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The Civic Minute: what’s happening at Citrus Heights city hall? (Dec. 14)

Park patrols. Turkey crossing signs. Liquor sales. Selecting a new mayor and vice mayor. Those are some topics on the agenda for the Dec. 14 Citrus Heights city council meeting. Here’s a brief summary of what’s on schedule, followed by vote highlights from the most recent council meeting:


  • Selection of mayor and vice mayor. The five-member council votes in a new mayor and vice mayor from among its ranks each year.
  • 20-year celebration of cityhood: a year in review.
  • A presentation will be made regarding a “microtransit pilot proposal” for Sacramento.


  • Payrates. The city council will consider a staff recommendation to adopt an amended payrate schedule, set to become effective Jan. 1, 2018. Only several minor changes are proposed, which are listed as having “no fiscal impact.” Two positions will be updated to comply with California’s minimum wage law, which increases from $10.50 per hour to $11 per hour, beginning next year.
  • Park Patrols. Councilmembers will consider a recommendation from the Citrus Heights Police Department to renew an existing contract with the Sunrise Recreation and Park District to provide supplemental police services for the district’s 13 parks in the city. Police have agreed to provide up to an average of 40 hours per month of enhanced patrol services with a uniformed officer, at a rate of $85 per hour.
  • Regional Transit. The city council will consider modifying and extending an agreement with Sac RT to provide public transportation services in Citrus Heights. Modifications include allocation of funds expected from the SB 1 gas tax. The existing agreement is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2017, unless the council votes to extend the agreement through Dec. 31, 2019.
  • Neighborhood Project funds. City staff recommend the council approve funding for four of five neighborhood improvement projects, including picnic tables, a community center bench, and senior meals. The staff report does not recommend approving a request to spend $178 on two additional “Turkey Crossing” signs in neighborhood area 10, citing a need for research needed to determine “if the signs are effective in reducing vehicle-animal related collisions.”


Liquor License. The council will consider a staff recommendation to issue a legally required “Letter of Public Convenience and Necessity” to allow issuance of a Type 42 license for the sale of beer and wine for a new business named Hop Crawler, which is seeking to replace a vape shop located at 7291 Greenback Ln., in the Safeway shopping center near San Juan Avenue. Hop Crawler’s proposed business model is to offer filling of approved containers with local craft brews for off-site consumption, with limited tasting provided on site.

The city council will meet at 7 p.m. at 6360 Fountain Square Dr. The full agenda packet can be viewed by clicking here.

*Note: There was only one council meeting in Nov., due to Thanksgiving.
Present: Mayor Jeff Slowey, Jeannie Bruins, Bret Daniels, Albert Fox, Steve Miller
Meeting length: 1 hour 18 minutes.

Quotable: “And no hens have complained?” – Mayor Jeff Slowey, responding with a chuckle after staff reported that complaints dropped over the past year, since the city adopted a new ordinance allowing backyard hens. A staff member replied that hens are “very happy.” (See full story)

  • ARCO proposal: (Item pulled from agenda) Councilmembers were scheduled to consider a staff recommendation to approve a contract with Analytical Environmental Services (AES) to conduct an environmental impact report for the proposed ARCO gas station and car wash at the corner of Sunrise Boulevard and Sungarden Drive. The city clerk announced at the beginning of the meeting that the item had been pulled from the agenda. A reason was not specified and the topic was not discussed during the meeting.
  • Discontinue hazardous waste drop-off events (5-0, approved): Councilmembers voted to discontinue Republic Services’ three annual household hazardous waste drop-off events and instead contract with Sacramento County for disposal services at two year-round locations.
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