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Dec. 8, 2017

Recap of the Chandler City Council Meetings of Dec. 4 and Dec. 7, 2017

The Chandler City Council met at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, and Thursday, Dec. 7.

At the Dec. 4 meeting, the Council took action on three items, including the rezoning of a 40-acre parcel located on the southwest corner of Germann and Price roads to allow for building heights up to 150 feet. Also approved were new standards for the design of small cell wireless sites, as well as types of license agreements allowing use of City right-of-way for placement of wireless networks.

At the Dec. 7 meeting, the Council took action on 58 agenda items, including:

  • Approved a $6.4 million construction contract with J. Banicki Construction, Inc., for improvements to Arizona Avenue between Frye and Pecos Roads. In addition, Ritoch-Powell and Associates was contracted to provide construction management services at a cost of $761,214.
  • Approved a $607,000 construction contract with TSG Constructors, LLC, to remodel the Victim Services area of Chandler’s Main Police Station to provide crime victims with a safe and private space for interviews and examinations.
  • Named a 7-acre park site in the Layton Lakes subdivision located at 3377 S. Layton Lakes Boulevard. The park will be named Meadowbrook Park.
  • Approved a $1.3 million construction contract with Nickle Contracting, LLC, for the development of Meadowbrook Park in the Layton Lakes subdivision.
  • Amended the City Code effective Jan. 1, 2018, repealing Chapter 54 and adding a new Chapter 43, Public Works and Utilities Department, following a recent reorganization that merged the Municipal Utilities Department and the Transportation and Development Department.
  • Amended the City Code by adding a Chapter 34, Development Services Department, effective Jan. 1, 2018.
  • Amended the Citywide Fee Schedule to include revisions to the Management Services Department fees relating to business registration and Transaction Privilege Tax licenses.
  • Passed a resolution supporting Newtown Community Development Corporation’s application to the Maricopa HOME Consortium for federal HOME program funding. Newtown uses the funds to develop affordable housing in Chandler.
  • Approved an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Phoenix that provides for automatic aid for fire protection and other emergency services.
  • Approved the sale of 54 acres of City-owned property located at the northeast corner of Kyrene Road and the Loop 202 Santan Freeway to Conor Commercial Real Estate, LLC, for $15 million. 
  • Approved the site layout and building design for a commercial center to be built on a 1.8-acre parcel located on the northeast corner of Pecos and Cooper roads.
  • Approved the site layout and building design for a Quick Quack Car Wash in west Chandler at the southwest corner of Chandler Boulevard and Southgate Drive.
  • Approved the purchase from Rosenbauer South Dakota, LLC, of two new fire engines at a cost of $1,048,444.
    • Approved Liquor Use Permits and recommended Liquor Licenses be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for:-Cambria Hotel at Chandler Viridian, 3165 W. Frye Road
    • Phuket Thai, 4040 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 1
  • Recommended Liquor Licenses be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for:
    • Jersey’s Tavern & Grill, 5945 W. Ray Road, Suite 13
    • Hop Central, 5055 W. Ray Road, Suite 2
  • Recommended a Temporary Extension of Premises Liquor License be approved by the State Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for:
    • Vinum 55 Chandler for wine tasting events on Dec. 8, 2017, Dec. 14, 2017, Jan. 5, 2018 and Jan. 19, 2018
    • The Perch for their 4th Annual Anniversary Party on Feb. 10, 2018

In addition, a public hearing was held to annex into the City, three parcels totaling 5.9 acres located north of the northeast corner of Riggs Road and St. Andrews Boulevard.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and City Council wished the community a very happy and safe holiday season and reminded everyone to “Shop Chandler.” The Mayor also said the Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department is holding their annual Toy Drive from 2-8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, at Chandler Fashion Center.

Vice Mayor Kevin Hartke said this is a good time of year to donate to those in need and encouraged people to visit ForOurCityChandler.org to view a list of holiday gift giving and receiving opportunities. He also invited the community to join him from 6-7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Azcend facility at 345 S. California St., for the Shine the Light to End Homelessness Walk in support of I-HELP. That same evening at 6 p.m., he said the movie “Elf” will be shown in the west lawn of Dr. A.J. Chandler Park downtown.

The Vice Mayor reminded residents to be safe during this holiday season, especially if out driving and shopping. He said the Chandler Police Department offers tips for crime prevention on their website, chandlerpd.com, including reminders to lock and remove valuables from vehicles and keep garage doors closed.

Councilmember René Lopez said Star Wars music by the Chandler Symphony Orchestra (CSO) will fill the air from 2-8:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park East, during CSO’s Fanfest 2017. The event will feature space-themed crafts and games, hands-on STEAM activities and story times for young adventurers.

Councilmember Nora Ellen thanked staff from the Communications & Public Affairs Department for airing Saturday’s Parade of Lights and Tumbleweed Tree Lighting ceremony on Facebook Live and wished her granddaughter a happy 2nd birthday.

Councilmember Mark Stewart encouraged residents to complete the City’s online budget survey (chandleraz.gov/budget) and weigh in on their customer service experience with the City. He also congratulated the Chandler High football team for winning the 6A State Championship and the Casteel High School football team for winning the 3A State Championship.

City Manager Marsha Reed informed Council that Chandler again has received Triple A ratings from the leading bond rating companies and thanked the Council for their establishment of sound financial policies. She also thanked employees involved in the implementation of those policies and budget preparation.

The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

During a Study Session on Monday, Dec. 4, Mayor Tibshraeny, Councilmember Lopez and the City Council recognized four employees for their years of service, including: Ted Liebler, 10 Years, Community Services-Library; Michael Dickerson, 10 Years, Community Services-Parks; Donald Gutzman, 10 Years, Community Services-Parks; and Catherine “Cat” Dixon, 10 Years, Management Services-Budget Office.

In addition, members of Chandler's Information Technology and Communications and Public Affairs departments were presented with a Digital Cities Award. The Center for Digital Government named Chandler one of the Digital Cities Survey Top 10 winners for 2017 for using technology to improve citizen services, enhance transparency and encourage citizen engagement.

Photos from the Study Session may be downloaded from the City’s Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofchandleraz.

The next regular meeting of the City Council will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. 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.