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July 27, 2012

July 26, 2012, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap 

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2012, and took the following action:
  • Approved resolutions authorizing agreements with the Affordable Rental Movement (ARM) of Save the Family Foundation of Arizona and with Newtown Community Development Corporation for the purchase and rehabilitation of properties to be developed as affordable rental housing for economically disadvantaged families using HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds. 
  • Appropriated funds for fire and emergency medical dispatch services, and firefighter physical examinations, in accordance with an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the City of Phoenix.
  • Approved an agreement with VisionConnect, LLC, to provide fundraising consulting services for the development of a memorial dedicated to veterans that will be built at Veterans Oasis Park, northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads.
  • Approved a contract with B&F Contracting, Inc., for construction of two pedestrian or bicyclist activated traffic signals on Germann Road and Chandler Heights Road, where they intersect with the Paseo Trail along the Consolidated Canal.
  • Approved a contract with Smithcraft for construction services relating to wayfinding signs for the downtown Chandler area, with half of the cost to be reimbursed to the City by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP).
  • Approved a special event liquor license for the Downtown Chandler Community Foundation for “Taste” a Chandler culinary festival on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at the Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, located at 3 S. Arizona Avenue.
  • Approved a three-year use permit for alcohol sales at Sidelines Grill & Tavern (northwest corner of Queen Creek and Alma School roads), and included stipulations that live music would only be allowed on the outdoor patio until 10 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays, and until 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny reminded residents that the last day to register for the August 28, 2012, primary election is Monday, July 30. Citizens may go to the County Recorder’s website  or for questions on registration requirements and how to register online.

The Mayor also congratulated Chandler City Clerk Marla Paddock for being named “Clerk of the Year” by the Arizona Municipal Clerks’ Association during their annual business meeting last week. Marla was nominated by her peers who wanted to recognize her work as Education Committee Chair, where she helps to develop the training and education programs necessary for Clerks around the state to receive and maintain their certification

He also noted that the Chandler Fire Department offers residents free car seat inspections and training to help ensure that the child safety seats in their vehicles have been properly installed. The clinics are offered most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, at various sites around the City, and appointments are available by calling 480-782-2046 or visiting

Salt River Project (SRP) is proposing a rate increase this fall, and Mayor Tibshraeny urged residents to visit their website at to provide feedback.

The Mayor concluded his remarks by noting that Saturday, July 28 will mark the second anniversary of the death of Chandler Police Detective Carlos Ledesma. He asked residents to take some time this weekend to reflect on the work he did for the department and for the community.

Vice Mayor Jeff Weninger announced that numerous Chandler restaurants will be participating in a fundraiser next week to benefit Glynis and Eric Legrand. For the past five years, the Legrands owned and operated Urban Tea Loft in downtown Chandler. Mr. Legrand was recently diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and they had to close their restaurant immediately. Details are online at  

The next City Council meeting is a regular meeting followed by a study session at 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13, 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 the winners of the Chandler Sister Cities 2012 Young Author Showcase, and proclaimed August as Drowning Impact Awareness Month. The following City employees were recognized for their years of service to the community: Paul Ahlas, Transportation and Development Department, for 10 years; Lanna Leonard, Fire Department, for 15 years; Philip Besse, Police Department, for 20 years


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.