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

Citrus Heights council members will meet Thursday to vote on matters relating to development at Sylvan Corners, massage parlors, and a proposed bonus payment to the city manager, as well hear an annual report from the Police Department and consider taking a position against proposed state legislation that would impose restrictions on the use of police canines.

The council’s April 13 meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Citrus Heights City Hall, preceded by a 5 p.m. closed-session with the Police Department related to public safety. A summary of what’s included in the 164-page agenda packet is listed below.

The meeting will begin with a trio of proclamations declaring the week of April 9-15 as both “National Animal Care & Control Appreciation Week” and “National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.” The council will also proclaim April 16-22 as “National Volunteer Week.”

On-call contracts. The council will consider approving agreements with Bollard, De Novo, Dudek, ECORP, Helix, and Raney for on-call environmental services, with annual maximums of $150,000-350,000. Staff also recommend approving similar agreements with Fehr & Peers, Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc., and Wood Rodgers, Inc. for on-call traffic engineering services.

Appointment. City councilmembers will consider confirming the appointment of Caryl Sheehan to serve on the Sacramento Groundwater Authority Board, with Raymond Riehle as an alternate.

$12k payment. The City Council will consider approving a one-time payment of $12,000 to City Manager Ash Feeney, which equals 5% of his base salary of $240,000. A report from the city’s Administrative Services Director says the proposed payment is in light of the council’s “positive evaluation” of Feeney. The report also notes the city’s employment contract with Feeney “does not provide automatic cost-of-living allowances or any built-in raises.”

Sylvan Corners. The council will consider extending the outside closing date for an 11-acre vacant parcel at Sylvan Corners to March 31, 2024, as requested by Woodside Homes. The proposal includes an agreement for Woodside homes to deposit another $200,000 to the city. A staff report says entitlements required for close of sale would also be “refined and reduced.”

Public Hearing. The City Council will hold a public hearing, prior to voting on whether to cap the number of massage establishments in the city. A staff report says some massage businesses are providing “illicit activities.” The report also says Citrus Heights has 29 massage establishments, or one per every 2,978 residents.

Unnamed park. The council will consider naming a green space on Greenback Lane just east of Park Oaks Drive, which residents have advocated for naming.  Costs for naming the park could range from $5,000 to $25,000, a staff report says. Several options for naming the park are listed, including forming an ad-hoc committee or receiving nominations from council members.

AB 742: The council will consider endorsing a letter of opposition to AB 742, at the request of the city’s police chief. The legislation seeks to prohibit the use of an unleashed police dog to apprehend people or aid with crowd control.

AB 734: The council will consider whether to take a position regarding AB 734, which seeks to ban youth tackle football.

Annual Report. The Police Department will provide the City Council with an annual report, typically covering crime stats and other details or highlights from the prior year.

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 April 13, 2023, meeting agenda packet can be viewed in full online. The City Clerk on Tuesday confirmed that meetings no longer have the option of remote participation, but residents may still stream the meetings live via Youtube.

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