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Actions of Needles City Council, May 14, 2019

May 16, 2019

How they voted: Needles City Council and Needles Public Utility Authority meeting in regular session on May 14, 2019. Councilors Tona Belt, Shawn Gudmundson, Clayton Hazlewood, Zachery Longacre, Timothy Terral and Mayor Jeff Williams were present. Vice-mayor Ed Paget M.D. was granted an excused absence.

Report from executive session:

Conference with labor negotiators Needles Unclassified Employees Association and Teamsters Local 1932. City Manager Rick Daniels representing the city.

Real property negotiations of price and terms with Ashot Minasian, potential buyer of 1.52 acres at the northwest corner of West Broadway and G Street. Daniels or designee representing the city.

No reportable actions were taken on either item.

NCC informational item: California Association for Local Economic Development presented the 2019 Game Changer Award of Excellence to Needles City Council.

NCC informational item: Capt. Ross Tarangle, San Bernardino County Sheriff Department, Needles’ Colorado River Station Commander, reviewed 2018 crime statistics for the city of Needles.

NCC discretionary item: Proposal by Jerry Telles of Ice House Road LLC, to lower the 10 percent of gross receipts cannabis tax rate on cultivators and distributors.

No action taken

NCC action item: a public hearing regarding amendment to remove a four hour time limit and limiting types of vehicles allowed to park in a designated parking area and cul-de-sac at Jack Smith Park was continued to the meeting of May 28.

NCC action item: Staff report, council questions, public comments, council deliberation, first reading and posting of Ordinance 616-AC to allow sales, possession and use of ‘Safe and Sane’ fireworks in the city. Approved with changes.

Belt-N, Gudmundson-Y, Hazlewood-Y, Longacre-Y, Terral-Y

NCC action item: Staff report, presentation, council questions, public comments, council deliberation, first reading and posting of a city code amendment regulating exterior paint colors for non-residential buildings; or to provide direction to discourage use of unusual or brilliant colors or patterns.

Allowed to die for lack of a motion.

Recess NCC, convene joint NCC/NPUA

NCC/NPUA action item, consent calendar including:

Approve minutes of meetings held July 10, Aug 14, Sept. 11 and 25, 2018.

Authorize purchase of a 250 horsepower pump at $20,564.91 and assembly at $13,123.59 as a standby pump for Well 15. Total cost not to exceed $34,000 to Layne Christensen, using water replacement funds.

Approve amendment of an existing interconnect agreement from Dec. 5, 2015, revising language in compliance with Public Utilities Corporation Section 2827: payment for net energy. Adopt a net surplus energy compensation rate of $0.0450 based on October 2018 electric rates.

Authorize staff to fund a 2019 solar camp for students of the Needles Unified School District. Cost, not to exceed $16,667, budgeted for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Belt-Y, Gudmundson-Y, Hazlewood-Y, Longacre-Y, Terral-Y, Williams-Y

Adjourn joint meeting, reconvene NCC

NCC action item, consent calendar including:

Approve warrants register through May 14, 2019.

Approve minutes of meetings held Sept. 11 and 25, 2018.

Waive reading and adopt Resolution 2019-18 approving an 11th amendment and extension of license between the city and Bonnie Baker Senior Center for use of the kitchen and a portion of the dining area in the Needles Regional Senior Center during fiscal year 2019-20.

Authorize purchase of a 2019 Chevrolet 2500HD four-wheel-drive truck with an eight-inch Rock King plow from Findlay Automotive. Cost not to exceed $41,000 using Public Works Department vehicle replacement funds, fleet general funds, and savings from salaries.

Ratify action taken by the city manager to purchase and install a new 100-gallon hot water heater at the Needles Recreation Center; increase facility maintenance line item from surplus funds.

Authorize Mayor Jeff Williams to sign a letter opposing Assembly Bill 1356. The bill would reportedly remove the city’s ability to approve retail cannabis shops at a different concentration level or prohibit them within its jurisdiction. (Longacre abstain).

Approve Resolution 2019-19 adopting SB1: Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 project list.

Belt-Y, Gudmundson-Y, Hazlewood-Y, Longacre-Y, Terral-Y

NCC action item: Approve $2,471,947 service contract with the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department for 2019-20.

Belt-Y, Gudmundson-Y, Hazlewood-Y, Longacre-Y, Terral-Y

NCC discretionary item: Cancel the second regular NCC/NPUA meetings of June, July and August.

Belt-Y, Gudmundson-Y, Hazlewood-Y, Longacre-Y, Terral-Y

NCC emergency action item added during the council meeteing: Ratify city manager’s action in ordering a new pump, to replace one that failed, for the city’s water system. Price is expected to be between $30,000 and $36,000.

Belt-Y, Gudmundson-Y, Hazlewood-Y, Longacre-Y, Terral-Y

Key: Y is a yes vote, N is a no vote, A is abstain from voting. Council members must abstain in the case of a conflict of interest. Mayor Jeff Williams, or the presiding officer in his absence, votes only in the case of a tie. The presiding officer does vote on the actions of the Needles Public Utility Authority, Public Financing Authority and Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency. Ordinances require two separate readings and affirmative votes of at least four council members for passage. Emergency ordinances may be passed on one reading but require five affirmative votes. Resolutions require one reading with four affirmative votes and take effect immediately.

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