07-26-11 Meeting Minutes


DATE: July 26, 2011
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting


Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Stan Mofjeld

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    1. Minutes of April 26, 2011
      Stan Mofjeld made a motion to adopt the draft minutes.  Kelly Cohen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. Minutes of September 28, 2010
      Stan Mofjeld made a motion to adopt the draft minutes.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Kelly Cohen reported that the BRECA bank account balance is $5,474.64.
    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported on the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Committee (CORPAC) meeting.  There was discussion of a proposed county ordinance for medical marijuana dispensaries.  The proposed ordinance would essentially prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries.  However, the Community Planning and Advisory Councils (CPACs) think this is too restrictive, and there needs to be a place for this activity.  There was discussion about the medical marijuana dispensaries being used as fronts for recreational use.
  1. Old Business
    1. Newsletter distribution
      Jim Morgan reported that most of the BRECA Newsletters had been distributed.  Volunteers have been found for the last area needing distribution.
    2. Plaque and Unveiling of Tree Round at Library
      Gay Jones reported that the tree round cut from the largest tree in the Mayhew Levee project area has been placed next to the book drop outside of the library.  There was discussion of having a small plaque for the tree round.  Also, there should be an “official” unveiling with staff from the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) and the library.
    3. Supervisorial Redistricting
      There was discussion about the redistricting of the Board of Supervisors.  It was pointed out that BRECA does not have an official position on this issue.  Stan Mofjeld made a motion to submit a letter in support of Alternative B, or other plans that maintain our community of interest.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    4. Grass Roots Working Group for Regional Parks
      Gay Jones stated that, at a July meeting, the Board of Supervisors (B of S) had directed staff to prepare a proposal for state legislation enabling a 0.1% sales tax for parks.  Stan Mofjeld pointed out that the B of S did not include a recommendation on governance.  It was pointed out that the County staff report supported either a Community Services District or a Community Facilities District, but not an independent district.  Another B of S hearing on August 9 will consider the sales tax proposal.It was pointed out that BRECA does not have an official position on these issues, although BRECA contributed money for the survey for the Grass Roots Working Group.  It is difficult to formulate a position because the proposal will not be released until shortly before the B of S meeting. Individual BRECA members have been speaking generally in support of the proposal for an independent parks district supported by a 0.1% sales tax that would replace the County Regional Parks Department.
    5. Gristmill Habitat Restoration
      Gay Jones stated that she had forwarded an e-mail from Lizette Crosbie (with the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency) that indicated there had been a delay in fixing an erosion site, resulting in missing the last year’s planting season.  All of these are planned to occur later this year.Ray Willis stated that he is concerned about the shortness of the upstream end of the Mayhew-Gristmill levee, which could allow water to go around the levee and into our community.  This was described in the recent BRECA Newsletter.  He also stated that some people have reduced flood insurance cost, but others do not.  Jim Morgan stated that all houses upstream of the Mayhew Drain are out of the 100-year flood zone, and thus eligible for reduced cost flood insurance.  However, people must contact their insurance agent and apply for the reduced cost policy.

      Ray also volunteered to circulate a petition for completion of the levee.  It was not clear if this would be a useful thing to do at this time, as the flood control agencies have agreed to complete the tie-in of the upstream end of the levee to high ground.  No action was taken on this proposal.

    6. Library Availability
      Gay Jones stated that she thinks that things are OK with availability of the library community meeting room in the future.  There had been a problem with a for-profit group using the meeting room.  Jim Morgan stated that he had signed BRECA up for the next three months.
  1. New Business
    1. Items from the floor.
      Stan Mofjeld stated that he is working on getting a sign forbidding dogs in the new children’s play area in Riviera East Park.Lori Christensen pointed out that the annual BRECA picnic is scheduled for September, so should be discussed at the August meeting.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be on August 23, 2011 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

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