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

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: Dale Jone, City Clerk with the City of Needles (Information):

Needles, California: The Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency held a meeting inside the Needles City Council Chambers on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020.

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 were all present. Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams was given an excused absence. **

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

**** Executive Session: ****

  • Agenda Item A:

Conference with real property negotiator 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 Needles Marina Resort Inc. as the potential buyer of the property described as a 4.94 acre leased land parcel, developed with a 42 lot portion of a mobile home park generally located at the northeast corner of Marina Road and River Road, APN 0186-021-06.

  • Agenda Item B:

Under negotiations are the price and terms b) Conference with labor negotiator pursuant to California Government Code $54957.6 – Personnel – Agency Representative City Manager Rick Daniels – Employee Organizations: Needles.

  • Agenda Item C:

Unclassified Employees Association (NUEA) and Teamsters Local 1932 c) Conference with legal counsel regarding potential litigation: Significant exposure to litigation pursuant to Government Code $54956.9(d)(2) and/or (3) regarding claim submitted by Ted Stimpfel.

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

  • Agenda Item A:

Needles City Attorney reports that there was reportable action taken.

  • Agenda Item B:

Needles City Attorney reports that there was reportable action taken.

  • Agenda Item C:

Needles City Attorney reports that there was reportable action taken.

**** Public Appearances: ****

There were three people who spoke during Public Appearance tonight.

  • Ruth Musser-Lopez spoke about two topics; her concerns of fees on people for graffiti that is not of their own and cant afford, and to reconsider find other way to address graffiti cleanup; work with sheriff department, and regarding Item #16; to reconsider roads that need to be patch because of pot holes.
  • Crag spoke about a mix of topics; talked about water, best water being the Colorado River; freight trains and traffic containers going through town; radiation and water; and his van being pulled over and impounded, wants law enforcement to leave his van alone and on the road.
  • Jared Johnson began by thanking city employees for there work on water line ruptures and leaks that occurred that day, and spoke about several topics; Christmas trees on the street not picked up; people smoking marijuana near parking lot area near the Colorado River at jack Smith Memorial park and to maybe post signs that not to smoke in public places; asked that 3 to 4 feet of weeds between the covered tablets and the water near the boat launch area be dragged out and cleaned up; removed 3 feet of grass in the playground and replaced with new grass or sand; light stand #5 has wires along sidewalk and bulk out, needs to be fix; want inmates for clean up projects, continued to work with the sheriff department; and a residents asked if the City of Needles can place a flashing yellow light sign yellow like the lights at the J Street crosswalk before the North K Street Underpass, may help motorists of tall vehicles know not to go underneath underpass if they’re over 8 ft clearness.

**** Emergency Agenda Item Added to the Agenda: ****

Due to a water line rupture that occurred earlier that day underneath the Lilyhill Drive bridge, an emergency Agenda Item was added to the Agenda.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to adopt an emergency resolution giving Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams, Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D. and Needles City Manager Rick Daniels authority to effect repairs to a major pressurized water line break at the Lilyhill Drive bridge over Interstate 40.

**** Presentations: ****

  • Agenda Item #1:

Presentation to Ms. Cheryl Luell for her contributions to the Recreation Center.

The presentation to didn’t occurred because Ms. Cheryl Luell wasn’t at the meeting that night.

**** Interviews: ****

  • Agenda Item #2:

Interviews and possible appointment to fill the vacancy on the City Council with a term to expire December 2020 Administer Oath of Office and certificate of appointment Seating of the newly appointed Councilmember.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appoint former member Louise Evans to fill the vacant seat on the Needles City Council.

The oath of office was done by Needles City Clerk Dale Jones and Louise Evans began servicing as a member of the Needles City Council immediately afterwards. 

  • Agenda Item #3:

Interviews and appointments to fill vacancies on various Boards and Commissions.

Vacancies were for the Needles Board of Public Utilities, Needles Planning Commission, Needles Recreation and Parks Commission, Needles Cemetery Advisory Commission and Needles Housing Authority.

(Picture of Robert Savant)

  • For Needles Board of Public Utilities: members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to reappointed Mike Schneider and appointed Robert Savant through 2023; with one vacancy still remains unseated.
  • For Needles Planning Commission: members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to reappointed Kevin Ostby.

(Pictures of Kirsten Carol Meritt and Shawn O’Brion)

  • For Needles Recreation and Parks Commission: members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to reappointed Robbyn Dundon through 2020 and appointed Kirsten Carol Meritt and Shawn O’Brion through 2023.
  • Needles Cemetery Advisory Commission: there were no candidates so one vacancy still remains unseated; the term expiring at the end of 2023.
  • Needles Housing Authority: members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to reappointed Darla Walters through 2023.

**** Public Hearings: ****

  • Agenda Item #4:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approving a Conditional Use Permit for relocation of the existing “H Street Cannabis Dispensary” from 221 H Street to 1019 W. Broadway located in the C-2 General Commercial Zone, APN 0186-094-49 continued from December 17, 2019.

This agenda item was pulled by applicant and will be placed on the agenda at a future date.

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

  • Agenda Item #5:

Resolution No. 01-14-2020-SARDA approving the Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule 20 21 A and B for the period of July 2020 through June 2021 and approving certain related actions.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 01-14-2020-SARDA approving the Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule 20 21 A and B for the period of July 2020 through June 2021 and approving certain related actions.

**** Adjourn Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting and Convene A Joint Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting: ****

  • Agenda Item #6:

Accept the bid of Jonovich Companies in the amount of $404,097 for the K Street Sewer Lift Station re-design which consists of installation of a pre-fabricated sewer lift station located at 419 NK Street (APNO185-109-44) and connect to existing sewer mains and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed AND Accept Change Order #1 to remove the electrical component and spare pump for a revised cost of $352,017 to Jonovich Companies and a total project cost of $427,266.49 funded by the Wastewater Asset account

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to authorize staff to issue a notice of award and notice to proceed.

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

  • Agenda Item #7:

Approve the warrants register through January 14, 2020.

  • Agenda Item #8:

Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance No.626-AC repealing and replacing Chapter 21 entitled “Taxicabs” of the Needles Municipal Code (2nd reading – publish).

  • Agenda Item #9:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2020-06 approving Final Parcel Map 19700 subdividing a 5.02 +/-acre parcel into four parcels; Parcel 1, 1.44 acres, Parcel 2, 1.41 acres, Parcel 3, 1.00 acre Parcel 4, 1.17 acres , located at 4534 My Place Road in the “CRR” Commercial Resort Residential Zone, APN 0660-251-07.

  • Agenda Item #10:

Release of the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Agreement with MSB Facilities, Inc. for the building located at 1105 Lillyhill Drive, APN 0186-191-50 and 0186-191-53.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve agenda items #7 through #10 on the Consent Calendar, with Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre recused himself for agenda item #10 on the Consent Calendar.

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

  • Agenda Item #11:

Accept Development Management Group, Inc. proposal to create the City of Needles Economic Development Strategic Plan 2020-2025 in the amount not to exceed $39,500 using funds from the Community Promotions and Economic Development Public Utility Funds accounts (50% paid in FY2020 and 50% paid in FY2021).

Members of the Needles City Council voted 4 to 1 to accept Development Management Group, Inc. proposal to create the City of Needles Economic Development Strategic Plan 2020-2025 in the amount not to exceed $39,500 using funds from the Community Promotions and Economic Development Public Utility Funds accounts (50% paid in FY2020 and 50% paid in FY2021). Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted “No” on this agenda item. 

  • Agenda Item #12:

Approve an Agreement with H Street Patient Care for a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for the building located at 101 W Spikes Road, APN 0650-431-10-0000 subject to conditions including the applicant’s proposal to add fencing (continued from December 17, 2019).

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve an Agreement with H Street Patient Care for a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for the building located at 101 W Spikes Road, APN 0650-431-10-0000 subject to conditions including the applicant’s proposal to add fencing (continued from December 17, 2019).

  • Agenda Item #13:

Resolution No. 2019-78 amending Resolution Nos. 2017-94, -95, -96, -97, -98, -99, -100,-101 and 2019-25 approving an extension of time for eight (8) Conditional Use Permits (CUP) issued for marijuana facilities located at 320 Balboa (continued from December 17, 2019).

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2019-78 amending Resolution Nos. 2017-94, -95, -96, -97, -98, -99, -100,-101 and 2019-25 approving an extension of time for eight (8) Conditional Use Permits (CUP) issued for marijuana facilities located at 320 Balboa (continued from December 17, 2019). Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre recused himself from this agenda item.

  • Agenda Item #14:

Resolution No. 2019-83 approving an extension of time for two (2) Conditional Use Permits (CUP) issued for a marijuana manufacturing facility, Suite A (Resolution No. 2018-70) and a marijuana distribution facility Suite B (Resolution No. 2018-71) located at 2208 Needles Highway (former Relax Inn) (continued from December 17, 2019).

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2019-83 approving an extension of time for two (2) Conditional Use Permits (CUP) issued for a marijuana manufacturing facility, Suite A (Resolution No. 2018-70) and a marijuana distribution facility Suite B (Resolution No. 2018-71) located at 2208 Needles Highway (former Relax Inn) (continued from December 17, 2019). Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre recused himself from this agenda item.

  • Agenda Item #15:

Accept the bid from Precision Paving in the amount of $70,739.75 for Measure Street Improvements to perform asphalt patching and overlay as identified on Mustang Lane, Holiday Way and Easy Street AND Accept the bid from Pavement Coatings in the amount of $132,594.65 to perform street slurry as identified on Mustang Lane, Holiday Way and Easy Street with additional work on Safari Street, Victory Drive, Morgan Drive, Cherry Drive, Desert Drive and Riverview Drive with an estimated total project cost of $249,802.46 and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed for both projects using Measure I funds.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to accept the bid from Precision Paving in the amount of $70,739.75 for Measure Street Improvements to perform asphalt patching and overlay as identified on Mustang Lane, Holiday Way and Easy Street AND Accept the bid from Pavement Coatings in the amount of $132,594.65 to perform street slurry as identified on Mustang Lane, Holiday Way and Easy Street with additional work on Safari Street, Victory Drive, Morgan Drive, Cherry Drive, Desert Drive and Riverview Drive with an estimated total project cost of $249,802.46 and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed for both projects using Measure I funds. Needles City Council Member Louise Evans recused herself from this agenda item.

  • Agenda Item #16:

Accept the bid from Cactus Asphalt in the amount of $276,122.45 for First Year Street Slurry Improvements for Street Patching and Overlay as needed on Front St., Third St., F St., G St., Hospitality Lane, Goodwill St., Aliso St., Gilman Dr., Monterey Ave, Ice Plant Rd. North M St., North L St., Race St., Vine St., Park Rd., Route 66, Budweiser and North My Place Road as identified in the first year improvements of the Pavement Management Study 2019 AND Accept the bid from Roy Allan Slurry Inc in the amount of $402,008.20 to perform Street Slurry on the above identified streets with an estimated project cost of $787,111.59 and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed for both projects using budgeted tax revenues from the cannabis industry.

This agenda item was removed from the agenda.

  • Agenda Item #17:

Discussion to permit angle parking on Front Street extending from F Street to E Street on the south side.

Members of the Needles City Council voted 4 to 1 to approved a study to be conducted to see if there is sufficient room to implement angled parking. Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted “No” on this agenda item. 

  • Agenda Item #18:

Resolution No. 2020-01 rescinding resolution No. 2019-2 and appointing Council Members to represent the City of Needles on the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD)

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appointing Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams as primary and Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D. as alternate to represent the city to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.

  • Agenda Item #19:

Resolution No. 2020-02 rescinding Resolution No. 2019-3 and appointing Council Members to represent the City of Needles at Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appointing Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams as delegate, Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D. as alternate, to represent the city to the Southern California Association of Governments.

  • Agenda Item #20:

Resolution No. 2020-03 rescinding Resolution No. 2019-4 and appointing Council Members to represent the City of Needles on the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA)

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appointing Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams as representative, Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D. as alternate, to represent the city to the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority.

  • Agenda Item #21:

Resolution No. 2020-04 rescinding Resolution No. 2019-5 and appointing Council Members to represent the City of Needles on the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (CJPIA)

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appointing Needles City Council Member Tona Belt as director, Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D. and Needles City Manager Rick Daniels as alternates, to represent the city to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority.

  • Agenda Item #22:

Resolution No. 2020-05 rescinding Resolution No. 2019-6 and appointing Council Members to represent the City of Needles on the Mojave Desert and Mountain Integrated Waste Joint Powers Authority Board and Sold Waste Advisory Task Force (SWAT)

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appointing Needles City Council Member Louise Evans as primary, Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson as alternate, to represent the city to the Mojave Desert and Mountain Integrated Waste Joint Powers Authority Board and Solid Waste Advisory Task Force.

  • Agenda Item #23:

Authorize the Mayor and Council Members Gudmundson and Terral to attend the International Conference of Shopping Centers (ICSC) event at the Las Vegas Convention Center on May 17-19, 2020.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to authorize Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams, Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson and Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral to attend the International Conference of Shopping Centers event May 17-19 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

  • Agenda Item #24:

Pedestrian Traffic Control Measures on Erin Drive and Bailey Avenue

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Needles City Manager Rick Daniels to have flashing stop signs installed at the intersection using grant funds.

  • Agenda Item #25:

Pedestrian Traffic Control Measures on Broadway at D and G Street

Members of the Needles City Council voted 4 to 1 to approve flashing stop signs to be installed using grant funds. Needles City Council Member Louise Evans 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:

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

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:

Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral:

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans:

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: (Excused Absence)

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. 145 or Press #2.

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