Chandler City Council to discuss 'reactivating the community' at April 23 meeting

Chandler City Council has multiple meetings this week to discuss COVID-19 and its impact on the city. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chandler City Council has multiple meetings this week to discuss COVID-19 and its impact on the city. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Chandler City Council has multiple meetings this week to discuss COVID-19 and its impact on the city. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story indicated the city would discuss reopening businesses, the council will only discuss reopening city facilities and amenities and will look to the state for guidance on businesses.

Chandler City Council will meet several times this week to discuss plans for the city, including an April 23 meeting to discuss "reactivating the community."

In a video address posted on social media, Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke said the Thursday work session is to discuss reopening city facilities and amenities as the "COVID-19 pandemic begins to ease."

The discussion will center on "reactivating the community while keeping residents safe," Hartke said.

The city of Chandler has followed the lead of Gov. Doug Ducey since the governor began issuing executive orders and guidance on the pandemic in March, and Hartke said the city will continue to do so when it comes to making decisions for the community.


The governor's "Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected" executive order is in effect through April 30.

"I have been encouraged by the increase of testing in our state and I continue to have conversations with state, federal and health officials to stay in the loop with the things happening across our country and to advocate for our city," Hartke said.

Hartke said the community's ongoing support of the stay-at-home order has lead to lower call volumes for first responders, allowing them to dedicate more time and resources to fight the pandemic.

"These times will pass, and we will get through this by working together," Hartke said. "So, here's to a better and brighter tomorrow."

Council's Thursday meeting to discuss COVID-19 will take place at 6:30 p.m. The meeting is closed to the public due to the ongoing public health crisis, but residents can watch on the city's website, Cox Cable channel 11, CenturyLink channel 8502 or on the city's YouTube page.

Other meetings this week

City Council will have a work session April 23 in which council members will be briefed on and discuss Community Development Block Grants and Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funding.

The city's CARES ACT allocation, accord to supporting documents on the agenda, is $849,415. That money is intended to help Chandler prepare for, prevent or respond to the coronavirus.

City staff is recommending to council that the funds should be used on eviction prevention and rental assistance, homeless navigation and client services, supplies and equipment, alternate space and operations, food and medical transportation.

Council will also meet all day April 24 to discuss the city budget after having been briefed April 20 on how the coronavirus might impact the budget.

According to the city's budget book published online, the city's fiscal year 2020-21 budget reflects a 6.3% decrease in the general fund operating budget, primarily due to anticipated impacts of COVID-19, and a decrease in one-time funding to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, with the goal of paying down the unfunded liability.

"Maintaining service levels and quality infrastructure in the most cost effective way remains vital, especially in an environment of so much uncertainty," City Manager Marsha Reed wrote in her part of the executive summary, which accompanies the budget. "The FY 2019-20 estimated year-end and FY 2020-21 Proposed Budget includes COVID-19 impacts reducing revenue [by] $10.5 million and $20 million, respectively, and spending reductions of the same. In addition to the FY 2020-21 [three]-month revenue and expenditure reductions, spending restrictions and holds have been implemented to further minimize impacts from revenue shortfalls, and [six- and nine]-month projections [have] been developed."

Council will be able to fully discuss the budget and the impact of the global pandemic April 24.