Needles, CA: Needles City Council voted to approve new consultant.

Needles, CA: Needles City Council voted to approve new consultant.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve a resolution approving an agreement between the City of Needles and Development Management Group Inc. for economic development consulting services.

What is the background information regarding this agenda item?

Background information obtain from the Agenda Item #21 Packet states the following:

As noted in the resolution, a request for proposal s was issued for an economic development consultant and 2 responses were received. City Manager Daniels (Needles City Manager Rick Daniels) gave a PowerPoint presentation to the City Council (Needles City Council) and community on economic development, what it is, and how local government plays a role in the economic development process. This agreement with D.M.G. (Development Management Group Inc.) will further the economic development of Needles (Needles, California) with the ultimate goal of bring in new businesses, visitors, and other positive changes for the overall benefit of the city and our residents.

What is the fiscal impact to the City of Needles and to their people of their community?

Fiscal impact information obtain from the Agenda Item #21 Packet states the following:

– $7,000.00 monthly retainer fee with a term of Sunday, December 1st, 2013 through Tuesday, June 30th, 2015.

– $49,000.00 with be needed for the remainder of the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year (December 2013 to June 2014) and $51,000, 00 is included in the budget for”Marketing Consultant” broken down as: $16,000.00 in 101-1060-410.53-05 (General Fund); $8,500.00 in 502-4710-471.53-05 (Water); $4,000.00 in 503-4720-475.53-05 (Wastewater); and $23,000.00 in 580-4750-473.53-05 (Electric).

Information regarding Development Management Group Inc. (D.M.G.) from Palm Desert, California is also in the Agenda Item #21 Packet and talks about Development Management Group Inc. (D.M.G.) and what was the proposal from Development Management Group Inc. (D.M.G.) to further the economic development of Needles, California with the ultimate goal of bring in new businesses, visitors, and other positive changes for the overall benefit of the city and our residents.

** You can view the agenda item at the following City of Needles website address: **

– Agenda Item #21: Resolution No. 2013-46, a Resolution of the Needles City Council of the City of Needles approving an agreement between the City of Needles and Development Management Group Inc. for economic development consulting services.

Click to access cc_111213-21.pdf

This agenda item was on the Consent Calendar which all matters listed on the Consent Calendar are considered to be routine and will be enacted by a motion in the form listed. The City of Needles Mayor or any members of the Needles City Council may pull an agenda item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to a Needles City Council action, a member of the public may address the members of the Needles City Council on the matter scheduled on the Consent Calendar. Their is a 3 minute time limit per person applies. The recommended action was to approve Agenda Items #12 to #21 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote, but a member of the Needles City Council pulled an agenda item for discussion.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson supports the resolution and calls this a, “major step forward and I’m for it”, he asked to have this agenda pulled for discussion because he didn’t like this on the Consent Calendar and to give the public a little more educated and information on the agenda item.

But after the short discussion and no public comments, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve a resolution approving an agreement between the City of Needles and Development Management Group Inc. for economic development consulting services.

** You can watch the videos regarding this agenda item at the following ZachNews on YouTube website address: **

– Needles City Council: 11-12-2013: Items #12-#21:

**** Please Note: Members of the Needles City Council began to discuss then voted on Agenda Item #21 starting around 2 minutes and 55 seconds (2:55) into the video. ****

This is the second time that City of Needles has approved money to hire an consulting services for exactly the same things that the City of Needles wants from their last consultant.

Bring new businesses, marketing the community, and boost economic development into the Needles, California is the same items that members of the Needles City Council once asked of former consulted Elaine Cullen of Western Regional Consulting L.L.C.

On Tuesday, October 11th, 2011, during the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meetings, members of the Needles City Council got to hear from City of Needles’ new Economic and Business Development; Marketing and Public Relations person Elaine Cullen from Western Regional Consulting L.L.C. who talked about her first week contracted with the City of Needles and some of the things she has been working on in that week being in the City of Needles.

During her around a year as the City of Needles’ consultant, some people supported Elaine Cullen from Western Regional Consulting L.L.C. push to start the Santa Fe Marketplace, the promoting of the Route 66 Murals and walking tour map on Route 66 Murals, trying to bring in a new Family Dollar Store into the community, and pushing some in the community to clean up blights and garbage in their neighborhoods were a few of the highlighted items that some people in the community will remember Elaine Cullen at Western Regional Consulting doing

But many people in the community were starting to raising concerns that the cost of having an consultant when the City if Needles couldn’t afford to pay their own City of Needles Employees and what was Elaine Cullen from Western Regional Consulting L.L.C. really being paid for as well as many people in the community saying that too much was being focused on public relations work and not focus on the current issues that needed to be address so the community can really move further such as what kinds of businesses and industry can survive out here and bring jobs into the community; keeping current businesses open and doing what it takes to keep those businesses here in the community; working to bring in more clean and affordable energy into the community; bringing in affordable housing and job training into the community as well as ways to help the homeless in the community; working to bring more educational programming and services so future generations could get a better job and stay in the community; and to work with all people in the community as well as all members of organizations, committees, charitable groups, churches, and media to help in bringing needles together to help and work on ways to move forward quickly and affordability. Some people in the community also pointed out the failed success of Elaine Cullen from Western Regional Consulting L.L.C. bringing thousands of people to a barbeque event in October 2012 as well as clashes with some in the community such as City of Needles Employees over cost issues regarding money being paid for her consulting services.

On Tuesday, September 25th, 2012, members of the Board of Hospital Trustees during their Board of Hospital Trustees Meeting voted 5 to 2 against funding to Western Regional Consulting L.L.C. at last Thursday’s Board of Hospital Trustees Meeting. The funding would have authorize an expenditure not to exceed $16,000 for contract services with Western Regional Consulting L.L.C. to perform marketing, public relations, and business development services for the City of Needles and the Colorado River Medical Center for the Fiscal Year 2012 to 2013. Sources would tell ZachNews that the City of Needles was planning to have Elaine Cullen of Western Regional Consulting L.L.C. continue her work on marketing and promoting Needles, California without the additional money from the Board of Hospital Trustees.

On Thursday, October 25th, 2012, sources told ZachNews that Western Regional Consulting Elaine Cullen had quit consulting with the City of Needles after working for almost a year of consulting with the City of Needles in Needles, California just because of reduce in pay and lack of appreciation by many in the community of Needles, California. Supporters of Western Regional Consulting Elaine Cullen blamed those who didn’t like her calling out City of Needles Employees and members on the Board of Hospital Trustees for voting against funding for Western Regional Consulting Elaine Cullen which the funding would have authorize an expenditure not to exceed $16,000.00 for contract services.

On Tuesday, November 13th, 2012, some of her supporters were in the crowd as Western Regional Consulting Elaine Cullen spoke at Public Appearance during the Needles Council Meeting. Western Regional Consulting Elaine Cullen down played the reports during a Needles City Council Meeting and thanked her supporters for helping to move the City of Needles forward. Supporters of Elaine Cullen from Western Regional Consulting L.L.C. blamed those who didn’t like her calling out City of Needles Employees and members on the Board of Hospital Trustees for voting against funding for Western Regional Consulting Elaine Cullen which the funding would have authorize an expenditure not to exceed $16,000.00 for contract services. Elaine Cullen from Western Regional Consulting L.L.C. expressed her deepest appreciation to Needles City Council Member Jim Lopez for contacting her and to both the City of Needles Mayor and the Needles City Council for giving her the opportunity to work in and with the City of Needles. Elaine Cullen from Western Regional Consulting L.L.C. would received around of applause from the small crowd of supports inside the Needles City Council Chambers. Needles City Council Member Jim Lopez and a member of the public both thanked Western Regional Consulting Elaine Cullen for her services to the City of Needles. 

Now a year later, some have thrown Western Regional Consulting Elaine Cullen under the bus saying that she didn’t do enough to move the City of Needles forward and now moving to bring in Rick Daniels as the City of Needles’ new Needles City Manager as well as the new consultant to do the same things once asked of Western Regional Consulting Elaine Cullen; help moving the City of Needles forward.

Many people in this community wonder if this time be the charm in successfully moving the City of Needles and the community of Needles, California forward and really addressing the issues needed to get community moving forward or is this another set backwards and another cost to the community.

Only time will tell for this Mojave Desert and Colorado River shoreline community of 4,912 people in 2013 known as Needles, California.

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For more information regarding the Needles City Council Meetings, please contact Dale Jones in the City Clerk’s Office at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345.

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