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Stimulus money funds City projects Public input sought
Chandler will receive nearly $6 million for conservation projects; nearly $600,000 for
on proposed fi re stations
road improvements and $15 million for transit improvements to public housing; $376,000 in new
improvements as economic stimulus funds from Community Development Block Grant funds for
Southern Chandler residents have an opportunity
the federal government make their way to the city. pedestrian improvements; and $575,000 to prevent
to comment on two planned fi re stations at a pair of
Planned transit improvements include a new bus homelessness.
informational meetings on Wed., May 20 in the Cotton
rapid transit route providing faster bus service with “These funds will have a direct impact on the
North room of Tumbleweed Recreation Center, 745 E.
limited stops starting at Southern Chandler’s Park lives of our residents, many of whom are the
Germann Rd.
& Ride and connecting to light rail in Mesa. hardest hit by the recession,” explains Mayor Boyd
Fire Station 1, to replace the existing station at 911
Road improvements include work on a section Dunn. “Our City departments are working hard
S. Hamilton St., is planned for the site of Chandler’s
of Price Road between Germann and Queen Creek to turn these funds into the tangible services that
Water Treatment Plant at 1475 E. Pecos Rd. A meeting
roads, and the widening of the intersection of can make a real difference in the life of a Chandler
to discuss the placement and construction of the new
Dobson Road and Chandler Boulevard. family.”
facility begins at 6 p.m.
Other stimulus projects coming to Chandler
Fire Station 11 is scheduled for construction along
include: $2 million for energy effi ciency and
Cooper Road, between Queen Creek and Ocotillo
roads. A meeting to discuss that facility begins at 7
p.m.
“The relocation of Station 1 and the future
construction of Station 11 will enable the Chandler
City seeks budget input
Fire Department to enhance emergency response
times,” explains CFD Operations Battalion Chief Paul
Chandler City offi cials invite residents to The General Fund is used to support many of the
Nies. “Chandler follows the national standard of
participate in the review of Chandler’s proposed services residents rely upon most, including police
maintaining a response time of fi ve minutes or less,
budget at a public hearing regarding the adoption and fi re service, libraries and maintenance of city
which equates to having a 2-mile response radius
of the fi nal 2009-10 Budget and 2009-19 Capital streets, parks and other infrastructure. The fund’s
around all stations.”
Improvement Program. revenues largely come from local city sales tax and
The Chandler Fire Department is seeking federal
The meeting is held at 7 p.m. Thu., May 28 at the state-shared revenues.
stimulus funds for the construction of Station 1 during
Chandler City Council Chambers on the second A copy of the proposed budget is available for
the 2009-10 fi scal year. If federal funds are unavailable,
fl oor of the Downtown Chandler Library at 22 S. review at the Downtown Chandler Library and the
the station is expected to be built during the 2010-11
Delaware St. City Clerk’s Offi ce at 55 N. Arizona Pl., Suite 203.
fi scal year using bond funds approved by voters in
Many of the services provided to Chandler For more information, call the City’s Budget Offi ce
2007. The construction of Station 11 is not expected
residents are fi nanced through the General Fund, at 480-782-2254.
for several years, but Nies says the department hopes
which is the primary focus of the budget meeting.
to select a site during the coming months.
For more meeting information, call 480-782-2131.
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