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Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Planning Commission Meeting.

Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Planning Commission Meeting.

A Needles Planning Commission Meeting was held on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

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

**** New Business: ****

– Agenda Item #6:

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Discussion on permitting medical marijuana manufacturing facilities using volatile chemicals.

Members of the Needles Planning Commission directed City Staff to bring back draft language for members to review at the next Needles Planning Commission Meeting. 

 

**** Board Requests: ****

Members of the Needles Planning Commission had no Board Requests.

 

**** City Manager Requests: ****

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Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about the latest information on utility projects going on in the City of Needles and how those utility projects are being funded.

 

**** 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 Cindy Semione, Secretary to the Board, at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 327.

News Alert!!: Needles, CA: Television and internet service will be interrupted this weekend.

News Alert!!: Needles, CA: Television and internet service will be interrupted this weekend.

Customers with Golden Valley Cable and Communications Inc. in the Needles, California area will have their television and internet service interrupted from 12:00am PT on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 to 6:00am PT on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017.

According to Golden Valley Cable and Communications Inc., “If you are in the City of Needles, you have seen all of the road construction in progress. Our main fiber, feeding the City of Needles, needs to be relocated. We will try to minimize the downtime per area to a few minutes, but it is possible the system will be down for the entire time. Thank you for your understanding.”

The road construction seen around Needles, California is part of the Interstate 40 / Arizona Highway 95 Connector construction project, which completion date for the project is set for Thursday, May 25th, 2017.

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Breaking News!!: Paris, France: Terrorist Ambush Attack on the Champs-Elysees.

Breaking News!!: Paris, France: Terrorist Ambush Attack on the Champs-Elysees.

Authorities in France say 3 police department officers were ambushed at the Champs-Elysees in Paris, France on Thursday, April 20th, 2017.

The man armed with a gun pulled up beside a parked police car near the Franklin Roosevelt Metro Station and opened fire at around 9:00pm Local Time (12:00pm PT).

A police department officer died and the 2 police department officers were injured.

The terrorist group ISIS is claiming responsibility for the Champs-Elysees attack on police department officers, and released a statement through the Amaq Media agency identified the shooter as “one of the Islamic State fighters.”

The terrorist gunman was fatally shot while trying to flee on foot down the famed boulevard.

Authorities have not yet identified the terrorist gunman, but authorities had the terrorist gunman on their radar.

French authorities were searching the terrorist gunman’s home in the Paris suburb of Chelles and looking for possible accomplices.

“We are greatly determined to fight terrorism here and every place where our forces are engaged. My thoughts are with the family of the police officer killed and those close to the wounded,” said French President Francois Hollande.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.

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Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting.

Needles, CA: Summary and voting results from the Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting.

A Needles Board of Public Utilities Meeting was held on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers in Needles, California.

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

**** Regular Items: ****

– Agenda Item #1:

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Minutes of regular meeting held April 4, 2017.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item #1.

 

– Agenda Item #2:

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Retroactively approve to January 1, 2017 the 2.82% increase in remuneration for EUSI, LLC, which increase is called out in Section 4.1 of the Agreement for Wastewater Systems Operations.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item #2.

 

– Agenda Item #3:

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Approve a budget increase for electric materials purchases in the amount of $200,000 from developer deposits for south side electrical improvements.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item #3.

 

– Agenda Item #4:

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Accept the WAPA offer to increase a power allocation to 60MW and direct the City Manager/General Manager to execute agreements and direct the system modifications.

Members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities unanimously voted to approve Agenda Item #4.

 

**** Reports: ****

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– Agenda Item #5: Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) Group Power Purchase Q4 (July-September) FY17.

– Agenda Item #6: Monthly activity report for February 2017.

– Agenda Item #7: Billing/red letter/collection procedures.

– Agenda Item #8: Delinquency amounts through March 2017.

– Agenda Item #9: EUSI, LLC Operational Support Services summary report for March 2017.

– Agenda Item #10: Lower Colorado Water Supply Project (LCWSP) Stage II Design and Construction Phase – stakeholder’s quarterly report.

Agenda Items #5 through #10 were information only and no votes was taken by members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities.

 

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**** City Manager’s Report: ****

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During City Manager’s Report, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels talked about exercising fire hydrants and found 7 fire hydrants were out of commission. The replacing of those fire hydrants that were in needed of being fix or were old; 3 have been repaired, 2 have been replaced, and the rest still needing to be done. Fire hydrants costs; Replacement cost is $2,000 for a new fire hydrant and labor, and $200 to repair a fire hydrant and labor. 

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels then talked about discussions with Pacific Gas and Electric, and expect to bring to members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities an agreement, in the next 2 months, about them funding the Park Moabi Line; a $12 to $15 million dollars project.

 

**** Board Requests: ****

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During Board Requests, members of the Needles Board of Public Utilities asked Needles City Manager Rick Daniels a variety of topics.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels was asked about what ever happened to our big solar project. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that it started off as Mohave Valley Energy, then a Greek company became the financier, and they decided not to proceed with that project, but all of our cost were covered by the deposits we put into place. 

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels was asked about if an issue get resolved regarding the first facility that was built, violating wastewater; from the salt water softener system – they had to correct. 

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that they (the facility) disconnected the salt water softener system and the second salt water softener was about to be connected, but decided to go with reverse osmosis system instead.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels also said that they (the facility) is no longer using the salt water softener system and we are not permitting the new cultivation facilities to use the salt water softener system and we;re requiring that their – what they dumped into our system be tested every 6 months, so we’re requiring lab tests.

Needles City Manager Rick Daniels was asked about if the City of Needles’ Code Enforcement had resigned. Needles City Manager Rick Daniels said that “Yes, our Code Enforcement Officer has left” adding that we’ve advertised and have 9 people who have applied. 

 

**** 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 Board of Public Utilities Meetings, please contact Cheryl K. Sallis at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 315.

Needles, CA: Needles Planning Commission Meeting today.

Needles, CA: Needles Planning Commission Meeting today.

A Needles Planning Commission Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 inside the Needles City Council Chambers located off the J Street, next to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station sign and flag pole, at the Needles Civic Center located at 1111 Bailey Avenue in Needles, California.

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

The Needles Planning Commission Meeting will start at 4:00pm PT.

**** 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 Cindy Semione, Secretary to the Board, at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 327.

Breaking News!!: Fresno, CA: Deadly shooting spree leaves several people dead and the suspect arrested.

Breaking News!!: Fresno, CA: Deadly shooting spree leaves several people dead and the suspect arrested.

According to the Fresno Police Department and the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office, at least 3 people are dead and a suspect arrested in a deadly shooting spree in Fresno, California on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017.

The suspect in the deadly shooting spree has been identified as 39 year old Kori Ali Muhamma and was a fugitive wanted in connection with the shooting death of a security guard at a Motel 6 on Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

According to Fresno Police Department Chief Jerry Dyer, Kori Ali Muhamma was arrested and was being held awaiting at least 4 counts of murder,

At least 16 rounds were fired in less than a minute at 4 locations in the Fresno, California area, including a Catholic Charities facility, where the suspect killed a man in the parking lot.

According to Fresno Police Department, the suspect reportedly yelled “Allahu Akbar” (“God is Great” in Arabic) during the deadly shooting spree.

But, the Fresno Police Department is saying that it’s too early to say whether terrorism was a factor.

According to Fresno Police Department Chief Jerry Dyer, Kori Ali Muhamma is black and all of the victims were white, and a social media accounts linked to Kori Ali Muhamma expressed anti-white and anti-government sentiments.

“This was a random act of violence. These were unprovoked attacks by an individual who was intent on carrying out homicides today,” said Fresno Police Department Chief Jerry Dyer.

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Breaking News!!: Erie, PA: Nationwide manhunt for Steve W. Stephens ends with Facebook murder suspect killing himself.

Breaking News!!: Erie, PA: Nationwide manhunt for Steve W. Stephens ends with Facebook murder suspect killing himself.

The nationwide manhunt underway for Facebook murder suspect accused of shooting death of an elderly man in Cleveland, Ohio has ended on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 when his body was found in a vehicle in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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The Pennsylvania State Police confirmed that 37 year old Steve W. Stephens was spotted by employees at a McDonald’s fast food restaurant on Buffalo Road.

An employee at a McDonald’s fast food restaurant called 911 well employees held up the suspect’s order until authorities arrived.

According to TMZ, Steve W. Stephens’ order of a 20 piece McNugget and a large fry, and employees at a McDonald’s fast food restaurant made it seem the fries weren’t ready so they could buy time.

Steve W. Stephens later shot and killed himself as authorities approached his vehicle.

Steve W. Stephens was filmed himself killing an elderly man, identified as 74 year old Robert Godwin Sr., who walking along East 93rd Street collecting aluminum cans on Sunday, April 16, 2017 then posting the video on Facebook.

A nationwide manhunt was launched for Steve W. Stephens on Monday, April 17th, 2017 with the Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a reward of up to $30,000 for information leading to his arrest.

More information is still coming into ZachNews.