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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 3:23pm PT on Friday, November 9th, 2018

** Next Voting Results Update: **

At 4:00pm PT on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

  • Needles City Mayor:

2/2 100.00% Precincts Reported
Vote Count — Percent
JEFF WILLIAMS: 580 — 100.00%
Total: 580 — 100.00%

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

 

 

  • Needles City Council:

2/2 100.00% Precincts Reported
Vote Count — Percent
ZACHERY LONGACRE: 370 — 18.55%
EDWARD T. PAGET: 519 — 26.02%
TIMOTHY TERRAL: 390 — 19.55%
LOUISE EVANS: 374 — 18.75%
BARBARA L. BEARD: 342 — 17.14%
Total: 1,995 — 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. ****

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: **

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

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

A Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting was held on Wednesday, January 9th, 2018 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

The Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

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

**** Executive Session: ****

No Executive Session was held tonight.

 

**** Public Appearances: ****

A women spoke about the Girl Scout building on C Street.

 

** Interviews: **

  • Agenda Item #1:

Interviews and possible appointments to various Boards and Commissions.

** The various City of Needles Boards and Commissions are Needles Board of Public Utilities, Needles Planning Commission, Needles Recreation and Parks Commission, Needles Cemetery Advisory Commission, and Needles Housing Authority. **

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-1-interviews.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to appoint Terry Campbell and Joe Payson to the Needles Board of Public Utilities.

Members of the Needles City Council voted 4-2 to appoint Charles Dressler, Joey Wade and Robert McDaniel to the Needles Planning Commission. Needles City Council Member Tona Belt voted ” No” and Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D. “Abstain” from voting on this appointment.

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to appoint Edward T. Paget Jr. to the Needles Recreation and Parks Commission. Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. recused himself from this appointment vote.

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to appoint Norma Jean Williams to the Needles Cemetery Advisory Commission.

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to appoint Sheryl Porter to the Needles Housing Authority.

 

**** Public Hearings: ****

  • Agenda Item #2:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against four Conditional use permits for medical marijuana cultivation facilities located at the corner of Victory Drive and East Broadway Street, APN 0650-323-04-0000, 0650-323-05-0000 and 0650-323-07-0000; Applicant Mr. Marcus Earl Scott – continued from December 27, 2017.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-108 approving a Conditional Use Permit for Building 1 of a medical marijuana cultivation facility located at the corner of Victory Drive and East Broadway Street, APN 0650-323-04-0000, O650-323-05-0000 and 0650-323-07-0000.

Resolution No. 2017-109 approving a Conditional Use Permit for Building 2 of a medical marijuana cultivation facility located at the corner of Victory Drive and East Broadway Street, APN 0650-323-04-0000, O650-323-05-0000 and 0650-323-07-0000.

Resolution No. 2017-110 approving a Conditional Use Permit for Building 3 of a medical marijuana cultivation facility located at the corner of Victory Drive and East Broadway Street, APN 0650-323-04-0000, O650-323-05-0000 and O650-323-07-0000.

Resolution No. 2017-111 approving a Conditional Use Permit for Building 4 of a medical marijuana cultivation facility located at the corner of Victory Drive and East Broadway Street, APN 0650-323-04-0000, O650-323-05-0000 and 0650-323-07-0000.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-2-victorydrive.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council 5-1 to approve Resolution 2017-108 (Building 1), Resolution 2017-109 (Building 2), Resolution 2017-110 (Building 3), and Resolution 2017-111 (Building 4). Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted ” No” on all Buildings 1-4 on this agenda item.

 

**** Recess The Needles City Council Meeting And Convene A Joint Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting: ****

  • Agenda Item #3:
  • Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council Action:

Approve the updated 5-year Water Conservation Plan.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc-npua_010918-3-waterconservation.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority and Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve the updated 5-year Water Conservation Plan.

 

**** Recess The Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority And Convene To A Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting: ****

  • Agenda Item #4:
  • Needles City Council / Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Action:

Resolution No. 1-9-2018-SARDA approving the Recognized Obligation payment schedule 18-19 for the period of July 2018 through June 2019 and approving certain related action.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/sarda_010918-4-ROPS.pdf

Members of the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency and Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution 1-9-2018-SARDA approving recognized obligation payment schedule 18-19 for the period of July 2018 through June 2019; and approving certain related actions.

 

**** Adjourn Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency and Reconvene Needles City Council: ****

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

All matters listed on the Consent Calendar are Considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed. The Mayor or any member of the 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 #5 through #8 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

  • Agenda Item #5:

Approve the warrants register through January 9, 2018.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-5-warrants.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #6:

Ordinance No. 600-AC approving a proposed General Plan Amendment from a residential medium density (RM) designation to a Commercial Highway (CH) designation for the property located at 2103 Needles Highway, APN 0185-266-09-0000 (2nd Reading – Adopt).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-6-generalplan.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #7:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2018-1 authorizing the execution of the Certifications and Assurances for the California State of Good Repair Program.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-7-transit.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #8:

Waive the reading and approve for introduction Ordinance No. 601-AC amending Ordinance No. 481-AC and 531-AC, both of which relate to an exclusive franchise agreement with Republic Services (Allied Waste Transportation, Inc.) for the collection and handling of solid waste (1st Reading – Post).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-8-republic.pdf

 

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #5-#7, and pulled Agenda Item #8 on the Consent Calendar.

After discussion, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item #8 on the Consent Calendar with an amended the ordinance to read instead of having the agreement be for a year it’ll be for 6 months while negotiations pursue.

 

**** Regular Items: ****

  • Agenda Item #9:

Reconsider the action taken at the December 27 council meeting regarding a conditional use permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility located at 2603 Columbus Drive, APN 0660081-31. Applicant Ms. Sharon Brown.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-9-marijuana.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council 5-1 to approve the reconsider the action taken at the December 27 council meeting regarding a conditional use permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility located at 2603 Columbus Drive, APN 0660081-31. 

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson and Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted ” No” on this agenda item.

The vote came after discussion by members of the Needles City Council and Applicant Ms. Sharon Brown about the property, the old Taco Bell fast food restaurant site, which closed on Thursday, March 31st, 2016 in Needles, California, and if this should or should not be a medical marijuana manufacturing facility, and if any fast food restaurant wants to come there.

 

  • Agenda Item #10:

Membership in the Sister City Program.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-10-sistercity.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to not spend $180 for the membership in a sister city program.

Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams voted ” No” on this agenda item.

 

  • Agenda Item #11:

Resolution Number 2018-2 appointing Council Members as primary and alternate representatives to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (M.D.A.Q.M.D.).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-11-MDAQMD.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution 2018-2 appointing Vice Mayor Williams as primary and Councilor Evans alternate representatives to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.

 

  • Agenda Item #12:

Resolution Number 2018-3 appointing Council Members as delegate and alternate to the Southern California Association of Governments (S.C.A.G.).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-12-SCAG.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution 2018-3 appointing Mayor Paget as delegate and Vice Mayor Williams as alternate to the Southern California Association of Governments.

 

  • Agenda Item #13:

Resolution Number 2018-4 appointing a representative and alternate to San Bernardino County Transportation Authority (S.B.C.T.A.).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-13-SBCTA.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution 2018-4 appointing Mayor Paget as representative and Vice Mayor Williams as alternate to the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority.

 

  • Agenda Item #14:

Resolution Number 2018-5 appointing a Director and alternates to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (C.J.P.A.).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-14-CJPIA.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution 2018-5 appointing a Councilor Belt as director and Mayor Paget and City Manager Rick Daniels as alternates to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority.

 

  • Agenda Item #15:

Resolution Number 2018-6 appointing a primary and alternate representative to the Mojave Desert & Mountain Integrated Waste Joint Powers Authority Board who will also serve on the Solid Waste Advisory Task-Force (S.W.A.T.).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-15-MojaveDesertJPA.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution 2018-6 appointing Councilor Evans as primary and Lillian Darcy as alternate representatives to the Mojave Desert and Mountain Integrated Waste Joint Powers Authority Board; also to serve on Solid Waste Advisory Task-force.

 

  • Agenda Item #16:

Authorize attendance in the International Conference of Shopping Centers (ICSC) RECON Conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center, May 20-23, 2018 and authorize using funds from the city Council travel per diem account.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/cc_010918-16-ICSC.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to authorize the council members and mayor who would like to attend the International Conference of Shopping Centers (I.C.S.C.) RECON Conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada which will be held from Sunday, May 20th, 2018 to Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 and authorize using funds from the Needles City Council travel per diem account.

The International Council of Shopping Centers (I.C.S.C.) RECon convention is the largest global gathering of retail and real estate professionals, developers, owners and brokers.

The convention includes professional development day, conference sessions, professional development worships, keynote presentations and other real estate related events.

During discussion on this agenda item, members of the Needles City Council suggested that it would be better for the City of Needles if all members of the Needles City Council attended the convention in order to get more meetings with potential retailers.

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney informed all of the members of the Needles City Council that everybody from the Needles City Council can go to the convention, but in order to a void a Brown Act violation (4 or more a quorum), members of the Needles City Council shouldn’t be talking to a retailer at the same time.

The Brown Act, which was passed in 1953, guarantees the public’s right to attend and participate in meetings of local legislative bodies, and requires that all meetings of a legislative body of a local agency be open and public, except that closed sessions may be held under prescribed circumstances.

The Brown Act was enacted in response to mounting public concerns over informal, undisclosed meetings held by local elected officials, and is solely applies to California city and county government agencies, boards, and councils.

** More Information: The Brown Act: **

  • California Legislative Information:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB428

  • Attorney General of California:

http://ag.ca.gov/publications/2003_Intro_BrownAct.pdf

 

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

  • Needles City Attorney John Pinkney:

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

  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels:

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

  • Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:
  • Needles City Council Member Louise Evans:
  • Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood:
  • Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams:
  • Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:
  • Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.:
  • Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D.:

 

**** You can view the full Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, 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/cc_010918-agenda%20ALL.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.

 

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

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

An adjourned Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was held on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

The adjourned Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was broadcast live at Drew’s News on Facebook, but the video was either blocked by Facebook or was wrongfully flagged by trolls, preventing you from watching a public meeting.

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

**** Executive Session: ****

  • Agenda Item A:

Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.

  • Agenda Item B:

Conference with legal counsel -anticipated litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(4) (one case)

 

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

  • Agenda Item A:

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney reports that there was no reportable action taken.

  • Agenda Item B:

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney reports that there was no reportable action taken.

 

**** Public Hearings: ****

  • Agenda Item #1:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility, Bldg 1D, in the C-3, Highway Commercial Zone, located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-10 thru 15.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-94 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building Suite 1D located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-13.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-1-1D_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-94 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building Suite 1D located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-13.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #1.

 

  • Agenda Item #2:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility, Bldg 2A, in the C-3, Highway Commercial zone, located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-10 thru 15.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-95 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building 2A located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN O660-081-10 and APN 0660-081-11.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-2-2A_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-95 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building 2A located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN O660-081-10 and APN 0660-081-11.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #2.

 

  • Agenda Item #3:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility, Bldg 3A, in the C-3, Highway Commercial zone, located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-10 thru 15.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-96 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility situated within Building 3A located a 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN O660-081-14.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-3-3A_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-96 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility situated within Building 3A located a 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN O660-081-14.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #3.

 

  • Agenda Item #4:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility, Bldg 3B, in the C-3, Highway Commercial zone, located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-10 thru 15.

Approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-97 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building 3B located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-15.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-4-3B_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-97 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building 3B located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-15.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #4.

 

  • Agenda Item #5:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility situated within Building 4A located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-15.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-98 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility situated within Building 4A located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN O66O-O81-14.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-5-4A_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-98 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility situated within Building 4A located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN O66O-O81-14.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #5.

 

  • Agenda Item #6:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility, Bldg 4B, in the C-3, Highway Commercial Zone, located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-10 thru 15.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-99 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building 4B located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN Օ660-Օ81-15.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-6-4B_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-99 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana Cultivation facility situated within Building 4B located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN Օ660-Օ81-15.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #6.

 

  • Agenda Item #7:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility, Suite 1B/1C, in the C-3, Highway Commercial zone, located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-10 thru 15.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-100 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility situated within Building Suites 1B and 1C located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-13.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-7_1B1C_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-100 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility situated within Building Suites 1B and 1C located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-13.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #7.

 

  • Agenda Item #8:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana distribution facility, Bldg Suite 1A, in the C-3, Highway Commercial zone, located at 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660-081-13 thru 15.

Approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-101 approving a Conditional Use Permit for Building Suite 1A of a medical marijuana distribution facility located a 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660O81-13.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-8_1A_distribution_320Balboa.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-101 approving a Conditional Use Permit for Building Suite 1A of a medical marijuana distribution facility located a 320 Balboa Place, also known as APN 0660O81-13.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson voted “No” on Agenda Item #8.

 

  • Agenda Item #9:

A public hearing to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility in the C-2, General Commercial zone, located at 138″D” Street, also known as APN 0186-106-28, 0186-106-34 and 0186-106-29.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-102 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility located at 138″D” Street, also known as APN 0186-106-28, 0186-106-34 and 0186-106-29.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-9_138DStreet.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-102 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana cultivation facility located at 138″D” Street, also known as APN 0186-106-28, 0186-106-34 and 0186-106-29.

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted “No” on Agenda Item #9.

**** Additional Information: ****

During public appearance regarding this agenda item, the applicant with Deco Food Service, David Deatley (Cream Shirt) and Derek Deatley (Blue Shirt), told members of the Needles City Council and the public that, “We are not relocating our business.”

This comes after concerns from the community of Deco Food Service moving their business out of Needles, California for good.

Some members of the Needles City Council are worry about existing businesses in the community selling out for medical marijuana cultivation facilities and moving their businesses to another city or to Arizona.

But the applicant with Deco Food Service said that their business has been in this community for a long time and that, “We are committed in staying in Needles” and keeping their food distribution business in Needles, California, “makes the most sense to us.”

During pass meetings which were broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook, Deco Food Service has stated that they had no intent on leaving this community for good, and would like to grow their food distribution business in Needles, California, but the current location, on Front Street near D Street in Downtown Needles, California, restraints them from expanding their business.

The Deco food service warehouse is surrounded by 2 streets to the north and east, an alleyway to the south, and another building, Eagles Lodge #2599, to the west.

Along with no room to grow, Deco Food Service said that the current location has cracked sidewalks and driveway along Front Street that are in need of being renew.


This medical marijuana cultivation facility project will required applicants to process an encroachment permit with the City of Needles to allow for minimizing the existing sidewalk width along D Street from 5 feet to 3 feet and install landscaping along the sidewalk in front of Front Street to consist of circular/square metal tree grates for 3 trees.

The requirements came up and was unanimously voted on during public hearing at the Needles Planning Commission Meeting held on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017.

Deco Food Service states that they are working, including with the City of Needles, on finding a new location in Needles, California their food distribution business, including a site that they like along San Clemente Street.

The applicant with Deco Food Service also has stated that until a new location is found in Needles, California, they will be working out of a temporary warehouse in Fort Mohave, Arizona, but their sales and administration office, located along the 700 block of West Broadway, will remain inside that building at that location. 

Another concern that has been raised at pass meetings regarding this medical marijuana cultivation facility project was over 3 “separation issues”, occupies in the Downtown Needles, California area that are near by or down the street from the project site.

Currently, the project site is prohibited from functioning as a medical marijuana facility since it is within 1,000 ft. of the community school run by the Needles Unified School District, currently located on the corner of Front Street and F Street near Santa Fe Park.

The applicant with Deco Food Service is working with Needles Unified School District in relocating the school to a different location and is purchasing the old Desert Communities Federal Credit Union on Third Street near D Street from the Needles Elks Lodge.


A letter to the City of Needles from the Needles Unified School District, dated Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017, provides a relocation date of no later than Wednesday, February 28th, 2018.

Currently, the project site is also within 1,000 ft of a Girl Scout facility, which is located at 111 C Street.


The applicant with Deco Food Service provided a letter to the City of Needles from the President and C.E.O. of the “Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio’, dated Thursday, November 30th, 2017, indicating that they have received an offer for the purchase of the property, which will be considered by the organization at the Board of Directors Meeting in February 2018.

Currently, the project site is also 200 ft of a church, Needles Community United Methodist Fellowship, located at 111 D Street.


The applicant with Deco Food Service provided a letter to the City of Needles from Pastor, dated Thursday, November 30th, 2017, indicating the church will be vacating the site “in the very near future’.

The applicant with Deco Food Service said that they are working with Needles Community United Methodist Fellowship on finding another new location in the community.

As stated in documents from the City of Needles, the project has been conditioned so that no activity related to medical marijuana can occur at the proposed site until such time as the separation issues identified above are resolved.

Another concern that has been raised at pass meetings regarding this medical marijuana cultivation facility project has to do with the location of the project being in area the community wants to see designated as a downtown district.

Talks during pass meetings stated the need of seeing more retail businesses and restaurants in this area instead of medical marijuana cultivation facilities, but the issue has raised a debate over what is designated as downtown to the City of Needles.

City of Needles continues to discuss what is designated as being downtown, including from what street to what street makes this area be downtown, and getting a general plan for the City of Needles started. 

 

  • Agenda Item #10:

Request for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP)Amendment from Medical investor Holdings LLC for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility, to merge Suite A and Suite B and create Suite “A”, and to allow a processing module using volatile solvents, in the C-3 Highway Commercial zone, located at 3247 Needles Hwy., also known as APN 0660-091-09.

Approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-103 rescinding Resolution No. 2016-56 and amending Resolution No. 2016-55 merging Suite A and B, creating Suite A and increasing the size of the existing manufacturing facility (Suite A) from 1,200 sq. ft. to 2,400 sq. ft. and adding a processing module to the existing facility (Suite A) to allow manufacturing using volatile solvents at 3247 Needles Highway, also known as APN 0660-091-09.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-10_suiteA_3247Needles.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-103 rescinding Resolution No. 2016-56 and amending Resolution No. 2016-55 merging Suite A and B, creating Suite A and increasing the size of the existing manufacturing facility (Suite A) from 1,200 sq. ft. to 2,400 sq. ft. and adding a processing module to the existing facility (Suite A) to allow manufacturing using volatile solvents at 3247 Needles Highway, also known as APN 0660-091-09.

 

  • Agenda Item #11:

Request for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP)Amendment from Medical Investor Holdings LLC for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility, to merge Suite B and Suite C, and Create Suite “C”, and to allow a processing module using volatile solvents, in the C-3, Highway Commercial zone, located at 3247 Needles Highway, also known as APN 0660-091-09.

Approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-104 rescinding Resolution No. 2016-58 and amending Resolution No. 2016-57 merging Suite C and D, creating Suite C and increasing the size of the existing manufacturing facility (Suite C) from 1,200 sq. ft. to 2,400 sq. ft. and adding a processing module to the existing facility (Suite C) to allow manufacturing using volatile solvents at 3247 Needles Highway, also known as APN 0660-091-09.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-11_suiteC_3247Needles.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve the Findings of Facts Resolution No. 2017-104 rescinding Resolution No. 2016-58 and amending Resolution No. 2016-57 merging Suite C and D, creating Suite C and increasing the size of the existing manufacturing facility (Suite C) from 1,200 sq. ft. to 2,400 sq. ft. and adding a processing module to the existing facility (Suite C) to allow manufacturing using volatile solvents at 3247 Needles Highway, also known as APN 0660-091-09.

 

**** Regular Items: ****

  • Agenda Item #12:

Direct the City Clerk to advertise vacancies on the Personnel Commission.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-12-personnel_comm.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to direct the City Clerk to advertise vacancies on the Personnel Commission.

 

  • Agenda Item #13:

Discuss the action taken by the city council at the December 12 meeting to not allow 6th graders to play the current (basketball) season.

** Agenda Item Information: **

**** No Agenda Packet provided by the City of Needles. ****

Members of the Needles City Council voted 4-2 to allow 6th grade students into the current basketball season as of now and revisit the ruling in the Spring (April 2018).

Needles City Council Member Louise Evans and Needles City Council Member Tona Belt voted “No” on Agenda Item #13.

The vote came following discussion and some heated debate over allowing or not allowing 6th grade students to play in the current basketball season.

 

**** The Needles City Council Meeting was adjourned and will meet back at 5:00pm PT on Wednesday, December 27th, 2017. ****

 

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

  • Needles City Attorney John Pinkney:

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

  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels:

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

  • Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:
  • Needles City Council Member Louise Evans:
  • Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood:
  • Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams:
  • Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:
  • Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.:
  • Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D.:

 

**** You can view the full adjourned 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/12%20DECEMBER/cc_121917-agenda%20ALL.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.

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

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

A Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting was held on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

The Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting was broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

**** Note: Teleconference: ****

Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams participated in the Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority, and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency Meeting via teleconference from Reno, Nevada.

Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams was heading towards Las Vegas, Nevada for the MJBizCon which is a national trade show for the cannabis industry and the world’s largest gathering of cannabis executives and exhibitors.

Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams expressed an interest in attending the MJBizCon and on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017, members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to authorized Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams and Senior Code Enforcement Officer Adrian Chavez to attend the MJBizCon.

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

** Live Broadcast from ZachNews on Facebook: **

**** Executive Session: ****

  • Agenda Item A:
  • Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency:

Conference with real property negotiator pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.8: Property (Approximately 27.61 acre parcel located Northeast of I-40 and East of East Broadway APN 0186-222-07. Agency Negotiator: City Manager Rick Daniels or his designee, Negotiating Parties: Successor Agency to the Needles Redevelopment Agency as Seller and loeplant Management LLC and Kevin Bacon as buyers. And Conference with Legal Council re potential litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d) (4). Under Negotiation: termination of purchase agreement and possible settlement of any claims arising out of or related to terminating purchase agreement.

 

  • Agenda Item B:
  • Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority:

Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation Pursuant to Government Code Sections 54956.9(d)(2) and/or (3) Regarding Potential Litigation. One potential case related to threat of lawsuit against NPUA / City by Ron Kemper.

 

** Live Broadcast from ZachNews on Facebook: **

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

  • Agenda Item A:
  • Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency:

Needles City Attorney reports that the vote was unanimous to move forward with the settlement agreement, by which the City of Needles would be entitled to $20,000 cost incurred with respect to the transaction. 

 

  • Agenda Item B:
  • Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority:

Needles City Attorney reports that there was discussion but no reportable action taken.

 

**** Public Appearances: ****

At least 3 people spoke during Public Appearances.

Subjects during Public Appearances included the Train Park, dispute regarding sewer lines upgrades at Rio Buena Vista, and Needles Code Enforcement work.

** More details from Public Appearances are still being added. **

 

**** Presentations: ****

  • Agenda Item #1:

Mr. Michael Bracken, DMG Economics, will be making a PowerPoint presentation regarding the State of Needles Economy and Growth Projections (5 Year) and included in the packet is a staff report regarding the Economic Analysis of Cannabis Businesses Impacts and the Market Analysis.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-1%20economic%20cannabis.pdf

A PowerPoint presentation by Mr. Michael Bracken, Development Management Group (D.M.G.) Economics, was presented to members of the Needles City Council regarding the State of Economy and Growth Projections (5 Year) in Needles, California.

Mr. Michael Bracken talked in detail about the Economic Analysis of Cannabis Businesses Impacts and the Market Analysis in Needles, California.

According to the City of Needles, the Development Management Group (D.M.G.) was asked to conduct an analysis of the impact of the approved, pending and potential new cannabis (marijuana) businesses as to their impact on creating new retail and demand in the community.

“I’ve taken the open facilities, the facilities under construction, the facilities approved, the facilities discussed and put together a probability chart. We determined that it’s reasonable to expect a total of 822,300 square feet of cannabis related operations over the next 5 years,” said Mr. Michael Bracken.

According to Mr. Michael Bracken, we were able to make projections of what the economic impact will be for the City of Needles over the next 5 years.

“For each 700 square foot inside a cannabis operation there’s going to be one full time equivalent job generated in that industry,. So those 822,300 square feet are going to create about 1,175 direct jobs over the next 3 to 5 years,” said Mr. Michael Bracken.

During his presentation, Mr. Michael Bracken said that because of those 1,175 direct jobs there will be some indirect jobs created as well.

“The direct job is the person working the cannabis operation and the indirect jobs is the additional gas station attendant, so in total there’s going about 2,116 jobs generated. That many new jobs and the population that comes with it will create a demand of 700 new housing units and increase spending about $40 million a year, which will increase the need for other professional services,” said Mr. Michael Bracken.

According to Mr. Michael Bracken, the cannabis industry will generate other types of retail industry and the City of Needles needs to separate about 18 to 20 acres to support that new retail.

“Based on the numbers you’ll have an additional $40 million of retail which is about 160,000 square feet of retail that will come to the community as this industry continues to mature. Right know you’re going through the growing pains and it’s just part of it. Other cities have gone through it that have introduced a new industry,” said Mr. Michael Bracken.

Mr. Michael Bracken gave members of the Needles City Council a recommendation to protect the commercial corridors in the community, including the downtown area, so that traditional businesses such as retail, restaurant, and hotel have a place to come and open.

 

  • Agenda Item #2:

Mr. Jerry Telles, Needles Chamber of Commerce, will be making a PowerPoint presentation regarding their proposal to relocate to the El Garces, 950 Front Street.

 

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-2%20chamber.pdf

A PowerPoint presentation by Mr. Jerry Telles, Needles Chamber of Commerce, was presented to members of the Needles City Council regarding their proposal to relocate the Needles Chamber of Commerce office to the El Garces Train Depot, located at 950 Front Street, in Downtown Needles, California. 

The proposal relocate to Needles Chamber of Commerce office into the El Garces Train Depot has been suggested and widely supported by many in the community as a great located for the Needles Chamber of Commerce so to not only better promote the community in a nice and historic building, but also be have access to the El Garces Train Depot for tours. 

 

**** Public Hearings: ****

  • Agenda Item #3:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against establishing a fee and deposit schedules for the permit processing and renewal of medical marijuana projects and businesses.

Resolution No. 2017-77 establishing deposits for a Conditional Use Permit for a medical marijuana facility and establishing fees for the annual renewal of the medical marijuana license (regulatory permit) pursuant to Municipal Code Chapter 12A.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-3%20Deposits.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve Resolution 2017-77 establishing deposits for conditional use permits for medical marijuana facilities and establishing fees for the annual renewal of medical marijuana licenses.

 

  • Agenda Item #4:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against amending Chapter 12A of the Needles Municipal Code updating distance requirements for marijuana businesses, clarifying prohibition of commercial recreational marijuana businesses and adding regulation related to personal use Cultivation.

Ordinance No. 598-AC amending sections of Chapter 12A of the Needles Municipal Code relating to distance requirements, commercial recreational marijuana businesses, personal use cultivation and non-profit requirements (1st Reading – Post)

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-4%20amend%20598-AC.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted held 2 different votes regarding Ordinance 598-AC amending the municipal code relating to distance requirements for commercial recreational marijuana businesses, personal use cultivation and non-profit requirements.

Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to approve 4 of the 5 proposed amendments in Ordinance 598-AC: 2) proposed ordinance adds language clarifying the city’s current position that commercial recreational marijuana, 3) ordinance adopts reasonable regulations related to personal use cultivation, 4) ordinance removes the requirements that medical marijuana business be operated as a bona-fide non-profit entity, 5) ordinance adds a definition clarifying that regulatory licenses means and includes all types of marijuana business licenses issued by the city these four were approved unanimously.

Members of the Needles City Council then decided the matter regarding changing the distance of medical marijuana cultivation, manufacturing, testing, distribution and transportation facilities from 1,000 feet to 600 feet from a school, parks, recreation center or youth center among other things.

A list of comments were presented to members of the Needles City Council that responded to a question by Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D. and posted to ZachNews asking the community, “What amount of distance you think medical marijuana cultivation should be away from local schools and parks?”

ZachNews was asked to be posted his question to the community by Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D. and tells ZachNews that he wanted to know from the people he represents what they think the amount of distance medical marijuana cultivation should be away from local schools and parks.

But some members of the Needles City Council including from Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson, raised concerns into those people’s comments, questioning if their inputs regarding this agenda item were from Needles, California or not. 

A few people spoke up on this matter spoke during public appearance, including a person who stated he had a financial interest in this matter.

After discussing the matter and hearing public appearance, members of the Needles City Council voted 4-2 to change the distance requirement from 1000 feet to 600 feet.

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt and Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D voted “No” on Agenda Item #4.

During pass Needles City Council meetings, comments from people living in Needles, California and not living in Needles, California were allowed to be heard, including matters regarding medical marijuana, with no members from the Needles City Council questioning if they are from Needles, California.

Input from people who spoke during public appearance as well as comments that were written in, emailed, and posted on social media were read, heard, and even get addressed by members of the Needles City Council regardless if they were from Needles, California.

Dale Jones, City Clerk’s Office at the City of Needles, tells ZachNews that anybody can address any matter that relates to our community regardless of where they’re from.

As for what some members of the Needles City Council questioning if input being from or not from Needles, California, Dale Jones tells ZachNews that’s just their own opinion.

 

**** Recess The Needles City Council Meeting And Convene A Joint Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting: ****

  • Agenda Item #5:
  • Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Approve the minutes of July 25, August 22 and September 12, 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

**** No agenda item packet provided by the City of Needles. ****

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority voted unanimously to approve the minutes of July 25, August 22 and September 12, 2017.

 

  • Agenda Item #6:
  • Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Action:

Approve refunding $650,000 to Richard Warren (Pens and Needles) for electrical improvement deposits because they have withdrawn their applications for medical marijuana facilities.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-6%20refund.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority voted unanimously to table the matter until their next meeting.

 

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

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

All matters listed on the Consent Calendar are Considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed. The Mayor or any member of the 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 #7 through #12 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

  • Agenda Item #7:

Approve the warrants register through November 14, 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-7%20warrants.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #8:

Approve the minutes of July 25, August 8, August 22 and September 12, 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

**** No agenda item packet provided by the City of Needles. ****

 

  • Agenda Item #9:

Approve filing of a revised claim for Local Transportation Fund (LTF) and State Transit Assistance (STA) Fund for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 relating to the Needles Transit Services.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-9%20LTF.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #10:

Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-76 approving an agreement for professional services, Hearing Officer, with Mark A. Marnati and direct the Mayor to execute the same.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-10%20Hearing%20Officer.pdf

 

  • Agenda Item #11:

Approve Change Order #1 for Casa Linda and Coronado Street Measure Rehabilitation Project to Pavement Recycling Systems, Inc in the amount of $3,962.65 from the Measure I Fund.

** Agenda Item Information: **

**** City of Needles error accessing Agenda Item #11 Packet. ****

 

  • Agenda Item #12:

Approve the Employment Agreement Template and authorize the City Manager to use with exempt employees and approve the Electric Department Manager Employment Agreement with James Lindley.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-12%20positions.pdf

 

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #7, #9, #10, and #11, and pulled Agenda Items #8 and #12 on the Consent Calendar.

In regards to Agenda Items #8, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to table until their next meeting.

In regards to Agenda Items #12, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve employment agreement template; authorize city manager to use the template with exempt employees.

The matter regarding the electric department manager agreement with Jack Lindley was withdraw from Agenda Items #12 and will come back to members of the Needles City Council at their next meeting. 

In a late addition to Agenda Items #12, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Director of Development Services Patrick.

 

**** Regular Items: ****

  • Agenda Item #13:

Authorize a contribution to the Needles Women’s Club for the City’s sponsorship of the Needles Holiday Fun Fair to be held December 2, 2017 as the City Council finds that this is an important annual community event that serves an important public and Community purpose and therefore the Council authorizes a contribution not to exceed $1,200 to the Women’s Club as the City’s share of the cost of the event, funds are to be paid upon proper accounting with receipts and payments to vendors.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-13%20women%20club.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to authorize contribution to the Needles Women’s Club for the City’s sponsorship of the Needles Holiday Fun Fair to be held December 2, 2017 as the City Council finds that this is an important annual community event that serves an important public and Community purpose and therefore the Council authorizes a contribution not to exceed $1,200 to the Women’s Club as the City’s share of the cost of the event, funds are to be paid upon proper accounting with receipts and payments to vendors.

 

  • Agenda Item #14:

Authorize an expenditure of $26,200 to finish repainting the rail cars adding an anti-graffiti final Coat and to refurbish the Train Park using funds from the surplus property account.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-14%20Train%20Park.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 4-2 to authorize an expenditure of $26,200 to finish repainting the rail cars adding an anti-graffiti final Coat and to refurbish the Train Park using funds from the surplus property account.

Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams and Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted “No” on Agenda Item #14.

 

  • Agenda Item #15:

Resolution No. 2017-78 approving design standards for steel buildings utilized in commercial projects.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417-15%20Steel%20Bldg.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution 2017-18 approving design standards for steel buildings used in commercial projects.

 

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

  • Needles City Attorney John Pinkney:

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

  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels:

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

  • Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:
  • Needles City Council Member Louise Evans:
  • Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood:
  • Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams:
  • Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:
  • Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.:
  • Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget 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/11%20NOVEMBER/Mtg%201/CC_111417%20Agenda%20ALL.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.

 

 

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, September 26th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

** Due to some recording problems with our camera, some videos from the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting will be delayed. ZachNews is working on the rest of the videos prior to going live and will be posting the videos in this news story later. ZachNews is putting videos from ZachNews’ Facebook page of some of the agenda items discussed and voted on as well as live video from the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting. Please keep checking back for those videos. **

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

**** Executive Session: ****

– Agenda Item A:

Public Employee Performance Evaluation pursuant to Government Code Section 54957 Employee Title: City Manager.

 

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

– Agenda Item A:

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney reports that there was no reportable action taken.

 

**** Public Appearances: ****

** Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

Terry Campbell spoke during public appearances about a welcoming event for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 being held at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

** More Information: **

https://zachnews.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/needles-ca-military-vehicle-preservation-associations-route-66-convoy-2017/

 

**** Interviews: ****

– Agenda Item #1:

Interviews and possible appointments to fill vacancies on various Boards and Commissions.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-1-interviews.pdf

 

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appoint Janet Jernigan to the Planning Commission with a term to expire December 31, 2018.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appoint David L. Keller to the Recreation and Park Commission With a term to expire December 31, 2020.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appoint Dan Pitts to the Cemetery Advisory Commission With a term to expire December 31, 2019.

 

**** Presentations: ****

– Agenda Item #2:

** Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

Presentation to Susan Alva, Account Clerk lll, on her retirement after 40 years of city service.

Susan Alva was welcomed up with lots of hugs and thanks by members of the Needles City Council as well as the City of Needles Mayor, and was given a nice jacket in appreciation of her 40 years of work with the City of Needles.

 

**** Public Hearings: ****

– Agenda Item #3:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against subdividing an 81.27 +/-acres into two parcels: Parcel 1 is 7.37 +/-acres; Parcel 2 is the reminder of 73.9 +/-acres: Parcel Map 19854 located in the public facilities zone, also known as the “Rodeo Grounds” APN 0185-233-64: Applicant Travis Phillips.

Resolution No. 2017-69 approving Parcel Map 19854 subdividing 81.27+/-acres into two lots located on San Clemente; APN 0185-233-64.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-3-parcelmap.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2017-69 approving Parcel Map 19854 subdividing 81.27+/-acres into two lots located on San Clemente; APN 0185-233-64.

 

 

 

– Agenda Item #4:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against a proposed General Plan Amendment from Residential Medium Density (MH) designation to a General Commercial (CG) designation and a proposed zone change from a two Family Residential (R-2) designation to a General Commercial (C-2) designation for the property located at 318 San Clemente, APN 186 213-23: Applicant Brain McCorkle.

Ordinance No. 597-AC approving a proposed General Plan Amendment from Residential Medium Density (MH) designation to a General Commercial (CG) designation and a proposed zone change from a two Family Residential (R-2) designation to a General Commercial (C-2) designation for the property located at 318 San Clemente, APN 186-213-23 (1′ reading-post).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-4-generalplan.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Ordinance No. 597-AC approving a proposed General Plan Amendment from Residential Medium Density (MH) designation to a General Commercial (CG) designation and a proposed zone change from a two Family Residential (R-2) designation to a General Commercial (C-2) designation for the property located at 318 San Clemente, APN 186-213-23 (1st reading-post).

Needles City Council Members Evans and Hazlewood recused themselves from Agenda Item #4 because of conflict of interest.

 

– Agenda Item #5:

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a medical marijuana cultivation facility in the C-2, General Commercial Zone, located at 318 San Clemente, APN 0186-213-23: Applicant Randi Benbow.

Resolution No. 2017-70 approving a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a medical marijuana cultivation facility located at 318 San Clemente, APN 0186-213-23.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-5-CUP-marijuana.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2017-70 approving a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a medical marijuana cultivation facility located at 318 San Clemente, APN 0186-213-23.

Needles City Council Members Evans and Hazlewood recused themselves from Agenda Item #5 because of conflict of interest.

 

– Agenda Item #6:

The public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) amendment from Medical investor Holdings LLC for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility, adding a 10 foot X 20 foot processing module using volatile solvents in the C-2 General Commercial Zone located at 1804 Needles Highway, APN 0185-045-03 .

** Agenda Item Information: **

 

The public hearing for Agenda Item #6 has been continued to the next Needles City Council Meeting being held oTuesday, October 10, 2017.

 

**** Recess The Needles City Council Meeting And Convene A Joint Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting: ****

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

All matters listed on the Consent Calendar are considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed. The Mayor or any member of the 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 7 through 10 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #7: NPUA ACTION: Approve the minutes of June 13, June 27 and July 11, 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-7-npua-minutes.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #8: NPUA/COUNCIL ACTION: Approve a 2% cost-of-living (COLA) increase in electric rates as of October 1, 2017; and approve the methodology to calculate the annual electric base rate and power Cost adjustment rate based on the spreadsheets prepared by Board of Public Utilities Commissioner Schneider.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-8-colaelectric.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #9: NPUA/COUNCIL ACTION: Approve a 2.5% cost-of-living (COLA) increase in water and Wastewater rates as of October 1, 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-9-colawater-wastewater.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #10: NPUA/COUNCIL ACTION: Approve an electrical improvement refund in the amount of $400,000 to loeplant Management since the property sale agreement was terminated by the buyer on August 8, 2017, APN186-222-07 (28.2 acres located in the vicinity of Ice Plant Road and I-40).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-10-depositrefund.pdf

 

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #7 through #10 and pull Agenda Items #8 and #9 on the Consent Calendar.

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

After discussion, members of both the Needles Public Utility Authority voted 6-1 to approve Agenda Item #9 on the Consent Calendar. Needles City Council Member Evans voted “No” on Agenda Item #9.

 

 

– Agenda Item #11:

NPUA ACTION: Resolution No. 09-26-2017-NPUA authorizing a portion of the previously adopted Capital improvement Plan for the Eagle Pass to lce Plant (formally referred to as Cure Farms) Substation for the electric utility to re-conductor the Moabi circuit from Eagle Pass Substation to the High School area not to exceed $250,000 in materials and labor and extend the contract for labor service for line work to Outsource Utility Construction Corp using electric asset replacement funds.

COUNCIL ACTION: Concur with the action taken by the NPUA adopting Resolution No. 09-26 2017-NPUA.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-11-moabicircuit.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 09-26-2017-NPUA.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 09-26-2017-NPUA.

 

 

– Agenda Item #12:

NPUA ACTION: Resolution No. 09-26-2017-1-NPUA approving moving forward with the insulator replacement project for the electric utility not to exceed $130,000 in labor and materials and extend the project to Outsource Utility Construction Corp. to perform the Work using electric asset replacement funds.

COUNCIL ACTION; Concur with the action taken by the NPUA adopting Resolution No. 09-26 2017-1-NPUA.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-12-insulators.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 09-26-2017-1-NPUA.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 09-26-2017-1-NPUA.

 

** Live Video (Starting from Agenda Items 13 to Needles City Council Requests) from ZachNews on Facebook: **

– Agenda Item #13:

NPUA ACTION: Resolution No. 09-26-2017-2-NPUA approving moving forward with the meter replacement project for the electric utility not to exceed $150,000 in labor and materials and extending this project to Outsource Utility Construction Corp. to perform the work using electric asset replacement funds.

COUNCIL ACTION: Concur with the action taken by the NPUA adopting Resolution No. 09-262017-2-NPUA.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-13-meters.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 09-26-2017-2-NPUA.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 09-26-2017-2-NPUA.

 

– Agenda Item #14:
Approve using Electric Asset Replacement Funds in the amount of $400,000 for the project shortfall and change order #2 to Outsource Utility Construction to complete the Yoney Substation to Spike’s Road intertie Project.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-14-yoney-spikes-intertie.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve  using Electric Asset Replacement Funds in the amount of $400,000 for the project shortfall and change order #2 to Outsource Utility Construction to complete the Yoney Substation to Spike’s Road intertie Project.

 

**** 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 #15 through #23 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #15: Approve the warrants register through September 12 and September 26, 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-15-warrants.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #16: Approve the minutes of June 13, June 27 and July 11, 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-16-minutes.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #17: Authorize the Mayor to execute a letter in opposition of SB649, Wireless Telecommunications Facilities, and direct the City Clerk to forward to Senator Hueso.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-17-wireless.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #18: Calendar Year 2018 healthcare costs for city employees update (Information Only).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-18-healthcare.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #19: Approve the Parks & Recreation Commission recommendation to amend the Youth Sports Handbook regarding Flag Football scoring.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-19-sports.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #20: Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-57 adopting procedures for unclaimed funds.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-20-unclaimedfunds.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #21: Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-68 approving Fiscal Years 2018-2022 Measure Five Year Capital improvement Plan.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-21-meausreI.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #22: Ratify the city managers appointment of Robert Benoit to the full-time position of Wastewater Treatment Operator 1, from a provisional position,

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-22-wastewater-operator.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #23: Accept the work completed by Western Construction Specialist, Mohave Valley, AZ, for the CDBG Curb, Gutter and Sidewalk construction on the west side of Bailey Avenue in the amount of $52,007 and authorize staff to file a “Notice of Completion” with the San Bernardino County Recorder.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-23-cdbg-bailey.pdf

 

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #15 through #23 and pull Agenda Item #19 on the Consent Calendar.
After discussion, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item #19 on the Consent Calendar.

 

**** Regular Items: ****

– Agenda Item #24:
Discussion regarding the distance separation requirements for Medical Marijuana Facilities from Schools.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-24-marijuana-schools.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve to send it back to the planning and zoning with direction to change required distance from 1,000 ft to 600 ft from schools for facilities, not to included dispensaries or retail area. Needles City Council Member Belt voted “No” on Agenda Item #24.

 

– Agenda Item #25:
Resolution Number 2017-67 appointing a primary and alternate representative to the Mojave Desert & Mountain integrated Waste Joint Powers Authority Board who will also serve on the Solid Waste Advisory Task Force (SWAT).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-25-interatedwastebrd.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution 2017-67 appointing a primary Needles City Council Member Evans and alternate Lillian Darcy representative to the Mojave Desert and Mountain integrated Waste Joint Powers Authority Board who will also serve on the Solid Waste Advisory Task Force (SWAT).

 

– Agenda Item #26:
Authorize attendance at the Marijuana Business MJBizCon at the Las Vegas Convention Center, November 14-17, 2017 using the city council travel per diem funds.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-26-marijuana-conference.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to authorize attendance Needles Vice Mayor Williams at the Marijuana Business MJBizCon at the Las Vegas Convention Center, November 14-17, 2017 using the city council travel per diem funds.

 

– Agenda Item #27:
Discussion regarding pending property transactions.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-27-property.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to direct the Needles City Attorney to prepare a letter of default for the 4 properties that have been is escrow since 2013, and if we have to put them on notice, shortest time point mainly as possible to get out of this contract. 

 

– Agenda Item #28:
Discussion regarding the Olde Saint Nick Holiday Event.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-28-oldesaintnick.pdf

There was no action taken by members of the Needles City Council but voiced their support for the Women’s Club of Needles for the Christmas celebration.

 

**** Needles City Attorney’s Report: ****
Needles City Attorney John Pinkney,

 

**** Needles City Manager’s Report: ****
Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.

 

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

– Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:

– Needles City Council Member Louise Evans:

– Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood:

– Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams:

– Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:

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

– Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D.:
**** After the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez talked to Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson regarding the Christmas celebration.

**** 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/09%20SEPTEMBER/Mtg%202/cc_092617-agenda-all.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.

 

 

 

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, August 22nd, 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: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Agenda Item A: Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(2)and/or(3). (one potential case).

– Agenda Item B (Late Add-On): An offer for purchase of City property that expired in 2 days.

 

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

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Agenda Item A: Needles City Attorney John Pinkney reports that there was no reportable action taken.

– Agenda Item B (Late Add-On): Needles City Attorney John Pinkney reports that there was no reportable action taken.

 

**** Public Appearances: ****

Nobody spoke during Public Appearance.

 

**** Presentation: ****
– Agenda Item #1:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Mr. Doran Sanchez, BLM California Route 66 Program Lead, and the California Historic Route 66 Association will be making a PowerPoint presentation regarding the Military Convoy that will be staying in Needles October 10, 2017 and to extend an invitation to collaborate On a City / BLM / Route 66 joint event to officially welcome the Military Convoy.

Mr. Doran Sanchez, Bureau of Land Management (B.L.M.) California Route 66 Program Lead, and the California Historic Route 66 Association spoke to members of the Needles City Council about the Military Convoy happening on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget reminded members of the Needles City Council as well as the public that along with the military convoy event, the City of Needles will be celebrating the Republic of China’s National Day 10-10 Ceremony (Taiwan’s Independence Day) at 10:00am PT on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 in front of the Needles Courthouse in Needles, California.

** ZachNews, along with Drews News Channel, will be reporting on both community events on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017. Live news coverage of both community events is being worked on. Stay tuned for more news updates as the events grows near. **

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/08%20AUGUST/Mtg%202/cc_082217-1-military.pdf

 

**** Public Hearings: ****
– Agenda Item #2:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **
Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approving Tentative Parcel Map 19839, subdividing .69+/-acres into two parcels located at 1150 W. Broadway (APN 0186-093-18): Applicant Randy Coleman.

Resolution No. 2017-60 approving Tentative Parcel Map 19839 subdividing .69+/-acres into two parcels located at 1150 W. Broadway (APN 0186-093-18).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/08%20AUGUST/Mtg%202/cc_082217-2-parcelmap.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve Resolution No. 2017-60 approving Tentative Parcel Map 19839 subdividing .69+/-acres into two parcels located at 1150 W. Broadway (APN 0186-093-18). Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted “No” on Agenda Item #2.

 

– Agenda Item #3:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **
Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against a Conditional use permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility (M-1) located at 1150 W. Broadway (APN 0186-093-18): Applicant Randy Coleman.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-62 approving a conditional use permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility (M-1) located at 1150 W. Broadway, APN 0186-093-18.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/08%20AUGUST/Mtg%202/cc_082217-3-4-5-medicalmarijuana.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-62 approving a conditional use permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility (M-1) located at 1150 W. Broadway, APN 0186-093-18. Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted “No” on Agenda Item #3.

 

– Agenda Item #4:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **
Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for Or against approving a conditional use permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility (M-2) located at 1150 W. Broadway (APN 0186-093-18): Applicant Randy Coleman.

Approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-63 approving a conditional use permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility (M-2) located at 1150 W. Broadway (APN 0186-093-18).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/08%20AUGUST/Mtg%202/cc_082217-4-medicalmarijuana.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve the Findings of Facts and Resolution No. 2017-63 approving a conditional use permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility (M-2) located at 1150 W. Broadway (APN 0186-093-18). Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted “No” on Agenda Item #4.

 

– Agenda Item #5:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **
Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approving a Conditional use permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility (M-3) located at the southwest corner of “I” Street and Front Street (APN 0186-093-01): Applicant Randy Coleman.

Resolution No. 2017-64 approving a conditional use permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility (M-3) located at the southwest corner of “I” Street and Front Street (APNO186-093-01).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/08%20AUGUST/Mtg%202/cc_082217-5-medicalmarijuana.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to approve Resolution No. 2017-64 approving a conditional use permit for a medical marijuana manufacturing facility (M-3) located at the southwest corner of “I” Street and Front Street (APNO186-093-01). Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted “No” on Agenda Item #5.

 

**** Recess The Needles City Council Meeting And Convene A Joint Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting: ****
**** 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 6 through 8 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #6:
Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council Action: Ratify the City Manager’s order to purchase and install a new water booster pump by Layne Christensen Company as a single source purchase due to emergency failing electric panel and pump at the Lily Hill Water Booster Station estimated price $13,983.25 funded by the Water Asset Replacement Fund.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/08%20AUGUST/Mtg%202/cc_082217-6-waterbooster.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #7:
Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council Action: Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-59 accepting the purchase offer submitted by Nick Ingoglia in the amount of $7,500 for the strip of right-of-way known as “Race Street”, east of “T” Street containing approximately 1/4 acre.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/08%20AUGUST/Mtg%202/cc_082217-7-race.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #8:
Needles Public Utility Authority: Resolution No. 7-25-2017-NPUA Large Utility User Deposits as amended and adopted at the July 25, 2017 meeting.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/08%20AUGUST/Mtg%202/cc_082217-8-largeutilitydep.pdf

 

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #6 through #7 and pull Agenda Item #8 on the Consent Calendar.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #6 through #7 and pull Agenda Item #8 on the Consent Calendar.

** Video (Agenda Item #8) from ZachNews on YouTube: **
After discussion, members of both the Needles Public Utility Authority and the Needles City Council accepted Agenda Item #8, but didn’t vote on Agenda Item #8.

 

– Agenda Item #9:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **
Needles Public Utility Authority Action: Resolution No. 08-22-2017-NPUA authorizing to move forward with the final phases of grading, fencing, concrete and contract labor for the assembly of the North Needles (formerly referred to as Firehouse) Substation on city owned property located at 3240 Needles Highway and approve the project revised budget.

Needles City Council Action: Resolution No. 2017-58 authorizing to move forward with the final phases of grading, fencing, concrete and contract labor for the assembly of the North Needles (formerly referred to as Firehouse) Substation on city owned property located at 3240 Needles Highway AND approve the project revised budget.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/08%20AUGUST/Mtg%202/cc_082217-9-needlesubstation.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 08-22-2017-NPUA authorizing to move forward with the final phases of grading, fencing, concrete and contract labor for the assembly of the North Needles (formerly referred to as Firehouse) Substation on city owned property located at 3240 Needles Highway and approve the project revised budget.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2017-58 authorizing to move forward with the final phases of grading, fencing, concrete and contract labor for the assembly of the North Needles (formerly referred to as Firehouse) Substation on city owned property located at 3240 Needles Highway AND approve the project revised budget.

 

**** 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 #10 through #15 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #10:
Approve the warrants register through August 22, 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/08%20AUGUST/Mtg%202/cc_082217-10-warrants.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #11:
Approve the execution of the Colorado River Interim Operating Agreement for Implementation of Minute No. 323 and approve the 2017 Lower Colorado River Basin Agreement for Binational intentionally Created Surplus.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/08%20AUGUST/Mtg%202/cc_082217-11-lowercolriver.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #12:
Planning Commission vacancy has been published in the August 16 edition of the Needles Desert Star.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/08%20AUGUST/Mtg%202/cc_082217-12-plancomm.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #13:
Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-61 placing two city owned properties up for public auction (APN 0186-111-09 and 0186-111-25 located east of the recently sold fire station property located at 633 Front Street).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/08%20AUGUST/Mtg%202/cc_082217-13-propertyauction.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #14:
Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-65 accepting the sale of 2 acres of a 64 acre surplus city owned property to Armen Matevosian (a portion of APN 185-234-18 located between San Clemente and Lillyhill) for $80,000.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/08%20AUGUST/Mtg%202/cc_082217-14-saleproperty.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #15:
Amended construction hours of operation for the Montanez/Brown project site (north of the former Taco Bell site APN 0660-081-30).

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/08%20AUGUST/Mtg%202/cc_082217-15-montanez.pdf

 

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #10 through #15 on the Consent Calendar and pull Agenda Item #13 on the Consent Calendar.

** Video (Agenda Item #13) from ZachNews on YouTube: **
After discussion, members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve accepted Agenda Item #13.

 

**** Regular Items: ****
– Agenda Item #16:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **
Consideration of an on call Economic Development Services Agreement with Development Management Group, Inc. (DMG Economics) for the period of August 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019 and authorize the City Manager to enter into such agreement.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/08%20AUGUST/Mtg%202/cc_082217-16-economicdevel.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve the consideration of an on call Economic Development Services Agreement with Development Management Group, Inc. (DMG Economics) for the period of August 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019 and authorize the City Manager to enter into such agreement.

 

– Agenda Item #17:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **
Discussion regarding city resident employee incentives.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/08%20AUGUST/Mtg%202/cc_082217-17-incentives.pdf

Discretionary Agenda Item. No vote was taken by members of the Needles City Council on Agenda Item #17.

 

– Agenda Item #18:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **
City Parks and Medians Report

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/08%20AUGUST/Mtg%202/cc_082217-18-parks.pdf

Discretionary Agenda Item. No vote was taken by members of the Needles City Council on Agenda Item #18.

 

– Agenda Item #19:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **
Provide direction to return with an implementation schedule regarding the Cemetery Advisory Commission’s actions and issue with the Riverview Cemetery and the Pioneer Cemetery.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/08%20AUGUST/Mtg%202/cc_082217-19-cemetery.pdf

Discretionary Agenda Item. No vote was taken by members of the Needles City Council on Agenda Item #19.

 

– Agenda Item #20:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **
Authorize attendance at the I.C.S.C. Western Conference and Deal Making Trade Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center, October 2-4, 2017 and authorize using funds from the city council travel per diem account.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/08%20AUGUST/Mtg%202/cc_082217-20-ICSC.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams and Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson the authorization attendance at the International Council of Shopping Centers (I.C.S.C.) Western Conference and Deal Making Trade Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center, October 2-4, 2017 and authorize using funds from the city council travel per diem account.

 

– Agenda Item #21:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **
Support or oppose the League of California Cities proposed resolution regarding strategies that will reduce the unintended negative impacts of existing criminal law and a resolution to clarify the definition of local control providing broad statutory authority for local officials to determine emergency service levels and direct emergency medical response within their jurisdictions.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/08%20AUGUST/Mtg%202/cc_082217-21-league.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve support or oppose the League of California Cities proposed resolution regarding strategies that will reduce the unintended negative impacts of existing criminal law and a resolution to clarify the definition of local control providing broad statutory authority for local officials to determine emergency service levels and direct emergency medical response within their jurisdictions.

 

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

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney,

 

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

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels.

 

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

Both Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams and Needles City Council Member Tona Belt didn’t have any 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 City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood.

 

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

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D.

 

– Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D.:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget.

 

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




** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **
ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels a few questions regarding the ICSC Western Conference and Deal Making Trade Show, community pride, public veterans memorial, and new traffic signals.

**** 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/08%20AUGUST/Mtg%202/cc_082217-agenda-together.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.

 

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, July 11th, 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: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Agenda Item A: Conference with Labor Negotiators pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6: City representative: City Manager Rick Daniels or his designee. Employee organizations: International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1932 and Needles Unclassified Employees Association.

 

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

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

– Agenda Item A: Needles City Attorney John Pinkney reports that there was no reportable action taken. 

 

**** Public Appearances: ****

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Pastor Thomas Lamb of Needles Assembly of God Church spoke at Public Appearance regarding asbestos contamination at 539 West Broadway, the old Ford dealership, in Downtown Needles, California which lead to the closure of the church and school because of asbestos contamination concerns.

Pastor Thomas Lamb talks new information from testing of the church and school for airborne asbestos and the rating of contamination found.

The new information was provided to the City of Needles and will be following up on this matter.

 

**** Presentation: ****

– Agenda Item #1:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Presentation by Mike Burger, CPA, of the final City audit report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016.

Mike Burger wasn’t present and the agenda item will be re-posted for the next meeting. 

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%201/cc_071117-1-audit.pdf

 

**** Public Hearings: ****

– Agenda Item #2:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against amending Sections of Chapter 12A of the Needles Municipal Code related to manufacturing using volatile solvents and disposal of marijuana waste and amending Section 96.01 of the Needles Zoning Code related to manufacturing using volatile solvents.

Ordinance No. 594-AC amending Sections of Chapter 12A of the Needles Municipal Code related to manufacturing using volatile solvents and disposal of marijuana waste and amending Section 96.01 of the Needles Zoning Code related to manufacturing using volatile solvents

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%201/cc_071117-2-marijuana.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Ordinance No. 594-AC amending Sections of Chapter 12A of the Needles Municipal Code related to manufacturing using volatile solvents and disposal of marijuana waste and amending Section 96.01 of the Needles Zoning Code related to manufacturing using volatile solvents.

 

**** Recess The Needles City Council Meeting And Convene A Joint Needles City Council / Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting: ****

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

– Agenda Item #3:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Approve the minutes of the joint NPUA/NPFA special meeting held December 6, 2016 and the regular meeting held on May 9, 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%201/cc_071117-3-minutes.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve the minutes of the joint NPUA/NPFA special meeting held December 6, 2016 and the regular meeting held on May 9, 2017.

 

– Agenda Item #4:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

NPUA ACTION: Resolution No. 07-11-2017-1-NPUA authorizing an increase in funding in the amount of $200,000 for the labor costs associated with the Yoney Substation to Cure Farms Substation Intertie Project.

COUNCIL ACTION: Resolution No. 2017-53 authorizing an increase in funding in the amount of $200,000 for the labor costs associated with the Yoney Substation to Cure Farms Substation Intertie Project.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%201/cc_071117-4-yoney.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 07-11-2017-1-NPUA authorizing an increase in funding in the amount of $200,000 for the labor costs associated with the Yoney Substation to Cure Farms Substation Intertie Project. 

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2017-53 authorizing an increase in funding in the amount of $200,000 for the labor costs associated with the Yoney Substation to Cure Farms Substation Intertie Project. 

 

– Agenda Item #5:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

NPUA ACTION: Resolution No. 07-11-2017-NPUA authorization to move forward with Phase 5 material purchase – not to exceed project budget line item of $724,547 for the purchase of materials for the Firehouse Substation on Needles Highway.

COUNCIL ACTION: Resolution No. 2017-52 authorization to move forward With Phase 5 material purchase – not to exceed project budget line item of $724,547 for the purchase of materials for the Firehouse Substation on Needles Highway.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%201/cc_071117-5-firehouse.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 07-11-2017-NPUA authorization to move forward with Phase 5 material purchase – not to exceed project budget line item of $724,547 for the purchase of materials for the Firehouse Substation on Needles Highway.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Resolution No. 2017-52 authorization to move forward With Phase 5 material purchase – not to exceed project budget line item of $724,547 for the purchase of materials for the Firehouse Substation on Needles Highway.

 

**** 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 #6 through #10 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #6: Approve the warrants register through July 11, 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%201/cc_071117-6-warrants.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #7: Approve the minutes of the special and regular meetings held on May 9, 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%201/cc_071117-7-minutes.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #8: Approve the carry forward budget balances for the I-40/J Street Connector project to be completed in July 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%201/cc_071117-8-I40.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #9: Authorize the City Manager to conduct a classification and compensation study.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%201/cc_071117-9-classcompstudy.pdf

 

– Agenda Item #10: Waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-51 rescinding Resolution No. 2014-47 and approving a lease agreement with Tri-State Alano Club for the building located at 801 Third Street for a term of three (3) years.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%201/cc_071117-10-alano.pdf

 

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve Agenda Items #6 through #10 on the Consent Calendar.

 

**** Regular Items: ****

– Agenda Item #11:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Resolution No. 2017-54 amending Resolution No. 2017-34 to increase the size of each building to 22,757 Square feet, amend the building type to steel buildings and re-establish the expiration date of the Conditional Use Permit for the medical marijuana cultivation facility located within the parcel known as APN 0660-081-30 off of Columbus Drive.

** Agenda Item Information: **

http://www.cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/07%20JULY/Mtg%201/cc_071117-11-CUPcultivation.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to Resolution No. 2017-54 amending Resolution No. 2017-34 to increase the size of each building to 22,757 Square feet, amend the building type to steel buildings and re-establish the expiration date of the Conditional Use Permit for the medical marijuana cultivation facility located within the parcel known as APN 0660-081-30 off of Columbus Drive.

 

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

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney talked briefly about a few of the things their office has been working on with the City of Needles. 

  • Needles City Attorney John Pinkney talked about medical marijuana and what the new administration, under United States of America President Donald Trump, is saying/doing in regards to medical marijuana. Needles City Attorney John Pinkney said the new administration that as of right now, they are prohibited from using federal funds through September 2017 for prosecuting medical marijuana at the State level, but that could change in September 2017. There are still uncertainties and it’s worth watching what happens with this new administration when it comes to policies, that their going to adopt in terms of marijuana. There’s been some indications that the United States Attorney General won’t pursue medical marijuana and focus on recreational marijuana; there’s uncertainties there. 
  • Needles City Attorney John Pinkney talked about advising the city manager regarding changes to the California’s Voter Rights Act. There have been a number of cities throughout the State of California that have changed over to district based elections and there were some changes to the California’s Voter Rights Act at the beginning of the year and so we provided some analysis for the city manager on those changes in the law.
  • Needles City Attorney John Pinkney talked about advising the City of Needles regarding S.B.1266 compliance, which is a new law that requires enhanced reporting and a copy of the joint powers agreement that you are members of…. for example the N.P.U.A. (Needles Public Utility Authority) and so those have to be provided to the County…. and the City of Needles’ book, it has already been done. 
  • Needles City Attorney John Pinkney talked about working on the utility user deposit rules that we addressed at the last Needles City Council Meeting. I believed that we’ll be coming back to you in the near future, so that will be something we’ve been working on.
  • Needles City Attorney John Pinkney talked about working on Transiency Tax Collection issues.
  • Needles City Attorney John Pinkney talked about working on insurance coverage issues related to lawsuit that was filed against the City of Needles, but that has not been served.
  • Needles City Attorney John Pinkney talked about pretty extensively on medical marijuana issues, including preparing the amended ordinance regarding volatile substance and disposal of marijuana that was voted on this evening.
  • Needles City Attorney John Pinkney talked about drafting pretty extensive comments to the governor’s proposed marijuana regulations.
  • Needles City Attorney John Pinkney talked about reviewing a contract with W.A.P.A. we have worked pretty extensively on the utility improvement deposit agreements between the City of Needles and the various developers of these projects in town.
  • Needles City Attorney John Pinkney talked about handling the negotiations and amendments to the agreements with Bacon, who was the purchaser of the former R.D.A. property and has requested that you be permitted to assigned that party.
  • Needles City Attorney John Pinkney talked about advising the City of Needles on day to day labor employment issues.
  • Needles City Attorney John Pinkney talked about recently advising the City of Needles regarding document destruction policies.

 

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

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about a variety of topics.

  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about the hiring of the new code enforcement officer, Adrian Chavez, and what he’s been doing. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that he has hit the ground running and has begun an audit of all of the operating medical marijuana facilities so to make sure they’re operating within all of their permits, our policy, and is in full compliance at all times, and to check to make sure that material isn’t leaking out of the system and making sure that the taxes are being paid. 

  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels also said that the new code enforcement officer has initiated a cleanup; referring to a flyer, handed out to members of the Needles City council and to the news media, that’s titled “Needles Pride”; asking yourself do you have Needles Pride in your neighborhood and how it looks. The intent is to remind people what is a code violation and what is not.
  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about the new code enforcement officer’s projects he’s working on are dealing with the old Needles Relax Inn on Needles Highway which is in dilapidated condition; working on a long standing project on Victory Lane; and dealing with burned buildings in the community to get those demolished and/or replace. The new code enforcement officer is also tackling the backlog of code enforcement violations that have been created and will so have on the City of Needles website a status report for members of the Needles city Council and the public can check on about pending code enforcement cases.
  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about working on establishing a…. something like a fourth Saturday of the month…. we would have a dumpster available for people that are cleaning out their garages and have those located around the community, not just in one location; like one location one month then another location the next month and so on. The goal is to encourage people to clean up their properties.
  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels proudly reported that last year (2016) the community saw a 1.8 percent increase in property values, valuation of the City of Needles, which means that the city of Needles is becoming more valuable place. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that this ends 9 years of decline, but for a half of a percent last year, and the thing to keep in mind is that 1.8 percent increase does not include the buildings that are under construction because they don’t go on the tax rolls until the certificate of occupancy is issued and so they will be on the tax rolls the, the ones that are completed by next August (2018) so this doesn’t include those so we should see…. remember forecasting is for fools…. we should see a more significant increase this upcoming year in terms of value being added to the City of Needles.
  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about developing a concern on water use by the new industry; that there are some improvements need to be made to the water system and we’re going to be looking for an electric type solution to water.
  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about the city of Needles receiving a $5,000 donation anonymously to the Needles Animal Shelter to assist in adopting out pets. said that the money will be used on spay and neutering animals and getting them all their shots so they could be more easily adopted; we are pleased about that. 
  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about continuing to work with applicant that wants to build a truck terminal behind Juicy’s River Cafe.
  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about a party who wants to build an off-road vehicle training facility. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said it’s about 300 acres, and they basically build an obstacle course and they train people on how to operate off-road vehicles. Half of their clients are military, the other quarter are corporate outings, and the others are people who just want to go run an obstacle course. We’re working with them and the Bureau of Land Management.
  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about working with 2 folks that are interested in building a coffee shop in the community. 
  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about reviewing all of our food truck regulations to make sure that the day somebody comes forward and wants to put a food truck in operation so that the rules are clear and easy for them to do that. With at least 6 to 7 construction sites around the community and possibly more coming soon, this is prime for food truck service and some entrepreneur is going to build a food truck, and in advance of that we want to make sure it’s easy as possible to do so. 
  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about being in the process of contacting all of the private nonprofits about assuming responsibility for managing the City of Needles’ directional sign program.
  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about having the opportunity to meet with the Rio Buena Vista Homeowners Association on them forming an assessment district in the City of Needles and the Needles Public Utility Authority on reconstructing much of the infrastructure there to be able to bring it up to city standards and where it could be accepted for ongoing city maintenance. 
  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about working with the Field of Dream group to get Burlington Northern Santa Fe approval for the improvements that they’ve been talking about now that little league season is over, and all this they want to reorient the existing field to  to match up with the new field and put in the field lights. we’re working with Burlington Northern Santa Fe to make sure that they’ve signed off on it.
  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about the last few power outages that have occurred in the community, including the most recently in Downtown Needles, California during a dusty monsoon storm. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that at least 3 utility poles were taken down by the strong winds and mention the strong winds knocking down the City of Needles flag pole on Third Street. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that utility crews were out all night dealing with the power outage and power was quickly restored but one property in the furthest north end of Needles, California.

 

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

**** Still adding details on what was mention during Needles City Council Requests. Please keep checking back or watch the videos posted. Thank You. ****

** Needles City Council Member Louise Evans had an excused absence and Needles Vice City Mayor Jeff Williams had nothing to speak about. **

 

– Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson talked about ta few things. 

 

 

– Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood talked about ta few things. 

 

 

– Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Council Member Tona Belt talked about ta few things. 

 

 

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

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D. talked about ta few things. 

 

– Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D.:

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget talked about a few things, including

 

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

** Video from ZachNews on YouTube: **

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels several questions regarding a variety of topics brought up during the Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting.

  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels providing more information on what members of the Needles city Council voted on regarding medical marijuana cultivation facilities using volatile solvents and disposal of marijuana waste, and what safety mergers are in place in case of fires.
  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about the intertie power project, who’s funding the project, how the project helps the community, and work soon to be done on the new line over Interstate 40.
  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels was asked about about old Burger Hut and what’s the latest information on that property that has been sitting closed for over 2 years since being damaged in a monsoon storm.

 


Despite repairs to the roof and some added work related to putting in air conditioning, no other work has been down for months and continues to remain closed, collecting dust and trash. The owner of Burger Hut have in the pass confirmed to ZachNews that they are going to rebuild and reopen, but recent attempts to speak to the owner on when work will continue on the old Burger Hut and when will Burger hut be reopened have been ignored well a community hopes that something soon be done to either get the owner back to work on the old Burger Hut or have somebody else take over this property. People in the community are worried for the future of the old Burger Hut they loved to eat at for their burgers, shakes, and street tacos. 

  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels was asked about what’s happening to the closed Americas Best Value Inn. 

The Americas Best Value Inn, located at 1102 East Broadway near Interstate 40 in Needles, California, burned in a fire on Saturday, April 15th, 2017. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that they are planning to rebuilding.

  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels was asked about new businesses and what are some of the new businesses interested in coming to our community, including the earlier mention off-road vehicle training facility and coffee shop. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that locations being looked at for the off-road vehicle training facility includes beyond the old Taco Bell and western areas of the community. As for the coffee shop, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews that one being proposed by a former Winchell’s Donuts executive who has a vision of building a coffee shop and having jazz played there, and the other party is…. there’s a company called Java Jitters in Bullhead City, Arizona. They’ve expressed interest in trying to find a site in Needles, California and we’re working with them to assist the in that effort; we’d love to see private investor. 
  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels was asked about the “Needles Pride” cleanup plan and what’s the latest information on finding a replacement recycling center. 

The old Camdan Recycling, located at 409 East Broadway in Needles, California, said good bye to the many great and wonderful people they served on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015, and ever since the closure, the hope was that another recycling center would come in and open up so that people can recycling their trash and get some extra needed cash for recycling and for keeping their community clean. when asked if there’s any chance of a new recycling center coming soon, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews, “No, we continued to look for private firm to come in and set up a recycling operation.”

  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels was asked about the old Denny restaurant property and is there anybody interested in wanting to occupy that building. Denny’s restaurant, located at 1400 J Street near Interstate 40, in Needles, California closed as of Monday, August 22nd, 2016. Since the closing, the search for a replacement business that hopefully would be 24 hours would come in and reopen the building. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels tells ZachNews, “I talked with the property owner today and he is coming in the first of August (2017) with a plan for new development on J Street between the ball field and the Motel 6. I asked him about Denny’s and he said he didn’t have anything to report in terms of the new tenant.”

 


The lot Needles City Manager Rick Daniels is talking about along J Street, just across from Dollar General, has been discussed about in the pass been putting a retail shopping outlet with a possible new grocery store. 

  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels was asked about the comments made by Pastor Thomas Lamb of Needles Assembly of God Church during Public Appearance regarding asbestos contamination at 539 West Broadway, the old Ford dealership, in Downtown Needles, California. 

 

**** 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/07%20JULY/Mtg%201/cc_071117-agenda-together.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.

 

 

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. 

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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: ****

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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:

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Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson.

 

– Needles City Council Member Louise Evans:

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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.:

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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.