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April 13, 2012

April 12, 2012, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap 

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2012, and took the following action:
  • Introduced and gave tentative approval to amending the City Code to expand the types of minor work exempted from building permit requirements.
  • Entered into an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with Chandler Unified School District for four School Resource Officers (SRO) and three School Safety Officers (SSO), and with Kyrene School District for two School Resource Officers.
  • Set August 28, 2012, as the date of the Primary election and November 6, 2012, as the date of the Regular (General) election for the City of Chandler, in consolidation with the statewide election dates. Nomination papers and petitions are currently available in the Office of the City Clerk and must be filed no later than 5 p.m. on May 30, 2012. Voter registration for the Primary election will close on July 30, 2012, and on October 8, 2012, for the General election.
  • Awarded a project agreement to Dibble Engineering for the design of a new Airport Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS), in an amount not to exceed $71,509. The current AWOS was installed in 1991. This new upgraded system not only has digital, instantaneous wind speed, temperature, and dew point indicators, it also includes a real-time precipitation gauge and lightning detector which the existing system does not have. This project is fully funded with a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • Approved a one year extension of a use permit for Vien Minh Buddhist Temple to allow a place of worship in a single-family home located at 285 North Comanche Drive, west of Alma School Road and north of Chandler Boulevard.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny invited the public to a Holocaust Remembrance Day event on Tuesday, April 17, at the Center for the Arts. At 6:30 p.m., Colonel Edward Shames will speak for the first time about his World War II experiences, which included helping to liberate Jews from a German concentration camp. Also on display at the center, beginning at 4:30 p.m., will be an 11-ton, 30-foot WWII-era railcar certified as “being of the type and era” used to transport Holocaust victims to death camps. Tickets are $5 ($2 for veterans) and available at

Mayor Tibshraeny thanked the many volunteers who donate their time at the Center for the Arts and mentioned two individuals in particular; Bill and Evelyn Newland have each donated more than 5,000 hours at the center. Then, on Monday evening, April 16, the Mayor and Council will celebrate the work of 228 Board and Commission members who serve the City in a number of critical areas. To apply to serve on one of the City’s boards, please visit

The Mayor concluded his remarks by inviting everyone to Chandler Airport Days this weekend at Chandler Municipal Airport. On Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be planes on display along with classic cars, hot rods and live entertainment. There will also be helicopter and plane rides available. It’s a great way to learn more about Chandler’s airport – and best of all, entry into the event is free.

Councilmember Rick Heumann invited the public out to the ICAN Family Fun Run on Saturday morning, April 14, at Tumbleweed Park, and to the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona’s Sixth Annual Wine Tasting Benefit and Fund Raiser on Sunday, April 22, at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort. 

Councilmember Trinity Donovan invited everyone to support the Chandler Christian Community Center’s Walk in the Park on April 21, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Tumbleweed Park.

Councilmember Kevin Hartke thanked City staff for their work on a successful Chandler Century Ride on April 7. It was the largest bicycling event in the City’s history. He also asked residents to volunteer in the community during Live Love Day on April 21.

Councilmember Matt Orlando concluded the comments period by thanking longtime Arizona Republic Reporter Edythe Jensen for her many years covering the City of Chandler. Jensen is retiring this month and Orlando wished her “good luck.”

The meeting concluded at 7:10 p.m.

The next City Council meeting is a study session scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2012. Council meetings are aired live, as well as replayed, on Chandler Channel 11 and streamed on the Web at

At Monday’s Council Study Session, Mayor Tibshraeny recognized several organizations and presented proclamations for the following:
    • Boys and Girls Club Week (Compadre Branch of the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley)
    • Holocaust Remembrance Day (East Valley Jewish Community Center)
    • Fair Housing Month (Chandler Neighborhood Resources and Newtown)
    • National Volunteer Appreciation Week: April 15-21 (Chandler Nonprofit Coalition)
    • Child Abuse Prevention Month (Chandler Police Department Victim Services)
    • Arbor Day (Chandler Recreation Division & the Environmental Education Center)
    • Sunshine Review “Sunny” Award (Chandler Communications and Public Affairs Department and Information Technology Division)
The recent graduates of the City’s HOA and Traditional Neighborhoods academies were also recognized for completing the program.

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  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 480-782-2220.