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

Citrus Heights council members will meet Thursday evening for a closed-door session, followed by a regular meeting where the council will vote on whether to increase compensation for various city employees as well as vote on final acceptance for several street improvement projects.

The council’s Sept. 28 meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, located at 6360 Fountain Square Drive. A summary of what’s on the 55-page agenda is included below.

Closed Session (5:30 p.m.). The council’s closed session will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will involve property negotiations over two parcels at 6448 Sylvan Rd. and 7500 Coronado Lane, both located near Heights Church. An item description is limited, but says negotiators will include Robert Coronado and the city manger and city attorney, with “price, terms of payment, or both” under negotiation.

Regular Meeting (6 p.m.). The council’s regular meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and is slated to begin with a pair of proclamations declaring Sept. 28-Oct. 4 as “Good Neighbor Week,” as well as honoring Leatherby’s Family Creamery as “a community partner of distinction.”

Subcommittee update. The council will vote on whether to approve a staff recommendation to move the Community Block Development Grant subject matter
area and Community Support Grants for nonprofits to be addressed by the council’s Quality of Life ad hoc subcommittee. The council’s ad-hoc committees are set up when the council opts to have two of its members “review a subject matter or policy issue” before the matter is heard by the full council.

Street improvements. Council members will consider formal notice of completion for the city’s 2022 Residential Street Resurfacing Project, which totaled $2.9 million and was completed by All Phase Construction, Inc. A staff report says pavement repairs and resurfacing of 20 city streets, totaling 2.61 centerline miles was completed as part of the project. The council will also consider formal notice of completion for the 2021 Greenback Lane Complete Streets Improvement Project, which totaled $2.87 million and was completed by McGuire and Hester.

City employee pay. The council will consider a staff recommendation to increase compensation for several classes of police and other city employees, following a compensation study. A staff report says “candid feedback given in exit interviews has consistently pointed to employees leaving for higher rates of compensation at other regional agencies,” and notes that the city “has not kept up organization wide with cost of living adjustments.”

A fiscal analysis included in a staff report says the cost to implement salary and medical adjustments,” assuming all unrepresented authorized positions are filled” would be about $1.7 million for fiscal year 2023-24 and $2.2 million for the following fiscal year.

City Scoop Recap. The council meeting will conclude with a report from the Economic Development and Community Engagement department, providing a recap of the city’s three “City Scoop” events held over the summer.

Those wishing to make a public comment during the meeting can do so by attending the council meeting on Sept. 28 at City Hall, or by submitting a written comment beforehand using the city’s website. The deadline to submit comments online is 4 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

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