08-24-10 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

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

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Paul Bowers
Lori Christensen
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Rick Sloan

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

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

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

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

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

07-27-10 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: July 27, 2010
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
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Guest Speaker Janet Baker (Director, Sacramento County Regional Parks)
    Guest speaker Janet Baker, Director of the Sacramento County Regional Parks Department, described the funding problems over the last two years as unprecedented.  She stated that Regional Parks used to receive 2 cents out of every property tax dollar, but now receives 2/10ths of a cent out of every property tax dollar.  This fiscal year Regional Parks expects to lose half of the rangers and all seasonal maintenance staff.  To make things work, county dispatch is now doing ranger dispatch, and the sheriffs are backing up the rangers.  The Gristmill Gatherers help by picking up trash.  Possibly this model could be used in other places.  In the longer term, Regional Parks is looking at other funding and governance structures.  There is a “Grass Roots Working Group” that is looking to finance a study by Trust for Public Lands (TPL) that will look at four alternatives to the present system.There was discussion of the Regional Parks situation.  One question was about the decision not to have parking on the gravel bar at Gristmill.  The decision not to have parking on the gravel bar was made by the rangers.  It is not clear how that is working out.  It was noted that there is too much gravel at the Gristmill parking lot.  Another question was why the Board of Supervisors would give up Regional Parks.  Janet stated that the Board might support this if funding was better.

    Agenda item 5a was moved up.  Gay Jones stated that she would like to have a resolution in support of the “Grass Roots” effort, and donate some money for the TPL study.  Jim Morgan suggested that, since a resolution had not been prepared beforehand, BRECA should simply make a donation to the TPL study.  This implies support.  Gay Jones made a motion to donate $500 to the Save the American River Association for the TPL study.  Kelly Cohen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

  1. Minutes for June 2010
    It was pointed out that Kelly Cohen was acting chair at the June meeting.  Mary Ann Winters made a motion to accept the amended draft minutes.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 6 votes in favor, 0 opposed, and 1 abstention.
  1. Reports
    1. CORPAC
      Paul Bowers reported that the Cordova Area Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) had met.  There were no proposed projects in the BRECA area.
    2. Treasurer’s Report
      Kelly Cohen (treasurer) reported a balance of $5,545.39 in the BRECA bank account.
  1. Old Business
    1. Cal Am Water Update
      Joe O’Connor reported that Gay Jones and Joe had met with Evan Jacobs of the California American Water Company (Cal Am) on July 22, 2010.  They were shown a spreadsheet that presented the return on allowed investments.  Cal Am is allowed 8% return on investments, but has ranged from about 1% to 6%, averaging around 4%.  Mr. Jacobs stated that various capital improvements are in the works, including tanks and pipes so that water could be transferred between the “Suburban” area (including the BRECA area) and the Rosemont area.  Cal Am will be using more surface water in the future, which will increase costs.  The Public Utilities Commission wants about 70% of billed costs to depend upon volume of water, but for Cal Am about 80% of costs are fixed costs.There was discussion about the upcoming Cal Am presentation at the August BRECA meeting.  Paul Bowers made a motion to mail flyers to the BRECA membership about the Cal Am presentation, and also print some extra flyers for hand distribution.  Kelly Cohen seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.  Jim Morgan suggested having a second BRECA meeting in August, to deal with other issues.  Jim was assigned the task of finding a day to have a second meeting.
    2. Timing of Newsletter and Picnic
      Jim Morgan stated that having the Newsletter and Picnic in September last year was very difficult.  After some discussion, it was agreed to have the Picnic in September and the Newsletter in October.
    3. Parkway Coalition Update
      Gay Jones reported that there is consideration of forming a “Parkway Watch” to report problems on the American River Parkway.  Lori Christensen stated that there is a volunteer watch program at Folsom Reservoir, and passed around a card with information.
    4. Chair Updates
      Gay Jones reported that the Gristmill Gatherers coordinator, Gary Morris, had quit in May.  Evidently he did not inform anybody except County Regional Parks.  Gay found out around the end of June, and is now doing scheduling of trash pickup.Gay reported that she had received a flyer from the County regarding the proposed traffic management plan (i.e. speed bumps and speed tables).  It stated that one of the speed tables, at Riviera East Park, had been removed from the plan, and that people can now vote on the amended plan.

      Gay reported that she had a meeting with the Ranch Cordova Library staff concerning where to put the tree round cut from the largest oak tree during the Mayhew Levee Project.

      Gay reported that Melissa Schuler is interested in the Cordova Parks District Benefit Assessment District Oversight Committee.

    5. Gristmill Levee Project Update
      Jim Morgan reported that BRECA had sent a letter to the Corps of Engineers and Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) expressing our concerns about the rehabilitation of the Kansas Access staging area and the lack of connection of the east end of the levee to high ground.Kelly Cohen stated that she had received notice from SAFCA that they will be doing survey work in the area concerning internal drainage flooding.
  1. New Business
    1. BRECA support and contribution to Trust for Public Lands Proposal
      See item 1b above.
    2. Membership Renewal Expenses
      Jim Morgan reported that membership renewal expenses for the 2009 membership year were over budget by about $27.  Paul Bowers made a motion to increase the membership renewal authorization to $200.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    3. Issues from the Floor
      Stan Mofjeld reported that there was a grass fire in the American River Parkway on or about June 20.  It was located between the Gristmill Bar and the Riviera East access.  Neighbors put the fire out using hoses and buckets.  The fire department took 40 minutes to get there.  Stan was on the Channel 13 news.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on August 24, 2010 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

06-22-15 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: June 22, 2010
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Stan Mofjeld
Jim Morgan
Rick Sloan
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from Acting Chair Kelly Cohen
  2. Guest Speaker Joyce Steingass (Division of Ratepayer Advocates, California Public Utilities Commission)
    Guest speaker Joyce Steingass, with the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), gave a presentation on the CPUC review and approval process for water rate increases requested by California American Water Co. (Cal Am).  She stated that the CPUC can only approve rates that are “justifiable and reasonable.”  The DRA will review the Cal Am rate increase request.  Cal Am is required to notify customers of rate increase requests.  The CPUC accepts letters from the public, and community groups can “intervene” in the case.  Ms. Steingass left handouts with information on the last rate increase and the upcoming rate increase request.  The upcoming rate increase requests are 16.9% the first year, 6% the second year, and 6% the third year.There was considerable discussion of the rate increase request.  The request is statewide, but the requests are different for each area.  The “Sacramento area” is actually about 10 distinct areas.  At the direction of the CPUC, a “conservation” rate design has been incorporated into the billing structure.  Under this design, about 70% of the billing is volumetric (i.e. based on the amount of water used), even though the “fixed” cost is the usually the majority of total cost.  For the last rate increase request, the CPUC disallowed several improvement projects.  It is possible to convert to a public utility, but it takes a lot of work.
  3.  Guest Speaker Dave Emmons (Cordova Recreation and Park District)
    Dave Emmons, with the Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD), gave a presentation on current status of the CRPD.  The major problem CRPD has been dealing with for the last few years is reduced income.  CRPD receives 0.027% of general property taxes, or about $84 for a $300,000 house.  CRPD also has benefit assessment districts.  Money from these districts must be spent in the area from which it was received.  In the BRECA area, the benefit assessment is $21.80 per parcel.  There is supposed to be an Oversight Committee for the BRECA and Rosemont areas.  CRPD is looking for an applicant for the Larchmont-Riviera East (i.e. BRECA) area for the Oversight Committee.CRPD positioned itself for the economic downturn by not filling several vacant positions.  However, after basic maintenance and operations, very little money is left for improvements.  The older children’s playground equipment was recently removed from Riviera East Park due to safety, compliance, and insurance concerns.  At this point in time, funds to replace the equipment are not available, but CRPD staff is looking for funding.
  4. Minutes for May 2010
    Mary Ann Winters made a motion to accept the draft minutes.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  5. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Kelly Cohen (treasurer) reported a balance of $5,488.01 in the BRECA bank account.
  6. Old Business
    1. Report on Park District Meeting re: playground equipment
      See item 1a above.
    2. Parkway Workshop, Coalition and Budget
      Jim Morgan gave a brief update on the County Regional Parks budget.  The County Executive recommendation is an increase from the preliminary recommendation, but overall still less than this fiscal year.  It will result in reductions in Parks staff.  Jim Morgan and Joe O’Connor spoke at the Board of Supervisors budget hearing regarding Regional Parks.  They advocated additional funding for Parks.  The Board of Supervisors will adopt a budget in the near future.Jim Morgan reported on the recent meeting of the Lower American River Task Force.  It was stated by Corps of Engineers and Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency staff that they are not going to remove the pad of dirt covering the Kansas Access staging area, as requested by BRECA representatives.  It was also stated that they will not construct the four (4) feet crown width berm that had been proposed to tie the east end of the levee to high ground.  They do not have any alternative plans.

      Jim Morgan introduced a draft motion directing the Chair and Secretary, in consultation with other members, to send letters concerning problems with the Mayhew Levee project.  Stan Mofjeld seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.  The motion is attached.

      Jim Morgan made another motion that Kelly Cohen bring a video of dust from trucks on top of the levee, and draft a letter on that concern.  Mary Ann Winters seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

    3. Steering Committee Elections
      Joe O’Connor reported that all Steering Committee candidates had been elected.
    4. Traffic Management Ballots
      There was no report on Traffic Management ballots.
    5. Gristmill Habitat Restoration Update
      There was no update on Gristmill Habitat Restoration.  See motion adopted from item 4b.
  7. New Business
    1. Assessment Oversight Committee for the Cordova Recreation and Park District
      See item 1c above.
    2. Issues from the Floor
      There were no issues from the floor.
  8. Meeting adjourned.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on July 27, 2010 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

Butterfield-Riviera East Community Association
Motion Concerning Problems with the Mayhew Levee Project

June 22, 2010

The Butterfield-Riviera East Community Association Steering Committee authorizes the Chair and Secretary, in consultation with other members, to draft and send letters concerning problems with the Mayhew-Gristmill levee situation to the Corps of Engineers, Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, and others as appropriate.  The problems include restoration of the Gristmill area parking lot, restoration of the Kansas Access staging area, and completion of the upstream end of the levee.

 

04-27-10 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: April 27, 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
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes for March 2010
    Joe O’Connor pointed out that the source of water used by Cal Am should be 93% groundwater, not 97%.  Lori Christensen made a motion to accept the revised minutes.  Mary Ann Winters seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  3. Reports
    1. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that there had not been a meeting of the Cordova Area Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) this month.  The environmental document for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District proposed East Campus has been released.
    2. Treasurer’s Report
      Kelly Cohen (treasurer) reported a balance of $5,239.69 in the BRECA bank account.
  4. Old Business
    1. Flood Control and Habitat Restoration
      Gay Jones reported that she had not received any information from the staff of the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency this month.  Kelly Cohen and Joe O’Connor reported that they saw notices of future herbicide use near the Mayhew Drain.
    2. California-American Water Meeting for May
      Joe O’Connor reported that he and Gay Jones had met with Joyce Steingass, a staff person for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).  Joe stated that California-American Water (Cal Am) rates had increased 232% in less than 7 years, and they will be asking for more increases in the near future.There was discussion about having Cal Am representatives come to a BRECA meeting.  It was agreed to have the Cal Am representatives come to a July or August meeting.  It was also agreed to have the CPUC representative come to the May BRECA meeting.
    3. Parkway Budget
      Jim Morgan reported on an informational meeting held by Sacramento County Parks staff concerning funding for the coming fiscal year (2010-11).  Jim stated that the County is proposing to cut the budgets of many departments and units, including Parks.  A considerable part of the Parks budget is self-funded, but some of it is contributed from County taxes.  Reductions to the County funded part of the budget are projected by Parks staff to result in substantial reductions in Parks personnel, including rangers.  Jim also stated that the budget information that is available is incomplete and difficult to understand.  Jim will try to get better information and prepare a proposal for a BRECA position for May BRECA meeting.
    4. Steering Committee Elections
      Jim Morgan reported that nominations for Steering Committee had been received.  The ballots will be mailed in May.
  5. New Business
    1. Neighborhood Watch
      Kelly Cohen stated that she is interested in facilitating the formation of Neighborhood Watch groups.  She will put together a presentation for the June BRECA meeting.
    2. Traffic Management
      Kelly Cohen reported that there had been a traffic management meeting held by Sacramento County staff on April 8.  She stated that a considerable number of people attended the meeting.  The County is considering installing speed bumps or speed tables (long raised areas) on Mira Del Rio, Butterfield, Stoughton, Kansas and Linda Rio.  Gay Jones stated that the County will send ballots to people who live or are owners of property on the affected streets.  For the proposal to go forward, a majority of the ballots must be returned, and a majority of the ballots returned must be in favor of the proposal.  Final approval would be given by the Board of Supervisors.Gay asked whether BRECA should support the proposal.  Discussion of the proposal was limited because available information, such as actual locations, was incomplete.  Opposition was voiced to some of the proposed locations, and support was voiced for some of the locations.  No position was taken on the proposal.
    3. Issues from the Floor
      Stan Mofjeld stated that the older playground equipment had been removed from Riviera East Park.  Stan had talked to the director of the Cordova Recreation and Park District, who stated that there were new safety requirements that the older equipment did not meet, and so it was removed. Stan stated that there is a Park Board meeting tomorrow, and suggested that BRECA support replacing the equipment.Gay Jones suggested language for a motion: BRECA requests appropriate replacement of the removed playground equipment at Riviera East Park as soon as possible.  There was discussion of the language.  Stan Mofjeld made a motion to adopt the proposed language.  Jim Morgan seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  6. Meeting adjourned.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on May 25, 2010 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

03-23-10 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: March 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
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    Jim Morgan noted that the spelling of Yeaw (in Effie Yeaw Nature Center) in the draft minutes had been corrected.  Kelly Cohen made a motion to accept the revised minutes.  Mary Ann Winters seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  3. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Kelly Cohen (treasurer) reported a balance of $4,745.14 in the BRECA bank account.
    2. CORPAC
      Paul Bowers reported that there are discussions concerning a negotiated end to the lawsuit filed in regard to The Landing.
    3. Membership Renewals
      Jim Morgan (BRECA Secretary) reported that letters had been sent to BRECA members who had not renewed their membership in 2009.  These letters stated that the member was to be removed from the membership list, and requested a response as to why the member had not renewed. The responses included two renewal checks.  One stated that they had expected to move out of the area, but plans had changed.  No other responses were received.
  4. Old Business
    1. Flood Control and Habitat Restoration
      Gay Jones reported that Grant Kreinberg (with the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA)) had stated that SAFCA is committed to completing the restoration work this year.  He also stated that SAFCA and the Corps of Engineers agree on removing the dirt pad at the Kansas Access staging area, but that they are still discussing who will do the work.
      Joe O’Connor reported that 7 small trees that had been planted by an unknown person at the Kansas Access staging area had been removed.
    2. California-American Water Letter
      Joe O’Connor reported that he and Gay Jones had met with Andy Soule, the local General Manager of California American Water (Cal Am), and Evan Jacobs, the External Affairs manager, to discuss the recent and proposed water rate increases.  Mr. Soule stated that Cal Am is allowed to make about an 8% return on investments, but usually does not make that much.  Cal Am is privately financed, and does not receive taxpayer subsidies.  Cal Am provides water to 10 districts in Sacramento County.  The BRECA area is in the “Suburban District.”  Water rates are going up for a number of reasons, including the cost of installing meters, having to construct water storage tanks, more stringent water quality standards, and loss of a well due to contamination from Aerojet.  About 93% of the water delivered by Cal Am is groundwater, with the remainder purchased surface water.  Discussion began on capital improvement projects, but there was not enough time.There was discussion about having the Cal Am representatives come to a BRECA meeting, or possibly a meeting including adjacent communities.  After some discussion, it was agreed that another private meeting should happen first, to pursue technical issues that had not been discussed at the meeting with Andy Soule and Evan Jacobs.
    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 near the new book return.  Concern was expressed over possible degradation of the tree round due to sun and rain.  It was suggested that it could be mounted inside the entrance near the old book return.  Gay will raise this with library staff.
    4. Butterfield Special Planning Area
      Jim Morgan reported that BRECA had submitted 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 proposed two new alternatives, and identified important areas of environmental impact (e.g. traffic) that should be evaluated in the Draft EIR.  There has been no reply from the recipients of the BRECA response.
    5. American River Parkway Coalition Meeting
      Gay Jones reported that she had attended a second meeting of the American River Parkway Coalition.  The proposed benefit assessment district and Joint Powers Authority discussion is in limbo.  It appears that there will be additional cuts to County Parks funding in the coming fiscal year. Some members of the Coalition will be meeting with the Trust for Public Land to discuss possible funding sources for County Parks.
  5. New Business
    1. Steering Committee Election
      Jim Morgan reported that the schedule for the Steering Committee election is to receive nominations from March to April, have the election in early May, and for the winners to take office in June.
    2. General Membership meeting
      There was a discussion of when to hold the General Membership meeting for 2010, and a meeting with Cal Am representatives.  Paul Bowers made a motion to have the meeting with Cal Am at the May 25 Steering Committee meeting, and have the General Membership meeting in the first week of December.  (unknown person) seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    3. Issues from the Floor
      Gay Jones asked if anybody had gone to the College Greens East Homeowners Association picnic.  Joe O’Connor stated that Rick Sloan had attended, but was not present at this meeting.
  6. Meeting adjourned.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on April 27, 2010 at the Rancho Cordova Library.