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File photo, goats in Citrus Heights. // CH Sentinel

Goats are coming to city hall in Citrus Heights

Yes, you heard that right. Goats are coming to graze at city hall this week, Citrus Heights officials said.

Mayor Jeff Slowey said 140 goats have been hired to munch on weeds around city hall for several days, beginning later this week. During an announcement made at last week’s council meeting, the mayor said parents may be interested in bringing kids out to watch the goats graze — although he cautioned that an electrified fence will be set up around the grazing perimeter…

by · August 15, 2017 · City Hall, Community
Citrus Heights Mayor Jeff Slowey. // Image credit: Ron Lawrence, Twitter

Citrus Heights mayor gives positive outlook in ‘State of the City’ address

Mayor Jeff Slowey gave the annual “State of the City” address during a luncheon at the Citrus Heights Community Center on Tuesday, highlighting new proposed developments, increases in projected revenue, accomplishments from the past year, and some challenges faced by the city.

Slowey kicked off his 25-minute speech to the group of about a hundred business representatives and city staff, focusing on Citrus Heights’ landmark celebration of 20 years since becoming a city in…

by · August 12, 2017 · Business, City Hall
File photo, road work construction sign.

More paving work to close lanes on Greenback Thursday night, Friday morning

Portions of Greenback Lane between Sunrise and Fair Oaks boulevards will be closed on Thursday night and Friday morning to allow for pavement repairs from winter storm damage, according to an Aug. 8 news release from the City of Citrus Heights.

Lane closures are set to begin at 9 p.m. on Aug. 10 and will continue until 5 a.m. on Friday. Officials said signalized intersections put on flash should be treated as a stop sign and reminded drivers that vehicles should come to a complete stop before entering the intersection.

by · August 10, 2017 · City Hall, Community
File photo, road work construction sign.

Q&A: why isn’t roadwork on Sunrise Blvd done at night?

With the city’s announcement that one lane of Sunrise Boulevard near Sayonara Drive will be closed on weekday’s from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to allow for drainage improvements, some residents have questioned why the work wasn’t scheduled at night.

While the city has previously announced nighttime closures on Sunrise Boulevard due to paving work in the past, this time the closure is affecting a busy roadway during the day for an extended period of time, through Sept. 15…

by · August 5, 2017 · City Hall, Community
File photo, road work construction sign.

Drain work to close one lane of Sunrise Blvd from Aug. 2 to Sept. 15

The City of Citrus Heights’ General Services Department announced on Thursday that upcoming storm drainage improvement work will result in the closure of one southbound lane of Sunrise Boulevard on a short section of roadway between Sayonara Drive and Arcade Creek.

The project is scheduled to begin Aug. 2 and continue through Sept. 15, with construction work taking place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, according to a news release from the city.

by · July 27, 2017 · City Hall, Community
File photo, red light camera sign. // CH Sentinel

Citrus Heights to add more red light cameras at intersections, but do they work?

New red light cameras are slated to be installed by the end of July at two intersections along Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights, following a police recommendation and 4-1 approval by the city council earlier this month.

The new cameras will be installed on eastbound Greenback Lane at Parkoaks Drive and northbound Auburn Boulevard at Greenback Lane — both of which are among the top 10 most dangerous intersections in Citrus Heights, according to police.

by · July 23, 2017 · City Hall, Police
File photo, road work construction sign.

Paving to close part of Sunrise Blvd, Greenback Lane on Thursday night

Portions of Sunrise Boulevard and Greenback Lane in Citrus Heights will be reduced to one lane of traffic to allow for pavement repairs on Thursday night and Friday morning, according to a news release from the city.

Paving work will be conducted on both directions of Sunrise Boulevard from Kingswood Drive to Greenback Lane, as well as on Greenback Lane between Sunrise and Fair Oaks Boulevards. Regina Cave, with the city’s general services division, said drivers should expect single-lane traffic controls between 9 p.m. on Thursday, continuing through 5 a.m. on Friday.

by · July 20, 2017 · City Hall
Newly appointed Citrus Heights Councilman Albert Fox is sworn in by City Clerk Amy Van on Friday, as Vice Mayor Steve Miller and Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins look on. // CH Sentinel

Q&A: How much do Citrus Heights council members actually get paid?

In response to several inquiries from our readers, The Sentinel looked into how much city council members make in Citrus Heights. Here’s what we found:

California Government Code section 36516 puts a default cap on the salary of city council members based on a city’s population. For cities like Citrus Heights with populations of 75,000 to 150,000, the default cap is set at $600 per month, which is what Citrus Heights council members are currently paid in monthly salary, according to Stafani Daniell, the city’s finance director…

by · July 16, 2017 · City Hall
Citrus Heights police reported a drop in fireworks-related calls for service in 2017. // Source: CHPD

2017 CHPD stats show drop in fireworks calls, despite ‘war zone’ on streets

Police said calls for service related to fireworks surrounding the July 4 holiday this year dropped significantly in Citrus Heights compared to 2016 — although many residents, including the mayor, said sounds and sights of illegal fireworks seemed more numerous this year.

“It did seem like there were more this year,” said Mayor Jeff Slowey, following a presentation by Police Commander Daman Christensen during the city council’s July 13 meeting. “But at the end of the day, there was some pretty cool fireworks out there,” he said with a smile…

by · July 15, 2017 · City Hall, Police
File photo, a homeless man pushes a shopping cart along Greenback Lane. // CH Sentinel

CHPD: new survey shows significant drop in homeless-related calls in Citrus Heights

The results of a Citrus Heights Police Department annual survey on homelessness are in: the homeless population has dropped in Citrus Heights and the number of homeless-related calls for service have dropped significantly as well.

During the department’s latest month-long survey, conducted annually in April, police identified a total of 85 homeless individuals in Citrus Heights — compared with 192 individuals identified the prior year, according to a June 22 report to the city council by Commander Gina Anderson…