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

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

Source: City of Needles (Information and Agenda Packet):

Needles, California: A regular meeting of the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority was held on Tuesday, September 14th, 2021 inside the Needles City Council Chambers.

The meeting was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

Needles City Council Members Donald Wade Evans II, 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 was present via teleconference.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, Needles City Clerk Dale Jones and John Pinkney from Slovak, Baron, Empey, Murphy & Pinkney L.L.P. were also present inside the chamber.

** Here is a summary and the voting results that occurred during the meeting. (All downloadable agenda packets that are posted here are in a PDF file format so please make sure to have a PDF file reader or viewer): **

***** Attention: The layout on ZachNews of what occurred and was voted on during the City of Needles meetings will be changing and be reorganised soon so the help shorten time on preparing the post and to get the information out sooner. *****

*** Approval of Agendas: ***

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve the agenda for tonight’s meeting with Agenda Item #2 being tabled.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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*** Public Appearance: ***

There were two members of the public who spoke during Public Appearance.

First person, Robert Yee, spoke about the upcoming National Day of the Republic of China (Taiwan) 10-10 Ceremony on October 10th, 2021 in front of the Needles Courthouse.

Second person spoke about parking issues regarding a local marijuana dispensary parking on other business’s property.

– Agenda Item #1:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the installation of a digital billboard, approximately 7’x14′, at 429 North “K” St, Assessor’s Parcel No. 0185-067-08: Applicant Michael Patrick West.

Resolution No. 2021-47 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a new outdoor digital billboard advertising sign at the corner of River Road and North “K” Street (429 North K Street) in the C-2 General Commercial Zone, APN 0185-067-08.

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During discussions on this agenda item, members of the Needles City Council discussed the water feature remain on the digital billboard advertising sign and if they can be on there but not turned on going drought, traffic engineering study regarding the nearby intersection, and weed removal on the site in 90 days.

After discussions, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2021-47 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a new outdoor digital billboard advertising sign at the corner of River Road and North “K” Street (429 North K Street) in the C-2 General Commercial Zone, APN 0185-067-08.

Needles City Vice Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. excused himself from this agenda item.

– Agenda Item #2:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approving Tentative Parcel Map No. 20388, subdividing 6.5 acres +/- into 2 parcels located in the R2 (Two-Family Residential) Zone, located in the vicinity of Lillyhill Dr. and Casa Linda St, APN 0185-233-55; Applicant D.J. Huffman, Golden Valley Cable.

Resolution No. 2021-41 approving Tentative Parcel Map No. 20388, subdividing 6.5 acres +/- into 2 parcels located in the R2 (Two-Family Residential) Zone, located in the vicinity of Lillyhill Dr. and Casa Linda St, APN 0185-233-55.

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This agenda item has been tabled.

– Agenda Item #3:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against a Conditional Use Permit adding a 1,102 square foot cannabis retail business into an existing gas station’s floor space, located at the existing Mobil gas station at 1005 E. Broadway, APN 0186-214-07, in the C-2 “General Commercial Zone”: Applicant Jason Boatner representative for “The Gas Station.”

Resolution No 2021-53 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a 1,102 square foot cannabis retail business to be housed withing the existing Mobil Gas Station building, located at 1005 E. Broadway, APN 0186-214-07, in the C-2 “General Commercial Zone.”

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During discussions on this agenda item, members of the Needles City Council discussed on how would the gasoline operation will be, the bathrooms accessibility for gas station and marijuana retail business uses, and the reason for the marijuana retail business going into the gas station.

After discussions, the motion was to approve Resolution No 2021-53 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a 1,102 square foot cannabis retail business to be housed withing the existing Mobil Gas Station building, located at 1005 E. Broadway, APN 0186-214-07, in the C-2 “General Commercial Zone,” but members of the Needles City Council voted 2-1 which means the the motion fails to be approved.

Needles City Council Members Tona Belt and Zachery Longacre excused themselves from this agenda item.

– Agenda Item #4:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against an amendment to Conditional Use Permit amending Resolution No. 2017-34 adding a 24,242 sq. ft. third cannabis cultivation building located at 2701 Columbus Drive, in the C-2 General Commercial Zone, APN 0660-081-30, Applicant Dean Jesse Brown.

Resolution No. 2021-52 approving an amendment to Conditional Use Permit amending Resolution No. 2017-34 adding a 24,242 sq. ft. third cannabis cultivation building located at 2701 Columbus Drive, in the C-2 General Commercial Zone, APN 0660-081-30.

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During discussions on this agenda item, members of the Needles City Council discussed the where the project was going to look like, and noted that this would be on the site where are the old Taco Bell fast food restaurant is located, which closed down back in March 2016.

After discussions, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2021-52 approving an amendment to Conditional Use Permit amending Resolution No. 2017-34 adding a 24,242 sq. ft. third cannabis cultivation building located at 2701 Columbus Drive, in the C-2 General Commercial Zone, APN 0660-081-30.

– Agenda Item #5:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against an application from Curtis Devine, representative for Mohave Cannabis Club, for a Conditional Use Permit for a cannabis retail business, located at the existing Jerky Store at 1704 (1711) Needles Highway and 113 Needles Highway, in the C-2 General Commercial Zone, APN 0185-066-19 and 0185-066-23.

Agenda Item #5 has been pulled by City of Needles staff.

– Agenda Item #6:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approving an Ordinance amending Chapter 6, Adding Article X, Entitled “Violation Penalty”, in the Needles Municipal Code adding penalties for work without permits.

Agenda Item #6 has been continued to October 12, 2021 council meeting

– Agenda Item #7:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against a Conditional Use Permit for a two-phase, cannabis cultivation facility, phase one existing building, 4,700 sq. ft., and phase two, a new 10,800 sq. ft. building at 1150 Broadway, APN 0186-093-18 in the C-2 General Commercial Zone.

Agenda Item #7 has been continued to September 28, 2021 council meeting

– Agenda Item #8:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against a Conditional Use Permit for a 258 sq. ft. cannabis distribution facility located at 1150 Broadway, APN 0186-093-18 in the C-2 General Commercial Zone.

Agenda Item #8 has been continued to September 28, 2021 council meeting.

– Agenda Item #9:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against a Conditional Use Permit for a two-phase development of a cannabis cultivation facility totaling 19,340 sq. ft. located at 315 Balboa Place, APN 0660-081-21 in a C-3 Highway Commercial Zone.

Agenda Item #9 has been continued to October 26, 2021 council meeting.

*** Recess the Needles City Council Meeting and convene a joint Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting: ***

*** Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority 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 NPUA / City Council may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to NPUA / Council action, a member of the public may address the NPUA / City Council on matters scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A three-minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve Items 10 through 14 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #10:
– Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Authorize TKE Engineering, Inc. to draft the design builds for Well No. 16 at a cost not to exceed $92,500 to be reimbursed with State Water Resources Control Board grant funding.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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– Agenda Item #11:
– Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Authorize Southwest Groundwater to complete task 2.0 of the Scope of Work to Design, Construct, and Test One Public Supply Wells and Provide Hydrogeological Support to Engineers for the City of Needles dated March 19, 2021 for well drilling, construction, testing oversight of Well No. 16 at a cost not to exceed $83,190 to be reimbursed with State Water Resources Control Board grant funding.

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– Agenda Item #12:
– Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Approval of Western Area Power Administration Agreement No. 87-BCA-10098, Exhibit A-1, Revision No. 9, providing for Parker-Davis Project hydropower allocation.

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– Agenda Item #13:
– Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Accept the WZI Inc. AB32 Emission Verification Report 2020 Emissions.

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– Agenda Item #14:
– Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Authorize the city manager to execute the U.S. Department of Interior U.S. Geological Survey Joint Funding Agreement for Water Resource Investigation Agreement No. 19WSCA600101110 Amendment No. 1 extending the term expiration date to October 31, 2022.

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Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items 10 through 14 on the Consent Calendar.

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

– Agenda Item #15:
– Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Approve a 5% cost-of-living (COLA) increase in electric rates as of October 1, 2021; approve an over-hydro rate of $0.1285 effective October 1, 2021; and approve the methodology to calculate the annual electric base rate and the power cost adjustment rate based on the rate calculation spreadsheets.

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Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority voted 6-1 to approve a 5% cost-of-living (COLA) increase in electric rates as of October 1, 2021; approve an over-hydro rate of $0.1285 effective October 1, 2021; and approve the methodology to calculate the annual electric base rate and the power cost adjustment rate based on the rate calculation spreadsheets.

Needles City Council Member Donald Wade Evans II voted “No” on this agenda item.

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– Agenda Item #16:
– Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Approve a 5% cost-of-living (COLA) increase in water and wastewater rates as of October 1, 2021.

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Members of the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority voted 6-1 to approve a 5% cost-of-living (COLA) increase in water and wastewater rates as of October 1, 2021.

Needles City Council Member Donald Wade Evans II voted “No” on this agenda item.

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*** Recess the Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting and reconvene a joint Needles City Council Meeting: ***

*** 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 City Council may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Council action, a member of the public may address the City Council on matters scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A three-minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve Items 17 through 22 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #17:

Approve the warrants register through August 24 and September 14, 2021.

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– Agenda Item #18:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2021-50 adopting the Measure I Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan for fiscal years 2021 through 2026.

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– Agenda Item #19:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2021-51 adopting Colorado River Front Work and Levee System through an Intergovernmental Agreement for bridge maintenance, effective August 22, 2013, herein identified as Reclamation Bridge No. LCYA 1029 and authorize the mayor to execute Contract No. 20-07-34-L2027 between the Bureau of Reclamation (Yuma), Yuma Project Valley Division, Colorado River Front Work and Levee System (Yuma, Parker and Topock Divisions), Boulder Canyon Project, Gila Project (Wellton-Mohawk Division) and Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Project, Desalting Complex.

*** Agenda Item Packet: ***

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– Agenda Item #20:

Approve the Second Amendment to the Professional Services Agreement for Building Support Services with Wildan increasing the contract compensation not to exceed $70,000 paid out of General Fund Reserves and adding On-call Building Official/Project Manager Services to be paid for by developer deposits.

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– Agenda Item #21:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2021-54 amending Resolution No. 2021-31 increasing the code enforcement overtime budget in the adopted operating budget for fiscal year ending 6/30/2022 by $10,000 to be paid out of general fund reserves

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– Agenda Item #22:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2021-57 approving an amendment to Resolution No. 2020-56 adding Golf Course Management and Operations Services of the golf course maintenance to the Professional Services Agreement with Touchstone Golf, LLC in the amount not to exceed the current management fee of $52,000 per year.

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items 17 through 20, and pull Agenda Items 21 and 22 for discussion on the Consent Calendar.

Regarding Agenda Item #21:

After short discussion, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item 21 on the Consent Calendar.

Regarding Agenda Item #22:

Members of the Needles City Council had discussions about the conditions of the bathrooms on the Rivers Edge Golf Course property, who are responsible of cleaning the inside the restrooms and making sure that things like soap are restocked.

During public comment, concerns were raised of the need to get this addressed soon before the conditions of the restrooms get the attention of the Health Department.

After discussions, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item 22 on the Consent Calendar.

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

– Agenda Item #23:

Provide direction on the League of California Cities aka “Cal Cities” proposed bylaws amendments to be considered at the General Assembly.

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve proposed bylaws amendments to be considered at the General Assembly.

– Agenda Item #24:

Review of the Economic Development Program funded by 10% of tax revenues received from cannabis businesses.

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to continue this agenda item to the next meeting.

– Agenda Item #25:

Approve a budget adjustment of $175,000 plus a patrol car estimated at $17,200 with a $2,500 startup cost for equipment for supplemental law enforcement services for the remainder of fiscal year 2021-22, funding to come from the Marijuana Tax portion of the General Fund Reserve; and authorize the mayor to sign an Amended Schedule A to the Twenty-Fourth Amendment to Contract No. 99-376 with the County of San Bernardino adding an additional marked patrol unit to the Schedule (ACT)

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Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve the proposal; the Budget Adjustment of $175,000 plus a patrol car estimated at $17,200 with a $2,500 startup cost for equipment for supplemental law enforcement services for the remainder of fiscal year 2021-22, funding to come from the Marijuana Tax portion of the General Fund Reserve; and authorize the mayor to sign an Amended Schedule A to the Twenty Fourth Amendment to Contract No. 99-376 with the County of San Bernardino adding an additional marked patrol unit to the Schedule.

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– Agenda Item #26:

Authorize attendance at the International Conference of Shopping Centers (ICSC) RECON Conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center, December 5-7, 2021 using funds from the city council travel per diem account.

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Needles City Council Members Ellen A. Campbell, Donald Wade Evans II, Kirsten Merritt, and Zachery Longacre as well as Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams to attend the International Conference of Shopping Centers (ICSC) RECON Conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center on December 5-7, 2021.

Please note that ICSC has recently rebranded their name from International Conference of Shopping Centers to Innovating Commerce Serving Communities.

Also please note, the “ICSC RECON” convention is usually happens in May each year, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation restricting large public gatherings and the convention center being used for COVID-19 related uses, the convention was rescheduled after large public gatherings were allowed to December 2021.

– Agenda Item #27:

Provide direction on the League of California Cities proposed resolution – Resolution calling upon the Governor and the Legislature to provide necessary funding for California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to fulfill its obligation to inspect railroad lines to ensure that operators are removing illegal dumping, graffiti and homeless encampments that degrade the quality of life and results in increase public safety concerns for communities and neighborhoods that abut the railroad right-of-way.

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution calling upon the Governor and the Legislature to provide necessary funding for California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to fulfill its obligation to inspect railroad lines to ensure that operators are removing illegal dumping, graffiti and homeless encampments that degrade the quality of life and results in increase public safety concerns for communities and neighborhoods that abut the railroad right-of-way.

– Agenda Item #28:

Approve the League’s Online Sales Tax Equity Resolution and direct the City’s Cal Cities voting delegate to support the resolution, with Cal Cities’ proposed amendments, at the Annual Cal Cities Conference in Sacramento on September 22-24, 2021 and authorize the city manager to send a letter to Cal Cities General Resolution Committee indicating City’s support for the resolution.

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve the League’s Online Sales Tax Equity Resolution and direct the City’s Cal Cities voting delegate to support the resolution, with Cal Cities’ proposed amendments, at the Annual Cal Cities Conference in Sacramento on September 22-24, 2021 and authorize the city manager to send a letter to Cal Cities General Resolution Committee indicating City’s support for the resolution.

– Agenda Item #29:

Resolution No. 2021-55 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).

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Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Needles City Council Member Ellen A. Campbell as the delegate to the Solid Waste Advisory Task-Force (SWAT).

– Agenda Item #30:

Update on the progress of the work being completed at the Skatepark.

This agenda item was Information Only, but there was discussion on this agenda item.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels as well as members of the Needles City Council about the new fencing that was put around the skate park, discussion on painting the inside of the skatepark pool, a resident wanting to plant three to four trees nearby the skateboard park, discussion of the installing of better security cameras to help protect those who use the skateboard park, discussion on adding a place for kids to do artwork on, and suggestions of a skateboarding event.

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– Agenda Item #31:

Discussion regarding Senate Bill 262 — statewide bail schedule.

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This agenda item was Discretionary, which members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to oppose Senate Bill 262 — statewide bail schedule.

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

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

– Needles City Manager Rick Daniels:

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*** Needles City Council Requests: ***

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For more information, please contact Dale Jones, City Clerk at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113.

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