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May 1 - 14, 2010

City offers paperless e-billing

The City of Chandler’s new paperless billing option offers customers email notification when their utility bills are ready to be viewed online. Offering an e-billing option is expected to save the City thousands of dollars each year in printing, postage, labor and equipment costs associated with paper billing. It also serves as a more environmentally friendly, convenient and secure option for utility customers.

City water, sewer and solid waste collection customers can already pay their monthly statements online, but e-billing will enable customers to view their statement and make payments with the City electronically. Customers can pay bills by either using a credit card for online bill pay or using the Surepay option, which automatically deducts the charges from their checking account.

SPORTS BAR COMETH: Coach & Willie’s, a staple among sports bar fans in Phoenix, is bringing its winning game to downtown Chandler. Coach & Willie’s owner Eric Stolz, a Chandler resident, and his partner, Mark Simonek, plan to purchase the former Naughty but Nice building on the southeast corner of Boston Street and Arizona Avenue, pending financing, according to Desert Viking’s Niels Kriepke, who currently owns the now-vacant property. For more than 10 years, Coach & Willie’s has enjoyed a popular location next to Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. With a varied menu and a multitude of big screen TVs, it attracts sports fans of all kinds. The new downtown Chandler location would have about 6,000 square feet of total space with an area for an enclosed outdoor patio. “We are thrilled to have Coach & Willie’s come to downtown Chandler,” says Eileen Brill-Wagner, executive director of the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership (DCCP). “They have a great following and a well-established reputation in Phoenix, and will be a wonderful addition to our community.”

“We are witnessing a cultural shift as people become more accustomed to communicating and doing business electronically,” says Chandler Utility Service Business Manager Jim Crocker. “In recent years, more and more of our customers have asked for a paperless bill option, and we are pleased that we can now provide this service.”

Once customers sign up for e-billing, they will receive a paper copy for the first billing cycle and an email notification confirming their registration and providing a link to the online Utility Bill Payment system where they can view their bills. The second month only the email notification is sent to notify customers that their bills are ready to be viewed online.

To sign up for e-billing, visit www.chandleraz.gov/utilitybill and access the online Utility Bill Payment system with account number and address ready.

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negotiations with a yogurt store and in discussions with a breakfast and lunch restaurant. ... Phoenix Children’s Academy is already open and doing very well.”

The City is also encouraged by a number of new medical plazas in the area that continue to attract clientele.

“Demand is increasing with the planned expansion of Chandler Regional Hospital,” says Smith. “The

medical market is still progressing even in this challenging economy.”

The slight uptick in recent commercial activity has Chandler officials cautiously optimistic that perhaps the economic stagnation is bottoming out and the worst is over, although any recovery is expected to be slow.

“There are some real encouraging signs that good things are happening in Chandler,” Smith notes,

“including new job announcements, the opening of Innovations (technology incubator), the potential redevelopment of the former Motorola campus and the small but encouraging rebound in housing starts are reasons for a lot of hope.”

Miriam Van Scott of Kerby Estates is a freelance writer and Chandler transplant from the Washington, D.C. area. She can be reached at Miriam@SanTanSun.com. Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76  |  Page 77  |  Page 78  |  Page 79  |  Page 80
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