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Citrus Heights News Briefs: store closure, students, housing, obituary

San Juan High School sports players receive recognition from the Citrus Heights City Council on Jan. 23, 2020. // Image courtesy, City of CH

Latest local news briefs include another store closure, an update from Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting, student athletes being recognized by the City Council, and an obituary for a couple who died just three weeks apart after being married for over 50 years.

Citrus Heights council approves spending another $50,000 to expand community survey
The Citrus Heights City Council voted 5-0 Thursday night to more than double an existing contract with a research firm for the purposes of conducting further community outreach and research “related to potential future revenue options to fund community priorities.” The existing contract of $50,000 with Lew Edwards Group funded an initial community survey last year. The contract has now been increased to $103,500. Related: City of Citrus Heights asks for feedback in ‘largest survey in its history’

Express store at Sunrise Mall closing
USA Today reported Friday that the Express clothing store at Sunrise Mall is among 31 of the company’s stores that are slated to close “by the end of this weekend.” Another 35 stores will close by January next year and a total of 100 stores will close by 2022, the report said. The company’s website on Saturday indicated discounts of 90% off store-wide at the Citrus Heights location. (See USA Today story)

Scheeler, Schaefer selected to head Planning Commission
Citrus Heights planning commissioners voted to select Tim Schaefer as chair of the commission, and Tom Scheeler as vice chair. The two will serve one-year terms.

Planning Commission approves changes on 260-home project
Citrus Heights planning commissioners on Wednesday night voted 6-0 to approve changes requested by the developer of the Mitchell Farms housing project. The changes include various aesthetic modifications to the original plan, along with the addition of a one-story option to homes that were previously only offered in two-story layouts. See prior story for more: New developer seeks changes to 260-home project in Citrus Heights

Citrus Heights police volunteer receives spotlight in ABC 10 feature
Dominic Papa, who is non-verbal and uses an iPad to communicate, was featured in an ABC 10 story on Tuesday for his work as a volunteer for the Citrus Heights Police Department. Read more about his story: see ABC 10 video

Obituary: Ronald and Carol Gertz
Ronald and Carol Gertz, 25-year residents of Citrus Heights who later moved to Idaho, died three weeks apart from each other after 51 years of marriage, according to their obituary published in The Sacramento Bee on Jan. 23. Carol worked as a teacher in the San Juan Unified School District and Ronald worked as a heat and frost insulator for Local 16. Both retired in 2004 and moved to Coeur D’alene, Idaho. They are survived by their three children. (See full obituary)

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