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, January 22nd, 2019 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

The Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was broadcast live and recorded at ZachNews on Facebook.

** Please Note: Needles City Council Members Shawn Gudmundson, Timothy Terral, Clayton Hazlewood, Needles Vice Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D., Tona Belt, Zachery Longacre and Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams were all present. **

** 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 Legal Counsel – Existing Litigation (8 54956.9) City of Needles v. Santiago R. Escobar and Amanda J. Copeland, et al. Superior Court of San Bernardino County Case No. CIVDS1900454.

 

**** 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. Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre excused himself from this Executive Session agenda item. Needles City Attorney said that in an abundance of caution, he choose to excused himself as he previously work for a medical marijuana dispensary.

 

**** Public Appearances: ****

Janet Jernigan from the Needles Downtown Business Alliance spoke during Public Appearances regarding upcoming events happening in Needles, California related to Route 66, including the California Historic Route 66 Association presenting a Route 66 Information Fair from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. PT on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 inside the El Garces Harvey House, also known as the El Garces Train Depot, located at 920 front Street in Downtown Needles, California.

** More information: **

https://zachnews.net/2019/01/12/downtown-needles-ca-california-historic-route-66-association-presents-route-66-information-fair/

 

**** Public Hearing: ****

Agenda Item #1:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against an application from U.S. Cannabis Laboratories, Inc. for a conditional use permit for a marijuana testing / lab facility located at 1410 and 1414 W. Broadway, APN 0185-155-13 and -14

Resolution No. 2019-7 approving a conditional use permit for a marijuana laboratory testing facility, located at 1410 and 1414 W. Broadway APN 0185-155-13 and -14.

Before voting on this agenda item, a presentation was held on the property and the building that the marijuana testing and lab facility would be placed, located at 1410 West Broadway and 1414 West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California.

Background: The applicant, Juan D Abravanel Berdugo, representative for U.S. Cannabis Laboratories, has submitted an application for a Marijuana Laboratory Testing Facility Conditional Use Permit at 1410-1414 W. Broadway. The site is comprised of two parcels, with a combined size of .35 acres. Parcel one includes an 1,152 square foot building housing the laboratory testing facility, and parcel two provides the parking for the site. Tenant improvements to the existing building will be minimal, maintaining the configurations used by the current tenants, an insurance agency and hair salon. These improvements include modification of a room for secure storage, a sample preparation room, two rooms for testing, and an ADA compliant bathroom.

The applicant proposes the installation of a 6′ tall wrought iron fence along the street frontage of both parcels, and wrought iron sections are proposed to be installed on top of the existing block wall that runs along the west property line to create a minimum 6′ tall fence. The building is planned to remain the same color. Because the existing parcels are solid concrete, landscaping will be applied to the front of the building, including small trees and/or bushes selected from the City’s landscape Ordinance.

The proposed Laboratory Testing facility will employ two (2) employees and will operate from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., 14 hours a day, seven days a week. Vehicle trips per working day will vary; the State requires that the testing lab pick-up the product to be tested at the site of the distributor.

The applicant has filed paperwork for the required ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation through Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation, Inc. The State will allow the testing lab facility to operate while undergoing the accreditation process, which is expected to take about one year.

A public hearing on the matter was held at an adjourned regular meeting of the Planning Commission on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Discussion included clarification on the accreditation process, and the internal layout of the facility. Public testimony was taken asking for clarification of the staging process in starting with a small building and eventually locating to a larger facility. The Planning Commission approved Resolution No. 01-09-2019 PC, recomn Council approval for a Conditional Use Permit for a Marijuana Testing Facility at 1410-1414 W. Broadway.

On January 10, 2017, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 588 AC, allowing Laboratory Testing of marijuana in zones C-1, C-2, C-3, M-1 and M-2 with the approval of a Conditional Use Permit and a Regulatory Permit. This parcel is zoned General Commercial (C-2).

Conditional Use Permit Findings.

In accordance with Section 94.07, the Planning Commission must make the following findings for a Conditional Use Permit:

1. That the requested permit is within its jurisdiction according to the table of permissible uses.

2. The application is complete.

3. The use is consistent with the General Plan.

4. The use will be in harmony with the area in which it is to be located.

5. The use will not materially endanger the public health or safety.

6. The use will not substantially injure the value of adjoining or abutting property.

7. That the project overall is consistent with the preceding findings.

Public Notification: A public hearing notice was published in the Needles Desert Star on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. Notices were sent to property owners within 300 feet of the proposed project and posted in two conspicuous locations.

Critical Timeline: The applicant’s anticipated timeline is to be in production as soon as possible.

Fiscal Impact:

1. The 10% of gross sales of marijuana business tax (voter approved (2012))

2. Valuation of new buildings – added to city tax rolls.

3. NPUA – electric/water/sewer usage revenue.

4. Recurring business license and permitting fees.

5. A 25% State tax – a portion of which will be passed to local government, as enacted from approval of Proposition 64 in November 2016.

6. Statewide 10% sales tax, the city’s share is 1%.

Environmental: This project is categorically exempt under the California Environmental Quality Act, CEQA Guidelines, Section 15301(a), (Existing Facilities, interior or exterior alterations involving such things as interior partitions, plumbing, and electrical conveyances). The proposed use will involve tenant improvements to an existing building facility.

Recommendation: Approve Resolution 2019-7 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a Marijuana Laboratory Testing Facility located at 1410-1414 W. Broadway, also known as APN 0185-133-13/14.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution 2019-7 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a Marijuana Laboratory Testing Facility located at 1410-1414 W. Broadway, also known as APN 0185-133-13/14. Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre excused himself from this agenda item as he previously work for a medical marijuana dispensary.

 

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

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

  • Agenda Item #2:
  • Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority:

Authorize the City Manager to execute the Parker-Davis Joint Planning Agreement No. 18-DSR-12868.

Background: Since mid-2017, Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) has meet with Intertie and Parker-Davis Project customers to collectively work towards the goal of establishing a Joint Planning Agreement (JPA).

The purpose of the JPA is to share information, insight and input on activities WAPA undertakes to ensure safe, secure, reliable and affordable energy and transmission services. Some of the tasks will be to review construction projects, budget estimates and transmission planning.

The JPA agreement will remain in effect until September 30, 2028 and hold four (4) quarterly meetings. At a minimum twenty-five percent (25%) of all Contractors must present, either in person or remotely.

The City of Needles will be present and active in the JPA.

The Board of Public Utilities approved the recommended action on January 15, 2019.

Fiscal Impact: None at this point. Reclamation tries to level the Parker Davis Budget to minimize the effect on the power rates.

Recommended Action: Authorize the City Manager to execute the Parker-Davis Joint Planning Agreement No. 18-DSR-12868.

Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to authorize the City Manager to execute the Parker-Davis Joint Planning Agreement No. 18-DSR-12868.

 

**** 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 #3 through #6 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

  • Agenda Item #3:

Approve the warrants register through January 22, 2019.

  • Agenda Item #4:

Accept the work completed by Phillips Excavating, Coldwater Fencing, Western Construction Specialist and Outsource Utility Construction for their specialist portion in the assembly work of the Murl Shaver Electric Substation and authorize staff to file a Notice of Completion with the San Bernardino County Recorder.

  • Agenda Item #5:

Accept the bid of Redmond Construction LLC in the amount of $72,464 to remove and replace sound proofing material with new sound proof boards and paint at the Needles Recreation Center using CDBG funding and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed.

  • Agenda Item #6:

Accept the bid of Robinson Electric Company in the amount of $40,647 to remove and replace lighting at the Needles Recreation Center using CDBG funding and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve agenda items #3 through #6 on the Consent Calendar.

 

**** Needles City Council Regular Items: ****

  • Agenda Item #7:

Discussion to permit angle parking on F Street from Broadway to Front Street on the east side.

Background: Needles City Council directed staff to conduct a traffic study to permit Angle Parking on Front Street. The storefront businesses are requiring more parking as the tenant spacing become available.

The proposed F Street Parking Plan would provide three (3) additional parking spaces totaling 16 parking spaces (3 more then was is currently permitted).

The City of Needles Engineer has signed off on the traffic study which provides three (3) more spaces along F Street for store front parking.

Fiscal Impact: Cost of paint to re-stripe the road.

Environmental Impact: N/A

Recommended Action: Provide Direction to Staff.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve to bring this agenda item back to the Needles City Council for a vote. 

 

**** Needles City Attorney’s Report: ****

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney:

 

**** Needles City Manager’s Report: ****

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels:

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels announced to members of the Needles City Council and the public in attendance that the Needles Unified School District recently voted to reduce developer fees for Needles residents building a new home for themselves.

The City of Needles was notified by the Needles Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Mary McNeil about this reduced fees for local residents building a new home for themselves in Needles, California.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels read parts of that email discussing the reduced fees.

“My board voted to provide a waiver process for local residents building family homes in Needles. I will have a waiver form available as soon as my attorney finishes it. I will provide you with the information so that we can develop a way to notify you (the City) when these fees are not required by the builder. Developer Fees remain intact for commercial builders and residential builders who build home for selling purposes,” Needles Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Mary McNeil said in an email.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that between the City of Needles actions and this Needles Unified School District action, it costs about $10,000 less to build a new home in Needles, California.

 

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

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:

Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral:

Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood:

Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D.:

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt spoke about the accessible pop-up produce market will be returning next month.

Desert Manna will be coming back with their accessible pop-up produce market, selling fresh fruit and vegetables for only $5.00, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 at Santa Fe Park, located at 950 Front Street between F Street and G Street near the El Garces Train Depot, in Downtown Needles, California.

This accessible pop-up produce market is open to everybody who want to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables.

Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre:

Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams:

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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