2019 Annual General Meeting

The BRECA Annual General Meeting time is here, and we have a great lineup for you! This year’s theme is “Emergency Preparedness”. With all of the disasters that have plagued our state recently, it seemed like a timely topic to address. Fires, floods, power outages, storms, … any number of natural or man-made disasters… what if they happened HERE? Would YOU be prepared??

Attend this year’s Annual General Meeting to find out everything you wanted to know but might have been afraid, or not even known, to ask!

Click here to see the 2019 Annual General Meeting flyer for the amazing line-up of speakers we have planned.

Be sure to mark your calendars for April 23rd, 2019, 6:30 pm at the Rancho Cordova Library. You will be amazed by what you learn!

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.

Agenda – 3-26-2019 BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

Greetings! Below is the agenda for the March 26, 2019 BRECA Steering Committee Meeting, which will be held at 6:30 pm at the the Rancho Cordova Library. All community members are invited to attend.

Agenda
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING
BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

March 26, 2019 6:30 pm
Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Minutes
  3. Questions or Comments from the membership / community
  4. Reports
    • Treasurer
    • CORPAC
    • Outreach Committee
  5. Old Business:
    • Annual General Meeting – reminder & planning status update
    • Easter Egg Hunt – reminder & planning status update
    • Cal Am update
    • From the floor
  6. New Business
    • Park Maintenance and Recreation Improvement District (PMRID) Update
    • From the floor
  7. Adjourn to next meeting (Annual General Meeting), April 23, 2019, 6:30 pm at the Rancho Cordova Library.

Agenda – 02-26-2019 BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

Greetings! Below is the agenda for the February 26, 2019 BRECA Steering Committee Meeting, which will be held at 6:30 pm at the the Rancho Cordova Library. All community members are invited to attend.

Agenda
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING
BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

February 26, 2019 6:30 pm
Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Blvd,
Sacramento, CA

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Minutes
  3. Questions or Comments from the membership / community
  4. Reports
    • Treasurer
    • CORPAC
    • Outreach Committee,  including Welcome Packet Distribution status
  5. Old Business:
    • Annual General Meeting – committee, invitees, assignments, etc.
    • Budget
    • Native Planting along the American River Parkway
    • Cal Am update
    • Annual General Meeting – status of planning effort, etc
    • From the floor
  6. New Business
    • Parkway Coalition Update
    • From the floor

Adjourn to next meeting, Mar 26, 2019, 6:30 pm at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 11-27-18

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES


DATE: November 27, 2018
PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
James Adams
Lori Christensen
Bonnie Domeny
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Carmen Mitchell
Jim Morgan

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT
Rene Hamlin
Andrea White

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 5

1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt

2. Minutes of October 23, 2018

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

3. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community

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

 

4. Reports

a. Treasurer
There was no report from the Treasurer.

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

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

5. Old Business

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

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

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

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

6. New Business 

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

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

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

d. From the Floor

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

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

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

7. Meeting adjourned.

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

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