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

By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

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

Needles, California: A regular meeting of the Needles Board of the Public Utilities was held on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021 inside the Needles City Council Chambers.

Live Broadcasts By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):

The regular meeting of the Needles Board of the Public Utilities was broadcasted live at ZachNews on Facebook.

******* 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

  • Commissioner John McNeil:

Present – Chamber

  • Commissioner Candace Martinez:

Not Present – Excused Absence

 

***** 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_110221 – agenda

  • Motion:

Approve of tonight’s agenda.

  • Voting Results: Approved: Unanimously

Chair Member Campbell: Yes

Commissioner LeJeune: Yes

Commissioner Brown: Yes

Commissioner Moffitt: Yes

Commissioner Schneider: Excused Absence

Commissioner McNeil: Yes

Commissioner Martinez: Excused Absence

 

***** 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:

N/A

 

***** 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.

  • Agenda Item ???:

N/A

 

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

  • Agenda Item 1:

Minutes of regular meeting held October 19, 2021.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

ub_110221-1 minutes 101921

  • Motion:

Approve minutes of regular meeting held October 19, 2021.

  • Voting Results: Approved: Unanimously

Chair Member Campbell: Yes

Commissioner LeJeune: Yes

Commissioner Brown: Yes

Commissioner Moffitt: Yes

Commissioner Schneider: Excused Absence

Commissioner McNeil: Yes

Commissioner Martinez: Excused Absence

 

  • Agenda Item 2:

Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) for months of June through September 2021 and continuation of the electric over-hydro rate at $0.1285 as established October 1, 2021.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

ub_110221-2 PCA June-Sept ’21

  • Motion:

Approve the Power Cost Adjustment (PCA) for months of June through September 2021 and continuation of the electric over-hydro rate at $0.1285 as established October 1, 2021.

  • Voting Results: Approved: Unanimously

Chair Member Campbell: Yes

Commissioner LeJeune: Yes

Commissioner Brown: Yes

Commissioner Moffitt: Yes

Commissioner Schneider: Excused Absence

Commissioner McNeil: Yes

Commissioner Martinez: Excused Absence

During discussion regarding this agenda item, some commissioners of the Needles Board of the Public Utilities discussed about the communities concerns about electric rates, and what they say is a lack of information being provided out there about the City of Needles’ electric rates and how everything works regarding electric rates, as well as nobody showing up at these meetings.

Commissioners of the Needles Board of the Public Utilities suggested putting out more information through newsletter in bills as well as putting more information only through their local newspaper would better help address the problem.

Also, commissioners of the Needles Board of the Public Utilities suggested about putting town hall meetings discussing City of Needles’ electric rates and how everything works regarding electric rates.

The concerns over electric rates have been for years a big topic of debates and anger, with the community concern over electric rates being high, who’s using more of the electric and if those using more electric re paying their fair share, well officials from the City of Needles including commissioners of the Needles Board of the Public Utilities and members of the Needles City Council have for years say electric rates are low and them defending themselves saying they’re not getting rich off the rate payers.

 

  • Agenda Item 3:

Electric power purchasing and rates presentation.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

ub_110221-3 elect power purchasing & rates

  • Motion:

This agenda item was just for discussion only.

  • Voting Results:

N/A

 

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

  • Agenda Item 4:

EUSI, LLC operational support services relating to the wastewater treatment facility and collection system September 2021.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

ub_110221-4 EUSI report Sept ’21

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

 

  • Agenda Item 5:

Monthly activity report July and August 2021.

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

ub_110221-5 monthly activity report July & Aug ’21

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

 

  • Agenda Item 6:

Western Area Power Administration group power purchase Q2 FY22 (January – March 2022).

  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download):

ub_110221-6 Western group power purchase Jan-Mar ’22

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

 

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

(Not for discussion at this time)

  • Agenda Items?:

No Pending Matters

 

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

 

***** 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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