Agenda – 7-23-2019 BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

Agenda
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING
BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

July 23rd, 2019 6:30 pm
Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Blvd
Sacramento, CA

  1. Call to Order
  2. Guest Speaker, Allen Fore, Kinder-Morgan, VP of Public Affairs
    1. 30-minute presentation
    2. 30-minute for questions
  3. Welcome and Introductions
  4. Questions or Comments from the membership / community on non-agenda items
  5. Approval of Minutes
    1. June 2019
  6. Reports
    1. Treasurer – Andrea
    2. CORPAC – Gay
    3. Outreach Committee – Rene
      1. Free Little Library Update – Andrea
    4. Membership
      1. Welcome Packet Distribution Update – Jim
      2. Membership report – Jim
  7. Old Business
    1. Update on Bradshaw Apartments – Lee
    2. From the floor
  8. New Business
    1. Annual Picnic, Sept 28
      1. (Choose chair)
    2. Great American River Clean up, Sept 21
      1. (Choose chair)
    3. From the floor

Adjourn to next meeting, August 27th, 2019, 6:30 pm at the Rancho Cordova Library.

 

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – May 28, 2019

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: May 28, 2019
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: 12

1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt

2. Introduction of Steering Committee Election Ballot Counters

Teresa Lindsey-Conesa and Melissa Schuler were introduced as the Steering Committee Election ballot counters (see item 8a).

3. Guest Speakers from SMUD – Presentation on 2019 Rate Increase Proposal

Greg Spagnola, a Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) representative, stated that SMUD is community owned.  They are considering a rate change proposal that would take effect in 2020 and 2021.  There would be increases in residential rates of 4.75% in 2020 and 4.50% in 2021.  For an average bill of $114/month, that would mean rate increases of about $5.40 each year.  These would support investments in several areas, including wildfire mitigation, additional electrical capacity, technology, and carbon reduction.  SMUD currently delivers about 50% carbon free power to customers.  SMUD has an objective of being carbon neutral by 2040.  Coming up on June 4 is a public hearing at the SMUD Board and on June 24 the Board will vote on the rate increase proposal.

There were a number of questions from the audience.  A member of the audience inquired about pricing consistency for all customers.  Mr. Spagnola commented that costs would be spread to self-generation customers, e.g. solar, who have been receiving subsidies from regular customers.  Lynda Hammitt asked about wildfire prevention.  Mr. Spagnola stated that wildfire mitigation includes vegetation management and wildfire insurance.  Bonnie Domeny stated that 9% is a big jump, and asked if there would be a moratorium on rate increases after that.  Mr. Spagnola stated that he did not know.  Andrea White asked how much is the rate increase in dollars?  Mr. Robert Chang, another SMUD representative, stated that it is $54 million for 4.75%.  A member of the audience asked about a slide that indicated that SMUD is trying to encourage commercial customers to use energy when it is most available, but isn’t that the same time as the highest peak rates?  Mr. Spagnola stated no, solar is most available in the middle of the day, but peak costs are in the late afternoon.

A member of the audience asked whether we should now go to the Board and say no to the rate increase?  Mr. Spagnola responded yes, if that is what they think, at the public hearing on June 4.  Another member of the audience inquired whether SMUD encourages solar.  Mr. Spagnola responded yes in general, but individual circumstances vary, and people should get specific information from SMUD.  A member of the audience commented that she had taken the SMUD solar class, and it was really good.  Solar did not make economic sense for her.  Jim Morgan stated that his household is a relatively small energy user, and when the tiered rates were collapsed a few years ago, that amounted to a 9% rate increase for them.  With implementation of the time of day rates, there will be a 4% increase for them.  And now there are more increases proposed.  It seems like small users are getting hit again and again.  Mr. Spagnola stated Mr. Morgan should bring his concerns to the attention of the Board.

4. Minutes of March 26, 2019

An amendment was made to the draft minutes of March 22, 2019.  Lori Christensen made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

5. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community

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

6. Reports

a. Treasurer

Andrea White (Treasurer) distributed copies of the most recent budget statement.  She noted that the expense for the web site ($173) exceeded the authorized amount ($150).  Rene Hamlin made a motion to increase the web site authorization to $175.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.  It was noted that the expense for the General Meeting mailer was $18.30 over budget.  Gay Jones made a motion to approve the increase of $18.30.  Rene Hamlin seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

A member of the audience suggested that the Steering Committee should approve the overage, but not change the budget.  This would work better, as we would not have a moving target in the budget.  Gay Jones made a motion to approve the increases as overages, but not the budgeted amounts.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

Andrea White noted that BRECA often receives “in kind” contributions, and that these are not captured in the budget.  As a result, the true costs of events are not captured.  There was discussion of what to capture.  It was generally agreed to only capture cash contributions.  Gay Jones made a motion that in kind contributions for which the treasurer is provided with a receipt, starting January 1, 2019, be captured in the budget.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

b. CORPAC

Carmen Mitchell reported that there was not a meeting of the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) this month.

c. Outreach Committee

Lynda Hammitt commented that the Outreach Committee had met.  Andrea White reported that she had talked with the Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD) about the Little Free Library.  The Park District will install the Little Free Library at no charge, with some stipulations.  They want to choose several possible locations, and let BRECA choose which one.  Andrea circulated a picture of Riviera East Park with several possible locations.  The location must be Americans with Disabilities Act accessible.  BRECA is responsible for maintenance, including covering over tagging (i.e. graffiti).

Lynda Hammitt commented that the Outreach Committee liked a natural wood look, with a stain finish, and would find a volunteer to do the staining.  A member of the audience (who is on the CRPD Board of Directors) commented that if a stained wood structure gets tagged, it is difficult to refinish, and must be sanded down to be refinished.  Another member of the audience commented that paint is easier to maintain.  Jim Morgan commented that paint is more durable, and he has seen instances of stained wood that was outside peel after some time.  A member of the audience commented that it needs a roof.  An informal poll was taken, and most people supported using paint.

Lynda requested a volunteer to do the painting.  Kelly Cohen volunteered to do the painting.  Lee Leavelle volunteered to supply the paint.

Jim Morgan reported that 25 Welcome Packets have been distributed.

7. Old Business

a. Neighborhood Bike Ride – May 30th

Gay Jones reported that the Neighborhood Bike Ride for May 30 had been cancelled, and will be rescheduled.

b. Casa Linda Motel business license

A member of the audience stated that he had talked to the Shauna Franklin at the District Attorney’s office about the Casa Linda business license.  The County has denied the renewal of the business license and has revoked the business license.  The owner is appealing both actions.  They are going to consolidate the appeals.  There will be a hearing before the Board of Supervisors on June 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Gay Jones stated that she wants to take a vote of BRECA and send a communication to the Board of Supervisors regarding Casa Linda.  Gay made a motion that BRECA send an email to all the Supervisors recommending revocation of the Casa Linda business license, in support of the District Attorney’s office.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

c. Annual General Meeting – outcome and debrief

Jim Morgan distributed a handout with the numbers of people who attended the last General Meeting (GM) and previous general meetings.  He stated that the last GM attendance was similar to other GMs except for the 2018 GM, which was unusually high.  Unfortunately, BRECA did not get any new members at the last GM, which is unprecedented.  There was discussion of these observations.

d. Kinder-Morgan speaker on July 23

Lynda Hammitt stated that Kinder-Morgan will have a speaker at the July 23 meeting.

e. Cal Am update

Gay Jones stated that the Administrative Law Judge had sent out a draft final decision on the California American (Cal Am) General Rate Case in December.  But James Adams and Gay did not find it, possibly because it looked like a list serve.  Consequently, BRECA did not comment on the draft final decision.

f. From the floor

There were no comments from the floor.

8. New Business

a. Steering Committee Election results

Jim Morgan reported the election results as counted by Teresa Lindsey-Conesa and Melissa Schuler.  The results were (in the same order as on the ballot):

James Adams: 42 votes, re-elected
Kelly Cohen: 33 votes, not elected
Jim Morgan: 39 votes, re-elected
Gay Jones: 39 votes, re-elected
Bonnie Domeny: 40 votes, re-elected
Lee Leavelle: 38 votes, elected
Lori Christensen: 38 votes, re-elected
Andrea White: 36 votes, re-elected
Tom Custer: 23 votes, not elected
Ken Crawford: 38 votes, elected
Rene Hamlin: 35 votes, re-elected

b. From the Floor

Gay Jones distributed handouts for a Fire Camp for kids and Sacramento Metro Fire statistics about responses.

9. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting of the Steering Committee is scheduled for June 25, 2019, 6:30 pm at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – March 26, 2019

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: March 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
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Carmen Mitchell
Jim Morgan

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

Andrea White
Rene Hamlin

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 9

1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt

2. Special Presentation from Sacramento Sheriffs and Rancho Cordova Police

Three representatives from the Sacramento Sheriffs and Rancho Cordova Police spoke briefly and responded to some questions from the audience.  Deputy Darren Quackenbush is the new Problem Oriented Policing (POP) officer.  He can be contacted by email at or by phone at 916-875-9650.  He commented that they do not see postings on Nextdoor, so people must call him or the Sacramento Sheriff’s numbers with problems: 911 for emergencies or 916-874-5115 for non-emergency problems.

A person from the audience commented that they had a problem reporting a theft from a vehicle: the Sheriff’s electronic system would not take a 5 digit custom license number.  In response to a question about cars parked on the street, it was stated that cars must be moved every 72 hours or they can be towed.  However, people should default to neighborly.  It was also commented that commercial vehicles can not park overnight on the street.

3. Minutes

a. Minutes of February 26, 2019

Gay Jones made a motion to approve the draft minutes for February 26, 2019.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

b. Minutes of January 22, 2019

Gay Jones made a motion to amend the minutes for January 22, 2109 that were adopted at the February 26, 2019 meeting.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

4. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community

A member of the community inquired whether people other than the Steering Committee could see the draft minutes.  Lynda Hammitt responded no.

5. Reports

a. Treasurer

There was no report from the Treasurer.
Gay Jones commented that maybe in kind contributions should be itemized.

b. CORPAC

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

c. Outreach Committee

Lynda Hammitt stated that there was no meeting of the Outreach Committee this month.  Jim Morgan reported that 14 Welcome Packets had been distributed.

6. Old Business

a. Annual General Meeting

Lynda Hammitt stated that all the speakers are confirmed for the Annual General Meeting except for Kinder Morgan (owners of the tank farm at Bradshaw Rd. and Folsom Blvd.).  Lynda handed out a draft of the flyer, and requested suggestions to improve the flyer.  Gay Jones stated that she was concerned about Kinder Morgan talking at the General Meeting.  She stated that there should be a full meeting on the subject.  There was discussion about why there is no evacuation plan at the County, and it was suggested that it could be at the Fire District or possibly Rancho Cordova.

b. Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for April 13, 2019 at 10 am.  There was discussion of preparations for the event.

c. Cal Am Update

Gay Jones stated that they are still dealing with a request for extension on the escalation filing. She also stated that they are waiting on a draft decision on the General Rate Case.

d. From the Floor

There were no comments from the floor.

7. New Business

a. Park Maintenance and Recreation Improvement District (PMRID) Update

Bonnie Domeny stated that the Cordova Recreation and Park District had a meeting to report on what they have been doing with Measure J and Park Maintenance and Recreation Improvement District (PMRID) funds.  Of relevance to the BRECA area, they plan on putting in a new walkway at Riviera East Park when it stops raining.

b. From the Floor

A member of the audience inquired as to whether there had been a response to the BRECA letter concerning people camping on the American River Parkway.  Gay Jones noted that at a recent American River Coalition meeting a ranger stated that they are doing extra enforcement on related issues such as off-leash dogs, fires, trash, and outstanding warrants.  Lynda Hammitt commented that we have not heard anything on the “sensitive habitat” proposal.

8. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a General Meeting, and is scheduled for April 23, 2019, 6:30 pm at the Rancho Cordova Library.

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.