03-22-16 Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

 

 

DATE: March 22, 2016
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Bonnie Domeny
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

  1. Call to Order from Acting Chair Gay Jones
  2. Complete Streets Presentation
    Jim Schubert (with Sacramento County Department of Transportation) stated that they are working on a “Complete Streets” project for Folsom Blvd. from Watt Ave. to Bradshaw Road.  He stated that they have a grant to put together a Master Plan, which will hopefully be followed by grants to do actual projects.  He stated that the improvements to Folsom Blvd. that have occurred in Rancho Cordova are similar to the plan for the Watt Ave. to Bradshaw Road section.  He stated that they have been going around doing presentations about the Master Plan.  Complete Streets means streets that accommodate pedestrians, bicyclists, mass transit and autos.

    Adrian Engle (Echelon [sp?] Engineering Group) stated that he is a consultant on the proposal.  He noted that he is also the Board President for Walk Sacramento.  He stated that the Master Plan is to be submitted to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors in about a month.  He stated that Rancho Cordova is working on Complete Streets projects for Folsom Blvd. to Horn Road and then to Bradshaw Road.  He pointed out that Folsom Blvd. has changed over time: it was originally the highway to Lake Tahoe, but has become a local transportation corridor.  Complete Streets is a further evolution.

    Mr. Engle addressed some of the comments that had come up in presentations.  He stated that they are looking at having separations between the bike lanes and the auto lanes.  He stated that they want to build a sidewalk on the south side of Folsom Blvd. to connect to Light Rail stations, because the sidewalk would be continuous with no driveways, and to improve drainage.  He stated that raised medians with planting slow down traffic.  On the north side, they want sidewalk separated from bicycle and auto lanes, and to consolidate driveways.

    Mr. Engle also stated that they plan to go to the Planning Commission on March 28 and the Board of Supervisors on April 26.  There is a County website: www.sacdot.com/pages/Folsom-Boulevard-Complete-Streets-Master-Plan.aspx.

    There were a number of questions and comments.  One question was about limited space on Folsom Blvd. for all these elements.  Mr. Engle stated that the majority of the project fits in existing right of way.  In some cases they will need additional space on the north side, to be acquired on a willing basis.  Another question concerned separation of bicycles from cars.  Mr. Engle stated that a rigid barrier was not practical because of needed openings.  Mr. Schubert stated that they have bike lanes wider than national standards.  Another question concerned replacing the asphalt, which is in bad condition in some areas, e.g. from Bradshaw Road to Butterfield Way.  Mr. Engle stated that it depends upon the funding sources, and they usually try to get road repair funding in addition to Complete Streets funding.  Another question concerned the center median as a barrier to access to businesses.  Mr. Engle stated that they recognize that left turn lanes will be needed in some places.  Another question concerned undergrounding of utilities.  Mr. Engle stated that maybe some phone lines could be moved underground, but not the high voltage lines, so the pole line would stay.  He also commented that moving the phone lines underground is expensive.  A final question concerned signalizing U-turns.  Mr. Schubert stated that no additional signals are planned.  He also commented that they would be back for the BRECA General Meeting.

  1. Minutes of February 23, 2016
    Jim Morgan noted some changes to the draft minutes for February 23, 2016.  Bonnie Domeny made a motion to adopt the amended draft minutes.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Andrea White reported that the balance in the BRECA checking account was $4,262.70.
    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that there are a series of workshops coming up on proposed developments on Jackson Road at the Cordova Planning and Advisory Committee (CORPAC).  There are also proposed amendments to zoning for massage parlors.
  1. Old Business
    1. By-Laws Review Committee
      Ken Crawford stated that draft revisions to the By-Laws have been sent out.  Some comments have been received.  The deadline for comments is April 10, although he will not be able to work on them until April 18.  Jim Morgan asked how many people are on the By-Laws Review Committee.  Ken stated that there are two people on the committee.  Jim stated that more people need to be on the committee, and suggested himself and Kelly Cohen.  Ken stated that that would have to be discussed with Rene Hamlin.
    2. Annual General Meeting
      Several presenters have been invited to the BRECA Annual meeting, including the Problem Oriented Policing (POP) officer, and representatives from Cordova Recreation and Park District, the Complete Streets planning effort, and Capital Christian Center.  There were discussions on flyer mailing and food and drinks.
    3. Parkway Coalition
      Gay Jones reported that the American River Parkway Coalition heard from Corey Brown concerning creation of an American River Parkway Conservancy.  Also, Sacramento County will soon ban plastic grocery bags.  There is a new ranger for the Gristmill area.  There was a report on the proposed Corps of Engineers erosion protection measures.  The Coalition is trying to get involved in the process: they want flood control, but also want to minimize harm to the Parkway.
    4. From the Floor
      Jim Morgan gave a brief review of the Corps of Engineers erosion protection proposals.  The Corps has proposed to install rock covering of the river bank (rip-rap) or a launchable rock trench at the levee toe along about 11 miles of the Lower American River.  Either of the alternatives would have severe local impacts on biological resources, recreation and esthetics.  The Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) has created a Bank Protection Working Group, consisting of government agencies, consultants, and stakeholders (e.g. BRECA), that is trying to generate a knowledge base to assess whether erosion protection is actually needed in specific areas and to find ways to minimize the impact of the measures to be undertaken.

      Jim also reviewed the proposed SAFCA assessment district.  This proposed district would be a parcel tax for properties that would benefit from a group of flood control improvements that have been proposed.  These proposals include the erosion protection measures discussed above, modifications to Folsom Dam, Sacramento River levee work, widening the Sacramento weir and bypass, and doing work on small streams in north and south Sacramento.  A vote on the assessment district is scheduled in the next couple of months.  Some BRECA area properties will be in the district.

      There was discussion of the Easter Egg Hunt, which went well.  There were many little children.

      Rick Sloan enquired about a new resident flyer.  It was commented that this effort is delayed because there is too much going on.  Lynda Hammett volunteered to take this on.

  1. New Business
    1. From the Floor
      Lynda Hammett talked about a neighborhood garage sale, which has been discussed on Nextdoor.com.  She suggested having it in the park.  Andrea White stated that she had discussed the proposal at the Park District.  It would require a Special Use Permit.  One of the questions is whether to charge for spaces.  It would require staff to monitor the event.  Bonnie Domeny suggested a survey on Nextdoor.com.  She stated that people talked to her at the Easter Egg Hunt and were enthusiastic.  Andrea suggested that it could be done at the park and at individual houses, with a joint map.  These are all possibilities.  A committee was formed consisting of Andrea White, Bonnie Domeny, Lynda Hammett, and maybe Rene Hamlin.

      Jim Morgan stated that the Sacramento Transportation Authority is putting together a proposal for a sales tax increase that would pay for additional transportation and related activities in Sacramento County.  There was discussion of whether this was something we want to follow up on.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a General Meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

02-23-16 Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: February 23, 2016
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting
STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

  1. Call to Order from Chair Rene Hamlin
  2. Minutes
    Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes for January 26, 2016.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Andrea White reported that the Budget Committee had met and developed a draft budget for 2016.  The draft budget projects increased revenues to $2,175.  A line item for a By-Laws election was added, which would involve an additional mailing.  Various line items were adjusted based on experience from last year.  The total expense estimate is $2,170.  After some discussion, the line item Parkway Restoration was changed to Parkway Steward’s Expenses.Gay Jones made a motion to adopt the proposed budget.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that there was no CORPAC (Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council) meeting in February.
    3. Corps/SAFCA Erosion Protection Proposal
      Jim Morgan reported that the Corps of Engineers erosion protection proposal for the American River Parkway is proceeding.  The proposal involves treating up to 11 miles of the Parkway by either covering the riverbank with rocks or digging a big trench adjacent to the levee and filling it with rocks.  The trench would be covered with 3 feet of soil, as a result of which it would not support large trees such as the oaks and walnuts that currently grow in the area.The proposal is proceeding on two levels: a Federal (Corps) and State (Central Valley Flood Protection Board) level, and a local level (Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency).  The Federal level has just concluded a comment period on the Corps Final General Reevaluation Report Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report.  BRECA and other organizations submitted comments.

      At the local level, SAFCA has just released a draft Engineer’s Report for an assessment district.  This district would supercede the existing assessment district.  There is also a draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) that supports the draft Engineer’s Report.  There is a comment period on the DEIR that closes on March 16, 2016.

      Gay Jones noted that there are problems with some of the work done downstream of the Mayhew Drain: rocks stick out at the toe of the riverbank, which make it difficult or impossible to land a kayak or canoe.  Also, there are three places where the staging areas have not been restored to pre-project conditions.

      Rene Hamlin suggested that a committee be formed to work on comments on the DEIR, if such are needed, with Gay Jones and Jim Morgan on the committee.  Jim Morgan made a motion to that effect.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

      Sheryl Venegas (with Supervisor Don Nottoli’s office) stated that Supervisor Nottoli had made an offer to meet with BRECA representatives and Rick Johnson (head of SAFCA).  No action was taken on this offer.

      Gay reported that she had a phone conversation with Pete Ghelfi, head engineer with SAFCA.  He stated that construction on the project may be 3 to 5 years out.  If the vote on the new assessment district does not pass, the project will not fly.  He further stated that the Corps wants to do a big project because it is hard to get more later from Congress.

      Gay further stated that she is frustrated because the Corps keeps moving the goalposts.  Whenever we get close to one set of goals and standards, the Corps comes up with something else.  Diane Coughlin questioned whether the project is really needed.  Gay stated that it is not.

  1. Old Business
    1. By-Laws Review Committee
      Ken Crawford stated that the By-Laws are set up in paragraphs.  He thinks they should be broken up into subsections.  He stated that he did not understand what Article 7 is about, so he deleted the Article.  Rene Hamlin stated that she will send out a draft of the proposed revised By-Laws for consideration at the next meeting.  Ken stated that people who want changes should write them down.
    2. POP Recognition
      Bonnie Domeny stated that she wants to write a letter of recognition for the POP (Problem Oriented Policing) officer.  She proposed to give the letter to the POP officer at the General Meeting.
    3. Easter Egg Hunt
      Andrea White stated that the Easter Egg Hunt last year was fun, and she saw lots of new faces.  This year they have to apply to the Parks District for the activity.  There is also a limit on the size of the sign.  Several people volunteered to help with the event.
    4. Annual Meeting
      Rene Hamlin stated that she has confirmation from the Capital Christian Center to attend the Annual Meeting, concerning the proposed sign.  She also has confirmation from a representative of the Complete Streets proposal.  She stated that they will also come to the March 22 BRECA meeting, and the Board of Supervisors will vote on it in the beginning of April.  She also has confirmation that Ken Cooley will attend the meeting.  She also wants somebody from the Cordova Recreation and Park District.
    5. From the Floor
      There was no old business from the floor.
  1. New Business
    1. Steering Committee Election
      Jim Morgan reviewed the basic schedule for the Steering Committee Election.  Nominations open with the March 2016 BRECA Steering Committee meeting, and close with the Annual Meeting in April.  Then response is sought for whether the nominees want to be candidates.  A ballot is prepared with candidate statements, which is mailed to the members.  The members vote, and the votes are counted and announced at the May Steering Committee meeting.  The newly elected Steering Committee members take office at the June meeting.  Rene Hamlin and Jim Morgan are in charge of the elections.
    2. Street Lights
      Rene Hamlin noted that the fact that the eastern section of the BRECA area does not have street lights was raised on Nextdoor.  Nobody who had raised the issue came to this BRECA meeting.  It was pointed out that getting street lights costs a lot of money and that an assessment district would need to be formed.
    3. From the Floor
      Sheryl Venegas inquired about Yellow Starthistle removal.  Gay Jones and Jim Morgan commented that BRECA used to sponsor Starthistle removal days on the Parkway.  However, with the disturbance from the work around raising the levee, we had temporarily stopped doing this.  There was a starthistle removal day last year, and one or more are planned for this year.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting 02-23-16 – Agenda

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING

February 23, 2016 6:30 pm
Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA

  1. Call to Order.
  2. Approval of Minutes.
  3. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s (White)
    2. CORPAC (Jones/Mitchell)
    3. Corps/SAFCA erosion protection proposal (Morgan/Jones)
  4. Old Business:
    1. By-Laws Review Committee (Hamlin/Crawford)
    2. Pop Recognition (Hamlin)
    3. Easter Egg Hunt (Domeny)
    4. Annual Meeting (Hamlin)
    5. From the Floor
  5. New Business:
    1. Steering Committee election (Morgan)
    2. Street Lights (Community)
    3. From the Floor.
  6. Adjourn to next meeting, March 22th 2016

Dates to Remember:

Easter Egg Hunt: March 20
Begin Steering Committee Elections: March 22
General Meeting: April 26
Bark in the Park: August?
Potluck Picnic: September 25 (?)
December Steering Committee meeting: December 20

01-26-16 Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: January 26, 2016
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Carmen Mitchell
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

  1. Call to Order from Chair Rene Hamlin
  2. Presentation Regarding Digital Sign at Capital Christian Center
    Rick Cole, Pastor at Capital Christian Center, stated that the Center has an old sign that does not reach many people.  They would like to replace the old sign with a new, larger, digital sign.  They have been working with the County to get approval.  They plan no (commercial) advertising, but would announce church or community events.  It would cycle every 8 seconds.  It would be located in a place where it would only impact freeway traffic.Rick LeBurkien (with the Center) stated that they will open up the sign to the City of Rancho Cordova.  He also stated that they have been working with 15 departments, including County, Sheriff, and Department of Transportation.  He stated that the County came up with the present design and relationship to the church.  They are applying for a conditional use permit.Several people in the audience expressed concern with the brightness of the sign, and distraction from other, existing signs.  Rick LeBurkein stated that they can monitor brightness, and will check into interference with existing signs.  He stated that the proposed sign would be about 1/4 the size of the sign at Sacramento State University, which is technically called a billboard.  Rick Cole stated that they had originally wanted advertising, but the County would not permit that.One person in the audience stated that the Nextdoor website has a lot about problems in the area, and that she would welcome the messages of hope and brightness from the church.  Another person stated that he goes to the church, and the sign would enhance the community and promote involvement, as stated in the BRECA By-Laws.

    Rick Cole stated that they want to be good neighbors, serve the community, and take community concerns into consideration.  One person asked whether we could put BRECA announcements on the sign, and Rick LeBurkien stated yes.

  1. Minutes
    Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes for December, 2015.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Andrea White reported that the balance in the BRECA account at the end of last year was $4,426.14.  She also reported that, in 2015, BRECA had a net income of $303, compared to a budgeted net income of $32.  This was mainly due to reductions in expenditures.
    2. CORPAC
      Carmen Mitchell reported on the recent Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting.  There was an item on the proposed Folsom Blvd. Complete Street Master Plan (see item 5b for a discussion of this proposal).
  1. Old Business
    1. By-Laws Review Committee
      Ken Crawford stated that the By-Laws Review Committee had met and reviewed the letters and recommendations sent on revising the By-Laws.  He recommended breaking up some of the larger paragraphs with subheadings.  He stated that he hoped to have a draft of the proposed revised By-Laws ready before the next meeting.
    2. Folsom Blvd. Complete Street Master Plan
      Jim Morgan presented information on the proposed Folsom Blvd. Complete Street Master Plan.  He stated that this is an effort by Sacramento County, especially the County Department of Transportation.  Jim distributed a handout about the proposed plan.  The County is doing the Master Plan so that they can apply for grants to do a “complete street” on Folsom Blvd.  A “complete street” is a street that has space for pedestrians, bicyclists, autos, and mass transit users.  It also has some tree or bush plantings.  It is similar to what Rancho Cordova has been doing on Folsom Blvd.  The Plan is for Folsom Blvd. from Watt Ave. to Bradshaw Road, and from Hazel Ave. to the Folsom city limits.  Those are the areas administered by the County.  A public information meeting was held at the library on December 16, 2015, and there was a presentation at CORPAC on January 21, 2016.  Some BRECA people attended both meetings.Jim also stated that his comments at the public meeting and CORPAC were that the plan needs to incorporate plans for a Light Rail bridge over Bradshaw Road, and that there need to be multiple left turn lanes from Folsom Blvd. eastbound to businesses between Butterfield Way and Bradshaw Road.Carmen Mitchell asked why the Light Rail bridge.  Jim stated that it is an important project that our community needs, and we need to raise the profile of the project to get it going.  Kelly Cohen commented that she would like to see bicycle lanes separated from auto traffic.  Bonnie Domeny commented that there might not be enough room for separated bicycle lanes on Folsom Blvd.  Carmen also commented that she is concerned with cutting off access to businesses on the north side of Folsom Blvd. from eastbound travelers.  Bonnie also commented that Folsom Blvd. looks bad, so some trees would be nice.Jim raised the question of whether BRECA should take a position at this time.  It was generally agreed that it would be premature, since there is not a specific proposal to look at.  It was suggested that individuals should fill out a survey about the proposed plan on-line.
    3. Alcosta Problem House Letter
      Rene Hamlin stated that the BRECA letter concerning the problem house on Alcosta Way had gone out.  Jim Morgan requested that the final letter be distributed to the Steering Committee.  Bonnie Domeny stated that the County District Attorney met with the owners, and told the owners to rectify the problems at the house.
    4. From the Floor
      There was no old business from the floor.
  1. New Business
    1. Easter Egg Hunt
      It was announced that the Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for March 20.
    2. Annual Meeting
      Rene Hamlin stated that the Annual Meeting will be held on April 26, 2016.  Last year focused on safety issues, and this year she would like to focus on other issues, such as the proposed Light Rail station at Horn Road, the Folsom Blvd. Complete Street Master Plan, and The Landing.  A representative of the Sheriff’s Department could also be invited.  Jim Morgan pointed out that most of those proposals are far in the future.  Rene stated that she would like to let the community see what BRECA is working on.  Bonnie Domeny suggested that the American River erosion protection work could also be presented.  It was generally agreed to proceed as Rene had proposed.
    3. From the Floor
      Kelly Cohen stated that she had received a letter from the Corps of Engineers stating that the American River Common Features Final General Reevaluation Report and Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report have been released.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at the Rancho Cordova Library.