06-25-13 Meeting Minutes



DATE: June 25, 2013

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

MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting


Paul Bowers
Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Gay Jones
Stan Mofjeld
Jim Morgan
Rick Sloan
Mary Ann Winters

1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones

2. Minutes of March and April 2013

An addition to the draft minutes for March 2013 was proposed and accepted. Stan Mofjeld made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes for March and the draft minutes for April 2013. Mary Ann Winters seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

3. Reports

a. Treasurer’s Report

Kelly Cohen (Treasurer) reported that the balance in the BRECA checking account was $3,729.67.


Gay Jones reported on the most recent meeting of the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC). She stated that the CORPAC appeal of a plan for a wooden fence behind the Rosemont Plaza had been heard at a Board of Supervisors meeting, and the owners were directed to return with plans for a more robust wall. The Jackson Highway plan Notice Of Preparation of an environmental document is coming out soon. The BRECA concern is for traffic impacts. She also noted that that CORPAC has an opening for a new member. Interested parties should contact Gay.

c. American River Parkway Coalition

Gay Jones reported that, at the American River Parkway Coalition meeting, there was considerable discussion about user conflicts on the Parkway.

4. Old Business

a. Ice Cream Social

There was discussion about the details of the upcoming Ice Cream Social. Individuals and groups of people were assigned tasks.

b. Riverstone Square Property

Gay Jones stated that she had spoken with the land advisor for the proposed senior housing development in Orangevale, but has not yet heard back.

c. Blow Lounge

Stan Mofjeld reported that the problem is that the Blow Lounge is making noise (music) late at night. Carl Simpson, with Sacramento County Code Enforcement, has been working on the problem. He has made a list of special conditions which are to be attached to the business license, including no loud music after 12:00 midnight and no loitering. The list has been sent to the head of Sacramento County Planning. If Planning agrees, the conditions will be sent to the Business License Department for adoption. Gay Jones stated that she had talked with Pat Brasiel in Supervisor Don Nottoli’s office, who confirmed the above, and stated that the Blow Lounge is now considered a public nuisance, so the Business Department can impose conditions in the business license.

Bonnie Domeny (who lives behind the Blow Lounge) stated that Carl Simpson has not been returning her calls lately. She also stated that this problem has been going on for a year, and a timeline is needed. The Sheriff will no longer respond to her calls. She is very frustrated. Gay pointed out that the problem has been escalated to the head of County Planning, and people are trying to find a solution. She also noted that the Blow Lounge has put a patio in front and taken out parking spaces. A BRECA member suggested that if there are children in the area, Child Protective Services could become involved.

5. New Business

a. Army Corps of Engineers Letters

Stan Mofjeld reported that property owners (including himself) had received letters from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requesting permission to enter their property to do survey work. The letters requested permission to enter property for one (1) year, beginning July 15, 2013. Stan stated that there is a problem with the upstream end of the new levee, in that a gap was left that could let water go around the end of the levee and flood the adjacent community.

There was considerable discussion about this item. It was pointed out that the Corps had been there before and did surveying, but only to the fenceline, not in back yards. It was also pointed out that for one of the options for fixing the problem, a tie-in to elevated ground in a back yard that would result in a shorter project, the Corps would need the elevations of the back yards. However, the specific terms are negotiable, and it was suggested that property owners could ask for a shorter period of time, e.g. a couple of weeks. Property owners were requested to get back to BRECA at a subsequent meeting. Joe O’Connor volunteered to contact Pete Ghelfi at the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency and inquire about the situation.

b. Nextdoor.com

Greg Vaughan reported that there are now 38 members of the Nextdoor.com web site in the Riviera East area. They hope to use this web site as a virtual neighborhood watch and also to facilitate other communications in the area. They would like to include the entire BRECA area. Mary Ann Winters made a motion that BRECA supports the expansion of the Riviera East Nextdoor.com web site to include the entire BRECA area. Kelly Cohen seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

c. SMUD Notice

There was no discussion on this item.

d. From the Floor

There were no items from the floor.

7. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at the Rancho Cordova Library.

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