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, April 23rd, 2019 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 Shawn Gudmundson, Timothy Terral, Tona Belt, Zachery Longacre were all present. Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams and Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood was given an excused absences. Needles Vice Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. was also present and presided as mayor for the meeting. **

** 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 Section 54957.6 – Personnel – Agency Representative City Manager Rick Daniels — Employee Organizations: Needles Unclassified Employees Association (NUEA) and Teamsters Local 1932.

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

– Agenda Item A:

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

**** Public Appearances: ****

A local resident spoke during Public Appearance about the crosswalk along Lillyhill Drive at Casa Linda that need to be re-striped so people can see that there’s a crosswalk there, as well as signage that states does a crosswalk there.

**** Presentations: ****

– Agenda Item #1:

Jerry Telles, Ice House Rd. LLC, regarding his proposal to lower the cannabis tax rate of 10%on gross receipts for the cultivators and distributors.

This agenda item was a “Discretionary” agenda item, and no votes were conducted by members of the Needles City Council.

Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre recused himself from this presentation.

Due to two members on excused absences and one member recusing himself, there was no quorum for the presentation, no deliberation or action votes by members were taken following the presentation.

**** Public Hearings: ****

– Agenda Item #2:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of the possession, storage, sale, handling and use of specific types of fireworks that comply with California Code of Regulations, Title 19, and labeled “Safe and Sane” by the California State Fire Marshal.

Ordinance No. 616-AC replacing Chapter 9, Article III, entitled “Fireworks” in the Needles Municipal Code (1st reading – post).

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to continue the public hearing to the next Needles City Council Meeting in May 2019 regarding the possession, storage, sale, handling and use of specific type of fireworks that comply with California Code of Regulations, Title 19, and labeled “Safe and Sane” by the California State Fire Marshal.

**** 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 April 23, 2019

– Agenda Item #4:

Approve the minutes of July 10 and August 14, 2018

– Agenda Item #5:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-17 confirming and adopting an itemized Statement of Cost for abatement of property located at 1202 West Broadway, Needles, APN 0186-091-11-0000

– Agenda Item #6:

Accept the work completed by Robinson Electric Co. in the amount of $40,647 which consisted of the removal and replacement of lighting for Phase Il at the Needles Recreation Center using C.D.B.G. funding, authorize staff to issue a Notice of Completion and record withthe San Bernardino County Recorder’s office.

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:

Award a three (3) year contract with California Consulting Inc. at the hourly rate of $95 for Professional Grant Writing Services due to the resignation of Ms. Harless.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to award a three-year contract at $95 per hour for professional grant writing services to California Consulting Inc.

– Agenda Item #8:

Discussion regarding vandalism – graffiti or damage or destruction of public property.

This agenda item was a “Discretionary” agenda item, and votes were conducted by members of the Needles City Council.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to have city staff and attorney work on a city ordinance regarding local graffiti or damage or destruction of public property.

This comes after several incidents of graffiti and vandalism have taken place around the community of Needles, California, including at local skateparks, Street signs and underpasses.

During the discussion of this agenda, there was discussion about if parents are held liable for their kids’ graffiti or damaging of property as well as about City of Needles taking care of removing graffiti from signs after being notified about the graffiti signs.

**** 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 in Needles, California that the County of San Bernardino has received bids for reliable contractors to work on Needles Highway project. The County of San Bernardino will vote on which of the bids to except and if approved, the earliest work may begin as soon as June 2019.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels also spoke about the following its:

Transit Operations RFP where issued and the proposals are due this week, and we’ll know if we have competitive proposal for a new contractor to operate the transit system. If not, we’ve developed a work plan if we would of take over that system directly ourselves.

An ordinance dealing with building colors will be on the agenda for the Needles Planning Commission meeting.

The Jack Smith Memorial Park Parking Limit Ordinance regarding removing the four hour limit, the ordinance was approve but we discovered that this needed a an ordinance to amend the municipal code. We are working to get that ordinance on your next agenda to give formal amendment to the municipal code.

We are still doing Live Scans for the cannabis industries, those who attended a recent job fair or being interviewed and we are issuing more live scans. We are noticing a rise in Needles, California residence being hired for those cannabis industries from the recent job fair and passing their background checks.

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

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson asked about about the fountain at the El Garces Train Depot and what happened to the agreement for the nonprofit to maintain this fountain. Concerns of the fountain being used by homeless people as a bathing area.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson also spoke about the homeless encampment that was found near Ed Perry Park and Field of Dreams, and homeless people found using the water at the park for bathing purposes.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson also also asked about what is the City’s plan in repairing Needles Highway from Park Road to the city limits of Needles, California which is not covered in this bid. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said he’ll give a report for him.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson also spoke about Saturday’s Employee Appreciation Barbeque Event at Jack Smith Memorial Park. Board members and other departments come down and help cook, and show our appreciation to our employees.

Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D. responded to the comments made by Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson, saying that the fountain is being maintained by a guy who comes on Mondays, and is being paid by the Pagets. As for the problem of homeless people sleeping and bathing at the El Garces Train Depot, Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D. said should help somewhat with the surveillance cameras we have at the El Garces Train Depot, and as far as he knew, since the surveillance cameras were installed, the sheriff’s department hasn’t picked up anybody.

Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral:

Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral asked about the parking spots along F Street and what’s the latest on that. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said it awaiting our fencing project at the baseball fields (Ed Perry Park and Field of Dreams) and that is the next significant project.

Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral spoke about other crosswalks in the area that also may need to be checked to be re-striped. This comes after earlier a local resident spoke during Public Appearance about the crosswalk along Lillyhill Drive at Casa Linda that need to be re-striped so people can see that there’s a crosswalk there, as well as signage that states does a crosswalk there.

Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood: (Excused Absence)

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt also spoke about Saturday’s Employee Appreciation Barbeque Event at Jack Smith Memorial Park, and broke the sad news that there will not be a dunk tank for the event because it’s broken but there will be a slip ‘n’ slide there and water slides for the kids.

Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre:

Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre spoke about writing on in the parking lot at a tattoo place near the Needles Bridge. He said that they graffitied their parking lot; they wrote “River Rat Tattoos” in all their parking spots. He said that he knows it’s private property but under State Law, they have to clean it up if we ask them to.

Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre also spoke about the old Denny’s restaurant property off J Street, and the overgrown with vegetation, and should contact the property owners so to clean it up.

Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams: (Excused Absence)

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

Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D. thanked local law enforcement and fire department for their service to the community

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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