03-22-11 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: March 22, 2011
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Stan Mofjeld
Rick Sloan
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    1. Minutes of January 2011
      MaryAnn Winters made a motion to adopt the draft minutes.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. Minutes of February 2011
      Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes.  MaryAnn Winters seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      There was no treasurer’s report.
    2. Other reports
      Gay Jones reported that there were no local issues before the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC).
  1. Old Business
    1. Public Utilities Commission/California American Water Update
      Joe O’Connor reported that there is a new letter being circulated from the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) of the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) concerning requested increases in California American (Cal Am) water rates.  The letter recommends increases of 8.5% instead of the increase of over 40% requested by Cal Am.  After some discussion it was agreed that BRECA would send a letter to the PUC supporting the DRA recommendation.
    2. Riviera East Park Playground Equipment
      Stan Mofjeld reported that Cordova Recreation and Park District staff have installed most of the new playground equipment in Riviera East Park, but need several days of dry weather to install the base.  Rick Sloan reported that dedication of the equipment is planned for April 23, 2011.  The Park District plans to mail a flyer to houses within 500 to 1,000 feet of the park.  Lori Christensen made a motion for BRECA to mail a flyer to our membership.  Jim Morgan seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    3. Gristmill Restoration
      Gay Jones reported that there was no additional information on the Gristmill restoration plans.
  1. New Business
    1. Fire Reduction in American River Parkway
      Jeri Langham reported that he had received a flyer regarding planned fire fuel reduction in the Gristmill section of the American River Parkway.  The flyer indicates that dead wood, brush, and tree branches up to 10 feet high are to be removed from the area within 100 feet of the fence line. If taken literally, this would be an environmental disaster.  It was generally agreed that a balance must be struck between fire risk and natural values.  Several people have been communicating by e-mail concerning the proposal.  Jeri plans to meet with Mary Maret of Sacramento County Regional Parks concerning this proposal.  He will also meet with the work crew to educate them about the natural values of the vegetation.  Jeri was asked to report back about the activities.
    2. Items from the floor.
      Jim Morgan stated that the Steering Committee election begins this month with nominations.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be on April 26, 2011 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

02-22-11 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: February 22, 2011
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
Jim Morgan
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    1. Minutes of November, 2010
      Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 3 votes in favor and 2 abstentions.
    2. Minutes of December, 2010
      Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 3 votes in favor and 2 abstentions.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Kelly Cohen reported that the balance in the BRECA checking account was $4,711.88.
  1. Old Business
    1. Updates from the floor
      Gay Jones reported that Katherine Franklin (with the Cordova Recreation and Park District) sent an e-mail to the effect that a contractor had been hired to install curbing and equipment for the new playground in Riviera East Park.  If weather permits the work could be finished by late March.Gay Jones reported that County Regional Parks is preparing a sign for the Gristmill area that would acknowledge the volunteers who are taking out the trash from the area.  A draft of the sign was presented.  There were several suggestions for modifications to the draft sign.  These included adding “Please help by packing out your trash” and identifying the Gristmill Gatherers as the name of the group taking out the trash.  The sign is to be installed on an existing post at the Gristmill parking lot.

      Gay Jones reported that she had received a message from Bonnie Slaven (with the Library) that they are trying to get money for an awning to protect the tree round from the largest oak removed for the Mayhew-Gristmill levee project.

      Gay Jones reported that Grant Kreinberg (with the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency) left a voice mail message to the effect that work restoring the Kansas Access staging area could start in April or May.

  1. New Business
    1. California Public Utilities Commission meetings and BRECA response
      There was a general discussion of the recent California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) meetings regarding the request by California American Water (Cal Am) for rate increases.  There were two meetings, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.  In the afternoon meeting about 120 people attended.  There were some good technical comments, but most people simply didn’t want the rate increase.  Comments from elected officials included Connie Bruins from Citrus Heights and Linda Budge from Rancho Cordova.  The evening meeting was similar.Joe O’Connor noted that the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) recommended scaling back the rate increase from about 40% over three years to about 10%.  Joe spoke at the evening session, and stated that social engineering is behind using metered water, and that the costs of a unionized workforce are being passed along the customers.  Kelly Cohen also spoke in praise of the Ratepayer Advocates position, and suggested that since water is an essential resource it should not be subject to the profit motive.  Jim Morgan spoke at the afternoon session, and stated that his rates had gone up by 6% over 7 years with Citizens Utilities, and 128% over 7 years with Cal Am.  He concluded that Cal Am is padding their investments in order to increase profits.

      There was discussion about whether and what BRECA should do.  Lori Christensen suggested that the Cal Am subcommittee put together a BRECA letter and send it.  Mary Ann Winters seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

    2. Regional Parks Budget
      Jim Morgan stated that at the last Save the American River Association meeting Janet Baker (with Sacramento County Regional Parks) made some comments about the upcoming Sacramento County Regional Parks budget.  In particular, her superior has stated that they do not want to make more cuts to Parks, as Parks has been cut severely already.  However, they were directed to prepare a budget with a 10% cut for the coming fiscal year.Jim suggested that a Parks budget committee be formed to follow developments and advocate for an adequate budget.  Kelly Cohen made a motion to form a Parks budget committee.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.  Jim Morgan, Gay Jones, Kelly Cohen and Joe O’Connor are to be on the committee.
    3. Request from Sacramento County for a “Sewer District Report Card”
      Gay Jones stated that she had received a request for a “Sewer District Report Card” from Sacramento County.  The purpose was not clear.  We will request the “Report Card” and see what it is about.
  1. Items from the floor.
    Gay Jones stated that a “citizens academy” is being held to inform people about how law enforcement works.  People can apply to go to the “academy.”It was announced that there will be a Spring Cleanup on the Parkway on April 19, 2011.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be on March 22, 2011 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

01-25-11 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: January 25, 2011
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    A quorum was not present, so minutes were not considered.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      The Treasurer’s report was not presented.
    2. Parkway Coalition
      Gay Jones reported that Steve Flannery, the head ranger for County Regional Parks, will be retiring in March
  1. Old Business
    1. Mayhew Levee Project
      Jim Morgan reported that the upstream tie-in of the Mayhew-Gristmill levee to high ground is now in a list of authorized Lower American River projects.Gay Jones reported that the position of the natural resources specialist with County Regional Parks may be in jeopardy.
    2. Tree Round at Library
      Gay Jones reported that Library staff do not know when the tree round from the largest tree cut down from the Mayhew-Gristmill levee project will be put on display.
  1. New Business
    1. Gristmill Gatherers
      Gay Jones reported that she had been informed that County Regional Parks is planning to make a sign acknowledging the Gristmill Gatherers for packing out the trash from the Gristmill site.
    2. Proposed Water Rate Increases
      There was discussion of the water rate increases requested by California American Water company and the upcoming meetings of the California Public Utilities Commission.  It was suggested that BRECA members attend the meetings.  Also, BRECA could put together a letter is there is still time.
    3. Calendar
      Gay Jones stated that she would like to put together a calendar of major BRECA undertakings for the year.  The following were identified:
      Steering Committee Elections: March and April
      Dedication  of new playground equipment at Riviera East Park: April or May?
      Ice cream social event: April to July?
      Community Newsletter: May and June
      Picnic: September?
      Membership Newsletter: September and October
      General Membership meeting: October
      It was suggested that this item be reviewed when more Steering Committee members are present.
  1. Items from the floor.
    There were no items from the floor
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be on February 22, 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.