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 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.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – January 23, 2024

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: January 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
Jim Morgan
Debbie Purvis
Andrea White
STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT
Gay Jones
NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 4
1. Call to Order by Co-Chair Rene Hamlin
2. Welcome and Introductions
3. Old Business
a. USACE Presentation: Rationale and History of Contract 3B Proposal
Jim Morgan distributed a handout and made a presentation on the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers (Corps) proposed erosion protection work on the Lower American River, called
Contract 3B. There is an environmental document that was released in December, called a
Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Subsequent Environmental Impact
Report that has information on eight proposed projects, including Contracts 3B and 4B, which
are located just downstream from the BRECA area. Contract 3B proposes to use a number of
different techniques to prevent erosion, including levee revetment (rocks), launchable rock
trench, bank revetment, launchable bank toe with planting bench, and tiebacks. Revetment
would be covered with soil and revegetated.
The history of this is that eight years ago, the Corps agreed to work with local agencies, in
particular the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency, and local stakeholders such as
environmental groups and BRECA to design the projects. This was implemented through the
Lower American River Task Force (LARTF), a group of agencies and other stakeholders who
meet regularly to consider various activities planned or in progress on the Lower American

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River. The LARTF reactivated it’s Bank Protection Working Group (BPWG) to do the
technical work involved. The BPWG created a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and a
Resource Advisory Committee (RAC), together called the TRAC. The TAC was composed
of eight members, five who were independent consultants and three who belonged to the
Corps. The TAC divided the leveed portion of the Lower American River into a number of
segments. The segments were prioritized into high (tier 1), medium (tier 2), and low (tier 3)
risk of levee failure due to erosion at 160,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) by comparing
hydrologic models of river flow to the geomorphic composition of banks and berms. They
identified three areas with high risk of failure in the segments of river between Watt Ave. and
Larchmont Park on the south side, and two segments of river between Howe Ave. and Watt
Ave. on the north side. These, plus one other area, are the areas proposed for work under
Contract 3B.
The plans for Contract 3B have changed markedly during it’s design. The BPWG came up
with the first plans for resisting erosion in the tier 1 areas. Then design was turned over to the
Corps. In general, the resource impact of the plans has decreased during design evolution.
Still, there would be major impacts: many trees, some of them large heritage trees, would
need to be removed. In the section between Watt Ave. and Larchmont Park there would be a
loss of 522 trees, with another 149 in the area between Howe Ave. and Watt Ave. An
additional small area of work on the north side upstream of Watt Ave would lose 14 trees, for
a total of 685 trees.
An additional area of concern is that one staging area is to be the large property on Folsom
Blvd. opposite the Butterfield Light Rail Station. This is within the BRECA area. The
concern here is the fate of the large trees surrounding the house and outbuildings on the
property.
The main focus right now is the environmental document released in December. The
comment period on the document is through February 23, 2024. BRECA should submit
comments on the document.
James Adams stated he had seen little erosion in the area between Watt Ave. and Larchmont
Park, and questioned what was the problem? Paul Bowers responded it is based on a flow of
160,000 cfs, which is a very high flow. James Adams stated that he would like to see an on-
site visit with technical experts to answer questions. There was discussion of the two virtual
meetings held by the Corps to present the environmental document. It was agreed that those
meetings were grossly inadequate.
A committee was formed to comment on the environmental document, consisting of Jim
Morgan, James Adams, and Paul Bowers.
4. New Business
a. Dates for BRECA events in 2024
Budget Committee Meeting: Before February 27
Elections: Nominations begin March 22 BRECA meeting.
Easter Egg Hunt: March 30
American River Clean Up: September 14
Picnic: September 29
General Meeting: October 22

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Holiday Party: December 17
5. Minutes of November 28 and December 12, 2023
Ken Crawford made a motion to approve the minutes of the November 28 and December 12,
2023 meetings. James Adams seconded the motion. The motion was approved unanimously.
It was noted that the minutes were well done.
6. Reports
a. Treasurer
Andrea White reported that in 2023 BRECA’s income exceeded expenses. The balance in the
BRECA account is $7,714.99.
b. Membership
Jim Morgan reported that BRECA has 87 memberships.
c. Neighborhood Watch
Debbie Purvis reported that a new person is in charge of Neighborhood Watch.
7. Meeting adjourned.
The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting at the Rancho Cordova Library on
February 27, 2024.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – December 12, 2023

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

DATE: December 12, 2023

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

MEETING TYPE:  BRECA General Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams

Paul Bowers

Lori Christensen

Ken Crawford

Rene Hamlin

Jim Morgan

Debbie Purvis

Andrea White

 

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT:

Gay Jones

 

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 36

 

  1. Welcome from Co-Chair Rene Hamlin
  2. Sacramento County Supervisor Pat Hume

Supervisor Pat Hume gave a brief summary of activities he has been involved in.

Supervisor Hume stated that there had been an “atmospheric river” which flooded the Cosumnes river this year.  Three people died, and there were millions of dollars in damage.  He is working with a group of local stakeholders whose objective is not to dam the river but to direct the water where it will do the most good.

Supervisor Hume stated that there had been some homeless people camping along the Tech Center corridor.  It would be bad if they were hit by a train, so the County moved them out.

Supervisor Hume stated that he had held a series of community meetings on the condition of roads.  The needs for maintenance of the roads in Sacramento County outweigh the resources.  Resources are based on population.  There are two schools of thought: spread the resources around, or focus on a few areas.

Supervisor Hume stated that he and others had been in Washington DC lobbying Federal representatives against the proposed Delta Tunnel.  There are better ways to spend money.  The State has released a final EIR, and is lobbying for the tunnel.

Supervisor Hume stated that he had been in a meeting today concerning implementation of SB 43.  This bill provides for involuntary conservatorship for mental illness or alcoholism.  They are looking at a one year delay to get resources in place.  This relates to the homelessness situation, which is the number one issue in the County.

Supervisor Hume stated that if you have a problem related to the County you can reach out to his office, or call 311.  Calling 311 is good because it builds a case for action.

Supervisor Hume took questions from the audience.

Jim Morgan pointed out that the condition of many roads is awful: a prime example being Watt Ave. between the freeways, which is practically disintegrating.  What actions can be taken to address this problem?  Supervisor Hume responded that there is an $800 million dollar backlog.  It costs about $50 million per year to maintain the system, and only $30 million was available.  Last year the Board of Supervisors added $20 million to maintenance.  They are also looking for ways to work with other agencies.  The Sanitation District is putting big pipes in the ground to move recycled water to non-edible crops (e.g. cow feed).  They were going to fix only the parts of the roads that they damaged.  The Board is going to put $20 million into doing the whole roads.  They are also looking at having a franchise fee for garbage trucks.

A member of the audience asked what can be done to get the price down?  Supervisor Hume responded that there are limited things that can be done.  For example in the County Charter if a job can be done by a County crew then is must be done by the County crew.  The exception is if the project is over a certain size.

Another member of the audience enquired about adding HOV lanes to the on ramp from south bound Bradshaw to west bound Highway 50?  Supervisor Hume responded that would be up to CalTrans.

Another member of the audience stated that he had tried to use public transportation, and what would have been a one-half hour trip in a car became a three hour journey on mass transit.  What can be done about this?  Supervisor Hume stated that he sits on the Sacramento Regional Transit Board.  There are two schools of thought: coverage or frequency.  He favors frequency over coverage.

Another member of the audience commented that he lives next to Folsom Blvd., and light rail has few passengers.  He does not feel safe riding light rail.  He enquired why keep pushing money into it?  Supervisor Hume commented that they encourage higher density to increase use of light rail.  Safety is also key.  Light rail has lots of ridership during the morning and evening commutes, but not during the day.

  1. Cordova Recreation and Park District General Manager Patrick Larkin

Patrick Larkin, General Manager of the Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD), reported some news about the district.  He stated that the CRPD had changed from at large voting for the Board of Directors to a by-district system in 2022.  It is the 65th anniversary of the CRPD.  They have improved the Cordova Golf Course with a Beach Front Deli and lights.  They have also installed a Little Free Library in Riviera East Park.  In regard to the proposed Kassis property (now Trumark) development, the CRPD has commented that they want the full park land dedication on site, and the amount was more than the proponents of the project had calculated.  The City of Rancho Cordova has issued a consistency letter, which found that the proposal was not consistent with the City’s policies, etc.  There has been no response from Trumark.  In regard to the proposal for an apartment complex on Folsom Blvd. across from the Light Rail Station, the CRPD has not received an application from the County.  The CRPD would have the same philosophy: full park land dedication.  There was a Municipal Services Report from the Local Agency Formation Commission that found some deficiencies with CRPD.  In particular there is a shortage of neighborhood park land in areas already developed.  Infill parks are particularly needed.

Mr. Larkin took questions from the audience.

Jim Morgan enquired whether CRPD can direct the County or City of Rancho Cordova to do land dedication?  Mr. Larkin responded that they cannot direct the County or City of Rancho Cordova to take a particular action, but that CRPD has good relationships with people who have that authority.

A member of the audience enquired whether the horse shoe pit in Riviera East Park could be converted to a Bocce Ball court?  Mr. Larkin responded that they could put in a new Bocce Ball court.  It would cost about $55,000.  Some Bocce Ball courts are popular, while others are not.  They would do a community survey to find out if it would be a good idea.

Another member of the audience enquired whether there were plans for resurfacing the courts?  Mr. Larkin responded that it is on the Capital Improvement Projects list but that not much money is available.

Another member of the audience enquired about lighting for the courts?  Mr. Larkin responded that it leads to security concerns in a neighborhood park.

Another member of the audience enquired what are the sizes of neighborhood and community parks?  Mr. Larkin responded that urban parks are generally less than three acres, neighborhood park are from three to ten acres, and community parks are 11 acres or larger.  He noted that only community parks generally have restrooms.

Another member of the audience commented that they live across the street from Riviera East Park and that it looks better than ever.  Mr. Larkin responded thanks.

Another member of the audience enquired about a loop pathway around Riviera East Park?  Mr. Larkin responded that it is on the priority list going forward.

  1. California Highway Patrol Officers and Sheriff’s Deputies

Two California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers and two Sheriff’s deputies addressed a number of questions.  One CHP officer stated that they had big project with the homeless situation next to the Franchise Tax Board and along Folsom Blvd.  It seems like things have gotten better.  Now they are maintaining the areas they had cleaned out.  A member of the audience stated that they appreciate the homeless efforts, and enquired where do the homeless go?  A Sheriff’s deputy stated that they have homelessness teams now that include outreach and navigators.  He stated that 90% of the homeless people refuse help although services are available.  Homeless can be arrested if they commit a crime.  There is a partnership among agencies, but it still is a level of whack a mole.  Another Sheriff’s deputy stated that there are no big areas where people can go and camp.  Supervisor Pat Hume interjected that the City has a couple of safe stay areas and the County has just opened a couple of places.  A Sheriff’s deputy stated that most places have some rules, and the homeless are not interested because of that.  There is a lot of crime in the homeless camps.  There is a chronic problem program, where if a person commits a lot of crimes they can be put in jail, and then go to a treatment center.  Another Sheriff’s deputy commented that shoplifting is a chronic problem.

The officers and deputies took questions from the audience.

A member of the audience stated that they walk frequently on the Parkway and do not see many homeless.  They enquired if there was a way they could help?  A Sheriff’s deputy responded that the Parkway is in the jurisdiction of County Parks.  They have homeless outreach teams.  A CHP officer added that there is also a 311 app to let the County know where there is a problem.

Another member of the audience commented that they travel Highway 50, where the speed limit is 65.  They enquired what is the actual speed?  A CHP officer responded that it is around 75.

Another member of the audience enquired why the CHP is involved in homelessness efforts?  A CHP officer responded that there are a lot of homeless people on the freeway.

Another member of the audience stated that around Keifer and Folsom and Florin Perkins there is a huge motor home camp.  They enquired why?  A Sheriff’s officer responded that that area is in the City, and they have a different philosophy.

Debbie Purvis stated that she put in a request for more enforcement at Highway 50 exit to Bradshaw going south, where people run the red lights.  She also put in a request for Bradshaw and Folsom.

Another member of the audience enquired whether there is any effort going into porch pirates?  A Sheriff’s deputy responded that is hard to tackle.  There is no efficient way of doing it.

  1. Barry Chamberlin, Sacramento County Code Enforcement

Barry Chamberlin, with Sacramento County Code Enforcement, stated that they have hired seven new staff people.  If you have questions not getting answered, talk to us.  They have been asked about the Eclectic Center.  There is a big pothole near Pita Q.  The management has been responsive to Code Enforcement.  They are keeping the case open.

A member of the audience stated that there have been big rigs parked near the Library on Paseo Rio.  They enquired should they contact CHP or Code Enforcement about it?  A CHP officer stated that the trucks are not supposed to be there.  Mr. Chamberlin stated that they could have the trucks towed away.

  1. Psynergy

Crystal Roberts, with Psynergy, stated that they are a mental health company.  She stated that 98% of their clients are under a conservatorship by the State of California.  She offered to give a tour of the facility.

A member of the audience enquired how are they funded?  Ms. Roberts responded that it is either from the State or an individual.

Another member of the audience stated that they ride their bike around the area and see a lot of people sitting around and smoking.  Ms. Roberts commented that they do supervise clients, and can pick up a client and bring them back to the facility.  Another person with Psynergy commented that they have various levels of supervision, which depend on the client’s situation.  There is a tier system, and clients graduate from one tier to another.

Another member of the audience inquired about therapy with horses, and a report that they might buy a property next to the present property?  Ms. Roberts responded that nothing has been decided about buying that property, and it is currently on hold.  A couple of the owners have horses and there are two different ranches.

Another member of the audience enquired further about funding?  Ms. Roberts responded that Psynergy is a private company, mostly paid by the State, but also have some from Kaiser.

Another member of the audience enquired how many residents are at the facility?  Another person with Psynergy stated that they have 74 clients, with a maximum of 80.

Ms. Roberts reiterated that they could have an open house for the community, and added that some of the clients are available for volunteer activities.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a regular Steering Committee meeting on January 23, 2024, at the Rancho Cordova Library

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – November 28, 2023

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: November 28, 2023

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

Gay Jones

Jim Morgan

Debbie Purvis

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

Rene Hamlin

Andrea White

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 4

  1. Call to Order by Chair Gay Jones
  2. Welcome and Introductions
  3. Public Comment

None

  1. Minutes of October 24, 2023

Ken Crawford made a motion to adopt the draft minutes of October 24, 2023.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved with six votes in favor and one abstention.

  1. Reports
  2. Treasurer

There was no report from the Treasurer.

  1. Membership

Jim Morgan reported that BRECA has 87 memberships.

 

  1. Presentation on the Trumark Project

Mark Berry stated that the original Trumark proposal was presented in 2020, and the Rancho Cordova Planning had requested and Environmental Impact Report.  Now there is a new proposal with about twice as many homes as the original proposal.  Both proposals include filling in a large area of the floodplain.  The newer proposal was submitted under an SB 330 process.  In order to fit into this process, the proposal must conform to all Rancho Cordova development objective standards.  The latter proposal was found to be inconsistent with a number of those objective standards.  The group that Mr. Berry belongs to (Preserve the American River) would support reasonable development.  There is strong interest in someone purchasing the property from Trumark.  Another issue is that the Central Valley Flood Protection Board must give approval for development in the floodplain, and they have not done so.  There is also the issue of easements which were granted to the County by the property owner some time ago.  They would like to maintain those easements.

Debbie Purvis enquired about the 54 feet easement?  Mr. Berry responded that there are two easements: one an Irrevocable Offer of Dedication (IOD) of 54 feet, and another 30 feet wide hiking trail, which has the same centerline as the IOD.  There is also a dedicated bridge across the drain at the edge of the property.  He noted that the homeless situation in the area is a concern.

Gay Jones enquired whether the SB 330 pathway is dead?  Mr. Berry said no, but it would be tough to meet the Rancho Cordova policies, etc.

Mr. Berry commented that they are working to find a purchaser for all or part of the property, and should consider what sort of development they would want.  Jim Morgan suggested that the Lower American River Conservancy might be willing to entertain a proposal for the lower part of the parcel.

Mr. Berry also commented that the Save the American River Association hired a biologist to investigate the lower portion of the property.  The biologist identified 123 species, including several special status species.

Lori Christensen enquired whether the property has a connection to the Parkway?  Mr. Berry stated that there is a narrow strip of land that connects to River Bend Park, although it is rather brushy.

Jim Morgan stated that Trumark asserts that the high density in the upper, southern portion of the proposed development is consistent with the Folsom Blvd. Plan, and enquired whether that was correct?  Mr. Berry responded that the Folsom Blvd. Plan has very high densities in that area, and he did not know why.  Jim commented that it is likely because of Transit Oriented Development, a theory that one should have high densities near mass transit in order to encourage ridership and get people out of their cars.

Gay Jones commented that BRECA has three principals for development: 1) Development must blend and meld with surrounding areas, 2) There must be full parkland dedication on site, and 3) The development must interconnect with surrounding areas.

Lori Christensen enquired whether Trumark will give up on the lower portion of the site?  Mr. Berry responded that it will be about money.  But Trumark is part of a big corporation, while the parcel in question is a small part of their balance sheet.

  1. Old Business
  2. General Meeting

The annual BRECA General Meeting will be held on December 12.  Details of who would do what were discussed.  Gay requested that people send topics for discussion to her.  She is particularly concerned about the Psynergy center.

  1. Holiday Party

The BRECA holiday party will be held on December 19.  Details of who would do what were discussed.

  1. Eclectic Center

Gay Jones stated that she had no update on the Eclectic Center.  Most issues from three months ago are still there: The light pole is down, the hole in the pavement is still there, and the remains of the Blow Lounge outside seating area are still there.

  1. Banner for the Picnic

Rick Sloan volunteered to look into the cost of two banners for the Picnic.

  1. New Business.

None

  1. From the Floor.

Gay Jones commented that there was nothing new on the proposed Butterfield Station Apartments.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a General Meeting at the Rancho Cordova Library on December 12.