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The Civic Minute: what’s happening at Citrus Heights city hall? (Jan. 11)

Police department upgrades, pay raises, and a $10,000 business sponsorship are some topics on the agenda for the Jan. 11 Citrus Heights city council meeting. Here’s a brief summary of what’s on schedule, followed by a wrap-up of December’s council meeting where a new mayor was selected, park patrols were authorized, and a go-ahead was given for a new liquor license on Greenback Lane.

SPECIAL ITEMS/ PRESENTATIONS:

  • A recognition of outgoing Mayor Jeff Slowey will be made at the council meeting.

ACTION ITEMS OF NOTE:

  • $10,000 sponsorship. The city council will consider a $10,000 sponsorship request from the Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce. Funds are proposed to go to the chamber from the city’s $150,000 Economic Development Support Fund, and the city would receive an extensive list of sponsorship benefits in return. The city has approved Chamber sponsorships for the same amount in prior years.
  • Police Dept. upgrades. Council members will consider approving a $54,000 purchase of new modular furniture to replace furniture from 2001, when the police department building was constructed. The purchase is listed as “phase I,” with an additional purchase planned for the next fiscal year. Approval of $95,000 is also requested to purchase and install “a 60/40 mix of carpet tile planks and hard surface Linear Vinyl Tile” throughout the 16,000-square-feet police department building. Flooring would be purchased and installed through Mohawk ONE, who was the lowest responsible bidder, and furniture would be purchased through a state contract.
  • Police staff raise. A staff recommendation requests the city council approve an agreement for employees represented by the Citrus Heights Police Employees’ Association to receive a 2% raise in base pay and get an additional $100 per month contributed by the city for health insurance.
  • Public hearings: none scheduled.
  • Regional Board appointments. As occurs each year, the council will make appointments from its ranks to the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District board of directors, the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District board, the Sacramento Area Sewer District board, the Sacramento Transportation Authority board, and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) board of directors. Alternates will also be appointed for each board.

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The city council will meet at 7 p.m. at 6360 Fountain Square Dr. The full agenda packet can be viewed by clicking here.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM DEC. 14th COUNCIL MEETING:
*Note: There was only one council meeting in December, due to the Christmas holiday.
Present: incoming-Mayor Steve Miller, Jeff Slowey, Jeannie Bruins, Bret Daniels, Albert Fox
Meeting length: 1 hour 24 minutes.

Quotable: “To hear that Roseville is putting up obstacles, we just need to go over and slap them.” — Councilman Jeff Slowey, responding to a Regional Transit representative who said RT has encountered difficulty working with Roseville to provide overlap services along the county border.

  • New mayor selected. The council unanimously selected Steve Miller to serve a one-year term as mayor, and Jeannie Bruins to serve as vice mayor.
  • Park patrols approved (4-0). Council members approved renewal of an existing contract with the Sunrise Recreation and Park District to provide supplemental police services for the district’s 13 parks in the city. Police have agreed to provide up to an average of 40 hours per month of enhanced patrol services with a uniformed officer, at a rate of $85 per hour. Bruins briefly stepped away from her seat and was absent for the vote.
  • Regional Transit contract extended (4-0). The city council approved modifying and extending an agreement with Sac RT to provide public transportation services in Citrus Heights. Modifications included allocation of funds expected from the SB 1 gas tax. The existing agreement was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2017, but was extended through Dec. 31, 2019. Bruins briefly stepped away from her seat and was absent for the vote.
  • Turkey crossing signs denied (4-0). The city council approved a staff recommendation from city staff to approve funding for four of five neighborhood improvement projects, including picnic tables, a community center bench, and senior meals. Staff did not recommend approving a request to spend $178 on two additional “Turkey Crossing” signs in neighborhood area 10.Bruins briefly stepped away from her seat and was absent for the vote.
  • Liquor license approved (5-0). The council approved a staff recommendation to issue a legally required “Letter of Public Convenience and Necessity” to allow issuance of a Type 42 license for the sale of beer and wine for a new business named Hop Crawler, which is seeking to replace a vape shop located at 7291 Greenback Ln.