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

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

A Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting was held on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

The Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

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

**** Executive Session: ****

  • Agenda Item A:

Conference with Labor Negotiator pursuant to California Government Code $54957.6 – Personnel – Agency Representative City Manager Rick Daniels – Employee Organizations: Needles Unclassified Employees Association (NUEA) and San Bernardino Public Employees Association (SBPEA) Teamsters Local 1932.

  • Agenda Item B:

Conference with real property negotiators pursuant to Government Code $54956.8; Agency negotiator City Manager Rick Daniels or his designee. Negotiating Parties are the City of Needles as the potential seller and Greens Group as the potential buyer of city owned properties APN 0185046-12 generally located at Broadway and Needles Highway and APN 0185-341-09 generally located near the J Street off-ramp and Third Street Hill; Under negotiation are the price and terms.

  • Agenda Item C:

SARDA – Conference with real property negotiators pursuant to Government Code $54956.8: Agency negotiator City Manager Rick Daniels or his designee. Negotiating Parties are the City of Needles as the potential seller and Greens Group as the potential buyer of SARDA owned property, APN 0185-046-05 generally located on Market Street by “0” Street; Under negotiation are the price and terms.

  • Agenda Item D:

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

  • Agenda Item E:

Conference with legal counsel – anticipated litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(2) and/or(3) and/or (4) (one case).

 

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

  • Agenda Item A:

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

  • Agenda Item B:

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

  • Agenda Item C:

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

  • Agenda Item D:

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

  • Agenda Item E:

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

 

**** Public Appearances: ****

  • Speaker 1: Member of the Needles Downtown Business Alliance promotes upcoming Route 66 Railway Day event.

  • Speaker 2: Citizen asked members of the Needles City Council if the watering program was still going on, a truck driving around watering plants in the community. Citizen talks about if plants along along West Broadway at J Street and L Street in Downtown Needles, California were being maintained or watered. There has been plants recently planted there, and citizen wanted to know if there was any watering going on. If not, they’ll continue to water them.

  • Speaker 3: Superintendent for Needles Unified School District thanked Needles City Council and City of Needles for supporting Solar Summer Camp. For their donation and dedication to the students and City of Needles, we can offer 2 week summer camp program. Superintendent talks a bit about the summer camp program.

  • Speaker 4: Citizen spoke about a C.U.P. that he said was passed by members of the Needles Planning Commission regarding a medical marijuana distribution facility on Spike Road, and his concerns regarding the facility operations.

The item was regarding a Conditional Use Permit (C.U.P.) for a medical marijuana distribution facility, Suite “D”, in the C-3, Highway Commercial Zone, located at 101 W. Spike’s Road, also known as APN 0650-431-10.

Members of the Needles Planning Commission unanimously voted to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 04-18-2018-1 PC during the Needles Planning Commission Meeting held on Wednesday, April 18th, 2018 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

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Needles City Attorney said to members of the Needles City Council and the public that this item has been subject of code enforcement activity and the item – a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana distribution facility, Suite D, in the C-3 Highway Commercial Zone located at 101 W. Spike’s Road, APN 0650-431-10 – has been continued to an adjourned regular Needles City Council Meeting being held on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018.

 

**** Administer Oath of Office: ****

  • Agenda Item #1:

Administer Oath of Office to newly appointed Council Member Tom Darcy and Code Enforcement Officer Bernie Hatz.

** Agenda Item Information: **

 

Dale Jones, City Clerk for the City of Needles, administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy and new Needles Code Enforcement Officer Bernie Hatz.

 

**** Public Hearing: ****

  • Agenda Item #2:

A Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against rescinding Resolution No. 2017-116 adding a third building to the existing Conditional Use Permit, Bldg 3, for medical marijuana cultivation and recommending approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana distribution facility, Bldg 3, in the C-3 Highway Commercial Zone located at 3515 Needles Highway, APN 0660-162-06: Applicant: Matt Bates.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2018-23 rescinding Resolution No. 2017-116 adding a third building to the existing conditional use permit, building 3, for medical marijuana cultivation, and approving a conditional use permit for a medical marijuana distribution facility located at 3515 Needles Highway, Building 3, APN 0660-162-06.

** Agenda Item Information: **

Click to access cc_050818-2-marijuanaCUP.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2018-23 rescinding Resolution No. 2017-116 adding a third building to the existing conditional use permit, building 3, for medical marijuana cultivation, and approving a conditional use permit for a medical marijuana distribution facility located at 3515 Needles Highway, Building 3, APN 0660-162-06.

 

  • Agenda Item #3:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana distribution facility, Suite D, in the C-3 Highway Commercial Zone located at 101 W. Spike’s Road, APN 0650-431-10, has been continued to an adjourned regular meeting to be held May 29.

** Agenda Item Information: **

 

Agenda Item #14 was information only, no votes was taken by members of the Needles City Council, and the agenda item has been adjourned to the next regular Needles City Council Meeting being held on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018. 

 

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

**** Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority 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 City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority action, a member of the public may address the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority on matters Scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A 3 minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve items #4 through #6 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

  • Agenda Item #4:
  • Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Refund $250,000 each of the electrical improvement deposit to initial payers Shirali R. Shah and Sahil B. Shah.

** Agenda Item Information: **

Click to access cc_050818-4-refund.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #5:

City of Needles electric power allocation update.

** Agenda Item Information: **

Click to access cc_050818-5-electric.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #6:

Status report on the Lilly Hill Booster electric panel installation.

** Agenda Item Information: **

Click to access cc_050818-6-LillyHillBooster.pdf

 

Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #4 through #6 on the Consent Calendar.

 

**** Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Items: ****

  • Agenda Item #7:
  • Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 05-08-2018-NPUA and Resolution No. 2018-13 renaming the Firehouse (aka North Needles) Substation to the Murl L. Shaver Substation.

** Agenda Item Information: **

Click to access cc_050818-7-Shaver.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 05-08-2018-NPUA and Resolution No. 2018-13 renaming the Firehouse (aka North Needles) Substation to the Murl L. Shaver Substation. Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted “No” on the agenda item.

 

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

**** 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 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 #8 through #12 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

  • Agenda Item #8:

Approve the warrants register through May 8, 2018.

** Agenda Item Information: **

Click to access cc_050818-8-warrants.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #9:

Accept the work completed by Datagear, Inc. for the installation of security cameras in the EI Garces building in the amount of $24,526.59 and direct staff to file a Notice of Completion with the San Bernardino County Recorder’s Office.

** Agenda Item Information: **

Click to access cc_050818-9-DataGear.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #10:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2018-22 amending the meeting days of the Planning Commission to the first Wednesday of the month at 4:00 p.m.

** Agenda Item Information: **

Click to access cc_050818-10-planning-comm.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #11:

Accept the work completed by Hal Hays Construction Inc for the l-40 / J Street Connector project in the amount of $3,278,867.97 and direct staff to file a Notice of Completion with the San Bernardino County Recorder’s Office.

** Agenda Item Information: **

Click to access cc_050818-11-HalHays.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #12:

Reinstate Joe Payson to the Personnel Commission with a term to expire December 31, 2021.

** Agenda Item Information: **

Click to access cc_050818-12-personnel-comm.pdf

 

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #8 through #12 on the Consent Calendar.

 

**** Regular Items: ****

  • Agenda Item #13:

Approve the twenty-first amendment to Contract No. 99-376 (A21) with the County of San Bernardino providing for law enforcement services by amending Schedule A for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, authorize the Mayor to sign same and forward to the Sheriff with concerns.

** Agenda Item Information: **

Click to access cc_050818-13-sheriff-contract.pdf

Ross Tarangle, Captain of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station (Seen In Above Picture), was asked to come up and responded to questions by members of the Needles City Council. 

During discussion regarding this agenda item, some members of the Needles City Council raised their concerns about the department.

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans brought up where they are living and the benefit of having deputies live in town. benefit, such as deputies can walk school grounds as part of their shift for safety and to get to know the kids there. 

Speaking about having deputies living in town, “I do believe that our law enforcement personnel is out of touch with our community by not being here, and I know we can’t enforce,” said Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson adding that we are allowed to admit it in defense of a natural disaster response plan; response in a short amount of time because we’re separated by waterway. 

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson continued saying that “We got lots of things we want to get done in this town but we’re over 58% of our general fund to public agency resources so I know we have to approve this but I would really like approval with condition that we do look into fees ability study.”

Ross Tarangle, Captain of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station, told members of the Needles City Council that any conditions made are outside of this schedule and we’re open to discuss any and all topics.

Captain Ross Tarangle told members of the Needles City Council, “We provide service to this community that is top notch. Our deputies are very involved in this community. As far as knowing where people are – where criminals are, they’re very efficient and effective in solving crimes, arresting people and I think they do a great job so we’re willing to discuss anything, but this is the financial component.”

Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood spoke afterwards saying, “Just my opinion – I say absolutely not to the $149,000. I thin since 2010, we’ve been giving them everything they want. We pretty much had to because we didn’t have any teeth in the fight and we didn’t have any revenue. I absolutely think we need to look into having the City of Needles Police Department come back to the city. I think we need to say ‘No’ to the $149,000.”

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt asked, “Is that an option? I think we’ve talked about this many times and I don’t think that it is.

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt then said.”I do agree the Sheriff’s Department does a great job, but unfortunately we should be able to talk about other issues.”

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt then said issues that we need to deal with is giving us a city reports on what you’re doing.

Captain Ross Tarangle responded saying to members of the Needles City Council, “Well I can discuss with Mr. Daniels the format, the information and we’ll be happy to provide that information. We did in the pass, it was stopped at one point because people felt it wasn’t necessary – so if concern, we can look at that again.”

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans spoke afterwards saying, “I don’t want to see everyone as citizens as criminals and that we fight crime everyday because it’s consider to be peace officers and this visual around town, thought the school, to be current – offensives and way not’s. Just exposure to me is a big deal. Seeing how many minutes you put on – just the visibility of the deputy.”

Captain Ross Tarangle responded to Needles City Council Member Louise Evans saying, “I didn’t say all the citizens were criminals.”

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans responded to Captain Ross Tarangle saying, “I’m not saying that, I just to express that to you. I wasn’t referring to that but that’s the way I see it as and that we don’t have to consider that. I would like to promote the community – has the option – if you see a crime, you can sign a citation with the deputies but you go to court at your own expense. I don’t know if a lot of people know that – so that the community can be a watchful eye a lot of times.”

Captain Ross Tarangle responded to Needles City Council Member Louise Evans’ comment saying, “We basically explain that to people all the time and when there’s a crime that requires that type of action, they can certainly place that person under citizen arrest.”

Captain Ross Tarangle continued saying, “The deputies in Needles patrol the city everyday, we see the police cars driving around everyday. Those are part of the City’s contract – if you want them to say ‘Sheriff” on them, are not part of the City’s contract. There’s a lot more resources in this city then the City pays for.” 

After discussing back and forth on this agenda item, a motion was introduce; to approve the addendum, included: “To put the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department on 18 month notice that we attend to renegotiate or terminate our contract.”

Also added in the motion was a fees ability study into establishing City own police department be started and the recommendation to improve accountability and reporting from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve the addendum, including the 18 month notice, starting fees ability study, and the recommendation for improve accountability and reporting from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

 

  • Agenda Item #14:

Discussion regarding the organic recycling requirements for food facilities, AB1826.

** Agenda Item Information: **

Click to access cc_050818-14-organic-recycling.pdf

Agenda Item #14 was discretionary only and no votes was taken by members of the Needles City Council.

 

  • Agenda Item #15:

Discussion regarding placing a measure(s) on the ballot for the November 6, 2018 General Municipal Election.

** Agenda Item Information: **

Click to access cc_050818-15-measures.pdf

Agenda Item #15 was discretionary only, but members of the Needles City Council voted on 2 motions regarding placing a measure(s) on the ballot for the General Municipal Election being held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018:

The 1st Motion: Retain the tax of gross sales receipt for medical marijuana cultivation rather than going to square footage tax for 2 years when more information can be obtained. Members of the Needles City Council voted 4-1 to placing this as a measure on the ballot. Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted “No” on this motion. Motion was approved.

The 2nd Motion: To establish a square footage tax on adult use cultivation only. Members of the Needles City Council voted 3-2 to placing this as a measure on the ballot. Needles City Council Member Louise Evans, Needles City Council Member Tona Belt, and Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy all voted “No” on this motion. Motion failed to pass.

 

  • Agenda Item #16:

Accept the bid of 3D-Networks LLC in the amount of $8,580.00 for a 3 year contract consisting of website re-design, 3 year maintenance and hosting website content and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed.

** Agenda Item Information: **

Click to access cc_050818-16-website.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to accept the bid of 3D-Networks LLC in the amount of $8,580.00 for a 3 year contract consisting of website re-design, 3 year maintenance and hosting website content and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed.

 

**** 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 Tom Darcy:
  • Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D.:

 

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

Click to access cc_050818-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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