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Sept. 18, 2017

Recap of the Chandler City Council Meetings on Sept. 11 and 14, 2017 

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, and took action on 84 agenda items, including:
  • Approved a contract with Danson Construction, LLC, for construction of the Chandler Museum, in an amount not to exceed $4,309,359. The new museum will be located adjacent to the existing McCullough-Price House, at 300 S. Chandler Village Drive. The project will include a 10,000-square-foot building with exhibition space, lobby, classroom, collection storage, restrooms and 10,000-square-feet of exterior spaces. The contract also includes parking expansion, creation of a pedestrian pathway to a new plaza, and interior renovation of the McCullough-Price House to include a research library and more. Final completion will be October 2018.
  • Approved a contract with Weddle Gilmore Architects, LLC, for construction management services for the Chandler Museum, in an amount not to exceed $362,440.
  • Approved a project agreement with Gavan & Barker, Inc., for improvements to Snedigar Sportsplex. The design will focus on the areas of the west entrance on the Alma School Road side. Improvements will include paving and lighting of parking and drive areas, walkway and landscape enhancements. Construction is anticipated to commence in early summer of 2018.
  • Approved a construction contract with Standard Construction Company, Inc., for Ocotillo Road improvements from Cooper to Gilbert roads, in an amount not to exceed $2,097,069.10.
  • Approved a contract agreement amendment with the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NACET) for Innovations Incubator management services, in an amount not to exceed $250,000, for a one-year period through Sept. 30, 2018. 
  • Approved the purchase of fitness equipment for the Tumbleweed Recreation Center in the amount of $93,210. The purchase includes five treadmills, five elliptical machines and 10 circuit machines, which will be delivered in late December 2017.
  • Approved the purchase of roofing contractor services from Starweather Roofing, Inc., in an amount not to exceed $364,000. These inspections will detect problems before they cause major damage. Staff has scheduled to repair the roofs at Snedigar Recreation Center, Fire Support Services and Police Hamilton Facility during this contract time.
  • Approved the purchase of portable radios from Motorola Solutions, for Chandler Fire, Health and Medical, in an amount of $662,025.15.
  • Approved an agreement with Municipal Emergency Services, Inc., for the purchase of fire uniforms, in an amount not to exceed $200,000.
  • Approved an agreement with L.N. Curtis & Sons, for fire turnouts and personal protective equipment, in an amount not to exceed $273,000.
  • Approved the use of Maricopa County’s detention services for booking and housing of inmates, in an amount not to exceed an aggregate of $1,477,573. for one year though June 30, 2018.
  • Approved an agreement with Axon Enterprises, Inc., for the purchase of Taser Conducted Energy Weapons (Tasers) in the amount of $200,000, for year one and two of the payment plan.
  • Adopted a resolution to approve the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) and submit it to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The CAPER summarizes the City’s accomplishments for federal funding of the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment programs.
  • Approved the introduction of an ordinance for the rezoning and Preliminary Development Plan (PDP) for a 43-lot single-family residential subdivision on approximately eight acres located one-half mile south of the southeast corner of Ocotillo and Basha roads.
  • Approved the introduction of an ordinance for the rezoning and PDP for site layout and building architecture on approximately 1.8 acres located west of the southwest corner of Arizona Avenue and Warner Road. 
  • Approved a PDP for single-family residential housing on nearly 38 acres on the southwest corner of Pecos Road and Hartford Street. The development will include detached single-family residential, condominium and duplex units.
  • Approved a PDP for a 55-lot, single-family residential development on 12.6 acres on the southeast corner of Queen Creek and Cooper roads.
  • Approved a PDP for a parking lot expansion located north of the intersection of Yeager and Piper drives, within the Allred Airport Center Development.
  • Approved a project agreement with Dibble & Associate Consulting Engineers, Inc., for design services for Airport North Terminal Apron rehabilitation, in an amount not to exceed $235,469. The majority of the project will be covered by federal and state grants.
  • Authorized the payment of operations and maintenance costs and system upgrade agreement for fiscal year 2017-18 to the city of Phoenix for participation in the Regional Wireless Cooperative, in an amount not to exceed $597,737. The radio network provides seamless interoperable radio communications for public safety and government agencies operating in the Metro Phoenix area. 
  • Approved eight agreement amendments for various human resources-related services, including medical, dental, vision benefits for City employees.
  • Authorized payment for Chandler's annual membership dues for Valley Metro Rail, Inc. in the amount of $50,000.  
  • Approved three new appointments for the Architectural Review Committee, Museum Board and Parks and Recreation Board.
  • Approved a Special Event Liquor License for four upcoming events: 
    • Independence Day Celebration from Friday, Sept. 22-24, at 2386 N. Alma School Road; 
    • San Tan Brewing Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 30, at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park/Stage Plaza, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave.; 
    • Taste of Solera on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 6360 S. Mountain Blvd.; and
    • Harvest Festival on Sunday, Nov. 12, at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park/Stage Plaza.  
  • Approved Liquor Use Permits and recommended Liquor Licenses be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for: 
    • Fired Pie, 1155 W. Ocotillo Road, Suite 8 
    • Trainer's Club, 6909 W. Ray Road, Suite 6 
    • La Sala, 2475 W. Queen Creek Road 
    • Yoli's Café, 241 S. Oregon St. 
    • Down Time Wines, Inc., 393 W. Warner Road, Suite 109 
    • Chandler Southgate Hotel, 7475 W. Chandler Blvd. 
    • Twisted Cactus Brewing Co., 4080 W. Ray Road, Suite 26 
    • Bear Creek Golf Complex, 500 E. Riggs Road. 
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny reminded everyone of his upcoming Mayor's Listening Tour on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Galveston Elementary School, 661 E. Galveston St. The event starts at 6 p.m. with an opportunity for residents to visit with City staff to address any challenges they may have in their neighborhoods. The Mayor's remarks will start at 7 p.m., followed by a discussion of topics brought up earlier in the evening. City booths will be on display, along with Chandler's tool trailer and new graffiti removal vehicle. 

The Mayor also invited the public to the Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department's free open house at Fire Station No. 6 on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. Station 6 is located at 911 N. Jackson St., near Ray and McQueen roads. The open house is part of the Department's ongoing efforts to educate residents about the services provided and to share safety, fire prevention and emergency preparedness information with the public.  

Councilmember Terry Roe shared that he recently attended the Seeing Red reception, which brought awareness to the dangers of red light running to our community. It served as a great reminder to slow down on the road, be safe and that red means stop. Councilmember Roe also reminded the public not to text while driving.  

Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke shared some of the highlights of his overseas trip to Tullamore, Ireland – one of Chandler's Sister Cities. He was able to tour an Intel plant and participate in some local activities, along with Lauren Koll, the 2017 Arizona Colleen and Rose Program winner, who was competing for the International Roses of Tralee. Koll also is a City of Chandler employee with the Neighborhood Resources Department. The Vice Mayor also reminded residents of the upcoming 11th Annual Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Chandler/Gilbert Family YMCA. The keynote speaker will be former 12 News Anchor Lin Sue Cooney. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at valleyymca.org

Vice Mayor Hartke invited the public to the Chandler Museum's celebration of the 100th birthday of the McCroskey House. The free party with cake will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at Tumbleweed Ranch, 2250 S. McQueen Road. RSVP at chandlermuseum.org or by calling 480-782-2717. In closing, Vice Mayor Hartke thanked Chandler residents for their generous response to those impacted by the recent hurricanes. He publicly recognized Sean and Kim Saxon for their efforts, along with members of the Living Chandler group. 

Councilmember Sam Huang shared that he would be traveling to Chandler's other Sister City of Tainan, Taiwan. He also mentioned that he's advocating for the preservation of the Chinese Cultural Center and attended a Phoenix City Council meeting to share his opinion as a member of the Chinese community.

Councilmember Nora Ellen announced that the City has launched an angel investing initiative with the East Valley Partnership, Arizona Tech Investors and other East Valley cities, to raise awareness about angel investing and increase funding for tech startups. A series of free workshops for interested investors kicks off on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center. The initiative was a topic of discussion during her recent Chandler in Focus TV show taping, which is now available on YouTube. For more information, visit chandleraz.gov/angelinvesting.    
    
Councilmember Mark Stewart shared that Amazon is looking to build a second headquarters in North America. Chandler has a lot to offer and would make perfect candidate based on its amenities, great school system and more. He encouraged the public to share this idea on social media to help build the hype for Chandler.
 
The meeting adjourned at 7:21 p.m.

At the regular meeting on Monday, Sept.11, the Council took action on eight items.

During a Study Session on Monday, Sept. 11, Mayor Tibshraeny, Councilmember Mark Stewart and the City Council recognized six employees for their years of service, including: Jim Phipps, 20 years, Communications and Public Affairs; Claud Cluff, 30 years, Community Services; Daniel Kuefner, 35 years, Fire, Health and Medical; Steven Nicoll, 35 years, Fire, Health and Medical; Felicia Aguirre, 15 years, Fire, Health and Medical; and Janet McFaul, 10 years, Management Services. 

The Mayor and Council also recognized nine recipients being honored with an “Employee of the Year” Award. These outstanding employees were selected by their peers for exemplary service to the City of Chandler. They are:
  • Blake Terhune, Administrative Services
  • Ariane Francis, Community Services 
  • Adrian Thomas, Fire, Health and Medical
  • Jim Phipps, General Government
  • Danielle Wells, Management Services
  • Lawrence Duffy, Municipal Utilities
  • Yanta Stepp, Neighborhood Resources
  • Dan Gentile, Police
  • Ben McCawley, Transportation & Development.
In addition, the Mayor and Council recognized Chandler Video Specialist Courtney Randolph for earning a Silver Telly Award for the Mayor's State of the City video. The Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding video production in a variety of categories. The award-winning video featured Mayor Tibshraeny arriving to his State of the City speech in a self-driving and talking car.

The Mayor and Council proclaimed Oct. 8-15 as A Week Without Violence, and also proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month and United Food Bank Hunger Action Month.  

Photos and captions from the Study Session may be downloaded online at: cityofchandler.smugmug.com/Council-Meetings/2017-Council-Meetings/091117-Study-Session/.

The next meeting of the City Council will be a Regular Meeting and a Study Session at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16. 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.
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.

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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.