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, June 9th, 2020.

ZachNews broadcast live on Facebook the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting.

The Needles City Council is continuing to hold meetings pursuant to the provisions of the Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20 which suspends certain requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act.

As a result of the Executive Order to stay at home, in person participation at the City Council meetings is not allowed at this time and the Council Chambers are not open to the public.

Needles City Council Members Shawn Gudmundson, Timothy Terral, Tona Belt as well as Needles Vice Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. and Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams were all present inside the chamber well Zachery Longacre and Louise Evans were present via teleconference.

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

**** Public Appearances: ****

– San Bernardino County Sheriff Captain Ross Tarangle spoke about California Highway Patrol.

– Resident Jared Johnston spoke about the North K Street Underpass closure and weed abatement along Interstate 40 ramps.

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

**** Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council Council Public Hearing: ****

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

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against adopting Fiscal Year 2020/2021 proposed budgets for the City of Needles and Needles Public Utility Authority.

Resolution No. 2020-31 adopting proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021.

Resolution No. 06-09-2020-NPUA adopting proposed Budget for F/Y 2020-2021.

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2020-31 adopting proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021, and Resolution No. 06-09-2020-NPUA adopting proposed Budget for F/Y 2020-2021.

**** Needles Public Utility Authority / 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 Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council action, a member of the public may address the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council on matters scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A three-minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve Items #2 through #6 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #2:

Authorize purchase of an additional load of 40′ – 45′ poles from Stella-Jones Corporation (formally known as McFarland Cascade Supplier) of Douglas Fir Power Poles not to exceed $30,000

– Agenda Item #3:

Accept the annual report to the California Energy Commission Power Source Disclosure Program for the year ending December 31, 2019 as attested by Rainie Torrance on May 26, 2020

– Agenda Item #4:

Authorize the City Manager to execute Western Area Power Administration Agreement Number 10- DSR-12165, Exhibit B NMD, Revision No. 3 for ownership, operation, maintenance, replacement and financial responsibilities of certain equipment at AMPS’ Nora McDowell Switchyard

– Agenda Item #5:

Award a two (2) year contract for FY21 and FY22 with Reinke Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to be the sole source vendor for the Energy Efficiency HVAC installs

– Agenda Item #6:

Award bid to Water Works Engineers to complete task 1 and 3 of Well No. 11 Groundwater Treatment Analysis for a not to exceed contract amount of $18,757.

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items 2 through 6 on the Consent Calendar.

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

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

Appoint not more than three council members to the Wastewater Terms and Conditions Responsibilities of Service Connections Ad Hoc Committee.

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council appointed Councilor Timothy Terrall was appointed to the Ad-Hoc Committee.

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

**** Public Hearings: ****

– Agenda Item #8:

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. 630-AC rescinding Ordinance No. 563-AC, 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 (1st Reading — Post).

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Ordinance No. 630-AC rescinding Ordinance No. 563-AC, amending Chapter 9 “Fire Protection” of the Needles Municipal Code and adopting the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District Code, and 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, with the addition of verbage regarding fire apparatus turning radius be able to ingress and egress in the dead ends, turn arounds and road grades.

This agenda item will come back for a second reading at the next meeting for a vote and adoption with the added changes mentioned tonight.

– Agenda Item #9:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against adopting “Vehicle Miles Traveled” thresholds of significance for purposes of analyzing transportation impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Senate Bill 743 D Staff Report D. PowerPoint Presentation D.

Resolution No. 2020-34 adopting “Vehicle Miles Traveled” thresholds of significance for purposes of analyzing transportation impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Senate Bill 743.

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2020-34 adopting “Vehicle Miles Traveled” thresholds of significance for purposes of analyzing transportation impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Senate Bill 743.

**** 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 #10 through #14 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #10:

Approve the warrants register through June 9, 2020

– Agenda Item #11:

Approve Change Order #1 to Task No. 3 of the Electrical General Services Contract working under the Electric Circuit Reliability Program rebuilding electric circuits in alleys in the Vista Subdivision to include the alley between Luna Vista and Flora Vista from Balboa to Parkway at an additional cost not to exceed $80,000 (total project cost not to exceed $280,000).

– Agenda Item #12:

Accept the work completed by Phillips Excavating Inc. for the installation of the 12-inch Water Distribution Pipeline Project under the emergency declaration in conjunction with the 20-foot steel water main pipe rupture and direct staff to issue a Notice of Completion and record with the San Bernardino County Recorder’s office.

– Agenda Item #13:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2020-33 approving the release of the Agreement to Abate Code Violations with Jason Benka for the building located at 510 D Street, APN 0186-138-08-000.

– Agenda Item #14:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2020-35 calling for the holding of a General Municipal Election to be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 for the election of certain officers as required by the provisions of the Charter.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #10 through #14, and pulled for discussion Agenda Item #12 on the Consent Calendar.

After short discussion, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item #12 from the Consent Calendar.

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

– Agenda Item #15:

Resolution No. 2020-32 approving the Consent to Assignment and Assumption of Lease Agreement between Assignor Joseph and Loretta LaCarte, Assignee Kristin and Scott Baran and landlord City of Needles for the Rivers Edge Golf Course Concession.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2020-32 approving the Consent to Assignment and Assumption of Lease Agreement between Assignor Joseph and Loretta LaCarte, Assignee Kristin and Scott Baran and landlord City of Needles for the Rivers Edge Golf Course Concession.

– Agenda Item #16:

Discussion on preparing an ordinance for no smoking in the playgrounds and designate smoking areas in all other recreational areas within the city limits.

Members of the Needles City Council voted 4 to 2 to direct staff to propose an ordinance to eliminate or ban smoking around parks would playground equipment, the signage. The smoking rule would include the smoking of tobacco cigarettes, vaping and marijuana. Needles City Council Members Tim and Blet voted “No” on this agenda item.

– Agenda Item #17:

Emergency Declaration Status Updates.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels spoke about to repair the water line that erupted early this year along Lilyhill Drive Bridge just south of D Street and near Interstate 40; saying next week repairs will be made which will lead to the closure of the bridge for a few days, and water will use the newly constructed water line installed along East Broadway, the 12-inch Water Distribution Pipeline, to feed the water wells until the water line is replaced. More information to come on this project.

**** 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:

Spoke about security light being out at 2508 El Monte Street; requesting the Planning Commission to take on the matter on when turning a private roadway upgrade necessary to make the street/dirt congestion exedra; how many dwellings, we need a number (earlier discussed during the meeting); thanked the marijuana cannabis industry for them keeping Needles revenue in the positive keeping the city moving forward and in the rebound, they’ve been a great partner; and spoke to law enforcement saying the he may not always be in agreement about the city’s contract, but he fully supports “Law and Order” in our community, and gives his word that law enforcement will always have the funding to obtain a qualified police department in the City of Needles.

Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral:

Thanked crews for the installation of a street light along East Broadway near Smith Road, better turning that corner, and complimented Zachery Longacres for his cleanup efforts at the First and Second Beach areas; great work and that he supports his efforts; and spoke about the law enforcement and the call for defunding, saying that if it ever came up here he would not support it what so ever.

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans:

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

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:

Spoke about off ramps along Interstate 40 and wanting to set up a meeting with Caltrans to discuss clean up, weed abatement; and thanked all officers for their service and we appreciate you, adding that in order to make changes and feel there needs to be change, register to vote; this is the time to take part in your community, put your money where your month is; register before October 18th, 2020.

Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre:

Thanked city crews for cleanup at First and Second Beach area as well as work along the street, putting new paint along along the curves; and spoke about hoping parking rules would be enforce along that portion of the roadway; suggested to have in smoke ashtray attachments cans at that location to prevent littering of buds; replacing the rope that’s near the boat launch area where kids swim; and spoke about the North K Street Underpass and if the senior students from Needles High School can be painted the underpass well its currently closed.

Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams:

Spoke about a message he received from Jay Obernolte, California’s 33rd Assembly District, that the ordinances regarding off-road vehicles and the Second Amendment that was to be brought up at the state capitol being be heard next year.

**** Important Note: ****

Mayor and Needles City Council Members may be able to attend future meetings via telephonically by calling: 1 (866) 576-7975 and putting in Participant Access number that is provided for that scheduled meeting, such as #853544.

The public may also attend via telephonically by calling the phone number above, or can submit any comments in writing prior to the meeting by emailing: djones@cityofneedles.com

Please make sure to save that phone number and email so the public can participate in the upcoming meetings.

For more information regarding the Needles City Council Meetings, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 145 or Press #2.

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