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April 4, 2016
 
March 31, 2016, Chandler City Council Meeting Recap

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2016, and took action on 33 agenda items, including:
  • Approved a preliminary development plan for a 19-acre office park on the southwest corner of Alma School and Pecos roads, with ancillary retail and restaurant uses, including a mid-rise building with a height of up to 75 feet.
     
  • Authorized an agreement increasing the annual spending limit by $55,000 with Municipal Emergency Services, Inc., for fire protective clothing and uniforms for a revised not to exceed amount of $355,000 for the term ending Sept. 14, 2016.
     
  • Approved a professional services contract to Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., for design consultant services for Chandler Heights Road improvements between Arizona Avenue and McQueen Road, in an amount not to exceed $974,546.
     
  • Approved a professional services contract to Entellus, Inc., for design consultant services for Cooper Road improvements from 3,500 feet north of Chandler Heights Road to Riggs Road, in an amount not to exceed $1,088,294.
     
  • Approved an annexation of and a preliminary plat for approximately 2.04-acres located at the southeast corner of the Consolidated Canal and the Wildhorse Place alignment, for a seven lot single-family residential subdivision.
     
  • Approved Liquor Use Permits and recommended Liquor Licenses for the following:
    • Pesto’s Pizza, 1960 W. Ray Rd., Suite 4
    • Staybridge Suites Phoenix-Chandler, 3990 W. Chandler Blvd.
    • LaBocca & Modern Margarita, 1 E. Boston St.
    • Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 4955 S. Arizona Ave.
       
  • Approved a special event liquor license for the Downtown Chandler Community Foundation, for the Southwest Cajun Festival on April 23, 2016, located at the Downtown Library Plaza, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave.
At the conclusion of the regular meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny invited residents to attend the next stop on the Mayor’s Listening Tour, at 7 p.m., on Tuesday, April 12, at Knox Gifted Academy, 700 W. Orchid Lane. Residents can meet with City Councilmembers, City staff, Police and members of the Neighborhood Advisory Committee to discuss any challenges in their neighborhoods and find possible solutions by working directly with City staff. In addition, the Mayor will honor the winners of the 2015 Neighborhood Excellence Awards, including Neighborhood Leader of the Year, Best Neighborhood Revitalization Story, Best Neighborhood Event and Most Active/Engaged Neighborhood.

Mayor Tibshraeny noted that the Arizona State Legislature approved and Governor Doug Ducey signed SB1487 into law. The Mayor said this legislation is “bad news” for the City and that it is a punitive and over-reaching bill targeting cities. He said that the City was exploring legal options to address the negative impact of the bill, which allows state leaders to withhold state-shared revenue from cities if the Attorney General determines a city or county has passed a regulation that conflicts with state law.
 
Councilmember René Lopez thanked the Chandler Library staff and many volunteers for hosting LibCon 2016, which was attended by more than 200 teens who were able to “nerd out” with fellow fans and prepare for the “Zombie Apocalypse.”

Councilmember Kevin Hartke talked about efforts in the community to help aged or infirmed residents care for their homes and eliminate weeds on their property. The Let’s Pull Together initiative continues each Saturday in April and volunteers are needed. Call 480-782-4354 to join in the effort. Mayor Tibshraeny and Councilmember Hartke also invited everyone to participate in the annual Family Bike Ride on Saturday, April 9, at Tumbleweed Park. Details are online at chandleraz.gov.

Councilmember Hartke also paid tribute to Will, a homeless man who passed away recently, and he thanked all the individuals, churches and agencies in the community who are working every day to eliminate structural homelessness in Chandler.

Vice Mayor Jack Sellers noted that Chandler National Little League and other youth baseball leagues are starting their seasons, and he wished good luck to all of the teams.

Councilmember Rick Heumann will be participating in the 12th annual Pat’s Run at ASU on April 23, and he encouraged others to join in honoring the memory of Pat Tillman. Another event is the Relay for Life on April 29 at Basha High. He concluded his remarks by talking about the bravery and heroism of a holocaust survivor who spoke at the community’s annual Holocaust Remembrance event.

Councilmember Terry Roe echoed Councilmember Heumann’s comments on the Holocaust Remembrance events, and asked people to realize that similar horrors still happen around the world and that we must treat each other decently and celebrate our humanity. He then invited the public to get involved through a local nonprofit, such as the Kiwanis Club, and help make a difference in the community.

The meeting adjourned at 8 p.m.

During a City Council Study Session on March 28, the Mayor and Council recognized Police Officer John Somerville for 20 years of service with the City. He also issued a proclamation for Holocaust Education Week (March 29-April 1) to Rabbi Michael Beyo of the East Valley Jewish Community Center. A second proclamation was presented to Cultural Affairs Director Brenda Brown and Chandler Library staff for National Library Week (April 10-16). The final study session presentation was to Miss Chandler, Alexandra Taylor, who will represent Chandler at the Miss Arizona pageant in June.

The next meeting of the City Council will be a regular meeting at 7 p.m., followed immediately by a study session, on Mon., April 11. 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.