Needles City Council Member talks City Business during Needles Chamber of Commerce Meeting last week.

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Needles, CA: Needles’ 100th Centennial Celebration, Economic Development, I-40 Connector Project, Labor Negotiations, and Bankruptcy Rumor Control were just a few of the topics brought up by Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell well talking about City Business in the City of Needles during the Needles Chamber of Commerce’s General Membership Meeting held on Thursday, December 13th, 2012.

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**** Here are a summary of a few of the items that was talked about with Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell during the Needles Chamber of Commerce’s General Membership Meeting: ****

 

 

** Needles’ 100th Centennial Celebration in October 2013: **

 

– According to Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell, a budget needs to be created for the Needles’ 100th Centennial Celebration.

 

Because the City is a 5O13C, the City can set up a receipt and any donation go into the Centennial fund can be tax deductible,” said Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell.

 

– According to Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell, Needles’ 100th Centennial Celebration may be a 2 day event; Friday and Saturday.

 

– According to Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell, the City of Needles is looking at their insurance cost for the firework show.

 

– According to Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell, the next Needles’ 100th Centennial Celebration Meeting will be held in January 2013 and the meeting will be a community meeting.

 

– According to Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell, Needles’ 100th Centennial Celebration got to be a community spearheaded event; donated from corporation and businesses. Everybody needs to get involved.

 

 

** Economic Development: **

 

– “You know we lost our Economic Development Coordinator; she resigned from her position,” said Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell.

 

– “We did do some outreaching at that redevelopment conferences regarding on banking because of the banking situation in Needles — that we were losing our major bank,” said Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell.

 

**** Bank of America will be closing the Downtown Needles, California bank branch at around 2:00pm PT on Friday, January 25th, 2013. ****

 

– “I think the City has address this issue by opening up an account with the credit union to be able to do their banking transactions,” said Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell.

 

 

** I-40 Connector Project: **

 

– “Planning is almost at 100% completed.”,” said Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell.

 

– “Talking about having a shovel ready project — a year from now,” said Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell.

 

**** I-40 Connector Project area is between the Needles Bridge to the J Street and Interstate 40 intersection. Streets affected in the I-40 Connector Project are J Street from Interstate 40 to West Broadway, West Broadway from J Street to Needles Highway, Needles Highway from West Broadway to North K Street, and North K Street from Needles Highway to the Needles Bridge. ****

 

– “I believe some eminent domain is going to occur with that because they are widening from Broadway,” said Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell.

 

 

** Labor Negotiations: **

 

– “We had fact finding,” said Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell.

 

– “We’re waiting from the fact finder’s recommendations,” said Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell.

 

– Needles Chamber of Commerce President Phil Crouch interrupts Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell by saying, “Terry, I don’t mean to interrupt on that, but you said something interesting to me yesterday that I think a lot of people don’t know, but how your hands are kind of tied; why that they wouldn’t make any movement, because they are representing the other side.”

 

– Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell response by saying,“I’ll qualified this by saying this as an opinion — the unions is in negotiations with 11 other cities in San Bernardino County. They can not have a domino affect, so if they lose or make any concessions in any cities, they lose all the cities; it would be a domino affect. so they are in a position where they unwilling to make any concessions; their straining this out to make the council act by adopting — instead of in good fair bargaining; come up will a solution to our economical situation, and so they’re kind of putting us in the corner that way. we went into this thing to — you guys are on our budget committee? their part of our budget. — They want the books out; the books are open; there’s no secrets; nobody is snatching money.”

 

– “That might of happened in the pass; there may be plenty of stories about Needles’ books disappearing and stuff, but it is not the current situation. But they’re just doesn’t want to talk, and were waiting for the fact finder to come out with his recommendations and we will have to adopt either the fact finder’s recommendations if it’s bounces our budget — which I don’t think it will the way I ‘m reading some of this stuff — or we will have to adopt what was our last and final offer, and who knows what kind of labor strike might occur from that. So we talked about this; we know we need to maintain electric, water, and sewage services, and we should be think about an intensity plan,” said Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell.

 

– “He (Fact Finder) has 30 days to responders, but may respond soon then that and ones he responds, the City has 10 days to post the recommendation from the fact finding and have an open public hearing for everybody to attend and discuss. council action will be followed that to decide to accept the fact finding recommendation or stick with the last and final offer,” said Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell.

 

– The public hearing meeting regarding the fact finding recommendation may happen in January 2013.

 

 

** Bankruptcy Rumor Control: **

 

– “They’re rumors; the City isn’t going bankruptcy, but we have talked about Article 9 Bankruptcy in our budget committee only from the stand point that we need to know the repercussions of — all options are on the table to the city as this financial picture doesn’t look so good for us,” said Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell.

 

– “So; those rumors have some truth to them in fact we have talking about — how it will affect our utilities — found out that the utilities will be separated; and what does Article 9 Bankruptcy mean and how it would work — a lot of cities are doing it because of the labor — And we don’t want to do that; we want to work it out,” said Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell.

 

– “But it is going to require some pain — everybody going to have to suffer some pain; the roads aren’t going to get fix,” said Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell.

 

 

** Ending Comments: **

 

– Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell quotes a line from Rush Limbaugh:

 

If they want to have a depression or a recession for the rest of the country, let them. We’re not going to do that here. Are ambition here is; were not going to have that effect us; we’re going to do our thing; we’re going to find our niche; we’re going to find away to survive,” said Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell.

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You can watch the video regarding this news story at the following ZachNews Channel on Veoh website:

 

http://www.veoh.com/watch/v41681449B2q3q3A3

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