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The Civic Minute: what’s going on at Citrus Heights City Hall? (Feb. 14th)

Citrus Heights City Council members will spend part of their Valentine’s Day at City Hall for their regularly scheduled council meeting on the second Thursday of the month, which falls this time on Feb. 14. The council will hold a closed-door special meeting at 6:30 p.m., followed by a regular council meeting at 7 p.m.

Here’s a brief summary of what’s included in the council’s 94-page agenda packet:

SPECIAL MEETING: (6:30 p.m.)

  • Closed session. The City Council will hold a conference with legal counsel to discuss existing litigation regarding Middleton v. Van. No further details are included in the council’s agenda packet, but the case involves the city clerk being sued by then-candidate Porsche Middleton over the city’s decision to not allow Middleton to use her title of Planning Commissioner on the November election ballot. A judge ruled in Middleton’s favor last year.


  • Transportation funds audit. The City Council will consider the formal acceptance and filing of an independent audit of the city’s Transportation Development Act Funds for the last fiscal year. The audit was conducted by Sacrament-based Richardson & Company, LLP, which found the city’s financial statements regarding TDA funds were presented “fairly, in all material respects.”
  • Quarterly Treasurer’s Report. Council members will formally receive and file the latest treasurer’s report for the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2018. The quarterly report is required by state law, with the latest report showing the market value of the city’s cash and investments at $8.86 million, down from $12.46 million at the end of the prior quarter. The city also reported interest earnings of $115,334 for the current fiscal year to date on its investment portfolio.
  • $167k contract. The City Council will consider a recommendation to award a $167,148 contract to Steer, a transportation consultancy group, for the development of a “Multi Modal Transportation Safety Program.” The city received a $180,000 grant from Caltrans last year for the development of the program, which seeks to help evaluate and implement requests from the community for new signs, striping, crosswalks, speed bumps, and other traffic calming and enforcement requests, according to a staff report. The program includes community engagement and will also help identify collision trends and “hot spots,” as well as help develop a methodology for prioritization.
  • Public Hearings: none.
  • Residency requirement. The City Council will consider a staff recommendation to amend the city’s municipal code to require that planning commissioners be residents of Citrus Heights. The current code does not specify a residency requirement. The amendment would read: “The Planning Commission shall consist of seven members who are neither officers nor employees of the city. The members shall be residents of the city.”  According to a staff report, the amendment was pursued by city staff “under the direction of both the outgoing and incoming mayors.”
  • City website. A department report from the city clerk’s office will be made regarding the city’s redesigned website, which was updated at the end of January.

The City Council meeting will be held in the council chambers at 6360 Fountain Square Drive. The full agenda packet can be viewed by clicking here.

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