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

City Council members will meet this Thursday to vote on approving nine-month strategic objectives, as well as fill a vacancy on a newly formed education committee and consider a $50,000 contract for on-call arborist services.

The council’s July 13 meeting will begin with a closed-session meeting 5 p.m., followed by a regular meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall, located at 6360 Fountain Square Drive. A summary of what’s on the 242-page agenda is included below.

Landscape and Lighting Fees. More than 100 pages of the agenda packet are devoted to three agenda items, all related to routine actions required for annual updates to various landscape and lighting assessment districts in the city. Assessment districts are areas with special fees tacked on to property taxes for certain parcels in the city to cover specific maintenance of areas associated with those parcels. Some of the districts have negative budgets, lacking funds to pay for maintenance. Public hearings are slated to be held at a future council meeting.

Strategic Objectives. The council will consider formally adopting a set of nine-month strategic objectives to accomplish by March 2024, stemming from a Strategic Planning retreat held by the council on June 15. Objectives listed include evaluating the city’s red light camera program by Sept. 21, developing a plan to reduce crime and blight around Sylvan Oaks Library, planning for Sunday Funday in September, and other objectives.

Arborist contract. The council will consider approving a staff recommendation to select Davey Resource Group as the city’s On-Call Arborist, for an amount not-to-exceed $50,000 for the current two-year budget cycle.

Vacancy. The council will vote to replace a position on the city’s new Citrus Heights Education Committee, formerly held by Thomas Scheeler, who had been nominated by Mayor Tim Schaefer. James Remick has been nominated by the mayor to fill the vacancy, subject to ratification from the full council.

Public Hearing. The council will hold a public hearing regarding delinquent solid waste accounts and ordering collection via the property tax roll.

Affordable Housing. Council members will consider adopting Affordable Ownership Program Guidelines, which were drafted by the city in response to recent legislation regarding housing. The guidelines seek ” to create and preserve long-term affordable homeownership opportunities for people who live and work in the City of Citrus Heights,” according to a staff summary.

Those wishing to make a public comment during the meeting can do so by attending the council meeting at 6 p.m. on July 13, or by submitting a written comment beforehand using the city’s website.

To see the full agenda packet, click here.

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