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: Needles City Clerk Dale Jones (Information and Agenda Packet):

Needles, California: A regular meeting of the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority was held on Tuesday, January 25th, 2022 inside the Needles City Council Chambers.

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The following listed below is what was decided and voted on during the executive session and regular meeting of the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority.

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

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

  • Agenda Item A: COUNCIL: 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 Elks Lodge as the potential buyer of the real property described as 1.17 acres located on Lillyhill Drive west of the Elks Lodge, APN 0185-331-22-0000. Under negotiations are the price and terms.
  • Reportable Action?: No Reportable Action (Needles City Attorney John Pinkney said there was “No Reportable Action” on this item, and that Member Campbell recused herself from this agenda item.)

 

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

 

***** Interviews: *****

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  • Agenda Item 1: Interviews / appointments to fill vacancies on various Board and Commissions due to resignations and / or expiration of terms. 
  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download): cc-01-012522-interviews Board Vacancies
  • Motion: Appoint new applicants Merlin Willis, Suzanne Torres and David Upton to the Park and Recreation Commission, and reappoint Norma Jean Williams to Cemetery Advisory Commission.
  • Voting Results: Approved: Unanimously

 

  • Agenda Item 2: Extend the Chamber of Commerce lease agreement with amendments — Resolution No. 2021-69 amending Resolution No. 2021-22 approving amending the Lease Agreement with the Chamber of Commerce for the offices located in the Historic El Garces Train Depot OR Declare the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center Services Agreement and Lease Agreement in default and request the Council Visitor Center Committee to reassess the project and seek other options.
  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download): cc-02-012522-Chamber Visitor Center
  • Motion: Approve extending the Lease Agreement with the Amendments with the Chamber of Commerce for the offices located in the Historic El Garces Train Depot.
  • Voting Results: Motion Fails: 3-2 (Needles City Attorney John Pinkney said this motion needed 4 votes to pass because it was a Resolution; motion “failed to pass.”)

 

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

***** Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority: Consent Calendar: *****

  • Agenda Item 3: NPUA / COUNCIL: Authorize TKE Engineering Inc. to develop plans, specifications, bidding assistance, and project management for standby generators for wells 15 and 16 not to exceed $11,550 to be funded by the Water Capital Improvement Fund
  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download): cc-03-012522-TKE Standby Generators

 

  • Agenda Item 4: NPUA / COUNCIL: Authorize Brooks Consulting to develop plans for the 69kV line for future load growth not to exceed $18,000 to be funded by electric operating expenses.
  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download): cc-04-012522-69kV Line

 

  • Agenda Item 5: NPUA / COUNCIL: Authorize Epic Engineering to complete the construction management for the L Street booster station project in an amount not to exceed $20,904 and an additional $5,000 for design work for a total cost not to exceed $25,904 to be partially funded under a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) and the balance to be reimbursed by the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download): cc-05-012522-L Street Booster Station

 

  • Agenda Item 6: NPUA / COUNCIL: Authorize Simon Sewer Maintenance to complete three manhole geopolymer rehabilitations in the amount of $13,500, wastewater plant transfer well no. 1 lift station geopolymer rehabilitation in the amount of $11,375, and wastewater plant transfer well no. 2 lift station geopolymer rehabilitation in the amount of $11,375 for a total project cost not to exceed $36,250 to be funded by Wastewater Asset Replacement Funds.
  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download): cc-06-012522-Simon Sewer Maintenance
  • Motion (Consent Calendar): Approve the Consent Calendar; Agenda Items 3 through 6.
  • Voting Results (Consent Calendar): Approved: Unanimously

 

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

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

  • Agenda Item 7: Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of the application from Mr. John E. Bistagne representative for “Route 66 Farms LLC”, for a Conditional Use Permit for a two-phase, cannabis cultivation facility, phase one existing building 1, 4,520 sq. ft. and phase two, a new two story 14,324 sq. ft. building located at 315 Balboa in a C-3 Highway Commercial Zone, also known as Assessor’s Parcel Number 0660-081-21 ➢ Staff Report ➢ Council Questions of Staff ➢ Mayor to open the public hearing ➢ Public Comment ➢ Applicant Comments ➢ Comments in Favor ➢ Comments Opposed ➢ Applicant Rebuttal ➢ Mayor to close the public hearing ➢ Council Discussion / Deliberation ➢ Resolution No. 2022-13 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a two-phase development of a cannabis cultivation facility totaling 19,340 sq. ft. located at 315 Balboa in a C-3 Highway Commercial Zone, APN 0660-081-21.
  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download): cc-07-012522-315 Balboa CUP Cultivation
  • Motion: Approve Resolution No. 2022-13.
  • Voting Results: Approved: Unanimously

 

  • Agenda Item 8: Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of an application from Mr. Gregory Lucas to change the General Plan designation for 109 N “L” Street, also known as APN 0185-111-84-0000 from “Medium Density Residential” to “Industrial”. Said property is located near the BNSF railroad underpass at Front Street and “K” Street. AND Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of an application from Mr. Gregory Lucas to change the Zoning designation for 109 N “L” Street, also known as APN 0185-111-84-0000 from “Multiple Family Residential” (R-3) to “Light Manufacturing” (M-1). Said property is located near the BNSF railroad underpass at Front Street and “K” Street ➢ Staff Report ➢ Council Questions of Staff ➢ Mayor to open the public hearing ➢ Public Comment • Applicant Comments • Comments in Favor • Comments Opposed • Applicant Rebuttal ➢ Mayor to close the public hearing ➢ Council Discussion / Deliberation ➢ Resolution No. 2022-09 approving a proposed General Plan amendment from a Residential Medium Density (RM) designation to an Industrial Designation and approving a proposed zone change from a Multi-Family Residential (R-3) to Light Manufacturing (M-1) for the parcel located at 109 N “L” Street, APN 0185-111-084-0000.
  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download): cc-08-012522-109 N LGeneral Plan & Zone Change
  • Motion: Reject but continue public hearing on this item to the next regular meeting in February 2022.
  • Voting Results: Approved: 4-1 (Due to the rejection vote, Agenda Items 10 and 11 weren’t discussed.)

 

  • Agenda Item 12: Application from Mr. Curtis Devine, representative for Mohave Cannabis Club, for a Conditional Use Permit for a cannabis retail business, located at 1409 Needles Highway and 113 Needles Highway, in the C-2 General Commercial Zone, APN 0185-066-19-0000 and 0185-066-23-0000. 
  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download): N/A (This agenda item has been continued to the next Needles City Council Meeting being held on Tuesday, February 8th, 2022.)

 

***** Needles City Council: Consent Calendar: *****

  • Agenda Item 13: Approve the warrants register through January 25, 2022.
  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download): cc-13-012522-Warrants

 

  • Agenda Item 14: Authorize the City Manager to execute an Independent Contractor Consulting Agreement with Registered Nurse (RN) Patricia Scott to administer Employee Covid Rapid Tests not to exceed $100/hour to be funded by each department being tested and reimbursed by the city’s second allocation of Cares Act Funding expected in June 2022.
  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download): cc-14-012522-Independent Contractor RN

 

  • Agenda Item 15: Authorize payment to Daniell’s Septic in the amount of $425 for the Holiday Fun Fair event using funds from account 101-1030-414-61.45 (customer/employee relation).
  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download): cc-15-012522-holiday fun fair

 

  • Agenda Item 16: Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2022-14 approving a Professional Services Agreement with Mark A. Marnati as the City of Needles Hearing Officer for an amount not to exceed $10,000 using General Funds and authorize the mayor to sign the agreement.
  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download): cc-16-012522-Admin hearing officer Marnati

 

  • Agenda Item 17: Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance 645-AC amending Chapter 4, Animal Control, related to un-spayed and un-neutered cats (2nd reading — publish).
  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download): cc-17-012522-cats Animal Control

 

  • Agenda Item 18: Resolution No. 2022-08 authorizing the California Department of Water Resources Grant Application, Acceptance and Execution for the City of Needles Golf Course Irrigation Efficiency Project Phase 1 and 2.
  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download): cc-18-012522-Golf Course Irrigation

 

  • Motion (Consent Calendar): Approve the Consent Calendar; Agenda Items 13 through 18.
  • Voting Results (Consent Calendar): Approved: Unanimously

 

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

  • Agenda Item 19: Discussion regarding First Beach Park Design using funds from the Clean California Local Grant Program if awarded.
  • Agenda Packet (PDF File Download): cc-19-012522-First Beach Park Design
  • Motion: Approve the plans for the First Beach Park Design, and apply for the Clean California Local Grant Program.
  • Voting Results: Approved: Unanimously

 

***** 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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