03-22-11 Meeting Minutes


DATE: March 22, 2011
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting


Lori Christensen
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Stan Mofjeld
Rick Sloan
Mary Ann Winters

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    1. Minutes of January 2011
      MaryAnn Winters made a motion to adopt the draft minutes.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. Minutes of February 2011
      Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft minutes.  MaryAnn Winters seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      There was no treasurer’s report.
    2. Other reports
      Gay Jones reported that there were no local issues before the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC).
  1. Old Business
    1. Public Utilities Commission/California American Water Update
      Joe O’Connor reported that there is a new letter being circulated from the Division of Ratepayer Advocates (DRA) of the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) concerning requested increases in California American (Cal Am) water rates.  The letter recommends increases of 8.5% instead of the increase of over 40% requested by Cal Am.  After some discussion it was agreed that BRECA would send a letter to the PUC supporting the DRA recommendation.
    2. Riviera East Park Playground Equipment
      Stan Mofjeld reported that Cordova Recreation and Park District staff have installed most of the new playground equipment in Riviera East Park, but need several days of dry weather to install the base.  Rick Sloan reported that dedication of the equipment is planned for April 23, 2011.  The Park District plans to mail a flyer to houses within 500 to 1,000 feet of the park.  Lori Christensen made a motion for BRECA to mail a flyer to our membership.  Jim Morgan seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    3. Gristmill Restoration
      Gay Jones reported that there was no additional information on the Gristmill restoration plans.
  1. New Business
    1. Fire Reduction in American River Parkway
      Jeri Langham reported that he had received a flyer regarding planned fire fuel reduction in the Gristmill section of the American River Parkway.  The flyer indicates that dead wood, brush, and tree branches up to 10 feet high are to be removed from the area within 100 feet of the fence line. If taken literally, this would be an environmental disaster.  It was generally agreed that a balance must be struck between fire risk and natural values.  Several people have been communicating by e-mail concerning the proposal.  Jeri plans to meet with Mary Maret of Sacramento County Regional Parks concerning this proposal.  He will also meet with the work crew to educate them about the natural values of the vegetation.  Jeri was asked to report back about the activities.
    2. Items from the floor.
      Jim Morgan stated that the Steering Committee election begins this month with nominations.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be on April 26, 2011 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

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