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

Citrus Heights council members will meet at 6 p.m. this Thursday to hold a public hearing on allocating $600,000 in federal funds, and also provide staff direction related to pavement re-striping and beautifying aging sound walls, among other items.

A summary of key items on the 124-page agenda packet for the Oct. 13, 2022, meeting of the City Council is included below:

Presentations. The council meeting will commence with a pair of proclamations, one retroactively recognizing Sept. 18-24 as “National Forensic Science Week” and the other recognizing the second week of October as “Code
Enforcement Officer Appreciation Week.”

Planning Commission changes. The council will consider approving updates to the Planning Commission’s rule book and also approve a change in start times for the commission’s meeting to be 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. Changes to the rule book are shown in a red-lined edited version included in the agenda packet. No significant changes were observed in a Sentinel review of the document.

Police grants. The council will consider approving the receipt of two grants to the Police Department, including $152,000 from the Office Of Traffic Safety for a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program DUI grant to fund DUI operations and $23,592 from a 2022 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant to go towards tablets for police vehicles.

Public hearing: Input from the public will be received regarding a recommendation to allocate an anticipated $600,000 in 2023 Community Development Block Grant Funding, with $390,000 for capital projects, 20% being allocated for administration, and 15% to go towards nonprofits offering public services. Draft allocation of public services money is proposed to be $17,343 to Campus Life for Sayonara Center programs, $16,640 to Meals on Wheels for senior meals, $39,403 to Sacramento Self-Help Housing for counseling, Navigator services and a renters helpline, and $20,342 to Sunrise Christian Food Ministry for its emergency food closet.

Utility undergrounding. The council will consider amending the municipal code to authorize the establishment of underground utility districts, described as a “geographic area within which overhead utilities are required to be installed underground and utility poles removed.” The proposed amendment would allow the city to establish such districts, “following notice to affected property owners and a public hearing.” A staff report says the council is slated to consider creation of a UUD on Auburn Boulevard on Oct. 27, as utility providers are requiring a UUD to be in place to “ensure future utility installations are located underground along the Auburn Boulevard Corridor.”

Building code updates. Various updates to the city’s building code will be considered by the council, largely in line with new California Building Standards Code of Regulations. A staff report says the state code has been modified for local application with less restrictive regulations relating to permit expiration and increased safety requirements regarding pool design.

Roadway restriping. The council will review a staff report on the extent and costs associated with maintenance restriping of pavement markings across the city. Direction to staff for future action is requested.

Sound walls. The council will hear a staff report relating to options for sound wall repair and beautification. A staff report estimates there are approximately 14,000 linear feet of exposed, privately owned sound wall sections, with an approximate cost of $145,000 to repaint. Direction to staff for future action is requested.

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 Oct. 13 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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