Needles, CA: Summary of what was discussed and voted on during the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting.

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Needles, CA: Summary of what was discussed and voted on during the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting.

A Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was held on Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

** Here is a summary of what was discussed and voted on during the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting: **

Please Note: More videos are still being loader at this moment and will be added to thi news story as soon as the videos are completed uploading.

**** Executive Session Agenda Items: ****

– Agenda Item #A: Conference with legal counsel regarding pending litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1)(One Case: Trevor Arthur v. City of Needles et al.).

** Results: **

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney said that there was no reportable action taken.

– Agenda Item #B: Public Employee Performance Evaluation pursuant to Government Code Section 54957(b)(1) Position: City Clerk.

** Results: **

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney said that there was no reportable action taken.

 

**** Moment of Silence: ****

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A moment of silence was held in respect of Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams’ and Dan Williams’ father Jerry who passed away at 2:29pm PT on Monday, April 11th, 2016.

** ZachNews sends our thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the William’s family for the passing of Jerry. **

**** Introductions: ****

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City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget introduced Mayor Pro Tem Paul Russ of Hesperia, California who is running for 1st District Supervisor of San Bernardino County, California.

**** Public Appearance: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Former Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell discussed about a new art bench that will be placed at the Wayside Rest Stop Park.

Former Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell said that the new art bench was purchased by donations from the Route 66 California Historic Association and the Rodeo Association.

Former Needles City Council Member Terry Campbell also talked about a Clean Up Day event being held at the Wayside Rest Stop Park on Needles Highway, just north of Route 66 (National Trail Highway), in Needles, California.

The Clean Up Day event will start at 8:30am PT on Saturday, April 16th, 2016.

Come on down and help keep our community beautiful.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Marilyn Matthews proposed the idea of a Route 66 Colorado River Walk in the area just east of Needles Highway near the Colorado River in Needles, California.

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Marilyn Matthews discussed the route of the Route 66 Colorado River Walk and how this would benefit the community. (More details coming up soon).

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Ruth Musser-Lopez praised the amazing volunteers of the community who work to make our community great, talked about wanting to put on a Route 66 Walk from Needles, California to Barstow, California, and welcomed members of the Needles City Council to come to a Democratic Candidates Meet and Greet.

The Democratic Candidates Meet and Greet is being held at 5:00pm PT on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 in the Needles Center at Palo Verde Community College located on the 700 block of West Broadway near E Street in Downtown Needles, California.

Ruth Musser-Lopez then discussed a recent arrest of a man in the community by San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies for an alleged elder abuse incident.

Ruth Musser-Lopez expressed her disappointment with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and their press release regarding the arrest of 54 year of David Buckley of Downtown Needles, California for what the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said was for “Elder Abuse”.

** Source: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Press Release: **

http://cms.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/MediaCenter/SheriffPressReleases/PressReleasesfor2016/March/Needles-ElderAbuse.aspx

https://nixle.com/alert/5614851/

The press release was made public at 7:28am PT on Monday, March 28th, 2016 and refer to San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Cody Bevan.

Ruth Musser-Lopez was sadden by how the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s press release announced some violations that she said are unproven, and didn’t say the word, “alleged” in the press release.

Ruth Musser-Lopez said that David Buckley was released 3 days later and that no changes were filed.

Ruth Musser-Lopez asked why would the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department do this to a citizen of our community.

At least 2 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies were seen sitting in the back of the chamber as Ruth Musser-Lopez spoke to the public and to members of the Needles City Council.

Ruth Musser-Lopez said that this arrest happened came just 5 days after a Needles City Council Meeting in late March 2016 where David Buckley brought his complaint against Former Needles City Council Member Jim Lopez and Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson to the California Fair Political Practices Commission about what he alleged that they had not reported gifts or loads they had received from the City of Needles for utilities that were not paid for.

A posting about the incident titled, “My observations on the Needles incident” has been posted at the website iePolitics.

** Website: iePolitics: **

http://www.iepolitics.com/municipalities/city-of-needles/my-observations-on-the-needles-incident/

According to their Facebook page is a blog that discusses corruption in the wild, wild west of politics, and David Buckley has been known to the community for posting his writings on the community of Needles, California onto the website iePolitics, including about members of the Needles City Council (both former and present), Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, and members from the Needles Downtown Business Alliance and the Needles Chamber of Commerce.

**** Presentations: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Agenda Item #1: Mayor Paget will present the 2016 Donate Life Proclamation to One Legacy Ambassador Mr. Dave Hollon.

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City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget presented the 2016 Donate Life Proclamation to One Legacy Ambassador Mr. Dave Hollon who then discussed about the program and how it helps people.

**** Public Hearing Agenda Items: ****

– Agenda Item #2: Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against amending the citation process in Needles Municipal Code Chapter 2A.

Ordinance No. 580-AC amending Needles Municipal Code Chapter 2A “Administrative Citations” to provide one (1) “Courtesy Citation” with no fine and one (1) “First Citation” with the applicable fine (1st Reading — Post).

(Action Needed Agenda Item)

** Agenda Item #2: Information from the City of Needles: **

Title:

Ordinance No. 580-AC An Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Needles, California Amending Needles Municipal Code Chapter 2A “Administrative Citations” to Provide One (1) “Courtesy Citation” With No Fine And One (1) “First Citation” With the Applicable Fine.

– Background:

In accordance with the goals of the Code Enforcement Dept., to streamline processes to allow faster turn-around time for bringing properties into compliance with the city code and to become more cost efficient, the proposed Ordinance will amend the City’s current four-citation process into a two-citation process, before bringing a property to an administrative hearing. The current four-citation process allows for one “courtesy” citation, and then three citations that assign a fine for each violation of the city code. The new two-citation process will still provide the courtesy citation, and then one additional citation with the applicable fine(s), before bringing the matter to an administrative hearing. The proposed change will reduce the time involved in bringing a non-compliant property into compliance through an administrative hearing by approximately 6 months, with a substantial reduction in code enforcement expenses associated with photos, documentation, site postings, mailing, etc.

– Fiscal Impact:

Reduction of Expense to the Code Enforcement Dept. Budget.

– Environmental Impact:

N/A

– Recommended Action: Move to:

Approve Ordinance No. 580-AC Amending Needles Municipal Code Chapter 2A “Administrative Citations” to Provide One (1) “Courtesy Citation” with No Fine and One (1) “First Citation” with the Applicable Fine.

** Needles City Council Motion: **

Approve.

** Needles City Council Vote: **

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: No

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: Yes

Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes

Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams: Yes

Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.: Yes

**** Recess Needles City Council and convene a joint meeting with the Needles Public Utility Authority: ****

**** Public Hearing Agenda Items: ****

– Agenda Item #3:

Part 1:

Part 2:

** Videos from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against adopting increases in the rates for wastewater services.

Needles Public Utility Authority Action: Resolution No. 4-12-2016-NPUA approving rates for wastewater service effective May 1, 2016 and rescinding all prior resolutions relating to the establishment of Wastewater rates.

(Action Needed Agenda Item)

** Agenda Item #3: Information from the City of Needles: **

Title:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against a proposed increase in wastewater rates for wastewater service.

Background:

There are insufficient revenues to fully fund water and wastewater expenses, including debt, operations/maintenance, capital improvements, and a prudent reserve. In 1997 the City sold the utility assets to the newly created Needles Public Utility Authority (“NPUA”), which in turn created $65M in debt which is being paid back on a long term payment plan including revenue bonds sold in the public bond market. The $21M bond sale was predicated on the establishment of an independent rate setting body, the Board of Public Utilities (“Utility Board”) and the assurance that the utilities would be funded independently and adequately in order to assure the bond holders that they would be repaid over the 30 year period of the loan. Since then, costs have exceeded revenues and the water and wastewater utilities need additional revenue to meet bond requirements and fulfill the NPUA’s contractual, financial and regulatory fiduciary responsibilities.

In early 2014 the NPUA initiated a rate review beginning with a Cost of Services Analysis. The Utility Board then established a target revenue amount and developed a detailed rate structure to generate those funds. The proposed wastewater rate structure was included in Resolution No. 12-1-15-1 BPU (revised). The City Council acting as the NPUA Board of Commissioners received the Utility Board recommended rates and initiated the process required by the California Constitution. (Proposition 218, 1998)

Public notice was issued (mailed) on January 29, 2016, identifying the amount of the existing and proposed rates, the basis upon which the proposed rates were calculated, and the reason for the proposed rate increase, , and setting a time and place for a public hearing for the Utility Board and NPUA/City Council. The public hearing notice was published in the Needles Desert Star on February 17, 2016. Additionally staff conducted 8 community meetings and numerous meetings with individuals at which ratepayers could receive comprehensive information and determine the proposed rate impact to them and their property and fully understand the water and wastewater utilities and their funding needs. Approximately 100 ratepayers attended the community meetings, met with NPUA staff, or received a presentation of the proposed rates.

On March 15, 2016 the Utility Board conducted and concluded a duly noticed public hearing concerning the recommended rate increases and considered all written and oral comments presented. No majority protest to the recommended increases was presented under Proposition 218. At the close of the public hearing the Utility Board adopted Resolution No. 3-1516-1 BPU establishing rates for wastewater service, subject to approval by the NPUA and City Council.

Fiscal impact:

Additional revenues to the wastewater utility to fund expenses.

Environmental Impact:

N/A

Recommended Action:

Needles Public Utility Authority Action: Resolution No. 4-12-2016-NPUA approving rates for wastewater service effective May 1, 2016 and rescinding all prior resolutions relating to the establishment of wastewater rates.

Needles City Council Action: Resolution No. 2016-19 approving rates for wastewater service effective May 1, 2016 and rescinding all prior resolutions relating to the establishment of wastewater rates.

– Submitted By:

Rick Daniels, City Manager.

** Needles Public Utility Authority Motion: **

Approve.

** Needles Public Utility Authority Vote: **

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: No

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: No

Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes

City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget: Yes

Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams: Yes

Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.: Yes

** Needles City Council Motion: **

Approve.

** Needles City Council Vote: **

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: No

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: No

Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes

Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams: Yes

Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.: Yes

– Agenda Item #4:

Part 1:

Part 2:

** Videos from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against adopting increases in the rates for water services.

Needles Public Utility Authority Action: Resolution No. 4-12-2016-1-NPUA approving rates for water service effective May 1, 2016 and rescinding all prior resolutions relating to the establishment of water rates.

(Action Needed Agenda Item)

**** Agenda Item #4: Information from the City of Needles: ****

Title:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against a proposed increase in water rates for water service.

Background:

There are insufficient revenues to fully fund water and wastewater expenses, including debt, operations/maintenance, capital improvements, and a prudent reserve. In 1997 the City sold the utility assets to the newly created Needles Public Utility Authority (“NPUA”), which in turn created $65M in debt which is being paid back on a long term payment plan including revenue bonds sold in the public bond market. The $21M bond sale was predicated on the establishment of an independent rate setting body, the Board of Public Utilities (“Utility Board”) and the assurance that the utilities would be funded independently and adequately in order to assure the bond holders that they would be repaid over the 30 year period of the loan. Since then, costs have exceeded revenues and the water and wastewater utilities need additional revenue to meet bond requirements and fulfill the NPUA’s contractual, financial and regulatory fiduciary responsibilities.

In early 2014, the NPUA initiated a rate review beginning with a Cost of Services Analysis. The Utility Board then established a target revenue amount and developed a detailed rate structure to generate those funds. The proposed water rate structure was included in Resolution No. 12-1-15 BPU (Revised). The City Council acting as the NPUA Board of Commissioners received the Utility Board recommended rates and initiated the process required by the California Constitution (Proposition 218, 1998).

Public notice was issued (mailed) on January 29, 2016, identifying the amount of the existing and proposed rates, the basis upon which the proposed rates were calculated, and the reason for the proposed rate increase, , and setting a time and place for public hearings for the Utility Board and NPUA/City Council. The public hearing notice was published in the Needles Desert Star on February 17, 2016. Additionally staff conducted 8 community meetings and numerous meetings with individuals at which ratepayers could receive comprehensive information and determine the proposed rate impact to them and their property and fully understand the water and wastewater utilities and their funding needs. Approximately 100 ratepayers attended the community meetings, met with NPUA staff, or received a presentation of the proposed rates.

On March 15, 2016, the Utility Board conducted and concluded a duly noticed public hearing concerning the recommended rate increases and considered all written and oral comments presented. No majority written protest to the recommended increases was presented under Proposition 218. At the close of the public hearing the Utility Board adopted Resolution No. 315-16-1 BPU establishing rates for wastewater service, subject to approval by the NPUA and City Council.

Fiscal Impact:

Additional revenues to the water utility to fund expenses.

Environmental Impact:

N/A

Recommended Action:

Needles Public Utility Authority Action: Resolution No. 4-12-2016-1-NPUA approving rates for water service effective May 1, 2016 and rescinding all prior resolutions relating to the establishment of water rates.

Needles City Council Action: Resolution No. 2016-20 approving rates for water service effective May 1, 2016 and rescinding all prior resolutions relating to the establishment of water rates.

– Submitted By:

Rick Daniels, City Manager.

** Needles Public Utility Authority Motion: **

Approve.

** Needles Public Utility Authority Vote: **

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: No

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: No

Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes

City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget: Yes

Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams: Yes

Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.: Yes

** Needles City Council Motion: **

Approve.

** Needles City Council Vote: **

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: No

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: No

Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes

Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams: Yes

Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.: Yes

– Agenda Item #5: Needles Public Utility Authority Action: Approve the minutes of October 13, 2015.

** Needles Public Utility Authority Motion: **

Approve.

** Needles Public Utility Authority Vote: **

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: Yes

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: No

Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes

City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget: Yes

Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams: Yes

Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.: Yes

**** Consent Calendar Agenda Items: ****

All matters listed on the Consent Calendar are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed. The Mayor or any member of the Needles City Council may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Needles City Council action, a member of the public may address the Needles City Council on matters scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A 3 minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve Items #6 through #14 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

(Action Needed Agenda Items)

– Agenda Item #6: Approve the warrants register through April 12, 2016.

– Agenda Item #7: Approve the minutes of August 11 and October 27, 2015.

– Agenda Item #8: Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance No. 577-AC amending the Needles Municipal Code Chapter 12 “Licenses” adding a new Section 12.68.2 “Long Term Residential Rental Property(ies) and amending miscellaneous sections in support of this new program (2nd Reading – Adopt).

– Agenda Item #9: Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance No. 578-AC amending the Needles Municipal Code Section 6–20 establishing a “Residential Rental Property Inspection Program” (2nd Reading — Adopt).

– Agenda Item #10: Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance No. 579-AC amending Needles Municipal Code Chapter 11 “Health and Sanitation” adding Section 11.9 “Abandoned Residential Property Registration”, requiring lenders to maintain homes they seize and register the abandoned properties with the City (2nd Reading – Adopt).

– Agenda Item #11: Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2016-22 approving Final Parcel Map No. 19526, subdividing 5.176 +/- acres into 4 parcels located near Needles Highway, north of Rainbo Beach RV Park and south of River Palms RV Park in the City of Needles, APN 0660-151-05.

**** Agenda Item #11: Information from the City of Needles: ****

– Title:

City Council Resolution No. 2016-22 A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Needles, California Approving Final Parcel Map No. 19526, known as Assessor’s Parcel No. 0660–151-05.

– Background:

City council approved Tentative Parcel Map No. 19526 on September 8, 2015, subject to conditions. The Planning Commission reviewed the project at the April 6, 2016 Planning Commission meeting, including the conditions that are required to be met prior to approval of the final parcel map, and concurred all conditions have been satisfied. The Planning Commission approved Resolution No. 04-06-2016 PC recommending approval by City Council of Final Parcel Map No. 19526.

– Public Notification:

N/A

– Fiscal Impact:

N/A

– Environmental impact:

N/A

– Recommended Action: Move to:

Approve Resolution No. 2016-22, approving Final Parcel Map No. 19526

– Prepared By:

Dan Williams, Building Official.

– Agenda Item #12: Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2016-21 rescinding Resolution No. 2016-9 and accepting the sale of surplus city owned property to Community Healthcare Partner Inc.; 5 acres located on Bailey Avenue between the Hospital and Senior Center, APN 0185-233-57.

**** Agenda Item #12: Information from the City of Needles: ****

– Title:

City Council Resolution No. 2016-21 A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Needles, California Rescinding City Council Resolution 2016-9 Accepting the purchase offer for Surplus City-Owned Property, Buyer: “Community Healthcare Partner Inc.”, known as Assessor’s Parcel No. 0185-233-57 and 0.7 Acres of City Owned Property, known as Assessor’s Parcel No. 0185-233-56.

– Background:

City Council Resolution 2012–40 declared a 5-acre parcel located along Bailey Ave, south of the hospital, known as Assessor’s Parcel No. 0185-233-57, to be surplus and directed that a Broker Price Opinion (BPO) be used to identify its market value, initially identified as $100,000, and reduced in 2015 to its current sales price of $50,000, based upon an updated BPO.

The City has received an offer from Community Healthcare Partner Inc. (CHP Inc.) in the amount of $50,000. The buyer initially indicated a desire to reconfigure the parcel so that it abutted with the existing parcel they currently own, as referenced in Resolution No. 2016-9, now being rescinded. Instead, the buyer wants to move forward in purchasing this parcel as is, and also purchase 0.7 acres of city-owned land, i.e. APN 0185-233-56, for $7,000, located between the hospital parcel and this parcel being purchased. The attached Resolution authorizes the City Council to accept the offer for the five acre parcel, also known as APN 0185-233-57, and the 0.7 acre parcel, also known as APN 0185-233-56. All expenses associated with any lot line adjustment/merger, etc. will be borne by the buyer.

– Fiscal Impact:

$57,000 additional funds for the restricted fund.

– Environmental Impact:

N/A

– Recommended Action:

Approve Resolution No. 2016-21 accepting the purchase offer submitted by Community Healthcare Partner Inc. for the 5-acre parcel of surplus city-owned property known as APN 0185-233-57 and the 0.7 acre parcel known as APN 0185-233-56.

– Submitted By:

Cindy Semione, Planning Dept.

– Agenda Item #13: Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2016-23 rescinding Resolution No. 2015-31 implementing a sales reduction program for the sale of city owned surplus properties when a construction permit is in place 18 months after the sale closing.

**** Agenda Item #13: Information from the City of Needles: ****

– Title:

City Council Resolution No. 2016–23 A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Needles, California Rescinding City Council Resolution 2015-31 Implementing a Sales Reduction Program for the Sale of City-Owned Surplus Property When a Construction Permit is in Place 18 Months After the Sales Closing.

– Background:

In support of the City Council goal for positive economic development, Resolution No. 2015-31 implemented a sales reduction program for the sale of city-owned property when a construction permit is in place 18 months after the sales closing, was approved.

Recently, the process for the sale of city-owned property has been amended, and Resolution No. 2015-31 is being rescinded.

– Fiscal Impact:

N/A

– Environmental Impact:

N/A

– Recommended Action:

Approve Resolution No. 2016-23 rescinding Resolution No. 2015-31 Implementing a Sales Reduction Program for the Sale of City-Owned Surplus Property when a Construction Permit is in Place 18 Months after the Sales Closing.

– Submitted By:

Cindy Semione, Planning Dept.

– Agenda Item #14: Authorize the Mayor to execute the System Conservation Implementation Agreement No. 15-XX 30-W096 (SCIA) between the Unites State Bureau of Reclamation and the City of Needles, CA for $505,000 of capital improvements at the Rivers Edge Golf Course.

**** Agenda Item #14: Information from the City of Needles: ****

– Title:

System Conservation Implementation Agreement (SCIA) between U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the City of Needles, CA to Implement a Pilot System Conservation Program at River’s Edge Golf Course.

– Background:

In December 2014 the City applied for water conservation grants from the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) for water re-use and irrigation system improvements, and turf removal at the golf course thus lessening the amount of area requiring watering. In early 2015 the City was notified that the City’s turf removal project was chosen for funding. Since that time the funding parties have developed the program details. The SCIA obligates the funding parties to provide $505,000 to the City to undertake the turf removal project as it proposed. 40 acres of turf will be removed and replaced with ground cover such as small gravel or colored clay. The second phase is to upgrade the golf course well with a variable speed pump to increase watering efficiency. Approximately 3460 acre-feet of water is expected to be saved over the ten year period of the project and will be retained in Lake Mead.

The project was identified in the Capital Improvement Program approved by the City Council. Final engineering design and preparation of bid specifications is underway with Council bid award expected in May for June–August construction.

– Fiscal Impact:

$505,000 of capital improvements will be undertaken which will result in less water use and an overall improvement to the golf course.

– Recommendation:

Authorize the Mayor to execute the agreement with BOR and the funding agencies.

– Submitted By:

City Manager Daniels.

** Needles City Council Motion: **

Approve agenda items #6 through #14, but pull for discussion agenda items #10 and #12.

** Needles City Council Vote: **

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: No

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: No

Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes

Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams: Yes

Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.: Yes

– Regarding Agenda Item #10: A correction had to be discuss on agenda item #10.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels informed members of the Needles City Council that in Section 11.92 Definitions; Owner of Record, it said “Riverside County Recorder’s Office” when it should have said, “San Bernardino County Recorder’s Office”.

After note of the correction, members of the Needles City Council voted to approve agenda item #10.

** Needles City Council Vote: **

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: Yes

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: Yes

Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes

Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams: Yes

Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.: Yes

– Regarding Agenda Item #12: Both City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget, M.D. and Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D. excused themselves from this agenda item for conflict of interest because the Colorado River Medical Center was or is a source of income for them.

After Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams presided over the Needles City Council during this agenda item, reminding members of the Needles City Council voted to approved agenda item #10.

** Needles City Council Motion: **

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: Yes

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: Yes

Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes

Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes

**** Regular Agenda Items: ****

– Agenda Item #15: Resolution No. 2016-18 authorizing the city manager, or designee, access to summary criminal history information for employment, licensing or certification purposes and direct staff to process the application with the Department of Justice. (ACT)

(Action Needed Agenda Item)

**** Agenda Item #15: Information from the City of Needles: ****

– Title:

Department of Justice application for Live Scan Originating Agency Identifier (ORI) Number.

– Background:

The City Council adopted Ordinance No. 576-AC allowing for medical marijuana collectives, cultivation, manufacturing and testing facilities. Included in the Ordinance is the application process which requires a background check and Live Scan is the most cost effective way as it is the applicants responsible for all fees associated with Live Scan (approximately $79.00) payable to the facility providing the Live Scan service. Attached is the Department of Justice application for an OR number allowing the City Manager, or designee, to request Live Scan for the employees of the medical marijuana facilities.

– Fiscal Impact:

N/A

– Recommendation:

I Move to waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2016-18 authorizing the City Manager, or designee, access to summary criminal history information for employment, licensing or certification purposes and direct staff to process the application with the Department of Justice.

– Submitted By:

Dale Jones, City Clerk.

** Needles City Council Motion: **

Approve.

** Needles City Council Vote: **

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: Yes

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: Yes

Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes

Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams: Yes

Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.: Yes

– Agenda Item #16: Ratify execution of the 2016-2017 Fire Services Contract with San Bernardino County Fire Department.

(Action Needed Agenda Item)

**** Agenda Item #16: Information from the City of Needles: ****

– Title:

2016–17 Fire Services Contract.

– Background:

The City has petitioned the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) for annexation into the San Bernardino County Fire District with a parcel tax overlay. One of the LAFCO requirements is to have a contract in place beyond the May 2016 expiration of the current contract until the annexation can occur. Because the amount was less than either of the last two years and that time was of the essence I notified the Council at your last meeting and signed the contract subject to Council ratification. Attached is the executed document.

2014 $671,404

2015 $612,451

2016 $605,414 (Proposed)

– Fiscal Impact:

Lower cost fire service.

– Recommendation:

Authorize the proposed Fire Services contract with San Bernardino County Fire Department.

– Fiscal Impact:

– Submitted By:

Rick Daniels, City Manager.

** Needles City Council Motion: **

Approve.

** Needles City Council Vote: **

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson: Yes

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans: Yes

Needles City Council Member Tony Frazier: Yes

Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams: Yes

Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy: Yes

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.: Yes

 

** Needles City Manager’s Report: **

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Needles City Manager Rick Daniels discussed a various of items, including what’s going on with the old Taco Bell property and the search for a new grocery store. (More details coming up soon).

 

**** You can view other City of Needles meetings agendas at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://www.cityofneedles.com/Pages/Departments-Services/Boards/1-2015%20COUNCIL.html

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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