BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – Jan 28, 2020

DATE: January 28, 2020
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams
Lori Christensen
Ken Crawford
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Gay Jones
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

Lee Leavelle
Jim Morgan

  1. Call to Order by Chair Bonnie Domeny
  2. Welcome and Introductions
  3. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community on Non-Agenda items.
    There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.
  4. Minutes
    Gay Jones made a motion to adopt the draft minutes.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted with six votes in favor and one abstention.
  5. Reports
    1. Treasurer
      Andrea White (Treasurer) distributed a handout of BRECA profit and loss, budget vs. actual.  She noted that the BRECA bank balance as of December 31, 2019 was $4,430.36.
    2. CORPAC
      No Report.
    3. Membership
      Welcome Packet Distribution Update
      No Report
      Membership report
      No Report
  6. Old Business
    1. Bradshaw Apartments
      Bonnie Domeny reported that she had talked with the developer Rashad Mammadov of the proposed Bradshaw Apartments.  He stated that he was on his way to submit plans to the County.  The proposal hasn’t changed since the last time he presented to BRECA.  The apartments will be two and three stories with a total of 62 units.  They will be one and two bedrooms and studio apartments.
      Bonnie said she would check the County web site to view the landscaping plan.
    2. Cal Am
      Gay Jones, Ken Crawford, Andrea White and other neighbors attended two Cal Am meetings regarding rate increases and other requests from Cal Am.  The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) was at the second meeting and there was an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in attendance.  Andrea White read the letter from BRECA so that it was officially recorded.  BRECA has received good feedback about the letter.  Cal Am is asking for a 24-25 percent increase in rates and asking to bring new areas into its jurisdiction.  There were some concerns raised by PUC commissioners about the increase and proposed new jurisdictions.  Bonnie noted that we were notified for the first meeting by a post card.  The second PUC meeting notification was included in our bill.
      Gay Jones asked the PUC if they are going to respond to the public data request in BRECA’s letter.  No response has been provided at this point.
    3. Holiday Party Recap
      Everyone at the meeting agreed that the Holiday Party was enjoyable.  There were a few suggestions for next year that included having an ugly sweater contest and limiting the raffle to BRECA members only.
    4. From the Floor.
      None.
  7. New Business

    1. Illegal and non-resident parking on Butterfield Way
      It was noted that there are people who come into the neighborhood by turning on Butterfield Way.  They then make a U turn so they can go into the Franchise Tax Board Parking lot or  some of them park at the entrance to Bradshaw which makes it narrow.  It was suggested that the “No Parking” sign should be moved back and this would make it safer to enter the neighborhood.  Bonnie Domeny said she would follow up with County transportation.

    2. BRECA Calendar 2020
      BRECA Calendar for 2020 is as follows:

      Elections (nominations start) – March 24
      Easter Egg Hunt-April 4
      Elections (nominations close) – April 28
      Annual meeting – April 28
      Election results – May 26
      Annual Picnic – September 20
      American River Clean Up – September 26
      November meeting moved from November 24 to 17
      Holiday Party – December 15 (no December BRECA meeting)

    3. BRECA Instagram
      Bonnie Domeny suggested that we open an Instagram Account so that we can post pictures on it.  Gay Jones made a motion that BRECA should have an Instagram Account.  Rene seconded the motion.  The vote was unanimous in support.

    4. In Memoriam of Stan Mofjeld
      Gay Jones noted that Stan Mofjeld had passed away in December.  He was a long-time member and had been on the Steering Committee for many years.  He was instrumental in getting the children’s playground at the park and has participated in many BRECA events.  Everyone noted that he always had a joke to tell, and he was fun to be around.  He will be missed.
    5. From the Floor
      Carmen Mitchell noted that there was a fun holiday event in the neighborhood on the third Friday of December.  It was held by the Kansas access and neighbors used candles without flames to light up the area and hot chocolate and cookies were served. Carmen will check with the organizer to see if BRECA can participate in the event next December.Andrea White noted that the Budget Committee would be meeting the second week in February.Additionally, a moment of silence was observed for Stan Mofjeld.
  8. Meeting Adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – Feb 25, 2020

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: February 25, 2020
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting
STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT
James Adams
Lori Christensen
Ken Crawford
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Gay Jones
Lee Leavelle
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT
None

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 9

1. Call to Order by Chair Bonnie Domeny
2. Welcome and Introductions

3. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community on Non-Agenda items.
A member of the community commented that there is problem with sidewalks on Appalachian Dr.  They recommended calling 311 about problems, which they had done.

4. Minutes of January 28, 2020
One addition to the draft minutes of January 28, 2020 was requested and accepted.  Gay Jones made a motion to approve the amended minutes.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

5. Reports

a. Treasurer
Andrea White (Treasurer) stated that there is no report for this month, and that the report from last month mostly carries forward.

b. CORPAC
Gay Jones commented that there was no CORPAC (Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council) meeting this month.
Lee Leavelle stated that there had been a communication from the County that a plan to install a sidewalk on the north side of Folsom Blvd. from Butterfield to Mira Del Rio has been sent out to bid.  There were no other items directly relevant to the BRECA area.

c. Membership
Jim Morgan reported that a total of 56 Welcome Packets have been delivered.

Jim distributed a handout on BRECA membership changes for 2019.  In sum, there were an unusually high number of members who did not renew, and an unusually low number of new members.  This resulted in a significant loss of BRECA membership for the 2019 membership year.  The reason(s) for this are not clear: possibly the increase in dues, and also a change in how communications are distributed on Nextdoor, had an impact.

Bonnie Domeny commented that we need to do more to recruit new members.  Gay Jones commented that we really don’t know why people are not renewing.  Lee Leavelle asked whether we could make first year memberships free?

A member of the audience asked what are the benefits of joining BRECA?  Bonnie stated that we can influence local officials.  Lee Leavelle commented that one does not need to be a member to get the benefits of BRECA activities.  Jim stated that there are some tangible individual benefits of being a member, including receiving the Newsletter, having Agendas emailed to you, and also notices of events.  Rene Hamlin commented that one also gets to vote for Steering Committee members.  Lee commented that BRECA has a lot more pull than do individuals.

6. Old Business

a. Bradshaw Apartments
Bonnie Domeny reported that the proposal for apartments on Folsom Blvd, called the Bradshaw Apartments, had been submitted to the County last month.  The proposal seems about the same as what was recently presented to BRECA.  Lee Leavelle commented that it would be the first three story construction in the neighborhood, although the part of the apartments next to the residential properties would only be two stories.  Gay Jones commented that we need to keep a close eye on the proposal, and make sure it conforms to existing laws.  It may come to CORPAC.

b. Illegal and Non-residential Parking on Butterfield Way
Bonnie Domeny reported that nothing had been done on this issue.  Lori Christensen commented that if the No Parking sign on Butterfield Way is moved farther from Folsom Blvd., this would back the problem up onto Stoughton Way and other parts of the community.  Jim Morgan commented that the yellow line in the road could be moved to make more room for moving cars to get past parked cars.

c. Cal Am
Gay Jones reported that they had received a letter from the Public Advocates Office (PAO) of the California Public Utilities Commission that concluded that California American Water (Cal Am) surcharge accounts had become a pervasive method of obtaining rate increases, and that the accounts should be capped at 20%.  Gay requested authorization to send a BRECA letter stating that it should be 0%.  James Adams commented that our rates are going up to finance work in other districts.  Gay commented that, according to Richard Rauschmeir (with the PAO), our rates had gone up 9% each year for the last 10 years.  It was agreed that Gay could write a letter advocating 0% total surcharges.

d. From the Floor
There was no Old Business from the floor.

7. New Business 

a. BRECA 2020 Budget
Andrea White distributed a handout with a draft BRECA budget for 2020.  She stated that we are dealing with a continuing small deficit over the last few years.  The proposed budget made a number of small cuts in expenditures, but still has a net loss of $255 for the year.  A number of suggestions were made to improve the situation.  These included getting the developer of the Bradshaw Apartments to sponsor the BRECA picnic, reducing the raffle prizes at the picnic, and having ads in the Newsletter or coupons.  Bonnie Domeny commented that we had tried to get coupons from local merchants for the Welcome Packets, but there was no interest in doing that.  It was agreed to keep the discussion open.  Gay Jones requested that the expenditure Parkway Restoration be changed to Parkway Activities.  Ken Crawford made a motion to approve the draft budget with the amendment.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.

b. Annual Meeting
Bonnie Domeny asked what should the theme be for the upcoming BRECA Annual Meeting?  Suggestions included Crime and Homelessness, Community Improvement, Action for the Community, and Healthy Community.  Lee Leavelle commented that the latter would bring in Health and Wellness companies.  It was commented that someone has to do the footwork for the theme.  Bonnie Domeny stated that we should carry on the discussion by email.  Also, she would contact officials to save the date.

c. Easter Egg Hunt
Andrea White volunteered to be the chair of the Easter Egg Hunt committee.  Bonnie Domeny volunteered to do the flier.

d. May is Bike Month
It was commented that no date has yet been set for the neighborhood bike ride.

e. From the Floor
Ken Crawford asked for assistance with lobbying against a bill in the State Legislature.  AB1140, Stone, would put an unreasonable burden on individual California Registered Tax Preparers.  Specifically it would mandate that each client receive a letter in six languages with a quote on the cost of preparing the tax return, and any increased costs.  Ken requested that people contact Assemblyman Ken Cooley.

Bonnie Domeny reported that someone had sprayed Roundup on the grass in the American River Parkway in back of the home next to the Anderson property.  This has been reported to the Rangers.

8. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – Nov 18, 2019

DATE: November 18, 2019
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams
Lori Christensen
Bonnie Domeny
Gay Jones
Lee Leavelle
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABSENT

Ken Crawford
Rene Hamlin

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 8

  1. Call to Order by Chair Bonnie Domeny
  2. Bradshaw Apartments Presentation – Rashad MammadovRashad Mammadov gave a presentation on the proposed Bradshaw at Folsom Apartments, and answered questions afterwards.  He stated that the address for the proposed apartments is 9545 Folsom Blvd.  It will have two and three story apartments, with a total of 62 units.  These will include two bedroom, one bedroom and studio units.  The parts of the apartments facing Folsom Blvd. will be three stories, and the parts of the apartments facing the residential neighbors will be two stories.  Estimated rent for the two bedroom units is $1,700 per month, for the one bedroom units is $1,550 per month, and for the studio units is $1,100 to $1,200 per month.  He noted that the current plans are generally similar to the plans on the BRECA web site.One question concerned the sort of trees to be used as a barrier between the apartments and the residential area.  Mr. Mammadov responded that they have not determined this yet.  Another question concerned access for handicapped.  Mr. Mammadov responded that all apartments on the first floor are ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible, as is parking.  Another question concerned how long security will be provided.  Mr. Mammadov responded that they plan to have patrols every few hours once the apartments are constructed.  There will also be an on-site manager.A further question concerned the number of parking spaces.  Mr. Mammadov responded that there will be 72 parking spaces, including two motorcycles, and three ADA.  Another question concerned status of the application.  Mr. Mammadov stated that they have sent drawings to County Planning, and hope to submit an application next week.  Another question concerned traffic impacts and studies.  Mr. Mammadov responded that they are not required to do traffic studies for a design review application due to the size of the project.  Another question concerned prevailing wages.  Mr. Mammadov responded that they do not plan to pay prevailing wages.  A final question concerned timelines.  Mr. Mammadov responded that they expect to start 6 months after the project is approved, and complete construction in 12 months.  So, move in would be in 2022.
  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community on Non-Agenda items.
    There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.
  1. Minutes
    Some changes were proposed and accepted to the draft minutes of October 22, 2019.  Lori Christensen made a motion to adopt the amended draft minutes.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer
      Andrea White (Treasurer) distributed a handout of BRECA profit and loss, budget vs. actual so far this year.  She noted that the BRECA bank balance was $4,633.05.
    2. CORPAC
      Lee Leavelle stated that there was no Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting this month.  He stated that there was activity on the proposal from County Planning to change the way that the Community Planning and Advisory Councils (CPACs) work.  Two of the main concerns had been that the proposal would have eliminated the ability of the CPACs to file a free appeal of County Planning Commission decisions, and to eliminated votes on projects, but only have discussions.  A final proposal from County Planning was scheduled to go to the Planning Commission without having been reviewed by the CPACs.  Gay Jones (Chair of CORPAC) filed a formal request for delay so that the proposal could be reviewed by the CPACs.  The request was denied.  They were given the final proposal with 5 days to review before the Planning Commission meeting.  They took no exception to the proposed changes, which did not include either of the above proposals.  Gay Jones sent a note stating that they were okay with the final proposal.Gay Jones noted that the final proposal was approved by the Planning Commission, and now goes to the Board of Supervisors.  It turns out that other CPACs had similar concerns to CORPAC.Gay Jones also noted that the next CORPAC meeting would deal with a non-conforming use: The application for a Sober Living Transitional Housing on Wild Rose Way (in Rosemont).  The use would be non-conforming due to an excessive number of dwelling units for the area.
    3. Membership
      Jim Morgan reported that a total of 51 Welcome Packets have been delivered.
      Jim also reported that there were no changes in BRECA membership this month.  BRECA has 99 memberships.
  1. Old Business
    1. BRECA Newsletter Update
      Jim Morgan reported that the Newsletter is ready to go to Rick Sloan for pictures and graphics.  It should be coming out in early December.
    2. Tree Planting
      Bonnie Domeny stated that 60 people have volunteered for the tree planting in Riviera East Park.  Registration is now closed.  There will be 18 trees planted.  Lee Leavelle asked if the trees would need to be watered.  Andrea White volunteered to ask at the Cordova Registration and Park management meeting.  She stated that maintenance people keep an eye on the trees.
    3. From the Floor
      James Adams enquired whether the Bradshaw Apartments proposal is moving okay, and whether the people present are okay with the plan as submitted.  Lee Leavelle stated that it seems okay to him, we received no negative feedback from the community at the presentation earlier (see item 2).  Bonnie Domeny stated that she did not think we need to take a formal stand.  Gay Jones stated we should not rush to judgment: Let’s see what Mr. Mammadov actually submits to the County.  There may still be outstanding issues.  Jim Morgan stated that Mr. Mammadov needs deviations from County codes, which have to be approved by County Planning.  It is likely it will come before CORPAC.  Mr. Mammadov has made significant improvements compared to the June version of the proposal.  Lee Leavelle commented that this is an example of the community working with the developer to make it easier to get approval of the project.  However, there will be ongoing changes as the project progresses through the approval process.  Lori Christensen commented that we can revisit the issue at the next Steering Committee meeting in January.
      Gay Jones commented that the yellow locker is still on the south side of Folsom Blvd. opposite 9545 Folsom Blvd.  She urged people to call 311 and make a complaint.
  1. New Business
    1. Holiday Party Planning
      Bonnie Domeny commented that the meeting on December 17, Tuesday, is scheduled as the holiday party.  Lori Christensen commented that last year at Brookside was nice, and we ordered appetizers.  Bonnie volunteered to call Brookside and get a reservation.  Jim Morgan commented that we did a flyer last year.  There was discussion of the details.
    2. From the Floor
      Bonnie Domeny commented that the Hyannis Way Neighborhood Watch met.  About 30 people attended.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – October 22, 2019

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: October 22, 2019
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams
Lori Christensen
Ken Crawford
Bonnie Domeny
Gay Jones
Lee Leavelle
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT

Rene Hamlin

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 4

  1. Call to Order by Chair Bonnie Domeny
  2. Welcome and Introductions
  3. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community on Non-Agenda items.
    There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.
  1. Minutes
    Gay Jones made a motion to adopt the draft minutes for September 24, 2019.  James Adams seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted unanimously.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer
      Andrea White (Treasurer) distributed a handout of BRECA profit and loss budget vs. actual so far this year.  She noted that the BRECA bank balance was $4,570.02.
      Bonnie Domeny enquired as to whether it was possible to bring historical income to the meeting, so that it could be compared to this year.  Andrea responded that it could be brought to the next meeting.
      Jim Morgan enquired whether the money for the Welcome Packets, which was approved before the expenditure, should be considered as part of the budgeted funds.  Andrea responded that we are doing a constant budget, with overages approved as needed.
    2. CORPAC
      Lee Leavelle stated that there was a Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting this month.  He stated that they considered the Environmental Impact Report for the Jackson township specific plan.  Most discussion was about traffic.  They voted to recommend approval of the specific plan.Gay Jones noted that County Planning has made recommendations for changes to the Community Planning and Advisory Councils (CPACs).  The biggest would be to remove the CPACs’ ability to file an appeal of decisions made by County Planning.  Otherwise it would cost $5,000 for an individual to file an appeal.  County Planning was supposed to circulate a report to the CPACs, but it is not out.  However, the Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on the report on Monday, October 28.  CORPAC voted to request an extension to study the proposal.  Lori Christensen enquired who was behind the proposal.  Gay stated that developers appeared to be behind the proposal, saying that the current procedures result in unnecessary delays.  However, most delays come from incomplete plans.  Lee Leavelle stated that the proposal is couched as responding to delays in getting housing approved.
    3. Membership
      Jim Morgan reported that two more Welcome Packets were delivered this month, for a total of 43.
      Jim also reported that there were no changes in BRECA membership this month.  BRECA has 99 memberships.
  1. Old Business
    1. Update on Bradshaw/Folsom Apartments Proposal
      Lee Leavelle stated that at the last BRECA meeting we had selected a small committee to meet with Mr. Mammadov (the developer).  Two meetings were held, with County Supervisor Don Nottoli facilitating.  People at the first meeting addressed their concerns to Mr. Mammadov.  He came back at the second meeting with modified plans that addressed those concerns.  In particular, the changes included rearranging the buildings to reduce impacts on two big trees on the north side of the property, making the apartments two stories instead of three on the north side, increasing the available parking by reducing the number of units, placing a sound wall on the north side, and putting larger trees on the north side.Lee stated that Mr. Mammdov did not have to make those changes.  However, he wants our support so that he does not have to use SB 35 and pay prevailing wages during construction.  He has also commissioned an arborists report, which will be incorporated into plans.  When complete the plans will be submitted to the County.Lori Christensen stated that she is concerned that people who were not involved may want more changes.  Bonnie Domeny stated that we have done our due diligence, having posted the plans to the BRECA website and placed notifications on Nextdoor.  The immediate neighbors were satisfied with the changes.  The committee’s recommendation is to support the plan.  Jim Morgan suggested that Mr. Mammadov come to the November meeting.  The Steering Committee could take a position then.Gay Jones stated that the changes should be considered as revisions, not concessions.  She does not believe Mr. Mammadov would use SB 35.  Bonnie commented that Mr. Mammadov gave his worst case scenario in June, so that he can look good when he pulls back from some parts.  A member of the audience commented that we are very lucky he pulled back on the three stories on the north side.  It could have been five stories, as is being done at other locations in Sacramento.

      Lori Christensen recalled that at the June meeting there was also concern about traffic.  She enquired whether the County will do a traffic study.  Ken Crawford stated there will not be a traffic study because the proposal is on a transit corridor.

      Andrea White enquired whether we are expecting a formal position from BRECA.  She stated that she would be reluctant to support the project, but would support neutrality.

      Gay Jones stated that a lot of the progress is due to Don Nottoli’s facilitating community input.

    2. Scheduling Meeting on Presentation of Bradshaw Apartments Proposal
      Bonnie Domeny stated that we should invite Mr. Mammadov to our November meeting.  There was discussion of whether November 26 worked for people, as some people may be out of town.  Lee Leavelle and Andrea White stated that they were unavailable for the 26th.  Bonnie suggested changing the date to the 19th.  It was noted that Mr. Mammadov and Supervisor Nottoli need to be notified of the change.  Lori Christensen volunteered to check with the Library to see if the meeting room is available on that date.  It was also suggested that the church meeting room could be an alternative.
    3. Picnic
      Lori Christensen thanked the people who helped put on the BRECA Picnic: Bonnie Domeny, Rene Hamlin, Andrea White, and Jim Morgan.  She noted that the picnic was on a Saturday this year, but was on a Sunday last year.  There were about the same number of people attending.  Bonnie Domeny stated that there is a reason for choosing Sunday, as Saturday is traditionally sports.  Andrea White suggested that BRECA could do a generic banner similar to the Easter Egg Hunt banner.  We would have to pick one particular day.  Bonnie commented that she liked the idea of a banner for the picnic.
    4. Newsletter
      Jim Morgan reviewed the people who had volunteered to write articles for the upcoming Newsletter, and reminded people that the deadline for drafts is November 5.
    5. From the Floor
      James Adams commented that the Little Free Library is about half full.  Bonnie Domeny stated that she keeps an eye on it, and asks Rene Hamlin to get more books from the thrift store when it gets low.
  1. New Business
    1. Tree Planting
      A member of the audience stated that he had been communicating with people about tree planting in Riviera East Park.  He has coordinated with the Sacramento Tree Foundation and Cordova Recreation and Park District (CRPD).  They have chosen a date: November 23.  They would like to get about 60 volunteers. He also wants BRECA’s endorsement.  There was discussion of some details of the project.  Bonnie enquired whether we could use the BRECA email list to inform people.  It was agreed to do so.  Andrea White commented that typically the CRPD Board would also be invited.
    2. Sacramento Municipal Utility District Correspondence
      Gay Jones reported that the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is looking for ways to communicate with communities on urgent and non-urgent issues.  Gay commented that this is not our responsibility.  Bonnie Domeny stated that she had responded to the SMUD questionnaire.  She also contacted Nextdoor, and they said that SMUD could do a sponsored page, which would cost money.  It was generally agreed that this is not our issue.
    3. From the Floor
      Gay Jones commented that a company is laying fiber optic cables on Stoughton.  Gay stated that they are using Stoughton and Mira Del Rio as a back route because Folsom Blvd. is not available.
      Gay reported that Metro Fire is doing a Community Emergency Response Team training in November.  Interested people should contact Gay.
      James Adams commented that there is a new California American Water General Rate Case starting.  Gay suggested that a better use of our volunteer resources is to work with the Office of Ratepayer Advocates.  [Secretary’s note: The Office of Ratepayer Advocates is now called the Public Advocates Office.]
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting in November 2019, at a date and place to be determined.

BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes – September 24, 2019

BUTTERFIELD-RIVIERA EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES

DATE: September 24, 2019
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT

James Adams
Lori Christensen
Ken Crawford
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Lee Leavelle
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER ABSENT

Gay Jones

NUMBER OF GUESTS/MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC: 10

  1. Call to Order by Chair Bonnie Domeny
  2. Welcome and Introductions
  3. Questions or Comments from the Membership/Community on Non-Agenda items.
    There were no questions or comments from the membership or community.
  1. Minutes
    James Adams made a motion to adopt the draft minutes for August 27, 2019.  Rene Hamlin seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted with seven in favor and one abstention.
  1. Reports
    1. Treasurer
      Andrea White (Treasurer) distributed a handout of BRECA profit and loss budget vs. actual so far this year.  She noted that the BRECA bank balance was $4,734.59.
    2. CORPAC
      Lee Leavelle stated that there was a Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC) meeting this month.  He stated that a plan to split the ARCO gas station site at Keifer and Bradshaw was considered and approved.  There were no other items of direct relevance to BRECA.
    3. Outreach Committee
      Rene Hamlin reported that the Outreach Committee put out the picnic announcements and that she is making phone calls for the picnic.
    4. Membership
      Jim Morgan reported that he now has complete Welcome Packets ready for distribution.  He has also sent out an email with new and old addresses for distribution.  So far, none have been delivered.
      Jim Morgan reported that BRECA had one new member this month.  It was an address that received a Welcome Packet four months ago.  One existing member was removed after three reminder notices and Post Office notification that he had moved out of the BRECA area.  BRECA now has 99 memberships.
  1. Old Business
    1. Update on Bradshaw/Folsom Apartments Proposal
      Lee Leavelle gave a brief review of developments for people who were not at previous meetings.  He stated that the developer (Mr. Mammadov) gave a presentation at the June BRECA meeting, and that the community spoke against the proposal.  A few days later, Mr. Mammadov sent a revised proposal to Lee which was better for adjacent neighbors.  In particular it reduced the height of the apartments on the north side, next to existing single family residences, to two stories, with the south side remaining 3 stories.  The revised proposal would also plant mature trees along the north side, and install a 10 feet tall sound wall on the north side.  The total number of units would be reduced from 68 to 65, which would help a bit with the parking.  Lee did not know what to do with the revised proposal.  He sent it to the BRECA Apartments Committee, and chatted with the neighbors on Elmira.  He found no interest in the revised proposal.  At the next BRECA Steering Committee meeting, it was decided to send a letter to Mr. Mammadov stating that the community was opposed to the original proposal and there was no interest in the revised proposal.Lee stated that the BRECA Apartments Committee has been researching the zoning and other regulations relevant to the project.  There are two state laws, SB 35 and the Housing Density Bonus, and one County level program, the Housing Incentive Program, that work in favor of the project.  The Committee has come to the conclusion that the project is going to get built.  He suggested that BRECA should do what we can to mitigate the impacts on the community.  There is a meeting coming up with Mr. Mammadov, sponsored by County Supervisor Nottoli, where we can re-engage with Mr. Mammadov.Rebecca Sloan, with Supervisor Nottoli’s office, noted that Supervisor Nottoli has had several conversations with Mr. Mammadov, and is familiar with the project.

      A member of the audience stated that they live on Elmira Circle adjacent to the proposed project.  There is an enormous oak tree near the fence in their back yard, which has a large dripline.  They are concerned about the impact of the project on the tree.  Mr. Mammadov has offered to write a contract for the tree’s health.  They do not like the prospect of three story apartments overlooking their back yard.  They could work with two stories and a 10 feet sound wall.  Also, there has been a problem with campers and drugs on the property for several years.

      Lee Leavelle stated that Mr. Mammadov has offered concessions so that he would not have to build under SB 35.  If he had to build under SB 35, he would have to pay prevailing wage (i.e. union rates), which would cost him about $1.7 million.  BRECA would have to agree to the project.

      Jim Morgan stated that it is his understanding that if Mr. Mammadov is willing to pay prevailing wages under SB 35 and have 10% low income units, there is nothing BRECA can do to stop the project.  If it goes that way, it will probably be like the project presented at the June BRECA meeting, which would be bad for the community.  The only way out would be if BRECA and Mr. Mammadov are both willing to negotiate a compromise, then Mr. Mammodov could go through the normal County approval process and not have to pay prevailing wage.  This would require BRECA to either be neutral or support the project.

      A member of the audience stated that their main concern is privacy, and that the soundwall, two stories, and large trees is all to the good.

      Jim Morgan pointed out that negotiations with Mr. Mammadov could begin at the meeting coming up on Thursday, September 26.  He raised the question of whether BRECA is willing to enter negotiations.

      Bonnie Domeny commented that Supervisor Nottoli had requested that Mr. Mammadov hold off on submitting his application to the County.  James Adams commented that if the meeting on Thursday does not go well, Mr. Mammadov could still go with the SB 35 route.  Lori Christensen requested a summary after the meeting.  Bonnie stated that a summary would go to the community as well.  She also stated that Supervisor Nottoli has two goals: to fulfill the County’s requirements for new housing and to help out the local community.  A member of the community raised a question about management, and how to keep it nice over time.

      Bonnie Domeny summarized the discussion thus far as voicing concerns about oak trees, privacy, financing and management.  People like the 10 feet sound wall, two stories on the north side, and large box trees.

      A member of the audience added that they have concerns about traffic, as there will be a lot of people coming in and out.  Also, this is a bad location for a large complex.  Ken Crawford stated that the project is near a transportation hub, so there won’t be a traffic study.  Jim Morgan added that parking is also a problem, and the project needs visitor parking.  The number of units could be reduced by combining the studio plus one bedroom units into two bedroom units.

      A member of the audience stated that they live next to the proposed project, and they would like to have more setback from the residential neighborhood on the north, and two stories.  He raised a question about the various state and local programs that facilitate the project: If more than one requires 10% low income, do they add to 20% or 30%?

      Bonnie Domeny commented that she thinks the project is going to happen, and we should work with the developer to make the most benefit for the community.  Jim Morgan requested a clear statement: Are we willing to make a deal if it is the right deal?  Bonnie stated that we want the most we can get, but it may be limited.  Lee Leavelle stated that we want to cut the best deal for the community.

    2. Great American River Clean Up
      Lori Christensen stated that the American River Parkway Foundation sponsored the Great American River Clean Up.  There were 20 sites on the American River Parkway.  The Gristmill site had about 30 people, including canoers and kayakers, who floated down to Watt Ave.  Including the riverside pickup, there were about 500 pounds of trash picked up.
    3. Picnic
      Lori Christensen commented that the annual BRECA Picnic is coming Saturday.  They have sent out a flyer, and made calls to BRECA members.
    4. From the Floor
      There was no Old Business from the floor.
  1. New Business
    1. BRECA Newsletter
      Jim Morgan stated that we would like to get the next BRECA Newsletter out in November.  He read a list of articles and topics, and solicited volunteers.
    2. From the Floor
      There was no New Business from the floor.
  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at the Rancho Cordova Library.