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Public Invited to Discuss New Potential City Hall Site

Public Invited to Discuss New Potential City Hall Site

To discuss a new development in the controversial plan to relocate city hall and allow construction of a three-story medical building in its place, the City of Citrus Heights will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. tonight to gather community input and provide more information about a newly offered alternative site for the hall.

“While some public comments have been favorable as to the potential new City Hall site on Antelope Road, others have expressed a strong desire to keep City Hall near the other city facilities, such as the Community Center and Police Department,” the City said in an informational flier, announcing that Capital Partners Development Co. had recently made a 10-acre parcel off Fountain Square Drive available to the City.

As the new offer would keep city hall within a block of its current location, it is expected to alleviate some concerns raised by residents about the previously proposed Antelope Road location conflicting with Goal 21 of the General Plan, which says the City is to “Concentrate government uses at a civic center complex that provides residents and businesses easy and efficient access to a range of government services.”

The new location is still drawing criticism from residents however…

by · September 17, 2014 · City Hall
City to Give $10k in Used Tech Equipment to Local Nonprofits

City to Give $10k in Used Tech Equipment to Local Nonprofits

Following a recent technology upgrade, over $10,000 worth of computers and related equipment will be given away to local nonprofits and governmental agencies who submit a request by the September 26 deadline, according to the City of Citrus Heights’ Information Technology division.

The equipment – which the City says is all tested and working – became available after older equipment was replaced over the past year, resulting in over 200 laptops, desktops, servers and other electronics being declared “salvage,” and therefore eligible for what the City calls a “lottery-based” giveaway.

To take part in the giveaway, interested organizations can review a list of available equipment online and submit a request to the City’s IT division, detailing which of the technology items are wanted, according to IT Systems Analyst Patrick Lew.

by · September 15, 2014 · Business, City Hall
A sneak-peak of the City's new website, which will go live Thursday.

City of Citrus Heights Unveils Newly Redesigned Website

After 10 years since its last online face-lift, the City of Citrus Heights unveiled its new website Thursday — intending to provide new content, better navigation and more interactive features for online access to local government services.

by · September 10, 2014 · City Hall
Sac Sheriff Challenges Citrus Heights Police Chief for “Ice Bucket” Fundraiser

Sac Sheriff Challenges Citrus Heights Police Chief for “Ice Bucket” Fundraiser

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones plunged into the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” Sunday, posting a video on Facebook with a challenge to several area police chiefs, including Chief Christopher Boyd of the Citrus Heights Police Department.

“Could you have poured that any slower?” the sheriff is seen in the video asking his deputies behind him, who took nearly five seconds to pour about 20 gallons of ice water on their boss.

A spokesperson for CHPD said that Chief Boyd already did an Ice Bucket Challenge several weeks ago, and was unsure if the Chief planned to respond to the Sheriff’s latest challenge.

by · August 25, 2014 · City Hall, Community, Police
Council Votes 5-0 to Take ‘No Action’ on City Hall Proposal

Council Votes 5-0 to Take ‘No Action’ on City Hall Proposal

With speaker after speaker lining up to voice their opposition to the controversial proposal to move city hall and construct a medical office building in its place, Citrus Heights council members voted unanimously to postpone a final decision on the proposal Thursday night, pending a full Environmental Impact Review.

Although the City had prepared an environmental assessment document known as a “Mitigated Negative Declaration,” attorney Chris Butcher with the group Save Our Civic Center threatened a lawsuit last month over “inadequacies” in the document, asserting the City would violate the California Environmental Quality Act if it were to go ahead with the proposal before conducting a full EIR.

by · August 14, 2014 · City Hall
New Staff Report Recommends Council Take “No Action” on Moving City Hall

New Staff Report Recommends Council Take “No Action” on Moving City Hall

A new Staff Report is recommending the Citrus Heights city council take “no action” on the controversial proposal to move city hall, according to documents released Friday night on the City’s website.

“Staff recommends that the City Council take no action on the medical office building and City Hall project at this time and direct staff to do additional environmental review,” reads a summary of the report issued by City Manager Henry Tingle, who has been a vocal supporter of the proposal.

Opponents of the plan to move city hall see the report as a change in the right direction, as prior reports from staff have recommended going ahead with the proposal.

“We see this as a favorable development, but our position remains unchanged,” said Tim Schaefer, with the group Save City Hall. “We will remain vigilant until moving city hall is off the table for good.”

Residents from the Greenback Wood Neighborhood Watch group connect with Citrus Heights police officers during National Night Out, Tuesday.

Neighbors, Police Celebrate National Night Out Across Citrus Heights

With ice cream socials, picnics, barbecues and more, 16 different neighborhoods across Citrus Heights participated in the 31st annual National Night Out yesterday, as part of a country-wide effort to prevent crime by connecting neighbors and building local partnerships between the community and police.

Beginning as early as 4 p.m. and continuing well-after dark, residents around the city gathered outside their homes and on quiet neighborhood streets to get to know one another and do their part in preventing crime in their area.

Citrus Heights police officers made an effort to show up at each event around the city, seeing the night as a way to increase trust, build strong communities and reduce crime, according to Officer Anthony Boehle, who was out participating in a small parade in the Greenback Wood area.

“I really do think it helps,” said Greenback Wood Neighborhood Watch Community Coordinator Susan Jenkins, whose group celebrates National Night Out each year with a three-quarter mile joint parade of local police and residents

by · August 6, 2014 · City Hall, Community
Photo by Matthew Bowden.

Citrus Heights Water Use Drops 20%, While Statewide Use Rises

According to the Citrus Heights Water District, users cut overall water consumption by 20 percent so far this year and will not see any additional reduction requirements from the District — despite other water suppliers resorting to mandatory fines and penalties.

In an email response to water questions raised by residents, CHWD said its approach “has been and will continue to be education and working with customers to reduce water use,” and that it “has no intent of reviewing individual meter data to enforce a 20 percent reduction goal.”

In a July Water Update the District said it calculated its water use reduction percentage by comparing overall water use during the first six months of 2014 with the same time period in 2013, finding a total reduction of 20.6 percent.

Following statewide emergency water regulations implemented on July 29, a statement on the CHWD website said its existing Stage 3 Water Warning complies with the new regulations, and that residents will continue to be asked to cut water use by 20 percent.

by · August 2, 2014 · City Hall, Community
Council members listen as an environmental attorney criticizes parts of the proposal and threatens a lawsuit, Thursday night.

Council Postpones Vote on New City Hall Deal, After Lawsuit Threat

In a crowded room Thursday night, Citrus Heights council members voted 3-2 in favor of postponing a final decision on the controversial proposal to move city hall and allow construction of a three-story medical building in its place — expressing the need for more research after an environmental attorney threatened a lawsuit…

by · July 25, 2014 · Business, City Hall
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.