BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 12-22-09

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: December 22, 2009
PLACE:  U.C. Cooperative Extension, 4145 Branch Center Road, Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
Lori Christensen
Gay Jones
Stan Mofjeld
Jim Morgan
Rick Sloan
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    1. October 2009
      Mary Ann Winters made a motion to approve the draft minutes for October 2009.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. November 2009
      Lori Christensen made a motion to approve the draft minutes for November 2009.  Stan Mofjeld seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Jim Morgan reported that Kelly Cohen (treasurer) reported a balance of $4,894.77 in the BRECA bank account.
    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) had received no requests for construction permits.
  1. Old Business
    1. Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA)
      Jim Morgan reported that there is no additional information on the proposed Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA).
    2. Habitat Restoration for Gristmill Update
      Gay Jones reported on a phone discussion with Lizette Crosbie and Grant Kreinberg (Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA)).  They stated that the Kansas Access staging area grading is not finished.  The map of tree planting remains the same as provided at the earlier BRECA meeting.  They had no information on the potential problem with the path at Kansas and people wandering around the staging area.  At the Gristmill parking lot, the wattles (hay sausages) will stay through the rainy season to minimize erosion, but that all other work is finished.
    3. General Update for Gristmill and Parkway.
      Jim Morgan reported that he had been supplied with dog waste bags by County Parks staff.  Jim is stocking the dog waste bag dispenser at the top of the levee at the Gristmill entrance.Jim Morgan distributed a packet of information on Measure A funding for the bicycle trail on the American River Parkway.  Measure A is a sales tax in Sacramento County to fund transportation.  It allocates $ 1 million per year to the Parkway for bicycle transportation purposes.  For this fiscal year (2009/2010), several construction projects are scheduled.  Also, one ranger position is funded.  It was noted that not all of the Measure A funding allocation was accounted for in the expenditures described.
    4. California American Water Update
      Joe O’Connor reported that BRECA has received responses to the letter sent to the California American Water Company (Cal Am).  The responses did not directly address the questions in the BRECA letter.  They stated that additional rate increases are coming.  One letter invited BRECA representatives to meet with Cal Am staff.  Joe and Gay Jones are drafting a BRECA response.
    5. Location for “Tree Round”
      Gay Jones reported that the tree round cut from the largest Oak tree cut down on the Parkway during the levee project is still sitting at the Rancho Cordova Library.  She is trying to get it moved to a place inside the library, but has been unable to find a library staff person willing to take responsibility for authorizing action.
  1. New Business
    1. Next Meeting Location
      The next BRECA meeting will be at the County Branch Center building, 3701 Branch Center Road.
    2. Audit/Review
      Gay Jones announced that Melissa Schuler had agreed to perform an audit of the BRECA books for 2008 and 2009.  Lori Christensen made a motion to approve the audit.  Mary Ann Winters seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    3. Issues from the Floor
      Joe O’Connor stated that Riviera East Park is turning into a dog park, with dogs off leash and leaving dog waste.  Rick Sloan (a member of Cordova Recreation and Park District Board) stated that the District has security patrols, but only at night.  Park employees do not issue tickets.  Rick noted that there is a sign at the park stating that dogs must be leashed, and dog waste collected, but people ignore the sign.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on January 26, 2010 at the County Branch Center on Branch Center Road.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 11-24-09

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: November 24, 2009
PLACE:  Meeting Room 1, 3701 Branch Center Rd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
Kelly Cohen
Lori Christensen
Stan Mofjeld
Jim Morgan

  1. Welcome from Acting Chair Kelly Cohen
    The Chair noted that a quorum was not present and no actions could be taken.  It was decided to discuss some of the agenda items for informational purposes.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Kelly Cohen reported a balance of $4,908.68 in the BRECA bank account.
  1. Old Business
    1. Update on Mayhew Closure Structure and related issues
      Jim Morgan reported on an e-mail from Lizette Crosbie (Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA)).  The e-mail stated that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) 100-year certification package had not yet been submitted.  It also stated that work on the upstream levee tie-in to high ground would not begin this year.  The earliest construction would be in 2010.  It further stated that the Corps of Engineers is discussing the Kansas Access staging area grading and planting plans and timeline.Jim noted that the staging area appeared to have been graded at the edges to the level of adjacent ground on the upstream and river sides, but on the downstream side a lip of about one foot remained, as well as about 10 to 15 feet that had not been graded.
    2. Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA)
      Jim Morgan reported that there is no additional information on the proposed Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA).  There was a discussion of the environmental review process.
  1. New Business
    1. Gristmill Dog Waste Bags
      Jim Morgan reported that he had been in contact via e-mail with County Parks staff regarding acquiring dog waste bags for the dispenser at the Gristmill entrance to the American River Parkway.  He suggested that BRECA might fund purchase of the bags if other funds were not available.  Kelly Cohen stated that she did not believe BRECA funds should be used for this purpose because it would be inefficient and not solve the entire problem.  Lori Christensen stated that reducing the amount of dog waste is a useful thing to do and should be supported.  Jim suggested that, since there was not enough information to formulate a proposal and no quorum at the meeting, the discussion should be continued to the next meeting.  It was agreed to continue the discussion at the next meeting.
    2. Issues from the Floor
      There were no issues from the floor
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on December 22, 2009 at the U.C. Co-operative Extension on Branch Center Road.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 10-27-09

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: October 27, 2009
PLACE:  Meeting Room 1, 3701 Branch Center Rd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
Paul Bowers
Lori Christensen
Stan Mofjeld
Jim Morgan
Rick Sloan
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from the Chair
  2. Minutes of September 2009
    Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes for September 2009.  Rick Sloan seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 5 votes in favor, 0 opposed, and 1 abstention.
  1. Reports
    1. Cordova Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC)
      Paul Bowers reported that there have been no recent meetings of the Cordova Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC).
    2. Treasurer’s Report
      There was no treasurer’s report.
  1. Old Business
    1. Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA)
      Jim Morgan reported that there is no additional information on the proposed Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA).
    2. Habitat Restoration for Gristmill
      Jim Morgan reported on a phone conversation with Lizette Crosbie and Pete Ghelfi (Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA)).  They stated that the Kansas Access staging area is to be vacated in late November.  The staging area will be graded to tie in to upstream and downstream elevations.  It is anticipated that about 1.5 feet of fill will be removed.  Subsequently, the ground will be prepared for planting of grasses, wildflowers, and trees.  At the Gristmill parking area, the ground has been covered with gravel to retard erosion from rain.
    3. Letter to Cal-Am Water
      Joe O’Connor reported on a BRECA letter sent to California American Water (Cal Am Water) concerning rate increases.  Joe pointed out that the letter contained a number of technical questions that would require response from planning and finance departments.
  1. New Business
    1. BRECA Meeting Locations and Date Changes
      As the usual BRECA meeting location (the Rancho Cordova Library) is closed for renovations, there was a discussion about where and when to have the next BRECA meeting.  Paul Bowers suggested the break room in the County building at 3701 Branch Center Rd. might be available. The consensus was to have the meeting on November 19th or 24th.  Paul Bowers was given responsibility to make arrangements.
    2. Gristmill Updates/BRECA Support
      Paul Bowers noted that the Gristmill entrance to the American River Parkway had been closed to vehicles in September, and that there had been a meeting on September 28th with County Parks staff at the Gristmill entrance.  Jan Lester noted that County Parks staff had agreed to reopen the Gristmill entrance if a volunteer group picked up and disposed of the trash.  The Gristmill entrance is now open to vehicles.

      There was a question about funding for dog poop bags.  Jim Morgan suggested that money budgeted by BRECA for the Great American River Clean-Up had not been spent, and could be made available.  Paul Bowers noted that the dog poop bags were likely to be an ongoing expense item, and should be agendized for the next BRECA meeting.

    3. Letter to Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
      Jim Morgan stated that Gay Jones was going to draft a letter to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board concerning the Mayhew-Gristmill levee and drain erosion problems.  However, she had been told that Board staff had sent a letter to BRECA that had not yet been received.  Consequently, Gay has not yet drafted a letter to the Board.
    4. Issues from the Floor
      Jim Morgan stated that he had been told by Pete Ghelfi that there is a plan to tie the upstream end of the Mayhew-Gristmill levee to high ground.

      A BRECA member stated that during the recent rain there had been flooding of the back yard of a person who lives next to the levee near the Kansas Access.  This appears to be due to runoff from the ramp to the landside road next to the levee.  In response, a French Drain was constructed to divert water.

      Joe O’Connor noted that he had received a notice about a water plan from the “Regional Water Authority” and that a meeting is planned for November 4.

      Bob Baptiste stated that he and other people who live next to the levee had received a notice from County Planning.  This notice stated that there are to be additional reviews of any changes to houses, including fences.  Paul Bowers suggested that this item should be agendized, and that a County representative should be invited.

      Lori Christensen stated that we had received an e-mail from an assistant to Supervisor Don Nottoli regarding the sound wall on Folsom Blvd. near Mira Del Rio.  The County is offering paint, and is looking for volunteers to do the painting.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The date and location for the next Steering Committee meeting have yet to be determined.  When they are determined, the membership will be notified.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 09-22-09

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: September 22, 2009
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

  1. Welcome from the Chair
  2. Minutes of August 2009
    Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes for August 2009.  Paul Bowers seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Cordova Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC)
      Paul Bowers reported that there have been no meetings of the Cordova Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) for three months.  This is likely due to lack of building activity.
    2. Treasurer’s ReportKelly Cohen reported that the balance in the BRECA checking account is $5,391.63.
  1. Old Business
    1. Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA)
      Jim Morgan reported that the Notice Of Preparation (NOP) for an Environmental Impact Review (EIR) of the proposed Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA) has been delayed.  There is no information on when it might be released.
    2. Habitat Restoration for Gristmill
      Gay Jones reported that there had been a site visit about three weeks ago at the Gristmill area that included BRECA representatives, the Corps of Engineers, the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA), and Sacramento County Parks staff.  Damaged sites were pointed out.  Jim Morgan pointed out a tree with protective fencing that was about two feet below the existing grade, indicative of the thickness of the pad at the Kansas Access staging area.  BRECA representatives emphasized the need to to restore grasslands and visual screening at damaged sites and to restore drainage at the Kansas Access staging area.  There was discussion of the site visit.Jim Morgan distributed copies of the BRECA letter to Lizette Crosbie and Pete Ghelfi with SAFCA.  Jim also pointed out that the revised planting diagram received from SAFCA indicated 20 feet of vegetation free easement on the riverside of the levee, which is erroneous.  It was agreed that a letter should be drafted to SAFCA and the Corps concerning this error.Gay Jones stated that SAFCA and the Corps are addressing the lack of an upstream tie-in of the levee to high ground.  Present plans are for a four feet wide berm that connects the end of the levee to the back yard of the second house upstream from the end of the levee.  The proposed path of the berm results in minimal loss of foliage.
    3. BRECA Picnic
      There was a discussion of arrangements for the BRECA picnic, which will be on Sunday, September 27, 2009.
  1. New Business
    1. American River Parkway Budget and Closures
      Gay Jones stated that County Parks announced that the Gristmill entrance to the Parkway will be closed to vehicles starting on September 14.  Gay stated that she had spoken at the County Board of Supervisors meeting concerning the closure.  She pointed out that Gristmill had already been closed for one year for levee construction, and the upcoming closure will be disruptive for the community.  She noted that three of the five proposed closure sites are in this area, and that Gristmill is an important put in and take out site for kayakers.  She had talked with Parks staff, and nobody could explain why particular entrances were selected for closure, or how much money would be saved by the closure.  In addition to closing the entrance to vehicles, there will be no ranger patrols or trash pick up.There was considerable discussion of the impacts of the Gristmill closure on public safety, trash, parking on the street, and the attitude of neighbors.  Jim Morgan made a motion that BRECA support reopening of the Gristmill entrance.  Paul Bowers seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 6 in favor, none opposed, and 1 abstention.
    2. California American Water Meeting
      Joe O’Connor reported that the meeting held on September 16 by California American Water (Cal Am) was standing room only.  The Cal Am representatives talked mainly about the change to metered billing, and availability of help for water conservation.  They were unable to explain why the bills had increased by 400% in 7 years.  They noted that increases were approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).Paul Bowers suggested that the rate increases may have been driven by debt incurred from multiple acquisitions.  Kelly Cohen stated that the company is publicly traded, and the objective is to maximize returns.Gay Jones proposed that BRECA write a letter to the company seeking answers to specific questions, including justification for rate increases and the budget for 2009/2010.  It was also suggested that a CPUC representative attend the Cal Am meetings, and that Cal Am be invited to a BRECA meeting.  It was agreed that Gay Jones and Joe O’Connor would write a BRECA letter to Cal Am.
    3. Issues from the Floor
      Gay Jones noted that there was a good turnout for the recent American River Cleanup.Gay Jones noted that George Spatta had sent an e-mail about a recent attempted break-in at a neighbors house.  George wanted BRECA to organize a neighborhood watch.  Joe O’Connor sent an e-mail that local people need to organize the neighborhood watch.Gay Jones noted that the slice from the heritage oak on the Parkway was now at the library, and we should think about where to display it at the library.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be on October 27, 2009

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 08-25-09

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: August 25, 2009
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
Jim Morgan
Rick Sloan

  1. Welcome from the Chair
  2. Guest Speakers: Pete Ghelfi and Lizette Crosbie
    Lizette Crosbie, with the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA), is taking over responsibilities for the Mayhew Levee and Drain site mitigation and restoration work.  She distributed a handout that summarized some of the proposed work.For the upstream oak and elderberry mitigation and transplantation site, near the Gristmill entrance, the Corps of Engineers is expected to maintain the site until December 2010.  At that point, if the transplants are doing well, SAFCA will assume responsibility.  Lizette stated that the large gap through the middle of the site is a sewer easement.  SAFCA proposes to plant native grasses and wildflowers in the gap, if the sewer district approves.

    At the Kansas Access staging area, it is proposed to remove the top pad of soil, and check for bentonite.  Borings are being done to see how deep the pad is.  The current estimate is about 6 inches.  SAFCA thinks that the site needs to be remediated, but what this consists of is not clear.  SAFCA is working with the Corps to modify the revegetation plan that was previously posted on the SAFCA web site.  A modified revegetation plan was distributed.  The modified plan maintains a grassland or open space area for most of the site, with trees to be planted next to the vegetation free space (road) adjacent to the levee.  Pete Ghelfi requested that BRECA send a communication indicating whether BRECA concurs with this plan.

    There was discussion about the erosion of the trail that leads from the Kansas Access to the river.  SAFCA, the Corps, and County Parks will be meeting to develop a plan to address the problem.  Several possibilities were discussed, including rock, soil, biodegradable fabric, and various vegetative plantings.

    At the downstream mitigation and transplantation area, near the Mayhew Drain, SAFCA expects to take over after 2010.  SAFCA proposes to remove invasive weeds, and plant understory California native plants, similarly to the upstream area.

    Gay Jones stated that there were other areas that had been damaged by construction and related activities.  Pete Ghelfi stated that they were not aware of this problem, and that SAFCA and the Corps need to see the areas.  It was agreed that BRECA representatives would accompany SAFCA, Corps, and County Parks staff on a site walk in the near future.

    Pete Ghelfi discussed the situation at the upstream end of the levee, where there is a pathway for water to go around the levee at certain flows.  The Corps thinks that this needs to be fixed, although it is not required by Corps or Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulations.  Fixing this situation would involve constructing a berm that would tie in to high ground of the back yard of a house about 100 feet upstream.  Alternative paths for this structure are being discussed.

    Pete stated that the Mayhew Drain closure structure work is on track, and should be finished this year.

    Pete also discussed FEMA 100 year certification.  SAFCA is preparing a submittal to FEMA.  One unexpected complication was that a large storm drain was discovered that crosses under the Mayhew Drain from downstream.  This necessitated additional studies to assess the condition of the drain pipe and possible leakage around the pipe.  No problems were found with the pipe.  SAFCA plans to submit a certification request to FEMA in the near future.

    There was discussion of how BRECA should proceed.  It was agreed that a small group of people would meet to write a letter to SAFCA concerning the revegetation plan for the Kansas Access staging area and other issues.  The membership of this group is to be Gay Jones, Jim Morgan, Joe O’Connor, and Kelly Cohen.

  1. Minutes of July 2009
    Kelly Cohen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes for August 2009.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Kelly Cohen reported that the balance in the BRECA checking account is $5,286.63.
    2. Cordova Park District
      Rick Sloan reported that the Cordova Recreation and Park District has a very tight budget.  There is money only for maintenance and repair.
    3. Metro Fire District
      Gay Jones reported that the Metro Fire District is selecting a new chief.  Due to budget shortfalls, three fire stations that had low usage are being closed, except for emergency medical response.
    4. Cordova Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC)
      Paul Bowers reported that there have been no meetings of the Cordova Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) for two months.  This is likely due to lack of building activity.
  1. Old Business
    1. Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA)
      Jim Morgan reported that the Notice Of Preparation (NOP) for an Environmental Impact Review (EIR) of the proposed Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA) has been delayed.  The most recent information indicates that it may come out in about 30 days.Jim also reported on the meeting of the ad-hoc Butterfield SPA committee.  A handout was distributed.  Two additional conceptual alternatives for the SPA were presented.  One would emphasize a market-oriented approach, by zoning the area south of Folsom Blvd. as residential mixed use allowed, instead of mixed use required.  A second alternative would be for a job center south of Folsom Blvd, with no residential mixed use.
    2. BRECA Newsletter
      Jim Morgan reported the Newsletter is coming along.  Distribution is planned for after Labor Day.
    3. BRECA Picnic
      Lori Christensen stated that the date for the picnic had been changed to Sunday, September 27, 2009.  After some discussion of conflicts, the date was changed to Saturday, September 26.  [Note: the date was subsequently changed back to September 27.]
    4. Folsom Blvd. Tree Planting
      Gay Jones reported that she and a staff member from the Sacramento Tree Foundation had inspected the area between Folsom Blvd. and the light rail tracks for suitability for tree planting.  The Tree Foundation staff person suggested some species that would work in that area, including crepe myrtle.  The process for moving forward on this includes agreements with Sacramento County and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD).  An agreement with Regional Transit is not required.
    5. California American Water Rate Increases
      Joe O’Connor reported on a recent meeting concerning proposed water rate increases by the California American Water Company.  The meeting was held before a Public Utilities Commission administrative judge and a court reporter, and was well attended.  Most of the public comments revolved around the question of why the rates keep going up.  Joe stated that most costs are fixed, and that the cost structure needs to be examined.  He questioned why the California American company states that it is losing money, but is still paying income taxes.
  1. New Business
    1. Issues from the Floor

There were no issues from the floor.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be on September 22, 2009 at the Rancho Cordova Library