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

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

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

Needles, California: The Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority held a meeting inside the Needles City Council Chambers on Tuesday, February 11th, 2020.

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, Louise Evans, Tona Belt, Zachery Longacre as well as Needles Vice Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. 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 legal counsel regarding pending litigation and discussion of City’ amicus brief pursuant to Government Code section 54956.9(d)(1) Case name: Kim Rhode, et at., v. Xavier Becerra Case number: 3:18-cv-00802-BEN-JLB.

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

  • Agenda Item A:

Needles City Attorney reports that there was reportable action taken.

**** Introductions: ****

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels introduced Marcus Scott, the new City of Needles building inspector.

Marcus comes from the private sector but that also has a decade of experience as a building inspector in the Las Vegas area of Clark County, Nevada.

**** Public Appearances: ****

There were three people who spoke together during Public Appearance tonight.

  • George DeLoen from the Needles Chamber of Commerce spoke about what the Needles Chamber of Commerce has been doing and upcoming up.

  • Thurston “Smitty” Smith, Candidate for California’s 33rd Assembly District, spoke briefly about running for California’s 33rd Assembly District.

** Website for more Information on Thurston “Smitty” Smith: **

http://joinsmitty.com

  • Jerry Laws, Candidate for United States Congress, spoke briefly about running for United States Congress.

** Website for more Information on Jerry Laws: **

http://laws4congress.xyz

**** Interviews: ****

  • Agenda Item #1:

Interviews and possible appointment to fill a vacancy on the Cemetery Advisory Commission.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appoint Jennifer P. Brown (Left) as commissioner and Lorie Long (Right) as alternate to the Cemetery Advisory Commission.

**** Public Hearings: ****

  • Agenda Item #2:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against a Conditional Use Permit to install a modular building at the Needles Set Free Church site located at 404 “F” Street, APN 0186-125-23.

Resolution No. 2020-08 approving a Conditional Use Permit to add a new modular building to the site of the Set Free Church, located at 404 “F” Street, in the R-2 Two-Family Residential Zone, APN 0186-125-23.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2020-08 approving a Conditional Use Permit to add a new modular building to the site of the Set Free Church, located at 404 “F” Street, in the R-2 Two-Family Residential Zone, APN 0186-125-23.

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

  • Agenda Item #3:
  • Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Resolution No. 02-11-2020-NPUA approving the Proposed Revised NPUA Budget for fiscal year ending June 30, 2020.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

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Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 02-11-2020-NPUA approving the Proposed Revised NPUA Budget for fiscal year ending June 30, 2020.

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

Accept the annual report to the California Energy Commission Power Source Disclosure Program for the year ending December 31, 2018 as attested by Rainie Torrance on June 19, 2019.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

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Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council unanimously voted to accept the annual report to the California Energy Commission Power Source Disclosure Program for the year ending December 31, 2018 as attested by Rainie Torrance on June 19, 2019.

– Agenda Item #5:
– Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council Action:

Accept Change Order #2 decreasing the K Street Lift Station project cost in the amount of $13,088.75 for a revised cost of $338,928.25 to Jonovich Companies funded by the Wastewater Asset Replacement Fund.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

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Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council unanimously voted to accept Change Order #2 decreasing the K Street Lift Station project cost in the amount of $13,088.75 for a revised cost of $338,928.25 to Jonovich Companies funded by the Wastewater Asset Replacement Fund.

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

Authorize up to two interested Council/NPUA members to attend the Lower Colorado River Tour March 11 – March 13, 2020 to be funded by the All American Canal and Water Department.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

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Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council unanimously voted to authorizing Needles City Council Member Louis Evans to attend the Lower Colorado River Tour March 11 – March 13, 2020 to be funded by the All American Canal and Water Department.

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

– Agenda Item #7:

Approve the warrants register through February 11, 2020.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

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– Agenda Item #8:

Authorize reevaluation of current policy and implementation of pre-employment background checks of prospective Animal Control Department employees.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

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– Agenda Item #9:

Approve filing of a revised claim for Local Transportation Fund (LTF) and State Transit Assistance (STA) Fund for the fiscal year 2019-2020 relating to the Needles Transit Services.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted approve agenda items #7 through #9 on the Consent Calendar.

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

– Agenda Item #10:

Resolution No 2020-7 amending Resolution No 2019-33 approving the Proposed Revised Budget for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2020 adding 1 FTE Building Inspector with a salary range of $68,078 – $86,902 to the authorized position list in compliance with SB1436.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No 2020-7 amending Resolution No 2019-33 approving the Proposed Revised Budget for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2020 adding 1 FTE Building Inspector with a salary range of $68,078 – $86,902 to the authorized position list in compliance with SB1436.

– Agenda Item #11:

Accept and award the bid(s) from the lowest responsive bidder(s) (under review) for Measure Street Improvements to perform Asphalt Patching and Overlay, Crack Fill and Slurry Seal and Striping 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 and authorizestaff to issue Notice(s) of Award and Notice(s) to proceed for the projects using Measure I funds.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to accept and award the bid(s) from the lowest responsive bidder(s) (under review) for Measure Street Improvements to perform Asphalt Patching and Overlay, Crack Fill and Slurry Seal and Striping 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 and authorizestaff to issue Notice(s) of Award and Notice(s) to proceed for the projects using Measure I funds. Needles City Council Member Louis Evans recused herself from this agenda item.

– Agenda Item #12:

Accept and award the bid(s) from the lowest responsive bidder(s) (under review) for First Year Street Improvements for Asphalt Patch and Overlay, Crack Fill and Slurry Seal and Striping 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 authorize staff to issue a Notice(s) of Award and Notice(s) to Proceed for the projects using General Fund Reserves.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to accept and award the bid(s) from the lowest responsive bidder(s) (under review) for First Year Street Improvements for Asphalt Patch and Overlay, Crack Fill and Slurry Seal and Striping 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 authorize staff to issue a Notice(s) of Award and Notice(s) to Proceed for the projects using General Fund Reserves. Needles City Council Members Zachery Longacre and Tona Belt recused themselves from this agenda item.

– Agenda Item #13:

Attend the California Cannabis Control Market Summit to be held on April 22-23, 2020 at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to authorize Mayor Jeff Williams to attend the California Cannabis Control Market Summit being held on April 22-23, 2020 at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West in Sacramento, California.

ZachNews has learn that the event is actually called the California Cannabis Control Summit, which is presented by Infocast.

According to the Infocast Inc. website, municipalities in California have the opportunity to mitigate a thriving illicit market and increase public health and safety by enabling regulated and tested cannabis products. However, approximately two-thirds of California municipalities ban commercial cannabis activity, potentially increasing public health and safety risks. Among other issues, developing, implementing, and enforcing cannabis regulations with limited staff continues to be a problem for many government agencies.

Infocast’s California Cannabis Control Summit provides government officials and law enforcement agencies with resources and knowledge to enable them to establish and maintain an effective policy structure. The Summit focuses solely on the public sector and how local officials can effectively tackle the challenges that come with regulating the newly legalized and commercialized cannabis industry in California.

Now in its second year, California Cannabis Control Summit offers concrete lessons from public sector professionals in municipalities large and small, urban and rural. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind event designed specifically for California municipalities regulating or considering regulating cannabis.

** Website for Infocast’s California Cannabis Control Summit: **

https://infocastinc.com/event/california-cannabis-control/

The estimated cost for the trip is between $1,500 and $1,600 each, and is being paid from the City’s general fund travel per diem account as provided in the 2019-20 budget.

– Agenda Item #14:

State of Emergency Update on the water system damages that began on Tuesday, January 14, 2020

** Agenda Item Packet: **

No Agenda Item Packet Provided from City of Needles.

This agenda item was information only regarding the water line rupture that occurred underneath the Lillyhill Drive Bridge near Interstate 40 on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020, leading to other leaks in the community.

– Agenda Item #15:

Council Cannabis Committee Report.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

No Agenda Item Packet Provided from City of Needles.

This agenda item was information only. Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre recused himself from this agenda item.

– Agenda Item #16:

Authorize staff to proceed with the formal bid process for the purchase of 10 used replacement golf carts and authorize purchase if within departmental budget.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to authorize staff to proceed with the formal bid process for the purchase of 10 used replacement golf carts and authorize purchase if within departmental budget.

New golf carts for Rivers Edge Golf Course at the cost of $6,500 each, and E-Z-Go carts to keep similar maintenance procedures.

Rivers Edge Golf Course is owned and operated by the City of Needles in Needles, California, and offers a championship par 71, 18 hole golf course near the Colorado River.

** Website for Rivers Edge Golf Course: **

http://www.golfneedlesca.com

**** 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:

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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