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New Staff Report Recommends Council Take “No Action” on Moving City Hall

A new Staff Report is recommending the Citrus Heights city council take "no action" on the controversial proposal to move city hall, according to documents released Friday night on the City's website. "Staff recommends that the City Council take no action on the medical office building and City Hall project at this time and direct staff to do additional environmental review," reads a summary of the report issued by City Manager Henry Tingle, who has been a vocal supporter of the proposal. Opponents of the plan to move city hall see the report as a change in the right direction, as prior reports from staff have recommended going ahead with the proposal. "We see this as a favorable development, but our position remains unchanged," said Tim Schaefer, with the group Save City Hall. "We will remain vigilant until moving city hall is off the table for good."

Residents Rally Against Moving City Hall, Council to Vote Thursday

As a proposal to relocate city hall moves to council for a vote this Thursday, Citrus Heights residents hosted a noontime "Save City Hall" rally at Rusch Park on Sunday -- vowing to vote out council members who vote for replacing city hall with a three story medical building. “We're gonna take every step that we possibly can to stop this project,” said Save City Hall coordinator Tim Schaeffer, mentioning his group had gathered over 1100 signatures to petition the council to vote against the proposal. He also warned city officials that his group plans to put the issue before voters through a referendum process -- if the council votes to move city hall away from the civic center. With four city council members in the audience, about a dozen residents took the opportunity to be heard from the microphone during the rally, voicing concerns over cost, location, environmental impacts and deviation from the General Plan.

Mayor Highlights Strengths, Threats in ‘State of the City’ Address

Citrus Heights Mayor Mel Turner delivered the annual "State of the City" address to a sold-out business luncheon, Tuesday, highlighting a 13 percent drop in crime over the past year, a rise in home values and the newly opened Stones Gambling Hall. Defining Citrus Heights as "a city of promise," Mayor Turner articulated his perspective on secrets to the city's success: its voters and council members, a caring city manager, a community of involved volunteers, and the ability to manage change well. "We don't believe in change for the sake of change," the mayor said, speaking highly of the city's latest change in approving a 400-employee casino. "There needs to be a sound reason, with a return on investment to the community as a whole for the change."

Auburn Blvd Construction Nears Completion of Phase 1

The first phase of a revitalization effort for Auburn Boulevard is on schedule for completion this summer, with sidewalks scheduled to be done by the beginning of June, and plans underway for a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Authorized in 2005, the Auburn Boulevard Complete Streets Revitalization Project envisioned a revitalized and enhanced section of Auburn Boulevard, from Sylvan corners to Interstate 80. The nearly 2-mile long project was broken into two phases, with Phase 1 covering the section from Sylvan corners to just beyond Antelope Road, and Phase 2 covering the remaining section up to Interstate 80. According to the City's website, the project is “the largest capital improvement project the City has undertaken,” with segments two and three of Phase 1 running about $21 million to complete.

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