BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 6-27-17


DATE: June 27, 2017
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting


James Adams
Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan


Andrea White


  1. Call to Order by Chair Rene Hamlin
  2. Minutes of May 23, 2017
    Gay Jones made a motion to adopt the draft minutes of May 23, 2017.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  3. Election of Officers
    Bonnie Domeny made a motion to select Lynda Hammitt for Chair.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.Rene Hamlin made a motion to select Gay Jones for Vice-Chair.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.Gay Jones made motion to select Jim Morgan for Secretary.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.Gay Jones made a motion to select Andrea White for Treasurer.  Lynda Hammitt seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  4. Reports
    1. Treasurer
      There was no treasurer’s report.Jim Morgan reported that the expenses for the 2017 Steering Committee election had exceeded the budget, owing to more people writing candidate’s statements.  The actual expense was $204.22, which exceeded the budgeted amount of $160.  Gay Jones made a motion to appropriate $204.22 for election expenses.  Lori Christensen seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.
    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that there was a meeting of the Cordova Area Planning and Advisory Committee (CORPAC).  There was a presentation on the South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan (SSHCP).  This is to be a document that identifies land that has desirable environmental characteristics for mitigation of the effects of development.  The SSHCP plans to buy land from willing sellers for environmental mitigation.  Jim Morgan asked who or what entity buys and holds the land.  Gay Jones stated she would follow up on that question.
    3. Outreach Committee
      Lynda Hammitt reported that the Outreach Committee had met.  They have not made much progress on getting new members.  They are continuing to brainstorm the subject.  They are considering what to do with the membership function, and suggested that procedures be written for this.  Jim Morgan, who currently does the membership renewals and thank you letters, volunteered to join the Committee, and suggested that the name be changed to Outreach and Membership, or something similar.  It was recommended that the renewal process have an on-line option for members.  Jim Morgan reported that the recently established web site membership application had received four applications.  However, after a month or more none of them had sent money to BRECA.  Jim mailed all of them letters requesting dues and contributions.  So far there has been one response.  To remedy this issue for the on-line membership renewal process to work smoothly it is acknowledged that the payment function must also be added to the website.
    4. American River Parkway Coalition
      Gay Jones reported there had been a meeting of the American River Parkway Coalition this month.  Jeff Leatherman, head of County Parks, stated that there will be an additional 5.45 Full Time Equivalents for “visitor assistance.”  These are not rangers, but will be a presence on the Parkway and can write citations.  Parks is also asking for an additional $1 million.  Gay Jones also reported that there are efforts in the California State Legislature to add money for the American River Conservancy.  The Board of Supervisors has asked Parks how they would use an additional $3, 4, or 5 million to address the homeless/illegal camping issue on the Parkway.  Staff is to come back at the next meeting with a report.
  1. Old Business
    1. Response to BRECA on California American Water 2018 General Rate Case
      Gay Jones stated that she had sent out a letter and table that the BRECA California American Water (Cal Am) Committee had received from Cal Am.  She asked if there were any comments on them.  Jim Morgan commented that, if the table is correct, it does show a need for some rate increase if water use reductions from 2016 continue in future years.  However, if reductions are not as great in future years, there would be excess revenues.  He enquired as to whether there is a mechanism for refunding excess revenues.  Gay Jones and James Adams responded that there is a mechanism, but it takes a while, and involves approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).  Gay Jones stated that she is also concerned about issues concerning groundwater management.  Gay Jones requested that Jim Morgan send his comments to her and James Adams, and that they will send a letter to the CPUC.  There was consensus to take this action.
    2. Bark in the Park
      The Bark in the Park is scheduled for August 20, 2017, in Riviera East Park.
    3. From the Floor
      There were no Old Business items from the floor
  1. New Business
    1. Meeting Minutes
      Ken Crawford stated that he thinks the public has a right to know what amendments are made to the draft minutes.  Rene Hamlin suggested posting both the draft and final minutes on the website.  People could compare the draft and final minutes.Ken Crawford stated that he would like to have the members of the public who attend Steering Committee meeting listed on the minutes.  Lori Christensen suggested listing the number of guests.  Jim Morgan stated that people have objected to having their name in the minutes in the past, having to do with being found in an internet search.  He stated that he would not object to putting the number of guests or members of the public in the minutes.  There was consensus to do this in future.
    2. Steering Committee Election Results
      Ken Crawford stated that he would like to see the number of votes received by each candidate for Steering Committee reported in the minutes.  Jim Morgan stated that the number of votes received by each candidate was not reported in previous elections, only the winners.  Also, nobody asked for the numbers at the May meeting where the results were announced.  There was discussion, with some people thinking that the numbers had been announced previously, and others not.  There was consensus to report the numbers in future.
    3. From the Floor
      Gay Jones requested that the number of hours that volunteers worked on the Parkway be posted on the BRECA web site.Rick Sloan stated that the Cordova Recreation and Park District has a new Administrator, and he is doing a good job.Lynda Hammitt thanked Rene Hamlin for the wonderful job she did as chair.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

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