01-27-15 Meeting Minutes



DATE: January 27, 2015
PLACE: Brookside Restaurant and Bar, 9819 Horn Road, Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting


Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

  1. Welcome from Chair Gay Jones
  2. Minutes for December 2014
    Andrea White made a motion to approve the draft minutes for December 2014. Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.
  3. Updates
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Andrea White, Treasurer, reported that the balance in the BRECA bank account is $4,134.44. A summary of Profit and Loss, Budget vs. Actual up to December 2014 was distributed.Jim Morgan stated that the recent BRECA Newsletter was over budget, due to increased printing costs and increased membership. Jim made a motion to increase the Newsletter budget to $175. Kelly Cohen seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. American River Parkway Coalition
      Gay Jones stated that there was discussion about off leash dogs and bicycles on equestrian trails. Although these are frequent violations of regulations, very few citations are issued for them.
    3. Budget Committee
      Andrea White stated that the Budget Committee had not yet met. They are trying to find a date in February to meet.
    4. From the Floor
      Andrea White stated that the Cordova Recreation and Park District has scheduled a “town hall” meeting on February 4 at Crawford’s Barn to discuss construction of a parking lot at Larchmont Park.
      Bonnie Domeny stated that there will be a new ranger who will be the “steward” for the Gristmill section of the American River Parkway. It was requested that an e-mail be sent with the name and phone number of the ranger.
  4. Old Business
    1. County: Zoning and Special Planning Area
      Gay Jones stated that Chris Pahuli (spelling?) and Tim Kia (spelling?), with the County, are working on revising the Butterfield Special Planning Area document. Eventually there should be a meeting with BRECA to discuss the document. BRECA’s guidelines include blending and melding with the existing community and full parkland dedication on site. Gay also stated that this is connected with updating the County Zoning codes. This is an important issue at the Community Planning and Advisory Councils, with issues such as reducing the allowed setback of buildings from the street from 25 feet to 5 feet. Gay stated that there are workshops on the zoning update before the Board of Supervisors scheduled for February 11 at 2:45 pm and on March 10.
    2. Levee Work
      Jim Morgan stated that the construction work on the east end of the Mayhew-Gristmill levee appears to be completed. It is evident that the “plug” that was constructed partially blocks the path where water below the top of the levee could go around the end, but still leaves a gap. Jim has sent a series of questions to the Corps of Engineers regarding the specifications of the “plug” as constructed. There was discussion of whether BRECA wants to push for further work to connect the levee to high ground. It was agreed that further information is needed.
    3. From the Floor
      It was agreed that Rene Hamlin, Andrea White and Bonnie Domeny would be co-leads for the Easter Egg Hunt.
  5. New Business
    1. From the Floor/Information Sharing
      There were no items from the floor.
  6. Meeting adjourned.
    The next Steering Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, location TBD.
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