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

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: Dale Jones, 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, February 9th, 2021.

The Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority 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 Microsoft Teams.

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

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 Microsoft Teams which can be viewed on the new television behind the members of the Needles City Council.

Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams was given an excused absence, no details were provided.

** 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 re existing litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1) (one case: Rio Buena Vista Assoc. Et. Al. v. City of Needles Case Number CIVSB 2028439)

– Agenda Item B:

Needles City Council: Conference with Labor Negotiators pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6: Agency designated representative: City Manager Rick Daniels; Employee Organizations: NUEA and Teamsters Local 1932.

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

– Agenda Item A:

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney said there was reportable action, saying that the motion to authorizing the City Attorney to defend the action that has been filed. Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 in favor of defending the action. Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D. voted “No” on defending the action.

– Agenda Item B:

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

*** Approval of the Agenda: ***

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

*** Correspondence: ***

Needles City Clerk Dale Jones reports that there is Correspondence, saying that we have a memo from Robert and Ruth Musser-Lopez thanking the City of Needles crows for fixing the potholes along Grandview Avenue.

*** Public Appearance: ***

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

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

– Agenda Item #1:

Resolution No. 2021-08 approving the revised budget for Fiscal Year 2020- 2021 amending Resolution No. 2020-31 and Resolution No. 02-09-2021-NPUA approving the revised budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 amending Resolution No. 06-09-2020-NPUA.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council/Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2021-08 approving the revised budget for Fiscal Year 2020- 2021 amending Resolution No. 2020-31 and Resolution No. 02-09-2021-NPUA approving the revised budget for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 amending Resolution No. 06-09-2020-NPUA.

*** Public Hearing: ***

– Agenda Item #2:

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.

This agenda item has been continued to March 23rd, 2021.

– Agenda Item #3:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against 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.

This agenda item has been noticed and will be held on February 23rd, 2021/

– Agenda Item #4:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approving an amendment to the Needles Municipal Code (NMC) amending Section 96.08 “Accessory Dwelling Unit” and Section 96.00 “Table of Permissible Uses.”

Ordinance No. 634-AC approving an amendment to the Needles Municipal Code amending Section 96.08 “Accessory Dwelling Unit” and Section 96.00 “Table of Permissible Uses” (1st reading – post).

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Ordinance No. 634-AC approving an amendment to the Needles Municipal Code amending Section 96.08 “Accessory Dwelling Unit” and Section 96.00 “Table of Permissible Uses” (1st reading – post).

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

– Agenda Item #5:

Approve the warrants register through February 09, 2021.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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– Agenda Item #6:

Accept the proposal from PlaceWorks for the General Plan Transportation Element Update in an amount not to exceed $203,325 and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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– Agenda Item #7:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2021-09 authorizing filing of an application for federal funding under FTA Section 5311 (49 U.S.C. Section 5311), the federal program providing assistance to rural transit programs with the California Department of Transportation.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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– Agenda Item #8:

Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance No. 633-AC approving an amendment to the Needles Municipal Code Article X, Signage, Section 104.17.4 “Prohibited Signage” adding Subsection “O” prohibiting Certain Outdoor Advertising by Retail Cannabis Businesses not otherwise allowed by state law (2nd reading – adopt).

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #5 through #8 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

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

– Agenda Item #9:

Resolution No. 2021-06 approving an extension to the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Agreement with Tri-State River City Group, Inc. for an additional nine (9) months for the building located at 1203 E. Broadway, APN 0650-361-05.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2021-06 approving an extension to the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Agreement with Tri-State River City Group, Inc. for an additional nine (9) months for the building located at 1203 E. Broadway, APN 0650-361-05.

– Agenda Item #10:

Resolution No. 2021-07 extending the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Agreement with H Street Patient Care for an additional four (4) months for the building located at 101 W. Spikes Road, APN 0650-431-10-0000.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2021-07 extending the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Agreement with H Street Patient Care for an additional four (4) months for the building located at 101 W. Spikes Road, APN 0650-431-10-0000.

– Agenda Item #11:

Adopt the Rivers Edge Golf Course Marketing Plan and authorize $12,000 from the Surcharge Account for the Golf Shop Remodel.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to adopt the Rivers Edge Golf Course Marketing Plan and authorize $12,000 from the Surcharge Account for the Golf Shop Remodel.

– Agenda Item #12:

Discussion regarding possible Jack Smith Park Boat Launch pass increase to $18 and direction to increase the impound amount of gross revenue from 4% to a higher percentage for required maintenance to the launch facility.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve to increase the impound amount of gross revenue from 10% set aside instead of 4% for required maintenance to the launch facility.

There will be a public hearing regarding the Jack Smith Park Boat Launch pass rate increase at the next Needles City Council Meeting.

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

– Needles City Attorney John Pinkney:

Being Added Soon.

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

– Needles City Manager Rick Daniels:

Details Being Added Soon.

*** Needles City Council Requests: ***

– Needles City Council Member Ellen A. Campbell:

Details Being Added Soon.

– Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral:

Details Being Added Soon.

– Needles City Council Member Kirsten Merritt:

Details Being Added Soon.

– Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:

Details Being Added Soon.

– Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre:

Details Being Added Soon.

– Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams:

Excused Absence.

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

Details Being Added Soon.

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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