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

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

A Needles City Council Meeting was held on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

The Needles City Council Meeting was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

** Please Note: Needles City Council Members Tona Belt, Louise Evans, Clayton Hazlewood, Tom Darcy, Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams and Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. were present well Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson participated via teleconference call from Commerce, California. **

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

**** Executive Session: ****

  • Agenda Item A:

Conference with Legal Counsel Regarding Existing Litigation Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1): City of Needles v. Charles R. Ferril (Case number CIVDS 1824800).

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

  • Agenda Item A:

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

**** Public Appearances: ****

Marc Richards, retired Public Works Director with the City of Needles, spoke during Public Appearances to give thanks to the City of Needles for working for the community he loves.

“I just want to narrate that it was a privilege working for this city, and I think people need to acknowledge the fact that our jobs we do, that it’s a privilege to work and service the community. And I have great respect for this town, its history, everything about it, and I’m glad to be a part of it. And I just wanna to say thank you; I never had a chance to thank each and every one of you, and I felt compelled to come forward and give thanks to you, and I appreciate all of the things you’ve helped me through, and done with you, and all the projects we had; I really enjoyed doing. And I’ll never forget this place, and if I can be any help to you, give me a call. But ah… I really don’t have a lot more to say…  it’s just a great town, lots of history and I pray and ask God to bless this place and to revive it; bring it back to its old glory; it looks like you’re on your way. So thank you very much. Thank you Rick, thank you mayor, council people; I appreciate the fact that I had a job for 22 years here, and I really do thank you for that because it saved me a lot of heartaches by not having this job. So I just pray that other people that work in the rank can see what a privilege it is to have a job like this, and so that’s all I wanted to say – just thank you very much,” said Marc Richards.

After speaking, everybody in the room applauded and members of the Needles City Council can be heard saying “Thank You” to Marc Richards.

Marc Richards began working with the City of Needles in August 1996, first as a mechanic for 13 years before he became public works director with the City of Needles.

As seen in the picture above taken by ZachNews during Train Days 2015, City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget giving thanks to everybody who worked together to get this old railroad cantilever signal project moving, including to City of Needles Public Works Department Director Marc Richards who undertook the placement project of the old railroad cantilever signal.

Marc Richards announced his retirement in mid Summer 2018 and worked his last day with the City of Needles on Friday, July 27th, 2018.

Marc Richards continues to work on a personal project, restoring an original 1923 American LaFrance Fire Truck, one of the first fire truck in Needles, California.

As seen in this picture from ZachNews during Train Days 2015, this was how the original 1923 American LaFrance Fire Truck when ZachNews first talked with Marc Richards about his work to restore the old fire truck and how this is a personal project that is being funded by donations.

Since then, the chassis on the fire truck is completed, the fire truck’s motor has been rebuilt and all of the wheels are on the fire truck, but there is still more work to be done, Marc Richards said we need between $10,000 and $15,000 more to fully restore the fire truck.

**** How To Help: ****

** If you would like to make a donation towards restoring the original 1923 American LaFrance Fire Truck, please taken your donations to the following locations: **

  • City of Needles’ Administrative Offices:

817 Third Street near F Street in Downtown Needles, California

  • Needles Regional Museum:

929 Front Street near G Street in Downtown Needles, California

** Thank you for saving a part of our community’s history. **

 

**** Presentations: ****

  • Agenda Item #1:

Presentation to Ryly Payson, Erin Breaux, Isidro Ramirez and Dawsen Yeager who participated in the ten day Devil Pups Training Program.

City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget presented proclamations to Ryly Payson, Erin Breaux, Isidro Ramirez and Dawsen Yeager, for successfully completing the 10 day Devil Pups Youth Program for America program, a boot camp organized by Marine Corps Base in Camp Pendleton, California and took place in early summer 2018.

The proclamations were presented during the Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 in Needles, California.

According to their website, the Devil Pups Youth Program for America’s mission is to challenge, educate and help young boys and girls of all backgrounds to learn self-confidence and responsibility for their actions.

The Devil Pups Youth Program for America’s vision is to have a powerful, positive impact on the quality of life of young men and women in the community, by educating and training them in their citizenship, moral and ethical responsibilities as they grow into adulthood.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station sponsored the four students from Needles High School and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Luis Valdez volunteered his time in preparing the screening and administrative aspect of the program.

Following the reading of the proclamations, all four students along with Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Luis Valdez stood for pictures as members of the Needles City Council and the public in attendances applauded.

**** Great Work Ryly Payson, Erin Breaux, Isidro Ramirez and Dawsen Yeager!! ****

** More information regarding Devil Pups Youth Program for America can be found at the following website address: **

http://devilpups.com/

 

**** Public Hearing: ****

  • Agenda Item #2:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against amending City Code Chapter 12A-5, Subsection (G), “Regulations Applicable to the Operation of Retail Marijuana Businesses”, to match the Bureau of Cannabis Control, California Code of Regulations Section 5403, to allow selling or delivering of marijuana and marijuana products between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Ordinance No. 608-AC amending sections of Chapter 12A “Marijuana Businesses” of the Needles Municipal Code related to operating hours for retail marijuana businesses.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously vote to approved Ordinance 608-AC amending sections of the city code relating to operating hours for retail marijuana businesses to match the Bureau of Cannabis Control, California Code of Regulations Section 5403 to allow sales or delivery of marijuana products between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

**** 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 #3 through #9 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

  • Agenda Item #3:

Approve the warrants register through October 9, 2018.

 

  • Agenda Item #4:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2018-63 to approve an ingress / egress easement across vacant city-owned property, APN 0186-201-09 to provide legal access to APN 0186201-10 and 0186-201-07 in the vicinity of San Carlos Street and Arizona Avenue.

 

  • Agenda Item #5:

Authorize the Mayor to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Community Healthcare Partner, Inc dba Colorado River Medical Center and the City to use the Senior Center in the event of a hospital evacuation.

 

  • Agenda Item #6:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2018-66 approving and authorizing execution of an Agreement with Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District for use of AB2766 funds to support transit programs.

 

  • Agenda Item #7:

Direct the City Clerk to advertise a date for a public hearing to amend the Conflict of Interest Code pursuant to the Political Reform Act of 1974.

 

  • Agenda Item #8:

Approve Change Orders #1 and #2 to Western Construction Specialist Inc. in the amount of $7,124 for work completed on Highland and L Street under the Active Transportation Program (ATP) Curb, Gutter and Sidewalk Project and extend contract time 30 days with a project completion date of November 10, 2018.

 

  • Agenda Item #9:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2018-67 authorizing the city manager to execute Program Supplement No. R88 to Administering Agency-State Agreement for State Funded Projects No. 001895 with the California Department of Transportation on the ATP Curb, Gutter and Sidewalk Project.

 

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve agenda items #3, #5, #6, #8 and #9, and pull agenda items #4 and #7 on the Consent Calendar for discussion.

After discussing and getting more information about the location regarding agenda item #4, members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously voted to continue this item to the next Needles City Council meeting.

After discussing on agenda item #7, members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously voted to direct the Needles City Clerk to advertise a date for a public hearing to amend the Conflict of Interest Code pursuant to the Political Reform Act of 1974.

**** Regular Items: ****

  • Agenda Item #10:

Ordinance No. 607-AC amending Ordinance No. 483-AC and amending the Development Impact Fee Report and Master Facilities Plan and adopting necessary findings for the establishment of Development Impact Fees to finance Public Improvements and Facilities (2nd Reading – Adopt).

Members of the Needles City Council 4-2 voted to approve Ordinance No. 607-AC amending Ordinance No. 483-AC and amending the Development Impact Fee Report and Master Facilities Plan and adopting necessary findings for the establishment of Development Impact Fees to finance Public Improvements and Facilities (2nd Reading – Adopt). Needles City Council Members Louise Evans and Clayton Hazlewood voted “No” on this agenda item. 

 

  • Agenda Item #11:

Agreement to issue Flower Refinery Inc. a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for building 1 located at 2701 Columbus Drive, APN 0660-081-30 and accept $24,000 in financial assurance to fund the outstanding improvements in the event that the developer does not complete the remaining two (2) Conditions of Approval (asphalt or concrete for driving / parking surfaces and re-stripe and apply a protective sealant to existing pavement surfaces).

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve agreement to issue Flower Refinery Inc. a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for building 1 located at 2701 Columbus Drive, APN 0660-081-30 and accept $24,000 in financial assurance to fund the outstanding improvements in the event that the developer does not complete the remaining two (2) Conditions of Approval (asphalt or concrete for driving / parking surfaces and re-stripe and apply a protective sealant to existing pavement surfaces).

 

  • Agenda Item #12:

Resolution No.’s 2018-63 (amending 2017-90), 2018-64 (amending 2017-91) and 2016-65 (amending 2017-92) adding Phase 1 permitting utilization of temporary modular units while under the building construction process for marijuana facilities located at 407-409 E. Broadway: APN 0186-241-06, 0186-241-56 and 57, 0186-241-67 and 0186-241-71.

Members of the Needles City Council 4-2 voted to approve Resolution No.’s 2018-63 (amending 2017-90), 2018-64 (amending 2017-91) and 2016-65 (amending 2017-92) adding Phase 1 permitting utilization of temporary modular units while under the building construction process for marijuana facilities located at 407-409 E. Broadway: APN 0186-241-06, 0186-241-56 and 57, 0186-241-67 and 0186-241-71. Needles City Council Members Shawn Gudmundson and Louise Evans voted “No” on this agenda item. 

 

  • Agenda Item #13:

Accept the City Engineers Traffic Study and direct the preparation of an amendment to the Municipal Code regarding a “no parking zone” on the north and south sides of Ice Plant Road and request that the Sheriff’s Department cease issuing parking citations until the traffic control is installed.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to accept the City Engineers Traffic Study and direct the preparation of an amendment to the Municipal Code regarding a “no parking zone” on the north and south sides of Ice Plant Road and request that the Sheriff’s Department cease issuing parking citations until the traffic control is installed.

 

  • Agenda Item #14:

Authorize City Manager to approve the Unsubsidized WEX and Community Service Training Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the County of San Bernardino Transitional Assistance Department.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to authorize City Manager to approve the Unsubsidized WEX and Community Service Training Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the County of San Bernardino Transitional Assistance Department.

 

**** 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 Needles City Council Meeting agenda packet at the following City of Needles website address: ****

Click to access cc_100918-agendaALL.pdf

**** 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/2018_CITY_MEETING.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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