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Live News Update!!: Elections 2018: California General Election 2018: Local and Statewide Voting Results.

Live News Update!!: Elections 2018: California General Election 2018: Local and Statewide Voting Results.

ZachNews has the latest local and statewide voting results from the California General Election 2018 held on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018.

** Voting Results: California General Election 2018: **

**** Local Elections: Needles. California: ****

** Latest Voting Results Update: **

As of 4:00pm PT on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

** Next Voting Results Update: **

At 4:00pm PT on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

  • Needles City Mayor:

2/2 100.00% Precincts Reported
Vote Count — Percent
JEFF WILLIAMS: 725 — 100.00%
Total: 725 — 100.00%

** Jeff Williams — Running Unopposed for Needles City Mayor: **

 

 

  • Needles City Council:

2/2 100.00% Precincts Reported
Vote Count — Percent
ZACHERY LONGACRE: 467 — 18.61%
EDWARD T. PAGET: 665 — 26.50%
TIMOTHY TERRAL: 485 — 19.33%
LOUISE EVANS: 470 — 18.73%
BARBARA L. BEARD: 422 — 16.82%
Total: 2,509 — 100.00%

** Five Candidates — Running for Three Needles City Council Seats: **

 

**** Statewide Elections: California: ****

** As of 4:00pm PT on Friday, November 9th, 2018: **

** Voting Results: Final: **

  • California Governor:
100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 24,312 of 24,312 ) precincts partially

Candidate Votes
** Gavin Newsom
(Party Preference: DEM)
4,227,735
59.3%
John H. Cox
(Party Preference: REP)
2,896,411
40.7%

 

  • Lieutenant Governor:

100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 24,312 of 24,312 ) precincts partially

Candidate Votes
Ed Hernandez
(Party Preference: DEM)
2,614,679
44.3%
** Eleni Kounalakis
(Party Preference: DEM)
3,291,408
55.7%

 

 

  • Secretary of State:

100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 24,312 of 24,312 ) precincts partially

Candidate Votes
** Alex Padilla
(Party Preference: DEM)
4,333,888
61.7%
Mark P. Meuser
(Party Preference: REP)
2,691,757
38.3%

 

  • Controller:

100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 24,312 of 24,312 ) precincts partially

Candidate Votes
** Betty T. Yee
(Party Preference: DEM)
4,404,698
62.9%
Konstantinos Roditis
(Party Preference: REP)
2,603,061
37.1%

 

 

  • Treasurer:

100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 24,312 of 24,312 ) precincts partially

Candidate Votes
** Fiona Ma
(Party Preference: DEM)
4,273,754
61.2%
Greg Conlon
(Party Preference: REP)
2,713,348
38.8%

 

 

  • Attorney General:

100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 24,312 of 24,312 ) precincts partially

Candidate Votes
** Xavier Becerra
(Party Preference: DEM)
4,259,636
60.7%
Steven C Bailey
(Party Preference: REP)
2,758,602
39.3%

 

 

  • Insurance Commissioner:

100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 24,312 of 24,312 ) precincts partially

Candidate Votes
** Ricardo Lara
(Party Preference: DEM)
3,393,189
50.8%
Steve Poizner
(Party Preference: NPP)
3,287,452
49.2%

 

 

  • United States Senator:

100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 24,312 of 24,312 ) precincts partially

Candidate Votes
Kevin De Leon
(Party Preference: DEM)
2,871,488
45.7%
** Dianne Feinstein
(Party Preference: DEM)
3,413,859
54.3%

 

 

  • United States Representative District 8:

100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 1,298 of 1,298 ) precincts partially

Candidate Votes
** Paul Cook
(Party Preference: REP)
66,136
60.3%
Tim Donnelly
(Party Preference: REP)
43,589
39.7%

 

 

  • State Senator District 16:

100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 1,012 of 1,012 ) precincts partially

Candidate Votes
Ruth Musser-Lopez
(Party Preference: DEM)
56,602
33.1%
** Shannon Grove
(Party Preference: REP)
114,173
66.9%

 

 

  • Member of the State Assembly District 33:

100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 858 of 858 ) precincts partially

Candidate Votes
Socorro Cisneros
(Party Preference: DEM)
28,303
37.6%
** Jay Obernolte
(Party Preference: REP)
47,044
62.4%

 

 

**** Statewide Elections: Propositions In California: ****

** Voting Results: Final: **

100.0%
Precincts Reporting
( 24,312 of 24,312 ) precincts partially

  • California Proposition 1:
  • Authorizes Bonds to Fund Specified Housing Assistance Programs. Legislative Statute:

** Yes: 3,713,218 54.1%

No: 3,154,381 45.9%

 

  • California Proposition 2:
  • Authorizes Bonds to Fund Existing Housing Program for Individuals with Mental Illness. Legislative Statute:

** Yes: 4,216,221 61.1%

No: 2,680,442 38.9%

 

 

  • California Proposition 3:
  • Authorizes Bonds to Fund Projects for Water Supply and Quality, Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Water Conveyance, and Groundwater Sustainability and Storage. Initiative Statute:

Yes: 3,248,415 47.7%

** No: 3,568,010 52.3%

 

 

  • California Proposition 4:
  • Authorizes Bonds Funding Construction at Hospitals Providing Children’s Health Care. Initiative Statute:

** Yes: 4,175,910 60.6%

No: 2,718,855 39.4%

 

 

  • California Proposition 5:
  • Changes Requirements for Certain Property Owners to Transfer Their Property Tax Base to Replacement Property. Initiative Constitutional Amendment and Statute:

Yes: 2,873,484 41.9%

** No: 3,979,530 58.1%

 

 

  • California Proposition 6:
  • Eliminates Certain Road Repair and Transportation Funding. Requires Certain Fuel Taxes and Vehicle Fees Be Approved by the Electorate. Initiative Constitutional Amendment:

Yes: 3,141,881 44.9%

** No: 3,857,819 55.1%

 

 

  • California Proposition 7:
  • Conforms California Daylight Saving Time to Federal Law. Allows Legislature to Change Daylight Saving Time Period. Legislative Statute:

** Yes: 4,098,868 59.9%

No: 2,740,645 40.1%

 

  • California Proposition 8:
  • Regulates Amounts Outpatient Kidney Dialysis Clinics Charge for Dialysis Treatment. Initiative Statute:

Yes: 2,660,633 38.4%

** No: 4,260,758 61.6%

 

 

  • California Proposition 9:
  • Three States Initiative:

**** On Wednesday, July 18th, 2018, Proposition 9 was removed from the ballot by order of the California Supreme Court. ****

 

 

  • California Proposition 10:
  • Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property. Initiative Statute:

Yes: 2,675,378 38.3%

** No: 4,310,298 61.7%

 

  • California Proposition 11:
  • Requires Private-Sector Emergency Ambulance Employees to Remain On-Call During Work Breaks. Eliminates Certain Employer Liability. Initiative Statute:

** Yes: 4,096,948 59.4%

No: 2,796,915 40.6%

 

  • California Proposition 12:
  • Establishes New Standards for Confinement of Specified Farm Animals; Bans Sale of Noncomplying Products. Initiative Statute:

** Yes: 4,202,724 61.0%

No: 2,688,382 39.0%

 

 

**** Voting Information Sources: ****

  • San Bernardino County Elections:

https://www.sbcounty.gov/rov/elections/results/20181106/default.html

  • California Secretary of State:

https://vote.sos.ca.gov/

**** Stay tuned to ZachNews overnight and throughout the week for the latest and updated local and statewide voting results from the California General Election 2018. ****

Needles, CA: City of Needles Mayor’s State of the City Address 2018 is today.

Needles, CA: City of Needles Mayor’s State of the City Address 2018 is today.

Join the Needles Chamber of Commerce and City of Needles Mayor Dr. Edward T. Paget will he presenting the “State of the City Address 2018” at 5:00pm PT on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 at the Giggling Cactus, located at 2411 Needles Highway (also known as West Broadway), in Needles, California.

City of Needles Mayor Dr. Edward T. Paget will address the present state of the Needles, California, including what is the state of the economic for the City of Needles; what recent achievements the City of Needles has reach, and what are the upcoming plans and goals for the City of Needles.

After the State of the City Address 2018, there will be a questions and answers period for the public.

Complimentary appetizers and a limited no host dinner menu will be offered during the State of the City Address 2018 event.

ZachNews on Facebook will be broadcasting live the State of the City Address 2018 starting at 5:00pm PT.

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For more information regarding the State of the City Address 2018, please contact the Needles Chamber of Commerce at: 1 (760) 326-2050.

Needles, CA: City of Needles Mayor presents State of the City Address 2018.

Needles, CA: City of Needles Mayor presents State of the City Address 2018.

Join the Needles Chamber of Commerce and City of Needles Mayor Dr. Edward T. Paget will he presenting the “State of the City Address 2018” at 5:00pm PT on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 at the Giggling Cactus, located at 2411 Needles Highway (also known as West Broadway), in Needles, California.

City of Needles Mayor Dr. Edward T. Paget will address the present state of the Needles, California, including what is the state of the economic for the City of Needles; what recent achievements the City of Needles has reach, and what are the upcoming plans and goals for the City of Needles.

After the State of the City Address 2018, there will be a questions and answers period for the public.

Complimentary appetizers and a limited no host dinner menu will be offered during the State of the City Address 2018 event.

ZachNews on Facebook will be broadcasting live the State of the City Address 2018 starting at 5:00pm PT.

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews

For more information regarding the State of the City Address 2018, please contact the Needles Chamber of Commerce at: 1 (760) 326-2050.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Needles City Council voted unanimously to appoint 2 members for a task force to investigate the restoring of a school resource officer.

News Update!!: Needles, CA: Needles City Council voted unanimously to appoint 2 members for a task force to investigate the restoring of a school resource officer.

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to appoint Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams and Needles City Council Member Louise Evans for a task force to investigate the restoring of a school resource officer during a Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting on Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams and Needles City Council Member Louise Evans, both have a history in law enforcement, will convene with the Needles Unified School District (N.U.S.D.), San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and the San Bernardino County Supervisor’s Office to investigate reestablishing a School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) for the school campuses in Needles, California and discuss other off campus youth law enforcement issues.

The unanimously vote also authorizes the City Manager to provide adequate staff support and report back to the Needles City Council in 60 days.

More information as well as video from the vote tonight still coming into ZachNews.

News Alert!!: Needles, CA: Needles City Council to discuss and appoint members for a task force to investigate the restoring of a school resource officer.

News Alert!!: Needles, CA: Needles City Council to discuss and appoint members for a task force to investigate the restoring of a school resource officer.

Members of the Needles City Council are planning to discuss and appoint at least 2 members for a task force to investigate the restoring of a school resource officer during a Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting on Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

The restoring of a School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) was requested to be place on the agenda by Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams and was in wake of the deadly shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 that killed 17 people and injured 14 people.

As reported on ZachNews 2 weeks ago, Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams is working with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the Needles Unified School District, and San Bernardino County Supervisor to “restore our school resource officer position.”

Currently, there is no school resource officer serving for the schools in the Needles Unified School District, and Needles City Manager Rick Daniels told ZachNews that the school district did not have enough money to pay for school resource officer.

According to the City of Needles, until 2011, a sworn deputy was assigned to the school district campuses to assist with on site and youth oriented law enforcement issues, such as violence incidents, truancy, drug prevention programs, etc.

The School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) was jointly funded by the Needles Unified School District (N.U.S.D.), San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, San Bernardino County Supervisor, and the City of Needles.

The program was discontinued due to lack of funding availability by one or more of the funding partners.

The Needles Unified School District (N.U.S.D.) requested the reestablishment of an School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) during the 2016-2017 San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Contract negotiations.

At that time, it was estimated a School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) would cost $165,000.

The approved the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Contract however requested an option for providing a School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) upon execution of a funding agreement between the City of Needles and the Needles Unified School District (N.U.S.D.).

Captain Tarangle informed staff that a School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) would free up city patrol deputies to focus on patrolling the city.

During school hours there is typically one deputy on duty and calls for service at the school draw resources away from other patrol needs.

A Council Task Force could convene a meeting of the former funding parties to investigate the School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) Program value and funding strategies to re-establish the program.

The City of Needles said that the fiscal impact is minimal staff time.

The recommendation in front of members of the Needles City Council is for the City of Needles Mayor appoint 2 a person council task force to organize a convening of the Needles Unified School District (N.U.S.D.), San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, and the San Bernardino County Supervisor’s Office to investigate reestablishing a School Resource Officer (S.R.O.) for the school campuses in Needles, California and discuss other off campus youth law enforcement issues; authorize the City Manager to provide adequate staff support; and report back to the Needles City Council in 60 days.

**** More Information: Agenda Item #10: Re-establishing School Resource Officer (S.R.O.): ****

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2018%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/2%20FEBRUARY/MEETING%202/cc_022718-10-school%20resource%20officer.pdf

According to the United States Department of Justice, a school resource officer is define as a sworn law enforcement officers responsible for safety and crime prevention in schools.

School resource officers are typically employed by a local law enforcement agencies and work closely with administrators in an effort to create a safer environment for both students and staff.

The responsibilities of school resource officers are similar to regular police department officers and sheriff’s deputies in that they have the ability to make arrests, respond to calls for service, and document incidents that occur within their jurisdiction.

School resource officers typically have additional duties that include mentoring and conducting presentations on youth-related issues.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that he hopes that the school resource officer to our school is restored especially in wake to the tragic shooting in Florida.

The City of Needles lowered their flags to half-mast following the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in memories of the victims.

The public is welcome to attend the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting starting at 6:00pm PT inside the Needles City Council Chambers off the J Street, next to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station sign and flag pole, at the Needles Civic Center at 1111 Bailey Avenue in Needles, California.

Parking is located around the Needles Civic Center just off of J Street near the Needles Recreation Center or just off of Bailey Avenue near the San Bernardino County Needles Branch Library building.

The Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting will be broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook starting at 6:00pm PT.

https://www.facebook.com/ZachNews/

For more information regarding the Needles City Council Meetings, please contact Dale Jones in the City Clerk’s Office at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345.

Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

News Alert!!: Needles, CA: Needles Vice Mayor is working to restore school resource officer in wake of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

News Alert!!: Needles, CA: Needles Vice Mayor is working to restore school resource officer in wake of the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

In wake of the deadly shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, work is underway to restore a school resource officer which will serve the schools in Needles, California.

Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams tells ZachNews that he’s working with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, the Needles Unified School District, and San Bernardino County Supervisor to “restore our school resource officer position.”

According to the United States Department of Justice, a school resource officer is define as a sworn law enforcement officers responsible for safety and crime prevention in schools.

School resource officers are typically employed by a local law enforcement agencies and work closely with administrators in an effort to create a safer environment for both students and staff.

The responsibilities of school resource officers are similar to regular police department officers and sheriff’s deputies in that they have the ability to make arrests, respond to calls for service, and document incidents that occur within their jurisdiction.

School resource officers typically have additional duties that include mentoring and conducting presentations on youth-related issues.

Currently, there is no school resource officer serving for the schools in the Needles Unified School District.

According to the Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, the school district did not have enough money to pay for school resource officer.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels hopes that the school resource officer to our school is restored especially in wake to the tragic shooting in Florida.

A gunman identified as 19 year old Nikolas Cruz, a former student, opened fire inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 taking the lives of 17 people and injuring 14 people.

The City of Needles have lowered their flags to half-mast in memories of the victims in the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Stay tuned to ZachNews for more news updates with more information regarding this news story.

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

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

A Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was held on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

** Here is a summary and the voting results that occurred during the meeting: **

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

**** Excused Absences: ****

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve excused absences for Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood and Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams.

**** Executive Session: ****

– Agenda Item A: Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated/Existing litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1) and/or (2) and/or (3). Name of case (case involving City of Needles et. al. adverse to Andrea Smith (Andrea Zindel Smith) and Catherine Smith (Cat Smith), including case number CIVMS1600082, which has been filed but not served).

– Agenda Item B: Conference With Legal Counsel — Anticipated Litigation pursuant to Government Code 54956.9(d)(2) and/or (3). (One potential case adverse to Ontana Planet Green ‘OPG’).

 

**** Needles City Attorney Report on Executive Session: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Regarding Executive Session Agenda Item A:

Needles City Attorney representative said that members of the Needles City Council voted in favor of the settlement agreement. Members of the Needles City Council who voted in favor were Shawn Gudmundson, Louise Evans, Robert Richardson, M.D., and Tona Belt.

** Executive Session Agenda Item A: Settlement Agreement: **

** Documents regarding Executive Session Agenda Item A were publicly released from the City of Needles. **

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Regarding Executive Session Agenda Item B:

Needles City Attorney representative said that members of the Needles City Council voted in favor of the settlement agreement. Members of the Needles City Council who voted in favor were Shawn Gudmundson, Louise Evans, Robert Richardson, M.D., and Tona Belt.

 

**** Public Appearances: ****

– Public Appearance #1:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Ruth Musser-Lopez addressed some questions to members of the Needles City Council regarding cannabis operations in Needles, California, asking for more transparency regarding theses cannabis operations.

** Videos of the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 from ZachNews: **

Ruth Musser-Lopez mention a video recorded by ZachNews of the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 discussing about loss harvest at a medical marijuana facility that raised more questions.

Ruth Musser-Lopez would like the City of Needles to be release to the public the information and evidences, including videos, showing that the loss harvest.

 

**** Presentations: ****

– Agenda Item #1:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Mayor Paget to present a Proclamation to Coach Manuel Calderon and the Lady Stangs for winning the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (NIAA) Class 2A State Basketball Championship.

** Picture from ZachNews: **

Needles Lady Stangs Coach Manuel Calderon and the Needles Lady Stangs received a proclamation from City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget for winning the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (N.I.A.A.) Class 2A State Basketball Championship.

The Lady Stangs of Needles High School won the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (N.I.A.A.) Class 2A State Basketball Championship Final 2017 against Agassi Prep Stars 64 to 54 on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 inside Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

– Agenda Item #2:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Doran Sanchez, BLM California Route 66 Program Lead, will introduce Kyle Sullivan, BLM Mojave Trails National Monument Manager, who will make a PowerPoint presentation regarding the Monument.

Background: (See Attachment Pictures Below):

 

– Agenda Item #3:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

PowerPoint presentation will be given by Isabel Hunt, Executive Director Embrace Me Family Services, titled “Empowering Families to Embrace Children in Foster Care”.

Background:

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #3): **

 

**** Public Hearings: ****

– Agenda Item #4:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against amendment of City Code Section 96.01 “Table of Permissible Uses” Section 104.17.6 L “Offsite Signs” and Section P”Outdoor Advertising Displays” has been continued by staff to March 28, 2017.

 

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to continue the agenda item to Tuesday, March 28th, 2017.

 

**** Joint Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: ****

**** Joint Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council Consent Calendar: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

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 Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council action, a member of the public may address the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council on matters Scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A 3 minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve items #5 through #10 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #5: Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: Approve Fiscal Year 2016 NPUA audit report.

Background: At the Board of Public Utilities meeting on March 7, 2017, the Board recommended for the NPUA to approve the attached NPUA audit report for FY 2016. There were no material weaknesses, significant deficiencies or material noncompliance issues noted.

For your reference, also attached is a copy of the NPUA 2016 Audit Results presentation that was conducted by auditors Vasquez & Company at the March 7, 2017 Utility Board meeting.

Fiscal Impact: None.

Recommended: Approve FY 16 NPUA audit report.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #5): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/03%20MARCH/Mtg%201/cc_031417-5-audit.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #6: Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: Approve the transfer of appropriations between the Water Department and the Recreation/JSP Departments for group insurance in the amount of $20,468.

Background: A budget transfer is requested between the above referenced departments due to a change in plan participant from a member of the Water Department to a member of the Recreation/JSP Departments.

Fiscal Impact: $20,468 increase in the Recreation/JSP Dept. budget to cover the participant plan and a like decrease in the Water Department budget.

Recommendation: Approve the transfer of appropriations between the Water Department and the Recreation/JSP Departments.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #6): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/03%20MARCH/Mtg%201/cc_031417-6-insurance.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #7: Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: Approve revised project budget for the relocated Bill Yoney Substation (formally known as Bush Street Substation) on NPUA property located between Vine Street and Bush Street, West of R Street.

Background: On July 5, 2016 Board of Public Utilities and on July 12, 2016 the City Council approved the project to relocate an existing substation on NPUA property located between Vine Street & Bush Street, West of R Street.

To date Grading, Fencing, Concrete and Transformers are complete. The remaining item is labor construction to build the Bill Yoney substation. This line item was expected to be complete in 5 weeks however it is taking 8 weeks total, due to material ordering delays. The material line item has an actual expense of $135,729.54 to date which is under estimated $200,000. In order to extend labor construction by 3 weeks funds will need to be moved between line items, showing the saving amount under the labor Construction line item.

Fiscal Impact: This change will reduce the overall project cost. There is a balance of $3,836,392 in the electric asset improvements account. The total estimate project costs with contingency and admin of $1,148,508 will be funded by the electric asset improvements fund, as shown below.

** Estimate — Actual — Difference: **

Grading (Informal bid): $5,000.00 — $7,900.00 —

Fencing: $37,000.00 — $31,513.20 —

Concrete: $21,250.00 — $33,250.00 —

Transformers (2): $400,000.00 — $384,000.00 —

Material: $200,000.00 — $135,729.54 — $64,270.46

Steel For Bracing (Endural Steel): $5,000.00 — $4,574.35 —

Air Brake Switches: $50,000.00 — $50,000.00 —

69kv Av Regulators (6): $60,000.00 — Cost includes in transformers —

Contract Labor (8 Weeks): $200,000.00 — $240,000.00 — ($40,000.00)

City Labor (Minor Wire & Poles): $1470.32 — $1470.32 —

Construction Mgmt.: S422.48 — $422.48 —

Misc. Material Purchases for Substation: $10,000.00 — $7,525.00 —

Totals: $990,142.80 — $896,384.89 — $93,757.91

Recommendation: Approve Revised project budget for the relocated Bill Yoney Substation formally known as Bush Street substation on NPUA property located between Vine Street & Bush Street, West of R Street.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #7): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/03%20MARCH/Mtg%201/cc_031417-7-yoney.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #8: Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: Award Lincus Inc. to complete the 2016 AB 32 Green House Gas (GHG) verification services not to exceed proposed quote of $4,206.00.

Background: Lincus Incorporated performed the 2015 GHG verification service for the City of Needles. Air Resources Board applies the six-year rule strictly by calendar date for the use of the same verifier; this would qualify as year two with Lincus Incorporated. The quote received by Lincus incorporated to perform the 2016 verification was $4,206.00. The quote amount does not require an informal or formal bid process.

The deadline for submitting the verification report is September 1, 2016, the City of Needles will submit to meet compliance.

On March 7, 2017 the Board of Public Utilities approved the recommended action.

Fiscal Impact: $4,206.00 is included in the 2016-2017 Electric budget.

Recommended Action: Award Lincus incorporated to complete the 2016 GHG verification Services not to exceed proposed quote of $4,206.00.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #8): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/03%20MARCH/Mtg%201/cc_031417-8-ab32.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #9: Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: Authorize staff to move forward with a proposed wastewater public education/outreach program to include a food servicing grease trap pumping and inspection pilot program and residential fats, oil and grease public education flyer.

Background: Fats, Oils & Grease (FOG) is a main issue for our local wastewater system and plant. Large amounts of oil and grease in wastewater can cause sewer lines to clog, Sewer lift station failures, wastewater treatment plant problems and environmental Concerns.

To combat an on-going problem the following programs have been developed to use the Wastewater public Outreach/education funds;

1) Food Servicing Grease Trap Pumping and Inspection Pilot Program:

Rebate a maximum of $100.00 per pumping and grease trap inspection performed by the City for a maximum budget of $10,000.00. A maximum of three (3) rebates can be applied to each food service establishment utility account. A mandatory City inspection of the grease trap is required to obtain the rebate.

2) Residential Fat’s, Oil, and Grease Public Education Flyer:

Provide awareness and prevention of FOG for a household. Estimated printing cost $1,000.00.

The Board of Public Utilities approved the recommended action on March 7, 2017.

Fiscal Impact: The budget for FY 2016-17 is $16,667.00. The proposed projects/materials is estimated to be completed for approximately $11,000.00.

Environmental Impact: FOG which discharged into the sewer it quickly cools and accumulates in Sewer pipelines, resulting in a sewer blockage. These blockages often result in overflows and environmental pollution can occur in our homes, streets, lawns and possibly the Colorado River. Providing an incentive program to food servicing establishments and residential education can reduce the FOG currently being discharges and will lessen the probability of environmental pollution.

Recommended Action: Authorize staff to move forward with proposed Food Servicing Grease Trap Pumping/Inspection Pilot Program and Residential FOG Outreach Program.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #9): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/03%20MARCH/Mtg%201/cc_031417-9-wastewater.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #10: Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: Authorize staff to move forward with a proposed water public education/outreach program to include a toilet replacement pilot project and youth outreach program.

Background: In following the Governors, “Making Water Conservation a California Way of Life” goal the City is proposing the use of the FY17 Public Education/Outreach in the following two areas,

1) Toilet Replacement Pilot Project:

Rebates available to customers to replace old inefficient toilets with WaterSense labeled water efficient toilets. Rebate a maximum $100.00 per toilet installation, maximum budget of $8,000.00. Total of 80 applications can be received during the pilot project. Rebate will be applied on Customers’ utility account. Maximum rebate allowed per residential account is $200.00, and $400.00 for commercial accounts.

Note: The City will not be collecting or providing toilet’s for this pilot project. The customer will complete an application and provide proof of purchasing a Water efficient toilet to receive the rebate.

2) Youth Outreach Program:

Water Education Materials for the Youth – Needles School District (Pre-K-12) Materials include water conservation flyer, coloring books, teacher activity guides, and Water education books. Estimated cost $2,000.00.

Free water education material was ordered with the California Department of Water Resources. Items included activity books, water conservation pledges (stickers provided) and parent/student water conservation pledges.

The Board of Public Utilities approved the recommended action on March 7, 2017.

Fiscal Impact: The budget for FY 2016-17 is $16,667.00. The proposed projects/materials is estimated to be completed for approximately $11,000.00.

Environmental Impact: The average family can reduce water used for toilets by 20 to 60 percent-that’s nearly 13,000 gallons of water savings for your home every year. Youth education provides an opportunity to teach students about the significant role Water plays in Our Society and ways they can reduce their impact. The goal is for the message to be relayed to their household to have an impact on the City’s Water Conservation goals.

Recommended Action: Authorize staff to move forward with proposed Toilet Replacement Pilot Project and Water Education Materials for the Youth Outreach Program.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #10): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/03%20MARCH/Mtg%201/cc_031417-10-water.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve agenda items #5 through #10 on the Consent Calendar, and to pull agenda item #8 for discussion. 

** Video regarding Agenda Item #8 from ZachNews on YouTube: **

After discussion, members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve agenda item #8 on the Consent Calendar.

 

**** Adjourn Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council and Reconvene Needles City Council: ****

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

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

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 Needles City Council may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Needles City Council action, a member of the public may address the Needles City Council on matters Scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A 3 minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve items #11 through #13 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #11: Approve the warrants register through March 14, 2017.

 

– Agenda Item #12: Approve the minutes of January 24, 2017.

 

– Agenda Item #13: Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance No. 590-AC approving a proposed General Plan Amendment from a Residential Medium Density (RM) designation to a Highway Commercial (CH) designation for the parcel located at 3515 Needles Highway, APN 0660-162-06 (2nd Reading – Publish).

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #13): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/03%20MARCH/Mtg%201/cc_031417-13-ord.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve agenda items #11 through #13 on the Consent Calendar. 

 

**** Regular Items: ****

– Agenda Item #14:

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Authorize the City Manager to negotiate an intergovernmental agreement to temporarily use the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Building Inspector until a Building Official can be hired.

BackgroundWhen the City was renovating the El Garces it utilized the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe (FMIT) as a building services contractor because the City did not have a licensed and certified Building Inspector. The enclosed agreement was executed between the FMIT and the City for those services. The City did not have a certified building inspector and in order to meet that obligation for ongoing building services, the City sought proposals and engaged Bureau Veritas (BV) for Building Official, Plans Examination, and Inspection services. BV assigned a person to provide that service to the City however he has left the city for another job. BV is unable to assign a satisfactory person to provide building related services.

During the mid-year budget process Council discussed adding a building official as funding is available to do so. That recruitment should begin this week with a successful candidate On board as soon as possible, but in all likelihood 90 days. In order to Continue to provide builders with good customer service I have returned to the FMIT about reactivating the previous agreement (attached). It will need to be modified to be specific to our immediate needs and the term changed to 90 days.

Fiscal Impact: The previous agreement charged $200/inspection.

Recommendation: Authorize the City Manager to negotiate an intergovernmental agreement to temporarily use the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Building Inspector until a Building Official can be hired.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #14): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/03%20MARCH/Mtg%201/cc_031417-14-building.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve the authorizing the city manager to negotiate an intergovernmental agreement to use the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe building inspector until a building official can be hired.

 

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

Needles City Attorney representative had nothing to comment.

 

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

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about a variety of topics, including:

Talking about a meeting he had with an individual who wants to build 50 to 60 homes at River Road near Bureau Road, across the street from Verde Shores, in Needles, California. 

Talking about the new AutoZone that is set to begin construction in 2 weeks at the Needles Towne Center in Needles, California.

Talking about the cleanup work done along J Street and around Duke Watkins Park.

 

**** Needles City Council Requests: ****

– Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson.

 

– Needles City Council Member Louise Evans:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans.

 

– Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D.:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget talked about a break in incidents that occurred to his vehicle and 4 other vehicles on his street in Needles, California.

The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department was asked about the break in incidents and if anybody was arrested, and was told that they took several reports from the victims of these vehicle break ins and are looking into the the incidents.

 

– Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt talked about an baseball event that happened. 

 

– Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.

 

**** You can view the full Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting agenda packet at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/03%20MARCH/Mtg%201/cc_npua_031417-agendaLINKED2.pdf

**** You can view other City of Needles meetings agendas at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://cityofneedles.com/Pages/Departments-Services/Boards/

For more information regarding the Needles City Council Meetings, please contact Dale Jones in the City Clerk’s Office at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345.

Sports Update!!: Needles, CA: Needles Lady Stangs receives proclamation from City of Needles Mayor.

Sports Update!!: Needles, CA: Needles Lady Stangs receives proclamation from City of Needles Mayor.

Needles Lady Stangs Coach Manuel Calderon and the Needles Lady Stangs received a proclamation from City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget for winning the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (N.I.A.A.) Class 2A State Basketball Championship.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

The proclamation was presented to the Needles Lady Stangs was held during the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting held on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

The Lady Stangs of Needles High School won the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (N.I.A.A.) Class 2A State Basketball Championship Final 2017 against Agassi Prep Stars 64 to 54 on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 inside Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada.

** Pictures from ZachNews. **

Sports Update!!: Needles, CA: City of Needles Mayor will be presenting a proclamation to the Needles Lady Stangs on Tuesday.

Sports Update!!: Needles, CA: City of Needles Mayor will be presenting a proclamation to the Needles Lady Stangs on Tuesday.

City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget will be presenting a proclamation to Needles Lady Stangs Coach Manuel Calderon and the Needles Lady Stangs for winning the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (N.I.A.A.) Class 2A State Basketball Championship at the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting at 6:00pm PT on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers located off the J Street, next to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station sign and flag pole, at the Needles Civic Center located at 1111 Bailey Avenue in Needles, California.

Parking is located around the Needles Civic Center just off of J Street near the Needles Recreation Center or just off of Bailey Avenue near the San Bernardino County Needles Branch Library building.

The Lady Stangs of Needles High School won the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (N.I.A.A.) Class 2A State Basketball Championship Final 2017 against Agassi Prep Stars 64 to 54 on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 inside Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada.

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget talked about the Needles Lady Stangs of Needles High School winning the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (N.I.A.A.) Class 2A State Basketball Championship Final 2017 with ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez after a Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was held on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez then asked Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget about inviting the Needles Lady Stangs team to the Needles City Council Meeting to thank them for their work and suggested bringing the win home to our community.

ZachNews will be at the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting and will have pictures and video from the proclamation presentation.

** Pictures from ZachNews. **

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

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

A Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was held on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

** Here is a summary and the voting results that occurred during the meeting: **

**** Executive Session: ****

N/A

 

**** Public Appearances: ****

Nobody spoke during Public Appearances.

 

**** Presentations: ****

– Agenda Item #1:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

PowerPoint presentation by Ruth Musser-Lopez regarding the importance of preserving the Patton Cabin along Route 66 National Old Trails Highway including the various locations that General George S. Patton used for training maneuvers in Needles.

Background:

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #1): **

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Ruth Musser-Lopez gave her report regarding a cabin that may have been General George S. Patton that is currently hidden in trees and located near the City of Needles’ Public Works Yard between Desnok Street and East Broadway (Route 66 National Old Trails Highway) in Needles, California.

 

**** Public Hearings: ****

** Videos (Agenda Items #2-#3) from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Agenda Item #2:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against changing the General Plan designation for 3515 Needles Highway from High Density Residential to Highway Commercial located on the west side of Needles Highway near Rainbo Beach RV Park APN 0660-162-06.

Ordinance No. 590-AC approving a proposed General Plan Amendment from a Residential Medium Density (RM) designation to a Highway Commercial (CH) designation for the parcel located at 3515 Needles Highway, APN 0660-162-06 (1st reading-post).

Background: In order to permit the operation of the proposed cultivation facility (Refer to attached Conditional Use Permit Staff Report and Resolution), the Applicant has submitted an application for a General Plan Amendment for parcel APN 0660-16206 (See Attachment A). The size of the Parcel is approximately 2.09 gross acres. Under the General Plan Amendment, APN 0660-162-06 would be redesignated from a Residential Medium Density (RM) designation to a Highway Commercial (CH) designation to be consistent with the zoning designation of Commercial Highway (C-3) for the site (See Attachment B-2).

On December 13, 2016, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 588 AC, allowing marijuana cultivation in zones C-1, C-2, C-3, M-1 and M-2 with the approval of a Conditional Use Permit and a Regulatory Permit. The project site is located in the C-3 Zone.

A Planning Commission public hearing was held February 15, 2017 for the General Plan Amendment. Public testimony was given and a general discussion with the Public, the applicant and the Commission occurred.

One comment was received from the public Concerning the application of pesticides and how that may affect employees. The applicant explained that the project is required to comply with OSHA requirements, and that the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) explaining handling procedures and hazards, are posted for employees. MDS sheets are also required to follow the chemicals during shipping.

Once testimony was closed, the Planning Commission discussed the General Plan Amendment. Staff explained that there are a number of sites in Needles where the General Plan and Zoning Designations are inconsistent, and these are being reconciled as development projects are proposed.

The Planning Commission voted 5-0 to approve Resolution No. 0215-2017-1 PC, recommending approval of the General Plan Amendment for the subject parcel APN 0660-162-06.

General Plan Amendment Findings

The following Goals and Policies contained in the City’s General Plan are applicable to the proposed GPA to redesignate the project site from Residential Medium Density (RM) designation to a Highway Commercial (CH) for APN 0660-162-06.

A. That the amendment or plan is consistent with the intent of the goals and policies of the General Plan as a whole, and is not inconsistent with any element thereof,

FINDING: The proposed General Plan Amendment from a Residential Medium Density (RM) designation to a Highway Commercial (CH) designation would be consistent with the elements, goals and policies of the General Plan related to Highway Commercial uses.

This because currently the site’s RM designation would permit uses (i.e., residential development) that would otherwise not be permitted under the subject parcel’s Current Zoning designation Highway Commercial (C-3). Within the area bounded by Park Road, Needles Highway and Interstate 40 (including the subject parcel), totaling roughly 451 acres, there are a number of sites where there is an inconsistency between the General Plan land use designation (RM) and the current Zoning designation (C-3). The project site is currently developed with a commercial use (RV and boat storage). Therefore, the GPA is appropriate for this site.

A General Plan Amendment for any parcel in this area where a proposed use is allowed within the C-3 zone, would result in consistency between the General Plan and The Zoning Code. Therefore, the proposed General Plan Amendment would not be inconsistent with the intent of the goals and policies of the General Plan as a whole, or with individual elements.

B. That the amendment or plan is necessary to prescribe reasonable controls and standards for affected land uses to ensure compatibility and integrity of those uses With other established uses.

FINDING: The proposed General Plan Amendment is necessary as the Subject parcel’s current designated land use (RM) conflicts with its current Zoning designation (C-3) and its current land use – RV and boat storage. The proposed General Plan Amendment would eliminate this conflict by providing matching permissible land uses found in the C-3 Zoning designation.

Furthermore, and hypothetically, if the Applicant were to instead propose a Zone Change to a residential designation (i.e., RM), the end result would be consistent between General Plan and Zoning designation, however would create an island of spot Zoning in the entire 451 acre area of land as discussed in Finding A as the rest of the area is zoned for Commercial uses. Therefore, the proposed General Plan Amendment is necessary in order to prescribe reasonable controls and standards for its affected land use.

C. That the amendment or plan is necessary to provide reasonable property development rights while protecting environmentally sensitive land uses and Species,

FINDING: The proposed GPA, is necessary in order to provide reasonable property development rights in a commercial zone, where the land use is already commercial (RV and boat storage). As discussed in Finding B, the subject parcel Would be restricted to commercial development under its current C-3 Zoning designation and does not permit residential development even though the General Plan designation is currently RM. Furthermore, the subject parcel is developed and under its current use (RV and boat storage) is heavily disturbed from Onsite activities and with little to no vegetation onsite. Therefore, the proposed GPA would not have any effect on the protection of environmentally-sensitive land uses and Species.

Fiscal Impact: None.

Environmental impact: This project is categorically exempt under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) under Section 15303(c), whereby in urbanized areas, the exemption applies to up to four new commercial buildings not to exceed 10,000 square feet in floor area on sites zoned for such use if not involving the use of Significant amounts of hazardous substances where all necessary public Services and facilities are available and the surrounding area is not environmentally sensitive. For the project site, the applicant is not proposing any new buildings, only tenant improvements to the existing three buildings, as well as new pavement, landscaping, and a block wall along the street frontage.

Recommended Action: I make a motion to: Approve City Council Ordinance 590-AC, Approving a proposed General Plan Amendment from a Residential Medium Density (RM) designation to a Highway Commercial (CH) designation for the parcel located at 3515 Needles Highway also KnOWn as APN 0660-162-06.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #2): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-2-generalplan.pdf

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Public comment was held and a near by resident spoke against the project being close to her property and was concern over how will this property do on their property taxes.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve the Findings and Facts, and approve Ordinance 590-AC.

 

– Agenda Item #3:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility in the Highway Commercial (C-3) Zone at 3515 Needles Highway, APN 0660-162-06; Applicant Matt Bates, MSB Cultivation LLC.

Resolution No. 2017-29 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a Medical Marijuana Cultivation Facility located at 3515 Needles Highway, APN 0660-162-06.

Background: An application was recently received from MSB Cultivation LLC, represented by Matt Bates (property owner) to develop a Cannabis Cultivation Facility on a 2.09-acre site located at 3515 Needles Highway (See Attachment A), within the Commercial Highway (C-3) zoning designation. The site is currently being used as an RV and boat storage facility (Needles Boat and RV Storage). The applicant is in the process of removing stored boats and vehicles to accommodate the change of use. The site is currently developed with two storage buildings and an office building totaling 9,130 square feet. The Applicant proposes tenant improvements to the existing 5,506 square foot storage building for proposed cultivation operations (See Building A in Attachment B). Tenant improvements are not proposed for the existing 2,280 square foot storage building (See Building B in Attachment B), or for the existing 1,350 square foot office/storage building (See Building C in Attachment B). Only office and storage activities are proposed for Buildings B and C.

Currently, the site is enclosed by a chain-link fence. Because Cultivation operations require additional security, the applicant is proposing a gated security access that will be from Needles Highway with a six foot slump stone block Wall topped with barbed wire along the street frontage, and chain link fencing augmented with oleander bushes (fast growing dense vegetation) along the remaining three sides of the site. During the Planning Commission public hearing, the Applicant agreed to Wrap the block wall around either end of the site fronting the street for the length of 20 feet to enhance the aesthetics of the site (see revised Condition 25).

As shown in Attachment C, Building A will be internally partitioned to accommodate a Vegetation Room for the sprouting and growing of cannabis plants, three (3) Flowering Rooms for the budding and flowering of cannabis plants, a Packaging Room, and a Loading Area Room for distribution of packaged medical marijuana and for receiving of materials and supplies. As shown in Attachment D, minor alterations to the building’s exterior will involve the removal and sealing of nearly all roll up doors with the exception of one roll-up door at the building’s western end that will remain for entry into the Loading Area Room. This will also include the sealing of the roll up door at the building’s eastern end to be replaced with a man door.

Other security measures are related to employee access. Employees will be required to use a key card at the driveway gate and at the main entrance to Building A. The security card will also be required for the existing 1,350 Square foot office/storage building and the smaller, 2,280 square foot storage building. All employees are to be issued these key cards to provide access to Work areas within the Cultivation building. Non-employees, such as agency staff inspecting the facility will be required to be buzzed in and accompanied by a security officer.

The exterior to Buildings A, Building B, and C, will be illuminated from dusk till dawn with external lighting mounted on all corners and sides of all buildings (See Attachment F-1). Cameras will also be mounted on all exterior buildings, but with a majority of interior cameras to be located along interior corners to door entrances and interior rooms within Building A cultivation operations (See Attachments F-2).

As shown in the Front Elevation of Attachment D, a roll-up door at the western end of the building will remain in place for the delivery of materials and supplies for the Loading Area Room and a secured man door will be installed at the eastern end of the building. To match with the general color of surrounding soils and topography, a condition has been included (Condition 52) for all buildings, including the block wall, to be painted with a matching earth-tone color These improvements will provide the aesthetic integrity of the area and not degrade the value of adjoining properties.

For Building A, the operator will implement best management practices to reduce the potential for plant odors to be detected outside the building, and to include the use of charcoal filters to be incorporated into exterior ventilation equipment.

The project will provide onsite parking. The Site Plan (See Attachment B) currently shows 6 parking stalls and 1 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) stall.

The applicant is proposing to link the Cultivation Building (Building A) and Office/Storage Building (Building C) with a concrete sidewalk. Currently, the driveway access including the surface area between Building A and Building C consist of a non-paved and compacted dirt surface. To protect existing soils and water quality from vehicular traffic entering to- and -from the project site, the Applicant will be required to pave the driveway access and the area between Building A and Building C where vehicle movement is most likely to occur (Condition 28).

The facility is planned to employ eight (8) employees operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will operate in shifts of three (3).

A Planning Commission public hearing was held February 15, 2017 for the Conditional Use Permit. Public testimony was given and a general discussion with the Public, the applicant and the Commission occurred.

Two comments were received from the public; one comment concerned the application of pesticides and how that may affect employees. The applicant explained that the project is required to comply with OSHA requirements, and that the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) explaining handling procedures, hazards, sheets are posted for employees. These sheets also follow the chemicals during shipping. The second comment concerned the proximity of the site and its proposed use for cannabis cultivation, next to an existing park site. Another comment was received regarding the city park that abuts the applicant’s property, which does not contain any children’s playground equipment, and therefore, the 200′ separation requirement doesn’t apply.

Once testimony was closed, the Planning Commission discussed the proposed project including: 1) the Will Serve Letter from the City that will allow the applicant to use the existing site allocation of one-acre foot per year. If additional Water is required then the applicant will participate in jointly funding the water and sewer line extension, and 2) the use of a combination of chain link fencing and a block wall around the perimeter of the site. For this issue, Condition No. 25 was revised to read as follows (new text is double underlined)

Condition 25. All structures, building walls and the 6 foot perimeter block Wall along the front of the site (Needles Highway) and 20 foot return at the Corners open to public view shall remain free of graffiti or other extraneous markings, drawing, or signage that was not approved by the City, unless directly related to the business being operated on the premises or otherwise providing pertinent information about said premises. The block Wall Shall be Coated with an anti-grafitti Coating. The remaining three sides of the perimeter will be fenced with an 8-foot chain link fence. In the event graffiti or other extraneous markings occur, the Applicant shall remove or cover said markings, drawings, or signage within 24 hours of notification of such occurrence, weather permitting. Paint utilized in Covering such markings shall be of a color that matches, as closely as possible, the Color of the adjacent surface.

The Planning Commission voted 5-0 to approve Resolution No. 02-152017-2 PC, recommending approval of the Conditional Use Permit for the subject parcel APN 0660–162-06.

The Planning Commission voted 5-0 to approve Resolution No. 02-15-2017-2 PC, recommending approval for the medical marijuana cultivation facility.

Fiscal Impact:

1. The 10% of gross sales of medical marijuana business tax (voter approved (2012).

2. Valuation of new buildings – added to city tax rolls.

3. NPUA – electric/water/sewer usage revenue.

4. Recurring business license and permitting fees.

5. If the new initiative passes this November, a 25% State tax – a portion of which will be passed to local government.

6. Statewide 10% sales tax, the city’s share is 1%.

Environmental impact: This project is categorically exempt under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) under Section 15303(c), whereby in urbanized areas, the exemption applies to up to four new commercial buildings not to exceed 10,000 square feet in floor area on sites zoned for such use if not involving the use of significant amounts of hazardous substances where all necessary public Services and facilities are available and the surrounding area is not environmentally sensitive. For the project site, the applicant is not proposing any new buildings, Only tenant improvements to the existing three buildings; as well as new pavement, landscaping, and a block wall along the street frontage.

Recommended Action: I make a motion to: Approve City Council Resolution 201729, Approving a Conditional Use Permit for a Medical Marijuana Cultivation Facility located at 3515 Needles Highway also Known as APN 0660-162-06.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #3): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-3-CUP.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve the Findings and Facts, and approve Resolution No. 2017-29.

 

– Agenda Item #4:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against prioritization of eligible projects to be funded with 2017-2018 Community Development Block Grant Funds.

Resolution No. 2017-11 approving eligible activities for the Community Development Block Grant Funding in Fiscal Year 2017-2018.

Background: This is the public’s opportunity to comment on the city’s eligible Community Development Block Grant project proposed for funding in 2017-2018. The proposed projects are:

  1. Continuation of Needles Senior Citizen’s Transportation Services – $7,900.00.
  1. Remodel Recreation Center-Ceiling, Side wall Sound Proofing, Upgrade the Lighting and replacement of gymnasium floor-$23,385.00.

Allow staff to request additional CDBG allocation to be received as an advance towards four years worth of future CDBG funding disbursement, to allow completion of the capital project.

The rehabilitation plan’s cost is projected to be approximately $109,426.00. The plan is attached as Exhibit “A”. Utilizing the City’s current CDBG allocation of $23,385.00 reduces the amount of the funding request to $86,041.00.

Each year we are asked by the County to prioritize eligible projects for funding. This year we have been requested to limit our funding priorities within CDBG allocation of $31,285.00, this allocation is subject to change per San Bernardino County Department of Community Development.

Fiscal Impact: No known fiscal impact to the City.

Recommended Action: I MOVE to waive the reading and adopt Resolution 2017-11 Prepared By:prioritizing and approving the dollar amount of Needles eligible projects for the Community Development Block Grant Funding in fiscal year 2017-2018.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #4): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-4-cdbg.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2017-11.

 

**** Joint Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: ****

– Agenda Item #5:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

NPUA ACTION: Approve the minutes of December 13, 2016 and January 10, 2017.

Background:

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #5): **

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve the minutes.

 

– Agenda Item #6:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

NPUA ACTION: Resolution No. 02-28-2017-1-NPUA authorizing funding in an amount not to exceed $82,000 for the replacement of an undersized transformer at the Topock Substation and the upgrade of jumper connectors at the No Name Substation to allow for additional electric capacity in the City.

COUNCIL ACTION: Resolution No. 2017-25 authorizing funding in an amount not to exceed $82,000 for the replacement of an undersized transformer at the Topock Substation and the upgrade of jumper connectors at the No Name Substation to allow for additional electric capacity in the City.

Background: The recent increase in demand for electric capacity on the City’s utility System has necessitated the need for additional capacity, thereby requesting that the City’s electric provider, Western Area Power Authority (WAPA) determine the feasibility of receiving additional electric power.

A recent system study completed by WAPA concluded that two improvements need to be completed on the 69kV power line connecting the Topock Substation in Arizona to the Firehouse Switchyard located in Needles to allow the increase in Capacity.

Project one requires the replacement of an undersized transformer used for metering the electric at the Topock Substation. This piece of equipment is owned by a private transmission company called “APCO”.

Project two requires jumper connectors at the No Name Substation on Tribal property to be upgraded to handle the increased electric flow. This work can be performed by the City of Needles electric crew, working in Conjunction with the Tribal electric utilities Crew.

These two projects will be completed simultaneously in the same Switching procedure and the requested funding of $82,000 covers the Costs of both projects.

This item was presented to the Board of Public Utilities at their regular meeting of February 21, 2017, and was approved.

Fiscal Impact: APCO requires that we pay in advance for the purchase of this specialty electrical equipment so that they can replace it.

The request is for an amount not to exceed $82,000 from the Developer’s Deposit to be used to fund the APCO improvements.

Recommendation: N.P.U.A. Action: Adopt Resolution No. 02-28-2017-1-NPUA authorizing an expenditure in an amount not to exceed $82,000 from the Developer’s Deposit for the purchase of equipment in support of the two projects identified above.

CITY COUNCIL Action: Adopt Resolution No. 2017-25 authorizing an expenditure in an amount not to exceed $82,000 from the Developer’s Deposit for the purchase of equipment in support of the two projects identified above.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #6): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-6-topoc.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to adopt Resolution No. 02-28-2017-1-NPUA.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to adopt Resolution No. 2017-25.

 

– Agenda Item #7:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

NPUA ACTION: Resolution No. 02-28-2017-NPUA authorizing funding in an amount not to exceed $82,000 for the completion of a capital improvement project to construct a new electrical circuit from Eagle Pass Substation to Columbus Drive (ACT) COUNCIL ACTION: Resolution No. 2017-26 authorizing funding in an amount not to exceed $82,000 for the Completion of a capital improvement project to construct a new electrical circuit from Eagle Pass Substation to Columbus Drive.

Background: The funding request is for the purchase of three (3) 500 KVA voltage regulators and one breaker relay control, as well as conductor and conduit, to Complete the project.

Fiscal Impact: N.P.U.A. action: Adopt N.P.U.A. Resolution No.02-28-2017-NPUA authorizing an expenditure in an amount not to exceed $82,000 from the NPUA Capital Improvements Fund for the construction of a new circuit from Eagle Pass Substation to Columbus Dr.

Recommendation: Council action: Adopt Resolution No. 2017-26 authorizing an expenditure in an amount not to exceed $82,000 from the N.P.U.A. Capital improvement Funds for the construction of a new circuit from Eagle Pass Substation to Columbus Dr.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #7): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-7-eagle.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to adopt N.P.U.A. Resolution No.02-28-2017-NPUA.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to adopt Resolution No. 2017-26.

 

**** Adjourn Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council and Reconvene Needles City Council: ****

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

** Video (Consent Calendar) from ZachNews on YouTube: **

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 Needles City Council may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Needles City Council action, a member of the public may address the Needles City Council on matters Scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A 3 minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve items #8 through #24 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #8:

Approve the warrants register through February 28, 2017.

Background:

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #8): **

– Agenda Item #9:

Approve the minutes of December 13, 2016 and January 10, 2017.

Background:

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #9): **

– Agenda Item #10:

Waive the reading and adopt Ordinance No. 589-AC an Ordinance of the City Council of the City of Needles approving a proposed General Plan Amendment from a Residential High Density (RH) designation to a Neighborhood Commercial (CN) designation and a proposed Zone Change from a Multiple Family Residential (R-3) designation to a Neighborhood Commercial (C-1) designation for the parcel known as APN 0186-191-50; and for a proposed General Plan Amendment from a Residential Medium Density (RM) designation to a Neighborhood Commercial (CN) designation and a proposed Zone Change from an Open Space (OS) designation to a Neighborhood Commercial (C-1) designation for the parcel known as APN 0186-191-53; located north of the Lilly Hill apartment complex, between Lilly Hill and the I-40 (2nd reading – publish).

Background: (See Agenda Packet #10)

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #10): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-10-ord589.pdf

– Agenda Item #11:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-15 accepting a Utility Easement from City of Needles and direct staff to file the easement deed with the San Bernardino County Recorder’s Office, APN 0185-351-25 Clary Drive.

Background: This grant deed will provide a legal forty foot wide underground public utility easement located on the West Property line of APN 0185-351-25 (Clary Drive), for the extension of city utility lines and protection of the 16″ water main from Lillyhill Booster Station to Storage Tanks on San Clemente in conformance with Needles Municipal Code’s Terms and Conditions for utility extensions.

Fiscal Impact: None

Recommendation: MOVE to waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-15 accepting an Utility Easement from City of Needles and direct staff to file the easement deed with the San Bernardino County Recorders Office.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #11): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-11-2017-15.pdf

– Agenda Item #12:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-16 accepting a Utility Easement from City of Needles and direct staff to file the easement deed with the San Bernardino County Recorder’s Office, APN 0185-351-24 Clary Drive.

Background: This grant deed will provide a legal forty foot wide underground public utility easement located on the West Property line of APN 0185-351-24 (Clary Drive), for the extension of city utility lines and protection of the 16″ water main from Lillyhill Booster Station to Storage Tanks on San Clemente in conformance with Needles Municipal Code’s Terms and Conditions for utility extensions.

Fiscal Impact: None

Recommendation: MOVE to waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-16 accepting an Utility Easement from City of Needles and direct staff to file the easement deed with the San Bernardino County Recorders Office.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #12): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-12-2017-16.pdf

– Agenda Item #13:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-17 accepting a Utility Easement from City of Needles and direct staff to file the easement deed with the San Bernardino County Recorder’s Office, APN 0185-351-26 Clary Drive.

Background: This grant deed will provide a legal forty foot wide underground public utility easement located on the West Property line of APN 0185-351-26 (Clary Drive), for the extension of city utility lines and protection of the 16″ water main from Lillyhill Booster Station to Storage Tanks on San Clemente in conformance with Needles Municipal Code’s Terms and Conditions for utility extensions.

Fiscal impact: None

Recommendation: MOVE to waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-17 accepting an Utility Easement from City of Needles and direct staff to file the easement deed with the San Bernardino County Recorders Office.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #13): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-13-2017-17.pdf

– Agenda Item #14:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-18 accepting a Utility Easement from City of Needles and direct staff to file the easement deed with the San Bernardino County Recorder’s Office, APN 0185-351-27 Clary Drive.

Background: This grant deed will provide a legal forty foot wide underground public utility easement located on the West Property line of APN 0185-351-27 (Clary Drive), for the extension of city utility lines and protection of the 16″ water main from Lillyhill Booster Station to Storage Tanks on San Clemente in conformance with Needles Municipal Code’s Terms and Conditions for utility extensions.

Fiscal impact: None

Recommendation: MOVE to waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-18 accepting an Utility Easement from City of Needles and direct staff to file the easement deed with the San Bernardino County Recorders Office.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #14): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-14-2017-18.pdf

– Agenda Item #15:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-19 accepting a Utility Easement from City of Needles and direct staff to file the easement deed with the San Bernardino County Recorder’s Office, APN 0185-351-28 Clary Drive.

Background: This grant deed will provide a legal forty foot wide underground public utility easement located on the West Property line of APN 0185-351-28 (Clary Drive), for the extension of city utility lines and protection of the 16″ water main from Lillyhill Booster Station to Storage Tanks on San Clemente in conformance with Needles Municipal Code’s Terms and Conditions for utility extensions.

Fiscal impact: None

Recommendation: MOVE to waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-19 accepting an Utility Easement from City of Needles and direct staff to file the easement deed with the San Bernardino County Recorders Office.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #15): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-15-2017-19.pdf

– Agenda Item #16:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-20 accepting a Utility Easement from City of Needles and direct staff to file the easement deed with the San Bernardino County Recorder’s Office, APN 0185-351-29 Clary Drive.

Background: This grant deed will provide a legal forty foot wide underground public utility easement located on the West Property line of APN 0185-351-29 (Clary Drive), for the extension of city utility lines and protection of the 16″ water main from Lillyhill Booster Station to Storage Tanks on San Clemente in conformance with Needles Municipal Code’s Terms and Conditions for utility extensions.

Fiscal Impact: None

Recommendation: MOVE to waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-20 accepting an Utility Easement from City of Needles and direct staff to file the easement deed with the San Bernardino County Recorders Office.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #16): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-16-2017-20.pdf

– Agenda Item #17:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-21 accepting a Utility Easement from Commres Financial, LLC and direct staff to file the easement deed with the San Bernardino County Recorder’s Office, APN 0185-011-17 Shell Station on Needles Hwy.

Background: This grant deed will provide a legal ten foot wide underground public utility easement located on the West Property line of APN 0185-011-17 (Needles Hwy), for the extension of city utility in conformance with Needles Municipal Code’s Terms and Conditions for utility extensions.

Fiscal impact: None

Recommendation: MOVE to waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-21 accepting an Utility Easement from Commres Financial, LLC and direct staff to file the easement deed with the San Bernardino County Recorders Office.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #17): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-17-2017-21.pdf

– Agenda Item #18:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-22 accepting a Utility Easement from San Bernardino County and direct staff to file the easement deed with the San Bernardino County Recorder’s Office, APN 0650-362-02 Safari Drive.

Background: This grant deed will provide a legal ten foot wide underground public utility easement located on the West Property line of APN 0650-362-02 (Safari Drive), for the extension of city utility lines to serve said property and beyond. The costs of utility improvements have been borne by County of San Bernardino while building the new Fire Station in conformance with Needles Municipal Code’s Terms and Conditions for utility extensions.

Fiscal impact: None

Recommendation: MOVE to waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-22 accepting an Utility.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #18): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-18-2017-22.pdf

– Agenda Item #19:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-23 accepting a Utility Easement from Michael F. Heitman Trustee and direct staff to file the easement deed with the San Bernardino County Recorder’s Office, APN 0660-261-29 near My Place Road.

Background: This grant deed will provide a legal five foot wide underground public utility easement located on the South of the North Property Line and commencing for a distance of 200 feet following underground electric on and across property for the extension of city utility in conformance with Needles Municipal Code’s Terms and Conditions for utility extensions.

Fiscal Impact: None

Recommendation: MOVE to waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-23 accepting an Utility Easement from Michael F. Heitman, Trustee of the Michael F. Heitman Trust and direct staff to file the easement deed with the San Bernardino County Recorders Office.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #19): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-19-2017-23.pdf

– Agenda Item #20:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-24 accepting a Utility Easement from Section 19 Trust (Steven Farmer) and direct staff to file the easement deed with the San Bernardino County Recorder’s Office, APN 0660-081-30 near Columbus Drive.

Background: This grant deed will provide a legal forty foot wide underground public utility easement located on the West Property line of APN 0660-081-30 (near Columbus Drive), for the extension of city utility lines along the West Property line of said property in conformance with Needles Municipal Code’s Terms and Conditions for utility extensions.

Fiscal Impact: None

Recommendation: MOVE to waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-24 accepting an Utility Easement from Section 19 Trust (Steven Farmer) and direct staff to file the easement deed with the San Bernardino County Recorders Office.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #20): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-agenda_LINKED.pdf

– Agenda Item #21:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-27 establishing a fee for the processing of an initiative petition for any municipal measure(s).

Background: Elections Code section 9202(b) provides that any person filing a notice of intent with the elections official shall pay a fee to be established by the legislative body not to exceed two hundred dollars ($200) to be refunded to the filer if, within one year of the date of filing the notice of intent, the elections official certifies the sufficiency of the petition.

Staff has prepared a cost estimate based on the amount of time it takes to review a filed notice and provide the required ballot title and summary of the proposed measure. Staff estimates that the City Clerk and City Attorney spend approximately three and One half hours to receive and process each notice of intent at an approximate cost of $700.00 and is recommending setting the fee at $200.00 which is the maximum amount allowable by the Election Code.

Attached is Resolution No. 2017-27 establishing a $200 fee to file a notice of intent to circulate an initiative petition, which would be refunded to the filer if, within one year of the date offiling the notice of intent, the elections official certifies the sufficiency of the petition, in accordance with Elections Code section 9202(b).

Recommendation: Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-27.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #21): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-21-initiative.pdf

– Agenda Item #22:

Continue the hearings on the subpoenas issued to River Road Resort and Acharya Corporation dba America’s Best Value Inn and their respective representatives to March 28, 2017 at 6 p.m. at 1111 Bailey Avenue, Needles, California 92363 and the subpoenaed parties are hereby ordered to appear at that date and time and produce the subpoenaed documents unless excused in advance in Writing by the city manager.

Background: Transient Occupancy Tax Subpoenas

City Attorney’s Recommendation: At the January 24, 2017 Council meeting, the Needles City Council authorized the issuance of two legislative subpoenas. The subpoenas were directed to two businesses and their representatives requiring production of documents related to Transient Occupancy Taxes. After the subpoenas were served, representatives of the subpoenaed businesses produced some of the requested documentation to City staff. Both businesses are currently cooperating with the City’s efforts to gather sufficient documents to calculate Transient Occupancy Taxes due. Given the cooperation of the representatives of the two businesses, staff is recommending that the hearing on the subpoenas be continued until to the March 28, 2017 Council meeting. This should provide the subpoenaed parties with sufficient time to produce additional documents needed to determine outstanding Transient Occupancy Taxes. If the subpoenaed parties receive written confirmation from the City Manager that they have complied with the subpoenas prior to the March 28, 2017 Council meeting, they will not be required to appear at the Council hearing. If the subpoenaed parties cease to cooperate or fail to comply with their obligations to the City, the hearings on the subpoenas will move-forward on March 28, 2017.

Fiscal Impact: None

Proposed Action: I move that the hearings on the subpoenas issued to River Road Resort and Acharya Corporation dba America’s Best Value Inn and their respective representatives be continued to March 28, 2017 at 6 p.m. at 1111 Bailey Avenue, Needles, California 92363. The subpoenaed parties are hereby ordered to appear at that date and time and produce the subpoenaed documents unless excused in advance in writing by the City Manager.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #22): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-22-tot.pdf

– Agenda Item #23:

Accept the work completed by Rutt Fence for the Public Works Yard Fencing in the amount of $54,910 and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Completion to send to San Bernardino County for recording.

Background: On January 24, 2017 a Notice to Proceed was issued for the Public Works Yard Fencing Improvements to replace the old dilapidated fence with new privacy fencing.

The fencing portion is complete except for the last 50 feet due to the obstruction from the massive trees on the vacant property next to the Public Works yard. City Crews attempted to trim back the trees and found a small house and other trees that were hidden from view and the trees are encroaching in the path of the fence placement. Rutt Fence has completed the project except for where the trees are located. Staff discovered that the South rolling gate was omitted accidentally and a change order would be needed to add this gate back into the project. Marc Richards, Director of Public Works, decision to have the contractor add the 20′ rolling gate that was omitted in exchange for the labor & re-mobilization charges to return to finish the fence once the trees were removed. The contractor left all materials and hardware to complete the fencing and the Public Works crew will set and pull the last 50 feet of fence once the obstructions have been removed from the property line.

Fiscal Impact: This City Council approved the use of the restricted fund from the surplus property sales. The contingency of $5.989 was not used resulting in a project cost of $59,891. These funds can be applied to the tree and structure removal.

$1,817 Bid Prep 8. Design

$54,910 Construction

$3,164 Quality Assurance / Control

$5,989 Contingency

$59,891 Estimated Project Costs

Recommendation: Accept the work completed by RUTT FENCE in the amount of $54,910 and authorize to issue a Notice of Completion to San Bernardino County for recording.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #23): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-23-fence.pdf

– Agenda Item #24:

Authorize the city manager to sign the Needles Rodeo Association Daily License Application for the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for their Annual Colorado River Round Up Rodeo Event on March 29 – April 1, 2017 at the Needles Rodeo Grounds.

Background: Ordinance No. 514-AC was adopted in January 2010 and amended Section “15A-6 Possession and use of alcoholic beverages in city parks and/or city recreational facilities” which reads as follows:

“No person shall possess or use any alcoholic beverages on the premises of any recreational area without the express written approval of the city council.” Prior to Ordinance 514-AC the city code included “or city manager.”

The Needles Rodeo Association has provided city staff with the required documents and is waiting for their ABC Permit which will be processed 30 days prior to the event date of March 29 – April 1, 2017. The Association will provide a certificate of liability which includes liquor liability prior to the event.

Critical Timeline: The Association will submit the application to ABC 30 days prior to event date.

Fiscal impact: The Needles Rodeo Association has provided receipts of upgrades/repairs in lieu of paying the rental fees.

Recommendation: Authorize the city manager to sign the Needles Rodeo Association Daily License Application for the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for their Annual Colorado River Round Up Rodeo event on March 29 – April 1, 2017 at the Needles Rodeo Grounds.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #24): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-24-rodeo.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve items #8 through #24 on the Consent Calendar, and to pull Agenda Items #10, #21, and #23 for discussion.

  •  Regarding the discussion on Agenda Items #10:

** Video (Agenda Items #10) from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans spoke about concern that was raised over the times of hauling the “merchandise” from the facility along an area that is a “Safe Routes to School” zone.

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans asked if the hauling of the “merchandise can not be done when kids are walking to school and when kids are walking back home from school; a 2 hour window in the morning and a 2 hour window in the evening.

Mr. Matt Bates, the applicant, said, “I think we can probably  a company that idea… that’s easy to do.”

There was then a short discussion crime, what could be coming into Needles, California, and making sure that things are safe and security so that nothing bad happens.

Applicant representative Josh Stewart said that “Absolutely, we’re not going to do high traffic when kids are walking home from school”.

As for safety and security, applicant representative Josh Stewart said, “It will be a safe place and you will not know what’s going on.”

After discussion, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve item #10.

  • Regarding the discussion on Agenda Items #21:

** Video (Agenda Items #21) from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Concerns was raised to members of the Needles City Council by the public regarding the fees and how the fees is in a way a deterrent for somebody to do an initiative petition for any municipal measure or measures.

After hearing the public’s concerns; members of the Needles City Council did not act on this the agenda item and so the agenda item died due to a lack of an motion.

  • Regarding the discussion on Agenda Items #23:

** Video (Agenda Items #23) from ZachNews on YouTube: **

The question on if the project is completed was raised to members of the Needles City Council by the public regarding the new Public Works Yard Fencing; because of fencing that still needing to be done, but trees were encroaching in the path of the fence placement. 

The massive trees that is located on a vacant property next to the Public Works yard and City of Needles crews attempted to trim back the trees and found a small house, as well as other trees that were hidden from view.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels explained why the project is “Completed”; because of a “Change Order” with the contractor to add the 20′ rolling gate that was omitted in exchange for the labor & re-mobilization charges to return to finish the fence once the trees were removed.

After discussion and explaining the why the project is “Completed”, members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the agenda item; the project being completed. Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams voted “No” on Agenda Items #23.

 

**** Regular Items: ****

– Agenda Item #25:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Resolution No. 2017-28 pledging support for the rule of law and declaring opposition to nullification of the law and further pledging allegiance to the flag of the United States and affirming its sworn duty to preserve, protect and defend the Constitutions of the United States and the State of California.

Background: At your last meeting held on February 14, direction was given, through Council consensus, that a letter be prepared for the Mayor’s signature on behalf of the Council to be mailed to our representatives and directed staff to prepare a resolution for consideration.

The “Yes California Independence Campaign” is an American political action Committee that promotes the secession of the State of California from the United States. The organization is promoting a proposed initiative to be placed on the 2018 California state ballot, which, if passed, will then require an independence vote of all the members of the electorate to be held in March 2019 on the question of California’s independence. It would require an amendment to the United States Constitution.

California Senate Democrats recently moved to become the first “sanctuary State,” advancing bills that would create a statewide sanctuary for illegal immigrants, provide money to pay lawyers for immigrants facing deportation and hamper any attempts by the Trump administration to Create a Muslim registry.

Fiscal impact: None

Critical Timeline: None

Recommended Action: Resolution No. 2017-28 pledging support for the rule of law and declaring opposition to nullification of the law and further pledging allegiance to the flag of the United States and affirming its sworn duty to preserve, protect and defend the Constitutions of the United States and the State of California/

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #25): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-25-sanctuary.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2017-28.

 

– Agenda Item #26:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Discussion to consider changing the City Council/NPUA/SARDA and NPFA meeting day to Monday.

Background: Attached is a request from the Needles Desert Star to consider changing the City Council / NPUA / SARDA and NPFA meeting day. Monday was the traditional meeting day and in 1997 it was changed to Tuesday.

Fiscal impact: None

Critical Timeline: None

Recommended Action: Discretionary Options: Take no action or direct staff to prepare a resolution for Council’s Consideration.

** Agenda Packet (Agenda Item #26): **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-26-meetiing.pdf

The agenda item was requested by Robin Richards of the Needles Desert Star to consider changing the City Council / NPUA / SARDA and NPFA meeting day to Monday so that the newspaper can report on the results of the Needles City Council’s actions. 

Concerns were raised regarding how that day is use to get staff reports as well as getting questions answered after studying the agenda packet over the weekend, and concerns over federal holidays that land on Mondays.

For those reasons, members of the Needles City Council did not act on this the agenda item and so the agenda item died due to a lack of an motion.

 

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

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney talked about a variety of items, including what the United States of America President said about his administration planning to have greater federal enforcement of laws against the use of marijuana for recreational purposes.

 

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

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Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about a variety of items, including:

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about an old development project named “Rusty Acres”, that has 78 lots there. A developer wants to pick up those lots and finish up those lots to build a subdivision, building homes. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that he will be meeting with that developer will happen later this week.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then talked him beginning to work with Bureau of Land Management and the United States Bureau of Reclamation on the Bureau Bay Project, and what it will take for the City of Needles to do to move forward on that itself or having somebody else to do the project.

 

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– Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:

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Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson talked about a variety of items.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson talked about the Interstate 40/ Arizona Highway 95 Connector Project and the sudden placement of a stop sign at the intersection of West Broadway and L Street.

The concern is that there is no traffic change ahead of the sudden placed stop sign right at the button of the West Broadway bridge.

Since the West Broadway closure (a.k.a., Needles Jam) began, there has been vehicles that didn’t stop at the newly posted stop sign along eastbound West Broadway.

Before the West Broadway closure, there was no stop sign was posted there, but only a pedestrian crossing sign was posted before the intersection; which was posted on the eastbound side of West Broadway but was missing a pedestrian crossing sign along westound West Broadway which ZachNews has repeatedly raised that question regarding why there wasn’t no replacement pedestrian crossing sign during meetings on the Interstate 40/ Arizona Highway 95 Connector Project.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson talked about a property owner, who contacted him, regarding a property along Chestnut Street that was damaged in a fire over 8 months ago and the building is still standing there. Also, the building at the concern of Market Street and North L Street; another burned property still standing. Code Enforcement is a huge issue addressed at past community clean up meetings and we need to keep up on things.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson then talked about somebody bringing up to him about trees into utility lines at the corner of Cibola Street and B Street.

 

– Needles City Council Member Louise Evans:

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Needles City Council Member Louise Evans didn’t have anything to speak of.

 

– Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood:

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Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood didn’t have anything to speak of.

 

– Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams:

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Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams didn’t have anything to speak of.

 

– Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:

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Needles City Council Member Tona Belt talked about the vision of the town in the next few with this current Needles City Council.

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt also mentions that we’ve officially approved 9 medical marijuana cultivation centers.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels spoke saying that we have began working with the Needles Planning Commission on starting the process on the new General Plan.

 

– Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.:

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Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D. thanked City of Needles Staff, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the San Bernardino County Fire Department for their work int eh community.

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D. then talked about a report in their agenda packet called, “Lessons Learned After 4 Years of Marijuana Legalization” and how this report creates concerns and points out that we should be prepare just in case things start to change in our community. 

** Report: “Lessons Learned After 4 Years of Marijuana Legalization”: **

https://learnaboutsam.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/SAM-report-on-CO-and-WA-issued-31-Oct-2016.pdf

 

– Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D.:

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Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget talked about the car show over the weekend; saying that he thinks there were at least 5,000 people there.

Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget also talked about the golf course and how it’s really great, and thanking the Needles City Manager Rick Daniels for his work.

 

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

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ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez talked to Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget about the Needles Lady Stangs of Needles High School winning the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association (N.I.A.A.) Class 2A State Basketball Championship Final 2017.

The Needles Lady Stangs of Needles High School won against Agassi Prep Stars on Saturday, February 25th, 2017 inside Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez asked Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget about inviting the Needles Lady Stangs team to the Needles City Council Meeting to thank them for their work and suggested bringing the win home to our community.

Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget thinks that would be a good idea and will look into what to do.

 

**** You can view the full Needles City Council and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting agenda packet at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/02%20FEBRUARY/Mtg%202/cc_022817-agenda_LINKED.pdf

**** You can view other City of Needles meetings agendas at the following City of Needles website address: ****

http://cityofneedles.com/Pages/Departments-Services/Boards/

For more information regarding the Needles City Council Meetings, please contact Dale Jones in the City Clerk’s Office at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345.