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City Takes Heat from Residents Over Controversial New City Hall Proposal

Controversy erupted at a community meeting this week over a proposal to bring a new 3-story medical office building to the existing Citrus Heights city hall location, and move the hall to Antelope Drive. In a full room of about 200 people, public comments from the audience were largely critical or skeptical of the proposal, although Board Chairman Evan Jacobs from the Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce announced the Chamber had recently taken a unanimous vote in support of the proposal. The meeting was the sixth in a series of evening sessions designed by the City to inform the community about the proposal and invite feedback from residents -- and during the evening's four separate Q&A times, many residents expressed concern over building size, construction noise, traffic, location choice and cost. Event Facilitator Wendy Hoyt sought to keep the meeting moderated and on schedule, but audience members shouted accusations of “cutting off” speakers when she tried to close comments while a few hands were still up in the room.

City Kicks Off Building Safety Month

The Citrus Heights building department hosted a Thursday kick-off event in order to raise awareness to Building Safety Month, an international effort which seeks to improve building safety through education during the month of May. In addition to the city council passing a Building Safety Month proclamation, city officials were at work educating about building safety even before the month-long event began. An April monthly meeting of the Citrus Heights Neighborhood Area 6 featured a visit from Chief Building Official Greg Anderson who discussed the purpose of Building Safety Month, and explained the "why's" of building codes.

ELECTION: Sample Ballots Arrive for Citrus Heights Voters

With the primary election coming up in just over a month, Citrus Heights voters can expect to receive their sample ballot pamphlets in the mail this week -- if they haven't already -- according to a press release by the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters.

New City Hall Proposal: Final Community Meeting on April 30

A final community meeting to discuss the potential relocation and construction of a new city hall for Citrus Heights has been scheduled for April 30. The meeting is the last in a series of City-hosted community discussions, following a proposal by Dignity Health last year to build a 66,000 square feet medical office building in place of the existing hall on Fountain Square Drive. Although a final decision is not expected until July, the city council selected a preliminary “preferred design” and site for the proposal at an April 10 study session, selecting 7625 Antelope Rd. as the best location to move city hall.

Water District: Use Dropped by 27%, Conservation Working

The Citrus Heights Water District announced that its customers reduced water use by 27 percent in response to a Stage 3 water warning, according to an April water supply update by the District. "CHWD thanks its customers for this outstanding conservation effort and asks everyone to keep up the good work," read the April update, which also emphasized that customers are still asked to continue reducing water use by 20 percent. "Continuing to conserve water now can help extend our water supplies for the year ahead."

Council to Pick Site for New City Hall Proposal

At a special meeting tonight, the Citrus Heights city council will decide on a location for the proposal to build a new city hall. "We...

CHPD Joins Crackdown on Texting while Driving

"Zero tolerance" is what the Citrus Heights Police Dept. is promising, as it joins a month-long enforcement and education campaign to curb hand-held cellphone use while driving. The campaign is part of April's nationwide "Distracted Driving Awareness Month," and seeks to emphasize that phone calls and texts aren't worth the risk of getting into an accident and endangering ones self or others, according to a press release by CHPD. The National Safety Council estimates that over 275,000 cellphone-involved crashes have occurred this year, and an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study found that drivers using their phones are four times more likely to get into an injury collision.

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