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

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

An adjourned Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was held on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

The adjourned Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was broadcast live at Drew’s News on Facebook, but the video was either blocked by Facebook or was wrongfully flagged by trolls, preventing you from watching a public meeting.

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

**** Executive Session: ****

  • Agenda Item A:

Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.

  • Agenda Item B:

Conference with legal counsel -anticipated litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(4) (one case)

 

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

  • Agenda Item A:

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

  • Agenda Item B:

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

 

**** Public Hearings: ****

  • Agenda Item #1:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility, Bldg 1D, in the C-3, Highway Commercial Zone, located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-10 thru 15.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-94 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building Suite 1D located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-13.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-1-1D_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-94 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building Suite 1D located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-13.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #1.

 

  • Agenda Item #2:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility, Bldg 2A, in the C-3, Highway Commercial zone, located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-10 thru 15.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-95 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building 2A located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN O660-081-10 and APN 0660-081-11.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-2-2A_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-95 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building 2A located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN O660-081-10 and APN 0660-081-11.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #2.

 

  • Agenda Item #3:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility, Bldg 3A, in the C-3, Highway Commercial zone, located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-10 thru 15.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-96 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility situated within Building 3A located a 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN O660-081-14.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-3-3A_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-96 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility situated within Building 3A located a 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN O660-081-14.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #3.

 

  • Agenda Item #4:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility, Bldg 3B, in the C-3, Highway Commercial zone, located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-10 thru 15.

Approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-97 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building 3B located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-15.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-4-3B_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-97 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building 3B located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-15.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #4.

 

  • Agenda Item #5:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility situated within Building 4A located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-15.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-98 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility situated within Building 4A located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN O66O-O81-14.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-5-4A_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-98 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility situated within Building 4A located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN O66O-O81-14.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #5.

 

  • Agenda Item #6:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility, Bldg 4B, in the C-3, Highway Commercial Zone, located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-10 thru 15.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-99 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building 4B located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN Օ660-Օ81-15.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-6-4B_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-99 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building 4B located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN Օ660-Օ81-15.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #6.

 

  • Agenda Item #7:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility, Suite 1B/1C, in the C-3, Highway Commercial zone, located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-10 thru 15.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-100 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility situated within Building Suites 1B and 1C located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-13.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-7_1B1C_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-100 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility situated within Building Suites 1B and 1C located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-13.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #7.

 

  • Agenda Item #8:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana distribution facility, Bldg Suite 1A, in the C-3, Highway Commercial zone, located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-13 thru 15.

Approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-101 approving a Conditional Use Permit for Building Suite 1A of a medical marijuana distribution facility located a 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660O81-13.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-8_1A_distribution_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-101 approving a Conditional Use Permit for Building Suite 1A of a medical marijuana distribution facility located a 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660O81-13.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #8.

 

  • Agenda Item #9:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility in the C-2, General Commercial zone, located at 138″D” Street, also known as APN 0186-106-28, 0186-106-34 and 0186-106-29.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-102 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility located at 138″D” Street, also known as APN 0186-106-28, 0186-106-34 and 0186-106-29.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-9_138DStreet.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-102 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility located at 138″D” Street, also known as APN 0186-106-28, 0186-106-34 and 0186-106-29.

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted “No” on Agenda Item #9.

**** Additional Information: ****

During public appearance regarding this agenda item, the applicant with Deco Food Service, David Deatley (Cream Shirt) and Derek Deatley (Blue Shirt), told members of the Needles City Council and the public that, “We are not relocating our business.”

This comes after concerns from the community of Deco Food Service moving their business out of Needles, California for good.

Some members of the Needles City Council are worry about existing businesses in the community selling out for medical marijuana cultivation facilities and moving their businesses to another city or to Arizona.

But the applicant with Deco Food Service said that their business has been in this community for a long time and that, “We are committed in staying in Needles” and keeping their food distribution business in Needles, California, “makes the most sense to us.”

During pass meetings which were broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook, Deco Food Service has stated that they had no intent on leaving this community for good, and would like to grow their food distribution business in Needles, California, but the current location, on Front Street near D Street in Downtown Needles, California, restraints them from expanding their business.

The Deco food service warehouse is surrounded by 2 streets to the north and east, an alleyway to the south, and another building, Eagles Lodge #2599, to the west.

Along with no room to grow, Deco Food Service said that the current location has cracked sidewalks and driveway along Front Street that are in need of being renew.


This medical marijuana cultivation facility project will required applicants to process an encroachment permit with the City of Needles to allow for minimizing the existing sidewalk width along D Street from 5 feet to 3 feet and install landscaping along the sidewalk in front of Front Street to consist of circular/square metal tree grates for 3 trees.

The requirements came up and was unanimously voted on during public hearing at the Needles Planning Commission Meeting held on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017.

Deco Food Service states that they are working, including with the City of Needles, on finding a new location in Needles, California their food distribution business, including a site that they like along San Clemente Street.

The applicant with Deco Food Service also has stated that until a new location is found in Needles, California, they will be working out of a temporary warehouse in Fort Mohave, Arizona, but their sales and administration office, located along the 700 block of West Broadway, will remain inside that building at that location. 

Another concern that has been raised at pass meetings regarding this medical marijuana cultivation facility project was over 3 “separation issues”, occupies in the Downtown Needles, California area that are near by or down the street from the project site.

Currently, the project site is prohibited from functioning as a medical marijuana facility since it is within 1,000 ft. of the community school run by the Needles Unified School District, currently located on the corner of Front Street and F Street near Santa Fe Park.

The applicant with Deco Food Service is working with Needles Unified School District in relocating the school to a different location and is purchasing the old Desert Communities Federal Credit Union on Third Street near D Street from the Needles Elks Lodge.


A letter to the City of Needles from the Needles Unified School District, dated Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017, provides a relocation date of no later than Wednesday, February 28th, 2018.

Currently, the project site is also within 1,000 ft of a Girl Scout facility, which is located at 111 C Street.


The applicant with Deco Food Service provided a letter to the City of Needles from the President and C.E.O. of the “Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio’, dated Thursday, November 30th, 2017, indicating that they have received an offer for the purchase of the property, which will be considered by the organization at the Board of Directors Meeting in February 2018.

Currently, the project site is also 200 ft of a church, Needles Community United Methodist Fellowship, located at 111 D Street.


The applicant with Deco Food Service provided a letter to the City of Needles from Pastor, dated Thursday, November 30th, 2017, indicating the church will be vacating the site “in the very near future’.

The applicant with Deco Food Service said that they are working with Needles Community United Methodist Fellowship on finding another new location in the community.

As stated in documents from the City of Needles, the project has been conditioned so that no activity related to medical marijuana can occur at the proposed site until such time as the separation issues identified above are resolved.

Another concern that has been raised at pass meetings regarding this medical marijuana cultivation facility project has to do with the location of the project being in area the community wants to see designated as a downtown district.

Talks during pass meetings stated the need of seeing more retail businesses and restaurants in this area instead of medical marijuana cultivation facilities, but the issue has raised a debate over what is designated as downtown to the City of Needles.

City of Needles continues to discuss what is designated as being downtown, including from what street to what street makes this area be downtown, and getting a general plan for the City of Needles started. 

 

  • Agenda Item #10:

Request for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP)Amendment from Medical investor Holdings LLC for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility, to merge Suite A and Suite B and create Suite “A”, and to allow a processing module using volatile solvents, in the C-3 Highway Commercial zone, located at 3247 Needles Hwy., also known as APN 0660-091-09.

Approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-103 rescinding Resolution No. 2016-56 and amending Resolution No. 2016-55 merging Suite A and B, creating Suite A and increasing the size of the existing manufacturing facility (Suite A) from 1,200 sq. ft. to 2,400 sq. ft. and adding a processing module to the existing facility (Suite A) to allow manufacturing using volatile solvents at 3247 Needles Highway, also known as APN 0660-091-09.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-10_suiteA_3247Needles.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-103 rescinding Resolution No. 2016-56 and amending Resolution No. 2016-55 merging Suite A and B, creating Suite A and increasing the size of the existing manufacturing facility (Suite A) from 1,200 sq. ft. to 2,400 sq. ft. and adding a processing module to the existing facility (Suite A) to allow manufacturing using volatile solvents at 3247 Needles Highway, also known as APN 0660-091-09.

 

  • Agenda Item #11:

Request for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP)Amendment from Medical Investor Holdings LLC for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility, to merge Suite B and Suite C, and Create Suite “C”, and to allow a processing module using volatile solvents, in the C-3, Highway Commercial zone, located at 3247 Needles Highway, also known as APN 0660-091-09.

Approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-104 rescinding Resolution No. 2016-58 and amending Resolution No. 2016-57 merging Suite C and D, creating Suite C and increasing the size of the existing manufacturing facility (Suite C) from 1,200 sq. ft. to 2,400 sq. ft. and adding a processing module to the existing facility (Suite C) to allow manufacturing using volatile solvents at 3247 Needles Highway, also known as APN 0660-091-09.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-11_suiteC_3247Needles.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-104 rescinding Resolution No. 2016-58 and amending Resolution No. 2016-57 merging Suite C and D, creating Suite C and increasing the size of the existing manufacturing facility (Suite C) from 1,200 sq. ft. to 2,400 sq. ft. and adding a processing module to the existing facility (Suite C) to allow manufacturing using volatile solvents at 3247 Needles Highway, also known as APN 0660-091-09.

 

**** Regular Items: ****

  • Agenda Item #12:

Direct the City Clerk to advertise vacancies on the Personnel Commission.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-12-personnel_comm.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to direct the City Clerk to advertise vacancies on the Personnel Commission.

 

  • Agenda Item #13:

Discuss the action taken by the city council at the December 12 meeting to not allow 6th graders to play the current (basketball) season.

** Agenda Item Information: **

**** No Agenda Packet provided by the City of Needles. ****

Members of the Needles City Council voted 4-2 to allow 6th grade students into the current basketball season as of now and revisit the ruling in the Spring (April 2018).

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans and Needles City Council Member Tona Belt voted “No” on Agenda Item #13.

The vote came following discussion and some heated debate over allowing or not allowing 6th grade students to play in the current basketball season.

 

**** The Needles City Council Meeting was adjourned and will meet back at 5:00pm PT on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017. ****

 

**** 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.:

 

**** You can view the full adjourned 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/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-agenda%20ALL.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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