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, August 13th, 2019 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

The Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

** Please Note: Needles City Council Members Shawn Gudmundson, Timothy Terral, Needles Vice Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D., Tona Belt, Zachery Longacre and Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams were all present. Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood was absent. **

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

**** Executive Session: ****

– Agenda Item A:

Conference with legal counsel regarding anticipated initiation of litigation pursuant to Government Code section 54956.9(d)(4) (three potential cases)

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

– Agenda Item A:

Needles City Attorney reports that there was reportable action taken on. Members of the Needles City Council acted on one item; members unanimously voted to proceed with litigation in the interests of ensuring enforceability but to accept a $25,000 settlement in an illegal cannabis cultivation case. Member Longacer recused himself from this agenda item.

**** Public Appearances: ****

**** Presentations: ****

– Agenda Item #1:

Don Olsen, Epic Engineering (contract city engineer), will be presenting the Culinary Water & Sanitary Sewer Capital Facilities Master Plan, Preliminary Draft, dated July 29, 2019 — Discussion to direct staff to proceed with steps necessary for the adoption of the Culinary Water and Sanitary Sewer Capital Facilities Master Plan.

No votes we’re conducted on this agenda item by members of the Needles City Council.

– Agenda Item #2:

Aaron Barnes regarding a cannabis consumption café, including dispensary, café, on-site manufacturing and distribution center at the former Denny’s location, 1400 ‘J’ Street.

Members of the Needles City Council opposed the proposal presentation; including on the location and competition with non marijuana businesses, and at the end of discussion, no votes we’re conducted on this agenda item by members of the Needles City Council.

**** Public Hearings: ****

– Agenda Item #3:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approving a conditional use permit (CUP) for a two-phase Commercial Boat and RV Storage Facility utilizing steel buildings within the Needles Marina Resort in the CRR “Commercial Resort Residential” zone located at 100 Marina Dr, APN 0660-301-04 and 0660-301-09; Applicant Alan Reich.

Resolution No. 2019-48 approving a conditional use permit (CUP) for a two-phaseCommercial Boat and RV Storage Facility utilizing steel buildings within the Needles Marina Resort in the CRR “Commercial Resort Residential” zone located at 100 Marina Dr, APN 0660-301-04 and 0660-301-09.

Members of the Needles City Council voted 4-1 to approve Resolution No. 2019-48 approving a conditional use permit (CUP) for a two-phaseCommercial Boat and RV Storage Facility utilizing steel buildings within the Needles Marina Resort in the CRR “Commercial Resort Residential” zone located at 100 Marina Dr, APN 0660-301-04 and 0660-301-09. Member Belts voted “No” on this agenda item.

– Agenda Item #4:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against requesting a Residential Photovoltaic Determination from the California Energy Commission regarding Title 24, Part 6, Building Energy Efficiency Standards effective 2020.

Resolution No. 2019-51 requesting a cost-effective determination by the California Energy Commission pursuant to Section 10-109(d) of the 2019 Energy Code.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2019-51 requesting a cost-effective determination by the California Energy Commission pursuant to Section 10-109(d) of the 2019 Energy Code.

– Agenda Item #5:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approving the abandonment of an unused portion of right-of-way along Market Street, West of “O” Street andadjacent to APN 0185-046-05, 0185-046-09 and 0185-046-10.

Resolution No. 2019-47 approving the abandonment of an unused portion of right-of-wayalong Market Street, West of “O” Street and adjacent to APN 0185-046-05, 0185-046-09 and 0185-046-10.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2019-47 approving the abandonment of an unused portion of right-of-wayalong Market Street, West of “O” Street and adjacent to APN 0185-046-05, 0185-046-09 and 0185-046-10.

– Agenda Item #6:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against amending Chapter14, Article Ill entitled “Graffiti Prohibition and Removal of the Needles Municipal Code.

This agenda item was continued to the next Needles City Council Meeting on September 10th, 2019.

**** 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 #10 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #7:
– Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Annual Depository Statement — Authorize and direct finance staff to make the monthly transfers from NPUA to City accounts to reimburse for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 payments for debt service, contract services, purchase payments, and reimbursement of non utility sanitation revenues deposited with the Authority according to the approved budget

– Agenda Item #8:
– Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Authorize the city manager to execute an eighteen (18) month contract with Horizon Technologies Inc. to provide radio services for city owned radios, electric, water, wastewater, public works and golf maintenance at a monthly lease rate of $1,120 from the communications/telephone accounts.

– Agenda Item #9:
– Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Accept the Lincus Inc. AB32 Emission Verification Report 2018 Emissions.

– Agenda Item #10:
– Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Authorize an increase in the annual power pole purchase cost by $27,620 with McFarland Cascade Supplier for Douglas Fir power poles for fiscal years 2020, 2021 and 2022 (total estimated cost of $54,746).

Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #7 through #10 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 #11 through #26 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #11:

Approve the warrants register through August 13, 2019.

– Agenda Item #12:

Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance No. 619-AC amending Needles Municipal Code (NMC) Section 96.08 “Dwelling Unit” adding “Accessory Dwelling Unit” and Section 96.00 “Table of Permissible Uses” (2nd reading – adopt).

– Agenda Item #13:

Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance No. 620-AC amending Needles Municipal Code (NMC) rescinding Article VII Section 97.01 “Affordable and Elderly Housing Bonus” and replacing it with a new Section 97.01 “Density Bonus and Related Incentives and Concessions Program” (2nd reading – adopt).

– Agenda Item #14:

Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance No. 621-AC amending Needles Municipal Code (NMC) Article IV, Section 94 adding “Reasonable Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities (2nd reading – adopt).

– Agenda Item #15:

Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance No. 622-AC amending Needles Municipal Code (NMC) Article XII, Section 112.06 adding “Emergency Shelters and Supportive and Transitional Housing’and Section 96.01 “Table of Permissible Uses” (2nd reading – adopt).

– Agenda Item #16:

Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance No. 623-AC approving a proposed General Plan Amendment from a Residential Medium Density (RM) designation to a Highway Commercial (CH) designation for the parcel located at 3353 Needles Highway, APN 0660-101-32 (2nd reading – adopt)

– Agenda Item #17:

Award the bid for ryegrass seed to Helena Agri-Enterprises, Las Vegas, NV in the total bid amount of $38,536.79

– Agenda Item #18:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-46 establishing the appropriations subject to limit for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 for the City of Needles in accordance with the Provisions of Division 9 of Title of the California Government Code

– Agenda Item #19:

Approve the combination of two part-time MCW1 positions into one full-time MCW 1 position to be allocated 50 / 50 between Parks and Cemetery increasing General Fund expenditure by approximately $9,800-$24,000 to be taken from reserves

– Agenda Item #20:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-49 approving Final Parcel Map 19995 a subdivision of 2.38+/- acres into three (3) commercial parcels located at 250 Balboa Street, APN 0660-081-18

– Agenda Item #21:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-50 adding Item #5 to the Capital Improvement Plan – Public Works for improvements to O and P Streets south of Needles Highway

– Agenda Item #22:

Approve change order #1 with Trinity Construction in the amount of $20,503.02 to purchase and install new flooring and paint in the administrative and utility billing office at 817 Third Street using project contingency and reserves of the utility business office internal service fund and authorize staff to issue a change order for execution

– Agenda Item #23:

Approve filing of a claim for Local Transportation Fund (LTF), State Transit Assistance (STA) Fund, and Measure I Operations and Elderly and Handicapped for the fiscal year 2019-2020

– Agenda Item #24:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-54 approving an amendment to eight (8) Conditional Use Permits (Resolution No.s 2018-72, 2018-76, 2018-73, 2018-77, 2018-74, 2018 79, 2018-75, and 2018-78) for use of four steel buildings as part of the site expansion located at 1 Ice House Road also known as APN 0650-391-23; Applicant: Curtis Devine

– Agenda Item #25:

Authorize the Mayor to send a letter tothe Governor and CaliforniaLegislators requestingimplementation of the voterapproved initiative CaliforniaProposition 7, Permanent Daylight Saving Time Measure (2018)

– Agenda Item #26:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-55 supporting the Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2020.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #11 through #26 on the Consent Calendar, with Member Longacre recused himself from Agenda Item #24 and Member Edward pulled Agenda Item #25 for discussion on the Consent Calendar.

After discussion, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to authorize the Mayor to send a letter tothe Governor and CaliforniaLegislators requestingimplementation of the voterapproved initiative CaliforniaProposition 7, Permanent Daylight Saving Time Measure (2018).

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

– Agenda Item #27:

Discussion regarding City provided health benefits for City Council Members.

Members of the Needles City Council decided to form an ad hoc committee with members Tim and Shawn, and Mayor Jeff to poll other cities on their practices. No votes was conducted by members of the Needles City Council for the ad hoc committee.

**** 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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