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Tim Schaeffer, with Save City Hall, speaks at Sunday's rally in Rusch Park, joined by resident Joan Bippus on the right.

Residents Rally Against Moving City Hall, Council to Vote Thursday

As a proposal to relocate city hall moves to council for a vote this Thursday, Citrus Heights residents hosted a noontime “Save City Hall” rally at Rusch Park on Sunday — vowing to vote out council members who vote for replacing city hall with a three story medical building.

“We’re gonna take every step that we possibly can to stop this project,” said Save City Hall coordinator Tim Schaeffer, mentioning his group had gathered over 1100 signatures to petition the council to vote against the proposal. He also warned city officials that his group plans to put the issue before voters through a referendum process — if the council votes to move city hall away from the civic center.

With four city council members in the audience, about a dozen residents took the opportunity to be heard from the microphone during the rally, voicing concerns over cost, location, environmental impacts and deviation from the General Plan.

Citrus Heights Mayor Mel Turner delivers his "State of the City" address to a sold-out business luncheon, Tuesday.

Mayor Highlights Strengths, Threats in ‘State of the City’ Address

Citrus Heights Mayor Mel Turner delivered the annual “State of the City” address to a sold-out business luncheon, Tuesday, highlighting a 13 percent drop in crime over the past year, a rise in home values and the newly opened Stones Gambling Hall.

Defining Citrus Heights as “a city of promise,” Mayor Turner articulated his perspective on secrets to the city’s success: its voters and council members, a caring city manager, a community of involved volunteers, and the ability to manage change well.

“We don’t believe in change for the sake of change,” the mayor said, speaking highly of the city’s latest change in approving a 400-employee casino. “There needs to be a sound reason, with a return on investment to the community as a whole for the change.”

Planning Commission members listen as Citrus Heights resident Norman Hill addresses concerns about the project, Wednesday night.

Planning Commission Gives OK for New City Hall & Medical Building

In a packed council chamber Wednesday night, the Citrus Heights Planning Commission voted in favor of recommending the city council amend its General Plan and zoning codes, allowing for a controversial proposal to move city hall and construct a three-story medical building in its place…

by · July 10, 2014 · City Hall
An early rendering from 2014 showing the three-story medical office building at Fountain Square Drive and Greenback Lane. // Courtesy of Dignity Health

Planning Commission to Hear Controversial City Hall Proposal

After a year of negotiations and community input, the Citrus Heights Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Wednesday night for the proposal to build a 68,000 square feet medical building at the current City Hall site, and build a new hall on Antelope Road.

by · July 9, 2014 · City Hall
Council members, business owners and other elected officials gathered Tuesday morning to celebrate the completion of 'Phase 1' of Auburn Boulevard improvement work.

Community Celebrates Completion of Auburn Blvd ‘Phase 1’ Improvements

Council members, business owners and representatives from government agencies gathered Tuesday morning to celebrate the long-awaited completion of “Phase 1” of Auburn Boulevard improvement work.

Business owners present for the ribbon-cutting ceremony were particularly glad for the completion of the project, and expressed hope for increased business now that new sidewalks are open, power lines are under-grounded and lanes are no longer closed.

“I’m glad it’s done,” said business owner Rocky Moffitt, whose 7440 Club took a hit during the road work outside his doors. “The construction actually has hurt my business during the daytime… but overall it looks great. I love the finished project.”

by · July 8, 2014 · Business, City Hall
Citrus Heights Vice Mayor Sue Frost (left) and council member Jeannie Bruins (right) accept the 2014 "Growing Greenprint" award from the Sacramento Tree Foundation. // Photo courtesy of City of Citrus Heights.

Citrus Heights Wins ‘Greenprint’ Award from Tree Foundation

The City of Citrus Heights received the 2014 “Growing Greenprint” award from the Sacramento Tree Foundation this month, in recognition of the City’s “noteworthy contributions” toward building a better urban forest.

“We are honored to receive the Growing Greenprint Award,” said Citrus Heights Vice Mayor Sue Frost, who accepted the award on behalf of the City. “We appreciate Sacramento Tree Foundation who has played an important role in helping our city achieve our greenhouse gas reduction goals.”

Contributing factors that led to the award include the City’s establishing of urban forest policies, developing community partnerships, working to create an Urban Forest Management Plan and the City’s planting of approximately 150 new trees in 2013.

Emphasizing the benefit of trees in the city, the vice mayor explained the role of trees in promoting clean air, protecting against harmful UV rays and helping to filter and retain water.

by · June 28, 2014 · City Hall, Community
New City Hall: Environmental and Traffic Impact Report Released

New City Hall: Environmental and Traffic Impact Report Released

Over 800 pages of documents were released for public review this week, as part of the City’s proposed plan to move City Hall to Antelope Road and allow a 68,000 square feet medical building to be built in its place.

The documents include a detailed assessment of environmental and traffic impacts at the new hall’s proposed location, as well as the medical office building location at Greenback Lane and Fountain Square Drive.

Environmental assessment portions of the documents make up nearly 700 pages, while the traffic study portion details the findings of Fehr & Peers in a 47-page report, with an additional 110 pages of appendices. Among other findings, the study determined that a new traffic light would be necessary if the new hall were to be built on Antelope Road, between Mariposa Avenue and Auburn Boulevard.

The Citrus Heights Planning Division included a statement along with the documents which indicated the proposal would require the City to amend its General Plan in order to change the land use designation from “public use” to “general commercial” on a portion of the proposed medical building site. The statement also said the City would need to amend its zoning code in order to allow public buildings at the residential-zoned Antelope Road site.

by · June 14, 2014 · City Hall
By Dwight Burdette (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Sac County Election Survey Seeks Voter Feedback

Did you vote at a polling location on Tuesday? If so, the Sacramento County Elections Department wants to hear about your voting experience.

A new survey posted on the elections department website seeks voter feedback on questions ranging from how long it took to cast a ballot, to how satisfied voters were with poll station workers.

Taking about a minute to complete, all but two of the survey’s 13 questions are multiple choice. The two questions that allow extended comments have a space for voters to write in their own comments about their experience on Tuesday, and also a spot for suggestions on new polling place locations for future elections.

by · June 7, 2014 · City Hall
An early rendering from 2014 showing the three-story medical office building at Fountain Square Drive and Greenback Lane. // Courtesy of Dignity Health

City Takes Heat from Residents Over Controversial New City Hall Proposal

Controversy erupted at a community meeting this week over a proposal to bring a new 3-story medical office building to the existing Citrus Heights city hall location, and move the hall to Antelope Drive.

In a full room of about 200 people, public comments from the audience were largely critical or skeptical of the proposal, although Board Chairman Evan Jacobs from the Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce announced the Chamber had recently taken a unanimous vote in support of the proposal.

The meeting was the sixth in a series of evening sessions designed by the City to inform the community about the proposal and invite feedback from residents — and during the evening’s four separate Q&A times, many residents expressed concern over building size, construction noise, traffic, location choice and cost.

Event Facilitator Wendy Hoyt sought to keep the meeting moderated and on schedule, but audience members shouted accusations of “cutting off” speakers when she tried to close comments while a few hands were still up in the room.

Holding a Citrus Heights city council proclamation in recognition of Building Safety Month, Susan McLendon and Greg Anderson from the building department stand with Mayor Mel Turner (right).

City Kicks Off Building Safety Month

The Citrus Heights building department hosted a Thursday kick-off event in order to raise awareness to Building Safety Month, an international effort which seeks to improve building safety through education during the month of May.

In addition to the city council passing a Building Safety Month proclamation, city officials were at work educating about building safety even before the month-long event began.

An April monthly meeting of the Citrus Heights Neighborhood Area 6 featured a visit from Chief Building Official Greg Anderson who discussed the purpose of Building Safety Month, and explained the “why’s” of building codes.

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