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Citrus Heights News Briefs: salary, fatality, smoke, homeless, red light cams

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Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost speaks during a community meeting in Citrus Heights on Aug. 25. // CH Sentinel

Latest local news briefs include a pay raise being approved for the city manager, an out-of-control ag burn blowing smoke over Citrus Heights, Supervisor Sue Frost holding a local community meeting at Coco’s, and a fatal motorcycle accident last weekend.

Council approves pay raise for city manager in 4-1 vote
City Manager Christopher Boyd will receive a 2% pay raise on his $255,000 salary, following a 4-1 vote by the city council on Aug. 24. Beginning next year, Boyd will also receive a $100 increase in monthly health care benefit contributions. Councilman Bret Daniels was the lone vote against the move, stating that although the city manager “works extremely hard,” he did not believe the city was “being prudent with tax dollars” when it comes to the city manager’s salary. Mayor Jeff Slowey responded to Daniels’ comments, noting that a salary comparison for the manager was conducted by the council last year and saying “a 2% raise I think is fair.”

Out-of-control ag burn in Yolo County sends smoke over region, Citrus Heights
Wondering why all the smoke in the air on Tuesday and Wednesday? The Yolo-Solano County Air Quality Management District apologized in a statement on Wednesday, stating that the district had approved an ag burn in Clarksburg — but the farmer had lost control of the burn and resulted in smoke being sent throughout the valley. The district said the incident is under investigation. (See statement)

Citrus Heights man killed in motorcycle collision
A 49-year-old man from Citrus Heights was killed last weekend while riding a 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle on Vernon Street in Roseville, shortly after midnight on August 19. Roseville Police said the victim, John Patrick Judd, lost control of the bike for an unknown reason and struck a curb on the opposite side of the street before colliding with a light post. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

An article published by the Sacramento Bee on Monday said Judd’s ex-wife had begun dating him again and told the paper “he could make anyone laugh… He was a free spirit and worked hard for everything he had.”

Community meeting focuses on homelessness, budget
Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost held her latest community meeting at a new location in Citrus Heights on Friday, after the closure of Denny’s last month caused her to switch the location of her August meeting to the Coco’s restaurant on Madison Avenue. About 20 residents gathered to hear Frost share an update on the county’s $4 billion budget, as well as address topics of homelessness, sex-trafficking, reserves, and jails.

Supervisor Frost: ‘free money doesn’t exist’ to solve homelessness

Frost said the county budget will be finalized on Sept. 6, but noted several “red flags” about the budget, including a lack of adequate reserves, which she said are currently only able to fund the county for eight days. She also said the average cost to taxpayers per homeless person is about $40,000 per year, which she hopes a $6.5 million proposal approved by the supervisors earlier this year will help reduce in future years. Frost’s next meeting in Citrus Heights will be held at the Coco’s restaurant at 7887 Madison Ave., at 7:30 a.m.

Other news briefs:

  • New red light cameras installed in July on Greenback Lane are began actively issuing tickets as of Aug. 26, following a legally required 30-day grace period that began last month.
  • Citrus Heights residents who heard a helicopter broadcasting messages about a missing person Thursday will be happy to know the missing 92-year-old woman from Carmichael was located and is safe, according to a tweet from the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department on Friday.
  • Night road work is scheduled for Aug. 30 and 31 at the intersection of Sunrise Boulevard and Sayonara Drive to allow for continued work on a manhole and sewer installation near the intersection.

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