Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the adjourned regular meeting of the Needles Board of the Public Utilities.

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

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

Needles, California: An adjourned regular meeting of the Needles Board of the Public Utilities was held on Tuesday, October 5th, 2021 inside the Needles City Council Chambers.

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******* Summary – Needles Board of the Public Utilities Meeting: *******

***** Roll Call: *****

Which members of the Needles Board of the Public Utilities are present either inside the Needles City Council Chamber or via teleconference, or which members of the Needles Board of the Public Utilities isn’t present either inside the Needles City Council Chamber or via teleconference and may need an excuse absence.

  • Chair Member Terry Campbell:

Present – Chamber

  • Commissioner Phil LeJeune:

Present – Chamber

  • Commissioner Ed Brown:

Present – Chamber

  • Commissioner Steve Moffitt:

Present – Chamber

  • Commissioner Mike Schneider:

Not Present – Excused Absence

Present – Teleconference (Later)

  • Commissioner John McNeil:

Present – Chamber

  • Commissioner Kansas Martinez:

Present – Chamber

 

***** Approval of the Agenda: *****

Members of the Needles Board of the Public Utilities get to vote on if they approve of tonight’s agenda and if they’re any changes to the agenda that need to be made.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

ub_100521 – agenda

  • Motion:

Approve tonight’s agenda.

  • Voting Results: Approved: Unanimously

Chair Member Campbell: Yes

Commissioner LeJeune: Yes

Commissioner Brown: Yes

Commissioner Moffitt: Yes

Commissioner Schneider: Not Present

Commissioner McNeil: Yes

Commissioner Martinez: Yes

 

***** Public Appearance: *****

Persons wishing to address the Needles Board of the Public Utilities on subjects other than those scheduled are requested to do so at this time. When called by the Chair Member, please announce your name and address for the record. In order to conduct a timely meeting, a three-minute time limit per person has been established by Municipal Code Section 2-18. Amendments to the California Government Code Section 54950 prohibits the Needles Board of the Public Utilities from taking action on a specific item until it appears on the agenda.

  • Public Appearance Speaker:

Nobody Spoke

 

***** Presentations: *****

  • Agenda Item 1:

Presentation by Michael Land, Hydrologist, California Water Science Center, United States Geological Survey (USGS), regarding groundwater flow and estimation of total dissolved concentrations near the Lower Colorado Water Supply Project, Imperial County, California.

Authorize execution of the U.S. Department of Interior U.S. Geological Survey Joint Funding Agreement for Water Resource Investigations Number 22ZGJFA60101110 to conduct Phase 2 & 3 not to exceed a total cost of $2,383,658 to be funded through the Zion Trust Account.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

ub_100521-1 Lower Colorado Water Supply Project

  • Motion:

Approve the expenditure and moving forward with the execution of the U.S. Department of Interior U.S. Geological Survey.

  • Voting Results: Approved: Unanimously

Chair Member Campbell: Yes

Commissioner LeJeune: Yes

Commissioner Brown: Yes

Commissioner Moffitt: Yes

Commissioner Schneider: Yes

Commissioner McNeil: Yes

Commissioner Martinez: Yes

 

***** 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 Chair Member or any member of the Needles Board of the Public Utilities may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Council action, a member of the public may address the Needles Board of the Public Utilities on matters scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A three-minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve Items 2 through 6 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

  • Agenda Item 2:

Minutes of regular meeting held September 7, 2021; and minutes of special meeting held September 10, 2021.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

ub_100521-2 minutes of 090721 & 091021

  • Agenda Item 3:

Authorize proceeding with the fiscal year 2022 Needles Public Utility Authority Free Shade Program at a cost not to exceed $14,999 to be paid with electric budget public education funds.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

ub_100521-3 free shade program

  • Agenda Item 4:

Accept the Department of Water Resources and Coachella Valley Water District Grant Agreement #4600012245 Sub-Project 12.b Deteriorating Pipes Replacement Design in the amount of $50,218; and authorize a fiscal year 2022 revenue and expense budget adjustment in the same amount.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

ub_100521-4 deteriorating pipes replacement grant agreement

  • Agenda Item 5:

Authorize Epic Engineer to complete the engineering design work to develop the details, specifications and cost estimates for the Deteriorating Pipe Project submitted to the California Department of Water Resources at a cost not to exceed $38,328.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

ub_100521-5 engineering design deteriorating pipe project

  • Agenda Item 6:

Authorize Stantec Consulting Services to conduct a comprehensive alternative electric utility rate structure review at a cost not to exceed $41,000 to be paid with electric dept funds.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

ub_100521-6 alternative electric rate structure review

  • Motion (Consent Calendar):

Approve the Consent Calendar; Agenda Items 2 through 5 and pull Agenda Item 6.

  • Voting Results (Consent Calendar): Approved: Unanimously

Chair Member Campbell: Yes

Commissioner LeJeune: Yes

Commissioner Brown: Yes

Commissioner Moffitt: Yes

Commissioner Schneider: Yes

Commissioner McNeil: Yes

Commissioner Martinez: Yes

 

  • Pulled from Consent Calendar:
  • Agenda Item 6:

Discussion occurred regarding the authorize Stantec Consulting Services to conduct a comprehensive alternative electric utility rate structure review at a cost not to exceed $41,000 to be paid with electric dept funds.

  • Motion (Agenda Item 6):

Authorize Stantec Consulting Services to conduct a comprehensive alternative electric utility rate structure review at a cost not to exceed $41,000 to be paid with electric dept funds.

  • Voting Results (Agenda Item 6): Approved: Unanimously

Chair Member Campbell: Yes

Commissioner LeJeune: Yes

Commissioner Brown: Yes

Commissioner Moffitt: Yes

Commissioner Schneider: Yes

Commissioner McNeil: Yes

Commissioner Martinez: Yes

 

 

***** Regular Items: *****

  • Agenda Items?:

No Regular Items

***** Reports: *****

  • Agenda Item 7:

Monthly activity report June 2021.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

ub_100521-7 monthly activity report June ’21

  • Motion: (Information Only)
  • Voting Results: (Information Only)

 

  • Agenda Item 8:

Needles present perfected rights (PPR) August 2021.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

ub_100521-8 PPR report Aug ’21

  • Motion: (Information Only)
  • Voting Results: (Information Only)

 

***** Pending Matters: *****

(Not for discussion at this time)

  • Agenda Items?:

No Pending Matters

 

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

  • Needles City Manager:

Rick Daniels

  • Reports:

Spoke about water consumption comparing 2020 to 2021 and the cutbacks on the use of the Colorado River; it is drawing down in volume more rapidly then what was projective but the cuts… the first rounds of cuts – we’re not affected and the reason is our water rights are superior, but Arizona and Nevada have to reduce their use.

Then continued speaking about the California Governor on the verge of announcing water cutbacks similar to what he did in 2015 where we had to reduce water uses to 15% percent, and some people set up individual water budgets per house and others had code enforcement out there on even and odd watering days base on your address. We were able to meet the 15% percent by reducing the City of Needles’ consumption at our ball fields, our parks, our cemetery; and it really was to me an unnoticeable. Obviously that would be our first line of attack should we find ourselves in there. I’ve asked Rainie Torrance from the City of Needles is putting together a report for the board – probably not your next meeting but the following meeting – on what reasonable water conservation measures can we encourage people locally to do.

Spoke about trying to determine when is the next water tour for anybody who hasn’t be on it, I strongly encourage you do so – you’ll never look at the Colorado River again the same way.

Spoke about we were successfully gaining $1.9 million dollars for the replacement water well, which is being put at the site Murl Shaver Substation. We drafted the specs; it’s design. We had a job walk today; we had three well drillers there so that’s good. I think it the… their polls is not due for two weeks so probably not at your next meeting, the meeting after you’ll have award of bid; award a contract, and we want to get this thing done absolutely – as fast as possible because it still keeps me up at night because we’re operating under one water well.

Spoke about a heads up of coming attractions. As soon as we were award the $1.9 million dollars for the water well, Rainie Torrance from the City of Needles submitted $5.6 million dollars that she took from board approved capital Improvement fund – which includes… the rest of the L Street booster and then there are a dozen sets of water line replacement throughout the City; a lot of them down in Verde Shores and Colorado River Shores. So we’re looking at $5.6 million dollars that we are very confident. We’ll hear about this more in a short period of time, and that’s… what’s great about that is these are improvements that we have known we needed for a long time and our rate payers aren’t having to pay for it as part of their rates.

When asked about Rio Buena Vista, he said you’ll have that “good news” on your next agenda.

  • Agenda Item A:
  • Incident Report(s):

Did not spoke of any incidents.

 

***** Board Requests: *****

  • Commissioner:

Kansas Martinez

  • Requests:

She had nothing to say.

  • Commissioner:

John McNeil

  • Requests:

Had just a couple quick comments. I would like to go back on that river cruise again; I bettered understand the people from the Imperial Irrigation District. It was good to go. The other thing is the work that I done previously, water conservation is the only way to be to save on power and water, and that’s the real ticket of all that other stuff. I appreciate the work the city is doing.

  • Commissioner:

Phil LeJeune

  • Requests:

I have nothing tonight.

  • Commissioner:

Ed Brown

  • Requests:

Spoke about the Ad Hoc Committee continuing to work on different ideas, some that we do is we kind of quickly run up against the wall either for liability or whatever else it may be, and some have some promise. We are really as a collective team – not just the Ad Hoc team – the City folks like Rainie Torrance, Rick Daniels and the other people who are really trying to help think outside the box to come up with some aggressive ideas, some of them probably would make your eyes pop out. But there’s pretty good ideas – I’ll tell you there’s pretty good ideas as far as I concern; more to come on that.

  • Commissioner:

Steve Moffitt

  • Requests:

Spoke about a couple years back, we started looking at updating our computers systems off our green screen systems, and when we get our new meters, isn’t that going to require an update? Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said “Yes.”

  • Commissioner:

Mike Schneider

  • Requests:

Didn’t get asked if he had anything or was no longer on the phone.

  • Chair Member:

Terry Campbell

  • Requests:

Had nothing for tonight.

 

***** More Information: *****

Please contact Cheryl Sallis, Secretary to the Board, either by phone at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 115 or by email at: csallis@cityofneedles.com

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