09-23-14 Meeting Minutes



DATE: September 23, 2014

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

MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting


Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Rene Hamlin
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Rick Sloan
Greg Vaughan
Andrea White

1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones

2. Minutes

a. August 2014

Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the draft August minutes. Andrea White seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

3. Updates

a. Treasurer’s Report

Andrea White, Treasurer, reported that the balance in the BRECA bank account is $4,135,52. A summary of Profit and Loss, Budget vs. Actual up to September 2014 was handed out. Rene Hamlin pointed out that Pay Pal is $5 per month, and it needs to be added to the document.

b. American River Parkway Coalition

Gay Jones stated that there is a problem with off leash dogs in Sutter’s Landing Park at C and 28th Streets in Sacramento. The City of Sacramento has made it a misdemeanor, which carries a fine of $1,000.00. Off leash complaints have dropped to half as many. The Park is within Sacramento City limits and they can set stronger rules than the Parkway.


Gay Jones stated that the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) has a pending Conditional Use application on Mira Del Rio Drive in the BRECA area. The CORPAC meeting in September did not have a quorum so this issue was not heard. CORPAC rescheduled the meeting for October 16. The slope on the bluff is not stable. It now has wire mesh, but the proposed project is to use shotcrete to help support the weight of a patio where the dirt underneath is crumbling. An emergency ordinance allowed preliminary work with wire mesh and soil nails for stabilization. They are now looking at covering the wire mesh and soil nails with shotcrete. Jim Morgan noted that if they allow the use of shotcrete at this site it would set a precedent. Jim Morgan stated that there are 23 feet from the bluff to the house.

d. Great American River Clean Up

Rene Hamlin reported that 20 people showed up to clean up at Gristmill. They were not from the community. A park ranger worked on cleaning up the island. Four people came with their kayaks to help clean up the river.

e. From the Floor

Joe O’Connor spoke about California American (Cal Am) Water’s Application to purchase Dunnigan Water Works (approximately 350 connections) in Yolo County and then to merge the Dunnigan Water District with their Sacramento Water District (58,000 connections) for rate making. The Dunnigan system needs many fixes and upgrades. Sacramento customers would subsidize Dunnigan and likely the water needs of the projected growth in the area. Yolo County officials would approve future development with no Sacramento say in the matter. Cal Am basically requested that the CPUC fast track and “rubber stamp” their Application. However, the Office of Rate Payer Advocates’ legal office has filed a protest to the Application stating that all the issues need to be investigated and evaluated, and they’re asking for a full hearing.

4. Old Business

a. 2014 Picnic

Lori Christensen reviewed the assignments that people had for the picnic. Andrea White commented that her husband, Don, could play music, and Rick Sloan commented that Pete Weber can also play music for the picnic.

5. New Business

a. October BRECA Meeting

Gay Jones stated that the library will not be available for the October BRECA meeting due to remodeling and she will be out of town. Rene Hamlin will chair the meeting and will look into using the Brookside Restaurant.

Gay Jones made a motion to spend up to $65 to notice the membership that the location has changed for October. Kelly Cohen seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

b. Corps of Engineers East End Levee Project

Joe O’Connor stated that he received in the e-mail a flier from the Corps inviting people to a meeting on September 30 at 4 pm to 6 pm. The meeting will be held in the Riveria East Park. It is to discuss completion of the East end project, which consists of picking up dirt and moving it to the end of the levee.

Jim Morgan noted the BRECA flood control committee consists of Gay Jones, Kelly Cohen, Joe O’Connor and Jim Morgan. The committee’s long-standing position is to tie the upstream end of the levee into high ground. Jim Morgan said we need to remind the Corps of our position.

Jim Morgan made a motion to send all BRECA members an invitation to the meeting. This would cost approximately $110.

Jim also presented an alternative idea. He suggested e-mailing all BRECA members with e-mail addresses and sending an invitation in U.S. mail to those for whom we do not have e-mail addresses. This would cost about $27.

Rick made a motion to e-mail the invitation to BRECA members and send the invitation in U.S. mail. Kelly seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.

Joe O’Conner said he would put the meeting invitation on the website.

c. Federal Bureau of Prisons Reentry Center Sacramento Area

Gay Jones announced that there will be an informational meeting on September 30 from 10 am to 12:30 pm regarding a Federal Bureau of Prisons Reentry Center. If anyone is interested in attending, you should RSVP to Karen James at 916-554-2718.

Greg Vaughan will put the announcement on Next Door. Gay Jones said she would alert Ken Cooley’s office to let him know about the meeting

d. From the floor/Information Sharing

Gay Jones stated that the Rosemont Community Association has asked BRECA if we want to co-sponsor a Cordova Recreation and Park District candidates forum. The date has yet to be determined. Rene Hamlin made a motion to co-sponsor the candidates forum with Rosemont. Andrea White seconded the motion. The motion was approved was unanimously.

Greg Vaughan announced that he would be resigning from the Steering Committee because he will be moving in the near future.

6. Meeting adjourned.

The next Steering Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, location TBD.

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