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Actions of Needles City Council regular meeting of Feb. 12, 2019

February 13, 2019

How they voted: Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority meeting in regular session on Feb. 12, 2019. Council members Tona Belt, Shawn Gudmundson, Clayton Hazlewood, Zachery Longacre, Ed Paget M.D., Timothy Terral and Mayor Jeff Williams were present.

Report from executive session:

Conference with labor negotiators Needles Unclassified Employees Association and San Bernardino Public Employees Association Teamsters Local 1932. City Manager Rick Daniels representing the city. No reportable action taken.

Conference with legal counsel, potential initiation of litigation, one case. Councilors Longacre, Terral recused. No reportable action taken.

Public employee performance evaluation, city manager. No reportable action taken.

Presentation: Mary Gonzales of Needles Chamber of Commerce presented information regarding the 11th Route 66 Hot Boat and Custom Car Show.

Recess NCC, convene joint NCC/NPUA

NCC/NPUA action item, consent calendar including:

Approve, authorize city manager to execute Western Area Power Administration Agreement 18-DSR-12837, Amendment 1.

Authorize mayor to execute letter of opposition to CalRecycle with comments regarding proposed regulations of Senate Bill 1383: Short Lived Climate Pollutants Organic Waste Methane Emission Reduction Requirements.

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

Removed from consent calendar: Authorize city manager to execute Colorado River agreements and exhibits including a Lower Basin Drought Contingency Plan Agreement; Amendments 2 and 3 of a California Agreement for Creation and Delivery of Extraordinary Conservation Intentionally Created Surplus; ICS exhibits from Arizona, California and Nevada contractors party to the 2007 Forbearance Agreement with possible last minute, nonmaterial changes prior to execution by all parties.

Item is to come before council at a future meeting.

NCC/NPUA action item: Approve proposed revisions to NPUA budget for fiscal year ending June 30, 2019.

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

Adjourn joint meeting, reconvene NCC

NCC action item, consent calendar including:

Approve warrants register through Feb. 12.

Approve filing $30,189 claim in Transportation Development Act Article 3 funding to reimburse Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility improvements for a Needles Area Transit project.

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

Removed from consent calendar: Acknowledge McDonald Transit Associates Inc. letter of termination of agreement to provide operations of local route deviation transit service (Needles Area Transit), Dial-a-Ride and Dial-a-Ride Medical services (separate agreements) effective June 30. Direct staff to proceed with necessary steps to continue operation of Needles Transit Services.

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

NCC action item: Approve proposed revisions to the general fund operating budget for fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, including a 1 percent wage increase for all full-time employees.

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

Removed from above measure: Consider addition of two new code enforcement officers to authorized position list. Longacre, Terral again recused as discussion centered on officers specifically or primarily for cannabis enforcement. One was approved.

Belt-Y, Gudmundson-Y, Hazlewood-Y, Paget-Y,

NCC action item: Discuss a traffic design engineering study for Front Street at the intersection of the North K Street underpass. Item continued to future meeting.

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

NCC action item: Discuss marijuana tax general fund revenue for economic development. Longacre, Terral recused. Item continued to future meeting.

Belt-Y, Gudmundson-Y, Hazlewood-Y, Paget-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. Resolutions require one reading with four affirmative votes and take effect immediately.

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