BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 06-26-18

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: June 26, 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
Rene Hamlin
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Carmen Mitchell
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT
None

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 3

1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt

2. Minutes

a. April 24, 2018
Several corrections to the draft minutes of April 24, 2018  were proposed and accepted.  Bonnie Domeny made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes. James Adams
seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

b. May 22, 2018
A correction to the draft minutes of May 22, 2018 was proposed and accepted. Rene Hamlin made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes. Bonnie Domeny 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
Andrea White (Treasurer) presented a draft budget for the BRECA calendar year 2018. There was discussion of the draft budget and some changes were agreed to. Bonnie Domeny made a motion to approve the amended draft budget. James Adams seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

b. CORPAC
Carmen Mitchell stated that CORPAC (the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council) did not meet this month.

c. Outreach Committee
Rene Hamlin reported that the Outreach Committee had met. They reviewed the
neighborhood yard sale: There were 13 sellers. The BRECA picnic is coming up on
September 23. Possibly there will be a community recognition event at the picnic. They are
also researching creating a “Little Library” for the BRECA area. Bark in the Park is coming
up on August 19.

Lori Christensen stated that they had discussed having a welcoming packet for people who
move into the community. It would likely include a cover letter, a membership application,
the “What Does BRECA Do” handout, the Newsletter, important Sacramento County phone numbers, information about the Farmer’s Market, a packet of coupons, and a gift plant. She expected that it would be delivered to people’s door. Gay Jones made a motion to approve the packet. James Adams seconded the motion. There was a question about how many per year were expected. Jim Morgan stated that, based on listings in the Sunday Sacramento Bee, it would be around 50 per year. The motion was approved unanimously.

d. BRECA General Meeting Attendance
Jim Morgan reviewed attendance at the BRECA General Meeting in April, 2018, and some previous meetings. He stated that this year’s meeting had higher attendance than several recent meetings. However, only four (4) new people joined (three new memberships). There was discussion of what could be done to increase the number of people joining. This will be discussed in the Outreach Committee.

5. Old Business

a. Cal Am
Gay Jones stated that she had received a response today from Richard Rauschmeier of the
Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA) of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
to her request for an update on the California American Water (Cal Am) proceedings. There was no activity on the General Rate Case. There was a final decision on the Cost of Capital case: the CPUC had adopted 9.2%. This was higher than the ORA recommendation (8.3%) but lower than the previous cost of capital (9.99%).

b. Steering Committee Officers
Gay Jones nominated a slate of the existing officers of the Steering Committee (Chair Lynda Hammitt, Vice Chair Gay Jones, Treasurer Andrea White, Secretary Jim Morgan). James Adams seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

c. From the Floor
There was no Old Business from the floor.

6. New Business

a. Folsom Blvd. Phase 4 and 5 Environmental Documents
James Adams stated that he had received the Folsom Blvd. Phase 4 environmental documents from Rancho Cordova. Basically they involve putting in sidewalks and bike paths along Folsom Blvd. from a bit west of Rod Beaudry Dr. to Paseo Rio/Horn. He will pursue getting the Phase 5 documents, which likely deal with west of Paseo Rio/Horn.
Bonnie Domeny suggested that possibly some people would be concerned about Oak trees
being cut down as part of the project. Carmen Mitchell commented that the project also
involves a median, which has problems with blocking left turns.
Gay Jones stated that the County expects to have funding for the County portion of Folsom
Blvd. in the Spring of 2019. Lynda Hammitt stated that she had received a message from
Sheryll Venegas (with Supervisor Nottoli’s office) that the section of Folsom Blvd. from
Bradshaw to La Riviera is expected to be scheduled for Spring 2020. This would include a
sidewalk on the south side, complete sidewalk on the north side, and median. There is also to be a pavement overlay from Bradshaw to Butterfield in Spring of 2019.
Returning to the Rancho Cordova Phase 4 documents, Jim Morgan commented that he would not have been comfortable with the treatment of trees in the Mitigated Negative Declaration, and that more needed to be done. James Adams reiterated that he would continue to pursue the Phase 5 documents.

b. Scheduling SMUD Speaker for Future Meeting
Gay Jones stated that SMUD came to a BRECA meeting last year to discuss time-of-day
rates. They want to come back this year, possibly in August or later. There was general
agreement that this is OK, in August or September.

c. Scheduling Guest Speaker re: ARCO AM/PM for Future Meeting
Gay Jones stated that she had spoken with a person at County Planning, who said that the
initial plans for an ARCO gas station at Bradshaw and Folsom did not meet County standards. The person at County Planning also said that they had received a revised plan that seems to meet County standards. Gay suggested that we wait to try to schedule a speaker on the ARCO gas station proposal.

d. Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Lynda Hammitt reported on the recent Neighborhood Watch meeting. She stated that there will be special attention to illegal fireworks around the 4th of July. Illegal fireworks are anything that goes up more than 10 feet, goes out more than 10 feet, or explodes. To report illegal fireworks e-mail . Don’t call 911 unless there is an injury or fire.

Lynda continued that the Citizens Academy, presented by the County Sheriff and Rancho
Cordova police, will start around the end of July. It lasts for 7 weeks, and is held on
Wednesday nights. There are 12 spots open.

In other news, National Night Out is August 7. Sonny ’s Market has had it’s alcohol license
suspended for sales to minors. The Sheriffs are emphasizing reporting all crimes, even if a
theft is under $950 and a misdemeanor, they will write a citation. On the homeless problem, the Sheriff’s Homeless Outreach Team now has a chronic nuisance offender program for homeless who won’t accept help. Contact at . Deputy Matranga is working with the District Attorney’s office on the business license for Casa Linda. Bonnie Domeny added that they said changes, such as new owner or management, need to be made or they will start prosecution.

e. From the Floor

Lynda Hammitt stated that St. George Church is having a major event on July 19.

7. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at the
Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 05-22-18

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: May 22, 2018
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT
James Adams

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 11 

  1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt
  2. Minutes of March 27, 2018
    Lynda Hammitt proposed some additional language for the draft minutes of March 27, 2018, which was agreed to.  Lori Christensen made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes.  Rene Hamlin seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Questions or comments from the membership/community
    There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.
  1. Reports
    A. Treasurer
    The Treasurer reported a bank balance of $4,624.57.B. CORPAC
    Gay Jones reported that the County had offered training for Community Planning and Advisory Council (CPAC) members.  One of the ideas from the presenters was to have a discussion on policy settings for the CPACs.  Gay suggested BRECA’s guidelines from previous development proposals, which were to blend with the existing community, connectivity with the existing community, and full parkland dedication.

    C. Outreach Committee
    Rene Hamlin stated that the Outreach Committee had met after the General Meeting.  This General Meeting had the most attendance ever.  The Community Yard Sale is coming up on June 2.  They are putting up signs.  Lynda Hammitt commented that they have notified people on the BRECA membership list and Nextdoor.  Rene continued that the effort is in conjunction with the yard sale on Defiance Circle.  Two years ago they did printed maps, but it took too much time and effort, so that will not be done this year.

    Lynda Hammitt stated that they had received some feedback on the General Meeting on April 24.  One comment was that it was too long.  Maybe next year it should be shortened to 90 minutes.  Other suggestions for the future included having a list of upcoming events, handing out a piece of paper for people to write on, having a donation jar, and having microphones so people in back can hear.  There was also a comment that it was hot in the back of the room.  Lynda will get an article out for the BRECA website.

    Gay Jones commented that she had feedback from neighbors that BRECA had pulled in the “heavy hitters” of the County.  Jay Domeny commented that it was a lot to have in one meeting, and Lynda Hammitt did well in controlling it.  Bonnie Domeny commented that she had feedback that nobody dominated the meeting.  Andrea White commented that she had feedback from panelists that the meeting was well organized.

    Andrea White stated that the Outreach Committee had also talked about having a “Little Library” in the park.  They could have a bulletin board on the Little Library.  Andrea had talked to the Cordova Recreation and Park District Administrator, and he said that the Little Library was a good idea.

    Lori Christensen stated that the Outreach Committee also discussed having an information packet to welcome new people to the neighborhood.

  1. Old Business
    A. Neighborhood Bike Ride & Ice Cream Social on May 23rd
    Gay Jones stated that the Neighborhood Bike Ride is tomorrow, meeting at 5:30 pm at the Library for a safety check.  They will ride around the neighborhood from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, then have an ice cream social.B. Yard Sale
    See Item 4c above.  Lynda Hammitt stated that people should send addresses to BRECA.org or , also photos for advertising.  Bonnie Domeny stated that she is making a map for people to see or print.

    C. Cal Am
    Gay Jones reminded people that BRECA is an official party to the California American (Cal Am) General Rate Case.  The General Rate Case happens every three years, where Cal Am petitions for increases in rates.  Right now the question under review is what the impact of Federal tax cuts will be.  The Office of Ratepayer Advocates is advocating return of the money to the ratepayers.  Right now there is nothing to do except wait and see.

    D. Steering Committee Election Results
    Jim Morgan read the results as counted by Terry and Don Joley.  The results, in the same order as the ballot, were:

42  James Adams*
32  Andrea White*
32  Carmen Mitchell*
40  Bonnie Domeny*
32  Rene Hamlin*
29  Kelly Cohen
37  Lori Christensen*
26  Ken Crawford
36  Lynda Hammitt*
36  Gay Jones*
35  Jim Morgan*

Candidates with a “*” after their names were elected to the Steering Committee.

E. From the Floor
Gay Jones stated that there is going to be a Metro Fire Camp, which is open to kids ages 11-13.  It involves a day camp for a week of firefighting stuff.  The deadline for applying is Friday.

  1. New Business
    A. Arco Gas Station
    Jim Morgan stated that after some effort he had received, from Supervisor Nottoli’s office, a copy of the application for an ARCO gas station to be located at the north-east corner of Bradshaw Rd. and Folsom Blvd.  The project, however, is on hold, owing to an unspecified “easement” issue.  It is anticipated that there will be a redesign of the proposal before it goes forward.A member of the audience asked whether there is an ARCO proposed for Bradshaw Road and Keifer.  It was affirmed that the proposal had been approved.

    Lori Christensen stated that the big gas tanks on the other side of Folsom Blvd. are a concern: what if something happened?  Gay Jones commented that there is an emergency response plan identified in the County hazard response plan.

    Gay Jones commented that there are some immediate concerns with the proposal, including 24 hour operation.  She is calling the County environmental division about various issues.

B. Budget Increase for Steering Committee Election
Jim Morgan stated that the Steering Committee Election had gone slightly over budget at $213.93 compared to $205 authorized.

Andrea White stated that the web site had also gone over budget at  $146.83 compared to $130 authorized.

Gay Jones made a motion to increase the budget for the Steering Committee Election to $220 and the web site to $150.  Rene Hamlin seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

C. Starthistle Removal Date
After some discussion, June 16th was agreed upon as the date for Starthistle removal.

D. From the Floor
Lynda Hammitt stated that there is a new Gardening Club, which meets on the third Saturday of the month at 2:00 pm.  The next meeting will be June 16.
Lori Christensen observed that someone had adopted the parcel at Linda Rio Dr. and Butterfield Way.  They have taken out all the weeds, and put in some native plants.  They plan to put in wood chips to cover the rest.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 03-27-18

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: March 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
Kelly Cohen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT
Andrea White

 NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 5

  1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt
  2. Introduce POP Officer Mike Matranga – Explain Format of Annual General Meeting
    Lynda Hammitt stated that there would likely be a different format to the Annual General Meeting than previously.  At previous meetings guest speakers spoke for a while, then there were question and answer sessions for each speaker.  At the upcoming meeting, guest speakers will be seated as a panel.  Each will speak for a short period of time, and then respond to questions as a panel.  The focus of this year’s meeting will be on homelessness and crime.  Officer Matranga requested that BRECA let them know about the format as soon as possible, so that it can be communicated to other members of the department.  He indicated that he would invite the Homeless Outreach Team members to the meeting.Gay Jones stated that she would like some statistics on our area, such as misdemeanor and felony arrests.  Officer Matranga responded that if we are really interested, they can get them, but it is a lot of work.  In general they do not break down statistics by neighborhoods.  However, they have a person who does trends.  It is rather dry data.  Also, there is an on-line site with useful information on reported crimes.  If BRECA wants to, we could send specific items to him by e-mail.
  1. Minutes
    1. Minutes of January 23, 2017
      Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes of January 23, 2018.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 7 in favor and 1 abstention.
    2. Minutes of February 27, 2017
      There were two clarifications to the draft minutes.  Gay Jones made a motion to adopt the amended draft minutes of February 27, 2018.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Questions or comments from the membership/community
    There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer (Including Continuing Resolution on the Budget)
      Lynda Hammitt stated that Andrea White was unable to attend the meeting tonight, but had sent Lynda some information.  The BRECA bank balance is $5,227.69.Gay Jones made a motion to adopt a Continuing Resolution for the 2018 budget, i.e. to adopt the 2017 budget as the 2018 budget until a new budget can be adopted.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. CORPAC
      Carmen Mitchell reported on the most recent meeting of the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC).  There were no items directly relevant to the BRECA area.
    3. Outreach Committee
      Rene Hamlin stated that the Outreach Committee had decided to have flyers instead of door hangers for the upcoming General Meeting.  Lynda Hammitt is composing the flyer, some drafts of which have been circulated.  Jim Morgan commented that the County Parks Oak Leaf on the back is too small to read.  Lynda Hammitt agreed to enlarge the Oak Leaf.  Gay Jones made a motion to use the framed page, two-sided color option.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.Rene Hamlin stated that the Easter Egg Hunt was a success.  They picked up one new membership.  Bonnie Domeny stated that about 30 kids and lots of adults attended.

      Lynda Hammitt commented that they have installed Pay Pal on the BRECA web page.  The ability to join or renew and pay online is now available.

  1. Old Business
    1. California American Water
      Gay Jones stated that there have been no decisions on rate cases concerning California American Water (Cal Am) that BRECA is involved in.  The cost of capital case is being worked on now.  Recently Cal Am and other companies had requested a 9.9% rate of return, while the Office of Ratepayer Advocates proposed 8.3%.  The Administrative Law Judge went with 8.3%, but Cal Am is appealing the decision.  Gay and others participated in a hearing on the appeal.  Cal Am and other companies had a number of speakers for their side.Gay stated that the General Rate Case proposed decision may come out in July.
    2. Neighborhood Bike Ride
      Lynda Hammitt noted that we need to send out notifications on Nextdoor and to the BRECA membership about the upcoming Neighborhood Bike Ride.
    3. From the Floor
      James Adams asked whether there was any news on the church on Folsom Blvd. being purchased.  Bonnie Domeny stated that she talked to the prospective purchasers last week and they are now in escrow.Gay Jones stated that she had talked with Sheryl Venegas in Supervisor Don Nottoli’s office, and there is no news on the ARCO gas station proposal or the Riverstone site.
  1. New Business
    1. Annual General Meeting – Firm up the Details
      Lori Christensen questioned whether the theme of the Annual General Meeting, homelessness and crime, had been discussed by the Steering Committee.  Lynda Hammitt stated that it came from Nextdoor.  Gay Jones noted that it had not been discussed at the Steering Committee.  Lori stated that it should have been discussed at the Steering Committee first.Details of the flyer were discussed and decided under the Outreach Committee agenda item (5.c).

      There was discussion about food.  People are to bring munchies and water.

      There was discussion about the format of the presentation and questions.  It was agreed to have a speakers panel, with 5 minutes time limit each.  After that would be written questions, with verbal questions to follow.  Lynda Hammitt will facilitate the meeting, and do an introduction to BRECA and appeal to join BRECA.

      Jim Morgan noted that the cost for the flyer for the General Meeting exceeds the budgeted amount in the newly adopted Continuing Resolution (see item 5.a).  He suggested that the amount for the flyer, $852, be rounded up to $900.  Gay Jones made a motion to authorize up to $900 for the General Meeting.  Rene Hamlin seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

    2. Steering Committee Elections.
      Jim Morgan noted that the nominations period for the BRECA Steering Committee Election begins with this (March) meeting, and closes with the April General Meeting.  Ballots will be sent out between the April and May meetings, with about two weeks to vote.  Votes will be counted at the May meeting, and the newly elected Steering Committee members take office at the June meeting.
    3. From the Floor
      Gay Jones inquired as to whether there is anything new on American River erosion work.  Jim Morgan stated that he participates in the meetings of the Lower American River Task Force Bank Protection Working Group.  Currently they are working on the stretch of the river from Paradise Bend to Howe Ave.  They are tentatively proposing to do erosion control work (i.e. rocks on the banks and levees) for part of the left (south) bank between Paradise bend and the bend upstream of Howe Ave., and for a short stretch of the right (north) bank around the Howe Ave. bridge.  They will get to the BRECA area later.Gay Jones stated that at the American River Parkway Coalition Corey Brown had described Senate Bill 5, also called Proposition 68, which will be on the June election ballot.  This is a Parks Bond, with $10 million for the American River Parkway.  She made a motion that BRECA support Proposition 68.  Several people expressed reservations about this proposal, including that the State can only afford a limited number of bonds, it’s impact on new tax proposals, and the lack of details about the overall bond and the place of the Parkway in the bond.  Gay withdrew the motion.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a General Meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 02-27-18

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: February 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
Kelly Cohen
Bonnie Domeny
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT
Rene Hamlin
Andrea White

 NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 10

  1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt
  2. Minutes of January 23, 2017
    Lynda Hammitt stated that she would like some amendments to the minutes, and we should postpone consideration until the next meeting.  It was agreed to postpone consideration.
  1. Questions or comments from the membership/community
    There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer
      There was no treasurer’s report.
    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that the South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan is progressing, and is expected to be completed by the end of summer.  She also reported that an update to the Sacramento County Codes allowing “granny flats” on single family parcels is being developed.
    3. Outreach Committee
      Lynda Hammitt reported that the Outreach Committee had met on February 5, and discussed the Easter Egg Hunt and the BRECA General Meeting.Carmen Mitchell reported that the Easter Egg Hunt is to be held on Saturday, March 24.  Eggs have been purchased, and stuffing will be at Rene Hamlin’s house the Friday before the hunt.

      Lynda Hammitt stated that the speakers for the General Meeting on April 24 have mostly been contacted and agreed to speak.  She also stated that Rene Hamlin had received a quote of $716 for printing and distribution of the door hangers to advertise the meeting.  Jim Morgan stated that the cost of printing and mailing for the most recent flyer was $537.  Lynda Hammitt stated that the people who would be distributing the door hangers have been background checked, use colorful vests, and wear GPS tracking devices.  They are hoping for a better impact compared to mailing.

      Bonnie Domeny commented that the Outreach Committee is considering sponsorships to offset the cost of the door hangers.  Gay Jones stated that she would like to see other bids.  Also, if we are to do sponsorships or advertisements we need to check out the sponsors or advertisers on the Better Business Bureau, and other sources.  She stated that it is good to try out new processes, and that she would be agreeable to spending an extra $200 on the door hanger experiment.  Kelly Cohen asked if we need to vote on this.  It was agreed that we would vote when we get additional bids.  Lynda Hammitt proposed that there be additional discussion at the Outreach Committee, as we are getting short of time.  Jim Morgan stated that he would prefer that BRECA spend the additional $200, and that he was not comfortable with advertisements.  A person from the public (apparently one of the prospective sponsors/advertisers) stated that her flyers get people’s interest.  Another person from the public stated that he puts more credence in flyers with advertising.  Lynda Hammitt suggested that we continue the question by e-mail.

  1. Old Business
    1. California American Water
      Gay Jones stated that there are two cases concerning California American Water (Cal Am) that BRECA is involved in.  One is the General Rate Case.  According to Richard Rauschmeier with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA), a proposed decision is likely in July.  This has to do with the overall rate structure, and how much our water bills go up.  There is a delay in the timeline, due to the need to incorporate the new Federal tax laws into the calculations.The other case is about cost of capital.  It is to be heard March 22nd.  It is open to public comment now.  The Cal Am request is for 8.23% profit.  BRECA has sent a letter advocating 7.85%.  We need people to send letters or e-mails to the CPUC advocating the lower rate.  Gay will post a sample letter and contact information on this.  James Adams commented that we may want to comment on the ORA recommendations.
    2. Update on Former Church/School Site
      Kelly Cohen reported that the former church/school site on Folsom Blvd. now has 24 hour security, which is contracted by the bank that owns the property.  There is interest from a church group in purchasing the site.
      Father Hezekias stated that he is the pastor of St. George church, which is located in the Arden area.  It is a Catholic church from the Middle East.  They have about 150 people in the congregation.  They are interested in purchasing the old church/school property on Folsom Blvd.  They have insisted on security from the bank that owns the property.  They expect to use the main sanctuary building, and tear down the old buildings that were damaged by fire.  They hope to close the deal in 30 to 60 days, and move their community in 12 to 24 months.
    3. From the Floor
      There was no old business from the floor.
  1. New Business
    1. Arco Gas Station
      Lynda Hammitt stated that the proposed new Arco gas station on the north-east corner of Bradshaw Rd. and Folsom Blvd is on hold for now, due to a problem with an easement that runs through the property.  Gay Jones noted that the proponents are revising the proposal, and that it will go to the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Committee (CORPAC).  Ken Crawford noted that there are 5 properties on that corner.  James Adams pointed out that a traffic analysis is needed.  Lori Christensen suggested an alternative site where the old Shell gas station was located on the corner of Oates Dr. and Bradshaw Rd.
    2. Sidewalks on Folsom Blvd.
      Gay Jones reported that she had received a Newsletter from the County that stated that there is funding for Phase 1 of the Folsom Blvd. Complete Streets project.  This involves installing a sidewalk on the south side of Folsom Blvd. from Mayhew Rd. to Bradshaw Rd.
    3. Neighborhood Bike Ride
      It was stated that we need to pick a date for the upcoming Neighborhood Bike Ride, sometime between May 21 and 25.  May 23 was agreed upon, to start at 6 pm.
    4. Marijuana Dispensaries and Applications
      Kelly Cohen stated that she would like to get a feel from the group about having a marijuana dispensary in the area.  Jim Morgan pointed out that this is not an issue as dispensaries are not allowed in the unincorporated County.
    5. Tree Maintenance Along Levee
      Bonnie Domeny stated that a person had posted on Nextdoor that the American River Flood Control District had performed maintenance on privately owned trees and bushes that were hanging over the landside easement (road).  One concern was that trees were cut lopsided.  Gay Jones and Bonnie agreed that there is a need to check out what happened.  A person from the audience stated that they saw people in a bucket go over the fence to cut a big tree.
    6. Posting of Newsletter to BRECA Website
      Jim Morgan pointed out that the BRECA Newsletter is not posted on the BRECA website, and asked why.  Bonnie Domeny stated that it is super time intensive, and she would like to have a digital version that is searchable.  The current format of the Newsletter is in .pdf, which is a picture.  Gay Jones stated that in the past one could read the Newsletter on the Website page by page, and that she viewed having the Newsletter on the Web site as really important.  Lynda Hammitt volunteered to work with Bonnie to get the Newsletter on the Web site.
    7. Renewal of Save the American River Association Membership
      Jim Morgan stated that BRECA had previously had a membership with the Save the American River Association (SARA).  SARA and BRECA are both interested in the condition of the American River Parkway in this area, so there is a confluence of interests.  The BRECA contribution to SARA was dropped several years ago, due to budget constraints during the recession.  However, SARA continued to keep BRECA on their membership list.  Recently SARA asked for a contribution.  Jim suggested this would be appropriate, as BRECA’s financial situation has improved greatly.  Gay Jones made a motion to renew BRECA’s contribution at $50 per year.  The motion was seconded by James Adams.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    8. From the Floor
      There was no new business from the floor.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

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

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 01-23-18

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: January 23, 2018
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
James Adams
Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Lynda Hammitt
Jim Morgan

 STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT
Gay Jones
Andrea White

 NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 1

  1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt
  2. Minutes of December 19, 2017
    Kelly Cohen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes of December 19, 2017.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Question or comments from the membership/community
    There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer
      There was no treasurer’s report.
    2. CORPAC
      Carmen Mitchell reported that CORPAC (Cordova Planning and Advisory Council) met, and none of the issues they considered directly affect the BRECA area.  There are two new CORPAC members, so CORPAC is nearly at capacity.
    3. Outreach Committee
      Rene Hamlin reported that the Outreach Committee will meet in two weeks.Lynda Hammitt reported on her action items from the Outreach Committee.  She has contacted the speakers for the General Meeting.  There are two real estate agents who may want to help sponsor door hangers to advertise the BRECA General Meeting.  One is confirmed, and a response from the other has not yet been received.  The Neighborhood Watch meeting at the Sheriff’s Office was well attended.  They are starting a Citizens Academy program, to run from February 21 to April 14.  Rene Hamlin commented that the Easter Egg Hunt is planned for March 24.Jim Morgan questioned why the switch from mailed flyers to door hangers.  Rene Hamlin replied that it worked last year, when volunteers distributed the flyer door-to-door.  The intent is to have a private company do the distribution.  There is not yet a quote on price.  The intent is to have a sponsorship statement at the bottom, not advertisement.
  1. Old Business
    1. California American Water
      James Adams reported that he does not know the schedules for the general rate case and cost of capital decisions.  The general rate case decision will likely incorporate the reduced corporate tax rate that was recently approved by the Federal government.
    2. From the Floor
      Bonnie Domeny stated that she had called the Sheriff on the Blow Lounge concerning a car show in the parking lot.  The Sheriff did not seem to do anything in the afternoon.  The Blow Lounge Business License specifically says they cannot have car shows.Kelly Cohen inquired as to whether anything can be done about the burned out daycare center on Folsom Blvd.  Carmen Mitchell stated that it is bank owned property, and she suggested calling them.  There was discussion about what else could be done.
  1. New Business
    1. New BRECA P.O. Box and Payment Authorization
      Jim Morgan reported that Bradshaw Pack and Ship, where BRECA had a mail box, had closed.  In order to fill the gap, Jim secured a Post Office Box.  He stated that he had paid for the first six months, and needed reimbursement for the expense.  Rene Hamlin made a motion to pay for the first six months.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. From the Floor
      Bonnie Domeny commented that there had been a Sheriff’s sweep of the burned out day care center for homeless people and other problems.Jim Morgan stated that BRECA had received a pamphlet from the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District concerning burning in fireplaces, and distributed the pamphlet to those who were interested.Lynda Hammitt inquired as to whether moving responsibility for the General Meeting to the Outreach Committee was OK with the Steering Committee.  There was general agreement.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

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