Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting.

Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting.

A Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 7th, 2019 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

The Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

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

** 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 Chairman or any Member of the Board may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Board action, a member of the public may address the Board on matters scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A three-minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve Items #1 through #4 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative vote.

Agenda Item #1:

Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting held April 2, 2019.

Agenda Item #2:

Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) for month ending February 28, 2019 and continuation of over-hydro rate of $0.0917 as established October 1, 2018.

Agenda Item #3:

Authorize purchase of one 250HP pump for $20,564.91 and one assembly for $13,123.59 for a total cost not to exceed $34,000 to Layne Christensen as a backup pump for well #15.

Agenda Item #4:

Approve the Lower Basin Drought Contingency Plan Agreement and the Agreement Concerning Colorado River Drought Contingency Management and Operations (Companion Agreement) subject to last minute nonmaterial changes as approved by the City/Utility Special Counsel and City Manager.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously to approve Agenda Items #1 through #4 on the Consent Calendar, and to pull Late Add-On Agenda Item for discussion.

** Late Add-On Agenda Item: **

The Needles Unified School District’s request for funding for the 2019 Sustainable Energy Summer Camp at Vista Colorado Elementary School at a total cost not to exceed $16,667.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities voted 3-1 abstention to approve the Needles Unified School District’s request for funding for the 2019 Sustainable Energy Summer Camp at Vista Colorado Elementary School at a total cost not to exceed $16,667. Needles Board of Public Utilities Member McNeil was abstention.

** Regular Items: **

Agenda Item #5:

Needles Public Utility Authority proposed budget for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2020.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously to approve Needles Public Utility Authority proposed budget for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2020.

Agenda Item #6:

Approve an amendment to the existing Interconnect Agreement dated December 5, 2015 to include revised language in Section 2 in compliance with Public Utilities Corporation (PUC) Section 2827, payment for net energy, and adopt a Net Surplus Energy Compensation Rate of $0.0450 based on the October 2018 electric rates.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously to approve an amendment to the existing Interconnect Agreement dated December 5, 2015 to include revised language in Section 2 in compliance with Public Utilities Corporation (PUC) Section 2827, payment for net energy, and adopt a Net Surplus Energy Compensation Rate of $0.0450 based on the October 2018 electric rates.

Agenda Item #7:

Discussion regarding the California Energy Commission 2019 Energy Code and mandate residential photovoltaic exemption.

Agenda Item #7 was a Discussion Item and no votes were conducted from members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities.

** Reports: ****

Agenda Item #8:

EUSI, LLC operational support services relating to the wastewater treatment facility and collection system March 2019.

Agenda Item #9:

Issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) – Sealed bids due June 13, 2019.

Agenda Item #10:

Needles Present Perfected Rights (PPR) report for March 2019.

Agenda Item #11:

Monthly activity report for February 2019.

Agenda Item #12:

Status of electric system reliability project (power pole inspection/replacement)

Agenda Items #8 through #12 were all Information Only and no votes were conducted from members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities.

** Pending Matters (Not For Discussion At This Time): **

Agenda Item A:

Audit showing due to/due from others and the disproportionate share of water and wastewater compared to electric (meeting of March 5, 2019).

Agenda Item B:

Status of electric meter calibration program (meeting of April 2, 2019).

No votes were conducted from members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities on Agenda Items A and B.

** Needles City Manager’s Report: **

– Agenda Item #A: Incident Report(s):

** Needles Board of Public Utilities Requests: **

For more information regarding the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meetings, please contact Cheryl K. Sallis at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 315.

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