BRECA Steering Committee Meeting Minutes 6-28-16


DATE: June 28, 2016
PLACE:  Rancho Cordova Library, 9845 Folsom Blvd., Sacramento, California
MEETING TYPE:  BRECA Steering Committee Meeting

Lori Christensen
Kelly Cohen
Bonnie Domeny
Rene Hamlin
Gay Jones
Jim Morgan
Andrea White

Jay Domeny
Lynda Hammitt

  1. Call to Order by Chair Rene Hamlin
  2. Minutes of April 26 and May 24, 2016
    Minor changes were made to each set of draft minutes from April 26 and May 24, 2016.  Gay Jones made a motion to adopt both amended draft minutes.  Bonnie Domeny seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  3. Election of Officers
    Gay Jones made a motion to elect the existing slate of officers to the new term.  Jim Morgan seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously.
  4. Reports
    1. Treasurer’s Report
      Andrea White distributed handouts describing BRECA’s financial status.  She reported that the balance in the BRECA checking account was $4,564.80.She also reported that the income from the Yard Sale was listed under “other donations” and the expenses from the Yard Sale were listed under “other event” on one of the handouts.  Income from the Yard Sale exceeded expenditures by a small amount.
    2. CORPAC
      Gay Jones reported that the County is developing flood plain management amendments which were considered at the Cordova Community Planning and Advisory Council (CORPAC).  She also reported that CORPAC had denied the Capital Christian Center request for an electronic billboard, based on numerous conflicts with County policies.  However, the Planning Commission approved the billboard.  Next the request goes the Board of Supervisors on August 9 for a final decision.  Gay also noted that CORPAC is still short of members, if anyone felt like applying for a position.
  5. Old Business
    1. By-Laws Review Committee
      Rene Hamlin stated that there had not been a By-Laws Review Committee meeting this month.  She stated that they are working on getting a “clean” copy out to the Steering Committee.  It was requested and agreed that a copy showing deletions and insertions would also be provided.
    2. Removal of Stump.
      Bonnie Domeny reported that the stump of a large tree had been removed from Riviera East Park.  She reported that people from a wood turners group received several pieces.Gay Jones suggested that any funds go to the Park District towards repairing the crumbling path in Rivera East Park.  This comment initiated a discussion of the cost and priority of replacing a short section of the path.  Andrea White stated that the cost for a minimum repair would be around $7,000, and there are many other walkways that need work.  She also commented that District Administrator Jim Rodems is leaving after July 20, and the Parks Board is looking for an interim replacement.
    3. American River Erosion Protection Project
      Jim Morgan reported that the proposed Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (SAFCA) Consolidated Capital Assessment District 2 had been approved by the voters.  There was 70% approval, which exceeded the 2/3s plus one required.  The Bank Protection Working Group received a report from a consulting group that indicated about 4 miles of priority for “high risk” of erosion in a 160,000 cubic feet per second flood event.  A map of the areas identified was distributed.  This contrasts with about 11 miles in the Corps of Engineers General Reevaluation Report.  It was pointed out that the areas identified in the consulting group report include some with many large trees, and the work will still be damaging to the local environment.
    4. Old Business From the Floor
      There was no old business from the floor.
  6. New Business
    1. New Business From the Floor
      Kelly Cohen reported that she had found red sespania, an invasive non-native plant, growing near the river in the Gristmill area, and had spent several hours pulling them up.  Jim Morgan suggested that she contact the American River Parkway Foundation, which has an invasive plant removal program.

      Rene Hamlin stated that she would like to have a list of Steering Committee members who are absent from meetings recorded in the minutes.  There was consensus that this would be acceptable.

      Ken Crawford distributed invitations to see his model railroad on July 12.

  1. Meeting adjourned.

The next meeting will be a Steering Committee Meeting on Tuesday, July26, 2016, at the Rancho Cordova Library.

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