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, May 14th, 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, Tona Belt, Clayton Hazlewood, Zachery Longacre and Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams were all present. Needles Vice Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. was given an excused absence. **

** 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 Teamsters Local 1932

Agenda Item B:

Conference with real property negotiator pursuant to Government Code $54956.8: Agency negotiator City Manager Rick Daniels or his designee. Negotiating Parties are the City of Needles as the potential seller and Ashot Minasian as the potential buyer of the property described as 1.52 acres generally located at the north west corner of W. Broadway and G Street, APN 0186-095-04 adjacent to APN 0186-095-03 (aka APN 0185-351-11). Undernegotiations are the price and terms.

**** 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.

**** Public Appearances: ****

**** Presentations: ****

Agenda Item #1:

The California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) will present the 2019 Game Changer Award of Excellence to the City of Needles City Council.

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

Agenda Item #2:

Captain Tarangle will review the 2018 City of Needles Annual Crime Statistics Report.

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

Agenda Item #3:

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.

**** Public Hearings: ****

Agenda Item #4:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of an amendment to Chapter 15A-5() “Camping, picnicking and day use of areas” Parking at Jack Smith Memorial Park by removing the four-hour time limit and limiting the types of vehicles allowed to park in the designated parking area and cul-de-sac.

This agenda item has been continued to Tuesday, May 28th, 2019.

Agenda Item #5:

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 continued from the April 23 meeting.

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

Members of the Needles City Council voted 4-1 to approve Ordinance 616-AC to allow sales, possession and use of ‘Safe and Sane’ fireworks in the City of Needles, with changes. Needles City Council Member Tona Belt voted “No” on the agenda item. Second reading will be heard and discussed at the next meeting.

Agenda Item #6:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against amending the Needles Municipal Code (NMC) Section 99-02 “Building Materials” regulating exterior paint colors for non-residential new buildings and existing non-residential buildings undergoing a re paint process.

Ordinance No. 618-AC amending the Needles Municipal Code (NMC) Section 99-02 “Building Materials” regulating exterior paint colors for non-residential new buildings and existing non-residential buildings undergoing a re-paint process (1st reading-post) OR provide direction to discourage unusual or brilliant colors or patterns.

Members of the Needles City Council allowed the agenda item to die for lack of a motion.

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

**** 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 / Needles Public Utility Authority may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority action, a member of the public may address the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority on matters Scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A 3 minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve items #7 through #11 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

Agenda Item #7:

Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Approve the minutes of July 10, August 14, September 11 and September 25, 2018.

Agenda Item #8:

Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

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 standby pump for Well #15 using water replacement funds.

Agenda Item #9:

Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

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 non material changes as approved by the City/Utility Special Counsel and City Manager.

Agenda Item #10:

Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

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 electricrates.

Agenda Item #11:

Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Authorize staff to fund the 2019 Needles Unified School District Solar Camp not to exceed $16,667 budgeted 2018-2019 fiscal year.

Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve agenda items #7 through #11 on the Consent Calendar.

**** 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 #12 through #18 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

Agenda Item #12:

Approve the warrants register through May 14, 2019.

Agenda Item #13:

Approve the minutes of September 11and September 25, 2018.

Agenda Item #14:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-18 approving an Eleventh Amendment to and Extension of the License between the City of Needles and Bonnie Baker Senior Center foruse of the kitchen and a portion of the dining area in the Needles Senior Citizens Center during the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Agenda Item #15:

Authorize the purchase of one (1) 2019 Chevrolet 2500HD 4WD with 8″ Rock King Plow not to exceed $41,000 from Findlay Automotive using Public Works vehicle replacement funds, Fleet general funds, and balance as a result of salary savings.

Agenda Item #16:

Ratify the action taken by the city manager to purchase/install a new100-gallon hot water heater at the Recreation Center and increase the facility maintenance line item from surplus funds.

Agenda Item #17:

Authorize the Mayor to sign a letter in opposition to Assembly Bill 1356 which would remove the City’s ability to either approve retail cannabis shops at a different concentration level or prohibit them within its jurisdiction.

Agenda Item #18:

Approve Resolution No. 2019-19 adopting SB 1: Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 Project List.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve agenda items #12 through #18 on the Consent Calendar. Needles City Council Member Longacre “Abstain” on Agenda Item #17.

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

Agenda Item #19:

Approve the 2019-2020 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Service Contract 99-376 A-22 in the amount of $2,471,947.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve the 2019-2020 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Service Contract 99-376 A-22 in the amount of $2,471,947.

Agenda Item #20:

Consider cancelling the second regular City Council/NPUA meetings in July and August.

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 approve to cancel the second regular City Council/NPUA meetings in July and August, with the addition of the second regular City Council/NPUA meeting in June.

**** Emergency Action Item: ****

Emergency action item added during the council meeteing: Ratify city manager’s action in ordering a new pump, to replace one that failed, for the city’s water system. Price is expected to be between $30,000 and $36,000.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve city manager’s action in ordering a new pump, to replace one that failed, for the city’s water system. Price is expected to be between $30,000 and $36,000.

**** 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 Timothy Terral:

Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood:

Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D.: (Excused Absence)

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:

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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