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

The City Council will convene Thursday evening to discuss a report from the city’s police chief on the feasibility and cost of adding police officers at both high schools in Citrus Heights, as well as consider changes to penalties for various violations of city ordinances, among other matters.

The council’s Aug. 10 meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at City Hall, located at 6360 Fountain Square Drive. A summary of what’s on the 43-page agenda is included below.

Proclamation. The council meeting will begin with a proclamation recognizing long-time Facilities Manager Chris Myers, as he retires from the city.

Intersection Safety. The council will consider final approval of the work done on a $1.1 million Various Signalized Intersection Safety Improvements Project. The project was completed by Central Valley Engineering & Asphalt, Inc., and included upgrades at 30 intersections, like reflective backplates on signal lights and ADA-compliant curb ramps. Installation of the pedestrian median barrier fence at Greenback Lane and Auburn Boulevard was also included in the project.

School Safety. Council members are slated to discuss a report from the city’s Police Chief regarding the feasibility and cost of assigning a resource officer to Mesa Verde and San Juan high schools. The report shows the cost estimated at $247,570 for one-time startup costs, and $339,550 for annual ongoing costs.

Penalties. The council will consider a recommendation from the city attorney and police department to amend various sections of the city’s municipal code to allow for various misdemeanors to instead be penalized as an infraction, citation, or other enforcement action. A staff report says the changes are proposed to allow for lower level crimes to have alternate remedies in cases where misdemeanor prosecution “is unlikely or not feasible.”

Those wishing to make a public comment during the meeting can do so by attending the council meeting at 6 p.m. on Aug. 10, or by submitting a written comment beforehand using the city’s website.

To see the full agenda packet, click here.

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