BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – April 23, 2024

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: April 23, 2024

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

MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams

Paul Bowers

Lori Christensen

Ken Crawford

Rene Hamlin

Gay Jones

Debbie Purvis

 

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

Jim Morgan

Andrea White

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 4

1. Welcome by Chair Gay Jones and Introductions

2. Items from the public, not on the agenda

None

3. Minutes from March 26, 2024

Ken Crawford made a motion to adopt the draft minutes from March 26, 2024.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

4. Reports/Updates

a. Treasurer

No Report this month

b. Membership

No Report this month

 

c. CORPAC

Gay Jones reported that there was no activity at CORPAC.  

d. Little Library

Rene Hamlin reported that there has been some graffiti on the little library.  She also noticed that the neighbors have been keeping it clean by applying rubbing alcohol on it.  

e. Metro Fire

Gay Jones handed out a Profile and Statistics card for Metro Fire for January 1-December 31, 2023  

5. Old Business

a. Psynergy

Debbie Purvis reported that Psynergy set up a meeting/walk through, and she wanted to thank them for setting it up.  The tour did not include the locked part of the facility that is for the clients and staff only.  There is a new volleyball court being built for clients.  However, there is still no solution to concerns about their clients loitering and dropping cigarettesand trash around the neighborhood.  

It was noted that the Psynergy was previously a senior citizens home and now is a mental health treatment program.  It is an open campus and clients can come and go as they please.  Rebecca Sloan, representative for Supervisor Pat Hume, was in attendance she was asked about the process for allowing a new use?  Rebecca said it is a State license and we may want to contact State Assembly member Josh Hoover. [Secretary’s note: the State Assembly member that represents the area around Psynergy is Kevin McCarty.]

A suggestion was made by Gay Jones that BRECA write a letter to Psynergy informing them that our goal is to be good neighbors, and we hope they share the same goal.  The letter would also suggest that Psynergy have a staff member come with large groups of clients on outings and model good behavior. Additionally, it was suggested that they could “adopt” Folsom Blvd and pick up trash on the sidewalk and in the landscaping.  We would also remind them that they are welcome to come to our monthly meetings. 

b. Easter Egg Hunt (Communications/Website)

Gay Jones noted that the special event needed to get on the website, and we needed to notify the Webmaster. 

c. ACE Erosion Control Project 

James Adams attended a meeting about the Corps Erosion Control Project on the lower American River between Howe Ave and Larchmont Park.  He thought County Supervisors Hume and Desmond organized the meeting; however it was pointed out that it Federal Representative Ami Berra organized it.  James wants the Federal partners to do an on-site walk thru confirming the trees to be affected by the Project. Gay commented that we are waiting for response to comments on the environmental document, and then Paul and Gay will discuss next steps with Jim Morgan.

d. Trumark Update

James Adams reported that there is no new update on the Trumark property.  There is still discussion about buying the 20 acres in the flood plain and not buying the 20 acres above the floodplain.  

e. Steering Committee Election

Nominations for Steering Committee candidates opened with the last meeting and concluded with this meeting.  There were no new nominees.

6. New Business

a. Sacramento County Infill Development Program 

Gay Jones invites people to check out the County’s website on Infill Development: www.saccountyinfill.com.  If you sign up, you will get updates.

b. Outreach to Assembly member Josh Hoover

Outreach to Assembly member Josh Hoover informing him of our meeting time and dates [Secretary’s note: the State Assembly member that represents our area is Kevin McCarty.]

7. From the Floor

Rene Hamlin discussed the National Night Out/Safe Streetsnight.  This year it will be held on Tuesday, August 6th. Local Neighborhood Watch supports this event.  Some people in the audience had participated in it.  They held a Barbeque in the front yard and neighbors came and played corn hole and chess.  It was suggested that people should come to the next meeting with ideas of how BRECA can get involved with it.

The Steering Committee Meeting will be held at the Rancho Cordova Library on May 28, 2024.

BRECA Agenda May 28, 2024

BUTTERFIELD RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Steering Committee Meeting
6:30 pm, May 28, 2024
Cordova Library Community Room
9845 Folsom Blvd. 95827

AGENDA:
1. Welcome and Introductions.
2. Items From the Public, not on the agenda.
3. Approval of Minutes.
4. Reports/Updates : Treasurer. Overage approval for membership renewal expenses.
: Membership.
: Corpac Meeting.
: Sacramento Rezone Project.
: Picnic Banner.
: Additional.
5. Old Business – Synergy.
– ACE Erosion Control Project (Jim).
– From the Floor.
6. New Business – Comment letter on draft Fire Safe Council proposal by Parkway Foundation.
– From the Floor.
7. From the Floor.

Adjourn until next Meeting on June 25, 2024.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – March 26, 2024

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

 

DATE: March 26, 2024

 

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

 

MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

 

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams

Paul Bowers

Lori Christensen 

Ken Crawford

Rene Hamlin

Gay Jones

Jim Morgan

Debbie Purvis

Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

None

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 2

  1. Call to Order by Chair Gay Jones
  2. Welcome and Introductions
  3. Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items

None

  1. Minutes from February 27, 2024

Rene Hamlin made a motion to adopt the draft minutes from February 27, 2024.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

  1. Reports
  2. Treasurer

Andrea White reported that BRECA has $6,406.98 in the bank.

  1. Membership

Jim Morgan reported that BRECA has 85 memberships.

  1. Little Library

Andrea White reported that there is an issue with the hinges on the door of the Little Free Library.  The Little Free Library has been removed for repair.

  1. CORPAC

Gay Jones reported that there was no Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting.

  1. Metro Fire

Gay Jones reported that Metro Fire will have a Fire Camp for people ages 11-13.  It is a four and one-half day event.  They are open for applications on the Metro Fire web site.

  1. Old Business
  2. Psynergy

Debbie Purvis reported that she had not had success in contacting Psynergy to express concerns about their clients loitering and dropping cigarettes around her neighborhood.  She also has not had success at arranging a site visit for BRECA members.  Gay Jones noted that the facility was previously a senior citizens home and now is a mental health treatment program wherein clients are prescribed medications.  It is an open campus and clients can come and go as they please.  She inquired of Ashleigh Kaufman, a representative for Supervisor Pat Hume, about the process for allowing a new use?  Ms. Kaufman stated that she will check into it and get back to us.

Ken Crawford noted that the clients are loitering around the shopping center and that he feels uncomfortable going there.  He raised that question of what program(s) do they have?  Gay wondered whether they have an impact on the library.  Andrea White noted that their web site indicates that they want to acquire adjacent property for an equestrian program.  Lori Christensen stated that she had talked to their representative about that, and they are not going forward with that plan.

  1. Easter Egg Hunt

Andrea White discussed the preparations for the BRECA Easter Egg Hunt.  Weather is an issue, and go or no-go will be decided the Friday before the event.  

  1. New Business
  2. Steering Committee Election

Jim Morgan stated that nominations for Steering Committee candidates open with this meeting and close with the next meeting.  Notices of the election will be emailed to members we have emails for, and sent by U.S. mail to the other members.

  1. Floor

James Adams commented that the environmental document for the Corps’ erosion protection project had received between 300 and 900 comments.  He stated that that they may get final documents in May or June.  Jim Morgan commented that it was likely to take longer to prepare the final documents.

Jim Morgan enquired whether anyone had followed up on the food pop-up on Folsom Blvd. near Bradshaw Rd.?  Apparently nobody had.  Jim requested that Ashleigh Kaufman, with Supervisor Hume’s office, follow up on this.  Ms. Kaufman stated that she will check into it and get back to us.

Gay Jones commented that the Eclectic Center is still in disrepair.  In particular, a light pole is down.  James Adams commented that they have filled in some potholes, and they don’t collect water anymore.  Gay also observed that a large structure had been added to the Lavash Bakery.

A member of the audience commented that he had prepared a draft of a banner for the picnic, and sent it around via email.

Andrea White reported that the Cordova Recreation and Park District Optimized Plan is now on the web site and comments will be accepted March 21 to April 21.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting at the Rancho Cordova Library on April 23, 2024.

BRECA Agenda April 23, 2024

BUTTERFIELD RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

 

Steering Committee Meeting

6:30 pm, April 23, 2024

Cordova Library Community Room

9845 Folsom Blvd. 95827

 

AGENDA:

  1. Welcome and Introductions.
  2. Items From the Public, not on the agenda.
  3. Approval of Minutes.
  4. Reports/Updates : Treasurer

: Membership

: Little Library

: Corpac Meeting.

: Additional.

  1. Old Business – Synergy (Debbie).

– Easter Egg Hunt. (Communications/Website, Gay)

– ACE Erosion Control Project (Jim).

– Trumark Update (James).

– Steering Committee Elections (Jim).

 

6. New Business – Sacramento County Infill Development Program. (Gay)

7. From the Floor.

 

Adjourn until next Meeting on May 28, 2024.

 

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – February 27, 2024

DATE: February 27, 2024
PLACE: Rancho Cordova Library

9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, CA

MEETING TYPE: BRECA Steering Committee Meeting
STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
James Adams
Paul Bowers
Lori Christensen
Ken Crawford
Rene Hamlin
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Debbie Purvis
Andrea White
STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT
None
NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 4
1. Call to Order by Chair Gay Jones
2. Welcome and Introductions
3. Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items
None
4. Communications
Gay Jones stated that she had received a communication from a BRECA member complaining
about the fact that half of the street was repaved in his area but not the other half. She
commented that there have been a couple of meetings about streets. There is a new County
rule that if a utility does work, they must repave at least half of the street. Paul Bowers
commented that Verizon had trenched Stoughton Way, and had to repave half of the street.
Also, the County did sidewalks, curbs and gutters. A member of the audience commented
that there is a cul-de-sac off of Bradshaw that is all gravel. They must have forgotten about
that street. Andrea White commented that at a BRECA General Meeting a while ago a
County representative said that someone is supposed to inspect the work, otherwise call the
County about it. Gay Jones commented that the County has way more street maintenance
needs that it has money for those needs. She asked whether Steering Committee members
want BRECA members communications forwarded? The response was yes.

Minutes from January 23, 2024
Andrea White made a motion to adopt the draft minutes from January 23, 2024. James
Adams seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.
6. Reports
a. Budget Committee and Treasurer
Andrea White reviewed the proposed budget for 2024. The proposed budget has total revenue
of $2,500, total expenditures of $3,145, leaving a total decrease in reserves of $645.00.
BRECA has $7,741.99 in the bank. There was discussion of the budget. Paul Bowers made a
motion to adopt the proposed budget. Debbie Purvis seconded the motion. The motion was
approved unanimously.
b. Membership
Jim Morgan reported that BRECA has 85 memberships.
c. CORPAC
Gay Jones reported that there had been a Cordova Community Planning and Advisory
Council (CORPAC) meeting, but no items were discussed that directly affected the BRECA
area.
7. Old Business
a. Corps Erosion Control Proposal
Jim Morgan briefly recapped the Corps of Engineers erosion protection proposed project.
The Corps is proposing to put various rock structures, mostly covered with soil and
revegetated, between Howe Ave. and Watt Ave. on the north side of the American River, and
between Watt Ave. and Larchmont Park on the South Side. An environmental document
including the proposed project was released in December 2023, with a comment period that
just closed. BRECA submitted comments on the proposal.
James Adams stated that there was quite a lot of community input on the environmental
document. He suspects there will have to be a public meeting on the project. Debbie Purvis
enquired what impetus is there for the Corps to listen? Jim Morgan responded that the Corps
must respond to comments submitted on the environmental document. A member of the
audience enquired what is the need for the proposed work? Jim Morgan responded that they
want to be able to convey a larger amount of water that the present system will hold. James
Adams commented that the environmental documents did not really justify the project. Paul
Bower commented that 160,000 cubic feet per second can be released from the dam, and they
want to be able to safely convey that amount.
Gay Jones commented that BRECA was involved with the Corps on the Gristmill project, and
she does not have a high degree of confidence in the Corps. The rationale for that project was
similar, but the Corps keeps moving the goal posts. Previous revetment (rock) work has been
done on the south side upstream from Watt Ave. Some of the proposals in the new project
have never been done before, so the proposal should be paused to see how the similar project
near Sacramento State works out.

James Adams commented that the proposal has significant impacts on tribal resources, and
the Corps should have contact with tribal groups. He also commented that some party may
take the Corps to court if adequate changes are not made to the environmental document. The
American River Trees group or the Preserve the American River group may sue.
A member of the audience enquired about the homeless and damage to the bank? James
Adams commented that the homeless mostly leave trash. A member of the audience
disagreed, stating that sometimes they dig into the bank. This was reported, and the homeless
have been moved out.
b. Floor
Gay Jones enquired whether the problems at the Eclectic Center were articulated to Barry
Chamberlain at the General Meeting? Paul Bowers commented that Mr. Chamberlain was
complimentary about the Eclectic Center management.
Debbie Purvis commented that the Synergy group had offered at the General Meeting to have
an open house for BRECA. There have been several people from Synergy on their street. We
should take them up on the offer and ask what dates would work?
Andrea White commented that the BRECA Easter Egg Hunt will be on March 30. She needs
egg stuffing volunteers March 29. She also needs more volunteers to staff the event. She will
make the flyer, and put up signs the week before.
8. New Business
a. Activity at North-East Corner of Bradshaw and Folsom
Gay Jones enquired what is going on at the north-east corner of Bradshaw and Folsom? Ken
Crawford commented that it is a fast food pop-up, and they have a generator. There is also a
homeless group living in the parking lot. A member of the audience commented that he and
his family have eaten at the pop-up, and it is OK. Gay stated that we need to find out if they
are permitted. Ken also commented that there is an abandoned car near the entrance. The
owner is not calling for it to be removed because they would have to pay for it. Gay will
make phone calls.
b. Cutting of Trees and Bushes at Gristmill
Gay Jones reported that in December there were bushes and trees cleared near a social trail
near the Gristmill parking lot. Also, some bushes were cut downstream of the Mayhew Drain.
Both were near the trails and piled up on the sides of the trails.
c. Floor
A member of the audience observed that there is an ad hoc memorial at the south-west corner
of Bradshaw and Folsom, and enquired if anybody knew what is was for? There was no
response.
Lori Christensen enquired whether there was a sign for the BRECA picnic? A member of the
audience responded that he had called on it, and a 40 inches by six foot sign would cost seven
dollars per square foot. Andrea White enquired whether a sign would make the picnic a
special event in the park, which would require insurance? The member of the audience stated
he would make a mock-up of the sign.

9. Meeting adjourned.
The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting at the Rancho Cordova Library on
March 26, 2024.