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, August 11th, 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, 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: **

*** Executive Session: ***

– Agenda Item A:
– Needles Public Utility Authority:

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 Needles Marina Resort Inc, as the potential buyer of the property described as a 4.94 acre leased land parcel, developed with a 42 lot portion of a mobile home park generally located at the northeast corner of Marina Drive and River Road, APN 0186 021-15. Under negotiations are the price and terms.

– Agenda Item B:
– Needles City Council:

Conference with Legal Counsel regarding pending litigation pursuant to Government
Code Section 54956.9(d)(1)(One matter: City of Needles v. Bob Page, Case number CIV DS 2013848).

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

– Agenda Item A:
– Needles Public Utility Authority:

Needles City Attorney reports via teleconference that there was reportable action taken.

Members voted unanimously to sell the property to Needles Marina Resort Inc. for the amount of $250,000.

– Agenda Item B:
– Needles City Council:

Needles City Attorney excused self from this item due to conflict. Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams reported that there was no reportable action taken.

*** Approval of the Agenda: ***

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve the agenda with the change of moving Agenda Item #20 to the first on the agenda.

*** Public Hearing: ***

– Agenda Item #1:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for relocation of the existing retail cannabis business from 221 H Street to 209 H Street formally known as 1019 W. Broadway APN 0186-094-49; Applicant Harry Ezajian, “H” Street Patient Care.

Resolution No. 2020-40 approving a Conditional Use Permit for relocation of the existing retail cannabis business from 221 H Street to 209 H Street formally known as 1019 W. Broadway APN 0186-094-49.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-01-081120-1-DISPENSARY MOVE 209 H ST

CC-01-081120-2-PLANS

CC-01-081120-3-ATTACHMENTS

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Conditional Use Permit for relocation of the existing retail cannabis business from 221 H Street to 209 H Street formally known as 1019 W. Broadway APN 0186-094-49; Applicant Harry Ezajian, “H” Street Patient Care. Needles City Council Member Tona Belt voted “No” on this agenda item.

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

*** Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority 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 / Needles Public Utility Authority may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority action, a member of the public may address the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority on matters Scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A 3 minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve items #2 through #5 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #2:
Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority:

Accept Epic Engineering’s proposal for the Needles Well Siting Investigation Study in an amount not to exceed $15,600.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-02-081120-WELL SITING

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

Accept Epic Engineering’s proposal to begin design work for the Lilly Hill Water Booster Station located on the corner of Lilly Hill Drive and Clary in an amount not to exceed
$157,730 funded by a grant from the California State Water Resources Control Board and authorize staff to execute agreement between the City and Epic Engineering for said work.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-03-081120-LILY HILL WATER BOOSTER

– Agenda Item #4:
Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority:

Approve the Annual Depository Statement for Fiscal Year 2020-2021; authorize and direct finance staff to make the monthly transfers from NPUA to City accounts to reimburse for fiscal year 2020-2021 payments for bond debt service, contract services, purchase payments and reimbursement of non-utility sanitation revenues deposited with the Authority according to the approved budget

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-04-081120-DEPOSITORY STATEMENT

– Agenda Item #5:
Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority:

Ratify the city manager’s execution of the proposal from Layne Christensen for the rehabilitation of Water Well #11 at a cost not to exceed $59,000 funded by the Water Asset Replacement Fund.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-05-081120-WATER WELL #11

Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve on Agenda Items #2 through #5 on the Consent Calendar.

*** Needles Public Utility Authority Regular Items: ***

– Agenda Item #6:
Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority:

Approve the Electric, Water and Wastewater Utility Cost of Service Ratemaking Study (final) dated July 20, 2020.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-06-081120-1-UTILITY COST OF SERVICE

CC-06-081120-2-STUDY UTILITY COST OF SERVICE

Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve the Electric, Water and Wastewater Utility Cost of Service Ratemaking Study (final) dated July 20, 2020.

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

Resolution No. 08-11-2020-NPUA adopting the Debt Management Policy and appointing professionals to provide services in connection with the proposed issuance of water bonds and Resolution No. 2020-47 adopting a Debt Management Policy.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-07-081120-DEBT MANAGEMENT POLICY

Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 08-11-2020-NPUA adopting the Debt Management Policy and appointing professionals to provide services in connection with the proposed issuance of water bonds and Resolution No. 2020-47 adopting a Debt Management Policy.

*** 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 #8 through #18 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #8:

Approve the warrants register through July 28 and August 11, 2020.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-08-081120-WARRANTS

CC-08-081120-WARRANTS (2)

– Agenda Item #9:

Ratify the city manager’s execution of the California Dept of Transportation Division of Rail and Mass Transportation, Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) Combination Race-Neutral/Race
Conscious Implementation Agreement for Federal Transit Grant Administration Subrecipients 2020 and approve the document as executed.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-09-081120-DBE

– Agenda Item #10:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2020-41 authorizing the city manager to execute agreements with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for the City of Needles Sustainable Communities Grant to update the General Plan Transportation Element.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-10-081120-GENERAL PLAN TRANSPORTATION

– Agenda Item #11:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2020-42 confirming and adopting an itemized statement of cost for abatement of property located at 203 Market Street (APN 0185-104-25-0000) and file said resolution with the County Recorder placing a lien on the property.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-11-081120-203 MARKET ST

– Agenda Item #12:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2020-43 confirming and adopting an itemized statement of cost for abatement of property located at 421 Acoma Street (APN 0186-145-20-0000) and file said resolution with the County Recorder placing a lien on the property.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-12-081120-421 ACOMA ST

– Agenda Item #13:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2020-44 confirming and adopting an itemized statement of cost for abatement of property located at 507 C Street (APN 0186-144-16-0000) and file said resolution with the County Recorder placing a lien on the property.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-13-081120-507 C ST

– Agenda Item #14:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2020-45 confirming and adopting an itemized statement of cost for abatement of property located at 415 D Street (APN 0186-142-03-0000) and file said resolution with the County Recorder placing a lien on the property.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-14-081120-415 D ST

– Agenda Item #15:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2020-46 declaring 1.79 acres generally located at Smokestack Road and NK Street (APN 0185-058-14-0000) as surplus land under Government Code Section 54220 et seq.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-15-081120-SURPLUS LAND

– Agenda Item #16:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2020-48 approving a Memorandum of Understanding between the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health, Environmental Health
Services Division, and the City of Needles to provide environmental health services effective for a ten-year term from August 25, 2020 to August 24, 2030.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-16-081120-ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

– Agenda Item #17:

Award the bid for ryegrass seed to Helena Chemical, Las Vegas, NV in the total bid amount of $40,988.10 and authorize an increase in the budget to cover the shortfall of $2,619.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-17-081120-RYEGRASS

– Agenda Item #18:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2020-49 amending the Measure I Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan for Fiscal Years 2019-2020 through 2024-2025.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-18-081120-MEASURE I

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #8 through #10, #13 through #15 and #17 and #18; pull off the agenda tonight Agenda Items #11 and #12; and pull for a question Agenda Item #16 on the Consent Calendar.

– Regarding Agenda Item #16:

Members of the Needles City Council discussed the agenda item regarding County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Services Division, and their environmental health services, expressing their disappointment in their response related to businesses wanting to open and addressing bed bug problems at motels.

Members discussed about having their own health department, and what would the cost to do that for the City of Needles.

At the end of discussions, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve a 3 year term instead of ten year term of County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Services Division providing environmental health services to the City of Needles, with the option to opt out if things don’t improve in the County’s response.

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

– Agenda Item #19:

Consideration of Gateway Signage for entrance to Needles.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-19-081120-GATEWAY SIGNAGE

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve example B for the Gateway Signage for entrance to Needles, with the wording on example C but like example B.

To explained this; the welcome signage coming from the east into California from Arizona will say “Welcome to Needles – Gateway to California” well the welcome signage coming from the west will say “Welcome to Needles – Gateway to the Colorado River” because you’re already in California well traveling along eastbound Interstate 40; and welcome signages will be lighted so people can see. The wording will be large enough so people traveling 70 mph along the Interstate can see when they are driving.

– Agenda Item #20:

Update on the Needles Visitor Center in the El Garces.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-20-081120-VISITOR CENTER

Discussions regarding update on the Needles Visitor Center in the El Garces turned to discussions on two groups; Needles Chamber of Commerce and Needles Downtown Business Alliance; merging together and concerns if the two groups can work together, and if the Needles Chamber of Commerce wanted to continue the plan of putting together a Visitor Center inside the El Garces Train Depot.

A vote to issue a R.F.P. (Request for Proposal) for operating the El Garces was taken, but the motion failed to pass with a vote of 2-4 against the motion.

Members of the Needles City Council decided to bring the agenda item back to the first meeting in October 2020, with information on what the Needles Chamber of Commerce has done in the last few years.

– Agenda Item #21:

Information regarding 2021 Calendar Year healthcare costs city employees.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-21-081120-HEALTHCARE

During the discussion on this agenda item, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels mentioned a “Gold and Silver Plan” for city employees, and some members of the Needles City Council wanted to find out if there’s any money from the COVID-19 Care Act that can also help towards health care for city employees.

This agenda item was stated as an “Information Only” agenda item, but members of the Needles City Council took action on this agenda item, unanimously voting to approve, and to look at the Care Act.

– Agenda Item #22:

Authorize Councilmembers to attend the Annual League of California Cities Virtual Conference scheduled for October 7-9 and designate a voting delegate and alternate.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-22-081120-LEAGUE CONF

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams as the voting delegate, Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson as the alternate voting delegate and Needles City Council Member Louise Evans who would attend the Annual League of California Cities Virtual Conference scheduled for October 7-9.

– Agenda Item #23:

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

– Regarding Water Main Blowout:

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that the City of Needles has all the parts to repair water main along Lillyhill Drive near bridge to D Street, but City is waiting to October 2020 to make those repairs when water uses is low.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels also mentioned about Well #11 and putting that well back into operation, saying they are having Well #11 cleaned out and should be ready in about a month; and would be possibly used as an alternate, making sure that the level of magnesium is low.

– Regarding Jack Smith Memorial Park:

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that the City of Needles continues to handle operations, good crowds and no problems, but center boat launch ramp will still be closed.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels also mentioned the Bullhead City has voted to reopen the beaches up that were closed on weekends.

– Regarding COVID-19:

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels didn’t mentioned local COVID-19 cases or issues related to COVID-19.

*** Agenda Item: ***

 

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

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney:

Had No Report.

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

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels:

Spoke about replacing water well pump, and thanked community for conserving water uses during the repairs of the broken pump with a new pump that only took 12 hours. A new pump has also been order instead of repairing the broken pump to reuse again.

*** Needles City Council Requests: ***

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:

Thanked law enforcement for their work on several recent arrests.

Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral:

Thanked law enforcement for their work on several recent arrests, and asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels for the bed bug problem at motel be handle.

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans:

Had No Requests.

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

Spoke about the passing of Don Brown, and that the Pac 10 not happening.

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:

Spoke about the United States Census 2020; that workers will be out in the community to have people participate in the census; making sure that you are counted.

According to the United States Census 2020 website, “when you respond to the census, you help your community gets its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs. Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, and this creates jobs. Developers use the census to build new homes and revitalize old neighborhoods. Local governments use the census for public safety and emergency preparedness. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.”

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt asked those who haven’t yet participated in the United States Census 2020 to be counted and go to:

https://2020census.gov/en.html

Also, spoke about registering to vote before the October 2020 deadline for San Bernardino County, California voters.

According to the San Bernardino County Election Office of the Registrar of Voters website, “voter registration deadline is October 19, 2020 and deadline to apply to vote by mail is October 27, 2020.”

More information to register to vote in San Bernardino County, California can be found on the San Bernardino County Election Office of the Registrar of Voters website at:

https://www.sbcountyelections.com/Home.aspx

Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre:

Had No Requests.

Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams:

Spoke about possible donor for a kidney transplant; friend is finishing up the process, and discussed how would him being gone for possible surgery; what can be done about his present for the meetings during that time; either possible extended absence or participate via teleconference when he’s out for surgery.

Also, spoke about an offer he was approached by MIH (Medical Investors Holdings), saying if he chooses to accept the offer position, he understands that he would have to excuse himself on certain items that could be a conflict of interest.

*** 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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