03-22-11 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: March 22, 2011
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Stan Mofjeld
Rick Sloan
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    1. Minutes of January 2011
      MaryAnn Winters made a motion to adopt the draft minutes.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. Minutes of February 2011
      Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes.  MaryAnn Winters seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      There was no treasurer’s report.
    2. Other reports
      Gay Jones reported that there were no local issues before the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC).
  1. Old Business
    1. Public Utilities Commission/California American Water Update
      Joe O’Connor reported that there is a new letter being circulated from the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) of the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) concerning requested increases in California American (Cal Am) water rates.  The letter recommends increases of 8.5% instead of the increase of over 40% requested by Cal Am.  After some discussion it was agreed that BRECA would send a letter to the PUC supporting the DRA recommendation.
    2. Riviera East Park Playground Equipment
      Stan Mofjeld reported that Cordova Recreation and Park District staff have installed most of the new playground equipment in Riviera East Park, but need several days of dry weather to install the base.  Rick Sloan reported that dedication of the equipment is planned for April 23, 2011.  The Park District plans to mail a flyer to houses within 500 to 1,000 feet of the park.  Lori Christensen made a motion for BRECA to mail a flyer to our membership.  Jim Morgan seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    3. Gristmill Restoration
      Gay Jones reported that there was no additional information on the Gristmill restoration plans.
  1. New Business
    1. Fire Reduction in American River Parkway
      Jeri Langham reported that he had received a flyer regarding planned fire fuel reduction in the Gristmill section of the American River Parkway.  The flyer indicates that dead wood, brush, and tree branches up to 10 feet high are to be removed from the area within 100 feet of the fence line. If taken literally, this would be an environmental disaster.  It was generally agreed that a balance must be struck between fire risk and natural values.  Several people have been communicating by e-mail concerning the proposal.  Jeri plans to meet with Mary Maret of Sacramento County Regional Parks concerning this proposal.  He will also meet with the work crew to educate them about the natural values of the vegetation.  Jeri was asked to report back about the activities.
    2. Items from the floor.
      Jim Morgan stated that the Steering Committee election begins this month with nominations.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be on April 26, 2011 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

02-22-11 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: February 22, 2011
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    1. Minutes of November, 2010
      Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 3 votes in favor and 2 abstentions.
    2. Minutes of December, 2010
      Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 3 votes in favor and 2 abstentions.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Kelly Cohen reported that the balance in the BRECA checking account was $4,711.88.
  1. Old Business
    1. Updates from the floor
      Gay Jones reported that Katherine Franklin (with the Cordova Recreation and Park District) sent an e-mail to the effect that a contractor had been hired to install curbing and equipment for the new playground in Riviera East Park.  If weather permits the work could be finished by late March.Gay Jones reported that County Regional Parks is preparing a sign for the Gristmill area that would acknowledge the volunteers who are taking out the trash from the area.  A draft of the sign was presented.  There were several suggestions for modifications to the draft sign.  These included adding “Please help by packing out your trash” and identifying the Gristmill Gatherers as the name of the group taking out the trash.  The sign is to be installed on an existing post at the Gristmill parking lot.

      Gay Jones reported that she had received a message from Bonnie Slaven (with the Library) that they are trying to get money for an awning to protect the tree round from the largest oak removed for the Mayhew-Gristmill levee project.

      Gay Jones reported that Grant Kreinberg (with the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency) left a voice mail message to the effect that work restoring the Kansas Access staging area could start in April or May.

  1. New Business
    1. California Public Utilities Commission meetings and BRECA response
      There was a general discussion of the recent California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) meetings regarding the request by California American Water (Cal Am) for rate increases.  There were two meetings, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.  In the afternoon meeting about 120 people attended.  There were some good technical comments, but most people simply didn’t want the rate increase.  Comments from elected officials included Connie Bruins from Citrus Heights and Linda Budge from Rancho Cordova.  The evening meeting was similar.Joe O’Connor noted that the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) recommended scaling back the rate increase from about 40% over three years to about 10%.  Joe spoke at the evening session, and stated that social engineering is behind using metered water, and that the costs of a unionized workforce are being passed along the customers.  Kelly Cohen also spoke in praise of the Ratepayer Advocates position, and suggested that since water is an essential resource it should not be subject to the profit motive.  Jim Morgan spoke at the afternoon session, and stated that his rates had gone up by 6% over 7 years with Citizens Utilities, and 128% over 7 years with Cal Am.  He concluded that Cal Am is padding their investments in order to increase profits.

      There was discussion about whether and what BRECA should do.  Lori Christensen suggested that the Cal Am subcommittee put together a BRECA letter and send it.  Mary Ann Winters seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

    2. Regional Parks Budget
      Jim Morgan stated that at the last Save the American River Association meeting Janet Baker (with Sacramento County Regional Parks) made some comments about the upcoming Sacramento County Regional Parks budget.  In particular, her superior has stated that they do not want to make more cuts to Parks, as Parks has been cut severely already.  However, they were directed to prepare a budget with a 10% cut for the coming fiscal year.Jim suggested that a Parks budget committee be formed to follow developments and advocate for an adequate budget.  Kelly Cohen made a motion to form a Parks budget committee.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.  Jim Morgan, Gay Jones, Kelly Cohen and Joe O’Connor are to be on the committee.
    3. Request from Sacramento County for a “Sewer District Report Card”
      Gay Jones stated that she had received a request for a “Sewer District Report Card” from Sacramento County.  The purpose was not clear.  We will request the “Report Card” and see what it is about.
  1. Items from the floor.
    Gay Jones stated that a “citizens academy” is being held to inform people about how law enforcement works.  People can apply to go to the “academy.”It was announced that there will be a Spring Cleanup on the Parkway on April 19, 2011.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be on March 22, 2011 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

01-25-11 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: January 25, 2011
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    A quorum was not present, so minutes were not considered.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      The Treasurer’s report was not presented.
    2. Parkway Coalition
      Gay Jones reported that Steve Flannery, the head ranger for County Regional Parks, will be retiring in March
  1. Old Business
    1. Mayhew Levee Project
      Jim Morgan reported that the upstream tie-in of the Mayhew-Gristmill levee to high ground is now in a list of authorized Lower American River projects.Gay Jones reported that the position of the natural resources specialist with County Regional Parks may be in jeopardy.
    2. Tree Round at Library
      Gay Jones reported that Library staff do not know when the tree round from the largest tree cut down from the Mayhew-Gristmill levee project will be put on display.
  1. New Business
    1. Gristmill Gatherers
      Gay Jones reported that she had been informed that County Regional Parks is planning to make a sign acknowledging the Gristmill Gatherers for packing out the trash from the Gristmill site.
    2. Proposed Water Rate Increases
      There was discussion of the water rate increases requested by California American Water company and the upcoming meetings of the California Public Utilities Commission.  It was suggested that BRECA members attend the meetings.  Also, BRECA could put together a letter is there is still time.
    3. Calendar
      Gay Jones stated that she would like to put together a calendar of major BRECA undertakings for the year.  The following were identified:
      Steering Committee Elections: March and April
      Dedication  of new playground equipment at Riviera East Park: April or May?
      Ice cream social event: April to July?
      Community Newsletter: May and June
      Picnic: September?
      Membership Newsletter: September and October
      General Membership meeting: October
      It was suggested that this item be reviewed when more Steering Committee members are present.
  1. Items from the floor.
    There were no items from the floor
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be on February 22, 2011 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

12-28-10 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINUTES

DATE: December 28, 2010
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA General Membership Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Stan Mofjeld
Rick Sloan

  1. Welcome from the Chair
  2. Discussion of Topics
    1. Speed Bumps
      Kelly Cohen reported that the Neighborhood Traffic Management Plan, a set of speed bumps, had been approved by the Board of Supervisors.  A vote (by mail) conducted by the County had a 70% response rate and was 76% in favor of the plan.  Work should start this coming summer.  Kelly described the different kinds of speed bumps: speed tables, humps, and lumps.
    2. Crime Check
      Kelly Cohen reported that data for the BRECA area indicate that about 9 or 10 crimes per month are typical.  Kelly distributed a handout showing the locations and types of crimes for 9-24-10 to 12-1-10.  The most common crimes were burglaries from residences, businesses, and vehicles.
    3. Riviera East Park Playground Equipment
      Stan Mofjeld reported that at the beginning of the year one set of playground equipment had been removed from Riviera East Park.  BRECA has lobbied the Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD) to replace the equipment.  Despite funding difficulties, it is now anticipated that new playground equipment will be installed by late spring of 2011.  There will also be improvements to the walkway and access.  Gay Jones commented that the CRPD had secured a good deal for the equipment, which is priced about one-half off.  There was discussion about lights being out in the Park.  Rick Sloan (a CRPD Board member) indicated that he will inquire about this problem.
    4. Flood Protection
      Jim Morgan reported that most work on the Mayhew Levee and Drain projects is complete.  Consequently, most people in the former 100 year flood zone are now out of the zone, and can drop flood insurance or secure flood insurance at a lower rate.  BRECA urges people to keep their flood insurance.Jim Morgan also reported that the major remaining issues for the projects are the lack of tie-in from the upstream end of the levee to high ground, and restoration of the Kansas Access staging area.  These two issues became stalled earlier this year, and BRECA requested and had a meeting with Supervisor Don Nottoli and staff for the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA).  It was agreed at this meeting that the upstream end tie-in will be added to the list of Lower American River projects that are to be completed in the future as funding permits.  A list of these projects is to be published on the SAFCA web site.
    5. California American Water Rates
      Joe O’Connor reported that California American (Cal Am) water rates had increased about three fold over the last several years.  Cal Am is asking for an additional 43% increase in the next three years.  Cal Am is a utility that is regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).  The Division of Ratepayer Advocates will conduct an independent evaluation of the rate increase request.  Increasing costs are driven by deferred maintenance by the previous owners (Citizens Utilities), as well as additional state requirements, and changing to more use of surface water.  Cal Am is allowed an 8% profit on justifiable costs.  There will be public hearings and opportunity for written comments.  Joe stated that it is a good idea to attend hearings and comment as it draws attention to concern about the rate increase.Joe also commented that the new rate structure is 70% by volume, while about 80% of costs are fixed costs.  There was discussion about going to a public agency rather than a private supplier.  However, this can be quite expensive as the existing owner must be bought out.  Also, there is a tendency to under-invest to keep rates low.
    6. Regional Parks
      Gay Jones reported that Sacramento County budget cuts had a severe impact on the Regional Parks.  In response, a “Grass Roots Working Group” was formed to obtain stable and adequate funding for Regional Parks.  The Working Group is considering several alternatives, including an independent parks district, a dependent parks district still under the County, and a ballot vote to force the County to spend a specific amount on Regional Parks.  There was discussion of some issues, and general support for adequate funding for Regional Parks.
    7. From the Floor
      Stan Mofjeld stated that he is concerned about possible loss of the Park and Ride at the Butterfield Light Rail Station due to construction of high density apartments.  Joe O’Connor commented that the objective is to get Federal subsidies to expand Light Rail.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a regular Steering Committee meeting on January 25, 2011, at the Rancho Cordova Library

 

11-23-10 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: November 23, 2010
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Gay Jones
Stan Mofjeld
Jim Morgan
Rick Sloan

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Playground Equipment for Riviera East Park: Guest Speakers from Cordova Recreation and Park District
    Kathleen Franklin and Dave Edmond, with the Cordova Recreation and Park District, spoke about replacing the playground equipment in Riviera East Park that had recently been removed.  It was stated that the old play structure no longer met safety standards, and that replacement parts were difficult to obtain.  For these reasons, it was removed.  The Park District has been trying to find money to replace the equipment.  It appears that funds have been located.  The project must include some sidewalk and walkway improvements.  Conceptual play structures have been identified.  Artist’s conceptions of some play structures were displayed.  If all goes well, a new play structure will be installed early next year.There was general agreement that this was welcome news.  There was discussion about having an opening ceremony, but the details appeared difficult.  There was also discussion about having a restroom installed at the park.  It was stated that there have been complaints about people urinating in the bushes.  The minimum cost for a permanent restroom would be over $100,000.
  1. Minutes
    Draft minutes for October 2010 were presented.  It was noted that the next meeting should say November 23.  Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes as amended.  Rick Sloan seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      There was no treasurer’s report.
    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that no items of interest to BRECA were considered at the last meeting of the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC).
    3. Parkway Coalition
      Joe O’Connor reported that the recent American River Parkway Coalition meeting discussed the Ose proposal for Gibson Ranch, a proposal to purchase the Bushy Lake area from Cal Expo, and off-leash dogs.  It was agreed that off leash dogs are a problem in the Gristmill and other areas of the Parkway, as well as Riviera East Park.  There is a lack of enforcement of the existing regulations.
  1. Old Business
    1. Mayhew Levee Project Update
      Jim Morgan distributed a letter received from the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) in response to letters sent by BRECA.  Gay Jones stated that a meeting had been scheduled for December 1 with Supervisor Don Nottoli concerning BRECA issues.Joe O’Connor noted that the recent SAFCA letter did not respond to BRECA concerns about a previous statement that the community wanted the east end of the Mayhew Levee to end without a tie-in to high ground.  It was also noted that the recent letter from SAFCA opened the door to constructing the tie-in to high ground, but grouped it with a number of other deferred projects.
    2. General Membership Meeting
      Assignments and format for the General Membership meeting in December were reviewed.
  1. New Business
    1. Notice Of Preparation for Butterfield SPA.
      Gay Jones reported that she had received an e-mail announcing a Notice of Preparation of an environmental document for the Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA).  The notice was dated 2009.  Gay will follow up and find out why this notice was sent.
    2. Issues from the Floor
      It was agreed that the recent BRECA Newsletter looked great.Gay Jones reported that she had received requests to use the BRECA e-mail list.  It was agreed that we should pick and choose what to send out, and not bombard the recipients with messages.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a General Membership Meeting to be held on December 28, 2010 at the Rancho Cordova Library.