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City’s proposed budget to be presented June 22

By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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The city’s budget will be presented during the June 22 City Council meeting. That’s according to City Manager Jim Estep after Tuesday night’s unusually brief City Council meeting. Estep said the budget will be ready June 18 and will be included in the City Council packet released the Friday before City Council meetings. The budget will then be presented to the City Council, either by Assistant City Manager Anna Jatczak or by department heads presenting their portion of the budget. The final budget must be approved by July 1, which is the beginning of the new fiscal year. During Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Tom Cosgrove honored efforts by Irene Rios and members of the Lincoln Police Department, Placer County Sheriff’s Department and Placer County District Attorney Office for their actions involving a 13-year-old girl this past February. The recognition was in behalf of City Council and the city of Lincoln. The girl was molested at Lincoln’s Holiday Inn Express on Feb. 27 by former Sacramento Sheriff Deputy Eric Cephus, who was sentenced to 18 years in prison on March 22 for the assault. “The community should be aware of the extraordinary work they did,” Cosgrove said, commenting on the quick work of those involved in having Cephus investigated, apprehended, and imprisoned. “That’s what you’d call swift justice, our own law and order.” That swift justice started when the girl walked into Irene Rios’ Supercuts across the street from the hotel Feb. 27 and asked for the phone so she could get a ride home to Sacramento. Rios called the police after she asked the girl where she lived, how old she was and why she wanted a cab, according to previous News Messenger reports. Lincoln police officers responded to the scene, Cosgrove said, which led to an investigation, during which Lincoln police detectives, Placer County Sheriff’s department detectives and a deputy district attorney “spent approximately 1,000 hours investigating and gathering evidence for this case.” “I know you say you we just did it because it’s our job but we appreciate you and as a community want to say thank you,” Cosgrove told the law-enforcement agency members. Cosgrove also addressed Rios. “It was your action as a community member that led to the initial investigation, apprehension and imprisonment of the suspect and your actions that took a sexual predator off the streets,” Cosgrove said. After receiving the recognition, Rios told The News Messenger she felt “nervous and excited.” “It felt very nice, for all of them to get recognized,” Rios said.