News Alert: Needles, CA: Needles City Council will discuss and possibly select at their meeting today a preferred vendor in establishing and managing services for the Needles Visitor Center.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: City of Needles’ City Clerk’s Office (Information):

Needles, California: Members of the Needles City Council will being discussing and possibly selecting at their meeting at 6:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 a preferred vendor in establishing and managing services for the Needles Visitor Center.

According to the Staff Report from the City of Needles, at the November 14, 2017 City Council meeting the Chamber of Commerce requested that the City fund or partially fund the establishment of a visitor center in the El Garces that would be operated by the Chamber of Commerce. On November 28, the City Council appointed Vice Mayor Jeff Williams, and Councilors Belt and Hazelwood to an ad-hoc Council Subcommittee to investigate the establishment of a visitor center in the El Garces.

On June 11, 2019 the City Council approved in the budget $24,400 which is tied into the Visitor Center and/or commencing with El Garces Construction and entering into a MOU with the Needles Chamber of Commerce.

At the October 27, 2020 City Council meeting City Staff was given direction to develop a scope of work and initiate a Request for Proposal process for management services of the Needles Visitor Center. Proposers were requested to provide a clear vision of program, an outlined budget request, and have the financial ability to complete the necessary tenant improvements inside of the Historic El Garces Train Depot to construct the Needles Visitor Center.

On December 23, 2020 an invitation to bid was advertised for a three (3) year contract for management services of the Needles Visitor Center, with a bid opening on February 5, 2021. We received two (2) bids:

  • Needles Chamber of Commerce, 1,200 sq. ft. (Annual base fee for Year 1 $59,180.11, Year’s 2 &
    3 $50,271.56)
  • Needles Tourism and Visitor Center, Inc. 875 sq. ft. (Annual base fee $24,996)

Both proposers are very familiar with the City of Needles and have worked with the City over the years. Each proposal focuses on promoting local businesses through events and marketing utilizing a volunteer base.

On February 11, 2021 Mayor Williams and Councilmember Belt of the ad hoc Council Subcommittee met to review the request for proposal and reviewed the proposals submitted by the two proposers. On February 12, 2021 Mayor Williams and Councilmember Belt of the ad hoc Council Subcommittee interviewed both RFP proposers.

According to the Staff Report from the City of Needles, the Fiscal Impact is three-year annual fee for cost of services of managing the Needles Visitor Center. Sylvia Miledi $159,723.23 or $74,988.01
Am 2/18/21.

According to the Staff Report from the City of Needles, the Recommendation is for the City Council select the preferred vendor for the establishment and management services for the Needles Visitor Center and authorize Staff to negotiate a services agreement for Council consideration.

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cc-9-022321-visitor ctr staff report

cc-9a-022321-Chambers proposal

cc-9b-022321-Torism & Visitor Ctr proposal

The City of Needles wants to remain the public that 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 California’s Executive Order to “Stay-At-Home”, in person participation at the Needles City Council meetings is not allowed at this time and the Needles City Council Chambers are not open to the public.

The mayor and council members may be attending this meeting via Microsoft Teams.

The public may also attend via Microsoft Teams and may submit any comments in writing prior to noon on the day of the meeting by emailing: djones@cityofneedles.com

To join the live teams meeting log into the City of Needles website at: http://cityofneedles.com/ to access the agenda and “Click here to join the meeting.” If asked, enter the following: Meeting ID: 719 229 644#

Or listen in and participate by calling Teams: 1-323-488-2227 – Meeting ID: 719 229 644# The meetings are being recorded.

The Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting will be broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook starting with the Executive Session at 5:00 p.m. PT (Just Reading of the Agenda Items on Executive Session; Short Live Broadcast) followed by the Regular Meeting at 6:00 p.m. PT (Full Live Broadcast).

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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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