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, July 14th, 2020.

ZachNews broadcast live on Facebook the 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 and Needles Vice Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. were all present inside the chamber well Zachery Longacre and Louise Evans were present via teleconference. Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams was giving an excused absence.

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

**** Executive Session: ****

Agenda Item A:

Conference with Legal Counsel regarding potential initiation of litigation pursuant to Government
Code Section 54956.9(d)(4) (one potential case).

Agenda Item B:

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 seller and DJ Huffman, Golden Valley Cable as the potential buyer of the property described as a 100′ X 342′ parcel located behind 1315 to 1355 Lillyhill Drive, a portion of APN 0185-233-55. Under negotiations are the price and terms.

Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral and Needles City Director Of Development Services Patrick Martinez excused themselves from this agenda item.

**** Needles City Attorney Report on Executive Session: ****

Agenda Item A:

Needles City Attorney reports via teleconference that there was reportable action taken. Members voted unanimously to initiate a lawsuit challenging a voter initiative that seeks to repeal the partial tax that the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District relies on in order to provide essential fire services within the City of Needles and within the fire protection districts that boundaries.

Agenda Item B:

Needles City Attorney reports via teleconference that there was no 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 City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Approve the proposed financial plans and rates for electric, water and wastewater as recommended by the Board of Public Utilities; 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 Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve the proposed financial plans and rates for electric, water and wastewater as recommended by the Board of Public Utilities; 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.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that they’ll be announcements made on how the public can speak about these rates including in person and via social media; stay tuned for further information when they are officially announced.

– Agenda Item #2:
– Needles City Council Action:

Receivership Public Nuisance Code Enforcement Program PowerPoint Update.

*** Agenda Packet: ***

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This agenda item was information only as stated on the agenda.

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

– Agenda Item #3:
– Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

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)

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Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve

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

**** 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 #4 through #8 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #4:

Approve the warrants register through July 14, 2020.

*** Agenda Packet: ***

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– Agenda Item #5:

Approve filing of a claim for Local Transportation Fund (LTF) and State Transit Assistance (STA) Fund for fiscal year 2020-2021.

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– Agenda Item #6:

Accept the bid from Trinity Construction in the amount of $91,011.60 and a total project cost of $110,571.46 for the River’s Edge Golf Course Restroom Remodel 2020 using funds from the Golf Course Surcharge Fund and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed.

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– Agenda Item #7:

Accept Attachment A & B to COVID-19 grant from CDBG Project Number NEED-19-CV-1 05W/0207 in the amount of $100,000 for assistance with Needles Food Recovery and Distribution through St Vincent and Firehouse Ministry; award purchase of necessary refrigeration equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to the lowest bid; increase the CDBG revenue and expenditures by $100,000 and authorize the City Manager to execute said agreement under emergency declaration Resolution No. 2020-14.

*** Agenda Packet: ***

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– Agenda Item #8:

Accept the proposed 95-gallon cart residential and business solid waste and recycling collection
route changes effective August 1, 2020 with Republic Services.

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #4, #5 and #7, and pull for discussion Agenda Items #6 and #8 on the Consent Calendar.

After discussion, members of the Needles City Council separately unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item #6 on the Consent Calendar.

After discussion, members of the Needles City Council separately unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item #8 on the Consent Calendar, but with the change to the agenda that changes to trash collection route with Republic Services be effective on September 1st, 2020 instead of August 1, 2020.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels plans to make these changes announced to all residents and businesses via mail with utility bills as well as with help by local media including ZachNews so to let everybody know about these upcoming changes to trash pick up service.

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

– Agenda Item #9:

Discussion regarding smoking and current state law, Health & Safety Code Section 104495.

*** Agenda Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council voted 4 to 1 to approve smoking and current state law, Health & Safety Code Section 104495. Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral voted “No” on this agenda item.

– Agenda Item #10:

Emergency Declaration Status; Jack Smith Park, boat launch, and local beaches update.

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– First Declaration of Emergency regarding Water Line Eruption on Bridge connecting Lillyhill Drive and D Street near Interstate 40:

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said they’re delaying final repairs until October 2020, when there’s not a lot of people using water.

– Second Declaration of Emergency regarding COVID-19:

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels let everybody know that there’s 13 cases, and California Governor reclosed gyms, churches, bars, dine-in restaurants, hair salons and barbershops again recently.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then spoke about Jack Smith Memorial Park and how things went over the weekend after the Needles City Council voted on an action plan for crowds at city beaches and boat launch at Jack Smith Memorial Park.

The report from Needles City Manager Rick Daniels as well as Needles Code Enforcement was that all was normal busy weekend, no overcrowding. Needles City Manager and Needles Code Enforcement thanked all who worked over the weekend as part of the action plan.

The action plan will continue as it was voted on last Friday; no other vote on the action regarding Jack Smith Memorial Park was conducted tonight.

Some people wanted to comment on this matter, but public comment wasn’t announced during this agenda item. After informing officials of what happened, Needles Vice Mayor Edward T. Paget apologized for forgetting to get public comments during Agenda Item #10.

**** Needles City Attorney’s Report: ****

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney:

Had no report.

**** Needles City Manager’s Report: ****

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels:

Needles City Council Member Rick Daniels let San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Captain Ross and San Bernardino County Fire Department Marshall speak about the fireworks incidents that took place during Independence Day 2020 weekend in Needles California.

San Bernardino County Fire Department Marshall several incidents that firefighters responded to including vegetation fire at Jack Smith Memorial Park and the fire that took place at the fireworks stand off Needles Highway near North K Street, all reported on ZachNews.

San Bernardino County Fire Department Marshall mention that the Jack Smith Memorial Park fire; firefighters kept it to a half an acre and that they had another fire engine staff during that weekend, which was helpful.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Captain Ross spoke about the amount of calls they had; 19 calls deputies responded to regarding fireworks, and spoke about the fire at the fireworks stand, saying no arrest have been made and the cause is still under investigation.

**** Needles City Council Requests: ****

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:

Spoke about upcoming funeral services for former Needles City Council Member Tom Darcy this weekend.

Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral:

Thanked staff and crew for work at Jack Smith Memorial Park over the weekend.

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:

Had no requests.

Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre:

Spoke about trees trimming near beach, restrooms at the golf course and wanting to make sure that staff cleaning restrooms are being more protected; their health is important to us.

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans:

Had no requests.

Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams:

Was Not Present, Give An Excuse Absence.

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

Gave a shout out to Set Free Church of Needles for their clean up of the fireworks stand after the fire.

**** 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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