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The Citrus Heights City Council will meet remotely Thursday evening to take action on emergency funding allocations related to homelessness and the coronavirus pandemic, as well as consider approval of a proposed agreement that would bring a full-time police officer to patrol the Sunrise MarketPlace business district.
The April 23 meeting will be live-streamed online from City Hall beginning at 7 p.m., although doors will be closed to the public and council members may opt to join by teleconference, due to social distancing policies in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Below is a summary of the council’s 109-page agenda packet:
Intersection safety. City staff recommend the council reject a pair of bids that came in at more than 250% higher than estimated by the city’s engineer. A staff report says the high bids are likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact to material suppliers. The project seeks to install a median barrier fence at Greenback Lane and Auburn Boulevard, along with other safety improvements. Both bids received came in at more than $2 million. A revised bid package is recommended to be released to bidders.
Mariposa Avenue Safe Routes To School. The City Council will consider accepting as complete a construction project that continued bike and pedestrian infrastructure between Skycrest Elemetary and San Juan High School, and along Farmgate Way. For context, see: City continues multi-million dollar roadway upgrades near Citrus Heights schools
Mitchell Farms. A final subdivision map will be considered for approval by the City Council for the 56-acre Mitchell Farms housing project. The map calls for the creation of 258 single-family residential lots, an open space lot, and 51 other common area and alley lots to be owned by a future proposed HOA in the development. A public hearing will also be hold separately regarding the annexation of the subdivision into a landscaping and lighting maintenance assessment district.
Grant Funds. The council will consider formal acceptance of a $606,000 grant awarded to the Citrus Heights Police Department to help curb tobacco use among those under 21. Funds come from the California Healthcare, Research, and Prevention Tobacco Act of 2016 (Prop 56). The majority of funding will pay for a new officer/detective position who will focus on collaboration between the school district and state Department of Public Health, according to a staff report.
Police patrols. The council will consider a proposed agreement with Sunrise MarketPlace to have a full-time sworn police officer assigned to provide supplemental public safety services to the 400-plus business district, located in the area of Sunrise Boulevard and Greenback Lane. Under the agreement, SMP would pay approximately $176,680 per year to cover the officer’s salary and benefits. The council will also consider approving a 2019 annual report from SMP.
COVID-19 funding. The City Council will consider approving a staff recommendation to allocate special emergency funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the amount of $376,026. Funds are proposed to be split between $80,750 going towards local nonprofit organizations and $125,000 to a supplemental fund for the city’s “navigator” program, to help provide hotel vouchers, security deposits, food, transportation, laundry and related services for homeless. The remaining amount would be held until longer-term needs are identified.
The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on April 23, with the meeting closed to the public due to coronavirus mitigation protocols. The meeting will be live-streamed online atmetro14live.saccounty.net.
Public comment can be submitted in advance to email@example.com. According to a statement in thecouncil’s agendapacket, comments of up to 250 words in length will be read out loud during the meeting.
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