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, March 9th, 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 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. and Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams were all present inside the chamber well Needles City Council Member Ellen A. Campbell participated via teleconference.

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.

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

*** Executive Session: ***

– Agenda Item A:

Public Employee Performance Evaluation pursuant to Government Code Section  54957 (Title of position: City Clerk).

– Agenda Item B:

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.

– Agenda Item C:

Conference with legal counsel regarding potential litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(2) and / or (3) (one potential case).

– Agenda Item D:

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 Jesse Dean Brown as the potential buyer of the properties described as a  .50 acre portion of an undeveloped parcel also known as APN 0186-021- 06 and a .13 acre portion of City-owned Right-of-Way generally located at  the intersection of Smokestack Road and North K Street. Under negotiations are the price and terms.

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

– Agenda Item A:

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

– 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 no discussion on this item there for there is no reportable action.

– Agenda Item D:

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: ***

 

*** Public Appearance: ***

There were no public appearance.

*** Public Hearing: ***

– Agenda Item #1:

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.

This agenda item has been continued to March 23, 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 #2 through #8 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #2:

Approve the warrants register through March 9, 2021.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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– Agenda Item #3:

Approve the minutes of January 12, January 26, February 9 and February 23, 2021.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

 

– Agenda Item #4:

Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance No. 635-AC adopting the California Building Standards  Code 2019 Editions, rescinding Ordinance No. 575-AC which adopted the International Code  Council 2012 Edition, and amending Municipal Code Article IV “Uniform Administrative Code” and Section 2-10 “Adopted by Reference Where Filed” (2nd reading – adopt).

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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– Agenda Item #5:

Authorize the city manager to execute the Community Development Block Grant-CV3 Program  Cooperating City Recommended Projects form for the City of Needles Food Recovery and  Distribution and accept a CDBG F/Y 20/21budget adjustment in the amount of $27,174 in  revenue and expenditures.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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– Agenda Item #6:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2021-14 rescinding resolution No. 2020-86 and  authorizing the city manager to purchase additional transformers, ancillary parts, and equipment  for commercial projects for which a deposit has been paid.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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– Agenda Item #7:

Award agreement to WZI Inc. to complete the greenhouse gas (GHG) third party verification services for fiscal years 2021 through 2024 at a total cost not to exceed $23,500.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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– Agenda Item #8:

Authorize Mayor Williams to execute the COVID-19 assistance request letter for past due utility  accounts.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #2, #3, #5, #6, #7 and #8, and pulled Agenda Item #4 for comment on the Consent Calendar.

After discussion and getting more information regarding this agenda item, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item #4 on the Consent Calendar.

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

– Agenda Item #9:

City Council selection of the Chamber of Commerce as the preferred vendor for the Visitor  Center in the Historic El Garces Train Depot and authorize staff to negotiate an agreement.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council decided unanimously to renegotiate with the Chamber of Commerce in a contract agreement for the Needles Visitor Center.

*** More details at the following website: ***

https://zachnews.net/2021/03/09/news-update-needles-ca-needles-city-council-unanimously-voted-to-renegotiate-with-the-needles-chamber-of-commerce-on-an-agreement-regarding-the-needles-visitor-center/

– Agenda Item #10:

Accept the bid of Christensen Brothers General Engineering for Base Bid Schedule A and  alternate Schedules B-F for a total amount of $1,646,281.89 and a total project cost of  $1,859,689.08 (10% contingency included) to perform Phase II of the First Year Street Paving  Project 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 approved to accept the bid of Christensen Brothers General Engineering for Base Bid Schedule A and  alternate Schedules B-F for a total amount of $1,646,281.89 and a total project cost of  $1,859,689.08 (10% contingency included) to perform Phase II of the First Year Street Paving  Project and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed.

– Agenda Item #11:

Accept the bid of TE Roberts Inc for Base Bid with Alternate Items listed for a total amount of  $396,275 and a total project cost of $494,695.86 (10% contingency included) to perform  Waterline and Services Replacement prior to Phase II of the First Year Paving Project and  authorize Staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed. Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D. excused himself from this agenda item.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously approved to accept the bid of TE Roberts Inc for Base Bid with Alternate Items listed for a total amount of  $396,275 and a total project cost of $494,695.86 (10% contingency included) to perform  Waterline and Services Replacement prior to Phase II of the First Year Paving Project and  authorize Staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed. Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D. excused himself from this agenda item.

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

– Needles City Attorney John Pinkney:

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney spoke about the following:

– Handling quite a few code enforcement matters, estimated 27, and working with City staff.

– Enforcing cannabis ordinance against unlicensed cannabis operations.

– Assisting City staff with Livescan matters.

– Defending the City in the Rio Buena Vista suit.

(Just to name a few items, please watch second live broadcast for more details)

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

– Needles City Manager Rick Daniels:

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels spoke about the following:

– Sign dedication ceremony in honor and remembrance of Joseph “JoJo” Garcia.

– Mobile COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Needles Recreation Center.

– Off-ramp from eastbound Interstate 40 to J Street upcoming short closure to restripe lines and arrows for semi trucks.

– One of the cannabis companies was cited by the California Regional Water Quality Control Boards for improperly disposing of wastewater; fined $125,000.00. Settlement was made, and money will be going towards City’s L Street Booster Station project.

– Asking for an amendment to the budget for legal fees related to the Rio Buena Vista legal matter.

– Working on Needles Visitor Center draft contract and meeting.

– John Thompson, City Employee, is retiring.

– Reminding members of submissions of park and pool plans for funding; including Needles Aquatics Center, Jack Smith Memorial Park and Duke Watkins Park; hope to get selected.

(Just to name a few items, please watch second live broadcast for more details)

*** Needles City Council Requests: ***

– Needles City Council Member Ellen A. Campbell:

Needles City Council Member Ellen A. Campbell spoke the following:

– Meeting she had with tribal council representative for the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe and representative with California’s State Senator Shannon Grove regarding getting the old Needles Lagoon restored.

– Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral:

Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral spoke about the following:

– Grocery Store; upcoming meeting on March 24th with people, who are bringing their engineers electricians and designers to design the interior and conduct a feasibility study. Getting closer, last steps.

– What’s the latest regarding North K Street Underpass? Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said everything is ready to work on placing approved metal protection beam before underpass, but difficulties getting comments or sign off by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. Underpass remains closed until new metal beam is installed.

– What’s the latest on branches and shade at Train Park? Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said he’ll look into it.

– What’s the latest on Freeway Needles Welcoming Signs? Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said in design.

– What’s the latest on the State of California and the Needles Off Highway Vehicle ordinance? Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams said he spoke to Thurston “Smitty” Smith, California State Assembly from the 33rd District; passing COVID-19 bills; and maybe next year.

– Needles City Council Member Kirsten Merritt:

Needles City Council Member Kirsten Merritt spoke about the following:

– Rebar sticking out of the roadway crossway area at the corner of Paseo Del Rey Street and La Cima Road; need to be cut or remove.

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

Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D. had no requests.

– Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt spoke about the following:

– Putting together an Adhoc building committee; meet with local builders, to help address any complaints they have.

– Caltrans meeting regarding off-ramps.

– Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre:

Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre spoke about the following:

– Status on First and Second Beaches, cleaning up and rejuvenation.

– Pastor being pulled over on a forklift as he was taking the forklift back near the California Highway Patrol office.

– Going to reach out to cannabis to get them to donate to repaint skatepark, and work on setting up account for donations.

– Removing polls near beach located next to Needles Bridge; state property. Allow people to enjoy beach.

(Just to name a few items, please watch second live broadcast for more details)

– Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams:

Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams spoke about the following:

– Question regarding recouping money if win case regarding Rio Buena Vista.

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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