10-25-11 Meeting Minutes


DATE: October 25, 2011
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting



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

  1.  Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes
    Stan Mofjeld made a motion to adopt the draft minutes from September 27, 2011.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with 5 in favor and one abstention.
  3. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      There was no treasurers report.
    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported on the recent meeting of the Cordova Area Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC).  The Korean market on Bradshaw Road south of Folsom Blvd. has applied for a full liquor license.  It was stated that the area is already oversaturated with stores selling alcoholic beverages.  However, the owners of the Korean market stated that they intend to have Korean alcoholic beverages, which are specialty items.  Representatives from landowners north of the store and Syufy stated that they are concerned about the poor appearance of the Korean store, which has products stacked up outside of the store.  It was also noted that a fire inspection found numerous violations.  CORPAC split on the request for a liquor license with three in favor and three opposed.  The request goes next to the Board of Supervisors.
  4. Old Business
    1. Plaque for Tree Round at Library – sizing and inscription
      Gay Jones reported that a representative of the County libraries has requested language for a plaque to go with the tree round from the American River Parkway displayed outside the Rancho Cordova library.  People were requested to send their suggestions to Gay via e-mail.
    2. Grass Roots Working Group for Regional Parks
      Gay Jones reported that the Grass Roots Working Group (GWG) is in a holding pattern.  An ad-hoc advisory committee for County Regional Parks is supposed to put together recommendations, but has not met yet.  Possibly it will meet in the second week of November.  Jim Morgan stated that the Board of Supervisors is not going to be the leader in implementing the GWG recommendations for an independent county regional park agency.  He further stated that an advocacy organization is needed to lead this effort.  Gay stated that she would not disagree, but it would take a lot of work to accomplish.
    3. Gristmill Habitat Restoration
      Gay Jones reported that Grant Kreinberg, with the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) had called her with information about Gristmill area habitat restoration.  He stated that a contract been executed to perform the restoration work.  The first priority will be to fix the erosion site (rill) at the north east side of the Kansas access staging area.  Next will come work on the staging area itself.
      Another project is also in the works at two sites downstream of the Mayhew Drain.  The plan is to put rocks in the river to retard erosion, then cover the rocks with dirt and revegetate the area.  This is a Corps of Engineers project.
    4. SARA membership
      Gay Jones reported that BRECA had been requested to become a member of the Save the American River Association (SARA).  Concern was raised about whether this was an appropriate use of BRECA funds.  It was pointed out that it could help with politics when BRECA has an issue related to the American River.  Stan Mofjeld made a motion for BRECA to join SARA at the $25 level.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
    5. Cal-Am water – Newspaper article
      Gay Jones handed out a copy of a newspaper article which stated that the California-American Water Company is to be granted a small rate increase for inflation.  The big rate increase (totaling 40%) is still under consideration by the California Public Utilities Commission.  Jim Morgan stated that he had seen a newspaper article that said that Cal Am had also requested an additional rate increase beyond the 40% increase that is under consideration.  Joe O’Connor stated that this subsequent rate hike would be to achieve an 8% rate of return on investment applied to a larger claimed investment if the 40% rate hike is not approved.
  5. New Business
    1. Cordova Recreation and Park District’s Proposed Projects
      Doug Critchfield, the interim director of the Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD) distributed a handout concerning proposed work at Larchmont park.  The proposed work consists mainly of installing concrete walking trails on the east side of the park.  The work is to be funded from the assessment approved by voters a few years ago.  No work is currently planned for Riviera East Park.  It was pointed out that Riviera East Park recently received new playground equipment.  Next year the CRPD plans to meet with residents around Riviera East Park to plan additional improvements to that park.
    2. CERT training.
      A handout was distributed for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training by the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District.
    3. From the Floor
      There was discussion about making a banner and table cloth for BRECA.  Rick Sloan is investigating the costs.
      It was stated that the Steering Committee needs to plan for the General Membership meeting which will likely be in December.
  6. Meeting adjourned.


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