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.

 

 

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