Chandler Edition - October 2020

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News from Chandler & Maricopa County

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Maricopa County elections look dierent this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, ocials say

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city is in the process of updating its airpark area plan and is asking that residents provide feedback on the area and how they would like to see land used. Visit www.chandleraz.gov to take the survey.

MARICOPACOUNTY Due to mask mandates and social distancing eorts to halt the spread of the coronavirus, Maricopa County Elections ocials said the Nov. 3 general election will look dierent this year; namely, there will be fewer voting centers across the county. “Because of COVID-19, elections look dierent,” said Megan Gilbertson, a spokesperson with Maricopa County Elections. “When considering an in-person voting option, we have to nd a location that is large enough to accommodate for physical distancing. After March, we were re-evaluating what we could do to make sure voters are safe. Once we went through traditional polling locations, we found very few would be large enough. They are often small conference rooms

or meeting rooms in senior centers or public buildings. The elections department felt like they needed to be much larger.” The city of Chandler has 10 voting centers that open Oct. 22, according to the election plan approved by the Maricopa County board of supervisors Sept. 16. Any registered voter can go to any of the voting centers to cast their ballot, according to Maricopa County Elections. The voting centers include churches, malls and large meeting spaces. Gilbertson said all centers are at least 1,500 square feet. “We were able to move locations into malls and larger convention centers and larger locations so voters could physically distance,” Gilbertson said. “We were also able to add more

DATES TOKNOW OCT. 23 Last day to request that an early ballot be mailed for the general election OCT. 30 Last day to vote early in person NOV. 3 General election day SOURCE: MARICOPA COUNTY ELECTIONS COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

CITY HIGHLIGHTS

Chandler City Council Nov. 2, 5, 6 p.m. 88 E. Chicago St., Chandler 480-782-2181 • www.chandleraz.gov MEETINGSWE COVER Chandler City Council approved an agreement with Waste Management of Arizona for solid waste collection and transfer service in an amount not to exceed $8.8 million for a 10- year period from Oct. 1, 2020-Sept. 30, 2030. CHANDLER Chandler City Council on Sept. 17 approved an agreement with Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. for the design and project management of Lindsay Road in an amount not to exceed $1,755,061. CHANDLER Chandler City Council discussed during a work session Sept. 29 the possibility of a multigenerational recreation center in the city. The process is ongoing, but city sta recommend an expansion to Tumbleweed Recreation Center and a new facility in either southeast or west Chandler. CHANDLER On Sept. 17, Chandler City Council approved an agreement with Northern Arizona Technology and Business Incubator, Moonshot at NACET, for Innovations Incubator management services for a one-year term from Oct. 1, 2020-Sept. 30, 2021, with the option of up to four additional one-year extensions, in an amount not to exceed $250,000. CHANDLER On Sept. 17,

check-in stations to get voters through the process more quickly.” Poll workers will wear masks, gloves and face shields and high-touch areas will be continuously wiped down. “The larger location really allows us to make sure we can get voters in and out as quickly as possible,” Gilbertson said. “We will be able to have up to 40 voters voting at once in some locations.”

City libraries reopen after COVID19 closures CHANDLER Chandler Public Libraries reopened public areas to customers after months of being closed due to COVID-19 as of Sept. 29, according to a news release from the city. Masks are required to enter; capacity is reduced; and a registration process is in place for 45-minute sessions for some services, such as computer access. Additionally, some reductions in hours of operation remain in place, with these facilities closed on Saturdays and Sundays until further notice, according to the city.

Chandler seeks feedback on annual budget in survey for residents

CHANDLER The city of Chandler is starting its budget process and is encouraging residents to provide their thoughts about the community and its future through the annual budget survey. The survey will be available

To complete the budget needs survey, visit www.chandler.gov.

from Oct. 5-Nov. 15, according to city ocials. Ocials ask that residents answer at least the rst six general questions of the survey, which should take about two minutes. The remaining questions allow the chance to provide feedback on any or all of the city’s targeted topics. The survey topics include transportation, employment, recreation and more.

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