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 23rd, 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 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 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:

Conference with Legal Counsel regarding Existing Litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1) (One Case: Rio Buena Vista Association et.al. v. City of Needles: Case No. CIV SB 2028439)

– Agenda Item B:

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

– 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 buyer and Patrick West as the potential seller of the property described as Bridge Street also known as a portion of APN 0660-301-13-0000. Under negotiations are the price and terms

– Agenda Item E:

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 Greens Needles, LLC as the potential buyer of the property described as a .13 acre portion of City-owned Right-of-Way generally located at the intersection U Street and West Broadway. 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. Needles Vice City Edward T. Paget M.D. excused himself from this agenda item.

– Agenda Item E:

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 she didn’t received any correspondences.

*** 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 cancelled.

*** 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 23, 2021.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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– Agenda Item #3:

Approve the minutes of December 15, 2020, February 23, and March 9, 2021.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

 

– Agenda Item #4:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2021-10 authorizing the implementation of Option 1 of the Pay and Classification Study per the NUEA and Teamsters 1932 Memorandum of Understandings.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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– Agenda Item #5:

Authorize an increase of $75,000 each (total of $150,000) in the water and wastewater legal fees line items to cover unanticipated legal expenses through June 30, 2021.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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– Agenda Item #6:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2021-15 authorizing destruction of certain city records pursuant to Government Code Section 34090.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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– Agenda Item #7:

Accept Epic Engineering’s proposal to begin design work for the L Street Booster Station in an amount not to exceed $57,888 and authorize the city manager to execute a payment agreement dated March 9, 2021 between the City and NCA Management Co. LLC in the amount of $125,000 payable to the City from a discharge violation at 3241 Needles Highway for the design and a portion of construction costs of said project.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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– Agenda Item #8:

Authorize the City Manager to sign an Intergovernmental Agreement (“IGA”) between the Arizona Department of Transportation “ADOT” and the City of Needles to perform the next phase for Bidding and Construction of the Needles Bridge Deck Rehabilitation Project to occur in October 2021 and budget $858,495 in Fiscal Year 2021/2022 using Measure I or SB1 funds with a reimbursement from Caltrans of $760,027 for a difference of $98,470.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #2 through #8 on the Consent Calendar.

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

– Agenda Item #9:

Approve Water Works Engineers Well Treatment Analysis and Epic Engineering Well Siting Study and direct staff to conduct additional work to pursue a new 2,500 gpm (gallons per minute) well on the Murl Shaver Substation site (identified as 3240 Needles Highway, APN 660-081-23, – 32 and -33).

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously approved to approve Water Works Engineers Well Treatment Analysis and Epic Engineering Well Siting Study and direct staff to conduct additional work to pursue a new 2,500 gpm (gallons per minute) well on the Murl Shaver Substation site (identified as 3240 Needles Highway, APN 660-081-23, – 32 and -33).

– Agenda Item #10:

Mayor and Council appoint a special purpose task force of no more than 3 members to meet with builders, bankers, developers, and City staff to review the City’s progress on meeting the goals and objectives with a report back to Council by May 1.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously approved to appoint Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral,
Needles City Council Member Tona Belt and Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams to a special purpose task force to meet with builders, bankers, developers, and City staff to review the City’s progress on meeting the goals and objectives with a report back to Council by May 1.

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

– Needles City Attorney John Pinkney:

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney spoke about the following:

– Receiving a notice from the California’s Water Resources Control Board saying to prepare for droughts statewide.

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

– Needles City Manager Rick Daniels:

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels spoke about the following:

– Committee to deal with the Needles Visitor Center, a meeting will be held on Thursday. Goal to have a framework for the deal for your next meeting then turn it over to the City Attorney for lease and vender.

– Structure fire occurred along the 1,500 block of Washington Street this morning. Fire is under investigation. Owner informed to better secure the building to provent anybody getting into the building.

– Talking with Patrick and a company who wants to build an RV park between the golf course, the railroad tracks and Reclamation Road, just west of Jack Smith Memorial Park. Question on if this project would include a new bridge access, City Manager will look into that.

– Needles City Council Goal Setting Meeting at 9:00 a.m. PT on April 3rd, 2021 inside the El Garces Train Depot.

(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:

– Putting an Adhoc committee in regards to the Needles Lagoon.

– Public request; for trash receptacles to be placed. Trash seen on bus benches all across town, needs to be dealt with, and asking how we can address this.

– Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral:

Needles City Council Member Timothy Terral spoke about the following:

– Dip in road along Front near L Street, check it out and smooth it out.

– Tree overgrown near L Street has a lot of trash, check to see if it’s the City or property owner to trim.

– Grocery Store; meeting tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. PT (March 24th) with people, who are bringing their engineers electricians and designers to design the interior and conduct a feasibility study.

– Asked Needles City Manager about road repair project in regards to the north Needles Highway portion of the plan. Needles City Manager explained to members of the Needles City Council about the plan.

– Finding out how much would it cost to put a new street light and “Kids At Play” caution sign at the corner of Bailey Avenue and Sycamore Drive.

– Needles City Council Member Kirsten Merritt:

Needles City Council Member Kirsten Merritt spoke about the following:

– River Road where the golf carts crosses, the stop sign is turned towards vehicle traffic (stop sign for golf carts)

Rebar still 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.

– Pigeons are becoming a big problem, find somehow to address that.

– 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:

– Largewood Street near a street light there as well, been knocked down for a few years now and there’s no street light at that corner.

– Two or three of the street lights along River Road are out, need to be fixed.

– Regarding our park’s projects, First Beach to reevaluate that; changing that from a parking lot to a grassy area.

– Near the old Chevy dealership along Needles Highway there’s a deep in the road.

– Replacing old stop signs that are faded out, throwing that into the project (road repair project).

– Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre:

Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre spoke about the following:

– Like idea of changing that from a parking lot to a grassy area near First Beach.

– Semi trucks causing problems along Ice Plant Road near the Needles Towne Center; crashing throw fence that the City put up, creating a sand trench along access road for Mohave Cannabis, and still dumping their trash.

– Power substation off Bush Street needs some weed whacking.

– Suggesting looking looking into another inspection worker for the cannabis inspections.

– Statement; would like to apologize to a couple of people:

To the pastor; gave him a $55,000 paperweight; can’t use the forklift we provided or get a police escort just for two miles across town, once a month when the pastor does their food pantry event; apologize to the citizens for all that. Hopefully the COVID-19 money can help for a trailer for the forklift. The forklift can be used by all three non-profit organizations.

To Cheryl Luau she was simply disobedient this weekend in a beautiful fashion anyone can ever do it. She raised money to bury two local kids. I thought it was in poor taste to come down here and flex on her, and I understand the laws because I pushed to have them written, but she was burying local children. My apologies to her.

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

– Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams:

Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams had no requests.

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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