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
About 100 cars were set up in Rusch Park as part of the 2017 Hot August Bites event. // CH Sentinel

Citrus Heights News Briefs: local goats, charity, Hot August Bites

Latest local news briefs include Hot August Bites drawing a crowd to Rusch Park on Saturday, results from a local food drive at Grocery Outlet, and Mayor Jeff Slowey announcing that 140 goats will be coming to city hall.

Hot August Bites draws crowd to Rusch Park with car show, entertainment–
The 4th annual Hot August Bites event kicked off on Saturday afternoon at Rusch Park, with attendees enjoying a free swim at the pool, live music from Legal Addiction, food trucks, and a beer garden. Nearly…

by · August 13, 2017 · Community
A group of 12 of the city's top 20 longest residents gathers for a photo with the Citrus Heights city council on Aug. 10, 2017.

City recognizes ‘Top 20’ longest residents of Citrus Heights; seeks input

During an Aug. 10 city council meeting Citrus Heights leaders recognized 20 residents and families who are believed to have lived the longest in the city. According to city staff, all residents on the top 20 list have lived more than 50 years in Citrus Heights.

The following residents and families made it on the list:

by · August 13, 2017 · Community
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
A firefighter douses a pile of garbage that caught fire in the back of a garbage truck in Citrus Heights. // Photo credit: Metro Fire

Citrus Heights News Briefs: red light cams, garbage fire, city council, leadership

Latest news briefs include trash catching fire in a garbage truck on Greenback Lane, Citrus Heights’ red light camera controversy hitting the evening news, upcoming public hearings at city hall, and an update on a police-sponsored Youth Leadership Academy.

Metro Fire: Garbage truck catches fire on Greenback Lane–
Fire officials said trash in a garbage truck caught fire while the driver was finishing his route on Greenback Lane on Friday — but the quick-thinking driver found an open court to drop his burning load, rather than dump it on the busy roadway…

by · August 5, 2017 · Community
Hot August Bites in Citrus Heights is revving things up for 2017 event

Hot August Bites in Citrus Heights is revving things up for 2017 event

The annual Hot August Bites event at Rusch Park is changing things up a bit this year with a different time and layout — although live music, free swimming, a beer garden, food trucks, and a car show are still on schedule for the Aug. 12 event. The annual free event has been growing since first launching four year ago, with organizers estimating the event attracted 1500 people last year.

“We are looking forward to a new layout and organizer of the car show,” said Sunrise Park District Recreation Coordinator Karey Hansen. She said the event has also changed from an evening event to a morning-afternoon event, in order to avoid “almost unbearably hot” temperatures that have plagued the event for the past few years…

by · August 5, 2017 · 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
Catered ice cream at a National Night Out event in Citrus Heights was a popular hit. // CH Sentinel

National Night Out brings police, neighbors together in Citrus Heights

More than a dozen neighborhoods in Citrus Heights celebrated National Night Out on Tuesday, with barbecues, ice cream socials, and even a small parade. The annual event is held around the country on the first Tuesday in August, with the goal of bringing neighbors and police together in the common cause of fighting crime.

Karen Bearman, a 27-year resident of Citrus Heights, organized a barbecue and potluck in her Miravale Court neighborhood on Tuesday night. Welcoming neighbors, police, and Councilman Albert Fox, she told The Sentinel she…

by · August 2, 2017 · Community, Police
A traffic sign on Sunrise Boulevard advises drivers that Citrus Heights traffic laws are strictly enforced. One method used by police in the city is red light cameras. // CH Sentinel

Letters: red light cameras, jaywalking, pedestrian barrier fence

Latest letters and comments from readers focused on varying perspectives on pedestrian safety as well as the city’s move to add more red light cameras in Citrus Heights, with some claiming the cameras enhance safety and others claiming the cameras are money-grabbers that increase rear-end accidents.

Tax money better spent on repairing streets, not barrier fences–
I simply don’t subscribe to this notion that the city must assume responsibility for protecting thoughtless, risk-taking people from injuring themselves. There’s a law against jaywalking, so let’s improve its enforcement. Meanwhile…

Residents in the Greenback Wood neighborhood gather for an outdoor ice cream social and parade for National Night Out.

Neighborhoods, police prep for National Night Out events in town

Police and neighborhood groups across Citrus Heights are once again preparing for National Night Out, an annual crime-fighting effort held around the country on the first Tuesday in August.

Billed as “America’s night out against crime,” the effort seeks to prevent crime by connecting neighbors and building local partnerships between communities and police. National organizers say more than 16,000 communities will be involved this year, with local police reporting that various neighborhood events are on schedule in Citrus Heights…

by · July 29, 2017 · Community, Police