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The Civic Minute: What’s happening at Citrus Heights City Hall?

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The Citrus Heights City Council will meet Thursday for their first council meeting of 2023, with topics on the agenda including a report from the police chief on the feasibility of placing officers in schools, recognizing outgoing Mayor Porsche Middleton, and appointing members to the city’s Planning Commission.

A summary of key items on the 73-page agenda packet for the Jan. 12 meeting of the City Council is included below. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

Presentations. Thursday’s meeting will kick off with a pair of presentations, with the first recognizing Porsche Middleton for her term as mayor in 2022, followed by Republic Services presenting the winners of its annual poster contest.

Regional appointments. Council members will appoint members from among their ranks to serve on various boards and commissions in the region, including: Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District and Sacramento Area Sewer District, Sacramento Transportation Authority, and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. Alternates will also be selected.

City appointments. The three council members who won election in November will each nominate a resident to serve on the Planning Commission, subject to approval from a majority of the council. Vice Mayor Bret Daniels is also slated to appoint one member to fill an open seat left by Paul Makhnovskiy, who resigned earlier this month. At-large appointments will also be made by majority vote for other seats on the Planning Commission and Construction Board of Appeals.

Council Handbook revisions. Proposed revisions to the council’s handbook, which outlines council procedure and responsibilities, will be considered for approval. A Sentinel review of changes proposed indicates the only substantive change would be a return to requiring only two members of the council being needed to place an item on the agenda, rather than three members.

School safety. The council will hear a report from the city’s police chief on the feasibility of placing an officer in each public school and a presentation by a representative from the San Juan Unified School District’s Safe Schools.

Public comments for the council meeting can be submitted to, with up to 250 words, or emailed directly to the City Council as a whole at Comments sent to the clerk will be read aloud during the meeting.

The council’s Jan. 12, 2023, meeting agenda packet can be viewed in full online, with links for the Zoom meeting included in the packet. (click here)

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