BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 11-28-17


DATE: November 28, 2017
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting


James Adams
Lori Christensen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Andrea White


Kelly Cohen



  1. Call to Order by Chair Lynda Hammitt
  2. Minutes of October 24, 2017
    The author of the draft minutes for October 24, 2017 was not present at this (November) meeting.  Jim Morgan stated that he had a number of changes to the draft minutes that he would like considered.  After some discussion, it was agreed to postpone consideration of the draft minutes until the next meeting, with Jim Morgan to confer with the author about potential changes.
  1. Question or comments from the membership/community
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer
      Treasurer Andrea White distributed a profit and loss statement for November, and reviewed the statement.  She stated that the Steering Committee needed to approve expenditure of $20 for the filing fee for the Secretary of State form SI-100.  Rene Hamlin made the motion to approve.  Gay Jones seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

      Jim Morgan stated that the expenses for the most recent BRECA Newsletter had exceeded the authorized amount.  The Newsletter cost $218.09.  Gay Jones made a motion to approve the increased expenditure.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that the CORPAC (Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council) meeting discussed the West Jackson Highway – Newbridge plan.  The County is going to prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the plan.  James Adams pointed out that traffic is a major concern with the Jackson Highway plans.
    3. Outreach Committee
      Lynda Hammitt reported that the Outreach Committee had not met, and that they are looking for a new chair.
  1. Old Business
    1. California American Water Proceeding Update
      Gay Jones reported that there is no new information that concerns us.  James Adams stated that the recommendation from a previous meeting is still good.  That is, BRECA is waiting for the proposed decisions to come out (presumably in December and January), and will comment as appropriate.  Gay Jones commented that there is a new party to the proceedings that is also concerned about annexation of disparate communities.
    2. Parkway Plantings
      Gay Jones reported that the cages had been removed from all trees at the Kansas Access staging area, except for one large tree at the downstream end.  The Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) is working on removing the cage from that tree.

      Gay Jones also reported that the native plantings near the Mayhew Drain were run over by a vehicle.  She has contacted County Parks about this, and they will advise people to avoid the plantings.  She has received three “cocoons” from SAFCA.  They are used for plantings, and are good for one season and then decompose.

  1. New Business
    1. Kik-It Lounge
      Bonnie Domeny stated that the Kik-It Lounge, a hookah lounge, had applied for a liquor license.  She stated that she and neighbors had protested to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.  Her protest and that of another member were rejected, but another protest was accepted.  In the end, the liquor license was rejected.  However, the owner is now trying to have a separate restaurant that could apply for a liquor license.  A letter from Sacramento County Supervisor Nottoli stated that they would likely be more inclined to accept a beer and wine license at a restaurant.

      Ken Crawford stated that the 5 and 10 cent store on Bradshaw and Folsom is going to close, and that the owner of the property has contacted AM/PM about putting a gas station on the corner.

    2. Plan for our December Meeting
      Lynda Hammitt raised the question of what to do at the December 19 BRECA meeting.  After some discussion it was agreed to have a short meeting with finger foods at the library and then go across the street to Brookside Restaurant.
    3. BRECA Calendar 2018
      The following dates and events were tentatively agreed upon:
      March 24 – Easter Egg Hunt
      April 24 – General Meeting
      March to May – Steering Committee election
      May – Neighborhood Bike Ride
      June 2 – Neighborhood Garage Sale
      August 19 – Bark in Park
      September 23 – Picnic
    4. From the Floor
      Carmen Mitchell enquired about what is happening on the west end of Mira Del Rio.  James Adams stated that Pacific Gas and Electric is checking gas lines.

      Carmen Mitchell stated that a community member is enquiring about what is happening with the Folsom Blvd. streetscape.  Bonnie Domeny stated that she told him there is no funding.

      Andrea White stated that there is an invitation from the Cordova Recreation and Park District to attend the opening of Heron Landing Park, located on Sunrise and Cosumnes.

      Andrea White stated that the Easter Egg Hunt expenses had gone over budget, and the budget needs to be raised to $250.  Gay Jones moved to increase the budgeted amount.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

      Rick Sloan stated that the Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD) had an outreach meeting on Measure J expenditures.  Only 5 members of the public attended.  The CRPD Board decided to take another approach to outreach.  They would like to send out a survey to the community, including BRECA members.  Funds will be available early in 2018.  CRPD will definitely address the walkways in Riviera East Park.  Bonnie Domeny stated that walkways, Americans with Disabilities Act issues, and the pool are priorities.  CRPD is looking at what to do after these priorities are addressed.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

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