Warner Ranch II receives $5,000 city grant

The Chandler City Council has approved a proposal to allot $5,000 in grant funding to the Warner Ranch Phase III Homeowners Association, which will replace granite along the frontage of Ray and Kyrene roads.

During the past 13 years, say city officials, the rock landscaping in the neighborhood has severely eroded due to rain, traffic, pedestrians walking on it and the effects of time. 

This phase of the project will add 330 tons of rock to approximately 100,000 square feet along Ray Road (from Mill Avenue to Kyrene Road) and along Kyrene Road (from Ray Road north to the property perimeter.)

Twenty-three residents of the community also have agreed to invest a total of 108 volunteer hours and sweat time into this project which will be completed within one year. 

Association officials say they had not anticipated the estimated $63,000 granite replacement costs and did not set aside money for this project. 

“This is not uncommon when talking about neighborhoods because the city is more worried about covering current responsibilities,” said Neighborhood Programs Administrator Crystal Prentice. Upon discovering the problem, the association established a reserve and will continue to put money aside for this purpose.

The entire project will take several years to complete. 

Chandler’s Neighborhood Matching Grant Program provides matching funds up to $5,000 to organized neighborhood groups and homeowner associations. 

Chandler’s Neighborhood Programs Division was established in 1999 by the mayor and City Council to encourage a partnership between citizens, religious institutions, schools, businesses, civic leaders and the city. 

“Ongoing communication is the building block of healthy communities,” said Prentice. 

Prentice says that when neighbors work together with the city the outcome is almost always positive and things get done faster. 

The program also assists in strengthening Chandler’s neighborhoods and building stronger and more constructive working relationships between the city and its citizens, Prentice said.