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, February 13th, 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 — potential initiation of litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(4). (One potential case).

  • Agenda Item C:

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 reports that there was no reportable action taken.

  • Agenda Item B:

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

According to Needles City Attorney John Pinkney, Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral recused himself from Agenda Item B out of abundance of caution for his wife is thinking about working for a marijuana business. Timothy Terral doesn’t work for any marijuana business and his wife currently doesn’t work for any marijuana business. 

According to Needles City Attorney John Pinkney, Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre recused himself from Agenda Item B because of pass work in the marijuana business. 

  • Agenda Item C:

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: ****

A resident spoke during Public Appearances regarding upcoming event for Easter 2019. ZachNews has learned from Mamie Carver that she is coordinating Operation Bunny Drop, in conjunction with Needles Assembly of God. Operation Bunny Drop’s mission is to provide Easter baskets for as many children as possible in the Needles, California area. Stated in the flyer provided to ZachNews, we are asking for donations of materials, and/or money to make this happen. For more information, please contact Coordinator Mamie Carver at: 1 (760) 282-5325. More details are continuing to come in and will be posted later on ZachNews. 

A resident spoke during Public Appearances regarding off-ramp sprinkler water runoff and sidewalk issue near San Clemente Street and Casa Linda Street in Needles, California.

A resident along Lillyhill Drive spoke during Public Appearances regarding concerns about erosion along a canyon wash when water flows from storms. The area where this is happening is along a canyon wash south of the Lillyhill Drive and east of Clary Drive in Needles, California. Officials with the City of Needles plan to follow up on this matter.

 

**** Presentations: ****

  • Agenda Item #1:

Chamber of Commerce representative to present Hot Boat and Custom Car Show information.

Mary Gonzales from the Needles Chamber of Commerce presented a presentation about the 11th Annual Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show. 

** More Information About Event: **

https://zachnews.net/2019/01/25/needles-ca-come-to-the-11th-annual-route-66-hot-boat-and-custom-car-show/

**** 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 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 #2 through #4 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

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

Approve and authorize the city manager to execute the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) Agreement 18-DSR-12837 Amendment No. 1.

  • Agenda Item #3:
  • Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority:

Authorize the Mayor to execute a letter of Opposition dated February 12, 2019 to CalRecycle with comments regarding the proposed SB 1383 regulations – Short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) Organic Waste Methane Emission Reduction Requirements.

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

Authorize the city manager to execute the Colorado River Agreements and exhibits including Lower Basin Drought Contingency Plan Agreement; Amendment No 2 to the California Agreement for the Creation and Delivery of Extraordinary Conservation Intentionally Created Surplus; Amendment No 3 to the California Agreement for the Creation and Delivery of Extraordinary Conservation Intentionally Created Surplus; and new ICS Exhibits from Arizona, California and Nevada contractors party to the 2007 Forbearance Agreement with possible last minute, nonmaterial changes prior to the execution by all parties in a ceremony.

Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve agenda items #2 and #3, and continue agenda item #4 on the Consent Calendar to the next meeting.

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

  • Agenda Item #5:
  • Needles Public Utility Authority:

Approve the proposed revised NPUA budget for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2019.

Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve the proposed revised NPUA budget for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2019.

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

  • Agenda Item #6:

Approve the warrants register through February 12, 2019.

  • Agenda Item #7:

Approve filing of a claim for $30,189 in TDA Article 3 funding for reimbursement of the ADA Accessibility Improvements for Needles Area Transit (NAT) Project.

  • Agenda Item #8:

Acknowledge McDonald Transit Associates, Inc.’s letter of termination of agreement(s) to provide operations of a local route deviation transit service (Needles Area Transit) and Dial-a Ride (DAR) and Dial-a-Ride Medical (DAR Medical services (under separate agreements) effective as of June 30, 2019 and direct staff to proceed with those steps necessary to continue.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve agenda items #6 and #7, and removed agenda item #8 on the Consent Calendar.

 

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

  • Agenda Item #9:

Approve the proposed revised General Fund Operating Budget for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2019 including a 1% wage increase for all full-time employees and consider the addition of two new code enforcement officers to the authorized position list.

Members of the Needles City Council conducted two separate votes on this agenda item.

First Vote: Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve proposed revisions to the general fund operating budget for fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, including a 1 percent wage increase for all full-time employees.

Second Vote: Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve the addition of one new code enforcement/cannabis enforcement.

Needles City Council Members Timothy Terral and Zachery Longacre recused themselves from this agenda item as discussion and voting was held on officers specifically or primarily for cannabis enforcement.

  • Agenda Item #10:

Discussion regarding Front Street at the intersection of North K Street Underpass traffic design engineering study

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to continued the item to the next meeting. 

  • Agenda Item #11:

Discussion regarding marijuana tax general fund revenue for Economic Development purposes.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to continued the item to the next meeting. 

Needles City Council Members Timothy Terral and Zachery Longacre recused themselves from this agenda item. 

 

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

  • Needles City Attorney John Pinkney:

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney just thanked Needles City Council Members Timothy Terral and Zachery Longacre

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

  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels:

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels spoke about the number of employees employed at the cannabis industry. According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, there are 269 people that were working there a year ago, and of those, there are 57 people that are residents of Needles, California who are working in the cannabis industry/business. 

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then spoke about construction activity in January 2019 in Needles, California. According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, we have another residential building permit that has been pulled, as well as the Riverstone Apartments in Downtown Needles, California who pulled two permits to remodel 16 rooms, and the City of Needles is working with other people with development “in the pipeline.”

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels later spoke about the City of Needles receives California’s Economic Development Excellence Award. The City of Needles was informed on Monday, February 4th, 2019 that it has been selected as the 2019 Economic Development Award of Excellence winner for the Game-changer category by the California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED).

** More information regarding the City of Needles receiving the California’s Economic Development Excellence Award: **

https://zachnews.net/2019/02/06/needles-ca-city-of-needles-receives-californias-economic-development-excellence-award/

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

  • Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson spoke about East Broadway (near the Gate’s Community) and residents concern over illegal semi truck parking along U.S. Route 95 and Safari Drive – Victory Drive in Needles, California. 

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson then spoke about thinking about the City of Needles to discuss with Caltrans about constructing a center turn lane and a flashing mile per hour light from the Needles Riverview Cemetery to Morgan Drive. 

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson spoke next about graffiti at a local park that occurred over this pass weekend, and said that it’s time to install surveillance cameras. 

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson spoke last about the recent changes to cannabis law in California, and as the City of Needles amend our cannabis laws, we need to amend our penalties and fines.

  • Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral:

Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral spoke about attending with Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre and Needles City Manager Rick Daniels to the recent League of California Cities meeting in Irvine, California. 

Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral also mention the clean up work done at the old county bank building on West Broadway near H Street in Downtown Needles, California. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said to Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral that it was a Needles Code Enforcement driven action. 

  • Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood:

Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood mention that because baseball season is starting up soon, we (City of Needles) should go back and talk with the railroad (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) about opening up the unpaved roadway to the baseball fields, Fields of Dreams. Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood was asked if work along the railway was done which he said “they’re done.” 

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

Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D. spoke about attending meetings. Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D. said that on Wednesday he attended the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority meeting in San Bernardino, California. On Thursday, Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D. said he attended the Southern California Association of Governments in Los Angeles, California. They spoke about transportation in the counties, and the only issue affecting our county is the adding of toll lanes along Interstate 10. On Friday, Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D. said he attended a meeting in Palmdale, California of the League of California Cities for the mountain/desert division where they talked about common problems in the southern California mountain/desert area. 

  • Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt spoke about finding in-house the one new code enforcement/cannabis enforcement so that our own employees are interested in. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said to Needles City Council Member Tona Belt that “we always do.” 

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt then spoke about City of Needles employees making minimum wage and that on our next budget, we need to look at our employees and their wages. Needles City Council Member Tona Belt saying that it bothers that City of Needles employees are making minimum wage, and want to help them up the ladder; including incentives like for education. 

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt mention to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels if we’re going to do another Family Fun day for City of Needles employees this year. Needles City Council Member Tona Belt said it’s time to starting planning for that event for their employees, and ask to have that on the next meeting agenda. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said to Needles City Council Member Tona Belt “Okay.”

  • Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre:

Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre spoke about concerns over graffiti at local park, and mentions Dollar General, wishing they would keep spray can paint away from kids by locking them up behind a gate. 

Incidents of graffiti have been an occurring issue for the City of Needles at local parks, including the public restrooms, as well as on street poles and walls in the community. There have been pass arrest made by deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station of young people for vandalism. The City of Needles are working on ways to deter those wanting to commit vandalism at local parks and in our community. Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station are continuing to watch out for anybody wanting to commit vandalism in this community.

Under California’s Penal Code Section 594.1; (a) (1) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation, except a parent or legal guardian, to sell or give or in any way furnish to another person, who is in fact under the age of 18 years, any etching cream or aerosol container of paint that is capable of defacing property without first obtaining bona fide evidence of majority and identity. (b) It shall be unlawful for any person under the age of 18 years to purchase etching cream or an aerosol container of paint that is capable of defacing property. (c) Every retailer selling or offering for sale in this state etching cream or aerosol containers of paint capable of defacing property shall post in a conspicuous place a sign in letters at least three-eighths of an inch high stating: “Any person who maliciously defaces real or personal property with etching cream or paint is guilty of vandalism which is punishable by a fine, imprisonment, or both.” (d) It is unlawful for any person to carry on his or her person and in plain view to the public etching cream or an aerosol container of paint while in any posted public facility, park, playground, swimming pool, beach, or recreational area, other than a highway, street, alley, or way, unless he or she has first received valid authorization from the governmental entity which has jurisdiction over the public area. As used in this subdivision, “posted” means a sign placed in a reasonable location or locations stating it is a misdemeanor to possess etching cream or a spray can of paint in that public facility, park, playground, swimming pool, beach, or recreational area without valid authorization. (e) (1) It is unlawful for any person under the age of 18 years to possess etching cream or an aerosol container of paint for the purpose of defacing property while on any public highway, street, alley, or way, or other public place, regardless of whether that person is or is not in any automobile, vehicle, or other conveyance. (2) As a condition of probation for any violation of this subdivision, the court may order a defendant convicted of a violation of this subdivision to perform community service as follows: (A) For a first conviction under this subdivision, community service not to exceed 100 hours over a period not to exceed 90 days during a time other than his or her hours of school attendance or employment. (B) If the person has a prior conviction under this subdivision, community service not to exceed 200 hours over a period of 180 days during a time other than his or her hours of school attendance or employment. (C) If the person has two prior convictions under this subdivision, community service not to exceed 300 hours over a period not to exceed 240 days during a time other than his or her hours of school attendance or employment. (f) Violation of any provision of this section is a misdemeanor. Upon conviction of any person under this section, the court may, in addition to any other punishment imposed, if the jurisdiction has adopted a graffiti abatement program as defined in subdivision (f) of Section 594, order the defendant, and his or her parents or guardians if the defendant is a minor, to keep the damaged property or another specified property in the community free of graffiti, as follows: (1) For a first conviction under this section, for 90 days. (2) If the defendant has a prior conviction under this section, for 180 days. (3) If the defendant has two or more prior convictions under this section, for 240 days. Participation of a parent or guardian is not required under this subdivision if the court deems this participation to be detrimental to the defendant, or if the parent or guardian is a single parent who must care for young children. (g) The court may order any person ordered to perform community service or graffiti removal pursuant to subdivision (e) or (f) to undergo counseling.

** More Information: California’s Penal Code Section 594.1: **

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=PEN&sectionNum=594.1

  • Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams:

Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams spoke about himself with Needles City Manager Rick Daniels met last week with Palo Verde College and the Needles Chamber of Commerce to help start this job fair forward for cannabis cultivation, manufacture and distribution. The cannabis industry said they need an educated workforce. We’re (City of Needles) meeting at 12:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 at the Wagon Wheel Restaurant  with Cannabiz – which is they’re industrial group they put together – to get that lined up to do a job fair at the college, and to get with the college to also let them know what kind of classes they need for agriculture and manufacturing facilities, maintenance and that type of stuff.

At this moment, no date has been set yet for this public job fair at Palo Verde College in Downtown Needles, California, but when a date is set, the public as well as the media will be notified. Stay tuned to ZachNews for the latest information regarding this cannabis industry job fair. 

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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