Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: Cheryl K. Sallis with the City of Needles (Information):

Needles, California: The Needles Board of Public Utilities held a meeting inside the Needles City Council Chambers on Tuesday, July 7th, 2020.

The Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

*** Please note that all members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities participated via teleconference phone. ***

The City of Needles wants to remain the public that the Needles Board of Public Utilities 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 Board of Public Utilities meetings is not allowed at this time and the Needles City Council Chambers are not open to the public.

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

** 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 Chairman or any Member of the Board may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Board action, a member of the public may address the Board on matters scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A three-minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve Items #1 through #3 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative vote.

  • Agenda Item #1:

Approval of minutes of the regular meeting held June 2, 2020.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

ub_070720-1 minutes 060220

  • Agenda Item #2:

Approve change order #1 with Stantec Consulting Services to complete additional tasks on the comprehensive electric, water and wastewater utility cost of service ratemaking study (additional cost not to exceed $23,875).

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

ub_070720-2 utility rate study chg order

  • Agenda Item #3:

Abolish the 1MW Solar Development Project Ad-Hoc Committee and direct staff to scope and develop rooftop and/or parking structure solar panels on existing city owned property.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

ub_070720-3 solar development

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously to approve Agenda Item #1, and pulled Agenda Item #2 for discussion on the Consent Calendar.

After discussion, members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously on Agenda Item #2;

** Regular Items: **

  • Agenda Item #4:

Approve the proposed financial plans and rates for electric, water and wastewater to include an operating reserve to be determined; select a rate structure for wastewater, request Stantec to provide the final report for acceptance; and request staff initiate the Prop 218 45-day public comment for the Needles Public Utility Authority to adopt rates for five (5) years.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

ub_070720-4 utilities fin plans & rates

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously to approve Agenda Item #4; approving on each plan for electric, water and wastewater the 3 month plan as stated in the agenda packet.

** Reports (Information Only Agenda Items): **

  • Agenda Item #5:

Western Area Power Administration group power purchase Q1 FY21 (October-December 2020).

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

ub_070720-5 Western power purchase Oct-Dec ’20

  • Agenda Item #6:

Monthly activity report for April 2020.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

ub_070720-6 mo activity report Apr ’20

** Pending Matters (Not For Discussion At This Time): **

  • Agenda Item A:

Prior ten year analysis of electric asset replacement and operating funds, and
calculations on use of hydropower relating to electric rate review (meeting of May 5, 2020).

** Needles City Manager’s Report: **

  • Agenda Item #A: Incident Report(s):

** Needles Board of Public Utilities Requests: **

For more information regarding the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meetings, please contact Cheryl K. Sallis at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113.

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