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Citrus Heights council members will consider adopting a pair of resolutions declaring their position on current use-of-force legislation during their April 11 City Council meeting. Additional items on the agenda include a $1.5 million construction contract, the police department’s annual crime report, and other items.
Here’s a brief summary of what’s included in the council’s 82-page agenda packet for April 11, 2019:
Proclamations. The City of Citrus Heights will issue proclamations declaring the week of April 7-13, 2019, as “National Volunteer Week,” and the week of April 4-14, 2019 as “Creek Week.”
$1.5M construction contract. Council members will consider approving a $1.57 million contract with Martin General Engineering, for completing phase three of the city’s Mariposa Avenue Safe Routes To School project. Out of seven bids, MGE was the lowest responsible bidder, coming in $1.1 million lower than the highest bid of $2.67 million. Around half the project’s funding will come from a Sacramento Area Council of Government’s Bike and Pedestrian grant. A related item will also be considered for phase four of the project.
$80k police workstation replacement purchase. The council will consider a staff request to purchase replacement workstations for the police department, which were originally purchased in 2001 and are in need of replacement, according to a staff report. The total number of workstations will also increase to 22, up from 16, to accommodate staff growth. The total cost of the furniture replacement is $80,980.33, to be purchased from AllSteel Inc. through a state contract.
2020 Census. The City Council will consider adopting a resolution declaring that “the City of Citrus Heights does hereby recognize the importance of the 2020 U.S. Census and supports helping to ensure a complete, fair, and accurate count of all Californians.” The resolution notes that California receives nearly $77 billion in federal funding, which relies in part on census data.
Electric Greenway Trail Project. The council will consider approving a second increase in the cost for preliminary engineering and environmental documentation for the 2.9-mile Electric Greenway Trail Project. An initial contract with GHD, Inc., for $470,000 was approved by the city last year, but due to additional tree survey services the cost increased by $7,000 in February. Citing “additional technical studies” required by Caltrans for environmental review, a staff report says an additional $17,600 for services is needed.
Budget amendments. The City Council will consider approving budget allocations for a $350,000 net increase in projected General Fund revenue. Major factors in the increase include a “one-time sales tax allocation correction” and about $150,000 from “miscellaneous collections.” Funds are proposed to go towards increased workers’ compensation costs, “line of credit issuance costs,” additional legal costs associated with the city’s transition to voting districts, and other expenditures.
Police use of force legislation: The City Council will consider formally adopting two resolutions, one in support of SB 230 and the other in opposition to AB 392. In a staff report, Police Chief Ron Lawrence said AB 392 “would make criminal an officer’s use of force if deemed unnecessary, and makes the already dangerous job of a police officer much more dangerous, and threatens the security of communities throughout California.” For more, see prior story: Citrus Heights council members take step to oppose AB 392 use-of-force bill
Annual crime report. The council will hear an annual crime report presentation from the Citrus Heights Police Department, which typically covers year-over-year crime trends and statistics for certain property crimes and violent crimes.
The City Council meeting will be held in the council chambers at 6360 Fountain Square Drive, beginning at 7 p.m. The full agenda packet can be viewed by clicking here.
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