BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 02-26-19

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: February 26, 2019
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
Carmen Mitchell
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

None

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 4

1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt

2. Special Presentation from Sacramento Tree Foundation

Theresa Bible with the Sacramento Tree Foundation spoke briefly.  She stated that she is a community organizer and her main focus is on underserved areas.  She wants to help people organize things like tree planting, mulching or cleanup.  Possibly they could partner with other organizations like BRECA.

3. Minutes of January 22, 2019

One amendment was made to the draft minutes of January 22, 2019.  Lori Christensen made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 7 votes in favor and 2 abstentions.

4. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community

There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.

5. Reports

a. Treasurer
The report from the Treasurer was deferred to the Budget item.

b. CORPAC
Carmen Mitchell reported that there was a meeting of the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) this month.  There were no items directly relevant to the BRECA area except that one person who lives in the area has been appointed to CORPAC.

c. Outreach Committee
Jim Morgan reported on Welcome Packet distribution.  He stated that five packets had been distributed to the first batch of addresses of sales from the Sacramento Bee and that three additional packets had been given to other addresses where sales had occurred.

Lynda Hammitt commented that the Outreach Committee has discussed ways to improve the Welcome Packets.  She stated that it would be nice to have more items in the packet, such as a calendar of community events, including BRECA events.  Andrea White suggested including Cordova Recreation and Park District information, and Gay Jones stated that she has a small pamphlet from Metro Fire that could be included.

6. Old Business

a. BRECA Budget for 2019
Andrea White distributed a proposed revised budget from the Budget Committee.  She stated that a major change in the proposed budget is increasing the minimum dues from the current $10 to a proposed $15.  She stated that the Budget Committee expected that this would increase BRECA’s revenue by about $220.  Jim Morgan stated that there were two assumptions made to come up with the projected increase.  First, it was assumed that no members dropped or failed to join because of the increase in dues.  Second, it was assumed that people who are already giving $15 or more would not increase their combined dues and contribution to BRECA.  To the extent that these assumptions are incorrect, it would result in less money coming in (first assumption) or more money coming in (second assumption).  Hopefully they would cancel out and result in the projected increase in revenue being realized.

Gay Jones stated that we need to establish a designated reserve fund, as people think BRECA has lots of cash on hand, so where is the problem?  A member of the audience suggested removing the “Reserve” line from the budget page, since it does not have to do with income and outgo.  Jim Morgan suggested that there should be a second page that deals with bank balances.

Lori Christensen commented that maybe we should vote on the dues increase separately.

Andrea White continued with other changes to the proposed budget.  These included reducing expenditures by having a split role for the nomination form for the Steering Committee elections, that is, e-mailing to members we have e-mails for and U.S. mail to the rest.  There is also the non-profit filing fee for reporting to the Secretary of State that was added, and the cost of the P.O. Box has increased.  For the Easter Egg Hunt, we would also do a split role. The Picnic will need increased postage.  Overall there is still a balance of negative $110.

There was discussion of the proposed dues increase.  Carmen Mitchell said that she thinks that $15 is reasonable.  In response to a question, Jim Morgan stated that the dues have been the same for 22 years, i.e. since BRECA was formed.  Others pointed out that there has been inflation, and BRECA is trying to do more for the community.  Rene Hamlin made a motion to approve the budget as proposed.  Carmen Mitchell seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

b. Native Plantings Along American River Parkway
Gay Jones stated that the American River Parkway Foundation is removing the native plant garden at their office.  They have a number of plants that they want people to take, and Gay suggested planting them at Gristmill.

c. Cal Am Update
James Adams stated that they are waiting on a draft decision on the General Rate Case.

d. Annual General Meeting
Lynda Hammitt stated that almost all the speakers are confirmed for the Annual General Meeting.  Andrea White stated that the Cordova Recreation and Park District has agreed to let us use a microphone and amplifier.  Lynda handed out a draft of the proposed flyer, and there was discussion of various ways to improve the flyer.

e. From the Floor
James Adams stated that one of the Butterfield Riviera East signs had been smeared with black chalk.  He had called the County, and they came out and cleaned the sign.

7. New Business

a. Parkway Coalition Update
Gay Jones stated that a Sacramento County Parks ranger had spoken at the recent American River Parkway Coalition meeting.  He stated that they are working on the problems with camping on the Parkway by checking for warrants, citing for off-leash dogs, etc., as they can no longer cite for illegal camping.

b. From the Floor
There was no new business from the floor.

8. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting of the Steering Committee is scheduled for March 26, 2019, 6:30 pm at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 01-22-19

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: January 22, 2019
PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
James Adams
Lori Christensen
Rene Hamlin
Lynda Hammitt
Carmen Mitchell
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT
Bonnie Domeny
Gay Jones

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 5

1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt

2. Minutes of November 27, 2018

Two amendments were made to the draft minutes of November 27, 2018.  Lori Christensen made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

3. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community

There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.

4. Reports

a. Treasurer
There was no report from the Treasurer.

b. CORPAC
Carmen Mitchell reported that there was no meeting of the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) this month.

c. Outreach Committee
Andrea White stated that they had talked about putting a “Little Library” in Riviera East Park.  The Outreach Committee thinks this is a great idea, but we need to talk about the budget.  Possibly we could get donations.  The Park District is aware of our interest.  We would want them to do the installation.  Jim Morgan inquired about the costs.  Andrea stated that one can get the box on line for around $300 to $400.  Possibly they could get someone to construct a box for less.  It would need case with a glass face for bulletins about community events.

Lori Christensen distributed a handout with procedures for the Welcome Packets.  She stated that the general idea is to distribute the packets to people who are new to the neighborhood.  We have a list of recent sales from the Sacramento Bee as a source.  We would want the distributor to talk to the person receiving the packet.  We need to track addresses.  A suggestion is to mail the packets to addresses where they have not been distributed by the end of the month.  Carmen Mitchell stated she did not agree with mailing the packets, as it would not have the personal touch.  Jim Morgan asked for volunteers for distributing the packets.  Carmen Mitchell stated that was everybody, and there was no disagreement.

Lori emphasized that we need to know who gets the packets so we do not have duplication.  There was discussion of this question.  Jim Morgan pointed out that the packets cost about $1.76 each, and the current budget allows for about 40 packets.  However, at the current rate of sales in the Bee, BRECA would need about 100 packets for the year.  So, the packets should not be wasted.  There was discussion of reducing costs, but the potential to do this is limited by the need to maintain a quality product.

Rene Hamlin commented that in the minutes for the November, 2018 Steering Committee meeting there was discussion about the Outreach Committee.  She enquired if there were more people who would like to be on the Outreach Committee.  It was decided to defer the discussion until Gay Jones was present.

5. Old Business

a. Annual General Meeting
Lynda Hammitt, Kelly Cohen, and Jim Morgan volunteered to be on the General Meeting Planning Committee.  Lynda suggested that we should invite the Fire Department, Supervisor Don Nottoli, County Department of Water Resources (regarding flooding), and state Office of Emergency Services to speak.

b. Budget: Overage for Holiday Party
It was decided to fold this discussion into the general budget discussion later in the agenda.

c. Folsom Blvd. Repaving Project Update (Bradshaw to Butterfield)
Lynda Hammitt read from an e-mail from Letisha at Supervisor Nottoli’s office.  She stated that funding has been identified for repaving Folsom Blvd. from Bradshaw to Butterfield.  Work is scheduled for May to August of 2019.  The Complete Streets project is scheduled for the spring of 2020.

d. Cal Am Update
James Adams stated that there was nothing new to report.

e. From the Floor
James Adams stated that the Butterfield Riviera East signs had been installed at the Library on Paseo Rio and at Butterfield Way.

6. New Business

a. Proposed Budget to 2019
Andrea White (Treasurer) handed out a proposed BRECA budget for 2019.  She commented that BRECA was in the red in 2018 by over $600.  The proposed 2019 budget is also in the red, by $390.  There is a problem with the long term trend here: we need to maintain the BRECA bank account so we can respond to emergency events.  In response to a question, Jim Morgan stated that the current bank balance is $4,777, compared to this time last year when it was $5,250.  Andrea commented that BRECA tried some new things last year, which increased expenditures.  She also commented that the line item for the Easter Egg Hunt is reduced for 2019.  Carmen Mitchell commented that the Easter Egg Hunt is our best public relations event.  Rene Hamlin commented that BRECA has not increased it’s minimum $10 dues since it was founded, but has increased it’s services.  Lynda Hammitt commented that we have recently put out donation jars at events to increase revenue.  Jim Morgan stated that most members already give dues and contributions of $15 or more.  Since only 44 members pay only the minimum dues of $10, raising the dues by $5 would result in $220 additional revenue if no members failed to renew or join due to the increase.  However, it is likely that some members would not renew or join at the higher rate, but we don’t know how many.  We could ask people for additional contributions in the membership renewal letters.

Andrea stated that the proposed budget holds the annual Picnic at last years level.  Jim Morgan suggested that we could eliminate the Bounce House, which would save $125.  Carmen Mitchell stated that the kids like the Bounce House.  A member of the audience stated that all of the things added are social events: BRECA used to be all about issues.  Another member of the audience stated that he joined BRECA because of the issues, not because of the social events.  Another member of the audience stated that priority is to have a balanced budget.  Carmen stated that BRECA needs to increase it’s revenues.  Lori Christensen stated that we could take 10% off of all events.

Jim Morgan suggested that we could adopt the proposed budget, but direct the Budget Committee to meet and consider ways to reduce the deficit.  James Adams made a motion to adopt Jim Morgan’s suggestion.  Rene Hamlin seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 6 in favor and 1 abstention.

b. BRECA Calendar for 2019

The following was adopted as the BRECA calendar for 2019:
Every 4th Tuesday of the month, except December, Steering Committee meetings
March 26 begin Steering Committee elections,
April 13 Easter Egg Hunt,
April 23 General Meeting,
May xx Neighborhood Bike Ride,
August xx Bark in the Park,
September 21 Great American River Clean Up,
September 28 Annual Picnic,
December 17 Holiday Party.

c. Easter Egg Hunt
Andrea White and Carmen Mitchell agreed to co-chair the Easter Egg Hunt.  A member of the audience suggested having a $5 fee for participation, except for BRECA members, or have a donation box or suggested donation.

d. Dates for Speakers from Kinder-Morgan and Bradshaw Apartments
It was agreed to try to get the speaker from Kinder-Morgan (owners of the oil tanks at Bradshaw and Folsom) to speak at the February Steering Committee meeting and the General Meeting.  The speaker from the Bradshaw Apartments would be in March.

e. From the Floor
Lynda Hammitt noted that a BRECA member had raised a question about whether there were any leaks from the tanks at Bradshaw and Folsom.  A member of the audience stated that leaking pipelines could also be a problem.

A member of the audience commented that he could see the lines from cables in the asphalt in the street.

7. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting of the Steering Committee is scheduled for February 26, 2019, 6:30 pm at the Rancho Cordova Library.

 

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 11-27-18

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES


DATE: November 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
Bonnie Domeny
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Carmen Mitchell
Jim Morgan

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT
Rene Hamlin
Andrea White

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 5

1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt

2. Minutes of October 23, 2018

Two amendments were made to the draft minutes of October 23, 2018.  Gay Jones made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

3. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community

Lynda Hammitt commented that a member of the audience sent an e-mail expressing concern about the storage tanks across Folsom Blvd.  She had forwarded the e-mail to Sheryll Venegas with Supervisor Nottoli’s office, who is forwarding it to appropriate people.  A member of the audience stated that he remembered an article in the Sacramento Bee which stated that if the proposed butane tanks south of town exploded, it would level everything within 5 miles.  Bonnie Domeny commented that she had talked about the tanks before with Don Nottoli, and they had studied the issue and there is minimal risk.  Gay Jones suggested that we ask the business to come to a BRECA meeting and talk.  She also commented that explosions are due to vapors, but they keep the ceiling down, so there is no explosion.  Also, they have barriers around the tanks to contain a spill.

 

4. Reports

a. Treasurer
There was no report from the Treasurer.

b. CORPAC
Carmen Mitchell reported that there was no meeting of the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) this month.

c. Outreach Committee
Bonnie Domeny reported that the Outreach Committee recapped the picnic, and discussed ideas to improve it next year.  They also discussed ideas for the BRECA Christmas Party, and the new neighbor welcome packet.  Lynda Hammitt commented that each member of the Steering Committee should have one.

5. Old Business

a. BRECA Sign Discussion
James Adams stated that there are two versions of the Butterfield-Riviera East sign proposed, one with a hyphen between Butterfield and Riviera East and one without.  Since Butterfield and Riviera East are on separate lines, he is leaning towards no hyphen.  A member of the audience suggested there should be a comma, because they are separate.  Lori Christensen stated that BRECA asked for the sign, and it should be consistent with the name of the organization, so there should be a hyphen.  A member of the audience stated that a comma or line between the names would be odd from a graphics perspective.  Jim Morgan stated that there was a long discussion about the name when BRECA was founded, and the hyphen was included to recognize that there are two distinct neighborhoods in the community.  Gay Jones stated that she did not like the hyphen, because it is not good from a graphical perspective.  Bonnie Domeny and Carmen Mitchell both stated they prefer no hyphen.  Gay Jones made a motion to approve the sign with no hyphen.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 5 votes in favor and 2 opposed.

b. Cal Am Update
Gay Jones reported that in the California American Water (Cal Am) rate case there had been a conference call regarding the results of operations model.  At issue is Cal Am wants to extend the comments allowed on the rate case.  They have also proposed a temporary “gap filling” rate increase due to the delay in deciding the General Rate Case.

Bonnie Domeny stated that they have been getting overcharged on their Cal Am bill.  Cal Am has been trying to bill them for using 150,000 gallons of water.  As a result, Bonnie and Jay have been paying only part of the bill, and Cal Am is threatening to cut them off.  A monitor has been installed on their meter.  Gay Jones stated that she would follow up.

c. From the Floor
There were no comments from the floor.

6. New Business 

a. Holiday Party
Lynda Hammitt stated that we should think about having the holiday meeting at St. George Church, so that we could have alcoholic beverages.  Lori Christensen commented that people have been partied out, so the BRECA holiday party has never had a big crowd in the past.  Bonnie Domeny suggested having it at the church, and letting the members know that it is a drop-in open house party.  Jim Morgan commented that we do usually have a Steering Committee meeting in December, and have some items to discuss.  Gay Jones commented that our most festive turnout was at Brookside.  She did not want to use the church, because we may need it for regular meetings in the future.  If we have it at Brookside people can eat or drink what they want.  Lori Christensen volunteered to check out Brookside.  James Adams questioned whether there is a need for a December meeting.  After consulting the By-Laws, Lynda Hammitt stated there was not.  Gay Jones made a motion to check out what would be needed to get space at Brookside, and increase the Holiday Party budget to $100.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.  It was agreed that whether to have a December Steering Committee meeting is to be determined.

b. Theme for 2019 Annual General Meeting
Lynda Hammitt commented that themes could be safety, or illegal camping, and asked for suggestions.  Lori Christensen suggested the same as last year.  Lynda commented that there were too many agencies represented last year.  Bonnie Domeny suggested emergency preparedness.  James Adams stated that we should not repeat last year.  Gay Jones stated that regarding preparedness, the Fire District has CERT training, and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District could address power outages.  A member of the audience commented that Sacramento County has an Office of Emergency Services.  It was agreed to revisit this item in January.

c. Scope and Membership of Existing Committees
Gay Jones stated that she wants to revisit the standing committees including Outreach, Budget, and Election, as well as the ad-hoc committee on Cal Am rate case comments.  In regards to the Outreach Committee, she commented that it was originally formed to prepare a New Neighbor packet, and that has not been done.  Lori Christensen provided Gay with a New Neighbor packet, which had just been produced.  Gay stated that too much is being done by the Outreach Committee, to the exclusion of the Steering Committee.  Also, there should be a maximum of 4 Steering Committee members on a committee, because 5 or more becomes a majority of the Steering Committee, which violates the spirit of the Brown Act.  Lynda Hammitt agreed that the Outreach Committee is doing a lot of things, and maybe this should be revisited, as it excludes the other members of the Steering Committee.  For example, the picnic has been taken over by the Outreach Committee.  Lori Christensen also commented that the Outreach Committee has taken over the Easter Egg Hunt.  Lynda commented that this is for convenience, as Easter Egg Hunt people are all on the Outreach Committee.  James Adams commented that he did not feel that the Outreach Committee is not telling the Steering Committee what they are doing.  Gay commented that many ideas come from the Outreach Committee “fully baked.”  Committees could be the same people, but we should have specific committees for events, e.g. and Easter Egg Hunt Committee.  Bonnie Domeny commented that the Outreach Committee brings things under one umbrella because it is the same people doing them, and things get done faster in small groups.  Gay commented that the Outreach Committee is a closed group, and needs people flowing in and out.  A member of the audience commented that she was glad this has been raised, as she feels excluded from events because she is not on the Outreach Committee.  Gay reiterated that one concern here is too many Steering Committee members on the Outreach Committee: the magic number is 4.  James Adams commented that it is hard to make decisions about this without two of the Steering Committee members who are on the Outreach Committee.  It was agreed to bring it back in January, when they will (hopefully) be present.

d. From the Floor

Bonnie Domeny commented that she had been talking to a new neighbor, who said there are a lot of potholes on Chad Court.

A member of the audience commented that the Cordova Recreation and Park District has requested bids on work on the walkways on Riviera East Park.  Bids are expected back this Thursday.  They hope to start work in the Spring and be done by June.

James Adams commented that a Sacramento Municipal Utility District contractor had replaced cables in a small area on Butterfield Way and Mira Del Rio Dr.

7. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting of the Steering Committee is to be determined.*

*Note from the Chair: Subsequent to the November meeting, the Steering Committee decided to have a Holiday Party in December and reconvene for the next Steering Committee meeting on January 22, 2019.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 10-23-18

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: October 23, 2018
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
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Carmen Mitchell
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

James Adams

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 9

1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt

2. Guest Speaker from SMUD re: Changes to Electricity Rate Structure

Kaelin Sherrel with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) stated that the SMUD Board has decided to change to a time of day electricity rate structure.  This is not supposed to be a rate increase.  The idea is to charge more when electricity costs more.  The objective is to encourage people to use less electricity during peak hours.  Customers have the option to be on a fixed rate.  Decisions on that are for a full year.  People will get a 30 day notice of the change to time of day rates.  Commercial accounts are already on time of day rates, with tiers, so that as businesses use more they pay more.

Carmen Mitchell stated that customers should have been given a vote on this change.  Ms. Sherrel responded that customers vote through the elected Board of Directors of SMUD.  Lynda Hammitt enquired why time of day rates, and not, for example, the Peak Corps?  Ms. Sherrel responded that the Peak Corps is no longer in existence.  Jim Morgan enquired whether SMUD is looking at energy storage possibilities.  Ms. Sherrel responded that batteries are not economical at present, due to costs over limited lifetimes.  Possibly they will become economical by 2020.  A member of the audience enquired about a member who has medical needs.  Ms. Sherrel responded that they have a medical rate, and the person should contact the SMUD call center.

3. Minutes of September 25, 2018

An amendment was made to the draft minutes of September 25, 2018.  Rene Hamlin made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 5 in favor and 2 abstentions.

4. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community

There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.

5. Reports

a. Treasurer

Andrea White (Treasurer) presented the BRECA income and expenditures for the year to date.  The balance in the BRECA checking account is $4,765.54.

b. CORPAC

Carmen Mitchell reported on the recent Cordova Planning and Advisory Committee (CORPAC) meeting.  There were no items directly relevant to the BRECA area.

Gay Jones stated that CORPAC members normally serve for one year. If anyone from BRECA is interested in serving on CORPAC, please contact Gay Jones.

c. Outreach Committee

Rene Hamlin reported that there was no Outreach Committee meeting this month.  The next meeting is scheduled for October 29.

6. Old Business

a. Update on BRECA Sign Installation

Lynda Hammitt stated that James Adams had sent an e-mail, and there was no additional information.

b. BRECA Newsletter

Jim Morgan stated that the Newsletter should come out in November, 2018.  There was discussion about the articles and pictures for the Newsletter.

c. Cal Am Update

Gay Jones reported that California American Water (Cal Am) had filed a motion on October 22 for transitional rate relief due to the protracted time involved in the General Rate Case.  The deadline for comments is October 31.  Lori Christensen made a motion that BRECA support the Office of Ratepayer Advocates effort on the transitional rates.  Carmen Mitchell seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

d. From the Floor

Andrea White reported that the Cordova Recreation and Park District has invited bids for replacement of pathways in Riviera East Park.  They expect to get bids in November and possibly get the work done by next spring.  A member of the audience asked whether there were any plans for a dog park in Riviera East Park.  Andrea responded that dog parks are expensive, and the Park District is focused on Americans with Disabilities Act compliance right now.

Lori Christensen noted that the last BRECA meeting was held as St. George church.  She enquired whether it was appropriate to send an e-mail to Father Hezekias thanking them for use of the church.  There was general agreement that this was a good thing to do.

7. New Business

a. County Policy Change re: Illegal Camping

Jim Morgan noted that this issue was discussed at the September 2018 BRECA meeting (see item 3 of Minutes of September 25, 2018).  Lynda Hammitt asked whether we should have a County Parks ranger come to a BRECA meeting?  Bonnie Domeny raised the concern that rangers might not be aware of all county policies regarding illegal camping.  A member of the audience stated that he had talked with rangers, and that they have been told not to issue illegal camping citations.  He wants to be proactive.  Rene Hamlin stated that the point is that there is no place for homeless people to get shelter.  Lynda Hammitt suggested that campers can be cited for other things.  Jim Morgan stated that he had heard from two people who attended the most recent Board of Supervisors meeting on the issue.  They said that the Board is very concerned about this problem.  Supervisors Frost and Peters requested that county counsel investigate whether camping could be prohibited on the Parkway by designating it a “sensitive area.”

Jim Morgan made a motion to send a letter to Supervisor Nottoli expressing BRECA’s concern and asking for his help.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  She added that there are three reasons to designate the Parkway a “sensitive area.”  These are preservation of the natural environment, safety of campers during a flood event, and impact of campers on flood control measures.  Rene Hamlin stressed that we need to be careful about wording, and be sure the tone is nice.  Gay Jones stated that she had heard at a Parkway Coalition meeting that rangers are writing citations for other things, like dogs off leash.  The motion was approved unanimously.  Jim Morgan volunteered to draft the letter.

Bonnie Domeny made a motion to invite a Park Ranger to a future BRECA meeting to discuss policy.  Carmen Mitchell seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.  Lynda Hammitt to do the invitation.

b. Possible Tire Shop at Bradshaw and Folsom

A member of the audience stated that he had heard that a lease had been signed to open a tire shop on the property at Bradshaw Road and Folsom Blvd.  They hope to open by the end of the month.

c. From the Floor

A member of the audience stated that she had seen people driving excessively fast on Bradshaw Road north of Folsom Blvd.  She suggested that we should contact Tom Riggin with the California Highway Patrol.  Bonnie Domeny suggested that we try to get the radar speed sign positioned nearer to the businesses on Bradshaw Road.

8. Meeting adjourned.

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

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 09-25-18

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: September 25, 2018
PLACE: Saint George Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, 9501 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams
Lori Christensen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Carmen Mitchell

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 9

1. Call to Order by Acting Chair Lori Christensen

2. Minutes of August 28, 2018

Jim Morgan noted an amendment to the draft minutes of August 28, 2018 submitted by Gay Jones. Rene Hamlin made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes. James Adams seconded the motion. The motion was approved with 5 in favor and 1 abstention.

3. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community

A member of the audience noted that there had been an important ruling by a panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and asked Jim Morgan to elaborate. Jim stated that the ruling was in connection with a lawsuit brought against the city of Boise, Idaho by lawyers for homeless individuals. The ruling was that the police could not issue a citation against homeless campers if there was no place else for them find shelter. This is important because it affects the Sacramento area, and particularly the Lower American River Parkway, where there is a persistent problem with illegal camping by homeless individuals. Rangers would no longer be able to cite people for camping on the Parkway.

There was discussion about the case. Bonnie Domeny stated that she was concerned about the campfires that campers often build. It was suggested by a member of the audience that we should have a ranger come to a BRECA meeting and discuss the situation. James Adams stated that we should agendize the issue and have a discussion.

4. Reports

a. Treasurer

Andrea White (Treasurer) presented the BRECA income and expenditures for the year to date. The balance in the BRECA checking account is $4,741.04.

b. Outreach Committee

Rene Hamlin reported that there was no Outreach Committee meeting this month. Lori Christensen led preparations for the picnic. Andrea White was responsible for the piñata and the bounce house. Coming up is getting people together to implement the Welcome Packet. We also need to decide if we want to do a holiday gathering at the December meeting this year.

c. CORPAC

Bonnie Domeny stated that there was no CORPAC (Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council) meeting this month.

d. ARCO proposal

Jim Morgan stated that he had been contacted by Sheryll Venegas with Supervisor Don Nottoli’s office. Sheryll said that ARCO had pulled the application for a gas station at Bradshaw Rd. and Folsom Blvd. Jim stated that unless ARCO changes their mind, the proposal is probably done.

5. Old Business

a. 2018 Annual Picnic-Potluck in the Park

Lori Christensen thanked Jim Morgan for doing the mailing and Carmen Mitchell for bringing tables. The Fire Department came, but could only stay for a short time. There were 30 people who signed in, although there were also kids from the park who participated in the piñata and bounce house.

b. Great American River Clean Up

Lori Christensen stated that she was the site captain for the Gristmill area at the Great American River Clean Up this year. About 14 people came, some from outside the area. Some of the people were doing community service. Interesting items found included a washing machine drum. For all sites combined, there were about 22,000 pounds of trash picked up.

c. From the Floor

James Adams stated that he was working on getting signs with Butterfield-Riviera East put at two entrances to the community. He had received a call from Latricia with Supervisor Nottoli’s office to the effect that it would take about a month to do the administrative process. The signs would look like the signs for Rosemont. A member of the audience asked about getting a sign at Mira Del Rio Dr. and Folsom Blvd. James Adams commented that the corner there is all private property, so there is nowhere to put a sign.

6. New Business

a. From the Floor

Jim Morgan stated that the BRECA Newsletter should be coming out in November, and asked people to volunteer to write articles.

A member of the audience commented that he has a problem with feral cats on El Cerro Ct. People are feeding the cats, and the cats defecate on his lawn. The people feeding the cats said that they are part of a feral cat program, but Sheriff’s office said they don’t have a program for feral cats. Bonnie Domeny pointed out that it is not illegal to feed the cats. She suggested having a little neighborhood meeting to discuss the problem. Lori Christensen concurred that it is not really a BRECA problem, and the local neighbors need to deal with it.

Bonnie Domeny commented that we have a guest speaker from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District next month, and we need to respond to an e-mail question about how many people to expect. After brief discussion, it was agreed to tell them 50 people.

7. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at the Rancho Cordova Library.