Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles City Council Meeting.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: Dale Jones, City Clerk with the City of Needles (Information):

Needles, California: The Needles City Council held a meeting inside the Needles City Council Chambers on Tuesday, January 12th, 2021.

The Needles City Council Meeting was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

*** Important Notice: ***

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.

The public were able to attended tonight’s meeting of the Needles City Council via teleconference/Zoom.

Needles City Council Members Ellen A. Campbell, Timothy Terral, Kirsten Merritt, Tona Belt and Zachery Longacre as well as Needles City Vice Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D and Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams were all present inside the chamber.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels as well as Needles City Clerk Dale Jones were also present inside the chamber well Needles City Attorney John Pinkney from Slovak, Baron, Empey, Murphy & Pinkney L.L.P. was present via teleconference/Zoom.

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

*** Executive Session: ***

– Agenda Item A:

Conference with Labor Negotiators pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6: Agency designated representative: City Manager Rick Daniels; Employee Organizations: NUEA and Teamsters.

– Agenda Item B:

Conference with real property negotiators 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 Dam Properties Inc. as the potential buyer of the properties located south of Needles Highway between T Street and S Street Flood Control Channel (0185-071-11). Under negotiation are the price and terms.

– Agenda Item C:

Conference with Legal Counsel regarding anticipated litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(4) (one potential case: Consideration of filing an amicus brief in the matter of the County of San Bernardino v. Newsom: Case No. S266106).

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

– Agenda Item A:

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney said there was reportable action, saying there was a motion to that pass to grant an additional 1% Cost of Living increase affected January 1st for any NUEA and Teamsters members. Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously approving of the motion.

– Agenda Item B:

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney said there was no reportable action.

– Agenda Item C:

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney said there was reportable action, saying there was a motion in favor of filing an amicus brief in support of the County of San Bernardino position, which is pending in front of the California Supreme Court. Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously in favor of the motion.

*** Approval of the Agenda: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve the agenda.

*** Introductions: ***

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels interdicted the new chief building official for the City of Needles name Alberto Paiva. He comes from the City of Anaheim, heading up their planning review section; and has all of the requirements for building inspector, electrical inspector, mechanical, pluming and structural; as well as a regular professional engineer, license to operate in California. He is fulfilling both of those rolls as Chief Building Official and City Engineer.

*** Public Appearance: ***

Nobody from the public to wanted to speak during Public Appearance. 

*** Interviews: ***

– Agenda Item #1:

Interviews and appointments to fill vacancies on various Boards and Commissions.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Interviews have been scheduled with the following applications to date: Board of Public Utilities: Steve Moffitt and Jon McNeil have reapplied. There are four vacancies. Planning Commission: Linda Kidd has reapplied, and Michael Wright has applied. There is one vacancy. Park & Recreation Commission: Candace Martinez, Jennifer Brown and Lorie Long have applied. There are four vacancies. Cemetery Advisory Commission: No applicants at this time. There is one vacancy. Housing Authority: At-Large. Robbyn Dundon and Norma Jean Williams have reapplied. Housing Authority Tenant: Stella Bernal and Jacqueline Lykins have reapplied, and Zachary Lopez has applied.

Needles City Clerk Dale Jones reported earlier during the meeting that Candace Martinez has also applied for the Board of Public Utilities, and Michael Wright has withdrawn his application.

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to (re)appoint Steve Moffitt, Jon McNeil and Candace Martinez to the Board of Public Utilities with a term to expire December 31, 2024. There is still one vacancy remaining on the Needles Board of Public Utilities; please contact the City of Needles is you would like to apply (Needles City Clerk’s Office Contact Below).

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to (re)appoint Linda Kidd to the Planning Commission with a term to expire December 31, 2024. There is still one vacancy remaining on the Needles Planning Commission; please contact the City of Needles is you would like to apply (Needles City Clerk’s Office Contact Below).

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to (re)appoint Candace Martinez, Jennifer Brown and Lorie Long to the Recreation and Park Commission. Not mention during the meeting which terms was the appointed members will be for; the term to expire December 31, 2024 or the term to expire December 31, 2023. There is still one vacancy remaining on the Needles Recreation and Park Commission; please contact the City of Needles is you would like to apply (Needles City Clerk’s Office Contact Below).

No applicants applied for the Cemetery Advisory Commission; There is still one vacancy remaining on the Cemetery Advisory Commission; please contact the City of Needles is you would like to apply (Needles City Clerk’s Office Contact Below).

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to (re)appoint Robbyn Dundon and Norma Jean Williams to the Housing Authority At-Large Position with a term to expire December 31, 2023.

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to (re)appoint Zachary Lopez and Stella Bernal to the Housing Authority Tenant Position with a term to expire December 31, 2022.

*** Public Hearing: ***

– Agenda Item #2:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against amending Needles Municipal Code Article X, Signage, to expand “outdoor advertising sign” definition (104.17.2) and wall signs (104.17.6(H)(1).

Ordinance No. 633-AC approving an amendment of the Needles Municipal Code Article X, Signage, Section 104.17.2 “Definitions” and Section 104.17.6 (H) (1) Wall Signs (1st reading – post).

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to accept the amendment, but for “Cannabis Only” and bring back for a second reading at the next meeting. This amendment will not affect local non-cannabis related businesses; such as local gas stations, hair salon, restaurants and the Needles Chamber of Commerce office. 

– Agenda Item #3:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of an amendment of City Code Section 104.17.1 Legal Non-Conforming Signs allowing Non-Commercial Messages.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

This agenda item has been continued to February 9, 2021.

– Agenda Item #4:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against recommending approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a 2,500 sq. ft. Retail Cannabis Business located at 1804 Needles Highway in the C-2 (General Commercial) Zone, APN 0185-045-03 has been continued to February 9, 2021.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

This agenda item has been continued to February 9, 2021.

*** 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 #5 and #6 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #5:

Approve the warrants register through December 22, 2020 and January 12, 2021.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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– Agenda Item #6:

Accept the work completed by Jonovich Companies for the Lift Station Wet Well Geopolymer Lining Project and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Completion and record with the San Bernardino County Recorder’s Office.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #5 and #6 on the Consent Calendar.

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

– Agenda Item #7:

Accept the bid from Phillips Excavating in the amount of $98,000 to Fabricate and Install Two Overhead Steel Structures in front of the K Street Underpass Bridge to shield it from vehicle impacts protecting the low clearance railroad bridge, total project cost of $121,171, and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to accept the bid from Phillips Excavating in the amount of $98,000 to Fabricate and Install Two Overhead Steel Structures in front of the K Street Underpass Bridge to shield it from vehicle impacts protecting the low clearance railroad bridge, total project cost of $121,171, and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed.

– Agenda Item #8:

Provide staff with direction regarding 1st and 2nd beach designation as parks.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to start beach maintenance for First and Second beaches, with the adding of Jack Smith Memorial Park to the beach maintenance.

– Agenda Item #9:

Discussion to adopt a resolution declaring the City of Needles a Constitutional Sanctuary City.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council took no action on a resolution declaring the City of Needles a “Constitutional Sanctuary City.”

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– Agenda Item #10:

Resolution No. 2021-01 (re) appointing council member as primary representative and an alternate to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD).

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appoint Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams as primary representative and Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D. as alternate to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD).

– Agenda Item #11:

Resolution No. 2021-02 (re) appointing council member as the delegate and an alternate to represent the City of Needles at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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This agenda item was pulled off the agenda by Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.

– Agenda Item #12:

Resolution No. 2021-03 (re) appointing council member as the City of Needles representative and an alternate to San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA).

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appoint Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D. as the City of Needles representative and Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams as alternate to San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (SBCTA).

– Agenda Item #13:

Resolution No. 2021-04 (re) appointing council member as the City of Needles Director and two alternates to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (CJPIA).

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appoint Needles City Council Member Kirsten Merritt as the City of Needles Director, and Needles City Council Member Ellen A. Campbell and Needles City Council Member Tona Belt as alternates to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (CJPIA).

– Agenda Item #14:

Resolution No. 2021-05 (re) appointing a primary and alternate to the Mojave Desert & Mountain Integrated Waste Joint Powers Authority Board who will also serve as the delegate and alternate to the Solid Waste Advisory Task-Force (SWAT).

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appoint Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral as primary and Needles City Council Member Ellen A. Campbell as alternate to the Mojave Desert & Mountain Integrated Waste Joint Powers Authority Board who will also serve as the delegate and alternate to the Solid Waste Advisory Task-Force (SWAT).

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

– Needles City Attorney John Pinkney:

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney had no report.

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

– Needles City Manager Rick Daniels:

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels showed pictures of the work completed on the wet wells at the Bazoobuth Lift Station and River Road Lift Station that Jonovich Companies worked on; showing pictures included the before and after pictures of the projects.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then spoke about COVID-19 going through Needles City Hall, saying that we had 10 people up until last week and then we had another one last week. So a lot of people who have had it, they have be very fortunate that no one has been terribly ill but it did disrupt us providing service; for example we had all three of our Animal Shelter staff out for the same 10 day period. Patrick (City of Needles Director of Development Services) learned how to scoop up dog poop, and feed and water the animals. We made do.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then spoke about a form we are organizing with the builders in this community. We want them to build, be successful and we want repeat customers. So we’re going to get an inventory of concerns they (the builders) have, and then our new building official Alberto will be going through and trying to improve our system and service to the builders for who they will feel that this was a good building experience and they would want to come back.

*** Needles City Council Requests: ***

– Needles City Council Member Ellen A. Campbell:

Needles City Council Member Ellen A. Campbell spoke about her meeting with Assistant to Senator Shannon Grove (California State Senate 16th District) and member Tracy of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe regarding the old Needles Lagoon and putting that lagoon back into place; and they explained to us that they would like to do a joint venture with the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe and the City of Needles in writing grants to get the lagoon back into place, not for boat racing but for public use, and there was a lot of money available from the State of California to put parks in our City, and this Senator would like to help us with that money, and be the buffer with the Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Game Department and others. Interesting meeting that happened.

– Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral:

Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral spoke about the Train Park, saying that the Council approved park benches and some shading covers many months ago, and asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels where do we stand on that?

Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral also spoke about the Needles City Director of Development Services Patrick Martinez looking for a train engine, and I want to know if Patrick has come up with anything yet?

Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral then spoke about across the street from the Bazoobuth Lift Station, there’s a dirt floor channel (near the railroad tracks on the north side of East Broadway), do we have a timeline yet on when that’s going to be dragged out, to get the silk out of it? 

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels told Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral that he’ll make a follow up report for the Council. 

– Needles City Council Member Kirsten Merritt:

Needles City Council Member Kirsten Merritt had no requests.

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

Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D. said that he thought this write up on the “Constitutional Sanctuary City” was very well done for Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral, and I just like to see not just a Sanctuary County not just Sanctuary City.

– Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt spoke about the builder’s form; I want to see the list between Arizona and California on exactly the differences in cost; to see if it’s cheater to build in Arizona than in California, and see the list bring to the Council to see what we can do; especially the once we need for new housing and businesses. 

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt then spoke about trash pick up and clean up; I would like to see if there’s some type of initiative going where we the City can provide trash picker uppers and bags for people in helping to pick up trash in their community well they are out and about walking in our community; and maybe make a competition out of it.

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt then spoke about COVID-19, saying that with COIVD-19 out right now, if you get to your provider early before your symptoms get too severe, the hospitals are having antibodies out there so please monitor your health, and if you are sick, follow up with your doctor so you can get whatever treatment there is available as soon as possible. 

– Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre:

Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre spoke about the Needles Skate Park getting a bunch of graffiti there and hope we can get some deputies to do walk thoughts; saying that he received a disturbing message from a friend’s kid who has been going to another out of town skate park because of “hoodlums were a little much” at the Needles Skate Park, and just recently, kids have been seen throwing apples at other kids there at the Needles Skate Park. Graffiti is getting bad and Dollar General store has put spray paint back onto their hardware shelve; the kids are accessing them. 

Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre then spoke about keep getting phone calls that Santiago Coronado Village is evicting tenants; saying that there’s a moratorium until January 31st, 2021 so there should be no evictions going on at this time, I don’t know who can look into that. 

Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre asked about where we are in the first stage of road repair for grind ups; we were suppose to have started that when it got cold; it’s definitely cold; there’s 11 streets, where we are on that? Needles City Manager Rick Daniels responded to Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre, saying it will be on your next Needles City Council agenda to approve that list. 

Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre then spoke about City clean ups, saying that he would like to do a clean up two Saturdays from this Saturday (On February 6th) at Ice House Road (Ice Plant Road), and probably get some City dumpsters for the morning. 

– Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams:

Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams had no requests.

For more information regarding the Needles City Council Meetings or to apply to be on a City of Needles board or commission, 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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