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 25th, 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 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 lessor and Electrify America LLC as the potential lessee of the property described as a0.92 Acre parcel generally located on 3rd Street Hill across from the McDonalds, APN 0185 341-09. Under negotiations are the price and terms.

  • Agenda Item B:

Conference with Legal Counsel regarding anticipated litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(2) and/or (3) (One potential case related to claim submitted to City by Shlomo Meiri relating to code enforcement activity at Ontana Planet Green “OPG”).

**** 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.

**** Public Appearances: ****

 

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

**** Presentations: ****

  • Agenda Item #1:
  • Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council Action:

Presentation by Vasquez & Company of the audit report for Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2019 and accept and file said audit.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

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Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council unanimously voted to accept and file Vasquez & Company presentation of an audit report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.

**** Regular Items: ****

  • Agenda Item #2:
  • Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Approve the minutes of Tuesday, January 14 and February 11, 2020.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

 

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve the minutes of Tuesday, January 14 and February 11, 2020.

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

Resolution No. 02-25-2020-NPUA declaring its intent to issue tax-exempt bonds to be used to reimburse the Needles Public Utility Authority for expenditures prior to the issuance of such bonds.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

cc-03-022520- Tax-Ecempt Bonds

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council unanimously voted to Resolution No. 02-25-2020-NPUA declaring its intent to issue tax-exempt bonds to be used to reimburse the Needles Public Utility Authority for expenditures prior to the issuance of such bonds.

  • Agenda Item #4:
  • Needles City Council Action:

Ordinance No. 628-AC amending and restating Chapter 22 “Water” of the Needles Municipal Code regarding the Terms and Conditions for the sale of water services (1st reading – post).

** Agenda Item Packet: **

cc-04-022520-Water Terms & Conditions

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council unanimously voted to Ordinance No. 628-AC amending and restating Chapter 22 “Water” of the Needles Municipal Code regarding the Terms and Conditions for the sale of water services (1st reading – post).

**** Adjourn Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council and Reconvene Needles City Council: ****

**** Public Hearings: ****

  • Agenda Item #5:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against amending Chapter 9 “Fire Protection” of the Needles Municipal Code and adopting the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District Code Ordinance FPD 20-01 referencing the 2019 Edition of the California Fire Code along with certain changes, modifications, amendments, additions, deletions, and exceptions relating to fire regulations.

Ordinance No. 627-AC rescinding Ordinance No. 563-AC, amending Chapter 9 “Fire Protection” of the Needles Municipal Code and adopting the San Bernardino County Ordinance FPD 20-01 referencing the 2019 Edition of the California Fire Code along with certain changes, modifications, amendments, additions, deletions, and exceptions relating to fire regulations (1st reading – post).

** Agenda Item Packet: **

cc-05-022520-Fire Protection

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to confer with San Bernardino County Fire Protection District concerning standards more applicable to Needles, California.

**** 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 #6 through #13 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

  • Agenda Item #6:

Approve the warrants register through February 25, 2020.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

cc-06-022520-Warrants

  • Agenda Item #7:

Approve the minutes of Tuesday, January 14, January 28 and February 11, 2020.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

 

  • Agenda Item #8:

Receive and File the Needles Short Range Transit Plan (SRTP) 2020-2025.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

cc-08-022520-Transit Plan

  • Agenda Item #9:

Accept a 5 year mutual aid agreement between the City and the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Works – Transportation expiring June 30, 2025, and authorize the Mayor to execute said agreement.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

cc-09-022520-Mutual Aid County

  • Agenda Item #10:

Accept the work completed by Phillips Excavating Inc for the installation of water and sewer laterals across Needles Hwy and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Completion and record with the San Bernardino County Recorder’s Office.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

cc-10-022520-Sewer Laterals

  • Agenda Item #11:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2020-09 awarding the RFP for the General Plan Land Use Element Update to Place Works of Santa Ana, CA in an amount not to exceed $114,145 using State HCD SB2 grant funds.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

cc-11-022520- General Plan Land Use Element Update

  • Agenda Item #12:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2020-10 declaring certain land as surplus under Government Code Section 54220 et. Seq.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

cc-12-022520- Surplus Land

  • Agenda Item #13:

Approve the Needles Chamber of Commerce Daily License Application for the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for the Off-Road Poker Run on March 14, 2020 at Jack Smith Memorial Park.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

cc-13-022520- Poker Run

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve agenda items #6 through #12 and pull for discussion agenda item #13 on the Consent Calendar.

After discussion, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve agenda item #13 on the Consent Calendar.

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

  • Agenda Item #14:

Discussion regarding renaming Morris Drive to Jojo Garcia Way or some other appropriate memorial.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

cc-14-022520-Jojo Garcia

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to name the complex between Nikki Bunch Memorial and Franz Flowers baseball fields off J Street the “JoJo” Garcia Sports Complex in honor of a great community and sports volunteer Joseph “JoJo” Garcia.

  • Agenda Item #15:

Authorize the Mayor to sign a letter for funding request for Needles Highway Improvement Project .7 miles of proposed critical safety section commencing 800 feet north of Palm Lane to .5 miles south of Rocker Bluff Road.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

cc-15-022520-Needles Highway

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to authorize the Mayor to sign a letter for funding request for Needles Highway Improvement Project .7 miles of proposed critical safety section commencing 800 feet north of Palm Lane to .5 miles south of Rocker Bluff Road.

  • Agenda Item #16:

Revise job descriptions for Golf Pro, base salary $37,107-$47,361, and new job descriptions for Assistant Utility Manager, base salary $75,962-$96,949, and Community Services Manager, base salary $56,368-$71,926, in compliance with SB 1436 and incorporate into the salary schedule for FY 2020 budget.

** Agenda Item Packet: **

cc-16-022520-Job Descriptions

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve revise job descriptions for Golf Pro, base salary $37,107-$47,361, and new job descriptions for Assistant Utility Manager, base salary $75,962-$96,949, and Community Services Manager, base salary $56,368-$71,926, in compliance with SB 1436 and incorporate into the salary schedule for FY 2020 budget.

**** 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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