02-23-16 Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: February 23, 2016
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting
STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

Lori Christensen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

  1. Call to Order from Chair Rene Hamlin
  2. Minutes
    Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes for January 26, 2016.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Andrea White reported that the Budget Committee had met and developed a draft budget for 2016.  The draft budget projects increased revenues to $2,175.  A line item for a By-Laws election was added, which would involve an additional mailing.  Various line items were adjusted based on experience from last year.  The total expense estimate is $2,170.  After some discussion, the line item Parkway Restoration was changed to Parkway Steward’s Expenses.Gay Jones made a motion to adopt the proposed budget.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that there was no CORPAC (Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council) meeting in February.
    3. Corps/SAFCA Erosion Protection Proposal
      Jim Morgan reported that the Corps of Engineers erosion protection proposal for the American River Parkway is proceeding.  The proposal involves treating up to 11 miles of the Parkway by either covering the riverbank with rocks or digging a big trench adjacent to the levee and filling it with rocks.  The trench would be covered with 3 feet of soil, as a result of which it would not support large trees such as the oaks and walnuts that currently grow in the area.The proposal is proceeding on two levels: a Federal (Corps) and State (Central Valley Flood Protection Board) level, and a local level (Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency).  The Federal level has just concluded a comment period on the Corps Final General Reevaluation Report Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report.  BRECA and other organizations submitted comments.

      At the local level, SAFCA has just released a draft Engineer’s Report for an assessment district.  This district would supercede the existing assessment district.  There is also a draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) that supports the draft Engineer’s Report.  There is a comment period on the DEIR that closes on March 16, 2016.

      Gay Jones noted that there are problems with some of the work done downstream of the Mayhew Drain: rocks stick out at the toe of the riverbank, which make it difficult or impossible to land a kayak or canoe.  Also, there are three places where the staging areas have not been restored to pre-project conditions.

      Rene Hamlin suggested that a committee be formed to work on comments on the DEIR, if such are needed, with Gay Jones and Jim Morgan on the committee.  Jim Morgan made a motion to that effect.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

      Sheryl Venegas (with Supervisor Don Nottoli’s office) stated that Supervisor Nottoli had made an offer to meet with BRECA representatives and Rick Johnson (head of SAFCA).  No action was taken on this offer.

      Gay reported that she had a phone conversation with Pete Ghelfi, head engineer with SAFCA.  He stated that construction on the project may be 3 to 5 years out.  If the vote on the new assessment district does not pass, the project will not fly.  He further stated that the Corps wants to do a big project because it is hard to get more later from Congress.

      Gay further stated that she is frustrated because the Corps keeps moving the goalposts.  Whenever we get close to one set of goals and standards, the Corps comes up with something else.  Diane Coughlin questioned whether the project is really needed.  Gay stated that it is not.

  1. Old Business
    1. By-Laws Review Committee
      Ken Crawford stated that the By-Laws are set up in paragraphs.  He thinks they should be broken up into subsections.  He stated that he did not understand what Article 7 is about, so he deleted the Article.  Rene Hamlin stated that she will send out a draft of the proposed revised By-Laws for consideration at the next meeting.  Ken stated that people who want changes should write them down.
    2. POP Recognition
      Bonnie Domeny stated that she wants to write a letter of recognition for the POP (Problem Oriented Policing) officer.  She proposed to give the letter to the POP officer at the General Meeting.
    3. Easter Egg Hunt
      Andrea White stated that the Easter Egg Hunt last year was fun, and she saw lots of new faces.  This year they have to apply to the Parks District for the activity.  There is also a limit on the size of the sign.  Several people volunteered to help with the event.
    4. Annual Meeting
      Rene Hamlin stated that she has confirmation from the Capital Christian Center to attend the Annual Meeting, concerning the proposed sign.  She also has confirmation from a representative of the Complete Streets proposal.  She stated that they will also come to the March 22 BRECA meeting, and the Board of Supervisors will vote on it in the beginning of April.  She also has confirmation that Ken Cooley will attend the meeting.  She also wants somebody from the Cordova Recreation and Park District.
    5. From the Floor
      There was no old business from the floor.
  1. New Business
    1. Steering Committee Election
      Jim Morgan reviewed the basic schedule for the Steering Committee Election.  Nominations open with the March 2016 BRECA Steering Committee meeting, and close with the Annual Meeting in April.  Then response is sought for whether the nominees want to be candidates.  A ballot is prepared with candidate statements, which is mailed to the members.  The members vote, and the votes are counted and announced at the May Steering Committee meeting.  The newly elected Steering Committee members take office at the June meeting.  Rene Hamlin and Jim Morgan are in charge of the elections.
    2. Street Lights
      Rene Hamlin noted that the fact that the eastern section of the BRECA area does not have street lights was raised on Nextdoor.  Nobody who had raised the issue came to this BRECA meeting.  It was pointed out that getting street lights costs a lot of money and that an assessment district would need to be formed.
    3. From the Floor
      Sheryl Venegas inquired about Yellow Starthistle removal.  Gay Jones and Jim Morgan commented that BRECA used to sponsor Starthistle removal days on the Parkway.  However, with the disturbance from the work around raising the levee, we had temporarily stopped doing this.  There was a starthistle removal day last year, and one or more are planned for this year.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting 02-23-16 – Agenda

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING

February 23, 2016 6:30 pm
Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA

  1. Call to Order.
  2. Approval of Minutes.
  3. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s (White)
    2. CORPAC (Jones/Mitchell)
    3. Corps/SAFCA erosion protection proposal (Morgan/Jones)
  4. Old Business:
    1. By-Laws Review Committee (Hamlin/Crawford)
    2. Pop Recognition (Hamlin)
    3. Easter Egg Hunt (Domeny)
    4. Annual Meeting (Hamlin)
    5. From the Floor
  5. New Business:
    1. Steering Committee election (Morgan)
    2. Street Lights (Community)
    3. From the Floor.
  6. Adjourn to next meeting, March 22th 2016

Dates to Remember:

Easter Egg Hunt: March 20
Begin Steering Committee Elections: March 22
General Meeting: April 26
Bark in the Park: August?
Potluck Picnic: September 25 (?)
December Steering Committee meeting: December 20

01-26-16 Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: January 26, 2016
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
Carmen Mitchell
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

  1. Call to Order from Chair Rene Hamlin
  2. Presentation Regarding Digital Sign at Capital Christian Center
    Rick Cole, Pastor at Capital Christian Center, stated that the Center has an old sign that does not reach many people.  They would like to replace the old sign with a new, larger, digital sign.  They have been working with the County to get approval.  They plan no (commercial) advertising, but would announce church or community events.  It would cycle every 8 seconds.  It would be located in a place where it would only impact freeway traffic.Rick LeBurkien (with the Center) stated that they will open up the sign to the City of Rancho Cordova.  He also stated that they have been working with 15 departments, including County, Sheriff, and Department of Transportation.  He stated that the County came up with the present design and relationship to the church.  They are applying for a conditional use permit.Several people in the audience expressed concern with the brightness of the sign, and distraction from other, existing signs.  Rick LeBurkein stated that they can monitor brightness, and will check into interference with existing signs.  He stated that the proposed sign would be about 1/4 the size of the sign at Sacramento State University, which is technically called a billboard.  Rick Cole stated that they had originally wanted advertising, but the County would not permit that.One person in the audience stated that the Nextdoor website has a lot about problems in the area, and that she would welcome the messages of hope and brightness from the church.  Another person stated that he goes to the church, and the sign would enhance the community and promote involvement, as stated in the BRECA By-Laws.

    Rick Cole stated that they want to be good neighbors, serve the community, and take community concerns into consideration.  One person asked whether we could put BRECA announcements on the sign, and Rick LeBurkien stated yes.

  1. Minutes
    Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes for December, 2015.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Andrea White reported that the balance in the BRECA account at the end of last year was $4,426.14.  She also reported that, in 2015, BRECA had a net income of $303, compared to a budgeted net income of $32.  This was mainly due to reductions in expenditures.
    2. CORPAC
      Carmen Mitchell reported on the recent Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting.  There was an item on the proposed Folsom Blvd. Complete Street Master Plan (see item 5b for a discussion of this proposal).
  1. Old Business
    1. By-Laws Review Committee
      Ken Crawford stated that the By-Laws Review Committee had met and reviewed the letters and recommendations sent on revising the By-Laws.  He recommended breaking up some of the larger paragraphs with subheadings.  He stated that he hoped to have a draft of the proposed revised By-Laws ready before the next meeting.
    2. Folsom Blvd. Complete Street Master Plan
      Jim Morgan presented information on the proposed Folsom Blvd. Complete Street Master Plan.  He stated that this is an effort by Sacramento County, especially the County Department of Transportation.  Jim distributed a handout about the proposed plan.  The County is doing the Master Plan so that they can apply for grants to do a “complete street” on Folsom Blvd.  A “complete street” is a street that has space for pedestrians, bicyclists, autos, and mass transit users.  It also has some tree or bush plantings.  It is similar to what Rancho Cordova has been doing on Folsom Blvd.  The Plan is for Folsom Blvd. from Watt Ave. to Bradshaw Road, and from Hazel Ave. to the Folsom city limits.  Those are the areas administered by the County.  A public information meeting was held at the library on December 16, 2015, and there was a presentation at CORPAC on January 21, 2016.  Some BRECA people attended both meetings.Jim also stated that his comments at the public meeting and CORPAC were that the plan needs to incorporate plans for a Light Rail bridge over Bradshaw Road, and that there need to be multiple left turn lanes from Folsom Blvd. eastbound to businesses between Butterfield Way and Bradshaw Road.Carmen Mitchell asked why the Light Rail bridge.  Jim stated that it is an important project that our community needs, and we need to raise the profile of the project to get it going.  Kelly Cohen commented that she would like to see bicycle lanes separated from auto traffic.  Bonnie Domeny commented that there might not be enough room for separated bicycle lanes on Folsom Blvd.  Carmen also commented that she is concerned with cutting off access to businesses on the north side of Folsom Blvd. from eastbound travelers.  Bonnie also commented that Folsom Blvd. looks bad, so some trees would be nice.Jim raised the question of whether BRECA should take a position at this time.  It was generally agreed that it would be premature, since there is not a specific proposal to look at.  It was suggested that individuals should fill out a survey about the proposed plan on-line.
    3. Alcosta Problem House Letter
      Rene Hamlin stated that the BRECA letter concerning the problem house on Alcosta Way had gone out.  Jim Morgan requested that the final letter be distributed to the Steering Committee.  Bonnie Domeny stated that the County District Attorney met with the owners, and told the owners to rectify the problems at the house.
    4. From the Floor
      There was no old business from the floor.
  1. New Business
    1. Easter Egg Hunt
      It was announced that the Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for March 20.
    2. Annual Meeting
      Rene Hamlin stated that the Annual Meeting will be held on April 26, 2016.  Last year focused on safety issues, and this year she would like to focus on other issues, such as the proposed Light Rail station at Horn Road, the Folsom Blvd. Complete Street Master Plan, and The Landing.  A representative of the Sheriff’s Department could also be invited.  Jim Morgan pointed out that most of those proposals are far in the future.  Rene stated that she would like to let the community see what BRECA is working on.  Bonnie Domeny suggested that the American River erosion protection work could also be presented.  It was generally agreed to proceed as Rene had proposed.
    3. From the Floor
      Kelly Cohen stated that she had received a letter from the Corps of Engineers stating that the American River Common Features Final General Reevaluation Report and Final Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report have been released.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Agenda 1/26/16

Agenda
BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING

January 26, 2016 6:30 pm
Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA

  1. Call to Order.
  2. Presentation Regarding Digital Sign at Capital Christian
  3. Approval of Minutes.
  4. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s (White).
  5. Old Business:
    1. By-Laws Review Committee (Hamlin)
    2. Folsom Blvd. Complete Street Master Plan (Morgan)
    3. CorPac (Jones)
    4. Pop Recognition (Hamlin)
    5. From the Floor
  6. New Business:
    1. Easter Egg Hunt
    2. Annual Meeting
    3. From the Floor.
  7. Adjourn to next meeting, February 23th 2016

12-15-15 Meeting Minutes

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: December 15, 2015
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
Gay Jones
Carmen Mitchell
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

  1. Call to Order from Chair Rene Hamlin
  2. Minutes
    Andrea White made a motion to adopt the draft minutes from November, 2015.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      No balance was reported for the BRECA account.

      It was agreed that the budget committee would meet in the first week of January, 2016.

  1. Old Business
    1. Newsletter
      Jim Morgan stated that the Newsletter has been mailed out.  Gay Jones noted that the Fire District phone number should be 859-4300.  Rene Hamlin stated that she wanted some review of the Newsletter before it goes out, possibly the text.

      Jim Morgan stated that the expenses for the Newsletter exceeded the budget by a small amount.  He made a motion to increase the budget to $202.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

    2. Dates for Next Year’s Events
      Rene Hamlin stated that she would like to get dates for the coming year’s events.  Some of the dates were scheduled as follows:

      1. Easter Egg Hunt: March 20
      2. Begin Steering Committee Elections: March 22
      3. General Meeting: April 26
      4. Bark in the Park: August?
      5. Potluck Picnic: September 25 (?)
      6. December Steering Committee meeting: December 20
    3. By-Laws Review
      Rene Hamlin stated that there had not yet been a meeting of the By-Laws Review Committee.  She commented that people should get proposed changes together.
    4. POP Officer Letters
      Bonnie Domeny stated that she agreed with Jim Morgan’s proposed changes to the POP (Problem Oriented Policing) letter regarding the Alcosta Way problem house.  Lori Christensen stated that she had not yet seen the draft letter, and would appreciate a couple of days for review.  This was agreed to.
    5. From the Floor
      Gay Jones commented on a number of organizational actions that should be taken.  These included changing the second bank account signature to Rene Hamlin, getting a copy of the mailbox key for Andrea White, getting a copy of the membership list to Rene Hamlin, and considering what to do with three boxes of BRECA archive materials that she would like to get rid of.  It was suggested that an inventory of records would be helpful.
  1. New Business
    1. Complete Streets Master Plan for Folsom Blvd.
      Kelly Cohen stated that there will be a public meeting concerning the Complete Streets Master Plan for Folsom Blvd. tomorrow night at the library.  Gay Jones commented that Supervisor Nottoli will be there.  Jim Morgan asked whether this is a continuation of meetings held about a year ago concerning Light Rail Stations on Folsom Blvd.  It is not clear if this is the case.
    2. From the Floor
      Stan Mofjeld stated that there is a continuing problem with the walkway in Riviera East Park, which has potholes and ruts.  Bonnie Domeny stated that the Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD) does not have money to address this.  Rick Sloan, who is on the CRPD Board, stated that this is slated to be repaired, that it is an Americans with Disabilities Act situation, and that he will raise the question at the next CRPD Board meeting.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at the Rancho Cordova Library.