Update from Kevin Hartke 4-14-18

This has been a productive and exciting week in Chandler. I would like to take this opportunity to share some of the administrative processes that I am involved in within our city government as well as some of the excellent events that I have been able to participate in happening throughout the week. Continue to check back for further updates about Chandler’s goings on.


With my role as your Council member, we are in the midst of planning Chandler’s 2018/2019 budget. Our goal is to continue to treat our employees well, not raise property tax rates, develop more multi-use fields for recreation and other amenities, continue on our 11 year plan to aggressively pay down Chandler’s unfunded liability on Police and Fire pensions (we did not create the unfunded liability, but we have to pay it), remain structurally balanced and make sure that Chandler remains the best place in the valley to live, work and play.


Last Saturday, April 7th, I was able to attend Chandler’s 19th annual Jazz Festival, hosted in Downtown Chandler. This free event was a great opportunity to hear smooth Jazz groups, including the Bad News Blues Band and the Francine Reed-Lewis Nash All Star Band. Also, this festival offered an opportunity for people to enjoy the many excellent shops and restaurants in the downtown area. If you haven’t visited the downtown area recently, I recommend that you come check out the local offerings on your next night out.


My view at the Chandler Jazz Festival


On Tuesday, April 10th, the United Food Bank invited me to attend their 8th annual Friends Breakfast. The United Food Bank Friends Breakfast celebrates the incredible work and support provided by individuals and businesses in the area toward the vital work that the food bank provides. Through their support, the food bank provides 65,000 meals every day to those in need. It was a privilege to be part of this celebration and I was joined by multiple members of the Chandler City Government at this event.


Servants recognized at the Friend’s Breakfast


Our Chandler Chamber of Commerce hosts many incredible events and the most recent Wake Up Chandler on Wednesday, April 11th was no exception. Wake Up Chandler is a series of networking events hosted by the Chamber of Commerce on the second Wednesday of the month and this meeting was held at Famous Dave’s BBQ. This is a great event for businesses and organizations of all sizes and it was great to hear how our city is growing and thriving. For more information about Chamber events, you can visit their site: http://www.chandlerchamber.com/pages/networking-events


After several weeks of fierce and fun competition, Chandler has claimed its title as champion of the 2018 Battle of the Burbs competition. The competition, hosted by Mix 96.9 FM, seeks to find the most dedicated and engaged “burb” around and it’s no surprise that Chandler won out among the many great competitors. The prize for this victory was a free concert featuring Mat Kearney and his full band in downtown Chandler on Friday, April 13th. It was exciting to see how engaged the community was in this event and how our residents take pride in their city.


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