BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 09-25-18


DATE: September 25, 2018
PLACE: Saint George Melkite Greek-Catholic Church, 9501 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting


James Adams
Lori Christensen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Jim Morgan
Andrea White


Lynda Hammitt
Gay Jones
Carmen Mitchell


1. Call to Order by Acting Chair Lori Christensen

2. Minutes of August 28, 2018

Jim Morgan noted an amendment to the draft minutes of August 28, 2018 submitted by Gay Jones. Rene Hamlin made a motion to approve the amended draft minutes. James Adams seconded the motion. The motion was approved with 5 in favor and 1 abstention.

3. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community

A member of the audience noted that there had been an important ruling by a panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and asked Jim Morgan to elaborate. Jim stated that the ruling was in connection with a lawsuit brought against the city of Boise, Idaho by lawyers for homeless individuals. The ruling was that the police could not issue a citation against homeless campers if there was no place else for them find shelter. This is important because it affects the Sacramento area, and particularly the Lower American River Parkway, where there is a persistent problem with illegal camping by homeless individuals. Rangers would no longer be able to cite people for camping on the Parkway.

There was discussion about the case. Bonnie Domeny stated that she was concerned about the campfires that campers often build. It was suggested by a member of the audience that we should have a ranger come to a BRECA meeting and discuss the situation. James Adams stated that we should agendize the issue and have a discussion.

4. Reports

a. Treasurer

Andrea White (Treasurer) presented the BRECA income and expenditures for the year to date. The balance in the BRECA checking account is $4,741.04.

b. Outreach Committee

Rene Hamlin reported that there was no Outreach Committee meeting this month. Lori Christensen led preparations for the picnic. Andrea White was responsible for the piñata and the bounce house. Coming up is getting people together to implement the Welcome Packet. We also need to decide if we want to do a holiday gathering at the December meeting this year.


Bonnie Domeny stated that there was no CORPAC (Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council) meeting this month.

d. ARCO proposal

Jim Morgan stated that he had been contacted by Sheryll Venegas with Supervisor Don Nottoli’s office. Sheryll said that ARCO had pulled the application for a gas station at Bradshaw Rd. and Folsom Blvd. Jim stated that unless ARCO changes their mind, the proposal is probably done.

5. Old Business

a. 2018 Annual Picnic-Potluck in the Park

Lori Christensen thanked Jim Morgan for doing the mailing and Carmen Mitchell for bringing tables. The Fire Department came, but could only stay for a short time. There were 30 people who signed in, although there were also kids from the park who participated in the piñata and bounce house.

b. Great American River Clean Up

Lori Christensen stated that she was the site captain for the Gristmill area at the Great American River Clean Up this year. About 14 people came, some from outside the area. Some of the people were doing community service. Interesting items found included a washing machine drum. For all sites combined, there were about 22,000 pounds of trash picked up.

c. From the Floor

James Adams stated that he was working on getting signs with Butterfield-Riviera East put at two entrances to the community. He had received a call from Latricia with Supervisor Nottoli’s office to the effect that it would take about a month to do the administrative process. The signs would look like the signs for Rosemont. A member of the audience asked about getting a sign at Mira Del Rio Dr. and Folsom Blvd. James Adams commented that the corner there is all private property, so there is nowhere to put a sign.

6. New Business

a. From the Floor

Jim Morgan stated that the BRECA Newsletter should be coming out in November, and asked people to volunteer to write articles.

A member of the audience commented that he has a problem with feral cats on El Cerro Ct. People are feeding the cats, and the cats defecate on his lawn. The people feeding the cats said that they are part of a feral cat program, but Sheriff’s office said they don’t have a program for feral cats. Bonnie Domeny pointed out that it is not illegal to feed the cats. She suggested having a little neighborhood meeting to discuss the problem. Lori Christensen concurred that it is not really a BRECA problem, and the local neighbors need to deal with it.

Bonnie Domeny commented that we have a guest speaker from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District next month, and we need to respond to an e-mail question about how many people to expect. After brief discussion, it was agreed to tell them 50 people.

7. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

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