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The Civic Minute: what’s happening at Citrus Heights City Hall (April 26)

During tonight’s council meeting city leaders are slated to consider approving a list of 13 sections of residential streets to be resurfaced, as well as hold a pair of public hearings and hear updates on the medical office building under construction and the city’s code enforcement efforts.

Here’s a brief summary of what’s on schedule for the council’s April 26 meeting, followed by vote highlights from the most recent council meeting:

SPECIAL MEETING (5:30 p.m.)

  • Study session. A workshop will be held to review funding aspects for fiscal year 2018-19, including capital improvement projects, community support funding, and neighborhood improvement project funding.

REGULAR MEETING (7 p.m.)

Agenda Items of Note:

  • $1.4M road funding. The city council will consider approving a list of 13 different sections of roadway to be resurfaced in residential areas by June 2019, using $1.4 million provided from SB 1 “gas tax” funding. Roads on the list include Halifax Street, Daly Avenue, Sunwood Way, Capricorn Drive, Alma Mesa Way, and other residential streets. A staff report states that the city’s average Pavement Condition Index is at 64 out of 100, with the condition projected to degrade to an average of 46 out of 100 if repairs are delayed. The report also states that if the gas tax is repealed by voters in November, the completion of resurfacing projects could be halted.
  • Sunrise MarketPlace. The council will consider approving a 5-page annual report for 2017 from the Sunrise MarketPlace, which highlights new businesses and various activities hosted in the marketplace last year. The report also showcases future plans for events and concerts at a pop-up stadium outside the Sunrise Mall, as well as plans for color-coordinated LED lighting on palm trees along Sunrise Boulevard. (See report)
  • Treasurer’s report. Staff recommend the city council receive and file the quarterly treasurer’s report, which shows the market value of the city’s cash and investments at $12,489,907, as of March 31, 2018.
  • Pole revenue. The city council will consider approving a 50-plus page license agreement for leasing out space on city-owned light poles to wireless companies seeking to install small antennas in the city. The leasing price would start at $2,000 per year per pole, with annual increases of 2%, allowing each pole to potentially generate over $33,000 during a 10-year period.

PUBLIC HEARINGS:

  • Federal grant money. A public hearing will be held to discuss an amended Citizen Participation Plan for the federal Community Development Block Grant Program, which annually provides about $589,000 in funds to the city. A separate hearing will also be held regarding a proposed minor re-allocation of block grant funds that would move $8,000 in allocated funds from A Community For Peace (ACFP) to Women Escaping A Violent Environment, due to the cancellation of an activity that was going to be hosted by ACFP.

PRESENTATIONS/REPORTS

  • MOB. Dignity Health will provide an update on the Medical Office Building project, currently underway at Greenback Lane and Fountain Square Drive.
  • LED lighting. The General Services Department will provide an update related to LED Median Lighting in the Sunrise MarketPlace, apparently related to a plan to add programmed color lighting to palm trees along Sunrise Boulevard.
  • Code enforcement. The Citrus Heights Police Department will provide an update on its Code Enforcement Unit.

The city council’s special meeting will convene at 5:30 p.m. on April 26, 2018, at 6360 Fountain Square Drive. The regular meeting will follow at 7 p.m.  The full agenda packet can be viewed by clicking here.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE APRIL 12th COUNCIL MEETING:
Present: Mayor Steve Miller, Vice Mayor Jeannie Bruins, Bret Daniels, Albert Fox
Absent: Jeff Slowey
Meeting length: 2+ hours

QUOTABLE: “These are always tough to get through, and my hope is that it turns out better than we all think.” — Mayor Steve Miller, following the vote to deny an appeal filed against the Bearpaw Townhouse project near Sylvan Corners.

  • Rental Housing Inspection Unit. During a study session held prior to the council meeting, councilmembers reviewed options for a potential “inspection unit” for rental housing in the city.
  • Infrastructure improvements (approved, 4-0). The council approved an agreement with Caltrans related to Phase 3 and 4 of the “Mariposa Avenue Safe Routes to School” project, as part of a grant authorization process. The two phases will cost approximately $4.4 million to install pedestrian and bicycle-related improvements along Mariposa Avenue and nearby streets.
  • Electric Greenway project (approved, 4-0). The council also approved an agreement with Caltrans related to a $7 million “Electric Greenway,” a 2.9-mile paved multi-use trail between Sunrise Boulevard and Wachtel Way. According to a staff report, the trail will largely follow an existing SMUD electric corridor easement and will connect several neighborhoods to seven parks, several schools and the Sunrise MarketPlace.
  • Townhouse Appeal (denied, 4-0). Citrus Heights City Council members voted to deny a neighborhood association’s appeal against a 42-unit townhouse project near Sylvan Corners that was approved by the planning commission in January. During a public hearing held prior to the vote, several community members spoke out both for and against the project. Council members ultimately sided with the primary property owner, Tom Romeo, stating he has a right to do what he wants on his property — but the council also voted to impose four additional conditions on the project that addressed several concerns raised by neighbors.The conditions include a requirement that the project’s southern access onto Sylvan Road be only used for pedestrians and emergency vehicles, making the only entry and exit point for vehicles being on Old Auburn Road. Additionally, a requirement for more screening trees near adjacent homes was added, as well as a condition that the pool area be moved as far away as feasible from adjacent homes. A restriction that no oak trees be planted on the site was also added, due to one of the adjacent neighbors being allergic to oak trees. Jayna Karpinski-Costa, president of the neighborhood association who filed the appeal, told The Sentinel the city didn’t go far enough in imposing conditions to address parking, privacy, and other concerns.

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