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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 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.

2016 Citrus Heights Community Calendar: what’s happening in Oct.


Several costume-wearing dogs walk past the parade judges' booth, during the 2015 Howl 'O Ween parade.
File photo, several costume-wearing dogs walk past the parade judges’ booth, during the 2015 Howl ‘O Ween parade. // CH Sentinel

Looking for something to do around Citrus Heights? Local events and activities planned for October include several car shows, a local candidate forum, “Brews and Boo’s” at the community center, a “Howl-o-Ween” parade and harvest festival, and more.

Here’s 17 events happening in Citrus Heights this month: (click on each listing for more details)

Oct. 1st:

Oct. 3rd: REACH monthly meeting at new city hall

Oct. 4th: “Angry Birds: The Movie” showing at Sylvan Oaks Library (See full Oct. library calendar)

Oct. 6th: City council candidate forum at San Juan High School

Oct. 8th: Annual Chili Cook-off/ Car Show in Lowe’s parking lot

Oct. 10th: Columbus Day (city hall open)

Oct. 14th: Celebration of Hope (A Community for Peace), at Community Center

Oct. 15th:

Oct. 16th: CHPD vs. Sac PD softball game at Raley Field

Oct. 19th: Public meeting: Area 4 Agency on Aging funding (Rusch Park community center)

Oct. 20th: “Ladies in White” documentary showing at Community Center

Oct. 21st:Brews and Boos” at the Community Center

Oct. 22nd:

Oct. 24th: Annual Wreath Ceremony for Deputy Oliver at East Lawn Cemetery on Greenback Ln.

Oct. 31st: Chief Ron Lawrence takes official position as Citrus Heights police chief

Coming up in November: don’t miss the Citrus Heights Police Officer’s Association annual yard sale on Nov. 5 and a Veterans Day event at Sylvan Cemetery. Sign up for The Sentinel’s free Weekend Edition to get our future stories sent to your inbox each Sunday.

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