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, June 11th, 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 Teamsters Local 1932.

– Agenda Item B:

Conference with real property negotiator pursuant to Government Code $54956.8: Agency 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 2.2 acres generally located at the north west corner of W. Broadway and G Street, APN 0186-095-04 and APN 0186-095-03 (aka APN 0185-351-11). Under negotiations are the price and terms.

– Agenda Item C:

Conference with legal counsel – existing litigation pursuant to Government Code $54956.9 – City of Needles vs Vietnam Nguyen and Ontana Planet Green, San Bernardino County Superior Court No. CIVDS 1906480.

**** 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 reportable action taken. Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve a purchase agreement.

– Agenda Item C:

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

**** Approval of Agenda: ****

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to move Agenda Items #25, #26 and #27 from Regular Agenda Items to Consent Calendar Agenda Items.

**** Public Appearances: ****

**** Presentations: ****

– Agenda Item #1:

Report by Board of Public Utilities Commission Le Jeune on the 2019 Solar Summit held in Scottsdale AZ on May 14-15, 2019.

**** Public Hearings: ****

– Agenda Item #2:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a general plan amendment from “CR” Commercial Resort to “CH” Highway Commercial and a zone change from “CRR” Commercial Residential Resort to “C3” Highway Commercial for the property located along Needles Highway, 320 Balboa, APN 0660-081-01 through -04,0660-081-08 and -09 and 0660-091-04; Applicant Deer Park Development, continued from April 9.

Ordinance No. 615-AC approving a general plan amendment from “CR” CommercialResort to “CH” Highway Commercial and a zone change from “CRR” Commercial Residential Resort to“C3″ Highway Commercial for the property located along Needles Highway, 320 Balboa, APN 0660-081-01 through -04, 0660-081-08 and -09 and 0660-091-04 (1st Reading – Post).

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve portions of the parcel south of the substation. Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre recused himself from this agenda item.

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

**** Public Hearings: ****

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

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against proposed NPUA and City Budgets for Fiscal Year 2019-2020.

Resolution No. 2019-33 adopting the proposed city budget for FN2019-2020.

Resolution No. 06-11-2019-NPUA adopting the proposed NPUA budget for FNY 2019-2020.

Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted both Resolution No. 2019-33 adopting the proposed city budget for FN2019-2020 with the adding of money for the Needles Chamber of Commerce, and Resolution No. 06-11-2019-NPUA adopting the proposed NPUA budget for FNY 2019-2020.

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

Authorize the purchase of one (1) 2019 Ford 250 4WD with service body and ladder rack through Sourcewell Contract 120716-NAF, National Auto Fleet Group, not to exceed $55,000 from the electric vehicle replacement fund.

Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted authorizing the purchase of one (1) 2019 Ford 250 4WD with service body and ladder rack through Sourcewell Contract 120716-NAF, National Auto Fleet Group, not to exceed $55,000 from the electric vehicle replacement fund.

**** 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 #5 through #19 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #5:

Approve the warrants register through June 11, 2019.

– Agenda Item #6:

Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance No. 617-AC amending the Needles Municipal Code Section 15A-5(1) Recreation Area Use (Policy) removing the four-hour parking restriction for the Jack Smith Memorial Park Designated Parking Area and Cul-de-sac and requiring vehicles towing watercraft trailers to park outside of the area (2nd Reading – Publish)

– Agenda Item #7:

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 #8:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-21 amending Resolution Nos. 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 #9:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-23 amending Resolution No. 2017-107 approving 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 #10:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-24 amending Resolution Nos. 2017-83 and 2017-84 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 #11:

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

– Agenda Item #12:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-26 approving the application for Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program Grant Funds for Needles Aquatic Center; Resolution No. 2019-27 approving the application for Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program Grant Funds for Duke Watkins Park; Resolution No. 2019-28 approving the application forStatewide Park Development andCommunity Revitalization Program Grant Funds for Jack Smith Park; andResolution No. 2019-29 approving the application for Statewide Park Development and Community Revitalization Program Grant Funds for Bureau Bay Nature Walk; accepting the terms of the proposed grant(s) if awarded and delegates the authority to City Manager Daniels to conduct all negotiations and execute all documents.

– Agenda Item #13:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-30 approving a Third Amendment to and Extension of Agreement to provide operations of a local route deviation transit service (NAT) between the City of Needles and McDonald Transit Associates, Inc. providing for a three-month extension through September 30, 2019.

– Agenda Item #14:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-31 approving a Second Amendment to and Extension of Agreement for Dial-a-Ride (DAR) and Dial-a-Ride Medical Services between the City of Needles and McDonald Transit Associates, Inc. providing for a three-month extension through September 30, 2019.

– Agenda Item #15:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-32 approving a Third Amendment to and Extension of Agreement for Dial-a-Ride (DAR) and Dial-a-Ride Medical Services between the City of Needles and McDonald Transit Associates, Inc. implementing a shopper shuttle pilot program effective July 10, 2019.

– Agenda Item #16:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-34 amending Resolution No. 2017-102 approving a six-month extension of time for a conditional use permit (CUP) issued for a marijuanacultivation facility located at 138 “D” Street, APN 0186-106-28, 0186-106-29 and 0186-106-34.

– Agenda Item #17:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-35 amending Resolution Nos. 2017-87 (3259 Needles Hwy, APN 0660-091-11), 2017-88 (3265 Needles Hwy, APN 0660-091-12) and 2017-89 (3271 Needles Hwy, APN 0660-091-14)approving an extension of time for three (3) conditional use permits (CUP) issued for marijuana cultivation facilities.

– Agenda Item #18:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-36 changing the name of the park located at the corner of “K” Street and Front Street from Roadside Rest aka Rotary Park to “Route 66 Train Park.”

– Agenda Item #19:

Approve the extension of the Agreement with MSB Facilities, Inc. for a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for an additional six (6) months for the building located at 1105 Lillyhill Drive, APN 0186-191-50 and 0186-191-53.

– Agenda Item #25:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-37 amending Resolution No, 2017-112 approving a six-monthextension of time for a conditional use permit (CUP) issued for a marijuanamanufacturing facility located at 110 Cibola, APN 0186-157-12 and 0186-157-13.

– Agenda Item #26:

Accept the bid of Trinity Construction in the amount of $104,269.50 to purchase and install security glass and drywall in the front lobby of the Administrative and Utility Billing Office at 817 Third Street using $15,000 from FN 19-20 budgeted Building Maintenance Fund and the balance from the reserves of the Utility Business Office Internal Service Fund; authorize staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed.

– Agenda Item #27:

Accept Change Order #1 in the amount of $24,320 for the installation of a moisture mitigation system for the unforeseen issues discovered afterdemolition of the existing gymnasium floor at the Recreation Center.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve agenda items #5 through #19 on the Consent Calendar, approving Agenda Items #25, #26 and #27 which were added to the Consent Calendar, and pull Agenda Item #15 for discussion.

After brief discussion, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item #15 on the Consent Calendar, with the adding that if increase in ridership occurred, the bus manger can add days or multiple trips pre day, as needed or by Needles City Council request.

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

– Agenda Item #20:

Provide direction to staff regarding proposal for Needles Marina Resort Dredge Material to create a new parking area on 1st Beach north of the Golf Course Concession Stand and to possibly relocate the retention pond to the west end of the site.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve use Needles Marina Resort dredge material to create a new parking area on First Beach just north of the River Edge Golf Course concession stand, and relocate retention pond to west end of site.

– Agenda Item #21:

Resolution No. 2019-38 amending the City of Needles – Needles Marina Park Sublease Agreement to accurately identify the new owners as Needles Marina Resort Inc., the real property as T.9N. R.23E. Sec 29, Lots 5, 6 and 7 and Assign in whole the leasehold interest of the Needles Marina Resort to Horizon Community Bank.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2019-38 amending the City of Needles – Needles Marina Park Sublease Agreement to accurately identify the new owners as Needles Marina Resort Inc., the real property as T.9N. R.23E. Sec 29, Lots 5, 6 and 7 and Assign in whole the leasehold interest of the Needles Marina Resort to Horizon Community Bank.

– Agenda Item #22:

Discussion declaring the City of Needles a Second Amendment Sanctuary City.

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

Supporters spoke in support of the City of Needles’ move to declare their city a Second Amendment Sanctuary City, including Former Bullhead City Planning Commissioner Jamie Starr and Mohave County District 2 Supervisor Hildy Angius.

Dale Jones, City Clerk for the City of Needles, read the motion being voted on; “The motion was to declare the City of Needles a Second Amendment Sanctuary City.”

Seconds later and with no changes to the motion, members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to declare the City of Needles a Second Amendment Sanctuary City.

Afterwards, a second motion was presented by Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral, to put an ad-hoc committee together to direct City Staff work to move forward on the Bullet Points (listed Above), Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews.

** Bulleted Points: **

To request that the Sheriff not enforce weapons violations by California, Nevada and Arizona residents.

To request that the Legislature allow an exemption to California gun laws for the City of Needles and within a 65 miles radius of Needles.

To request that the Legislature allow reciprocity of concealed weapons permits with Nevada and Arizona.

Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams appointed to the ad-hoc committee Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral, Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre and Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams.

– Agenda Item #23:

Authorize the Mayor and Council Member(s) to attend the ICSC Western Conference and Deal Making Event at the Los Angeles Convention Center on September 16-18, 2019.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to authorize Needles City Mayor Jeff and Needles City Council Members Shawn and Tim to attend the I.C.S.C. Western Conference and Deal Making Event at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Downtown Los Angeles, California on September 16-18, 2019.

– Agenda Item #24:

Authorize the Mayor and Council Member(s) to attend the Annual League of California Cities Conference scheduled for October 16-18, 2019 in Long Beach, CA and designate a voting delegate and alternate(s).

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to authorize Needles City Mayor Jeff, Needles Vice Mayor Edward and Needles City Council Member Tim to attend the Annual League of California Cities Conference scheduled for October 16-18, 2019 in Long Beach, California, and designate Needles City Mayor Jeff as voting delegate and Needles Vice Mayor Edward as an alternate.

**** 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.:

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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