BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 02-27-18

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: February 27, 2018
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
James Adams
Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Bonnie Domeny
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT
Rene Hamlin
Andrea White

 NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 10

  1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt
  2. Minutes of January 23, 2017
    Lynda Hammitt stated that she would like some amendments to the minutes, and we should postpone consideration until the next meeting.  It was agreed to postpone consideration.
  1. Questions or comments from the membership/community
    There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer
      There was no treasurer’s report.
    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that the South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan is progressing, and is expected to be completed by the end of summer.  She also reported that an update to the Sacramento County Codes allowing “granny flats” on single family parcels is being developed.
    3. Outreach Committee
      Lynda Hammitt reported that the Outreach Committee had met on February 5, and discussed the Easter Egg Hunt and the BRECA General Meeting.Carmen Mitchell reported that the Easter Egg Hunt is to be held on Saturday, March 24.  Eggs have been purchased, and stuffing will be at Rene Hamlin’s house the Friday before the hunt.

      Lynda Hammitt stated that the speakers for the General Meeting on April 24 have mostly been contacted and agreed to speak.  She also stated that Rene Hamlin had received a quote of $716 for printing and distribution of the door hangers to advertise the meeting.  Jim Morgan stated that the cost of printing and mailing for the most recent flyer was $537.  Lynda Hammitt stated that the people who would be distributing the door hangers have been background checked, use colorful vests, and wear GPS tracking devices.  They are hoping for a better impact compared to mailing.

      Bonnie Domeny commented that the Outreach Committee is considering sponsorships to offset the cost of the door hangers.  Gay Jones stated that she would like to see other bids.  Also, if we are to do sponsorships or advertisements we need to check out the sponsors or advertisers on the Better Business Bureau, and other sources.  She stated that it is good to try out new processes, and that she would be agreeable to spending an extra $200 on the door hanger experiment.  Kelly Cohen asked if we need to vote on this.  It was agreed that we would vote when we get additional bids.  Lynda Hammitt proposed that there be additional discussion at the Outreach Committee, as we are getting short of time.  Jim Morgan stated that he would prefer that BRECA spend the additional $200, and that he was not comfortable with advertisements.  A person from the public (apparently one of the prospective sponsors/advertisers) stated that her flyers get people’s interest.  Another person from the public stated that he puts more credence in flyers with advertising.  Lynda Hammitt suggested that we continue the question by e-mail.

  1. Old Business
    1. California American Water
      Gay Jones stated that there are two cases concerning California American Water (Cal Am) that BRECA is involved in.  One is the General Rate Case.  According to Richard Rauschmeier with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA), a proposed decision is likely in July.  This has to do with the overall rate structure, and how much our water bills go up.  There is a delay in the timeline, due to the need to incorporate the new Federal tax laws into the calculations.The other case is about cost of capital.  It is to be heard March 22nd.  It is open to public comment now.  The Cal Am request is for 8.23% profit.  BRECA has sent a letter advocating 7.85%.  We need people to send letters or e-mails to the CPUC advocating the lower rate.  Gay will post a sample letter and contact information on this.  James Adams commented that we may want to comment on the ORA recommendations.
    2. Update on Former Church/School Site
      Kelly Cohen reported that the former church/school site on Folsom Blvd. now has 24 hour security, which is contracted by the bank that owns the property.  There is interest from a church group in purchasing the site.
      Father Hezekias stated that he is the pastor of St. George church, which is located in the Arden area.  It is a Catholic church from the Middle East.  They have about 150 people in the congregation.  They are interested in purchasing the old church/school property on Folsom Blvd.  They have insisted on security from the bank that owns the property.  They expect to use the main sanctuary building, and tear down the old buildings that were damaged by fire.  They hope to close the deal in 30 to 60 days, and move their community in 12 to 24 months.
    3. From the Floor
      There was no old business from the floor.
  1. New Business
    1. Arco Gas Station
      Lynda Hammitt stated that the proposed new Arco gas station on the north-east corner of Bradshaw Rd. and Folsom Blvd is on hold for now, due to a problem with an easement that runs through the property.  Gay Jones noted that the proponents are revising the proposal, and that it will go to the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Committee (CORPAC).  Ken Crawford noted that there are 5 properties on that corner.  James Adams pointed out that a traffic analysis is needed.  Lori Christensen suggested an alternative site where the old Shell gas station was located on the corner of Oates Dr. and Bradshaw Rd.
    2. Sidewalks on Folsom Blvd.
      Gay Jones reported that she had received a Newsletter from the County that stated that there is funding for Phase 1 of the Folsom Blvd. Complete Streets project.  This involves installing a sidewalk on the south side of Folsom Blvd. from Mayhew Rd. to Bradshaw Rd.
    3. Neighborhood Bike Ride
      It was stated that we need to pick a date for the upcoming Neighborhood Bike Ride, sometime between May 21 and 25.  May 23 was agreed upon, to start at 6 pm.
    4. Marijuana Dispensaries and Applications
      Kelly Cohen stated that she would like to get a feel from the group about having a marijuana dispensary in the area.  Jim Morgan pointed out that this is not an issue as dispensaries are not allowed in the unincorporated County.
    5. Tree Maintenance Along Levee
      Bonnie Domeny stated that a person had posted on Nextdoor that the American River Flood Control District had performed maintenance on privately owned trees and bushes that were hanging over the landside easement (road).  One concern was that trees were cut lopsided.  Gay Jones and Bonnie agreed that there is a need to check out what happened.  A person from the audience stated that they saw people in a bucket go over the fence to cut a big tree.
    6. Posting of Newsletter to BRECA Website
      Jim Morgan pointed out that the BRECA Newsletter is not posted on the BRECA website, and asked why.  Bonnie Domeny stated that it is super time intensive, and she would like to have a digital version that is searchable.  The current format of the Newsletter is in .pdf, which is a picture.  Gay Jones stated that in the past one could read the Newsletter on the Website page by page, and that she viewed having the Newsletter on the Web site as really important.  Lynda Hammitt volunteered to work with Bonnie to get the Newsletter on the Web site.
    7. Renewal of Save the American River Association Membership
      Jim Morgan stated that BRECA had previously had a membership with the Save the American River Association (SARA).  SARA and BRECA are both interested in the condition of the American River Parkway in this area, so there is a confluence of interests.  The BRECA contribution to SARA was dropped several years ago, due to budget constraints during the recession.  However, SARA continued to keep BRECA on their membership list.  Recently SARA asked for a contribution.  Jim suggested this would be appropriate, as BRECA’s financial situation has improved greatly.  Gay Jones made a motion to renew BRECA’s contribution at $50 per year.  The motion was seconded by James Adams.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    8. From the Floor
      There was no new business from the floor.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

Agenda – BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Feb 27, 2018

Agenda
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING
BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

February 27, 2018 6:30 pm
Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Minutes
  3. Questions or Comments from the membership / community
  4. Reports
    • Treasurer
    • CORPAC
    • Outreach Committee
  5. Old Business:
    • Cal Am (including wording for letters to PAO and upcoming key dates)
    • Update on former school-church site (burned out building)
    • From the floor
  6. New Business
    • ARCO Gas Station
    • Sidewalks on Folsom Blvd
    • Date for Neighborhood Bike Ride – (kick off “May is Bike Month”)
    • Marijuana dispensaries and applications for their operation
    • Tree Maintenance along the levee
    • Posting of Newsletter to the BRECA Website
    • Renewal of Save the American River Association membership
    • From the Floor
  7. Adjourn to next meeting, March 27, 2018

 

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 01-23-18

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: January 23, 2018
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
James Adams
Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Lynda Hammitt
Jim Morgan

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT
Gay Jones
Andrea White

 NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 1

  1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt
  2. Minutes of December 19, 2017
    Kelly Cohen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes of December 19, 2017.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Question or comments from the membership/community
    There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer
      There was no treasurer’s report.
    2. CORPAC
      Carmen Mitchell reported that CORPAC (Cordova Planning and Advisory Council) met, and none of the issues they considered directly affect the BRECA area.  There are two new CORPAC members, so CORPAC is nearly at capacity.
    3. Outreach Committee
      Rene Hamlin reported that the Outreach Committee will meet in two weeks.Lynda Hammitt reported on her action items from the Outreach Committee.  She has contacted the speakers for the General Meeting.  There are two real estate agents who may want to help sponsor door hangers to advertise the BRECA General Meeting.  One is confirmed, and a response from the other has not yet been received.  The Neighborhood Watch meeting at the Sheriff’s Office was well attended.  They are starting a Citizens Academy program, to run from February 21 to April 14.  Rene Hamlin commented that the Easter Egg Hunt is planned for March 24.Jim Morgan questioned why the switch from mailed flyers to door hangers.  Rene Hamlin replied that it worked last year, when volunteers distributed the flyer door-to-door.  The intent is to have a private company do the distribution.  There is not yet a quote on price.  The intent is to have a sponsorship statement at the bottom, not advertisement.
  1. Old Business
    1. California American Water
      James Adams reported that he does not know the schedules for the general rate case and cost of capital decisions.  The general rate case decision will likely incorporate the reduced corporate tax rate that was recently approved by the Federal government.
    2. From the Floor
      Bonnie Domeny stated that she had called the Sheriff on the Blow Lounge concerning a car show in the parking lot.  The Sheriff did not seem to do anything in the afternoon.  The Blow Lounge Business License specifically says they cannot have car shows.Kelly Cohen inquired as to whether anything can be done about the burned out daycare center on Folsom Blvd.  Carmen Mitchell stated that it is bank owned property, and she suggested calling them.  There was discussion about what else could be done.
  1. New Business
    1. New BRECA P.O. Box and Payment Authorization
      Jim Morgan reported that Bradshaw Pack and Ship, where BRECA had a mail box, had closed.  In order to fill the gap, Jim secured a Post Office Box.  He stated that he had paid for the first six months, and needed reimbursement for the expense.  Rene Hamlin made a motion to pay for the first six months.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. From the Floor
      Bonnie Domeny commented that there had been a Sheriff’s sweep of the burned out day care center for homeless people and other problems.Jim Morgan stated that BRECA had received a pamphlet from the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District concerning burning in fireplaces, and distributed the pamphlet to those who were interested.Lynda Hammitt inquired as to whether moving responsibility for the General Meeting to the Outreach Committee was OK with the Steering Committee.  There was general agreement.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

Agenda – BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Jan 23, 2018

Agenda
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING
BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

January 23, 2018 6:30 pm
Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Minutes
  3. Questions or Comments from the membership / community
  4. Reports
    • Treasurer
    • CORPAC
    • Outreach Committee
  5. Old Business:
    • Cal Am
    • From the floor
  6. New Business
    • New BRECA P.O. Box and payment authorization
    • From the Floor
  7. Adjourn to next meeting, February 27, 2018

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 11-28-17

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: November 28, 2017
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams
Lori Christensen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT

Kelly Cohen

 NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 5

 

  1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt
  2. Minutes of October 24, 2017
    The author of the draft minutes for October 24, 2017 was not present at this (November) meeting.  Jim Morgan stated that he had a number of changes to the draft minutes that he would like considered.  After some discussion, it was agreed to postpone consideration of the draft minutes until the next meeting, with Jim Morgan to confer with the author about potential changes.
  1. Question or comments from the membership/community
    None
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer
      Treasurer Andrea White distributed a profit and loss statement for November, and reviewed the statement.  She stated that the Steering Committee needed to approve expenditure of $20 for the filing fee for the Secretary of State form SI-100.  Rene Hamlin made the motion to approve.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

      Jim Morgan stated that the expenses for the most recent BRECA Newsletter had exceeded the authorized amount.  The Newsletter cost $218.09.  Gay Jones made a motion to approve the increased expenditure.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that the CORPAC (Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council) meeting discussed the West Jackson Highway – Newbridge plan.  The County is going to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the plan.  James Adams pointed out that traffic is a major concern with the Jackson Highway plans.
    3. Outreach Committee
      Lynda Hammitt reported that the Outreach Committee had not met, and that they are looking for a new chair.
  1. Old Business
    1. California American Water Proceeding Update
      Gay Jones reported that there is no new information that concerns us.  James Adams stated that the recommendation from a previous meeting is still good.  That is, BRECA is waiting for the proposed decisions to come out (presumably in December and January), and will comment as appropriate.  Gay Jones commented that there is a new party to the proceedings that is also concerned about annexation of disparate communities.
    2. Parkway Plantings
      Gay Jones reported that the cages had been removed from all trees at the Kansas Access staging area, except for one large tree at the downstream end.  The Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) is working on removing the cage from that tree.

      Gay Jones also reported that the native plantings near the Mayhew Drain were run over by a vehicle.  She has contacted County Parks about this, and they will advise people to avoid the plantings.  She has received three “cocoons” from SAFCA.  They are used for plantings, and are good for one season and then decompose.

  1. New Business
    1. Kik-It Lounge
      Bonnie Domeny stated that the Kik-It Lounge, a hookah lounge, had applied for a liquor license.  She stated that she and neighbors had protested to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.  Her protest and that of another member were rejected, but another protest was accepted.  In the end, the liquor license was rejected.  However, the owner is now trying to have a separate restaurant that could apply for a liquor license.  A letter from Sacramento County Supervisor Nottoli stated that they would likely be more inclined to accept a beer and wine license at a restaurant.

      Ken Crawford stated that the 5 and 10 cent store on Bradshaw and Folsom is going to close, and that the owner of the property has contacted AM/PM about putting a gas station on the corner.

    2. Plan for our December Meeting
      Lynda Hammitt raised the question of what to do at the December 19 BRECA meeting.  After some discussion it was agreed to have a short meeting with finger foods at the library and then go across the street to Brookside Restaurant.
    3. BRECA Calendar 2018
      The following dates and events were tentatively agreed upon:
      March 24 – Easter Egg Hunt
      April 24 – General Meeting
      March to May – Steering Committee election
      May – Neighborhood Bike Ride
      June 2 – Neighborhood Garage Sale
      August 19 – Bark in Park
      September 23 – Picnic
    4. From the Floor
      Carmen Mitchell enquired about what is happening on the west end of Mira Del Rio.  James Adams stated that Pacific Gas and Electric is checking gas lines.

      Carmen Mitchell stated that a community member is enquiring about what is happening with the Folsom Blvd. streetscape.  Bonnie Domeny stated that she told him there is no funding.

      Andrea White stated that there is an invitation from the Cordova Recreation and Park District to attend the opening of Heron Landing Park, located on Sunrise and Cosumnes.

      Andrea White stated that the Easter Egg Hunt expenses had gone over budget, and the budget needs to be raised to $250.  Gay Jones moved to increase the budgeted amount.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

      Rick Sloan stated that the Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD) had an outreach meeting on Measure J expenditures.  Only 5 members of the public attended.  The CRPD Board decided to take another approach to outreach.  They would like to send out a survey to the community, including BRECA members.  Funds will be available early in 2018.  CRPD will definitely address the walkways in Riviera East Park.  Bonnie Domeny stated that walkways, Americans with Disabilities Act issues, and the pool are priorities.  CRPD is looking at what to do after these priorities are addressed.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at the Rancho Cordova Library.