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BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – May 28, 2024

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: May 28, 2024

PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA

MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams

Paul Bowers

Lori Christensen

Gay Jones

Jim Morgan

Andrea White

 

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

Ken Crawford

Rene Hamlin

Debbie Purvis

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 1

1. Welcome by Chair Gay Jones and Introductions

2. Items from the public, not on the agenda

None

3. Minutes from April 23, 2024

An amendment to the draft minutes of April 23, 2024 was proposed and accepted.  Paul Bowers made a motion to adopt the amended minutes.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

4. Reports/Updates

a. Treasurer

Andrea White reviewed the status of the BRECA budget.  The balance is $7,431.98.

There was an overage in the expenditure for the membership renewals for membership year 2023.  Andrea White made a motion to accept the overage.  Paul Bowers seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously. (See also item 5c.)

 

b. Membership

Jim Morgan reported that BRECA has 86 memberships.

c. CORPAC

Gay Jones reported that there was a CORPAC (Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council) meeting.  There was nothing directly relevant to the BRECA area.  

d. Sacramento Rezone Project

Jim Morgan reported that there is an effort by Sacramento County Planning to increase the zoning density for a number of parcels in the unincorporated County to comply with the Regional Housing Needs Allocation.  One parcel in the BRECA area, opposite the light rail station, would be increased from 20 dwelling units (du)/acre to 40 du/acre.  Another, small, parcel just east of the BRECA area would also be increased from 20 to 40 du/acre.  Jim prepared comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), which were submitted as BRECA comments.  It is not clear when the response to comments will be released. 

Rick Sloan, a Board member of the Cordova Recreation and Park District, commented that for gated developments, there is no requirement for park land, only in lieu fees.  Gay Jones enquired whether traffic was a concern to be addressed in the DEIR.  Jim responded that the California legislature had changed the law so that traffic congestion is no longer considered significant in California environmental documents.  Instead there is vehicle miles traveled, which is compared to the average for the County.

e. Picnic Banner

Andrea White looked into the situation with insurance for events in Riviera East Park.  The Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD) required the public events have a special use permit, fees for trash, and insurance.  At this point, the BRECA picnic is considered a private event, and so these are not required.  This is in contrast to the Easter Egg Hunt, which is a public event.  If we do a banner for the picnic, it would become a public event and would require insurance.  Rick Sloan, a member of the CRPD board, commented that in the beginning he did not want to do a banner as it could attract hundreds of people.  Jim Morgan commented that no matter how one did the banner, it would likely attract extra members of the public, even if it says BRECA members only.

Gay Jones commented that we should put our emphasis on contacting BRECA members, and have a flyer sent to the membership.  Jim Morgan commented that there was no flyer mailed to the membership last year, which was different than most previous years.  It was noted that September 29 is the date for the picnic this year.

5. Old Business

a. Psynergy

Gay Jones reported that there is no news about the Psynergy facility, in particular we have not found out if there is State authorization for the site.  A member of the audience commented that having people hanging out does not give a good impression of the neighborhood.  Paul Bowers commented that the Psynergy staff have said that 95% of their clients are funded by the State.  Gay wondered which State organization regulates the site?  Who has oversight?  Lori Christensen commented that a lot of money is being poured into mental health facilities.  The Department of Mental Health would have oversight.  Gay commented that if there are impacts, somebody must be responsible for oversight.  Paul wondered that if 80% of the clients smoke, are they far enough away from buildings?

b. Army Corps of Engineers Erosion Control Project 

Jim Morgan reported on a recent meeting of the Bank Protection Working Group (BPWG) that concerned the Army Corps of Engineers proposed erosion control projects.  The presentations gave an extensive history of erosion protection on the Lower American River, and in particular of the BPWG early history.  However, the presentations did not give detailed answers about the specifics of the current project.  Several questions from the audience were addressed.  Mainly, at this point, we are waiting for responses to comments on the draft environmental documents.

Paul Bowers commented that we should be contacting the Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB), as they must approve the project.  Gay Jones commented that one can participate in CVFPB meetings via Zoom.  At the last meeting she asked where has the launchable rock been done before?  She was told they would look into it and call her back.

James Adams commented that he would like a site visit, and site by site explanation of the nature of the problems and the proposed solution.  Jim Morgan commented that a site visit with 300 people would not work.  Gay enquired whether there could be a select group of people on a site visit?  Paul commented that the Corps would not want a site visit, because if someone was not included it could cause legal problems for the environmental document process.  James Adams commented that he would like a site visit for the BRECA site.  Jim Morgan pointed out that the proposed projects are not in the BRECA area, but a distance downriver.

c. Floor

Andrea White stated that there was an overage for the event insurance for the Easter Egg Hunt, and requested approval of the overage.  Gay Jones made a motion to approve the overage.  Paul Bowers seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.  

6. New Business

a. Comment Letter on Draft Fire Safe Council Proposal by American River Parkway Foundation 

Gay Jones stated that there is a 120 pages report by a consultant to the American River Parkway Foundation which raises the prospect of the Foundation being involved in fuel management on the Parkway.  She commented that the Parkway is not like a rural area with limited resources.  Most fires are caused by humans.  County Parks was not involved in the report or proposal.  Gay intends to send a personal comment on the proposal.  People are concerned that the Foundation may take inappropriate actions on the Parkway.  Lori Christensen commented that Gay is our fire expert.  Gay commented that this is not a typical “Fire Safe” issue, and that a limited number of people had been asked for input.  She is concerned that there may be actions that are destructive of the natural aspects of the Parkway.  It was agreed that Gay should prepare a comment letter for BRECA to send.

b. Floor

Lori Christensen enquired what happened at the Light Rail crossing at Bradshaw and Folsom? It looks like one of the crossing arms may be down; there is only one arm.  Paul Bowers commented that someone ran into one of the light standards and knocked it over.

7. From the Floor

Gay Jones commented that she saw a proposal for paving some of the roads on Bradshaw and side courts.  The budget is $800,000.

The next Steering Committee Meeting will be held at the Rancho Cordova Library on June 25, 2024.

Min F 5-24.doc3

BRECA Agenda June 2024

BUTTERFIELD RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Steering Committee Meeting
6:30 pm, June 25, 2024
Cordova Library Community Room
9845 Folsom Blvd. 95827

AGENDA:
1. Welcome and Introductions.
2. Items From the Public, not on the agenda.
3. Approval of Minutes.
4. Reports/Updates : Treasurer. No report.
: Membership.
: Corpac Meeting.
: Metro Fire (Fireworks, Squads,)
: From the Floor.
5. Old Business – Synergy.
– Erosion Control Project/Central Valley Flood Control Board.
– From the Floor.
– Comment letters on draft Fire Safe Council proposal by Parkway Foundation.
– From the Floor.
7. New Business – post photo on website
– From the Floor.

Adjourn until next Meeting on July 23, 2024.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – April 23, 2024

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: April 23, 2024

PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA

MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams

Paul Bowers

Lori Christensen

Ken Crawford

Rene Hamlin

Gay Jones

Debbie Purvis

 

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

Jim Morgan

Andrea White

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 4

1. Welcome by Chair Gay Jones and Introductions

2. Items from the public, not on the agenda

None

3. Minutes from March 26, 2024

Ken Crawford made a motion to adopt the draft minutes from March 26, 2024.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

4. Reports/Updates

a. Treasurer

No Report this month

b. Membership

No Report this month

 

c. CORPAC

Gay Jones reported that there was no activity at CORPAC.  

d. Little Library

Rene Hamlin reported that there has been some graffiti on the little library.  She also noticed that the neighbors have been keeping it clean by applying rubbing alcohol on it.  

e. Metro Fire

Gay Jones handed out a Profile and Statistics card for Metro Fire for January 1-December 31, 2023  

5. Old Business

a. Psynergy

Debbie Purvis reported that Psynergy set up a meeting/walk through, and she wanted to thank them for setting it up.  The tour did not include the locked part of the facility that is for the clients and staff only.  There is a new volleyball court being built for clients.  However, there is still no solution to concerns about their clients loitering and dropping cigarettesand trash around the neighborhood.  

It was noted that the Psynergy was previously a senior citizens home and now is a mental health treatment program.  It is an open campus and clients can come and go as they please.  Rebecca Sloan, representative for Supervisor Pat Hume, was in attendance she was asked about the process for allowing a new use?  Rebecca said it is a State license and we may want to contact State Assembly member Josh Hoover. [Secretary’s note: the State Assembly member that represents the area around Psynergy is Kevin McCarty.]

A suggestion was made by Gay Jones that BRECA write a letter to Psynergy informing them that our goal is to be good neighbors, and we hope they share the same goal.  The letter would also suggest that Psynergy have a staff member come with large groups of clients on outings and model good behavior. Additionally, it was suggested that they could “adopt” Folsom Blvd and pick up trash on the sidewalk and in the landscaping.  We would also remind them that they are welcome to come to our monthly meetings. 

b. Easter Egg Hunt (Communications/Website)

Gay Jones noted that the special event needed to get on the website, and we needed to notify the Webmaster. 

c. ACE Erosion Control Project 

James Adams attended a meeting about the Corps Erosion Control Project on the lower American River between Howe Ave and Larchmont Park.  He thought County Supervisors Hume and Desmond organized the meeting; however it was pointed out that it Federal Representative Ami Berra organized it.  James wants the Federal partners to do an on-site walk thru confirming the trees to be affected by the Project. Gay commented that we are waiting for response to comments on the environmental document, and then Paul and Gay will discuss next steps with Jim Morgan.

d. Trumark Update

James Adams reported that there is no new update on the Trumark property.  There is still discussion about buying the 20 acres in the flood plain and not buying the 20 acres above the floodplain.  

e. Steering Committee Election

Nominations for Steering Committee candidates opened with the last meeting and concluded with this meeting.  There were no new nominees.

6. New Business

a. Sacramento County Infill Development Program 

Gay Jones invites people to check out the County’s website on Infill Development: www.saccountyinfill.com.  If you sign up, you will get updates.

b. Outreach to Assembly member Josh Hoover

Outreach to Assembly member Josh Hoover informing him of our meeting time and dates [Secretary’s note: the State Assembly member that represents our area is Kevin McCarty.]

7. From the Floor

Rene Hamlin discussed the National Night Out/Safe Streetsnight.  This year it will be held on Tuesday, August 6th. Local Neighborhood Watch supports this event.  Some people in the audience had participated in it.  They held a Barbeque in the front yard and neighbors came and played corn hole and chess.  It was suggested that people should come to the next meeting with ideas of how BRECA can get involved with it.

The Steering Committee Meeting will be held at the Rancho Cordova Library on May 28, 2024.

BRECA Agenda May 28, 2024

BUTTERFIELD RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Steering Committee Meeting
6:30 pm, May 28, 2024
Cordova Library Community Room
9845 Folsom Blvd. 95827

AGENDA:
1. Welcome and Introductions.
2. Items From the Public, not on the agenda.
3. Approval of Minutes.
4. Reports/Updates : Treasurer. Overage approval for membership renewal expenses.
: Membership.
: Corpac Meeting.
: Sacramento Rezone Project.
: Picnic Banner.
: Additional.
5. Old Business – Synergy.
– ACE Erosion Control Project (Jim).
– From the Floor.
6. New Business – Comment letter on draft Fire Safe Council proposal by Parkway Foundation.
– From the Floor.
7. From the Floor.

Adjourn until next Meeting on June 25, 2024.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – March 26, 2024

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

 

DATE: March 26, 2024

 

PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library
9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA

 

MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

 

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams

Paul Bowers

Lori Christensen 

Ken Crawford

Rene Hamlin

Gay Jones

Jim Morgan

Debbie Purvis

Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

None

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 2

  1. Call to Order by Chair Gay Jones
  2. Welcome and Introductions
  3. Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items

None

  1. Minutes from February 27, 2024

Rene Hamlin made a motion to adopt the draft minutes from February 27, 2024.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

  1. Reports
  2. Treasurer

Andrea White reported that BRECA has $6,406.98 in the bank.

  1. Membership

Jim Morgan reported that BRECA has 85 memberships.

  1. Little Library

Andrea White reported that there is an issue with the hinges on the door of the Little Free Library.  The Little Free Library has been removed for repair.

  1. CORPAC

Gay Jones reported that there was no Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting.

  1. Metro Fire

Gay Jones reported that Metro Fire will have a Fire Camp for people ages 11-13.  It is a four and one-half day event.  They are open for applications on the Metro Fire web site.

  1. Old Business
  2. Psynergy

Debbie Purvis reported that she had not had success in contacting Psynergy to express concerns about their clients loitering and dropping cigarettes around her neighborhood.  She also has not had success at arranging a site visit for BRECA members.  Gay Jones noted that the facility was previously a senior citizens home and now is a mental health treatment program wherein clients are prescribed medications.  It is an open campus and clients can come and go as they please.  She inquired of Ashleigh Kaufman, a representative for Supervisor Pat Hume, about the process for allowing a new use?  Ms. Kaufman stated that she will check into it and get back to us.

Ken Crawford noted that the clients are loitering around the shopping center and that he feels uncomfortable going there.  He raised that question of what program(s) do they have?  Gay wondered whether they have an impact on the library.  Andrea White noted that their web site indicates that they want to acquire adjacent property for an equestrian program.  Lori Christensen stated that she had talked to their representative about that, and they are not going forward with that plan.

  1. Easter Egg Hunt

Andrea White discussed the preparations for the BRECA Easter Egg Hunt.  Weather is an issue, and go or no-go will be decided the Friday before the event.  

  1. New Business
  2. Steering Committee Election

Jim Morgan stated that nominations for Steering Committee candidates open with this meeting and close with the next meeting.  Notices of the election will be emailed to members we have emails for, and sent by U.S. mail to the other members.

  1. Floor

James Adams commented that the environmental document for the Corps’ erosion protection project had received between 300 and 900 comments.  He stated that that they may get final documents in May or June.  Jim Morgan commented that it was likely to take longer to prepare the final documents.

Jim Morgan enquired whether anyone had followed up on the food pop-up on Folsom Blvd. near Bradshaw Rd.?  Apparently nobody had.  Jim requested that Ashleigh Kaufman, with Supervisor Hume’s office, follow up on this.  Ms. Kaufman stated that she will check into it and get back to us.

Gay Jones commented that the Eclectic Center is still in disrepair.  In particular, a light pole is down.  James Adams commented that they have filled in some potholes, and they don’t collect water anymore.  Gay also observed that a large structure had been added to the Lavash Bakery.

A member of the audience commented that he had prepared a draft of a banner for the picnic, and sent it around via email.

Andrea White reported that the Cordova Recreation and Park District Optimized Plan is now on the web site and comments will be accepted March 21 to April 21.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting at the Rancho Cordova Library on April 23, 2024.

BRECA Agenda April 23, 2024

BUTTERFIELD RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

 

Steering Committee Meeting

6:30 pm, April 23, 2024

Cordova Library Community Room

9845 Folsom Blvd. 95827

 

AGENDA:

  1. Welcome and Introductions.
  2. Items From the Public, not on the agenda.
  3. Approval of Minutes.
  4. Reports/Updates : Treasurer

: Membership

: Little Library

: Corpac Meeting.

: Additional.

  1. Old Business – Synergy (Debbie).

– Easter Egg Hunt. (Communications/Website, Gay)

– ACE Erosion Control Project (Jim).

– Trumark Update (James).

– Steering Committee Elections (Jim).

 

6. New Business – Sacramento County Infill Development Program. (Gay)

7. From the Floor.

 

Adjourn until next Meeting on May 28, 2024.