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Jan. 15, 2016

Jan. 14, 2015, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap 

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, and took action on 40 agenda items, including:
  • Voted to elect Councilmember Jack Sellers to serve a one-year term as Vice Mayor starting Friday, Jan. 15 through Jan. 12, 2017.
  • Approved a resolution to the Chandler Airpark Area Plan Amendment. The motion also included approval of rezoning for the Enclave at Hamilton Ranch, preliminary development plan and preliminary plat near Arizona Avenue and Queen Creek Road.
  • Authorized an ordinance to increase the annual salaries for the Mayor and Councilmembers. The salary adjustment would take effect in January 2017.
  • Authorized the adoption of an Adaptive Reuse Overlay District to facilitate the reuse of existing underperforming/underutilized retail buildings and properties.
  • Voted to update the City’s financial policies in addition to approving a new ordinance for grant approvals. Going forward any grants more than $30,000 must be approved by the City Council and all grants (regardless of amount) must be approved by the City Manager. 
  • Authorized the change of a street name from Columbine Drive to Sabrina Drive in the Monterey Bay at Ocotillo subdivision.
  • Authorized the expansion of the Downtown Chandler Entertainment District to include the Chandler Center for the Arts.
  • Authorized the mutual termination of a lease agreement with Zoolikins, LLC, at 51 E. Boston St., in downtown Chandler.
  • Authorized a zoning extension for Pollack Business Park South on the southeast corner of Arizona Avenue and Elliot Road. Part of the site will operate as a new location for the Arizona Department of Economic Security Office for 400 employees.   
  • Approved an agreement with R Entertainment Co., to manage and produce Chandler’s annual Fourth of July community celebration.
  • Approved to award a construction contract to Danson Construction, LLC, for expansion of the Fire Training Center Burn Building, located at the Fire Training Center on South Dobson Road, in an amount not to exceed $2,878,998.
  • Authorized a master services agreement for an electronic document review system with Accela, in the amount of $162,675. The system will be used as part of the new online permitting system expected to launch at the end of the year.
  • Authorized the purchase of garbage and recycling containers and parts, in an amount not to exceed $350,000.
  • Approved Special Event Liquor Licenses for the following:
o    Big Red Radio Show, Thursday, Jan. 21, Majerle’s Sports Grill, 3095 W. Chandler Blvd.;
o    St. Andrew Catholic Community Bottled Wine Silent Auction, Wednesday, Feb. 10, St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, 3450 W. Ray Road;
o    Lee Ann Womack Concert, Sunday, Feb. 21, Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.;
o    Second City event, Friday, March 4, Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.;
o    Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, Friday, March 11, Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.

At the conclusion of the regular meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny shared a few of the upcoming events coming up. Each January, Chandler sponsors the Multicultural Festival, in association with the Celebration of Unity, to highlight the cultural diversity of our community through music, dance, art, storytelling and more. This year’s event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 16, at its new location, the Chandler Fashion Center. The 21st Annual Multicultural Festival is a free event and will feature two stages of performances and other activities. For more information, visit chandleraz.gov/unity

As a reminder, City Offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 18, as we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and Civil Rights Day.

The Mayor also reminded attendees that voting is still available for the annual Mayor’s Neighborhood Excellence Awards finalists. Voting runs through Friday, Jan. 22, and you can cast your ballot at chandleraz.gov/connect. Winners will be announced in April during the Mayor’s next Listening Tour at the Knox Gifted Academy. 

The Mayor introduced the City’s new Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator Ryan Peters and wished him well in his position. He explained that his position is very
important to the City as he'll work closely with state and city elected officials to protect the interests of Chandler residents.

Mayor Tibshraeny also mentioned House Bill 2026, which has been re-introduced by Rep. Darren Mitchell after being defeated during the last legislative session. HB2026 is a residential tax bill that would significantly harm the City's budget. If passed, any city or town with a population of more than 100,000 could not collect taxes on those renting or leasing residential units. Sales tax is very important to the City as it's used to provide residents with public safety services (Police and Fire), parks, libraries, community centers and more. The City will proactively fight this bill and the Mayor finds it concerning that it's back after being rejected.

Councilmember Rene Lopez announced that the Chandler Symphony Orchestra's last winter performance (Winter Romance) will be at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 31. More information is available at chandlersymphony.com

Councilmember Kevin Hartke shared how much he enjoyed serving as the Vice Mayor during the past year, especially meeting with constituents and developers. He expressed that Councilmember Sellers will serve the City well in his new role. Councilmember Hartke will attend Saturday's Multicultural Festival. He shared that the naturalization ceremony at 11 a.m. is an amazing experience to see new citizens being sworn in. It reminds him of how blessed we are and to not take things for granted. He encouraged residents to attend and see 200 new citizens from across the world become U.S. citizens.

Councilmember Hartke also wished his wife and son happy birthday. 

Councilmember Nora Ellen thanked Councilmember Hartke for his wonderful service as Vice Mayor and she looks forward to Councilmember Sellers taking on this new role. She encouraged the public to attend Helicopter Days at Chandler Municipal Airport at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 20. 
She also shared that she's a grandmother; her daughter gave birth to a healthy girl on Dec. 12. Councilmember Ellen publicity thanked Victor and Cynthia Hardy for their work in our community. 

Councilmember Terry Roe also thanked Councilmember Hartke for his service as Vice Mayor. He mentioned that earlier in the day, he attended a breakfast with Gov. Doug Ducey and other leadership. He gave kudos to the Chandler Chamber of Commerce for their efforts to support businesses and encourage new business opportunities in Chandler.

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.

During a study session on Monday, Jan. 11, Mayor Tibshraeny, Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke and the rest of the Council recognized the newest class of graduates from the City’s Professional Development Program. The 21 employees are: Bhavika Bhakta, Municipal Utilities; Julie Buelt, Management Services; Ananth Chilakamarri, Information Technology; David de la Torre, Planning; Jeff Forney, Information Technology; Courtney Friedline, Management Services; Crystal Garcia, Management Services; Stacey Hempleman, Human Resources; Pat Johnson, Municipal Utilities; Shane Kelber, Fire, Health and Medical; John Knudson, Municipal Utilities; Kim Moyers, Economic Development; Judy Ramos, Community and Neighborhood Services; Drew Rostain, Municipal Utilities; Stacy Sacco, Communications and Public Affairs; Jermaine Swinton, Municipal Utilities; Shicheng Tao, Transportation and Development; Niki Tapia, Community and Neighborhood Services; Suzy Vargo, Fire, Health and Medical; Keith Welch, Fire, Health and Medical; and Danielle Wells, Management Services.

The next meeting of the City Council will be a study session at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25, and a regular meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28. 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.

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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.