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 28th, 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, Zachery Longacre and Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams were all present. Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood and Needles Vice Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. were both given an excused absence. Due to the excused absences, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve to pull off agenda items #7, #8, #9, #10 and #11 from the agenda and be continued to the next Needles City Council 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 $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: ****

**** Presentations: ****

Agenda Item #1:

Presentation by representatives of the Laughlin Economic Development Corporation.

Members of the Laughlin Economic Development Corporation presented a map and plaque to members of the Needles City Council.

**** Public Hearings: ****

Agenda Item #2:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of an amendment to Chapter 15A-5(1) “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.

Ordinance 617-AC amending the Needles Municipal Code Section 15A-5(f) Recreation Area Use (Policy) removing the four-hour parking restriction for the Jack Smith esignated Parking Area and Cul-de-sac and requiring vehicles towing watercraft trailers to park outside of the area (1st reading – post).

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Ordinance 617-AC amending the Needles Municipal Code Section 15A-5(f) Recreation Area Use (Policy) removing the four-hour parking restriction for the Jack Smith esignated Parking Area and Cul-de-sac and requiring vehicles towing watercraft trailers to park outside of the area (1st reading – post), and that the measure is to be revisited in six months to see if any problems have occurred due to the change.

**** 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 Regular Items: ****

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

Budget workshop to discuss the proposed NPUA / CITY Budgets ending.

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

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

Agenda Item #4:

Approve the warrants register through May 28, 2019.

Agenda Item #5:

Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance No. 616-AC replacing Chapter 9, Article III, entitled “Fireworks” in the Needles Municipal Code (2nd reading – publish).

Agenda Item #6:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-22 accepting the sale of surplus city-owned properties APN 0185-221-08 generally located south of Flip Mendez Pkwy; APN 0185-233-50 generally located at the northwest corner of Casa Linda Street; APN 0185-233-59 generallylocated north of Mesa Grande Apartments and APN 0185-233-31 generally located at the northwest corner of Lillyhill Drive and Clary Drive to Billy Andrews in the amount of $25,200.

Agenda Item #7:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-23 amending Resolution No. 2017-107approving an extension of time for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) issued for a marijuana cultivation facility at 900 E. Broadway, APN 0186-241-61 that expires on June 11, 2019 (former site of Baker Ambulance and Robinson’s Electric).

Agenda Item #8:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-24 amending Resolution Nos. 2017-84 and 2017-83 approving an extension of time for two conditional use permits (CUP) issued for marijuana facilities, Suite “A”, and Suite “B”, located at 2109 Needles Highway (former site of the “Le Brun” Motel).

Agenda Item #9:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-25 amending Resolution Nos. 2017-94, -95, -96, -97, -98, -99, -100 and -101 approving an extension of time for eight conditional use permits issued for marijuana facilities located at 320 Balboa.

Agenda Item #10:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-20 amending Resolution Nos. 2017-108, 109, -110 and -111 approving an extension of time for four conditional use permits (CUP) for four marijuana cultivation facilities located at the intersection of E. Broadway and Victory Drive.

Agenda Item #11:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-21 amending Resolution No. 2018-70 and 2018-71 approving an extension of time for two conditional use permits (CUP) issued for marijuana facilities Suite “A” and Suite “B” located at 2208 Needles Highway (former site of the Relax inn Motel).

Agenda Item #12:

Update on the shopper shuttle pilot program to Arizona grocery stores

This agenda item was a “Information Only” agenda item.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve agenda items #6 through #8 on the Consent Calendar, with agenda items #7, #8, #9, #10 and #11 being pulled off and continued to the next Needles City Council Meeting due to absences.

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

Agenda Item #13:

Update on the off-highway motor vehicles on-highway ordinance.

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

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

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney:

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

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels:

During the meeting, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels spoke about the Needles Animal Shelter and the California Veterinarian Medicine Board adopting new rule that requires municipal animal shelters.

According to Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, the California Veterinarian Medicine Board recently adopted a new rule that requires municipal animal shelters to have an on-site veterinarian who selects personnel and secures the premise permit to operate the shelter. Needles is too small to fund a full time veterinarian. San Bernardino county’s response has been to close nearly all of the shelters in the County. Riverside County is doing the same , but the two counties are trying to put together a joint powers authority to keep some open. The attached chart indicates that the Needles Animal Shelter dealt with 431 animals last year. The City’s response is to request that the Board reconsider their rule, amend it for small isolated shelters, or grant an exemption to the City. The City will be working with State Senator Shannon Grove and Assembly member Jay Obernolte to seek relief. In the meantime the shelter will remain open.

**** 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 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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