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, September 3rd, 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 #5 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative vote.

– Agenda Item #1:

Resolution No. 9-3-19 BPU authorizing the City Manager, or designee, to apply for, receive, and enter into a Cooperative Agreement, and administer a grant for the 2020 Bureau of Reclamation Water and Energy Efficiency Grant.

– Agenda Item #2:

Approval of Contract No. 19-DSR-12935, Southwest Power Pool Reliability Coordinator Service Charges, between the City of Needles and Western Area Power Administration

– Agenda Item #3:

Ratify the city manager’s purchase of Portfolio Content Category (“PCC”) 3 Renewable Energy Credits to comply with the Renewable Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) procurement percentage forCY 2019 not to exceed $18,000.

– Agenda Item #4:

Approve a 2.6% cost-of-living (COLA) increase in water and wastewater rates as of October 1, 2019.

– Agenda Item #5:

Approve a 2.6% cost-of-living (COLA) increase inelectric rates as of October 1, 2019; and approve the methodology to calculatethe annual electric base rate and thepower cost adjustment rate based on the rate calculation spreadsheets.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously to approve Agenda Items #2 through #3, and pulled for discussion Agenda Items #1, #4 and #5 on the Consent Calendar.

After discussion on Agenda Item #1, members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities majority voted to approve Resolution No. 9-3-19 BPU authorizing the City Manager, or designee, to apply for, receive, and enter into a Cooperative Agreement, and administer a grant for the 2020 Bureau of Reclamation Water and Energy Efficiency Grant. Board member Steve voted “No” on this agenda item.

After discussion on Agenda Item #4, members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously to approve a 2.6% cost-of-living (COLA) increase in water and wastewater rates as of October 1, 2019.

After discussion on Agenda Item #5, members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously to approve a 2.6% cost-of-living (COLA) increase inelectric rates as of October 1, 2019; and approve the methodology to calculatethe annual electric base rate and thepower cost adjustment rate based on the rate calculation spreadsheets.

** Regular Items: **

– Agenda Item #6:

Reject the bid submitted by North Coast Renewables dated June 13, 2019, for development of a solar photovoltaic(PV) generating facility and directstaff to complete a feasibility study toinstall a 1 megawatt PV system ownedand operated by the Needles Public Utility Authority.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously to reject the bid submitted by North Coast Renewables dated June 13, 2019, for development of a solar photovoltaic(PV) generating facility and directstaff to complete a feasibility study toinstall a 1 megawatt PV system ownedand operated by the Needles Public Utility Authority.

** Reports: ****

– Agenda Item #7:

EUSI, LLC operational support servicesrelating to the wastewater treatmentfacility and collection system July 2019.

– Agenda Item #8:

Monthly activity report for June 2019.

Agenda Items #7 through #8 was an 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:

Status of electricmeter calibrationprogram (meeting of April 2, 2019)

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

** 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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