Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting.

Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting.

A Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting was held on Tuesday, September 12th, 2019 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

The Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting was broadcast live and recorded 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 participated via teleconference. **

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

**** Executive Session: ****

– Agenda Item A:

Conference with real property negotiators 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 Greens Group as the potential buyer of the property described as generally located on the section of right-of-way on Market Street, west of “O” Street and terminating at the l-40. Under negotiation are the price and terms of the land.

– Agenda Item B:

Conference with real property negotiator pursuant to California Government Code $54956.8 –
Negotiating Parties: City Manager Rick Daniels as city representative and the Tri-State Alano Club; Subject property 801 Third Street, a portion of APN 0186-122-20; under discussion: Lease price and terms.

– Agenda Item C:

Conference with legal counsel regarding anticipated litigation pursuant to Government Code
$54956.9(d)(4). One potential case.

**** 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.

– Agenda Item C:

Needles City Attorney reports that there was reportable action taken. Needles City Attorney John Pinkney reports that members voted to file an amicus brief in Rody vs. Xavier Becerra.

**** Public Appearances: ****

Resident Jose M. Garcia spoke about if the Needles City Council can pay for student bus pass for students going to school in Needles, California.

**** Presentations: ****

– Agenda Item #1:

Mr. Bill Collier will be making a PowerPoint presentation to establish a Childhood Memories Museum and a Bicycle Racing Relics USA Museum in the El Garces Train Depot.

Mr. Bill Collier presented to members of the Needles City Council his PowerPoint presentation of the Childhood Memories Museum and a Bicycle Racing Relics USA Museum, and showing what would be inside the El Garces Train Depot.

Some of the items he put on displayed inside the Needles City Council Chambers.

This presentation was a discretionary agenda item so no votes were conducted by members of the Needles City Council.

** Public Hearings: **

– Agenda Item #2:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against amending Chapter 14, Article Ill entitled “Graffiti Prohibition and Removal of the Needles Municipal Code continued from July 9, 2019.

Ordinance No. 24-AC amending Chapter 14, Article III, entitled “Graffiti Prohibition and Removal” of the Needles Municipal Code (1 st reading – post)

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve Ordinance No. 24-AC amending Chapter 14, Article III, entitled “Graffiti Prohibition and Removal” of the Needles Municipal Code (1 st reading – post). Second reading and vote will occur at next Needles City Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 24th, 2019. If approval of second reading, this ordinance will go into effect after 30 days.

**** Recess The Needles City Council Meeting And Convene A Joint Needles City Council / Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting: ****

– Agenda Item #3:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 09-10-2019-SARDA approving a purchase and sale agreement in the amount of $1,169,905 between the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency and Hooman Davoodi with respect to the real property, approximately 28.2 acres located on Ice Plant Road behind the Towne Center Mall, APN 0186-222-07 and approving certain related actions.

Members of the Needles City Council / Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency voted unanimously to adopt Resolution No. 09-10-2019-SARDA approving a purchase and sale agreement in the amount of $1,169,905 between the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency and Hooman Davoodi with respect to the real property, approximately 28.2 acres located on Ice Plant Road behind the Towne Center Mall, APN 0186-222-07 and approving certain related actions.

– Agenda Item #4:

Approve the minutes of January 9, April 10, September 11, October 23, November 13, November 27 and December 11, 2018.

Members of the Needles City Council / Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency voted unanimously to approve the minutes of January 9, April 10, September 11, October 23, November 13, November 27 and December 11, 2018.

**** Adjourn Joint Needles City Council / Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency 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 #5 through #8 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #5:
Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Approve the minutes of October 23, November 13, and December 11, 2018.

– Agenda Item #6:
Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Ratify the City Managers purchase of Portfolio Content Category (PCC) 3 Renewable Energy Credits to comply with the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) procurement percentage for CY2019 not to exceed $18,000 funding from the 19/20 Electric Budget.

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

Authorize the City Manager to execute Contract No., 19-DSR-12935,
Southwest Power Pool Reliability Coordinator Services Charges (replacing Contract No. 16-DSR 12622 Peak Reliability Service) between the City of Needles and Western Area PowerAdministration.

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

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-53 authorizing the CityManager 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.

Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority voted unanimously to approve agenda items #5 through #8 on the Consent Calendar.

**** Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Regular Items: ****

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

Amend the Annual Depository Statement adding a transfer from Fiscal Year 2018 due from the NPUA to the City-side funds that were insufficiently reimbursed in the amount 313.82 by amending the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Depository Agreement to include an additional $100,000 per month to draw down the remaining balance due.

Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority voted unanimously to approve to pay $2 million to City for previous insufficient reimbursements; with first priority of $505,893.77 going to the general fund.

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

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

Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority voted 4-3 to forego the 2.6 percent cost of living increase in water and wastewater rates as of Oct. 1, 2019; and pay $110,000 expected cost from general fund. Members Tona Belt, Edward T. Paget M.D. and Jeff Williams voted “No” on this agenda item.

– Agenda Item #11:
Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

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

Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority voted 5-2 to approve a 2.6% cost-of-living (COLA) increase in electric rates as of October 1, 2019 and approve the methodology to calculate the annual electric base rate and the power cost adjustment rate based on the rate calculation spreadsheets. Members Clayton Hazlewood and Zachery Longacre voted “No” on this agenda item.

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

– Agenda Item #12:

Approve the warrants register through September 10, 2019.

– Agenda Item #13:

Approve the minutes of October 9, October 23, November 13, November 27 and December 11, 2018.

– Agenda Item #14:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-58 adopting the Measure I Five Year Capital Improvement Plan for FY 2019/2020 through 2023/2024.

– Agenda Item #15:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-59 authorizing the City Manager or his designee to administer Chapter 13, Article VIII “Removal of Abandoned Vehicles” of the Needles Municipal Code.

– Agenda Item #16:

Authorize implementation of a new policy for pre-employment background checks of prospective employees of cash-handling positions.

– Agenda Item #17:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-57 approving the application for grant funds for the Recreational Trails and Greenways Grant Program and authorizing the City Manager, as an authorized representative and accepting the terms of the proposed grant if awarded.

– Agenda Item #18:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-56 accepting offer for the sale of two (2) city owned properties to Ashot Minasian in the amount of $110,386 located at the northwest corner of W. Broadway Street and G Street, APN 0186-095-04-0000 and the northeast corner of W. Broadway Street and H Street, APN 0186-095-03-0000

– Agenda Item #19:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2019-60 accepting the proposal submitted by Transportation Concepts to provide operations of a Local Route Deviation Transit Service (Needles Area Transit) and authorize entering into an agreement for an initial base term of October 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023 subject to approval of the award by Caltrans Division of Rail and Mass Transportation (DRMT).

– Agenda Item #20:

Accept the RFP bid submitted by “Placeworks” for the preparation of the 5th Cycle Mid-Year
Housing Element Update in the amount not to exceed $15,728 from the General Plan line item
2019-20120 budget.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve agenda items #12, #13, #15, #17, #18 and #20 and to pull for discussion agenda items #14, #16 and #19 on the Consent Calendar.

After discussion on Agenda Item #14, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to adopt Resolution No. 2019-58 adopting the Measure I Five Year Capital Improvement Plan for FY 2019/2020 through 2023/2024; adding “Needles Highway improvements as an alternate project.”

After discussion on Agenda Item #16, members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to authorize implementation of a new policy for pre-employment background checks of prospective employees of cash-handling positions; adding “subject to compliance with applicable law.” Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood voted “No” on this agenda item.

After discussion on Agenda Item #19, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to adopt Resolution No. 2019-60 accepting the proposal submitted by Transportation Concepts to provide operations of a Local Route Deviation Transit Service (Needles Area Transit) and authorize entering into an agreement for an initial base term of October 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023 subject to approval of the award by Caltrans Division of Rail and Mass Transportation (DRMT).

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

– Agenda Item #21:

Approve the budgeted 2020 Calendar Year Employee Healthcare costs.

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve the budgeted 2020 Calendar Year Employee Healthcare costs.

– Agenda Item #22:

Discussion regarding a Council sponsored employee holiday event.

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve Needles City Council sponsored employee holiday event.

– Agenda Item #23:

Discussion regarding co-sponsorship of the Holiday Fun Fair in December 2019.

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve $3,000 to co-sponsorship of the Holiday Fun Fair in December 2019.

– Agenda Item #24:

Discussion to place one picnic table, benches, shade structure and ADA compliant access at the Train Park.

Members of the Needles City Council voted 4-2 to approve placing one picnic table, benches, shade structure and ADA compliant access at the Train Park. Needles City Council Member Tona Belt and Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D. voted “No” on this agenda item.

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

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney:

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

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels:

Shopper Shuttle For the nine weeks the service has been in operation (July 10 – Sept 4), a total of 55 passengers have used the service for an average of 6 passengers per trip. There have been 5 no-shows (who have been notified they must pay the $9 fare before being allowed to ride again) and one medical emergency in which an ambulance was called and three family members got off the bus (were not charged due to the nature of the emergency). Remaining donations (pre-paid fares) as of today are $905.

Fireworks No incidents
Hotel Continuing to work with

Hampton Inn for an October groundbreaking. No exact date has been stated yet. The new Hampton Inn is being build along Needles Highway near O Street nextdoor to the River City Pizza Company in Needles, California. Stay tuned to ZachNews on when the groundbreaking date is announced.

North Needles Water and Sewer Much interest in privately extending the lines into North Needles with a reimbursement agreement for future users.

Boat Show working with the Needles Marina and Billy B for the boat show that is being relocated from Pirate’s Cove on September 28.

CWC Responding to California Tourisim agency information request for more information on locating in the El Garces.

Cannabis 20,000 sq’ under construction on Bazabooth.

Proposal to double size of 219 I Street cultivation and the former Ford lot on Broadway/Front Street.

Classification Study First: draft received and under review.

New Pizza Parlor is awaiting final County Health Department inspection. ZachNews can confirmed from the City of Needles that the name of the new pizza parlor is called “Retro Pizza,” being placed inside the old Mudshark building next to the old movie theater along West Broadway.

Arrowhead Credit Union: met with the Chairman and CEO of Arrowhead about future business in Needles. Desert Community Federal Credit Union merged with Arrowhead Credit Union on August 1st, 2019.

Intergovernmental Relations Letters seeking assistance sent to Assembly Member Obernolte and Senator Grove.

Community Clean Up: approximately 10 community members picked up trash on West Broadway and J Street last Saturday.

Utilities: Utilities Board rejected the bid for establishing a 10MW solar farm as too expensive and too risky. Requested staff to investigate a 1 MW facility.

Numerous leaks fixed.

Working with Rainbo Beach about a rebuild of their system.

**** Needles City Council Requests: ****

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:

Restriping needed on crosswalk near Earl Court.

We need to do a cost estimates of outstanding street fes that each utilities is owns to the city to complete some necessary street maintenance, as standard, not a whole bunch.

Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral:

Mention a few months ago, about putting a Welcoming into California signs near the River Road cut off and Five Mile Road, haven’t gotten anywhere with that?

Needles City Manager responded saying we haven’t gotten any responses from Caltrans who owns the east road, and will do a follow-up on the North Needles Highway.

Annexing Pirates Cove into the city limits, I like to direct City staff to look into doing that.

Needles City Manager responded saying will do a report and will bring it back to Council.

We’ve mentioned a Lilyhill Pump Station, that everything’s going to rebuild and sidewalk was going to get fix, where we stand on that?

Needles City Manager responded saying we have not seen final approval yet from the state but we believe it’s imminent and penning.

ADA compliance for the restrooms at the golf course, have we gotten anywhere with that?

Needles City Manager responded saying yes we’ve received a proposal from a vendor that was $42,000, and during budget discussions, there was concerns about maybe instead replacing the whole building.

Any word on the time change; which way California and the federal government?

Needles City Manager responded saying we have not heard back from Assemblyman Jay Obernolte on this matter, this was one of the letters we sent that the Mayor signed encouraging them to push forward on this matter.

Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood:

Wants to direct City staff to bring back the Marijuana Cafe; that was presented in a presentation in early August 2019 proposed to go at the old Denny’s restaurant on J Street in Needles, California; I thought it was a good idea, I would like to bring that back to the next Needles City Council Meeting (which would be on Tuesday, September 24th, 2019). We need to move forward as far business in general, and if we’re going to support an industry, support it. I want to direct the City Attorney to look into ordinance related to these types of businesses.

I want to have the City Staff to look into having our own health department, to help out with our growth of our restaurants. Speaking about his witness with the San Bernardino County Health Department related to the new Retro Pizza restaurant coming soon in Downtown Needles, California, and saying that we can do ten times better with our own health department and get things moving along better.

I want to see City Staff work with Mr. Bill Collier regarding establish a Childhood Memories Museum and a Bicycle Racing Relics USA Museum in the El Garces Train Depot. I really liked what he had to offer as he was watching the PowerPoint presentation on ZachNews. I like to see City Staff to bring something to the City Council afterward from him to see what we can come up with.

Want to see cameras for city parks; helps with catching people in the act of graffiti and vandalism. Maybe at the railroad park (Train Park) and at the El Garces. Hazelwood spoke about people taking a dump on city property. This issues has been brought up in the pass by past Needles City Council Members of people going to the restroom in the fountain, and cameras at the El Garces Train Depot have been installed in the last year.

Hazelwood later added at the end of Needles City Council Requests, wanted the dirt road that connects to the water tower near the Needles Rodeo Grounds and the Gates area, down the road later, to have that road connected so they don’t have to use U.S. Route 95 to get around.

Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D.:

Spoke up the upcoming Peddler’s Fair happening at the St. John’s Episcopal Church (Flyer Pictured Above), adding that they are offering free spaces for public nonprofits at the event.

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:

Saying that she also likes the idea that Mr. Bill Collier presented, regarding establish a Childhood Memories Museum and a Bicycle Racing Relics USA Museum in the El Garces Train Depot. Belts added that this would be great with the Welcome Center and if there’s a way to hook that up with the Needles Chamber of Commerce.

The Welcome Center is still is a work in progress.

Mentions the Needles Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner on Saturday, October 5th, 2019, get your tickets.

Continuing to try to set up another meeting with Congressman Paul Cook regarding getting money to finish the inside of the El Garces Train Depot.

To start a request to get one of the off-ramps trimming of trees, to at least get one off-ramp done.

Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre:

Thanked Needles City Manager for riding a new trash dumpster at Second Beach.

Wanting to know why is the dirt being lowered on the site of the new parking lot area next to First Beach, just across the street from 19th Hole Bar and Grill.

I would like to see the trees trim and vegetation cut at First and Second Beaches, I would like to see those get taken care of by next spring when are river people come back. Longacre talked about what the City of Bullhead City did to their beach, adding palm trees and giving their citizens a lot more river to use. Longacre also talked about the arrowheads vegetation between the two beaches has become a site for bathroom uses. Longacre said it’s disgusting and if those bushes aren’t there, the bathroom aren’t there. The nearest restrooms to First and Second Beaches is just a few steps way, located right nextdoor to 19th Hole Bar and Grill at the golf course.

Longacre saying that what Jose M. Garcia said during Public Appearance is a “No-brainer,” students should be getting rides to school, I would like to see something in that come about.

What’s happening about the stop sign near the North K Street Underpass, are we ever going to put a stop sign there coming down Front Street?

Needles City Manager responded saying he will check on that and report back.

Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams:

** After the Meeting Interview: **

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmenson and Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talks with ZachNews following Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 in Needles, California.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmenson and Needles City Manager Rick Daniels spoke about the 2.6% cost-of-living (COLA) increase in water and wastewater rates as of October 1, 2019.

For water and wastewater, the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council voted 4-3 to pay for the fees to cover the cost of the percentage thats needed, out of our general fund.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson tells ZachNews that the Needles City Council said it’s time to give back to our everyday citizen, the ratepayer, and said we’re not going to pass this on to you and were gonna make up for it.

“My argument was it is owed to our citizens since we borrowed $780,000 from the general fund to subsidize Bashas grocery store; we’re giving back the $780,000,” said Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson.

As for electric, the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council voted 5-2 to approve a 2.6 percent COLA increase in electric rates as of October 1st, 2019; approving the method to calculate annual electric base rate and power cost adjustment rate based on rate calculation spreadsheets.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmenson and Needles City Manager Rick Daniels also spoke about amend the Annual Depository Statement adding a transfer from Fiscal Year
2018 due from the NPUA to the City-side funds that were insufficiently reimbursed in the amount 313.82 by amending the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Depository Agreement to include an additional $100,000 per month to draw down the remaining balance due.

The Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve to pay $2 million to the City-side funds for previous insufficient reimbursements; with first priority of $505,893.77 going to the general fund.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmenson and Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then spoke about an item that was approved during the consent calendar regarding Resolution No. 2019-57 approving the application for grant funds for the Recreational Trails and Greenways Grant Program and authorizing the City Manager, as an authorized representative and accepting the terms of the proposed grant if awarded.

This is a picture of the project design at Bureau Bay provided by the City of Needles.

The Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution No. 2019-57.

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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