Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting.

Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting.

A Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was held on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

** Due to some recording problems with our camera, some videos from the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting will be delayed. ZachNews is working on the rest of the videos prior to going live and will be posting the videos in this news story later. ZachNews is putting videos from ZachNews’ Facebook page of some of the agenda items discussed and voted on as well as live video from the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting. Please keep checking back for those videos. **

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

**** Executive Session: ****

– Agenda Item A:

Public Employee Performance Evaluation pursuant to Government Code Section 54957 Employee Title: City Manager.

 

**** Needles City Attorney Report on Executive Session: ****

– Agenda Item A:

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

 

**** Public Appearances: ****

** Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

Terry Campbell spoke during public appearances about a welcoming event for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 being held at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

** More Information: **

https://zachnews.net/2017/09/17/needles-ca-military-vehicle-preservation-associations-route-66-convoy-2017/

 

**** Interviews: ****

– Agenda Item #1:

Interviews and possible appointments to fill vacancies on various Boards and Commissions.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-1-interviews.pdf

 

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appoint Janet Jernigan to the Planning Commission with a term to expire December 31, 2018.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appoint David L. Keller to the Recreation and Park Commission With a term to expire December 31, 2020.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appoint Dan Pitts to the Cemetery Advisory Commission With a term to expire December 31, 2019.

 

**** Presentations: ****

– Agenda Item #2:

** Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

Presentation to Susan Alva, Account Clerk lll, on her retirement after 40 years of city service.

Susan Alva was welcomed up with lots of hugs and thanks by members of the Needles City Council as well as the City of Needles Mayor, and was given a nice jacket in appreciation of her 40 years of work with the City of Needles.

 

**** Public Hearings: ****

– Agenda Item #3:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against subdividing an 81.27 +/-acres into two parcels: Parcel 1 is 7.37 +/-acres; Parcel 2 is the reminder of 73.9 +/-acres: Parcel Map 19854 located in the public facilities zone, also known as the “Rodeo Grounds” APN 0185-233-64: Applicant Travis Phillips.

Resolution No. 2017-69 approving Parcel Map 19854 subdividing 81.27+/-acres into two lots located on San Clemente; APN 0185-233-64.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-3-parcelmap.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2017-69 approving Parcel Map 19854 subdividing 81.27+/-acres into two lots located on San Clemente; APN 0185-233-64.

 

 

 

– Agenda Item #4:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against a proposed General Plan Amendment from Residential Medium Density (MH) designation to a General Commercial (CG) designation and a proposed zone change from a two Family Residential (R-2) designation to a General Commercial (C-2) designation for the property located at 318 San Clemente, APN 186 213-23: Applicant Brain McCorkle.

Ordinance No. 597-AC approving a proposed General Plan Amendment from Residential Medium Density (MH) designation to a General Commercial (CG) designation and a proposed zone change from a two Family Residential (R-2) designation to a General Commercial (C-2) designation for the property located at 318 San Clemente, APN 186-213-23 (1′ reading-post).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-4-generalplan.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Ordinance No. 597-AC approving a proposed General Plan Amendment from Residential Medium Density (MH) designation to a General Commercial (CG) designation and a proposed zone change from a two Family Residential (R-2) designation to a General Commercial (C-2) designation for the property located at 318 San Clemente, APN 186-213-23 (1st reading-post).

Needles City Council Members Evans and Hazlewood recused themselves from Agenda Item #4 because of conflict of interest.

 

– Agenda Item #5:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a medical marijuana cultivation facility in the C-2, General Commercial Zone, located at 318 San Clemente, APN 0186-213-23: Applicant Randi Benbow.

Resolution No. 2017-70 approving a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a medical marijuana cultivation facility located at 318 San Clemente, APN 0186-213-23.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-5-CUP-marijuana.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2017-70 approving a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a medical marijuana cultivation facility located at 318 San Clemente, APN 0186-213-23.

Needles City Council Members Evans and Hazlewood recused themselves from Agenda Item #5 because of conflict of interest.

 

– Agenda Item #6:

The public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) amendment from Medical investor Holdings LLC for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility, adding a 10 foot X 20 foot processing module using volatile solvents in the C-2 General Commercial Zone located at 1804 Needles Highway, APN 0185-045-03 .

** Agenda Item Information: **

 

The public hearing for Agenda Item #6 has been continued to the next Needles City Council Meeting being held oTuesday, October 10, 2017.

 

**** Recess The Needles City Council Meeting And Convene A Joint Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting: ****

**** Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council Consent Calendar: ****

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 Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council action, a member of the public may address the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council on matters scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A 3 minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve Items 7 through 10 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #7: NPUA ACTION: Approve the minutes of June 13, June 27 and July 11, 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-7-npua-minutes.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #8: NPUA/COUNCIL ACTION: 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 Board of Public Utilities Commissioner Schneider.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-8-colaelectric.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #9: NPUA/COUNCIL ACTION: Approve a 2.5% cost-of-living (COLA) increase in water and Wastewater rates as of October 1, 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-9-colawater-wastewater.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #10: NPUA/COUNCIL ACTION: Approve an electrical improvement refund in the amount of $400,000 to loeplant Management since the property sale agreement was terminated by the buyer on August 8, 2017, APN186-222-07 (28.2 acres located in the vicinity of Ice Plant Road and I-40).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-10-depositrefund.pdf

 

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #7 through #10 and pull Agenda Items #8 and #9 on the Consent Calendar.

After discussion, members of both the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item #8 on the Consent Calendar. 

After discussion, members of both the Needles Public Utility Authority voted 6-1 to approve Agenda Item #9 on the Consent Calendar. Needles City Council Member Evans voted “No” on Agenda Item #9.

 

 

– Agenda Item #11:

NPUA ACTION: Resolution No. 09-26-2017-NPUA authorizing a portion of the previously adopted Capital improvement Plan for the Eagle Pass to lce Plant (formally referred to as Cure Farms) Substation for the electric utility to re-conductor 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 service for line work to Outsource Utility Construction Corp using electric asset replacement funds.

COUNCIL ACTION: Concur with the action taken by the NPUA adopting Resolution No. 09-26 2017-NPUA.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-11-moabicircuit.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 09-26-2017-NPUA.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 09-26-2017-NPUA.

 

 

– Agenda Item #12:

NPUA ACTION: Resolution No. 09-26-2017-1-NPUA approving moving forward with the insulator replacement project for the electric utility not to exceed $130,000 in labor and materials and extend the project to Outsource Utility Construction Corp. to perform the Work using electric asset replacement funds.

COUNCIL ACTION; Concur with the action taken by the NPUA adopting Resolution No. 09-26 2017-1-NPUA.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-12-insulators.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 09-26-2017-1-NPUA.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 09-26-2017-1-NPUA.

 

** Live Video (Starting from Agenda Items 13 to Needles City Council Requests) from ZachNews on Facebook: **

– Agenda Item #13:

NPUA ACTION: Resolution No. 09-26-2017-2-NPUA approving moving forward with the meter replacement project for the electric utility not to exceed $150,000 in labor and materials and extending this project to Outsource Utility Construction Corp. to perform the work using electric asset replacement funds.

COUNCIL ACTION: Concur with the action taken by the NPUA adopting Resolution No. 09-262017-2-NPUA.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-13-meters.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 09-26-2017-2-NPUA.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 09-26-2017-2-NPUA.

 

– Agenda Item #14:
Approve using Electric Asset Replacement Funds in the amount of $400,000 for the project shortfall and change order #2 to Outsource Utility Construction to complete the Yoney Substation to Spike’s Road intertie Project.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-14-yoney-spikes-intertie.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve  using Electric Asset Replacement Funds in the amount of $400,000 for the project shortfall and change order #2 to Outsource Utility Construction to complete the Yoney Substation to Spike’s Road intertie Project.

 

**** Adjourn Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council and Reconvene Needles City Council: ****

**** Needles City Council 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 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 #15 through #23 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #15: Approve the warrants register through September 12 and September 26, 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-15-warrants.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #16: Approve the minutes of June 13, June 27 and July 11, 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-16-minutes.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #17: Authorize the Mayor to execute a letter in opposition of SB649, Wireless Telecommunications Facilities, and direct the City Clerk to forward to Senator Hueso.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-17-wireless.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #18: Calendar Year 2018 healthcare costs for city employees update (Information Only).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-18-healthcare.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #19: Approve the Parks & Recreation Commission recommendation to amend the Youth Sports Handbook regarding Flag Football scoring.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-19-sports.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #20: Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-57 adopting procedures for unclaimed funds.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-20-unclaimedfunds.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #21: Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-68 approving Fiscal Years 2018-2022 Measure Five Year Capital improvement Plan.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-21-meausreI.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #22: Ratify the city managers appointment of Robert Benoit to the full-time position of Wastewater Treatment Operator 1, from a provisional position,

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-22-wastewater-operator.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #23: Accept the work completed by Western Construction Specialist, Mohave Valley, AZ, for the CDBG Curb, Gutter and Sidewalk construction on the west side of Bailey Avenue in the amount of $52,007 and authorize staff to file a “Notice of Completion” with the San Bernardino County Recorder.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-23-cdbg-bailey.pdf

 

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #15 through #23 and pull Agenda Item #19 on the Consent Calendar.
After discussion, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item #19 on the Consent Calendar.

 

**** Regular Items: ****

– Agenda Item #24:
Discussion regarding the distance separation requirements for Medical Marijuana Facilities from Schools.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-24-marijuana-schools.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve to send it back to the planning and zoning with direction to change required distance from 1,000 ft to 600 ft from schools for facilities, not to included dispensaries or retail area. Needles City Council Member Belt voted “No” on Agenda Item #24.

 

– Agenda Item #25:
Resolution Number 2017-67 appointing a primary and alternate representative to the Mojave Desert & Mountain integrated Waste Joint Powers Authority Board who will also serve on the Solid Waste Advisory Task Force (SWAT).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-25-interatedwastebrd.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution 2017-67 appointing a primary Needles City Council Member Evans and alternate Lillian Darcy representative to the Mojave Desert and Mountain integrated Waste Joint Powers Authority Board who will also serve on the Solid Waste Advisory Task Force (SWAT).

 

– Agenda Item #26:
Authorize attendance at the Marijuana Business MJBizCon at the Las Vegas Convention Center, November 14-17, 2017 using the city council travel per diem funds.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-26-marijuana-conference.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to authorize attendance Needles Vice Mayor Williams at the Marijuana Business MJBizCon at the Las Vegas Convention Center, November 14-17, 2017 using the city council travel per diem funds.

 

– Agenda Item #27:
Discussion regarding pending property transactions.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-27-property.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to direct the Needles City Attorney to prepare a letter of default for the 4 properties that have been is escrow since 2013, and if we have to put them on notice, shortest time point mainly as possible to get out of this contract. 

 

– Agenda Item #28:
Discussion regarding the Olde Saint Nick Holiday Event.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-28-oldesaintnick.pdf

There was no action taken by members of the Needles City Council but voiced their support for the Women’s Club of Needles for the Christmas celebration.

 

**** Needles City Attorney’s Report: ****
Needles City Attorney John Pinkney,

 

**** Needles City Manager’s Report: ****
Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.

 

**** Needles City Council Requests: ****

– Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:

– Needles City Council Member Louise Evans:

– Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood:

– Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams:

– Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:

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

– Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D.:
**** After the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez talked to Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson regarding the Christmas celebration.

**** You can view the full Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting agenda packet at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-agenda-all.pdf

**** 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 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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