News Alert: Needles, CA: Needles City Council having special meeting today discussing city beaches and Jack Smith Memorial Park boat launch plan of action related to COVID-19.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: Needles City Manager Rick Daniels (Information and Press Release):

Needles, California: Needles City Manager Rick Daniels has send to ZachNews information regarding a special meeting of the Needles City Council being held at 11:00 a.m. PT on Friday, July 10th, 2020 discussing city beaches and Jack Smith Memorial Park boat launch plan of action related to COVID-19.

According to the City of Needles, with the ongoing closure of tribal beaches and the Bullhead City Mayor’s recent closure of river access roads, boat launches, and city parks along the Colorado there is a likely significant increase in river enjoying visitors. To review plans for managing the anticipated crowd. In preparation the City Council will review and may revise the City Manager’s Plan of Action which includes the following;

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

– Additional Code Enforcement Officers for 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

– Setting a maximum parking limit beyond which additional parking will not be allowed at Jack Smith Park, and

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

According to the City of Needles, the Council will also consider limiting boat launches to those boats with an annual pass and not sell daily passes.

“This possible significant increase in visitors must be properly managed by City staff. The City is taking every imaginable measure to accommodate our neighbors seeking relief from being confined at home and/or unemployed. People need the relief provided by being in nature, breathing fresh air, and taking in the sun. I strongly encourage them to do so using the commonly known COVID-19 prevention health precautions of washing hands frequently, social distancing, face coverings, and avoiding crowds,” said Needles Mayor Jeff Williams.

Needles Mayor Jeff Williams went on to say that “the City Council wants to hold a public meeting to provide transparency on this matter and allow public comment on the Action Plan.”

This special meeting comes a few 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.

The proclamation declares that all Bullhead City beaches, boat launches and associated parks will be closed for the remainder of the summer on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The City of Needles wants to remain the public that 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 California’s Executive Order to “Stay-At-Home”, the City of Needles said that in person participation at the Needles City Council meetings is not allowed at this time and the Needles City Council Chambers are not open to the public.

The public may attend this meeting via telephonically by calling the following number: 1 (866) 576-7975 then put in the Participant Access number 853544 and may submit any comments in writing prior to the meeting by emailing: djones@cityofneedles.com

The meeting agenda wasn’t sent into ZachNews, but ZachNews news tippers began alerting ZachNews of this meeting posted on social media.

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For more information regarding the special Needles City Council meeting, 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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