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Council from Page 1
“From my experience since the talent,” Sellers agrees. “I’m encouraged that we can Proving Ground. He has continued to stay active in
election, Chandler does a great job bring a great deal of diversity of ideas to the Council with various community organizations and on boards,
of preparing new councilmembers for minimal adversity.” particularly those related to economic development and
their job,” says Sellers. “I have been The new Council might not face a great deal of internal transportation issues.
receiving weekly updates from staff adversity, but external pressures abound. Continued “I am married to Marie, a retired school teacher,”
for several weeks, frequent one-on- economic uncertainty, abundant foreclosures, dropping he says, “and have three grown children and eight
one meetings with the city manager, retail sales and a growing budget defi cit are just a few of grandchildren. In my spare time I enjoy reading and
Boyd Dunn
two days of scheduled orientation and the immediate issues. occasional golf. During the campaign many people in my
timely phone contact from the mayor “The budget is our most pressing neighborhood recognized me as the guy who runs every
and staff for critical updates.” concern,” believes Orlando. “Chandler day.”
“My platform was quality jobs and is a lot better off than many other Heumann has lived in Chandler since 1983 and is
quality neighborhoods,” Heumann communities in the state. During the a sales manager for a company in the gift and home
explains, “and I’ve already met with budget process, I will take a rational furnishings industry. He has served on multiple Chandler
staff from both Economic Development approach to addressing our citizens’ committees including the Chandler Parks and Recreation
and Neighborhood Resources to get and business community needs Board and seven years on the Chandler Planning and
their philosophies and talk with them without compromising or sacrifi cing Zoning Commission.
Jack Sellers
Matt Orlando
a little about some of the things that on the quality of services and life both “I have been married to my wife, Julie, for 25 years, ”
I’m looking at going into the year.” groups expect from our city government.” states Heumann. “My daughter is a PhD student at ASU. I
Heumann says his focus will be to “We will have to be extremely deliberate in protecting have a great dog. I am an avid runner; I’ve done a couple of
ensure that Chandler neighborhoods the services and amenities that make our city such a great marathons, a couple of half marathons. I play a little golf.”
remain strong, that they have the tools place to live and work, without placing new burdens In addition to Orlando’s previous work on the City
they need and that neighborhood on our citizens,” Sellers agrees. “This was a very close Council, he is a business development manager at
resources are protected. election. Because of that, it was very important to reach Honeywell Defense and Space. He holds a bachelor’s
As the councilmembers become as many people as possible to hear their concerns and degree from Rutgers University and a master’s degree
Rick Heumann
more familiar with their roles and with let them know mine. I plan to continue that kind of from Golden Gate University.
each other, all three believe their mix accessibility to ensure everyone has a voice in the future “I have been married to Pat for 30 years and have three
of expertise, experience and personalities on the Council of our city, particularly as we work our way through this children,” Orlando shares. “I am an avid reader, enjoy
will be a strength during the new term. budget crisis.” watching and coaching my children in sports activities,
Heumann met one-on-one with each councilmember and recently I have learned how to fl y-fi sh.”
and the mayor to get to know them better. He knows
About the new councilmembers
the group won’t agree on everything, but that a mutual
Sellers, a Chandler resident since 1994, is a retired
Natalie Morris is a freelance writer who lives in Cooper
respect will prevail.
facilities manager from the General Motors Desert
Commons with her husband, two sons and their dog, Bella.
“We appear to have a great mix of background and Contact her at
Stimulus from Page 1
“shovel-ready” and work can begin immediately. features and improve other existing systems. These
“The main criteria for submittal was the timeline to equipment purchases can be done quickly and meet the
get the project started,” says Dan Cook, deputy public criteria that the federal funding result in rapid creation
works director for the City of Chandler. “The timelines for of new jobs.
completion will vary by project. Some are short duration
projects and others will take a year or more.”
Waiting on Uncle Sam
Examples of the projects on Chandler’s request list
Money from Washington would certainly help alleviate
include purchase of equipment, new construction and
Chandler’s budget woes, but Cook remains cautiously
upgrades to existing infrastructure. Road construction
optimistic about what the City can expect from the
and improvements rank high on the list, with requests for
recovery plan.
$13.1 million for sidewalks, turn lanes, lighting, signals
“Because the entire stimulus package is still being
and other upgrades to Gilbert Road from Germann to
developed by Congress, I don’t think that anyone knows
Queen Creek; $10.3 million for dual turn lanes and bus
the process or how the projects will be prioritized,”
pullouts at the intersection of Dobson Road and Chandler
Boulevard; and $12.5 million to mill and overlay existing
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Cook explains. “Regarding distribution of the money,
that too is unknown at this time. I would anticipate that
streets and offer enhanced accessibility features citywide.
READY TO GO: Many “shovel ready” street construction projects
Other project requests cover replacing aging water pipes,
that would add medians, sidewalks, turn lanes and other
information to come out of the federal legislation.”
upgrades to certain city streets could get federal funding for the The complete list of 49 City of Chandler project requests,
drilling wells to increase water supply and adding new
City of Chandler.
including location, cost, timeline and other details, can
bus shelters.
be seen on the Maricopa Association of Governments
“Because the stimulus package is aimed at projects streets, and improvement/upgrades to aging water
(MAG) website at
that are ready to go in a short period of time, many of the and wastewater infrastructure. Most of the remaining
projects for Chandler are already funded,” Cook reports. requests are for funding to accelerate the projects or to
Miriam Van Scott of Kerby Estates is a freelance writer and
“The City also has a few projects that are requesting supplant the existing City funding.”
Chandler transplant from the Washington, D.C. area. She can be
additional money to augment existing City funding to Chandler’s wish list includes items not currently
reached at
complete additional maintenance work such as the mill funded as well, such as equipment to upgrade streetlights,
and overlay of existing streets, the slurry seal of existing enhance security, implement environmentally friendly
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