BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 07-24-18

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: July 24, 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
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT
Rene Hamlin

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 8

1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt

2. Minutes of June 26, 2018

Two corrections to the draft minutes of June 26, 2018 were proposed and accepted. 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

There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.

4. Reports

a. Treasurer
Andrea White (Treasurer) presented the BRECA income and expenditures to date. It was
noted that the budget item for the P.O. Box included 6 months for the beginning of 2018 as
well as 12 months for July 2018 to June 2019. Bonnie Domeny made a motion to approve
this amendment to the budget. Gay Jones seconded the motion. The motion was approved
unanimously. The balance in the BRECA checking account is $4,616.04.

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

c. Outreach Committee

Lynda Hammitt reported that the Outreach Committee met on July 2. They would like to initiate a survey of the General Meeting attendees, with the objectives of getting the most value for the community and input from the community. An example of survey questions was circulated. Possibly Survey Monkey could be used to distribute the survey, as it is free. Maybe it could also be in the Newsletter. Gay Jones commented that the survey should be focused on the General Meeting, and that it would also need to be sent by mail for people we do not have e-mail addresses for. A member of the audience stated that you only want people who were at the meeting. Lynda suggested two different surveys, one for the General Meeting and one for the Newsletter, with different questions. Jim Morgan noted that one would need a different survey for people who did not come to the General meeting. There was general agreement that the questions should be reviewed by the Steering Committee.

Lynda Hammitt stated that they are considering a “You are BRECA” campaign. Bonnie
Domeny commented that even if someone is not a member of BRECA they are part of the
community.

Lynda Hammitt stated that they are working on getting a PayPal swipe so that people can give money using PayPal at events.

5. Old Business

a. Cal Am

Gay Jones stated that she had received a response 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. In the General Rate Case, the earliest a decision could be
made would be October. A member of the audience asked how BRECA puts this out to the
community. It was pointed out that it appears in the minutes of the Steering Committee
meeting, somewhat on NextDoor, on the BRECA web site and the Newsletter. The member
of the audience asked wouldn’t BRECA want to get the community’s input. James Adams
stated that we will make comments on the draft decision, and put out the draft decision and
comments. Gay Jones stated that it is very complicated technically. The member of the
audience commented that there is an opportunity to toot our own horn concerning the Cost of
Capital case.

b. ARCO AM/PM update

Jim Morgan commented that he had a discussion with Sheryll Venegas of Supervisor
Nottoli’s office concerning the proposed ARCO AM/PM. She stated that there is a new site
plan, but that it still does not meet County standards. She had no additional information on
the easement question. She does not know if the applicant can move forward with the new
site plan. Gay Jones commented that she is trying to work with County Planning to get more
information.

c. Folsom Blvd. Phase 5 Project

James Adams reported that he had received documents from a planner with Rancho Cordova on Phase 5 of their Folsom Blvd. work. This would be from Bradshaw to Paseo Rio, and include sidewalks, bike lanes and medians. There does not appear to be an environmental effect. Jim Morgan commented that whether there will be an environmental effect is not clear from the documents. There is no list of specific trees to be removed or saved on the south side of Folsom Blvd., or whether there is to be mitigation. The only environmental document was a Categorical Exemption, which was signed in April 2017. Since we have no leverage with Rancho Cordova, there is not anything we can do.

Gay Jones reported that there will be a vote at the County Board of Supervisors on whether to approve a pavement overlay on Folsom Blvd. from Bradshaw Rd. to Mayhew. The vote is to be on August 7 or 21. Gay urged people to contact Supervisor Nottoli in support of the
proposal.

d. From the Floor

Gay Jones reported on the recent Parkway Coalition meeting. Jeff Leatherman is no longer County Parks Director. The official acting director is Rob Leonard. However, the main
responsibilities are being performed by Liz Bellas, the Deputy Parks Director. There is
money for projects from Proposition 68. There is a big backlog of projects that County Parks
would like money to work on.

Gay Jones commented that a SMUD representative is scheduled for the September 25
BRECA meeting. It was noted that Chair Lynda Hammitt and Vice-chair Gay Jones will not
be at that meeting, and that the Library meeting room will not be available. It was suggested
that SMUD should be moved to October. Lori Christensen was suggested for Chair of the
September meeting. Various people are working on finding an alternative meeting location.

6. New Business

a. Proposed Apartment Complex on Folsom Blvd.

Lynda Hammitt reported that she had received information from Sheryll Venegas with
Supervisor Nottoli’s office that a two-story apartment complex has been proposed for Folsom
Blvd. Gay Jones commented that the proposal may not come to CORPAC if no variances or
other deviations from County standards are required. Concerns were mentioned including
required number of parking spaces, the two story buildings overlooking existing residences’
back yards, vehicle access, how many apartments would be market rate, setback from existing
residential development, traffic, whether there will be a soundwall, will the manager be onsite
or off-site, and whether there will be a fire lane. Gay noted that the Special Planning
Area plan originally had five story apartments, so two stories is not so bad. Lynda Hammitt
noted that we need to find out what the process is and how to provide input.

b. From the Floor

James Adams stated that the building that burned down next to St. George Church is being
cleaned up.

Gay Jones stated that the Great American River Clean Up is scheduled for September 15. She will not be able to run the BRECA table. Kelly Cohen and Lori Christensen volunteered to help.

7. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

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.

21st Annual Potluck in the Park, Sept 23rd, 2018

Can you believe that it’s almost autumn already? You know what that means.

Yes! It’s time for the Annual Potluck at Riviera East Park.

This year, it will be on Sunday, September 23rd from 4 pm to 6 pm.

Come one, come all! Meet your neighbors, enjoy the camaraderie and delicious food. Let’s the kids run and play, enjoying all of the fun and games. And yes, the bounce house will be there again this year.

Bring a dish to share, chairs and drinks. BRECA will supply the utensils and tables. There will be cake, ice cream, and live music. Hope to see you there!