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Council takes fire chief’s property out of city limits

March 20, 2018 GMT

DIXON – The City Council agreed to take the fire chief’s home out of city limits Monday, months after changing the residency requirements for the city’s leadership.

In November, the council agreed to change the residency requirements for the police chief, fire chief and city manager from inside city limits to within the school district.

Dixon Fire Chief Tim Shipman said his home at 1920 Leopard Drive was annexed into the city to meet the former residency requirement, but after November’s rule change, it made sense to remove it from the city, since no city services reach that area.

There’s no plan to extend services out there anytime soon, but if and when they are, the property automatically will be annexed back into the city.

“There’s no active plan to develop that area, and it’s still contiguous, so it doesn’t block any future expansion,” Shipman said.

Mayor Li Arellano Jr. voted against the measure and said city officials should live within the city limits to be accountable to the same rules as residents and have a better connection with the community.

He previously voted against changing the residency requirements as well as removing City Manager Danny Langloss’ home at 612 Panther Drive from city limits in September 2016 before the former police chief moved elsewhere in the city.