02-23-10 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

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

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Paul Bowers
Kelly Cohen
Gay Jones
Stan Mofjeld
Jim Morgan
Rick Sloan
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    No minutes were submitted.
  3. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Kelly Cohen (treasurer) reported a balance of $4,845.59 in the BRECA bank account.
    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) had received information about a proposed Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) “East Complex.”  The East Complex would include moving the corporation yard from the present site at 65th Street and Folsom Blvd. to the south-east corner of Bradshaw Rd. and Keifer Blvd.  A Draft Environmental Impact Report is due out on March 15.  The anticipated move in date is 2013.  An estimated 750 trucks would go out each day.  Gay commented that traffic would be a major concern, and that previous developments had not resulted in improvements to the interchange at Highway 50 and Bradshaw Rd.
    3. Cordova Recreation and Park District
      Rick Sloan reported that there had been problems with crime at Larchmont Park (near Erliwine school).  Community organizing to watch the park and an internet site are planned.
  4. Old Business
    1. Flood Control and Habitat Restoration
      Gay Jones reported that Grant Kreinberg (with Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA)) had stated that there had been a second washout (rill) near the Kansas access staging area.  SAFCA put sandbags in the area to stop the washout from spreading.  Gay also reported that SAFCA had installed a cable and post barrier between the parking lot and the road at Gristmill.  Also, additional rocks were placed in the parking lot.Gay also reported that Steve Flannery, a ranger with County Parks, has proposed banning parking on the gravel bar at Gristmill.  Unloading of boats would be allowed on the bar.  Vehicles would park in the parking lot.

      Gay also reported that Pete Ghelfi (SAFCA) has submitted the letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requesting that the area behind the Mayhew-Gristmill levee be rezoned to 100 year protection.  It is expected that it will take several months for FEMA to process the application.

      Robyn Hudson reported that several trees had been tagged upstream from the upstream end of the new Mayhew-Gristmill levee.  There was a discussion about the situation with the upstream end of the levee not being tied in to high ground, and the plug installed between the levee and adjacent back yard.

    2. California-American Water Letter
      Gay Jones reported that Joe O’Connor and herself were trying to arrange a meeting with Andy Soule, the local head of California American Water to discuss the recent and proposed water rate increases.
    3. Tree Round
      Gay Jones reported that one of the tree sections (rounds) cut from the largest tree cut down as part of the Mayhew-Gristmill levee work is at the Rancho Cordova Library.  The utilities supervisor has given approval to mount the tree section in the entrance near the book return drop.  The other two sections are at the American River Parkway Foundation office and at the Effie Yaew Nature Center.
    4. Butterfield Special Planning Area
      Jim Morgan reported that BRECA is working on submitting a response to the Notice Of Preparation (NOP) for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA).  The BRECA response will propose two new alternatives, and the important areas of environmental impact (e.g. traffic) that should be evaluated in the Drarft EIR.  The response is to be ready by the end of the month.Gay Jones reported on a meeting that Joe O’Connor, Jim Morgan, and herself had with Tricia Stevens, the County’s Principal Planner.  The meeting was to gather information about the existing planning and approval process, and the changes that are proposed in the SPA.  There was considerable discussion about the planning and approval process.
  5. New Business
    1. County Parks Budget
      Jim Morgan reported that the previous round of County budget cuts had seriously affected County Parks.  The amount of General Fund money going to County Parks was cut by about 60%.  Other revenue sources, including user and concession fees, now supply the majority of County Parks funding.  Another round of budget cuts is occurring now.  It had been proposed that County Parks be cut further.  The American River Parkway Coalition contacted County staff and Supervisors to request a “time certain” for the hearing on Parks budget cuts.  After that, County staff decided to remove Parks budget cuts from this round.Gay Jones reported on the recent American River Parkway Coalition meeting.  Two BRECA representatives attended the meeting.  Warren Truit, the President of the Save the American River Association, argued that the County must make a decision: either support Parks adequately, or let it become an independent organization.  There was considerable discussion about the future structure of County Parks.  There was also a meeting with the head of the Local Agency Formation Commission.  Several ideas are being discussed, including forming a special district or a conservancy.  There are advantages and disadvantages to each alternative.
    2. Issues from the Floor
      Bob Baptiste reported that his house had been burglarized in January.  The perpetrators gained entry to the garage, but not the main part of the house.
  6. Meeting adjourned.

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

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 12-22-09

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: December 22, 2009
PLACE:  U.C. Cooperative Extension, 4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
Lori Christensen
Gay Jones
Stan Mofjeld
Jim Morgan
Rick Sloan
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    1. October 2009
      Mary Ann Winters made a motion to approve the draft minutes for October 2009.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. November 2009
      Lori Christensen made a motion to approve the draft minutes for November 2009.  Stan Mofjeld seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Jim Morgan reported that Kelly Cohen (treasurer) reported a balance of $4,894.77 in the BRECA bank account.
    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) had received no requests for construction permits.
  1. Old Business
    1. Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA)
      Jim Morgan reported that there is no additional information on the proposed Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA).
    2. Habitat Restoration for Gristmill Update
      Gay Jones reported on a phone discussion with Lizette Crosbie and Grant Kreinberg (Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA)).  They stated that the Kansas Access staging area grading is not finished.  The map of tree planting remains the same as provided at the earlier BRECA meeting.  They had no information on the potential problem with the path at Kansas and people wandering around the staging area.  At the Gristmill parking lot, the wattles (hay sausages) will stay through the rainy season to minimize erosion, but that all other work is finished.
    3. General Update for Gristmill and Parkway.
      Jim Morgan reported that he had been supplied with dog waste bags by County Parks staff.  Jim is stocking the dog waste bag dispenser at the top of the levee at the Gristmill entrance.Jim Morgan distributed a packet of information on Measure A funding for the bicycle trail on the American River Parkway.  Measure A is a sales tax in Sacramento County to fund transportation.  It allocates $ 1 million per year to the Parkway for bicycle transportation purposes.  For this fiscal year (2009/2010), several construction projects are scheduled.  Also, one ranger position is funded.  It was noted that not all of the Measure A funding allocation was accounted for in the expenditures described.
    4. California American Water Update
      Joe O’Connor reported that BRECA has received responses to the letter sent to the California American Water Company (Cal Am).  The responses did not directly address the questions in the BRECA letter.  They stated that additional rate increases are coming.  One letter invited BRECA representatives to meet with Cal Am staff.  Joe and Gay Jones are drafting a BRECA response.
    5. Location for “Tree Round”
      Gay Jones reported that the tree round cut from the largest Oak tree cut down on the Parkway during the levee project is still sitting at the Rancho Cordova Library.  She is trying to get it moved to a place inside the library, but has been unable to find a library staff person willing to take responsibility for authorizing action.
  1. New Business
    1. Next Meeting Location
      The next BRECA meeting will be at the County Branch Center building, 3701 Branch Center Road.
    2. Audit/Review
      Gay Jones announced that Melissa Schuler had agreed to perform an audit of the BRECA books for 2008 and 2009.  Lori Christensen made a motion to approve the audit.  Mary Ann Winters seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    3. Issues from the Floor
      Joe O’Connor stated that Riviera East Park is turning into a dog park, with dogs off leash and leaving dog waste.  Rick Sloan (a member of Cordova Recreation and Park District Board) stated that the District has security patrols, but only at night.  Park employees do not issue tickets.  Rick noted that there is a sign at the park stating that dogs must be leashed, and dog waste collected, but people ignore the sign.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on January 26, 2010 at the County Branch Center on Branch Center Road.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 11-24-09

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: November 24, 2009
PLACE:  Meeting Room 1, 3701 Branch Center Rd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
Kelly Cohen
Lori Christensen
Stan Mofjeld
Jim Morgan

  1. Welcome from Acting Chair Kelly Cohen
    The Chair noted that a quorum was not present and no actions could be taken.  It was decided to discuss some of the agenda items for informational purposes.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Kelly Cohen reported a balance of $4,908.68 in the BRECA bank account.
  1. Old Business
    1. Update on Mayhew Closure Structure and related issues
      Jim Morgan reported on an e-mail from Lizette Crosbie (Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA)).  The e-mail stated that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 100-year certification package had not yet been submitted.  It also stated that work on the upstream levee tie-in to high ground would not begin this year.  The earliest construction would be in 2010.  It further stated that the Corps of Engineers is discussing the Kansas Access staging area grading and planting plans and timeline.Jim noted that the staging area appeared to have been graded at the edges to the level of adjacent ground on the upstream and river sides, but on the downstream side a lip of about one foot remained, as well as about 10 to 15 feet that had not been graded.
    2. Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA)
      Jim Morgan reported that there is no additional information on the proposed Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA).  There was a discussion of the environmental review process.
  1. New Business
    1. Gristmill Dog Waste Bags
      Jim Morgan reported that he had been in contact via e-mail with County Parks staff regarding acquiring dog waste bags for the dispenser at the Gristmill entrance to the American River Parkway.  He suggested that BRECA might fund purchase of the bags if other funds were not available.  Kelly Cohen stated that she did not believe BRECA funds should be used for this purpose because it would be inefficient and not solve the entire problem.  Lori Christensen stated that reducing the amount of dog waste is a useful thing to do and should be supported.  Jim suggested that, since there was not enough information to formulate a proposal and no quorum at the meeting, the discussion should be continued to the next meeting.  It was agreed to continue the discussion at the next meeting.
    2. Issues from the Floor
      There were no issues from the floor
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on December 22, 2009 at the U.C. Co-operative Extension on Branch Center Road.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 10-27-09

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: October 27, 2009
PLACE:  Meeting Room 1, 3701 Branch Center Rd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
Paul Bowers
Lori Christensen
Stan Mofjeld
Jim Morgan
Rick Sloan
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from the Chair
  2. Minutes of September 2009
    Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes for September 2009.  Rick Sloan seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 5 votes in favor, 0 opposed, and 1 abstention.
  1. Reports
    1. Cordova Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC)
      Paul Bowers reported that there have been no recent meetings of the Cordova Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC).
    2. Treasurer’s Report
      There was no treasurer’s report.
  1. Old Business
    1. Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA)
      Jim Morgan reported that there is no additional information on the proposed Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA).
    2. Habitat Restoration for Gristmill
      Jim Morgan reported on a phone conversation with Lizette Crosbie and Pete Ghelfi (Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA)).  They stated that the Kansas Access staging area is to be vacated in late November.  The staging area will be graded to tie in to upstream and downstream elevations.  It is anticipated that about 1.5 feet of fill will be removed.  Subsequently, the ground will be prepared for planting of grasses, wildflowers, and trees.  At the Gristmill parking area, the ground has been covered with gravel to retard erosion from rain.
    3. Letter to Cal-Am Water
      Joe O’Connor reported on a BRECA letter sent to California American Water (Cal Am Water) concerning rate increases.  Joe pointed out that the letter contained a number of technical questions that would require response from planning and finance departments.
  1. New Business
    1. BRECA Meeting Locations and Date Changes
      As the usual BRECA meeting location (the Rancho Cordova Library) is closed for renovations, there was a discussion about where and when to have the next BRECA meeting.  Paul Bowers suggested the break room in the County building at 3701 Branch Center Rd. might be available. The consensus was to have the meeting on November 19th or 24th.  Paul Bowers was given responsibility to make arrangements.
    2. Gristmill Updates/BRECA Support
      Paul Bowers noted that the Gristmill entrance to the American River Parkway had been closed to vehicles in September, and that there had been a meeting on September 28th with County Parks staff at the Gristmill entrance.  Jan Lester noted that County Parks staff had agreed to reopen the Gristmill entrance if a volunteer group picked up and disposed of the trash.  The Gristmill entrance is now open to vehicles.

      There was a question about funding for dog poop bags.  Jim Morgan suggested that money budgeted by BRECA for the Great American River Clean-Up had not been spent, and could be made available.  Paul Bowers noted that the dog poop bags were likely to be an ongoing expense item, and should be agendized for the next BRECA meeting.

    3. Letter to Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
      Jim Morgan stated that Gay Jones was going to draft a letter to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board concerning the Mayhew-Gristmill levee and drain erosion problems.  However, she had been told that Board staff had sent a letter to BRECA that had not yet been received.  Consequently, Gay has not yet drafted a letter to the Board.
    4. Issues from the Floor
      Jim Morgan stated that he had been told by Pete Ghelfi that there is a plan to tie the upstream end of the Mayhew-Gristmill levee to high ground.

      A BRECA member stated that during the recent rain there had been flooding of the back yard of a person who lives next to the levee near the Kansas Access.  This appears to be due to runoff from the ramp to the landside road next to the levee.  In response, a French Drain was constructed to divert water.

      Joe O’Connor noted that he had received a notice about a water plan from the “Regional Water Authority” and that a meeting is planned for November 4.

      Bob Baptiste stated that he and other people who live next to the levee had received a notice from County Planning.  This notice stated that there are to be additional reviews of any changes to houses, including fences.  Paul Bowers suggested that this item should be agendized, and that a County representative should be invited.

      Lori Christensen stated that we had received an e-mail from an assistant to Supervisor Don Nottoli regarding the sound wall on Folsom Blvd. near Mira Del Rio.  The County is offering paint, and is looking for volunteers to do the painting.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The date and location for the next Steering Committee meeting have yet to be determined.  When they are determined, the membership will be notified.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 09-22-09

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: September 22, 2009
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
Paul Bowers
Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Gay Jones
Stan Mofjeld
Jim Morgan

  1. Welcome from the Chair
  2. Minutes of August 2009
    Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes for August 2009.  Paul Bowers seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Cordova Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC)
      Paul Bowers reported that there have been no meetings of the Cordova Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) for three months.  This is likely due to lack of building activity.
    2. Treasurer’s ReportKelly Cohen reported that the balance in the BRECA checking account is $5,391.63.
  1. Old Business
    1. Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA)
      Jim Morgan reported that the Notice Of Preparation (NOP) for an Environmental Impact Review (EIR) of the proposed Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA) has been delayed.  There is no information on when it might be released.
    2. Habitat Restoration for Gristmill
      Gay Jones reported that there had been a site visit about three weeks ago at the Gristmill area that included BRECA representatives, the Corps of Engineers, the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA), and Sacramento County Parks staff.  Damaged sites were pointed out.  Jim Morgan pointed out a tree with protective fencing that was about two feet below the existing grade, indicative of the thickness of the pad at the Kansas Access staging area.  BRECA representatives emphasized the need to to restore grasslands and visual screening at damaged sites and to restore drainage at the Kansas Access staging area.  There was discussion of the site visit.Jim Morgan distributed copies of the BRECA letter to Lizette Crosbie and Pete Ghelfi with SAFCA.  Jim also pointed out that the revised planting diagram received from SAFCA indicated 20 feet of vegetation free easement on the riverside of the levee, which is erroneous.  It was agreed that a letter should be drafted to SAFCA and the Corps concerning this error.Gay Jones stated that SAFCA and the Corps are addressing the lack of an upstream tie-in of the levee to high ground.  Present plans are for a four feet wide berm that connects the end of the levee to the back yard of the second house upstream from the end of the levee.  The proposed path of the berm results in minimal loss of foliage.
    3. BRECA Picnic
      There was a discussion of arrangements for the BRECA picnic, which will be on Sunday, September 27, 2009.
  1. New Business
    1. American River Parkway Budget and Closures
      Gay Jones stated that County Parks announced that the Gristmill entrance to the Parkway will be closed to vehicles starting on September 14.  Gay stated that she had spoken at the County Board of Supervisors meeting concerning the closure.  She pointed out that Gristmill had already been closed for one year for levee construction, and the upcoming closure will be disruptive for the community.  She noted that three of the five proposed closure sites are in this area, and that Gristmill is an important put in and take out site for kayakers.  She had talked with Parks staff, and nobody could explain why particular entrances were selected for closure, or how much money would be saved by the closure.  In addition to closing the entrance to vehicles, there will be no ranger patrols or trash pick up.There was considerable discussion of the impacts of the Gristmill closure on public safety, trash, parking on the street, and the attitude of neighbors.  Jim Morgan made a motion that BRECA support reopening of the Gristmill entrance.  Paul Bowers seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 6 in favor, none opposed, and 1 abstention.
    2. California American Water Meeting
      Joe O’Connor reported that the meeting held on September 16 by California American Water (Cal Am) was standing room only.  The Cal Am representatives talked mainly about the change to metered billing, and availability of help for water conservation.  They were unable to explain why the bills had increased by 400% in 7 years.  They noted that increases were approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).Paul Bowers suggested that the rate increases may have been driven by debt incurred from multiple acquisitions.  Kelly Cohen stated that the company is publicly traded, and the objective is to maximize returns.Gay Jones proposed that BRECA write a letter to the company seeking answers to specific questions, including justification for rate increases and the budget for 2009/2010.  It was also suggested that a CPUC representative attend the Cal Am meetings, and that Cal Am be invited to a BRECA meeting.  It was agreed that Gay Jones and Joe O’Connor would write a BRECA letter to Cal Am.
    3. Issues from the Floor
      Gay Jones noted that there was a good turnout for the recent American River Cleanup.Gay Jones noted that George Spatta had sent an e-mail about a recent attempted break-in at a neighbors house.  George wanted BRECA to organize a neighborhood watch.  Joe O’Connor sent an e-mail that local people need to organize the neighborhood watch.Gay Jones noted that the slice from the heritage oak on the Parkway was now at the library, and we should think about where to display it at the library.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be on October 27, 2009