03-26-13 Meeting Minutes



DATE: March 26, 2013

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

MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting


Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Gay Jones
Stan Mofjeld
Jim Morgan
Mary Ann Winters

1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones

2. Blow Lounge (item from the floor taken out of order)

Jay and Bonnie Domeny discussed a problem with the “Blow Lounge,” a new business in the strip mall on Folsom Blvd. This is a business where people smoke tobacco in water pipes. Jay and Bonnie stated that they live on Elmira Circle, immediately behind the business. They stated that the Blow Lounge is playing music too loud, especially the bass. The hours of operation are from 9:00 pm to 4:30 am. Jay and Bonnie stated that they had met with the owners in September, and possibly some insulation had been installed. Jay and Bonnie stated that they have contacted the Sheriff and Sacramento County Code Enforcement, but they did not seem to be able to do anything. Tyler Neff, a Problem Oriented Policing (POP) officer with the Sheriff’s department came out and confirmed that the music is too loud.

There was discussion of the issue. It was pointed out that there are two problems here: the sound, and the lack of response from County agencies. Gay Jones noted that there is a County ordinance that requires a masonry wall between shopping areas and residential areas. Stan Mofjeld made a motion that BRECA write to Tyler Neff (Sheriff’s department) and Barbara Fairbanks indicating that there is a problem with noise from the Blow Lounge, and copy Supervisor Don Nottoli. Kelly Cohen seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

3. Minutes of February 2013

Stan Mofjeld made a motion to approve the draft minutes for February 2013. Mary Ann Winters seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

4. Reports

a. Treasurer’s Report

Kelly Cohen (Treasurer) reported that the balance in the BRECA checking account was $4,331.45.

b. Housing Element at Board of Supervisors Meeting

Joe O’Connor reported that he attended a Board Of Supervisors meeting on the Housing Element of the County General Plan. There was discussion of how specific the Element should be. The Element is required by the State, and is hard to amend. There were many people who were advocates for low income people, and the Save the American River Association, who wanted greater specificity. However, the Board eventually decided on non-specific language referring to a County ordinance.

c. Port-a-Potty at Gristmill

Gay Jones reported that she had not heard anything from County Parks regarding installing a port-a-potty at Gristmill. Kelly Cohen volunteered to contact Parks Director Jeff Leatherman.

5. Old Business

a. General Membership Meeting

The General Membership meeting is planned for April 23, the usual BRECA meeting day. Presenters at the meeting are to be Supervisor Don Nottoli, and representatives from Sacramento County Sheriff, Sacramento County Code Enforcement and Metro Fire. It was agreed to mail a flyer to the whole BRECA area. Joe O’Connor volunteered to work with the mass mailing company. After considerable discussion, Stan Mofjeld made a motion to have as refreshments coffee, cookies, grapes and water. Jim Morgan seconded the motion. The motion was approved with 5 in favor and 1 opposed.

b. Ice Cream Social

There was discussion about the date for the proposed Ice Cream Social. Gay stated that June 30 would be a good date, and give one more BRECA Steering Committee meeting for planning.

c. Native Planting Project

Nothing is happening on the Native Planting Project. Planting will wait for Fall.

d. Tree Round Plaque

Jim Morgan stated that nothing is happening on the on the Tree Round Plaque.

6. New Business

a. Funding for Park Ranger “Essential Equipment”

Gay Jones stated that the Sacramento County Parks rangers had received a boat from the Sheriff’s Department that the Sheriffs were not using. However, there is no County funding for “essential equipment” to use the boat. A fund has been started to collect money needed, which is estimated at $3,000. Gay proposed that BRECA make a contribution of $100.

There was discussion about this item. On the one hand, the County should be responsible for funding ranger equipment. On the other hand, it is desirable to get the boat going this season, instead of waiting for the next fiscal year. The amount of money was also debated. Stan Mofjeld made a motion to donate $100. Gay Jones seconded the motion. The motion was approved with 5 in favor and 1 opposed.

b. From the Floor

Lori Christensen stated that she is concerned about people putting things in front of their houses for “free” such as old TVs, furniture, etc. She is particularly concerned about a house across the street from her house that had a large truck full of junk in the driveway for several weeks. It was suggested that she keep records of these occurrences.

7. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a General Membership Meeting on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

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