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Needles, CA: Kids making gifts with love during the Needles Recreation Center’s Santa’s Workshop 2017.

Needles, CA: Kids making gifts with love during the Needles Recreation Center’s Santa’s Workshop 2017.

The Needles Recreation Center held their Santa’s Workshop 2017 on Saturday, December 9th, 2017 in Needles, California.



Kids enjoyed making gifts for their parents with the help of Santa’s elves, staff and volunteers at the Needles Recreation Center.

A total of 40 kids got to get their picture taken and make 4 gifts to be given out to their family.


Afterwards, the kids got to enjoy hot chocolate with marshmallows in a candy cane with a plate of delicious cookies and cupcakes.

As their parents came to pick them up, the kids thanked Jennifer Valenzuela and the wonderful staff and volunteers at the Needles Recreation Center.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

Downtown Needles, CA: Community rejoices for the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017.

Downtown Needles, CA: Community rejoices for the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017.

The holiday season was kicked off with lots of fun and community togetherness during the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 held on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 in Downtown Needles, California.

The Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017, formerly the Ol Santa Nick on Route 66, brought the popular community event back to life from an uncertain future thanks to a team effort by the Desert Communities Federal Credit Union, the Women’s Club of Needles, and the City of Needles.

The new event team brought the popular community event back to what it was years ago, placing the event right on the street of West Broadway so that nobody will missing the event and made sure that the Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting was brought back apart of the event.

ZachNews was broadcasting live on Facebook the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 and gave a walking tour of all of the fun that awaited the community.

Vendors with a variety of different clothes, Christmas theme items, and homemade gifts were set up along West Broadway for a open street market experiences.

People were seen checking out all of the wonderful items being sold as well as buying that last minute Christmas gift for their family or friends.

The California Highway Patrol in Needles, California had their booth set up and were giving out California Highway Patrol lanyard and stickers to the kids.

Next to the California Highway Patrol booth was their patrol vehicle where kids got to go inside and turn on the lights of the patrol vehicle.

On the west side of the Desert Communities Federal Credit Union, kids were seen having fun playing games in the kids game area.

Inside the Desert Communities Federal Credit Union off West Broadway, people were welcomed in to Santa Claus’ Workshop where kids visited with Santa Claus and told him what they want for Christmas.

From tasty chili dogs, chili, and soda to sweet and delicious treats, the Santa Claus’ Workshop had lunch and dessert waiting for you to enjoy.

The Woman’s Club of Needles were selling out many of their sweet and delicious treats during the event, including pies to cookies.

Kids got to do some holiday theme arts and crafting during the event with the help of Santa’s elves.

Parents and guardians were seen lined up to sign up their children for new toys for the holiday season during the Needles’ Spark of Love Toy Drive 2017’s One Day Registration.

The children also got to find the right gift for their parents and guardians in a Santa’s kid shop where kids can buy gifts for under a dollar and have their gifts wrapped for them with the help of Santa’s elves.

As part of the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 event, the 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby was held along West Broadway put on by the Needles Recreation Center.

ZachNews was broadcasting live on Facebook all of the joy and racing fun the kids and the community were having during the 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby.

The winners of the 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby were announced to the community and broadcast live at ZachNews on Facebook.

Later, the community gather for a wonderful performance by the Needles Recreation Center’s Dance Trax 51 along West Broadway.

ZachNews was broadcasting live on Facebook the performance by the Needles Recreation Center’s Dance Trax 51.

The kids preformed in front of the community a variety of songs and dances that warmed the crowd up with lots of love and joy.

As the evening progress, preparations were underway to set up ornaments and lights for the Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

ZachNews and Drew’s News teamed up to broadcast live the Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The Memorial Christmas Tree were decorated with ornaments from the community, including an ornament City of Needles Mayer Edward T. Paget placed on the Memorial Christmas Tree remembering the victims of the September 11 terror attack.

The lights on the Memorial Christmas Tree were set by volunteers, including Needles City Council Member Shawn Gudmundson who were seen checking and rechecking the lights and replacing lights on the Memorial Christmas Tree.

People enjoyed the decorated Memorial Christmas Tree, which is located near the intersection of West Broadway and G Street and will be lighted up through the Christmas and holiday season.

Anybody can place an ornament on the Memorial Christmas Tree, but please make sure that your ornament is fasten tight on the branch so that the winds don’t blow your ornament away.

After the Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, people began purchasing delicious hot chocolate being sold by wonderful kids with the California School Employees Association and lined along West Broadway for the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017’s Lighted Parade.

ZachNews and Drew’s News teamed up to broadcast live the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017’s Lighted Parade.

People enjoyed the wonderful and beautify decorated floats and participates who came out for the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017’s Lighted Parade.

ZachNews has the winners of the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017’s Lighted Parade that was held on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 in Downtown Needles, California.

**** Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017’s Lighted Parade Winners: ****

** Best Float: **

#10:

A&G Towing and Storage, Inc.

Serving the Colorado River Tri-Statea area

(Including in Bullhead City, Arizona and Needles, California)

** Best Decorated Vehicle: **

#13:

Needles Regional Museum

Downtown Needles, California

** Best Group: **

#18:

Havasu 95 Speedway and Havasu Wiring Outlaw Karts

Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Overall, the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 was well attended and well enjoyed, people glad that the event is back along West Broadway like in the pass, enjoyed the different activities and entertainment including the Route 66 Pee Wee Derby and Needles Recreation Center’s Dance Trax 51, and the return of the Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

What’s next for the organizers of the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 is to find out what went right or wrong during the event, what changes or improvements are needed, and suggestions on how to make next year’s event even bigger.

** Great work to everybody involved with the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 and thanks to everybody who answered the call for more participates for the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017’s Lighted Parade. **

** Pictures and Videos from ZachNews: **

Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 will be on Saturday.

Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 will be on Saturday.

The Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 will be held on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 in Downtown Needles, California.

There will be entertainment, shopping vendors, food vendors serving hot dogs, chili dogs and baked potatoes with trimmings, games, crafts, a Christmas Tree lighting, and a lighted parade during this free and open to the public event.

** Event Schedule: Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017: **

  • From 10:00am to 3:30pm PT: Santa Claus’ Workshop:

There will be a Santa Claus’ Workshop inside the Desert Communities Federal Credit Union, located at 1001 West Broadway, where families can visit with Santa Claus, purchase bake goods from the bake goods sale, have the kids enjoy making holiday theme crafts, and sign up for the Needles Spark of Love Toy Drive.

The Needles’ Spark of Love Toy Drive 2017 will be having a One Day Registration from 10:00am to 2:00pm PT on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 inside the Desert Community Federal Credit Union, located at 1001 West Broadway near G Street, in Downtown Needles, California.

Parents and guardians can sign up children for new toys for the holiday season.

Parents and guardians must bring picture identification, proof of residency, and the child that will be recipients.

The Needles’ Spark of Love Toy Drive 2017 is presented by the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the Women’s Club of Needles, Desert Community Federal Credit Union, Needles Recreation Department, and Needles Community Partners.

There will also be performances by Dance Trax 51 and the Needles Senior Line Dancers during the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 event.

  • At 1:00pm PT: 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby:

The 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby will be held in the west side parking lot area of the Desert Communities Federal Credit Union.

The entry fee for the 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby is $20.00 and includes 1 build your own Pinewood Derby Car kit (includes paintbrushes, glue, stickers, and instructions) and a goody bag.

There will be 3 division races for racers to join; 4 years old to 6 years old, 7 years old to 9 years old, and 10 years old to 12 years old.

Medals will be awarded to 1st Place and 2nd Place in each of the division races, and all racers will receive a participation ribbon.

Only derby cars that were supplied by the Needles Recreation Center with your paid entry fee will be allowed to race in the 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby.

Inspections of all derby cars will start before the races starting at 12:30pm PT.

All racing contestants between 4 years old and 12 years old must pre-register at the Needles Recreation Center, located at 1705 J Street, in Needles, California prior to the racing event.

  • At 4:00pm PT: Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony:

The Lightning of the Memorial Christmas Tree returns to the event and will happen on the corner of West Broadway and G Street.

City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. will be kicking off the Lightning of the Memorial Christmas Tree Ceremony.

Trimming of the Memorial Christmas Tree is to be conducted on Friday, December 1st, 2017.

Residents can bring memorial ornaments and such to be added at that time, or bring them to the Lightning of the Memorial Christmas Tree.

  • At 5:00pm PT: Lighted Parade:

The Lighted Parade will be held along West Broadway with decorated floats, marching bands, and Santa Claus.

Streets along the Lighted Parade will be closed before 5:00pm PT.

** Vendors Signing Ups: **

Vendors can signing up for spots during the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017.

Vendors will be limited to one of a kind and will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis.

Vendor’s fees cost is $25.00 for the day or $35.00 with electricity.

** Lighted Parade Signing Ups: **

There are still lots of spaces left to be in the Lighted Parade and entries will be judge in 3 categories: best floats, best decorated vehicles, and best group will be awarded for their use of lights and best display of theme.

Entries are due by 4:00pm PT on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017.

Those wanting to participate in the Lighted Parade should obtain entry forms from Mary Gonzales at the Colorado River Medical Center, located at 1401 Bailey Avenue in Needles, California, and return them to Mary Gonzales by either fax at: 1 (760) 459-2210 or send a request by email to: mgonzales@crmccares.com

No matter how big or small your entry is, just be part of the community fun of the Lighted Parade.

** More Information Contacts: **

For more information regarding the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017, including vendors sign up information, please contact Tena McGee at the Women’s Club of Needles at: 1 (760) 985-4050.

For more information regarding the Needles’ Spark of Love Toy Drive 2017, please text only the Holiday Hot Line at: 1 (760) 985-4050.

For more information regarding the 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby, please contact Jennifer Valenzuela at the Needles Recreation Center at: 1 (760) 326-2814.

For more information regarding the Lighted Parade, please contact Mary Gonzales at: 1 (760) 326-7151 during Monday through Fridays business hours from 9:00am to 4:00pm PT.

**** Live Broadcast: ****

ZachNews on Facebook along with the our friend at the Drew’s News Channel on YouTube will be teaming up to broadcast live all the fun of the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017.

  • ZachNews on Facebook:

 

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

  • Drew’s News Channel on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkckifOFYGi-c5PFmIhb6Zg

** Flyer Picture from the City of Needles: **

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

** Live Broadcast from ZachNews on Facebook: **

**** Executive Session: ****

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

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

 

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

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

 

** Live Broadcast from ZachNews on Facebook: **

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

**** Public Appearances: ****

At least 3 people spoke during Public Appearances.

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

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

 

**** Presentations: ****

  • Agenda Item #1:

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

** Agenda Item Information: **

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

  • Agenda Item #2:

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

 

** Agenda Item Information: **

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

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

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

 

**** Public Hearings: ****

  • Agenda Item #3:

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

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

** Agenda Item Information: **

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

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

 

  • Agenda Item #4:

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

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

** Agenda Item Information: **

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

** Agenda Item Information: **

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

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

 

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

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

** Agenda Item Information: **

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

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

 

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

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

All matters listed on the Consent Calendar are Considered to be routine and will be enacted by one motion in the form listed. The Mayor or any member of the Needles City Council may pull an item from the Consent Calendar for discussion. Prior to Needles City Council action, a member of the public may address the Needles City Council on matters Scheduled on the Consent Calendar. A 3 minute time limit per person applies. Recommended Action: Approve items #7 through #12 on the Consent Calendar by affirmative roll call vote.

  • Agenda Item #7:

Approve the warrants register through November 14, 2017.

** Agenda Item Information: **

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

 

  • Agenda Item #8:

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

** Agenda Item Information: **

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

 

  • Agenda Item #9:

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

** Agenda Item Information: **

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

 

  • Agenda Item #10:

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

** Agenda Item Information: **

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

 

  • Agenda Item #11:

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

** Agenda Item Information: **

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

 

  • Agenda Item #12:

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

** Agenda Item Information: **

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

**** Regular Items: ****

  • Agenda Item #13:

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

** Agenda Item Information: **

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

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

 

  • Agenda Item #14:

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

** Agenda Item Information: **

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

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

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

 

  • Agenda Item #15:

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

** Agenda Item Information: **

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

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

 

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

  • Needles City Attorney John Pinkney:

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

  • Needles City Manager Rick Daniels:

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

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

**** You can view the full Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority Meeting agenda packet at the following City of Needles website address: ****

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

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

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

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

 

 

Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017.

Downtown Needles, CA: Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017.

The Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 will be held on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 in Downtown Needles, California.

There will be entertainment, shopping vendors, food vendors serving hot dogs, chili dogs and baked potatoes with trimmings, games, crafts, a Christmas Tree lighting, and a lighted parade during this free and open to the public event.

** Event Schedule: Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017: **

  • From 10:00am to 3:30pm PT: Santa Claus’ Workshop:

There will be a Santa Claus’ Workshop inside the Desert Communities Federal Credit Union, located at 1001 West Broadway, where families can visit with Santa Claus.

You can also sign up for the Spark of Love Toy Drive, purchase bake goods from the bake goods sale, and kids can enjoy making holiday theme crafts.

There will also be performances by Dance Trax 51 and the Needles Senior Line Dancers during the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017 event.

  • At 1:00pm PT: 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby:

The 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby will be held in the west side parking lot area of the Desert Communities Federal Credit Union.

The entry fee for the 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby is $20.00 and includes 1 build your own Pinewood Derby Car kit (includes paintbrushes, glue, stickers, and instructions) and a goody bag.

There will be 3 division races for racers to join; 4 years old to 6 years old, 7 years old to 9 years old, and 10 years old to 12 years old.

Medals will be awarded to 1st Place and 2nd Place in each of the division races, and all racers will receive a participation ribbon.

Only derby cars that were supplied by the Needles Recreation Center with your paid entry fee will be allowed to race in the 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby.

Inspections of all derby cars will start before the races starting at 12:30pm PT.

All racing contestants between 4 years old and 12 years old must pre-register at the Needles Recreation Center, located at 1705 J Street, in Needles, California prior to the racing event.

  • At 4:00pm PT: Memorial Christmas Tree Lighting:

The Lightning of the Memorial Christmas Tree returns to the event and will happen on the corner of West Broadway and G Street.

City of Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget M.D. will be kicking off the Lightning of the Memorial Christmas Tree ceremony.

Trimming of the Memorial Christmas Tree is to be conducted on Friday, December 1st, 2017.

Residents can bring memorial ornaments and such to be added at that time, or bring them to the Lightning of the Memorial Christmas Tree.

  • At 5:00pm PT: Lighted Parade:

The Lighted Parade will be held along West Broadway with decorated floats, marching bands, and Santa Claus.

Streets along the Lighted Parade will be closed before 5:00pm PT.

** Vendors Signing Ups: **

Vendors can signing up for spots during the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017.

Vendors will be limited to one of a kind and will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis.

Vendor’s fees cost is $25.00 for the day or $35.00 with electricity.

** Lighted Parade Signing Ups: **

Sign up to be in the Lighted Parade and be part of the community celebration.

Lighted Parade entries will be judge in 3 categories: best floats, best decorated vehicles, and best group will be awarded for their use of lights and best display of theme.

Entries are due by 4:00pm PT on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017.

Those wanting to participate in the Lighted Parade should obtain entry forms from Mary Gonzales at the Colorado River Medical Center, located at 1401 Bailey Avenue in Needles, California, and return them to Mary Gonzales by either fax at: 1 (760) 459-2210 or send a request by email to: mgonzales@crmccares.com

No matter how big or small your entry is, just be part of the community fun of the Lighted Parade.

 

** More Information Contacts: **

For more information regarding the Needles Holiday Fun Fair 2017, including vendors sign up information, please contact Tena McGee at the Women’s Club of Needles at: 1 (760) 985-4050.

For more information regarding the 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby, please contact Jennifer Valenzuela at the Needles Recreation Center at: 1 (760) 326-2814.

For more information regarding the Lighted Parade, please contact Mary Gonzales at: 1 (760) 326-7151 during Monday through Fridays business hours from 9:00am to 4:00pm PT.

** Live Broadcast: **

ZachNews on Facebook will be broadcasting live the performances by Dance Trax 51 and the Needles Senior Line Dancers as well as the 7th Annual Route 66 Pee Wee Derby, the Lightning of the Memorial Christmas Tree, and the Lighted Parade.

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

** Flyer Picture from the City of Needles: **

Needles, CA: California State Assemblyman Jay Obernolte hosting Community Coffee event inside the Needles Recreation Center.

Needles, CA: California State Assemblyman Jay Obernolte hosting Community Coffee event inside the Needles Recreation Center.

Jay Obernolte, State Assemblyman for California’s 33rd District, will be hosting a Community Coffee event from 8:00am to 9:00am PT on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 inside the Needles Recreation Center, located at 1705 J Street, in Needles, California.

Come in and enjoy coffee with your community well listening about legislation in Sacramento and share your ideas for your community.

** Flyer Picture from California State Assemblyman Jay Obernolte: **

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.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

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

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

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.

** Live Video from ZachNews on Facebook: **

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.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

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.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

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”.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

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.

** Pictures from ZachNews: **

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: **