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, October 26th, 2021 inside the Needles City Council Chambers.

Live Broadcasts By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

The executive session as well as the regular meeting of the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority were broadcasted live at ZachNews on Facebook.

******* Summary – Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting: *******

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

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

  • Needles City Council Ellen A. Campbell:

Present – Chamber

  • Needles City Council Donald Wade Evans II:

Present – Chamber

  • Needles City Council Kirsten Merritt:

Present – Chamber

  • Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams:

Present – Chamber

  • Needles Vice City Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D.:

Present – Chamber

  • Needles City Council Tona Belt:

Present – Chamber

  • Needles City Council Zachery Longacre:

Present – Chamber

 

***** 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 Legal Counsel Regarding Pending Litigation Pursuant to Government Code 54956.9(d)(1). One Case: Imperial Irrigation District v. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, et. al, Second Appellate District, Court of Appeal No. B311674

 

***** Executive Session – Report by City Attorney: *****

The Needles City Attorney reports out of Executive Session any actions such as motions and votes if any were taken from the agenda items that were listed under Executive Session.

  • Agenda Item A:
  • NPUA /COUNCIL:
  • Reportable Action?: No, Reportable Action

N/A

  • Agenda Item B:
  • NPUA /COUNCIL:
  • Reportable Action?: No, Reportable Action

N/A

 

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

Members of the Needles City Council 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):

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  • Motion:

Approve of tonight’s agenda.

  • Voting Results: Approved: Unanimously

Member Campbell:

Member Wade Evans II:

Member Merritt:

Mayor Williams: N/A

Vice Mayor Paget M.D.:

Member Belt:

Member Longacre:

 

***** Conflict of Interest: *****

If any members of the Needles City Council has a Conflict of Interest on any of the agenda items on tonight’s meeting, they will mention them and the reason why they are recusing themselves.

  • What Agenda Item?:

Agenda Item 10

  • Who?:

Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacres

  • Why?:

Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacres said he’s recusing himself from the agenda item because he “signed up for a new job this last week. I work for Mojave Cannabis as their brand ambassador. So I will be recusing myself on 10 (Agenda Item 10).”

 

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

Persons wishing to address the Needles City Council on subjects other than those scheduled are requested to do so at this time. When called by the Mayor, 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 City Council from taking action on a specific item until it appears on the agenda.

  • Public Appearance Speaker:

Shawn Gudmundson

  • Topics:

Spoke as a concern private citizen about what is the Needles City Council is doing about the 51% increase in the electric rate payers.

  • Public Appearance Speaker:

Judy Coffman Thornton

  • Topics:

Spoke about the El Garces Train Depot and upcoming events involving the Needles Tourism and Visitors Center. A report was given only to members of the Needles City Council.

  • Public Appearance Speaker:

Marianne Jones

  • Topics:

Spoke about the traffic study for North K Street and Needles Highway, and if members of the Needles City Council can reconsider putting a green arrow traffic signal for motorists can turn left at that intersection; off from Needles Highway to North K Street towards the Needles Bridge.

 

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

  • Agenda Item 1:

Chamber of Commerce El Garces update. A report was given only to members of the Needles City Council.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

No Agenda Packet Was Provided

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

 

***** Public Hearings: *****

  • Agenda Item 2:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against adoption of the City of Needles 6th Cycle Housing Element Update has been continued to allow for an eighty day public review period; a new public hearing notice will be advertised for January 11, 2022.

  • Agenda Item 3:

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 has been continued to the November 9, 2021 council meeting

 

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

  • Agenda Item 4:
  • NPUA /COUNCIL:

Ratify the acting city manager’s authorization of the purchase of 10,004 greenhouse gas (GHG) allowances from Act Commodities to be placed into the City of Needles Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service (CITSS) Limited Use Holding Account at the California Air Resources Board to meet compliance regulations at a cost not to exceed $240,000 to be funded from fiscal year 2022 electric operating fund budget.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

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  • Motion:

Approve the authorization of the purchase of 10,004 greenhouse gas (GHG) allowances from Act Commodities to be placed into the City of Needles Compliance Instrument Tracking System Service (CITSS) Limited Use Holding Account at the California Air Resources Board to meet compliance regulations at a cost not to exceed $240,000 to be funded from fiscal year 2022 electric operating fund budget.

  • Voting Results: Approved: Unanimously

Member Campbell: Yes

Member Wade Evans II: Yes

Member Merritt: Yes

Mayor Williams: Yes

Vice Mayor Paget M.D.: Yes

Member Belt: Yes

Member Longacre: Yes

 

***** Adjourn the joint Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting and Reconvene the Needles City Council Meeting: *****

***** 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 5 through 9 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

  • Agenda Item 5:

Approve the warrants register through October 26, 2021.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

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  • Agenda Item 6:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2021-63 authorizing the city’s application for per capita recreation capital grant funds and authorize a Fiscal Year 2022 revenue and budget adjustment in the amount of $181,116.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

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  • Agenda Item 7:

Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance No. 643-AC amending Chapter 6 of the Needles Municipal Code adding Article X entitled “Violation Penalty for Work Without Permits” (2nd reading — adopt).

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

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  • Agenda Item 8:

Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance No. 644-AC amending Part III, Article VI, Section 96.03 of the Needles Municipal Code banning the cultivation of industrial hemp and terminating Urgency Ordinance No. 641-AC imposing a temporary moratorium on the cultivation of industrial hemp pursuant to Government Code Section 65858 as extended by urgency Ordinance No. 642-AC (2nd reading – adopt).

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

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  • Agenda Item 9:

Award Pacific Play Systems the bid to purchase new playground equipment, ground covering and shade structure not to exceed $110,000 funded by the BHHS Legacy Foundation Grant.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

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  • Motion (Consent Calendar):

Approve Agenda Items 5 through 9 on the Consent Calendar.

  • Voting Results (Consent Calendar): Approved: Unanimously

Member Campbell: Yes

Member Wade Evans II: Yes

Member Merritt: Yes

Mayor Williams: N/A

Vice Mayor Paget M.D.: Yes

Member Belt: Yes

Member Longacre: Yes

 

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

  • Agenda Item 10:

Provide direction on establishing a numerical limitation on the number of cannabis dispensaries

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

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  • Motion:

To prepare an ordinance on establishing a numerical limitation on the number of cannabis dispensaries.

*** More information about Agenda Item 10 has been posted at the following ZachNews website at: ***

https://zachnews.net/2021/10/27/news-update-needles-ca-slim-majority-vote-by-the-needles-city-council-approves-preparing-an-ordinance-on-establishing-a-numerical-limitation-on-the-number-of-cannabis-dispensaries/

  • Voting Results: Approved: 3-2

Member Campbell: No

Member Wade Evans II: Yes

Member Merritt: Yes

Mayor Williams: N/A

Vice Mayor Paget M.D.: No

Member Belt: Yes

Member Longacre: Recused Himself

 

  • Agenda Item 11:

Discussion regarding designation of a downtown area and direct staff to develop the methodology to do so.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

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  • Motion:

Members of the Needles City Council took no action and only discussed about designating of a downtown area and the upcoming City of Needles General Plan community meetings in November 2021.

*** More information about Agenda Item 11 has been posted at the following ZachNews website at: ***

https://zachnews.net/2021/10/27/needles-ca-needles-city-council-takes-no-action-and-only-discusses-about-designating-of-a-downtown-area-and-the-upcoming-city-of-needles-general-plan-community-meetings-in-november-2021/

  • Voting Results: No Action Taken

Member Campbell:

Member Wade Evans II:

Member Merritt:

Mayor Williams: N/A

Vice Mayor Paget M.D.:

Member Belt:

Member Longacre:

 

  • Agenda Item 12:

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

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

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  • Motion:

Approve was announced and members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously approving the drafting of a resolution modifying the rules of the Economic Development Program.

*** More information about Agenda Item 12 has been posted at the following ZachNews website at: ***

https://zachnews.net/2021/10/31/news-update-needles-ca-needles-city-council-approves-preparing-a-resolution-modifying-the-economic-development-program/

  • Voting Results: Approved: Unanimously

Member Campbell: Yes

Member Wade Evans II: Yes

Member Merritt: Yes

Mayor Williams: N/A

Vice Mayor Paget M.D.: Yes

Member Belt: Yes

Member Longacre: Yes

 

  • Agenda Item 13:

Establishing an Assistant City Manager / Development Services position, setting a base salary of $149,427.20 – $190,715.20 and approving an Employment. Agreement with Patrick Martinez, in compliance with SB1436 and incorporate into the salary schedule for FY 2022 budget.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

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  • Motion:

Approve the establishing an Assistant City Manager / Development Services position, setting a base salary of $149,427.20 – $190,715.20 and approving an Employment. Agreement with Patrick Martinez, in compliance with SB1436 and incorporate into the salary schedule for FY 2022 budget.

  • Voting Results: Approved: Unanimously

Member Campbell: Yes

Member Wade Evans II: Yes

Member Merritt: Yes

Mayor Williams: N/A

Vice Mayor Paget M.D.: Yes

Member Belt: Yes

Member Longacre: Yes

 

  • Agenda Item 14:

Establish a budget for the Employee Appreciation Holiday Event to be held on Friday, December 10 at the El Garces.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

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  • Motion:

Approve $7,000.00 to be budgeted for the Employee Appreciation Holiday Event to be held on Friday, December 10 at the El Garces.

  • Voting Results: Approved: Unanimously

Member Campbell: Yes

Member Wade Evans II: Yes

Member Merritt: Yes

Mayor Williams: N/A

Vice Mayor Paget M.D.: Yes

Member Belt: Yes

Member Longacre: Yes

 

 

  • Agenda Item 15:

Council consideration of canceling the regular City Council / NPUA meetings on November 23 and December 28, 2021, due to a potential lack of quorum due to Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

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  • Motion:

Approve canceling the regular City Council / NPUA meetings on November 23 and December 28, 2021, due to a potential lack of quorum due to Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.

  • Voting Results: Approved: Unanimously

Member Campbell: Yes

Member Wade Evans II: Yes

Member Merritt: Yes

Mayor Williams: N/A

Vice Mayor Paget M.D.: Yes

Member Belt: Yes

Member Longacre: Yes

 

***** Please view the live broadcast posted at ZachNews on Facebook for what was mentioned during Needles City Attorney’s Report, Needles City Manager’s Report and Needles City Council Requests. *****

 

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

Please contact Dale Jones, City Clerk for the City of Needles, either by phone at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 145 or by email at: djones@cityofneedles.com

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