Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting.

Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting.

A Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting was held on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

** Here is a summary and the voting results that occurred during the meeting: **

**** Consent Calendar: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

All matters listed on the Consent Calendar are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed. The Chairman or any Member of the Board may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Board action, a member of the public may address the Board on matters scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A three-minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve Items #1 through #4 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative vote.

– Agenda Item #1:

Minutes of adjourned regular meetings held August 1, 2017.

– Agenda Item #2:

Ratify the City Council action approving execution of the Colorado River Contracts: 1) Interim Operating Agreement for Implementation of Minute No. 323; and 2) 2017 Lower Colorado River Basin Agreement for Binational Intentionally Created Surplus.

– Agenda Item #3:

Resolution No. 9-5-17 BPU authorizing to move forward with final phases 2, 3, 4 & 6 to include grading, fencing, concrete and contract labor for the assembly of the North Needles (formerly referred to as Firehouse) Substation on city-owned property located at 3240 Needles Highway not to exceed project budget totaling $1,174.967 (Ratification of City Council approval on August 22, 2017).

– Agenda Item #4:

Approve the purchase and installation of a new water booster pump at the Lily Hill booster Station by Layne Christensen Co. as a single source purchase due to the emergency failing of the electric panel and pump (cost of $13,983.25 — Ratification of City Council approval on August 22, 2017).

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #1 through #4 on the Consent Calendar.

 

**** Regular Items: ****

– Agenda Item #5:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Approve a 2% cost-of-living (COLA) increase in electric rates as of October 1, 2017; and approve the methodology to calculate the annual electric base rate and power cost adjustment rate based on the spreadsheets prepared by Commissioner Schneider.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item #5.

 

– Agenda Item #6:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Approve a 2.5% cost-of-living (COLA) increase in water and wastewater rates as of October 1, 2017.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item #6.

 

– Agenda Item #7:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Resolution No. 9-5-17-1 BPU authorizing the capital project addition to the Capital Improvement Plan for the electric utility to reconductor the Moabi circuit from Eagle Pass Substation to the High School area not to exceed $250,000 in materials and labor and extend the contract for labor services for line work to Outsource Utility Construction Corp.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item #7.

 

– Agenda Item #8:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Approve moving forward with the insulator replacement project for the electric utility not to exceed $130,000 in labor and materials and extend this project to Outsource Utility Construction Corp. to perform the work.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item #8.

 

– Agenda Item #9:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Approve moving forward with the meter replacement program for the electric utility not to exceed $150,000 in parts and labor and extending this project to Outsource Utility Construction Corp. to perform the work.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item #9.

 

– Agenda Item #10:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Continued review of the 2001 water system evaluation by Boyle Engineering Corp. and list of improvements with priorities and funding.

Agenda Item #11 was information only and no votes was taken by members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities.

 

**** Reports: ****

** Video (Agenda Items #11-14) from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Agenda Items #11:

Monthly activity report for June 2017.

– Agenda Items #12:

Needles present perfected rights (PPR) report for July 2017.

– Agenda Items #13:

Delinquency amounts ending July 31, 2017.

– Agenda Items #14:

EUSI, LLC operational support services relating to the wastewater treatment facility and collection system July 2017.

Agenda Items #11-14 were information only and no votes was taken by members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities.

 

**** City Manager Report: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.

 

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

http://cityofneedles.com/Pages/Departments-Services/Boards/

For more information regarding the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meetings, please contact Cheryl K. Sallis at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 315.

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