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Citrus Heights Water District, rate increase

Proposed water rate increase would affect most Citrus Heights residents

A public hearing at the Rusch Park Community Center has been set for Nov. 17, in light of a proposed water rate increase that would affect most Citrus Heights water users.

In a recent mailer to customers, the Citrus Heights Water District said the rate increase is necessary to replace old water mains, continue development of its groundwater well system, and to begin replacing older water meters with ones able to provide “timely water use data to customers.” If approved, water rates would rise about…

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Citrus Heights seeks to attract craft breweries; drops permit req

Following the growing popularity of craft beer in the region, the City of Citrus Heights is seeking to attract brew pubs to its commercial areas by amending zoning codes and removing a previously required $5,400 regulatory permit for small breweries.

“Brew pubs are the most popular trend to introduce locally brewed beer to a community,” said Citrus Heights Associate Planner Alison Bermudez in a press release issued by the City this month. “We wanted to encourage new and expanding breweries to make Citrus Heights their home and become part of our vibrant community.”

Now only requiring a simple business license from the City in order to open up shop, a brew pub would previously have had to acquire a “use permit” from the City — a three to five month-long process involving a public hearing, planning commission approval, and an approximate $5,400 permit cost…

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Citrus Heights police chief: body cameras ‘likely,’ but too early

Body-worn cameras on police officers could likely become a future reality in Citrus Heights, Police Chief Christopher Boyd told somewhat-wary city council members in a presentation last week that summarized pros and cons his department had identified in a council-requested study on the issue.

“I do think this is likely in our future,” the police chief said regarding body cameras, indicating it’s the direction law enforcement is moving toward. “I think there’s a lot of good reasons to have the technology, but I think there’s a lot that needs to evolve in the technology itself.”

Citing general benefits found during his department’s study, Chief Boyd told council members various agencies have reported improved accountability, performance and police behavior after introducing body-worn cameras…

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Work begins on new Antelope Rd stoplight project

Construction began last week on a project to signalize the intersection of Antelope Road at Amsterdam avenue and Rosswood Drive in Citrus Heights, with City officials anticipating the project to be completed in the next five weeks.

During construction, Amsterdam Avenue and Rosswood Drive will be open for traffic, but Antelope Road is currently limited to one lane in each direction between about 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., according to City Construction Inspector Randy Keen.

Keen said the project includes new sidewalks, stoplight poles, crosswalks, handicap ramps and several new LED street lights. He said the project was a condition included in the approval of the AutumnWood housing development in order to accommodate the increased traffic on Amsterdam Avenue coming from the 46 new homes…

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City workshops to discuss pedestrian plan, community dev funding

A pair of workshops have been scheduled by the City of Citrus Heights for July 29, with one addressing development of the City’s first-ever Pedestrian Master Plan and the other addressing community development funding.

The master plan workshop promises to give attendees the opportunity to share input on draft recommendations to “make Citrus Heights a more walkable and vibrant community,” according to a workshop flier. The City says on its website that the planning process will also help identify and prioritize pedestrian and transit-related projects and programs, and will help Citrus Heights stand out for competitive regional and state funding opportunities.

A previous master plan workshop in January drew about 30 to 50 people to the Community Center, with the City also launching a 21-question online survey to get community feedback on “walkability” issues…

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Judge denies motion to halt Citrus Heights city hall demolition

A Sacramento Superior Court judge denied a motion Friday that sought to temporarily bar the City of Citrus Heights from proceeding with plans to demolish its existing city hall and allow Dignity Health to construct a three-story medical office building (MOB) in its place, according to court documents.

Norman Hill, who heads up the group suing the City over the MOB and city hall project, said his “Preserve Our Civic Center” group sought a temporary restraining order after learning the City had planned a July 18 “Cash & Carry” day to liquidate various items and decor from the existing hall’s property. He said Judge Timothy Frawley ultimately rejected the group’s motion for a 10-day restraining order, after finding “the balance of the equities came out in favor of the City” and determining such an order would present a “great hardship for the City…”

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