BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 11-24-09


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

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.

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