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Citrus Heights council members met Tuesday with the city manager and key staff to review the past six months and set new objectives to accomplish by November.
Objectives include plans for creating a new “beautification crew” to clean up the city, looking into ways to crack down on “habitual offenders” and improve city streets, and more than two dozen other objectives.
The city’s twice-a-year strategic planning meetings are a time when key leaders gather to brainstorm, set objectives, and assess strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
The following list of objectives is taken directly from the city’s latest six-month plan, with each objective falling under one of the city’s five three-year goals. A target date for each objective is also listed:
Maintain and enhance fiscal stability
- May 26: Present to City Council, recommendations for future action for utilization of the American Rescue Plan Act (federal stimulus) funding.
- May 26: Present to City Council for consideration, the resolution adopting the Focus Area Strategic Objectives through March 2024, as outlined in the May 10, 2022 Strategic Planning Retreat memorandum.
- June 23: Present to City Council for consideration, an analysis and proposed update of the city’s development impact fees.
- Sept. 22: Present to City Council for consideration, budgeting strategies that provide for grant matching funds.
- Oct. 27: Present to City Council for direction, options and recommendations on replacement of enterprise financial software system (Eden).
- Nov. 1: Create a comprehensive grants action plan.
Maintain public infrastructure and enhance alternative modes of transportation:
- June 23: Present to City Council for consideration, the award for the Arcade-Cripple Creek Trail Project.
- June 23: Present to City Council for consideration, the award of the 2022 Annual Residential Street Resurfacing Project.
- Sept. 1: Complete construction of the Mariposa Avenue Safe Routes to School Phase 4 Project.
- Sept. 22: Present to City Council for direction, options regarding pavement and restoration strategies.
- Oct. 13: Present to City Council for consideration, options regarding sound wall repair and beautification.
- Oct. 13: Present to City Council, a maintenance and enhancement strategy to identify centerline miles of roadways in need of restriping and other minor roadway repairs.
- By Nov. 1: Complete the construction of the Greenback Lane Complete Streets Project from Sunrise to Fair Oaks
Diversify for a resilient economy:
- By Aug. 15: Review Draft Traffic Study for Sylvan Corners/Woodside Homes Project and report results to City Manager.
- By Aug. 15: Issue a Request for Proposals to conduct analysis of various public infrastructure financing scenarios and other economic development tools to inform future development agreement discussions for Sunrise Tomorrow.
- By Aug. 15: Present to City Council, a plan to increase active engagement in regional, state, and federal legislative
matters that advance or impact the City of Citrus Heights.
- By Oct. 1: Visit at least one business as part of the Business Visitation Program.
- By Nov. 1: Present to City Council, options for public infrastructure financing and other economic development tools to incentivize Sunrise Tomorrow development.
- By Oct. 15: Approach Sunrise Tomorrow property owners about securing right-of-way dedications that would allow them to access public financing tools and meet grant eligibility requirements.
Sustain and preserve public safety:
- June 23: Present to City Council, a proposal for a City of Citrus Heights Beautification Crew, to actively maintain the public right-of-way and keep it free and clear of debris and obstructions, both for public safety and aesthetic benefit.
- By July 15: Present to City Council for consideration, a plan to replace and/or upgrade the deferred portion of the Police Department fleet and the critical Communication Center technology.
- By Sept. 15: Present to City Manager at least 3 viable options for increased accountability for addressing chronic habitual offender cases (e.g. Community Prosecutor Program).
- By Oct. 1: Explore, evaluate and recommend to City Manager an enhanced Employee Wellness Program (e.g. Employee Assistance Program and Workers’ Comp).
- By Oct. 15: Evaluate the feasibility of leveraging current technology to enhance proactive crime prevention and report results to the City Manager.
Enhance community vibrancy and engagement:
- June 9: Present to City Council for consideration, an earlier start time for the City Council meetings, with emphasis on
promoting public participation through effective communications.
- Aug. 11: Present to City Council for information, upcoming Sunday Funday collaborations with community groups including neighborhood associations, Connect Citrus Heights, and the Citrus Heights Historical Society.
- Sept. 8: Present to City Council for consideration, a proposal to purchase and outfit a Citrus Heights Block Party Trailer, available to community groups to rent stocked with essentials to host events.
- Sept. 8: Present to City Council for consideration, a proposal that would provide grants to community groups to facilitate community projects that engage citizens, improve the community, and promotes community involvement and pride.
- Oct. 27: Present to City Council for consideration, a shopping cart ordinance and associated outreach plan that requires shopping cart fleets be retrofitted with lockable wheel devices.
The city’s next strategic planning meeting will be held in six months, where leaders will again review progress and set new objectives.
To see a PDF of the city’s objectives, along with timelines and staff members assigned to each task, click here.
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