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Citrus Heights council to vote on pay raises, COVID-19 response, roadway plan

Sentinel staff report–
The Citrus Heights City Council will meet Thursday night to consider proposed pay raises for non-sworn police employees, a $1.3 million contract related to plans for Auburn Boulevard, formal adoption of an emergency proclamation, and a final concept plan for Old Auburn Road.

The meeting will be held at City Hall at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, with council members given the opportunity to participate remotely by teleconference. Due to coronavirus concerns, the meeting will not be open to the public, but will be streamed live online.

Those wishing to submit public comment can do so by emailing:, or by completing an online speaker request form posted on the city’s website. The city says each comment will be read aloud during the meeting, for up to five minutes.

A summary of what’s on the 194-page agenda packet is included below:

Auburn Blvd. The City Council will consider approving a $1.28 million contract with Roseville-based Bennett Engineering Services, Inc., for professional services related to the final design phase of the Auburn Boulevard Complete Streets Revitalization Project, Phase 2. For more, see article: Citrus Heights moving forward with $22M plan to revitalize Auburn Blvd

Mitchell Farms. A staff report recommends the council initiate proceedings to annex the future 258-home Mitchell Farms subdivision into an assessment district, where each parcel owner in the subdivision would be assessed a fee to cover landscape and lighting expenses associated with the new subdivision. Total assessed revenues for the next fiscal year are listed at $88,851. A public hearing is tentatively slated for April 23.

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Pay raise. The council will consider approving a proposed 2% base salary increase for non-sworn police employees, along with an increase of $100 per month for health insurance benefits and several other increases based on years of services and education. The total additional cost for the remainder of the current fiscal year ending June 30 is listed at approximately $55,000.

Public hearing. A public hearing will be held prior to the City Council’s consideration of a resolution to approve a Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report to the U.S. Department Of Housing and Urban Development. The report is required annually to assess the city’s progress on housing and related goals, including how federal Community Development Block Grant funds were used.

Coronavirus. Council members will consider a resolution formally ratifying a “state of emergency” proclamation issued by the mayor on March 19, in response to the spread of COVID-19. The emergency resolution enables the city to request resources, financial support and reimbursement from state and federal agencies. Laws regarding looting and price gouging also go into effect whenever a state of emergency has been declared.

Old Auburn Road Plan. The City Council will vote on whether to adopt a final concept plan for Old Auburn Road that includes eliminating lanes, widening the roadway in places, and adding contiguous bike lanes and separated sidewalks. For more, see article: Final concept plan for Old Auburn Road projected to cost $15-25M

The meeting will be live-streamed at, beginning at 7 p.m. on March 26. To see the full agenda packet online, click here.

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