Local Events Encourage Residents to Come Together.
As changes occurred along Folsom Boulevard, and a lack of adequate funding for Sacramento County services resulted in an inability to manage the unincorporated County area, local residents began to look more closely at issues that affected the neighborhoods. In response to a proposed undesirable project along Folsom Boulevard, residents came together to form the Butterfield-Riviera East Community Association.
Working with other Rancho Cordova organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce and Cordova Community Planning Advisory Council, BRECA was successful in opposing the project, and a Community Association was born.
BRECA Grows and Thrives.
Since its beginning in 1997, BRECA has continued to be an effective voice in commenting on local issues and projects ranging from the growth of the Franchise Tax Board to Flood Protection. Lead by a Steering Committee elected from the membership at large, the association also works on bringing the community together in annual events such as the Picnic in Riviera East Park.
The Steering Committee meets each month, on the fourth Tuesday at the Rancho Cordova Library at 9845 Folsom Boulevard. The Steering Committee hopes to see everyone at meetings to give their input on goals and objectives for the Community.
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
Mary Ann Winters
Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
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.
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.
Treasurer’s Report Jim Morgan reported that Kelly Cohen (treasurer) reported a balance of $4,894.77 in the BRECA bank account.
CORPAC Gay Jones reported that the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) had received no requests for construction permits.
Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA) Jim Morgan reported that there is no additional information on the proposed Butterfield Special Planning Area (SPA).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Next Meeting Location The next BRECA meeting will be at the County Branch Center building, 3701 Branch Center Road.
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.
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.
The next Steering Committee meeting will be held on January 26, 2010 at the County Branch Center on Branch Center Road.