Latest local news briefs include drone footage of construction progress on the new medical building on Greenback Lane, a massive power outage that hit the area on Wednesday, an update on the cooling center in Citrus Heights, local police participating in a Special Olympics run at the State Capitol, and a report from last month’s seat belt enforcement campaign.
Temporary cooling center in Citrus Heights stays open extra day due to heat
The temporary cooling center located inside the Citrus Heights Community Center was extended an extra day this week due to the area’s heat wave continuing through Friday. In response to a question about usage posed by Mayor Jeff Slowey during Thursday’s council meeting, City Facilities Manager Chris Meyers reported that the cooling center was averaging about 10 to 12 people per day. The temporary cooling area was set up inside the community center from June 17 through 23, from noon to 7 p.m. Water, television, and free internet access was provided to the public.
CHPD: 10 citations issued for seat belt violations during recent enforcement campaign
A four-day campaign focused on seat belt violations in Citrus Heights last month resulted in 10 citations being issued for vehicle occupants not wearing seat belts, Lt. David Gutierrez told The Sentinel last week. The campaign was part of a nationwide effort to increase seat belt use. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, seat belt use nationwide is about 90 percent, with 10 percent of vehicle occupants opting to ride without a seat belt. The cost of an adult seat belt violation in Citrus Heights is $162 — or nearly triple that cost if the violation involves a child not being restrained in a vehicle.
SMUD: 16,000 lost power in Citrus Heights area during heat wave
About 16,000 customers in the Citrus Heights area lost power on Wednesday afternoon due to a vehicle crash, SMUD said. Spokesman Jonathon Tudor told The Sentinel that about 10,000 customers had their power restored within 15 minutes, while others had their power out for over an hour. By 4:15 p.m., Tudor said only seven customers were still without power. He said the outage was caused by a vehicle accident but did not have more details.
CHPD participates in Special Olympics run at State Capitol
Citrus Heights Police officers participated in an early morning Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run in Sacramento that traveled to the State Capitol and concluded with a final leg at the University of California Davis. The run is part of the Summer Games, hosted by Special Olympics Northern California. The 2017 games take place this year on the UC Davis campus from June 23-25, where hundreds of Special Olympics athletes compete in sports like tennis, track & field, and swimming. In a news release on Friday, CHPD said it was proud to continue its tradition of supporting the Special Olympics each year.
New drone video shows progress on medical building construction
A new video posted by the City of Citrus Heights on Youtube this week shows an aerial view of construction crews pouring the foundation for Dignity Health’s new medical office building on the corner of Greenback Lane and Fountain Square Drive. The short video is less than 30 seconds in length, but provides a unique perspective on the project as seen through the camera of a drone. The medical building is expected to open in spring 2019.