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Actions of Needles City Council, Feb. 26, 2019

February 27, 2019

How they voted: Needles City Council, Needles Public Utility Authority meeting in regular session on Feb. 26, 2019. Councilors Shawn Gudmundson, Clayton Hazlewood, Zachery Longacre, Ed Paget M.D., Timothy Terral and Mayor Jeff Williams were present; Councilor Tona Belt joined the meeting shortly after it was reconvened to the NCC.

Report from executive session: Conference with legal counsel, anticipated litigation, one case. Councilor Longacre recused himself; councilors Gudmundson, Hazlewood, Paget and Terral voted to approve a settlement with one cannabis business.

Recess NCC, convene joint NCC/NPUA

NCC/NPUA action item: Roger Martinez representing Vasquez & Company made a teleconference presentation previous to council action to accept and file an audit report the company completed for the NPUA for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.

NPUA action — Gudmundson-Y, Hazlewood-Y, Longacre-Y, Paget-Y, Terral-Y, Williams-Y

Adjourn joint meeting, reconvene NCC

NCC informational item: Lyn Parker and Marilyn Mathews gave a presentation regarding the book “Our Towns” by James and Deborah Fallows.

NCC action item: Staff report, presentation, council questions, public comment, council deliberation and vote on Ordinance 612-AC establishing a Local Agency Management Program for the city’s Building and Safety Division.

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

NCC action item: Staff report, presentation, council questions, public comment, council deliberation and vote on Ordinance 611-AC amending municipal code to add an angle parking area on the east side of F Street from Broadway to Front Street. Approved as written, the measure will come back for consideration of adding a handicap spot and reserving teacher parking for the school facility in the area.

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

NCC action item, consent calendar including:

Warrants register through Feb. 26.

Waive reading and adopt Resolution 2019-10 approving subdivision of 3.166 acres at 3502 Needles Hwy. into two parcels.

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

Removed from consent calendar for separate consideration: Waive reading and adopt Resolution 2019-9 consenting to inclusion of properties within the city in the California Statewide Communities Development Authority property assessed clean energy programs. Authorize the CSCDA to accept applications from property owners, conduct contractual assessments for the Home Improvement Financing for Energy Efficient Remodels program. Levy a contractual assessment within the city and authorize related actions.

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

NCC action item: Approve $46,782 appropriations increase for legal bills related to code enforcement matters to be deducted from reserves.

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

NCC discretionary item: Discuss employee appreciation event. Council acted to budget $2,500 for the event; a date is to be announced in the future.

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

NCC action item: Authorize those interested to attend the California Cannabis Control conference April 10-11 in Sacramento. Councilor Longacre recused. Council designated Mayor Williams to attend; city administration will send Code Enforcement Officer Adrian Chavez and Development Services Director Patrick Martinez.

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

NCC action item: Authorize those interested to attend a city-county conference April 18 and 19 at Lake Arrowhead Resort. Council designated Mayor Williams and Vice Mayor Paget to attend.

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