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BANC Minutes - October 13, 2010
Brentwood Advisory Neighborhood Committee
Minutes for October 13, 2010
Regular Meeting

CALL TO ORDER: Meeting called to order at 6:17 p.m.

ROLL CALL: Members Johnny Staton, Steve Smith, Claudette Naturel-Staton, Alfredo Garcia, Tammy Lynn Misenheimer, Cecila Skuza, Angela Waters, Cheryl Nickerson and Rick Fuller were present. Council member Brandon Richey was present. Staff Liaisons Barbie Gary and Michele Keady were also present. Member Karen Nunez was absent.


ANNOUNCEMENTS: Yildiz in Shadow Lakes, is interested in a clean city project. BANC members interested in helping should contact her at (925) 418-4084.

Staff Liaison Gary reminded BANC members whose terms are ending on December 31, 2010 to email her soon if they wish to renew their term as a BANC member.


1. Approve special meeting minutes of September 8, 2010. Motion to approve the minutes made by Cheryl Nickerson and seconded by Rick Fuller. Motion approved 9-0.

2. DISCUSSION ITEM: Update regarding the annual Christmas Tree Lighting event and task assignments for committee members. Rick Fuller is heading up the refreshments and stated that he couldn’t find the vendor suggested by BANC to ask for cookie donations. Staff Liaison Keady clarified the location. Code Brew, in the Streets of Brentwood, was suggested as another vendor to check with regarding donations of hot drinks. Additionally, BANC could purchase hot chocolate mix and prepare drinks in the kitchen of the Senior Activity Center, however, BANC would have to secure the use of some large carafes if this option is pursued. Alfredo Garcia stated that he could get carafes for the event if BANC decides to pursue making the hot chocolate. Rick Fuller will report back at the next meeting as to the status of the refreshments. All BANC members were given donation request letters and blank BANC business cards to aid in soliciting for food and drink donations for the Tree Lighting Ceremony. BANC members should email each other as donations come in so as to not duplicate efforts.

Johnny Staton is coordinating the entertainment for the event. He has contacted the Brentwood Concert Band and feels that a brass quartet that would be more appropriate for the Tree Lighting Ceremony than the complete 70-piece band. Other performances may include choral groups from Bristow and Edna Hill Middle Schools and Dainty School. The need for a stage or risers for the performers was also suggested and Staff Liaison Gary mentioned that the Senior Activity Center has some 16 inch tall risers that can be assembled inside or outdoors for the groups to use.

Members discussed finding someone to be Santa Claus so that children can visit Santa and provide parents a photo opportunity. Tammy Lynn Misenheimer said she would contact Rick Lemyre about being this year’s Santa Claus.

3. ACTION ITEM: Discuss details regarding the Hometown Halloween booth on Saturday, October 23, 2010 and the Halloween Home of the Month winner presentation: Johnny Staton offered to pick up the candy and toys that BANC will be giving away at that event from Staff Liaison Gary. Staff Liaison Keady requested that members volunteer to work shifts at the booth starting at 4 p.m. for set up. Regarding selecting a home for the special Halloween Home of the Month, Tammy Lynn is viewing all online nominations that are coming in as well as any homes that members can suggest. The winning home will be presented on Friday, October 29th and all members are invited to assist with the presentation.

Stephen Smith noted that the Brentwood City Council accepted the bids for the downtown streetscape. City Hall is one day behind and the June completion and December move in is expected. The Hwy 4 By-pass is being worked on. Due to a land slide at Laurel Avenue, dirt is being moved into position at Sand Creek and Hwy 4 for the eventual overpass. On October 5th, Cal Trans opened the bids for Hwy 4 widening from Somersville to Contra Loma. Bids came in at a good savings.

Steve Smith also noted that the City of Pittsburg has withdrawn from the East Contra Costa Regional Fee and Financing Agency due to unhappiness at the rate of progress on the Buchanan Bypass. There is concern that this breakdown in regional cooperation could cause the MTC to withdraw fund commitments for the Highway 4 Widening, which would delay the final segments of the project, plus EBART.

Rick Fuller reported on the Marsh Creek Clean-up from September. There were 85 volunteers at Veterans Park, this year’s staging area. Among the items retrieved from sections of the creek near the park included two grocery carts, binoculars inside a cardboard box (which looked suspicious) and 422 cigarette butts. Participating kids were really enthusiastic about the event, which collected 6.5 tons of garbage.

Cecilia Skuza informed the committee of an issue in Shadow Lakes on Caddie Lane where there are plastic cut-outs of children placed on the city street in order to prevent drivers from driving on the city roadway while children are playing in the street. Ms. Skuza stated that the parents were sitting nearby in lawn chairs watching their children play in the street. Liaison Keady suggested that the police dept. be called when this type of activity is taking place.

Staff Liaison Keady noted the following: The Brentwood Police Dept. notified all area schools regarding the suspicious activity which took place at Sunset Fields. A report had been made regarding a suspicious person lingering at a school, however, after further investigation the dept. determined that no crime had occurred and, in fact, the incident was unfounded.

• Have Christiana Richey from present at a future BANC meeting
• Discuss and approve cancelling BANC meetings during December 2010 and February 2011
• Update on Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned at 7:47 p.m. Motion made by Claudette Naturel-Staton and seconded by Cheryl Nickerson. Motion approved 9-0.

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