Needles, CA: Needles City Council Members approved and appointed Fire Services Task Force Members.

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Needles, CA: Needles City Council Members approved and appointed Fire Services Task Force Members.

Members of the Needles City Council approved, during the Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, July 14th, 2015, to appoint Robert Yee, Donnie Zamora, Bobby Lyons, Linda Kidd, Steve Moffitt, Murl Shaver, Jr., and Michael Wright to the Fire Services Task Force.

**** Agenda Item Packet: ****

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2015_WEBSITE_FILE_POSTING/1_CITY_COUNCIL_NPUA_SARDA/7_JULY/MTG_1/cc_071415-1.pdf

The City of Needles were seeking volunteers to serve on this new Fire Services Task Force to help develop a plan for establishment of a local fire department to serve Needles, California, and there was no residency requirements.

According to the City of Needles, at the Needles City Council Meeting on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015, a discussion was held to establish a Fire Services Task Force to assist the Needles City Manager in developing a specific plan for the establishment of a local Fire Department. That work is underway and the report will outline all of the tasks that must be completed, including definitive cost estimates to establish a local Fire Department.

Citizen input is always valuable in such an endeavor in that it helps identify issues, provides technical expertise not otherwise available, and tests the viability of various solutions.

A task force has a specific mission and deadline to accomplish their work and is appropriate in this circumstance. To avoid a possible conflict of interest, those appointed to the Fire Services Task Force should not be employed by the local Fire Department should one be established.

– The mission of this Fire Services Task Force:

To develop options, costs and implementing measures for providing affordable and effective fire and emergency services to the City of Needles.

– Fiscal Impact:

Approximately 5 to 6 meetings including staff.

– The Timeline:

90 Days.

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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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