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, September 8th, 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, Louise Evans was present via teleconference, and Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre and Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams were both given an excused absence.

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

*** Executive Session: ***

– Agenda Item A:
– Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority:

Conference with legal counsel regarding anticipated litigation pursuant to
Government Code $54956.9(d)(2) and/or (3): One Potential Case: This matter relates to an August 25, 2020 letter from attorney Cody Bellmeyer as counsel to the Rio Buena Vista Homeowners Association demanding damages and that the City/NPUA assume responsibility for certain utility infrastructure within the Rio Buena Vista community

– Agenda Item B:
– Needles City Council:

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 Musclewood Property Investments LLC as the potential buyer of the properties located on southeast corner of San Clemente and Casa Del Sol Street (APN#0185 351-11-0000 &12-0000), northeast corner of Lillyhill Drive and Clary Drive (0185-233-33-0000), northwest corner of San Clemente Street and Clary Drive (APN#0185-411-46-0000). Under negotiation are the price and terms of the land.

– Agenda Item C:
– 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.

– Agenda Item D:
– Needles City Council:

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 HK&C Investment LLC as the potential buyer of the properties described as a portion of an undeveloped parcel generally located on San Clemente Street across from the Needles Riverview Cemetery, APN 0185-234-26. Under negotiations are the price and terms.

– Agenda Item E:
– Needles City Council:

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 Attorney Report on Executive Session: ***

– Agenda Item A:
– Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority:

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

Members voted to to deny the claim, including Needles City Council Members Shawn Gudmundson, Timothy Terral, Tona Belt and Needles Vice Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D.

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted against denying the claim.

– Agenda Item B:
– Needles City Council:

Needles City Attorney reports via teleconference that there was no reportable action taken.

– Agenda Item C:
– Needles City Council:

Needles City Manager reported in place of Needles City Attorney that there was no reportable action taken.

Needles City Attorney had to excuse himself from this item.

– Agenda Item D:
– Needles City Council:

Needles City Attorney reports via teleconference that there was no reportable action taken.

– Agenda Item E:
– Needles City Council:

Needles City Attorney reports via teleconference that there was no reportable action taken.

Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral along with Patrick Martinez (City of Needles Director of Development Services) excused themselves from this item.

Terral and Martinez excusing themselves met there was a lack of a quorum to hear this item so the item will be hear at the next meeting.

*** Public Appearances: ***

Ruth Musser-Lopez spoke via teleconference during Public Appearances announcing her running for Needles City Council for the November 2020 election, and spoke about who she is, her background and what she would like to do if she is voted onto the Needles City Council.

*** Public Hearing: ***

– Agenda Item #1:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against a proposed increase in
fees charged at the Needles Riverview Cemetery effective as of October 1, 2020.

Resolution No. 2020-51 approving a fee increase at the Needles Riverview Cemetery effective October 1, 2020.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-01-090820-CEMETERY FEES

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to accept Example A related to Resolution No. 2020-51; approving a fee increase at the Needles Riverview Cemetery effective October 1, 2020.

– Agenda Item #2:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approving an ordinance adopting sight distance guidelines for roadways.

Ordinance No. 632-AC amending Section 13-63 of the Needles Municipal Code adding standards setting forth guidance in constructing red curbs.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-02-090820-RED CURBS

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve Ordinance No. 632-AC amending Section 13-63 of the Needles Municipal Code adding standards setting forth guidance in constructing red curbs.

*** 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 #3 through #7 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

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

Accept the Lincus Inc. AB32 Emission Verification Report 2019 (Greenhouse Gas) Emissions.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-03-090820-GREENHOUSE GAS

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

Ratify the city manager’s purchase of Portfolio Content Category (“PCC”) 3 Renewable Energy Credits to comply with the Renewable Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) procurement percentage for CY 2020 not to exceed $101,400 to 3Degrees Group Inc. to be funded in FY 20/21 electric budget.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-04-090820-RENEWABLE ENERGY CREDITS

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

Approve Agreement Number 87-BCA-10098, Exhibit A-1, Revision No. 8 with Western Area Power Administration providing for a revision to Parker-Davis Project (P-DP)
allocation as a result of Needles’ participation in the P-DP Resource Integration Exchange Program for Fiscal Year 2021.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-05-090820-PARKER-DAVIS

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

Ratify the city manager’s execution of a proposal from Layne Christensen for
the purchase of a replacement motor for well #15 at a cost not to exceed $20,000 using water asset replacement funds.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-06-090820-WELL #15

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

Award the bid to OHC Property Advisors in the amount not to exceed $29,700 to conduct Fixed Asset Inventory Services – Budgeted General Fund $7,425, Water
$4,901, Wastewater $6,905 and Electric $10,469.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-07-090820-FIXED ASSET INVENTORY

Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve on Agenda Items #3, #5, #6 and #7, and pull Agenda Item #4 for discussion on the Consent Calendar.

After short discussion, members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve on Agenda Item #4: Ratify the city manager’s purchase of Portfolio Content Category (“PCC”) 3 Renewable Energy Credits to comply with the Renewable Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) procurement percentage for CY 2020 not to exceed $101,400 to 3Degrees Group Inc. to be funded in FY 20/21 electric budget.

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

– Agenda Item #8:
Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority:

Approve a 0.82% cost of living (COLA) increase in electric rates as of
October 1, 2020; an over-hydro rate of $0.0860 retroactive to September 1, 2020; and approve the methodology to calculate the annual electric base rate and the power cost adjustment rate based on the rate calculation spreadsheets.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-08-090820-ELECTRIC COLA

Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve a 0.82% cost of living (COLA) increase in electric rates as of
October 1, 2020; an over-hydro rate of $0.0860 retroactive to September 1, 2020; and approve the methodology to calculate the annual electric base rate and the power cost adjustment rate based on the rate calculation spreadsheets.

– Agenda Item #9:
Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority:

Accept megawatt power allocation (60MW) versus actual (20MW) as represented in the staff report and attachments.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-09-090820-PROJECT STATUS

CC-09-090820-MEGAWATT POWER ALLOCATION

Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to accept megawatt power allocation (60MW) versus actual (20MW) as represented in the staff report and attachments.

*** 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 #10 through #22 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #10:

Approve the warrants register through September 8, 2020.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-10-090820-WARRANTS

– Agenda Item #11:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2020-54 declaring certain land as surplus under Government Code Section 54220 et. seq. — 4.59 acres located at W Broadway and T Street, APN 0185-071-11.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-11-090820-SURPLUS LAND

– Agenda Item #12:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2020-53 rescinding 2020-49 and amending the Measure I Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan for Fiscal Years 2019 through 2024.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-12-090820-AMEND MEASURE I 19-24

– Agenda Item #13:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2020-52 adopting the Measure 1 Five Year Capital Improvement Plan for Fiscal Years 2021-2025.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-13-090820-MEASURE I 21-25

– Agenda Item #14:

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-14-090820-203 MARKET ST

– Agenda Item #15:

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-15-090820-421 ACOMA ST

– Agenda Item #16:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2020-50 adopting FEMA Designation of Applicant’s Agent for Non-State Agencies for FEMA / CAL OES.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-16-090820-FEMA

– Agenda Item #17:

Waive the reading and adopt 2020-55 amending Resolution No. 2019-79 approving a planned development for the Hampton by Hilton Hotel, Applicant; Greens Needles, LLC, 1803 Needles Hwy, APN 0185-046-05, 0185-046-10 thru -12 and 0185-086-01 adding an additional CEQA exemption.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-17-090820-HAMPTON

– Agenda Item #18:

Approve Change Order #1 for SB2 Grant Funds to Placeworks in the amount of $10,855 for the addition of the update to the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-18-090820-ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT

– Agenda Item #19:

Accept the bid from Reliable Forklift Sales, LLC in the amount of $24,590 for the purchase of a new 5,000 pound Doosan Forklift in conjunction with the CDBG COVID-19 Food Recovery and Distribution Program and authorize staff to purchase the forklift for Firehouse Ministries Food Recovery Program and authorize the city manager to sign contract between the city and Firehouse Ministries upon city attorney review.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-19-090820-FORKLIFT

– Agenda Item #20:

Accept Epic Engineering’s proposal to begin design work for Phase II – First Year Paving Project in the amount not to exceed $15,240 and authorize staff to execute new task between the city and Epic Engineering for said work funded by appropriation funds in FY20 Phase 1 First Year Slurry Project.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-20-090820-FIRST YEAR PAVING

– Agenda Item #21:

Declare miscellaneous equipment and vehicles as surplus and authorize staff to advertise for bids and to award the bid to the highest bidder.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-21-090820-MISCELLANEOUS SURPLUS

– Agenda Item #22:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2020-56 accepting the proposal for Golf Course Management Services to Touchstone Golf, LLC for a three year term in the amount of $122,000 for the Rivers Edge Golf Course in addition to a 20% incentive fee for the improvement in Net Operating Income Annually and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed with executing an agreement and Accept Change Order # 1 reducing the base fee by $8,000 per year.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-22-090820 GOLF COURSE

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #10 through #22 on the Consent Calendar, but Needles City Council Member Louise Evans abstain herself only on Agenda Item #12, which met there was a lack of a quorum.

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

– Agenda Item #23:

Support or oppose the League of California Cities proposed resolution calling for an amendment of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 to require social media companies to remove material which promote criminal activities.

*** Agenda Item: ***

CC-23-090820-LEAGUE RESOLUTION

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to oppose the League of California Cities proposed resolution calling for an amendment of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act of 1996 to require social media companies to remove material which promote criminal activities.

Members of the Needles City Council raised concerns about censorship and who will making those decisions on what is criminal activities.

– Agenda Item #24:

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

– Regarding Water Main Blowout:

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels spoke about being 3 weeks away from making repairs to the water main line near the bridge linking D Street and Lillyhill Drive; waiting until October 2020 to make the final repairs to the water main line that suffered a rupture earlier this year. The wait until the fall is due to water use in the community is lower than during the summer.

– Regarding Jack Smith Memorial Park:

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels spoke about being very pleased by the plan that was laid out to prepare for high crowds of people coming to enjoy local beaches and the boat launch at Jack Smith Memorial Park following Bullhead City closing their beaches on the weekends earlier this summer which was later resended and reopened.

*** Agenda Item: ***

No voting action was taken by members of the Needles City Council on this agenda item; more of informational only.

**** 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 City of Needles having several virtual informational meetings and public hearings concerning proposed adjustments to rates and charges for water and wastewater.

** More Information: **

https://zachnews.net/2020/09/08/news-alert-needles-ca-city-of-needles-will-be-having-several-virtual-informational-meetings-and-public-hearings-concerning-proposed-rates-and-charges-adjustments-for-water-and-wastewater/

*** Needles City Council Requests: ***

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:

Spoke about the allocation of 1% from the cannabis tax revenue as an economical incentive to attract new business that Needles City Council approved back on March 2019. Shawn said that unfortunately only one applicant has utilize this since its passing, and he thinks it will be more beneficial if to reallocate this this incentive to our water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.

Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral:

Spoke about Jack Smith Memorial Park and doing a rate study regarding raising rates.

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans:

Had No Request.

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:

Spoke about participating in the United States Census 2020, and about registering to vote for the upcoming elections in November 2020.

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.”

Participated in the United States Census 2020 to be counted and go to:

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

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:

** Excused Absence **

Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams:

** Excused Absence **

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

Spoke about Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams, and asking everybody to put him in their prayers for him to get well and healthy soon.

*** 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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