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

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

A Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was held on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson M.D. participated via teleconference from Victorville, California.

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

**** Executive Session: ****

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– Agenda Item A: Conference with legal counsel regarding existing litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1) – One Case: Esposito & Scappino v. City of Needles et al. Case Number CVDS 1402665.

– Agenda Item B: Conference with Legal Counsel – Consideration of initiating potential litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(4) (2 potential cases).

 

**** Executive Session Report: ****

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– Regarding Agenda Item A:

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney said there was no reportable action taken on this agenda item.

– Regarding Agenda Item B:

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney said there was no reportable action taken on this agenda item.

 

**** Public Appearances: ****

– Public Appearance #1:

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– Suzanne Shepherd:

 

– Public Appearance #2:

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– Barbara Beard:

Barbara Beard requested that as new businesses come into the downtown area – as a condition of their C.U.P. (Conditional Use Permit),  that they would be require to add to or modify the outside of their property to apply with the new General Plan design; coming soon.

Barbara Beard then talked about city design under the new General Plan, and showed a picture presentation showing examples of what kind of design the community can have for the downtown area.

– Public Appearance #3:

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– San Bernardino County Fire Department Thomas Marshall:

Thomas Marshall updated everybody about their community clean up project using inmates and was to start on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017, but due to water issues inside the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station Jail; where they were going to housed the inmates overnight, the project is being reschedule from Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 to Thursday, January 26th, 2017. Mark Richards from the Department of Public Works is working with us in this project and is doing a great job with us. 

 

**** Interviews: ****

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– Agenda Item #1: Interview(s) to be held and possible appointment(s) made to fill vacancies on various Boards and Commissions.

Background: Per council direction the City Clerk posted and published all vacancies in the Needles Desert Star.

Interviews have been scheduled with the following applicants to date:

Board of Public Utilities: Stephen Moffitt has reapplied; new applicant Tom Darcy

Planning Commission: Linda Kidd has reapplied

Park and Recreation Commission: Bill Darrow, Gabriela Belt and Norma Jean Williams have reapplied, new applicant Adrian Chavez

Cemetery Advisory Commission: new applicant; Robbyn Dundon
and Jacqueline Lykins and Sharon Hartley have reapplied for tenant

Critical Timeline:

Fiscal Impact: None

Recommendation:

Move to (re)appoint to the Board of Public Utilities ____________ and ____________ with terms to expire December 31, 2020.

Move to (re)appoint to the Planning Commission ____________ with a term to expire December 31, 2020.

Move to (re)appoint to the Recreation and Park Commission ____________ and ____________ with terms to expire December 31, 2020.

Move to appoint to the Cemetery Advisory Commission ____________ with a term to expire December 31, 2018 or December 31, 2020.

Move to (re)appoint to the Housing Authority At-Large vacancy ____________ and ____________ with terms to expire December 31, 2020 and appoint ____________ to the Tenant vacancy with a term to expire December 31, 2018.

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

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-1-interviews.pdf

After questions to the people wanting to fill the vacant seats on the boards and commissions, members of the Needles City Council voted on who would be on those boards and commissions.

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Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to appointed Steve Moffitt and Tom Darcy to the Board of Public Utilities. Needles City Council Member Louise Evans voted “No”.

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Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously voted to appointed Linda Kidd to the Planning Commission.

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Members of the Needles City Council voted 5-1 to appointed Scott Phillips, Adrian Chavez and Gabriela Belt to the Recreation and Park Commission. Needles City Council Member Tona Belt voted “No”.

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Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously voted to appointed Robbyn Dundon to the Cemetery Advisory Commission.

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Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously voted to appointed Robbyn Dundon and Norma Jean Williams to the Housing Authority as well as Jacqueline Lykins and Sharon Hartley for tenant terms on the Housing Authority.

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While interviews where being held for Recreation and Park Commission, a man seating in the back of the Needles City Council Chambers was being disruptive.

The man was asked repeatedly to stop being disruptive, but kept speaking in a slurring way, not happy of what he was hearing from the people speaking.

When the man got more disruptive talk, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department escorted the man out of the Needles City Council Chambers.

**** Needles Public Utility Authority / 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 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 #2 through #3 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #2: Needles Public Utility Authority: Approve the minutes of the regular meetings of October 25 and November 8, 2016.

– Agenda Item #3: Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council: Appropriate an additional $55,000 bond payment for the completion of the bond sale.

Background: On December 13, 2016, City Council and the NPUA gave authorization to the City’s Finance Team and financial advisors to proceed with the refunding/refunding of the 1997 NPUA bonds and the 1998 Certificates of Participation bonds. At that time the savings over the next 16 years would be $4.7M.

Based upon the attached memo from the financial advisor, the savings can be increased to $6.1 M with an additional payment of $453,625 in February 2017 or a $5.9M savings with an additional payment of $55,000. It is the opinion of the City Manager and Finance Director that the payment of $453,625 is too stressful to the short term cash flow of the NPUA, and we have instructed the financial advisor to lock in the $5.9M in interest savings with an additional payment of $55,000. This action was taken after consultation with Utility Board and City Council leadership. This agenda item affirms that action.

Both NPUA and C.O.P.S bonds will be refunded, and refinanced at a lower interest rate (approx.4%), with payments due in the same amounts for a shorter period of time.

Fiscal Impact: Overall savings increase from $4.7M to $5.9M.

Recommendation: Appropriate additional $55,000 for the completion of the bond sale.

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

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-3-bond.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority voted 4-2 to approve agenda item: #2: Approve minutes of regular meetings of Oct. 25 and Nov. 8, 2016. Needles City Council Member Tona Belt and Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood both “Abstain” from voting.

But, because of some confusion over if the Needles Public Utility Authority / Needles City Council Consent Calendar was approved or not due to the “Abstain”, members of the Needles Public Utility Authority got to hear Agenda Item #3 then afterwards, voted again on Agenda Item #3.

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority again unanimously voted to approve agenda item: #3: Appropriate additional $55,000 bond payment for completion of bond sale.

 

– Agenda Item #4:

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Needles Public Utility Authority Action: Resolution Number 1-10-2017-NPUA reducing the equivalent dwelling unit (EDU) for the wastewater religious organizations customer class.

Needles City Council Action: Resolution Number 2017-1 reducing the equivalent dwelling unit (EDU) for the Wastewater religious organizations Customer class.

Background: As directed, staff engaged EES Consulting to analyze the rates and EDU structure for the religious organizations in context with all other user categories. EES concluded that the original EDU consultant overestimated the effluent generation of the churches and proposed a new EDU of 0.0227 instead of 0.03 based upon flow and revenue analysis and based on a per seat basis. This recommendation was accepted by the Board of Public Utilities as per their adoption of Resolution No. 1-3-17 BPU which implemented the reduced EDU of 0.0227 based on a per seat basis and further provided for a credit for any overcharges back to the initial effective date of the new wastewater rates (June 1, 2016).

Fiscal impact: A loss in revenue to the wastewater utility.

Recommendation: Adopt Resolution No. 1-10-2017-NPUA reducing the equivalent dwelling unit (EDU) for the wastewater religious Organizations customer class. Adopt Resolution No. 2017-1 reducing the equivalent dwelling unit (EDU) for the wastewater religious organizations customer class.

** Agenda Packet: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-4-churches.pdf

Members of the Needles Public Utility Authority unanimously voted to Resolution Number 1-10-2017-NPUA.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to Resolution Number 2017-1.

 

**** 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 #5 through #7 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

– Agenda Item #5: Approve the warrants register through January 10, 2017.

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

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-5-warrants.pdf

– Agenda Item #6: Approve the minutes of the regular meetings of October 25 and November 8, 2016.

– Agenda Item #7: Ordinance Number 588-AC amending sections of Ordinance 576-AC, Chapter 12A of the Needles Municipal Code; and amending Section 96.01 of the Needles Zoning Code related to the distribution and transportation of marijuana (2nd reading – publish).

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

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-7-marijuana.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve agenda item: #5: 

Members of the Needles City Council voted 4-2 to approve agenda items: #6. Needles City Council Member Tona Belt and Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood both “Abstain” from voting on agenda item: #6.

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to approve agenda item: #7: Ordinance Number 588-AC.

 

**** Regular Items: ****

– Agenda Item #8:

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Accept the bid from Rutt Fence Company in the amount of $54,910 and authorize the city manager to use surplus property sales funds in the amount of $65,880, estimated project cost, for the Public Works Yard Improvements and authorize staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed.

Background: At the City Council meeting August 9, 2016 an item for Public Works Yard Improvements was approved to use restricted fund from the surplus property sales to replace the old dilapidated fence with new privacy fencing. This project was added to the Bush Street Sub Station Fencing as an alternate item.

An invitation to bid was published in the Mohave Daily News on 08/25/2016, and also published in the Needles Star on 08/24/2016 Bid opening was 09/14/2016. We received in response to the advertisement (2) two bids: Coldwater Fence in the amount of $76,377.25 and a bid from Rutt Fence in the amount of $63,863.00.

Recommendation from City Council on October 10, 2016 was for the use of the restricted funds from the surplus property sales of approximately $40,000 based on inquiries with negotiation to take place to reduce the scope to fit the project estimate. No negotiations would reduce the amount so staff chose to put this out to bid again with scope changes seeking bids closer to the informal estimates for this project.

On 11/15/2016 an invitation to bid was published in the Mohave Daily News and on 11/16/2016, it was published in the Needles Desert Star, with a bid opening of December 1, 2016. We received in response to the advertisement (3) three bids:

1) Coldwater Fence $57,318.00

2) Fence Corp $78,682.00

3) Rutt Fence $54,910.00

Fiscal impact: This City Council approved the use of the restricted fund from the surplus property sales of approximately $40,000 based on informal inquiries by the Public Works Director. With new bidding results the estimated project costs are $65,880.

$1,817: Bid Prep and Design

$54,910: Construction 

$3,164: Quality Assurance / Control

$5,989: Contingency

$65,880: Estimated Project Costs

Recommendation: Accept the bid from Rutt Fence Co. in the amount of $54,910 and authorize the City Manager to use surplus property sales in the amount of $65,880 estimated project cost for the Public Works Yard improvements and authorize the staff to issue a Notice of Award and Notice to Proceed.

** Agenda Packet: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-8-fence.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council voted 4-2 to accept $54,910 bid from Rutt Fence Co. from Winchester, California, authorize the city manager to use $65,880 in surplus property sales funds to complete fencing replacement at the Needles Public Works Yard, and authorize staff to issue a notice of award and notice to proceed. Needles City Council Member Louise Evans and Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams both voted “No”. 

 

– Agenda Item #9:

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Discussion regarding the red curbs on J Street between Bailey and Morris Street parking and pedestrian safety evaluation.

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Background: In 1959 the city council adopted Ordinance 323-NS which added to section 13-64 of the Needles City Code that there is to be no parking on both sides of J Street from Bailey Ave to a point 275 yards east thereof.

On September 27, 2016 staff presented to City Council an item regarding the painting of Curbs red on J Street between Bailey Ave & Morris Street.

The recommendation was to move forward with a traffic study regarding the no parking zone on both sides of the street.

Staff hired Charles Abbott Associates, Inc. to conduct a traffic study. Included are recommendations from that study as to modify the existing traffic controls per Attachment A or consider modifying parking restrictions per Attachments B and C.

Fiscal Impact: Options presented in Traffic Study.

Recommendation: Move to accept option A, B, C or none at all and direct staff to call for public hearings at the Planning Commission and City Council to consider another Ordinance.

** Agenda Packet: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-9-curb.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to table the agenda item pending clarification. 

 

– Agenda Item #10:

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Resolution Number 2017-2 appointing Council Members as primary and alternate representatives to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (M.D.A.Q.M.D.).

Background: Stretched out over almost 20,000 square miles of California’s vast desert expanse, the MDAQMD is geographically the second largest of the state’s 35 air districts.

As the air pollution control agency for San Bernardino County’s High Desert and Riverside County’s Palo Verde Valley, the MDAQMD has primary responsibility for Controlling emissions from stationary sources of air pollution, which can include equipment located at cement facilities, power plants or the corner gas station.

There are over 1,000 such businesses operating under MDAQMD permits.

The District implements air quality programs required by State and Federal mandates and enforces rules and regulations based on air pollution law.

The MDAQMD is committed to protecting the air breathed by more than 500,000 residents living within its boundaries while supporting strong and sustainable economic growth.

This is accomplished through a comprehensive and common-sense program of planning, regulation, Compliance assistance, enforcement, monitoring, and public education.

The meetings are held monthly on the fourth Monday at 10 a.m. in Victorville. The city’s representative will receive $100 stipend per meeting attended plus mileage per the IRS current rate, in addition to hotel accommodations if requested.

The MDAQMD has provided the City with the ability to attend the meetings via teleconference.

Members of the Board must be elected officials and currently Vice Mayor Williams is our representative and Councilmember Evans is the alternate and both have indicated that they would like to continue to represent the City.

Fiscal Impact: No direct cost to the city as MDAQMD pays mileage and stipend.

Environmental Impact: N/A

Recommended Action: I move to adopt Resolution 2017-2 appointing ____________ as primary representative and ____________ as the alternate to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD).

** Agenda Packet: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-10-mdaqmd.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appoint Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams as primary and Needles City Council Member Louise Evans as alternate representative to the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.

 

– Agenda Item #11:

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Resolution Number 2017-3 appointing Council Members as delegate and alternate to the Southern California Association of Governments (S.C.A.G.).

Background: Mayor Paget currently serves as the delegate and Vice Mayor Williams as the alternate. SCAG holds an annual General Assembly every May and in Order to attend the City Council must appoint a delegate and an alternate. This year the assembly will be held May 4 and 5 in Desert Springs.

SCAG’s mission is to facilitate a forum to develop and foster the realization of regional plans that improve the quality of life for Southern Californians.

As the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Association of Governments is mandated by federal and state law to research and draw up plans for transportation, growth management, hazardous waste management, and air quality.

Mayor Paget and Vice Mayor Williams have expressed interest in continuing on this Board.

Fiscal Impact: SCAG provides to the delegate a one night hotel stay, city to reimburse for mileage.

Critical Timeline:

Recommended Action: I move to adopt Resolution No. 2017-3 appointing ____________ as the delegate and ____________ as the
alternate to represent the City of Needles at the Southern California Association of Governments.

** Agenda Packet: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-11-scag.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appoint Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. as primary and Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams as alternate to the Southern California Association of Governments.

 

– Agenda Item #12:

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Resolution Number 2017-4 appointing a Director and alternates to the California Joint Powers
Insurance Authority (C.J.P.I.A.).

Background: The City is a member of the CJPIA who handles risk
management, claims against the city, etc.

For our city to be eligible to vote on items placed before the California Joint Powers insurance Authority (CJPIA) and in accordance with the Joint Powers Agreement, the City Council needs to appoint a representative and alternate. This representative would be provided the monthly meeting agendas and would attend the annual Board of Directors meeting held in La Palma July 19, 2017.

The Board member must be an elected official; the alternate can be city staff. Councilmember Frazier was the Director and Mayor Paget and City Manager Daniels are the Current alternates and both have expressed interest to continue representing the City.

Fiscal Impact: There is a $100.00 stipend plus travel reimbursement.

Environmental Impact: N/A

Recommended Action: I move to waive the reading and adopt resolution Number 2017-4 appointing ____________ as the City of Needles Director and ____________ as alternates to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (CJPIA).

** Agenda Packet: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-12-cjpia.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appoint Needles City Council Member Tona Belt as director; Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. and Needles City Manager Rick Daniels as alternates to the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority.

 

– Agenda Item #13:

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Resolution Number 2017-5 appointing a representative and alternate to San Bernardino Associated Governments (S.A.N.B.A.G.).

Background: The City is a member of the CJPIA who handles risk management, claims against the city, etc.

For our city to be eligible to vote on items placed before the California Joint Powers insurance Authority (CJPIA) and in accordance with the Joint Powers Agreement, the City Council needs to appoint a representative and alternate.

This representative would be provided the monthly meeting agendas and would attend the annual Board of Directors meeting held in La Palma July 19, 2017.

The Board member must be an elected official; the alternate can be city staff. Councilmember Frazier was the Director and Mayor Paget and City Manager Daniels are the Current alternates and both have expressed interest to continue representing the City.

Fiscal Impact: There is a $100.00 stipend plus travel reimbursement.

Environmental Impact: N/A

Recommended Action: I move to waive the reading and adopt resolution Number 2017-4 appointing ____________ as the City of Needles Director and ____________ as alternates to the California Joint POWers Insurance Authority (CJPIA).

** Agenda Packet: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-13-sanbag.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appoint Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. as representative and Needles Vice Mayor Jeff Williams as alternate to San Bernardino Associated Governments, now to be known as the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority.

 

– Agenda Item #14:

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Resolution Number 2017-6 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.).

Background: Mojave Desert and Mountain Recycling Authority (the JPA) is a joint powers authority organized under California Government Code Section 6500.

The JPA shares the common powers of its nine members to plan for and implement elements of an Integrated Waste Management Plan within all or any part of its respective boundaries, including solid waste disposal, Composting and recycling facilities, and waste diversion programs deemed necessary to meet state law.

JPA facilities and programs may include: solid-waste transfer facilities, household hazardous waste management, composting facilities, materials collection, marketing and market development, public education, conversion technologies, and material recovery facilities.

As required by the California Integrated Waste Management Act, the Solid Waste Advisory TaskForce (SWAT) of San Bernardino County will carry out the responsibilities mandated by the State of California through AB 939.

SWAT may also consider and make recommendations to the County On Such other Solid waste related matters as they may deem appropriate. In addition to the SWAT itself, it currently has three committees; Technical, Strategic Planning and Membership.

The SWAT and the Technical Committee meets twice annually on the third Wednesday in April and October at 1:30 p.m. in Highland (there is no stipend).

The Strategic Planning and Membership Committees meet on an as-needed basis.

The Mojave Desert & Mountain Recycling Authority meets the second Thursday at 10:00 a.m. in Victorville in February, May, August and November.

The city’s representative will receive $75 stipend per meeting attended plus mileage.

The delegate must be an elected official and due to the November 8, 2016 Election there is a vacancy.

Fiscal Impact: N/A

Recommended Action: I move to waive the reading and adopt Resolution No. 2017-6 appointing ____________ as the primary and ____________ as the alternate to the Mojave Desert & Mountain Integrated Waste Joint Powers Authority Board who will also serve as the delegate and alternate to the Solid Waste Advisory Task-Force (SWAT).

** Agenda Packet: **

http://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_011017-14-mojavedesertJPA.pdf

Members of the Needles City Council unanimously voted to appoint Needles City Council Member Louise Evans as primary and Tom Darcy as alternate representative to the Mojave Desert and Mountain Integrated Waste Joint Powers Authority Board and the Solid Waste Advisory Task Force.

 

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

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Needles City Attorney John Pinkney talked about new members to receive A.B. 1234; public officials are required to attend ethics training, every few years, and a number of people are up for their training. Next month (February 2017), we’ll be providing that training.

The training is available online at the California’s F.P.P.C. (Fair Political Practices Commission) website at:

http://www.fppc.ca.gov/learn/public-officials-and-employees-rules-/ethics-training.html

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney also talked about what we’ve been working on for the City of Needles, including: 

  • Attending Needles City Council Meetings and Needles Public Utility Authority Meetings as needed or requested at Needles Planning Commission Meetings.
  • Drafted a reimbursement agreement related to a propose electric facilities upgrades and improvements; we represented the City of Needles in connection with Code Enforcement issues.
  • Recently represented the City of Needles in court hearings related to a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction that was issued in favor of the City of Needles.
  • Drafted a land donation agreement related to the former Overland Hotel.
  • Assisted City of Needles Staff with pursuing T.O.T. (Transient Occupancy Tax) Reports from delinquent motels operators and prepared a demand letter for payment of T.O.T.’s (Transient Occupancy Tax) fees owned by 2 motel operators in Needles, California. 
  • Represented the City of Needles in efforts to collect from a particular company; a medical marijuana business taxes that were owned and that included a hearing on the matter recently.
  • Assisted the City of Needles in connection with a cell tower lease issues.
  • Advised the City of Needles on labor employment issues as needed.
  • Assisted the City of Needles in connection with a cell tower lease issues.
  • Assisted the City of Needles Staff on some questions related to workman’s comp and CalPERS.
  • Assisted the City of Needles in connection with a license agreement for the use of the El Garces.
  • Our staff spent significant amount time on preparing a staff report and amendment marijuana ordinance; medical marijuana ordinance to permit for distribution and transportation facilities and the other change that was made was we changed some of the language to the geographic distance, that we discussed tonight. We also added language that requires anybody who’s on the facility promises to have identification bag that’s issued by the City of Needles.
  • Assisted the City of Needles with background checks as required as part of the Medical Marijuana Business Regulatory Permitting Process.
  • Represented the Needles finance authority, as council, in connection with the recent N.P.U.A. (Needles Public Utility Authority) bond refunding. 
  • Assisted the City of Needles Staff in responding to Public Records Acts request. 
  • Represented the City of Needles and the Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency (S.A.R.D.A.) in connection with the sale of a former Redevelopment Agency property and assisting in seeking the Department of Finance approval regarding uses of the sales of proceeds. 
  • Prepared recently a form deployment agreement for potential use of medical marijuana business projects as requested by the Needles City Manager Rick Daniels. 
  • Advised the City of Needles in connection with a public bidding contract being questioned.
  • Advised the City of Needles on Brown Act questions as they arose.
  • Advised the City of Needles on N.P.U.A. (Needles Public Utility Authority) rate setting questions.
  • Assisted with Miss Sallis on rapping up the sale of the real property for the hospital (Colorado River Medical Center), which finally closed.
  • Advised the City of Needles in connection with litigation; pending litigation matters. 

 

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

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Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about lease matters regarding funding and the new baseball field; known as the Needles Little League Field at Ed Perry Park; and the Bush Street Substation being under construction.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then gave good news about the Flit Mendez Golf Tournament.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that thanks to the hard work of Bill Darrel and Dave Hiltabidel, New Golf Pro at River’s Edge Golf Course, the Flit Mendez Golf Tournament is returning back to Needles, California after being played last year elsewhere.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then said that he will be meeting on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 with a second golf tournament to bring back that involving 150 players.

 

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

– Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson:

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Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson talked about the new appointed members of the Mojave Desert and Mountain Integrated Waste Joint Powers Authority Board and the Solid Waste Advisory Task Force; wanting to see if we can makes some connections, and that we need a new recycling center here in Needles, California; rub some elbows and speak to some people to see if anybody is interested.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson then talked about cleaning the City’s part of the community, and addressed a problem in front of the City’s Public Work’s Yard.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson tells ZachNews that he was talking about the closed business on Broadway across Cibola Street from 105 Broadway.

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson ended by talking about a long time former employee of the City of Needles, a about a year ago who passed away, who helped all of us in keeping the electricity. What a prefect time for as the City builds a new Bush Street Station, to honor William (Bill) Yoney by naming the substation after him. A couple of the utility employees came up to Shawn Gudmundson with the idea of naming the substation after William (Bill) Yoney and I agreed with them on naming the substation. 

Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson tells ZachNews that William (Bill) Yoney was a lineman for the City of Needles’ Power Department.

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The new Bush Street Substation is located along the 800 block of Bush Street, near a flood control channel, in Needles, California.

 

– Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood:

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Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood didn’t have anything to say right at that moment. 

 

– Needles City Council Member Tona Belt:

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Needles City Council Member Tona Belt talked about a light that is out and asked for the crosswalk near the Needles Recreation Center to be repainted because you can barely can see it.

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The crosswalk lines go across Civic Center Drive from the Needles Recreation Center to the Dance Trax 51 Studios and children use the crosswalk.

 

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

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Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D. thanked the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for keeping the community safe and thanked City Employees for their hard work they do for the community.  

 

– Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood 2:

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Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood talked about an issue, brought to his attention by several residents, regarding the absences of Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D., how many, and what we’re going to do about the situation with him always being absent from the Needles City Council Meetings with everything going on in the City of Needles. They (residents) feel that it’s important to have somebody living here full time and being on the council. The issue has been brought up to him several times.

Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D. responded saying, “I don’t disagree with what…. because of all…. All I can say is that I have resigned from my preposition here in Victorville, and that I have the opportunity to come back to Needles in the next couple of months. So if they can indulge a few more meetings, I may not be absent.

Needles City Council Member Clayton Hazlewood responded by saying, “Well that’s good to hear; it’s tough to say – it was just brought to my attention so…. that’s why I work for; the people of this city so I figured I would just say.”

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney then spoke about the Brown Act and what it allows a council member to do and how the meetings are notice then how we would otherwise. Needles City Council Member Robert Richardson, M.D. has been attending meetings by phone.

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney said that whether if he lives here or not is another issue, but my understanding is he dose (live in Needles) and works out of town.

Needles City Attorney John Pinkney then said to accommodate his work situation, the meetings is set by phone, but it’s not prohibited for they to attend by phone. 

 

– Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D.:

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Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. talked about a funeral service coming up. 

 

– Needles City Attorney John Pinkney:

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Needles City Attorney John Pinkney wanted to remind all of the newly appointed members about the Brown Act rules. 

**** 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://cityofneedles.com/2017%20WEBSITE%20FILE%20POSTING/1%20CITY%20COUNCIL/01%20JANUARY/Mtg%201/cc_npua_011017-agenda-LINKED.pdf

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

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

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

 

 

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