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Colorado River Tri-State: Communities showed their patriotism for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 as they honor veterans and preserve military history.

Colorado River Tri-State: Communities showed their patriotism for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 as they honor veterans and preserve military history.

Communities in the Colorado River Tri-State area showed their patriotism for the United States of America as the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 honored veterans and preserve military history in a convoy along historic Route 66 on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) is conducting a Route 66 Convoy 2017 from Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 to Santa Monica, California on Saturday, October 14th, 2017.

As part of their journey along historic Route 66, the convoy was going to make a stop in Needles, California were a community was planning a welcoming event for their arrival.

The convoy began their journey to Needles, California leaving their rest stop in Kingman, Arizona at around 8:00am MST on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

The convoy drove westbound along historic Route 66 heading up the Black Mountains into the town of Oatman, Arizona then going down the Black Mountains into the community of Topock, Arizona where they made a stop at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6306 where they hosted a reception for the convoy and for the community.

** Pictures from Loree Gaskill: **

These pictures sent into ZachNews by Loree Gaskill show their arrival at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6306.

After meeting with the great people of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6306, the convoy started off towards Needles, California.

The convoy drove across the Colorado River along westbound Interstate 40, then got back onto historic Route 66 into Needles, California.

** Drone Video from Richard Hazlewood for ZachNews: **

ZachNews was able to get an aerial of convoy along East Broadway thanks to a drone that was operated by Richard Hazlewood from Needles, California.

** Drone Video Pictures from Richard Hazlewood for ZachNews: **

These aerial pictures captured in the drone video shows the convoy driving along East Broadway near Goodwill Street in Needles, California.

** Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

At around 12:43pm PT, the convoy arrived into Downtown Needles, California.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez captured on camera the convoy arrival into their rest stop for that day and for the welcoming event waiting for the group.

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The convoy drove west along West Broadway and entered a dirt lot next to the Needles Chamber of Commerce in Downtown Needles, California.

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After arriving, the group were treated to a delicious lunch thanks to Golden Valley Cable and Communications Inc. and was welcomed on a tour of the historic El Garces Train Depot.

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After lunch, a welcome ceremony was held kicked off at Santa Fe Park.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez broadcast live on Facebook the welcome ceremony welcoming the Route 66 Convoy 2017 group to their community.

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The welcome ceremony began with music and the playing of the national anthem preformed by the Fort Mojave Tribal Band.

Proclamations were then handed out by both City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget and San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor Robert Lovingood to Dan McCluskey, Convoy Commander for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

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Dan McCluskey thanked the community for welcoming them into their community and for the great lunch, and presented to City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget a licence plate that read, “Needles, AZ — Our Host City”.

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Doran A. Sanchez from the Bureau of Land Management welcomed the convoy to California and thanked everybody, including the City of Needles Mayor and City Council as well as Pam from the Needles Chamber of Commerce and Janet from the Needles Downtown Business Alliance for putting this event on.

Dan McCluskey was presented with a gift, a Historic California Route 66 Needles sign, from the California Historic Route 66 Association.

** Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

After the welcoming ceremony, Zachary Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez talked with Dan McCluskey, Convoy Commander for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017, about the group and the convoy’s journey along historic Route 66.

Established in 1976, the non-profit Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) has over 6,000 members worldwide and is dedicated to providing an international organization for military vehicle enthusiasts, historians, preservationists and collectors interested in the acquisition, restoration, preservation, safe operation and public education of historic military transport.

ZachNews asked Dan McCluskey what has been the experiences been like on their convoy journey along historic Route 66?

It’s been amazing. One of the things is, we’re not following the interstates, we’re following the original routes that went through the middle of all of these small towns that are slowly being bypassed by the interstate, and we’re getting these towns that have 1500 people in it and we’ll get 2,000-3,000 people empty into the town. We had schools we had passed; all of the students are out along their fence, they’re sitting along the curb waving flags, we had one school – it was elementary all the way to high school – the whole school was out along the road waving flags that they made by hand. It was just amazing and it brings tears to your eyes to see this patriotism we have; honoring the veterans, honoring the military, which is what we are doing on this convoy,” said Dan McCluskey.

ZacHnews asked Dan McCluskey if there were people in the convoy who have served in the military?

About 70 percent of the people on the convoy – owners of these vehicles – are veterans and then we have that small number that are just collectors, and they’re here to preserver and protect this amazing amount of history here that we have,” said Dan McCluskey.

Dan McCluskey said that the vehicles are, “all privately own” and that, “we pay all of our expenses – all the way across the U.S., and it’s all about preserving the history.”

ZachNews asked Dan McCluskey how was the drive over from Kingman, Arizona to Needles, California?

It was incredibly beautiful drive going out of Kingman and up to Oatman, we even brought our heavies through the Oatman highway, and we actually had no problems with them,” said Dan McCluskey.

Dan McCluskey then talked to ZachNews about their stops in Oatman, Arizona and Topock, Arizona on their way towards Needles, California.

We had a morning break in Oatman – we spent a hour and a haft there and then we came down the hill, and the day before we have been invited by the V.F.W. hall in Topock to stop and we did, We stopped there for a haft hour confer break to meet the veterans there, to shake their hands, to have them tell us their stories; we had our veterans who are on the convoy, they’re telling stories to them, and it was an amazing route that we just did here today and then crossing the Colorado River to come into Needles,” said Dan McCluskey.

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Some of the military vehicles remained parked on display after the welcoming ceremony for the community to view well the other military vehicles drove around the community checking out Needles, California.

As evening fell, some of the people in the convoy camped out in the dirt lot next to the Needles Chamber of Commerce and enjoyed free WiFi during their stay thanks to Golden Valley Cable and Communications Inc.

The rest of the people in the convoy decided to either camp at the Needles K.O.A. Campground off National Old Trails Road (Route 66) or stay at the Rio Del Sol Inn off Pashard Street in Needles, California.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

As morning rose, Route 66 Convoy 2017 group said a goodbye to Needles, California and began their journey west at 7:00am PT on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez broadcast live on Facebook the convoy left along Needles Highway then headed westbound on Interstate 40 towards their next stop for an event at the Marine Corps Logistics Base (M.C.L.B.) in Barstow, California.

These pictures from the Marine Corps Logistics Base (M.C.L.B.) – Barstow on Facebook shows the convoy stopped for an event at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow, California.

ZachNews has learn that the convoy arrived at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, California on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 ending the historic Route 66 convoy journey.

The convoy is currently resting historic Route 66 convoy journey at Fort MacArthur Historic Park in San Pedro, California after taking a short journey south along Pacific Coast Highway 1 in the South Bay portion of Los Angeles, California.

** For more information about the Military Vehicle Preservation Association and the Route 66 Convoy 2017, please go to the following Military Vehicle Preservation Association website address: **

  • Website:

http://www.mvpa.org/

** More information about the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 can also been found at the following Military Vehicle Preservation Association social media website addressees: **

  • Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MVPAConvoy

  • Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MilitaryVehicle

**** ZachNews would like to say congratulations to the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 for arriving safely to your final destination and thanks to everybody with the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 for coming to Needles, California and thanks to all of the veterans for their service in our military and all they did for us and our country. ****

** ZachNews would like to say great work to everybody who worked on the welcoming event for the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 to Needles, California. **

** Picture Above from Richard Hazlewood for ZachNews: **

Needles, CA: Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 on Tuesday.

Needles, CA: Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 on Tuesday.

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) is conducting a Route 66 Convoy 2017 from Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 to Santa Monica, California on Saturday, October 14th, 2017.

Over 100 historic military vehicles are participating in the retracing the original 1926 Route 66.

As part of the journey along historic Route 66, the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 will driving into Needles, California on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

ZachNews has just learn the official schedule from the official organizers of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will leave Kingman, Arizona at around 8:00am MST.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will arrive in Oatman, Arizona between 9:30am and 10:30am MST.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will arrive in the Golden Shores, Arizona and Topock, Arizona area at 11:30am MST.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will be stopping to met with a veterans group in Golden Shores, Arizona for a few minutes then continue on their journey.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will arrive in Needles, California at 12:00pm PT.

Despite what is being reported elsewhere, the Route 66 Convoy 2017 is not arriving to Needles, California at 2:30pm or 3:30pm PT.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will be driving along southbound along Route 66 (Oatman-Topock Highway), westbound along Interstate 40, southbound and westbound along Five Mile Road, northbound along U.S. Highway 95, northbound along East Broadway, and westbound along West Broadway towards our camp site.

Official organizers of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 are also telling ZachNews that there will be drones flying over the Route 66 Convoy 2017, including in the area of Interstate 40 at the Colorado River, Interstate 40 at Five Mile Road, and along East Broadway near the Carty’s Camp location.

ZachNews will be having at drone flying over East Broadway near Goodwill Street to capture the Route 66 Convoy 2017 passing by that location.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will enter the dirt parking lot located along the 1000 block of West Broadway near Santa Fe Park where a welcoming event will be held for all of the participates in the Route 66 Convoy 2017.

An estimated 62 military vehicles will be stopping at the welcoming event at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California.

Most of the historic military vehicles and participates in the Route 66 Convoy 2017 will be parked in the dirt parking lot overnight well some of the military vehicles and participates will be staying at hotels along Needles Highway, including the Rio Del Soul hotel.

The welcoming event at Santa Fe Park, located on the 900 block of Front Street near G Street, in Downtown Needles, California will include a proclamation by the City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget and San Bernardino County Board of Supervisor Robert Lovingood as well as the Veterans of Foreign (V.F.W.) Post 404 from Mohave Valley, Arizona and the Fort Mojave Tribal Band will also be participating in the welcoming event and there will be free food for all of the participates in the Route 66 Convoy 2017.

At 7:00am PT on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, the Route 66 Convoy 2017 will leave Needles, California heading west along Route 66, passing Amboy, California and Newberry Springs, California, stopping at their next pit stop along Route 66 in Barstow, California.

According to the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) website, World War II caused a marked decline in civilian and tourist traffic, but it stimulated new business along U.S. 66, when it acted as a military transport corridor moving troops and supplies from one military reservation to another. Motels saw an increase in occupancy, as families of servicemen stationed at military bases stayed for long stretches. But more significantly, Route 66 facilitated perhaps the single greatest Wartime mobilization, as thousands of jobseekers headed to California, Oregon and Washington to work in defense plants.

Route 66 had its official beginnings in 1926 when the Bureau of Public Roads launched the nation’s first Federal highway system. Like other highways in the system, the path of Route 66 was a cobbling together of existing local, State and National roads. The highway quickly became a popular route because of the active promotion of the U.S. 66 Highway Association, which advertised it as the shortest, best and most scenic route from Chicago through St. Louis to Los Angeles.

The original 1926 route began in Chicago, Illinois traveling through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before ending in Santa Monica, California covering a total of 2,448 miles. Route 66 is remembered by a popular song “Get Your Kicks on Route 66″ recorded in 1946.

** More information about the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 can be found at the following website address and social media websites: **

  • Website:

http://www.mvpa.org/

  • Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MVPAConvoy

  • Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MilitaryVehicle

Follow the hashtag: #MVPACONVOY on Twitter for more pictures and videos from the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

Please come out and welcome the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

**** ZachNews will have live news coverage of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 from Needles, California at ZachNews on Facebook. ****

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** More pictures and videos of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 later on ZachNews and ZachNews on YouTube. **

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

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

A Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting was held on Tuesday, 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: Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

Needles, CA: Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

The Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) is conducting a Route 66 Convoy 2017 from Chicago, Illinois on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 to Santa Monica, California on Saturday, October 14th, 2017. 

Over 100 historic military vehicles are participating in the retracing the original 1926 Route 66.

As part of the journey along historic Route 66, the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 will driving into Needles, California on Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.

ZachNews has just learn the official schedule from the official organizers of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will leave Kingman, Arizona at around 8:00am MST.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will arrive in Oatman, Arizona between 9:30am and 10:30am MST.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will arrive in the Golden Shores, Arizona and Topock, Arizona area at 11:30am MST.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will be stopping to met with a veterans group in Golden Shores, Arizona for a few minutes then continue on their journey.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will arrive in Needles, California at 12:00pm PT.

Despite what is being reported elsewhere, the Route 66 Convoy 2017 is not arriving to Needles, California at 2:30pm or 3:30pm PT.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will be driving along southbound along Route 66 (Oatman-Topock Highway), westbound along Interstate 40, southbound and westbound along Five Mile Road, northbound along U.S. Highway 95, northbound along East Broadway, and westbound along West Broadway towards our camp site.

Official organizers of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 are also telling ZachNews that there will be drones flying over the Route 66 Convoy 2017, including in the area of Interstate 40 at the Colorado River, Interstate 40 at Five Mile Road, and along East Broadway near the Carty’s Camp location.

ZachNews will be having at drone flying over East Broadway near Goodwill Street to capture the Route 66 Convoy 2017 passing by that location.

The Route 66 Convoy 2017 will enter the dirt parking lot located along the 1000 block of West Broadway near Santa Fe Park where a welcoming event will be held for all of the participates in the Route 66 Convoy 2017.

An estimated 62 military vehicles will be stopping at the welcoming event at Santa Fe Park in Downtown Needles, California.

Most of the historic military vehicles and participates in the Route 66 Convoy 2017 will be parked in the dirt parking lot overnight well some of the military vehicles and participates will be staying at hotels along Needles Highway, including the Rio Del Soul hotel.

The welcoming event at Santa Fe Park, located on the 900 block of Front Street near G Street, in Downtown Needles, California will include a proclamation by the City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget and San Bernardino County Board of Supervisor Robert Lovingood as well as the Veterans of Foreign (V.F.W.) Post 404 from Mohave Valley, Arizona and the Fort Mojave Tribal Band will also be participating in the welcoming event and there will be free food for all of the participates in the Route 66 Convoy 2017.

At 7:00am PT on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, the Route 66 Convoy 2017 will leave Needles, California heading west along Route 66, passing Amboy, California and Newberry Springs, California, stopping at their next pit stop along Route 66 in Barstow, California.

According to the Military Vehicle Preservation Association (M.V.P.A) website, World War II caused a marked decline in civilian and tourist traffic, but it stimulated new business along U.S. 66, when it acted as a military transport corridor moving troops and supplies from one military reservation to another. Motels saw an increase in occupancy, as families of servicemen stationed at military bases stayed for long stretches. But more significantly, Route 66 facilitated perhaps the single greatest Wartime mobilization, as thousands of jobseekers headed to California, Oregon and Washington to work in defense plants.

Route 66 had its official beginnings in 1926 when the Bureau of Public Roads launched the nation’s first Federal highway system. Like other highways in the system, the path of Route 66 was a cobbling together of existing local, State and National roads. The highway quickly became a popular route because of the active promotion of the U.S. 66 Highway Association, which advertised it as the shortest, best and most scenic route from Chicago through St. Louis to Los Angeles.

The original 1926 route began in Chicago, Illinois traveling through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before ending in Santa Monica, California covering a total of 2,448 miles. Route 66 is remembered by a popular song “Get Your Kicks on Route 66″ recorded in 1946.

** More information about the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 can be found at the following website address and social media websites: **

  • Website:

http://www.mvpa.org/

  • Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/MVPAConvoy

  • Twitter:

https://twitter.com/MilitaryVehicle

Follow the hashtag: #MVPACONVOY on Twitter for more pictures and videos from the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

Please come out and welcome the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017.

**** ZachNews will have live news coverage of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 from Needles, California at ZachNews on Facebook. ****

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

** More pictures and videos of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017 later on ZachNews and ZachNews on YouTube. **

** Pictures and videos from Military Vehicle Preservation Association’s Route 66 Convoy 2017: **

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:

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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:

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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: Ribbon cutting ceremony held celebrating the restoring of some court services to the Needles Courthouse.

Needles, CA: Ribbon cutting ceremony held celebrating the restoring of some court services to the Needles Courthouse.

A ribbon cutting ceremony restoring limited court services to the community was held on Friday, July 7th, 2017 inside the Needles Courthouse in Needles, California.

Dignitaries and officials from the City of Needles, County of San Bernardino, law enforcement and Superior Court all attended the ribbon cutting ceremony.

ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary A. Lopez was there at the ribbon cutting ceremony and went Live at ZachNews on Facebook.

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Honor Guard began the ribbon cutting ceremony and Court Executive Officer Nancy CS Eberhardt from the San Bernardino County Superior Court welcomed everybody to the ribbon cutting ceremony.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s John McMahon and Presiding Judge Hon. Raymond L. Haight III from the San Bernardino County Superior Court spoke during the ribbon cutting ceremony about what this means for the community and what’s next in the goal to bring back the Needles Courthouse back to what it was along ago.

Afterwards, officials from the City of Needles, including Needles City Council Member Louise Evans, Needles City Council Member Tona Belt, and Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, join San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s John McMahon and Presiding Judge Hon. Raymond L. Haight from the San Bernardino County Superior Court to officially cut the ribbon and the slow return of court services, with hopes for the future of bring back all of the court services for the community who have to drive far to take care of court related matters.

In a press release from the Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino, effective Friday, July 7th, 2017, the San Bernardino Superior Court will open limited service in Needles, California for members of the public to address traffic and non-traffic infraction matters.

In addition, remote video proceedings will be supported by a judge sitting in the Barstow District.

This will allow residents to appear at the Needles District located at 1111 Bailey Avenue in Needles, California for remote appearance on traffic and non-traffic infraction arraignments.

Additional services will be provided gradually as resources become available.

The Victor Valley Transit Authority (V.V.T.A.) Route 200 will continue to make one round-trip each Friday, departing from Needles, California traveling to Barstow, California in the morning and returning to Needles, California in the afternoon for those individuals who wish to appear at the Barstow District.

This ongoing collaboration between the San Bernardino Superior Court, Needles City Council members and Robert Lovingood, San Bernardino County 1st District Supervisor, represents a continuing effort to restore services that were reduced or eliminated due to budget cuts over the last several years.

For more information, please contact the Court Executive Office at: 1 (909) 708-8746.

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