Breaking News: Needles, CA: Needles City Council approves action plan keeping city beaches and boat launch open, adds parking limit cap and more staffing for cleaning, parking and traffic control.

Source: City of Needles (Information):

Needles, California: Members of the Needles City Council voted 3 to 2 approving an action plan for city beaches and Jack Smith Memorial Park boat launch.

The special meeting was held on Friday, July 10th, 2020, and was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

The Needles City Council approved the Plan of Action to deal with an anticipated increase in “river-goers” at city beaches and Jack Smith Memorial Park boat launch comes days after Bullhead City Mayor Tom Brady issued a proclamation on Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 closing down all city beaches and boat launches on weekends for the remainder of the summer to slow the spread of COVID-19.

In a press release sent to ZachNews moments ago from Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, the Needles City Council is met in Special Session to review plans for managing the anticipated crowd The City Manager’s Plan of Action was approved effective immediately which includes the following;

– Additional law enforcement by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office,

– Additional Code Enforcement Officers for general assistance and parking enforcement,

– Additional and more frequent Parks Department personnel to maintain the restrooms, and remove garbage,

– Additional Recreation Department staffing at the boat launch and parking toll booth to facilitate a smooth entrance into the general area,

– Setting a maximum parking limit based upon parking space availability, beyond which additional parking will not be allowed at Jack Smith Park

– Additional electronic signage to best inform the public of the anticipated congestion in the Jack Smith area, and

– Improved channelization of traffic approaching and processing launch and parking toll booth by the Public Works Department.

An exact number of parking being capped is still being worked on but officials say if the parking lot is full, vehicles will have to go elsewhere to park.

The Council’s direction is effective immediately and these actions are already underway.

The Mayor and the City Manager are provided authority to take all necessary actions to protect the public’s health and safety.

As such, additional actions may be undertaken to improve the field situation during the weekend.

A full report from the weekend will be provided to the Council at the next City Council’s next regular meeting on Tuesday July 14 at 6:00PM.

Mayor Jeff Williams, Mayor said, “In general, the Council approved a solid and achievable Plan of Action. The City is hoping for the best, but is prepared for the worst. We will take all necessary to accommodate people’s need to protect the public’s health and safety.”

Also mentioned during the special meeting, no parking restrictions will be enforce, especially along recently red painted curve areas along First and Second Beaches.

This action plan goes into affect immediately, and can be modified by members of the Needles City Council if conditions improve or get worse.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez spoke with Needles City Manager Rick Daniels after the special Needles City Council meeting regarding the action plan in more detail, and asked about what role will staffing and deputies be doing well at the city beaches and boat launch; will this affect private boat launches; and if the City of Needles is taking the COVID-19 pandemic seriously and is enough is being done to protect the community.

Members of the Needles City Council will get information on this weekend’s conditions at city beaches and boat launch during the next schedule Needles City Council Meeting scheduled for 6:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, July 14th, 2020 which will be broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

*** More information is still coming into ZachNews, stay tuned for more news updates. ***

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