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.

 

10-26-10 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: October 26, 2010
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
Stan Mofjeld
Jim Morgan
Rick Sloan

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    No draft minutes were presented.
  1. Reports
    1. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that the Cordova Area Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) had a meeting this month, but no projects in the BRECA area were considered.
    2. Treasurer’s Report
      Kelly Cohen reported that the balance in the BRECA bank account is $4,843.57.
  1. Old Business
    1. Newsletter
      Jim Morgan stated that he needs the articles for the Newsletter quickly or there will not be a BRECA Newsletter this year.
    2. BRECA Picnic
      There was a discussion of the BRECA picnic held on October 2, 2010.  Lori Christensen stated that the picnic was not well attended this year.  Lori reviewed the process for contacting members, which includes a flyer and telephone calls.  It was suggested that having the picnic on a Saturday might have been a problem.  Lori also stated that she would like someone else to take over organizing the picnic in the future.  Stan Mofjeld stated that a letter should be sent to Andrea White and the Cordova Recreation and Park District thanking them for providing the jump house.
    3. Mayhew Levee Project Update
      Jim Morgan stated that the Flood Protection Committee had prepared and sent two letters.  One was to the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) and the Corps of Engineers responding to the SAFCA letter of August 23, 2010.  The other letter was to Supervisor Don Nottoli requesting his assistance with the levee project east end issue.Gay Jones stated that an area upstream of the east end of the levee had been cleared of grasses and had tree limbs cut up to about five feet above the ground.  After some investigation, she discovered that this was done be the owners of the adjacent house, not the flood control agencies.

      Gay also stated that she had received an e-mail from Lizette Crosby with SAFCA that they had mowed the area near the Mayhew Drain that had yellow starthistle.  They are also planning to put in an understory of herbaceous plants at the Mayhew Drain and Gristmill entrance mitigation areas.  They are also planning to do some planting near the first erosion site (from 2008/9) next to the staging area at the Kansas Access.

      Joe O’Connor stated that the flood control agencies had re-sand bagged the second erosion site (from 2009/10) next to the staging area at the Kansas Access.

    4. Traffic Management Program/October 20, 2010 letter
      Gay Jones stated that she had received a letter from Sacramento County concerning the proposed Traffic Management Program.  The letter states that there will be a Board of Supervisors hearing on the proposed action.  Kelly Cohen suggested that BRECA should send an e-mail to members about the issue, and urging support.  Some other Steering Committee members did not agree, and no action was taken.
    5. Parkway Coalition
      There was a discussion of various issues related to the American River Parkway.  These included a questionnaire received from Pia Lopez with the Sacramento Bee, cleanup at an island downstream from the Mayhew Drain, and tickets for people who park at the Gristmill site without paying the entrance fee.
    6.  Gristmill Gatherers
      Gay Jones reported that the County Parks contact person for the Gristmill Gatherers, Shannon Brown, was no longer with Parks.  The new contact person is Rodney Melton.
  1. New Business
    1. Correction to Cordova Recreation and Park District Brochure
      Gay Jones noted that a new draft brochure for the Cordova Recreation and Park District incorrectly identified Riviera East Park as being in Rancho Cordova, when it is actually in unincorporated Sacramento County.
    2. Portable Toilet at Gristmill – Funding Options
      Gay Jones stated that the base price of having a portable toilet at Gristmill is about $1,100 per year.  This includes weekly cleaning.  A source of funding for this has not been identified.  Stan Mofjeld stated that he supports having a portable toilet at Gristmill, as people at the site will otherwise use the bushes.
    3. Assess Quorum for Next Meeting (Thanksgiving Week)
      Gay Jones noted that the next scheduled Steering Committee meeting is two days before Thanksgiving and questioned whether there would be a quorum.  From the responses, it was not clear if there would or would not be a quorum.
    4. Issues from the Floor
      Stan Mofjeld reported that he had checked on the replacement playground equipment for Riviera East Park.  He stated that construction is planned for next summer.Rick Sloan stated that he would like to have an “ice cream social” instead of the regular BRECA picnic next year.  The whole community would be invited.  The question was raised of how the whole community would be notified of the event.  The discussion was tabled until next year.

      Jim Morgan stated that planning needs to begin for the BRECA General Membership meeting.  The By-Laws require at least one General Membership meeting per year.  The date and format of the meeting were discussed.  Assignments were made.  Jim Morgan made a motion to have the meeting on the regular Steering Committee meeting day, December 28, and to create an ad hoc committee to organize the meeting.  Rick Sloan seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on November 23, 2010 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

09-28-10 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: September 28, 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. Minutes of August 24, 2010
    Joe O’Connor noted a typographical error in item 3c.  Stan Mofjeld made a motion to adopt the amended minutes.  Rick Sloan seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that there was no Cordova Area Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting this month.
    2. Treasurer’s Report
      There was no report from the treasurer.
  1. Old Business
    1. River Clean Up Day
      Gay Jones reported that about 40 people signed up at the Gristmill site for the Great American River Clean Up this month.  Three kayak groups used Gristmill as a put-in.  A camp on “deer island” may have been located.  Stan Mofjeld noted that a large pile of garbage was left at the east end of the Gristmill bar, possibly by a Clean Up group.
    2. Newsletter
      Jim Morgan stated that he needs the articles for the Newsletter in a couple of weeks.
    3. Picnic
      Lori Christensen reported that Andrea with the Cordova Recreation and Park District stated that the District will provide a bounce house and face painting booth for the upcoming BRECA picnic.  Gay Jones reported that a fire engine will also come by.
    4. Mayhew Levee Project
      Jim Morgan reviewed the existing situation with the Mayhew-Gristmill levee project.  The remaining problems are that the east (upstream) end has a gap between the end of the levee and high ground, and the Kansas Access staging area has not been restored to pre-project conditions.  In response to a BRECA letter, Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) staff indicated that they intend to restore the Kansas Access staging area using the Corps of Engineers plan, and then are finished with the project.  This is clearly not acceptable.
      Jim Morgan stated that he had circulated another draft BRECA letter, but there had been concerns raised about the letter.  The intent is to go from the staff level up to the political level to get the problems resolved.  After some discussion, it was decided to send the letter to committee for further work.
  1. New Business
    1. Issues from the Floor
      Joe O’Connor reported on the recent meeting of the American River Parkway Coalition.  There was discussion about use of volunteers.  Joe stated that one cannot rely on volunteers, and also this lets the Board of Supervisors out of their responsibilities for funding the Parkway.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on October 26, 2010 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

08-24-10 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: August 24, 2010
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Paul Bowers
Lori Christensen
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Rick Sloan

  1.  Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Guest Speaker Evan Jacobs (California American Water Company)
    Evan Jacobs, with the California American Water Company (Cal Am) gave an overview of the current Cal Am situation.  He stated that Cal Am is owned by American Water, which is the largest private water utility in the U.S.  Because it is a private utility, ratemaking power is held by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).  There are 10 areas around Sacramento that are served by Cal Am.  The BRECA area is called the Suburban area, and is next to the Rosemont area.  Water rates have increased by a factor of three (3) since 2002.  This is due mainly to capital improvements, such as the new water tank in Rosemont.  Cal Am’s water source is mainly ground water.  They are shifting to using more surface water.  Surface water will be used during the winter when there is a lot of water in the rivers, and ground water will be used during the summer when the rivers are lower.  This is called conjunctive use.  A law was passed in 2005 that requires conversion to metered rates by 2025.  The cost of meter retrofit is about $58 million total.  Spending on this is about $8 million per year.  He stated that Cal Am water rates are not the highest nor the lowest in the region.There were a number of questions and comments.  Many had to do with specific service problems.  Several people stated that the past and proposed future rate increases are exorbitant.  Mr. Jacobs stated that people should contact the CPUC about their concerns.  One question was whether we are penalized for using less water, as many costs are fixed.  Mr. Jacobs stated that about 80% of Cal Am costs are fixed costs, so if water use drops, then rates per unit used could go up to compensate.  Another question was whether the capital projects could be delayed to reduce rate increases.  Mr. Jacobs stated that this can be done, but necessity is in the eye of the beholder.  For example, the CPUC encourages early installation of water meters.  One comment was that the more Cal Am invests, the more profit they can make.  Another question was whether we could convert to a public water system.  Mr. Jacobs stated that it had been done, but there is still the water bill plus buyout and startup costs.
  1. Minutes for July 2010
    Paul Bowers made a motion to accept the draft minutes.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. CORPAC
      Paul Bowers reported that the Cordova Area Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) had no meeting last month.
    2. Treasurer’s Report
      There was no Treasurer’s Report.
    3. Grassroots Working Group on Parks Funding
      Gay Jones reported that the “Grassroots Working Group” on County Regional Parks funding had reached the goal of $37,000 to fund the Trust for Public Land study of alternative funding mechanisms.
  1. Old Business
    1. Newsletter
      Jim Morgan stated that there is a problem with lack of volunteers to distribute the BRECA Newsletter in two areas on the west side.  He suggested that Newsletters be mailed to these two areas.  If no changes were made to the Newsletter, this would add about $330 to the costs, bringing total costs (including printing) to about $900.  Paul Bowers made a motion to raise the Newsletter authorization to $900.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. Timing of Newsletter and Picnic
      After some discussion, it was decided to have the Picnic on October 2.  The Newsletter will come out after that date.
    3. Parkway Coalition Update
      See item 3c above.
    4. Mayhew Levee Project Update
      Jim Morgan stated that BRECA had sent a letter in July to the Corps of Engineers and Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) expressing our concerns about the restoration of the Kansas Access staging area and the lack of connection of the east end of the levee to high ground. No formal response had been received.  Informal communications (e-mail and phone) indicated that SAFCA and the Corps were refusing to have a small group meeting, but will have a community meeting in September.  On the east end, the choices have become a full Corps levee or “O & M,” i.e. sandbagging.  A written response  to the BRECA letter was received from a cc to the Central Valley Regional Water Control Board (CVRWCB).There had been a meeting with Janet Baker and Mary Maret from County Parks.  Mary gave information on the Kansas Access staging area plans.  These include some grading at each end, disc harrowing to 18 inches, and planting some trees, grasses and wildflowers.  Mary stated that she is interested in doing some digging to ascertain the depth of the construction pad.

      In related news, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 100 year certification is to take effect on December 16, 2010, except for some properties subject to internal drainage problems.

      There was discussion about how to handle the situation.  It was stated that the Corps and SAFCA are scared of the CVRWCB, as the latter has regulatory authority derived from Federal law.  It was also stated that the Corps and SAFCA are looking to walk away from the staging area.  The disc harrowing would improve infiltration of water for a while, but after some rain the dirt will repack, and the runoff problem would return.  There was disagreement over whether sandbagging at the east end is an adequate long term solution.  Direction was given to follow up with a site meeting with Mary Maret, to reply to the CVRWCB, and also to send a letter to the Central Valley Flood Protection Board about the problem with the east end of the levee.

  1. New Business
    1. Cordova Recreation and Park District Candidate Forum – Request from Rosemont
      Gay Jones reported that Terry Duggan, with the Rosemont Community Association, requested that BRECA co-sponsor a candidate forum for the Cordova Recreation and Park District election.  It was agreed that this is OK in general, but that the responsibilities of the co-sponsor should be clarified.
    2. American River Clean-Up Day – BRECA host Gristmill?
      It was agreed that someone from BRECA would staff the table at Gristmill for the upcoming Great American River Clean-Up on September 26.
    3. Issues from the Floor
      There were no issues from the floor.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on September 28, 2010 at the Rancho Cordova Library.