interim executive placement services, in an amount not to exceed $255,000 for nine months, and authorizing the City Manager to extend the agreement for up to three additional terms of one month each.
- Approved the election of Councilmember Nora Ellen to the position of Vice Mayor, filling the role held the previous year by Councilmember Kevin Hartke. Vice Mayor Ellen also welcomed her son, J.D. Mesnard, Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives, who was in attendance.At the conclusion of the Jan. 11 meeting,
Mayor Jay Tibshraeny noted that Chandler was recently named as the top city in the country to find a job by WalletHub.com. Cities were ranked on a number of metrics including job opportunities, employment growth and average salary. The Mayor noted that one example of job opportunities in Chandler is the new Walgreen's Pharmaceutical Center on the Price Road Corridor.
Mayor Tibshraeny announced that City Council Meetings and Study Sessions are now streamed live on the City's YouTube channel, youtube.com/chandlerarizona, and available after meetings for on-demand viewing. For many years, meetings have been broadcast to cable subscribers on Cox Channel 11 and CenturyLink Channel 8002 as well as available for viewing on the City's website, chandleraz.gov/video.
The Mayor invited the public to attend the second annual Chandler International Film Festival Jan. 12-15. Hundreds of moviemakers from across the globe are coming to Chandler to premier their films. These independent movies will be screened at multiple venues throughout the City and details are available at ChandlerFilmFestival.com.
In his comments, Councilmember René Lopez noted that this weekend is also the annual Unity Celebration in Chandler, as we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his efforts to bring people together and unite many cultures in our nation. He specifically noted that there will be a candlelight vigil for Dr. King from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 14, in the Downtown Library Courtyard (Downtown Stage). Details are online at chandleraz.gov/unity.
Councilmember Hartke brought attention to the 23rd Annual Chandler Multicultural Festival on Saturday, Jan. 13, also in the Downtown Library Courtyard, with details at chandleraz.gov/unity. He also thanked the Mayor and fellow Councilmembers for allowing him to serve as Vice Mayor for the previous year.
Councilmember Mark Stewart recognized the leadership of the City's Parks Division for their rapid response to address issues with dry and dusty athletic fields that were raised in an online forum by parents of youth sports participants.
City Manager Marsha Reed concluded the remarks by welcoming all the new employees with the City, including a number of new firefighters and Derek Horn, who has returned to the City in an interim role as Development Services Director.
The meeting adjourned at 7:19 p.m.
During a Study Session on Monday, Jan. 8, Mayor Tibshraeny and the City Council recognized the Chandler Police Department and Chief Sean Duggin for achieving reaccreditation with the Gold Standard Assessment from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies - also known as CALEA.
Next, the Mayor and Council recognized Chandler's Landscape Maintenance and Design Coordinator Bart Brown for receiving two project awards from the Arizona Landscape Contractors Association. The installation of decorative metal cacti in the median of Arizona Avenue received the association's highest recognition, the Award of Excellence. A decorative wall and landscaping project along the north side of Knox Road west of Nebraska Street received the group's Award of Distinction.
Finally, Kerry Schwartz, Director of Arizona Project WET, presented an award of appreciation to the City's Water Conservation staff for their work on Chandler's 12th annual Project WET Water Festival. Each year, the festival teaches 4th-graders from the Chandler Unified School District about Arizona's water resources, the groundwater system and the water cycle. The Water Conservation staff members who were recognized are Cathy Rymer, Deina Burns and Bob Goff.
Photos from the Study Session may be downloaded from the City's Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofchandleraz.
The next meeting of the City Council will be a Study Session at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 22.
Council meetings are broadcast live via The Chandler Channel to cable television subscribers on Cox Channel 11 and CenturyLink Channel 8002, where they are replayed. They are streamed live on the City's YouTube channel - youtube.com/chandlerarizona - where they also are available to stream on-demand.
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.