Brentwood Advisory Neighborhood Committee
Minutes for September 12, 2012
CALL TO ORDER: Meeting called to order at 6:15 p.m.
ROLL CALL: Johnny Staton, Steve Smith, Claudette Naturel-Staton, Shelly McHugh, Rick Fuller, JoAnn Klement, Council Member Robert Brockman, and Staff Liaison Michele Keady were present. Members Silky Sahnan, Karen Nunez, Cheryl Nickerson, Arthur Koski, and Staff Liaison Barbie Gary were absent.
CITIZEN COMMENT: None
2. DISCUSSION ITEM: Update from members regarding progress made towards marketing BANC to the community. Wade Gomes has agreed to speak at the next BANC meeting in October. At the last meeting, the group discussed inviting past members Karen Rarey, Annette Beckstrand and Madeline Krebs to obtain more information. It was decided we would not invite them at this time. JoAnn would contact Jon Elam, former City Manager, and invite him to speak at the October meeting also. The format for the October meeting was discussed and decided we would give Wade and Jon most of the meeting to speak about the formation of BANC and have a Q&A period after.
3. DISCUSSION ITEM: Update on the Annual National Night Out event scheduled for August 7, 2012. The winner of the NNO Spirit Award will be hosting a BBQ at Oak Meadow Park on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 5 p.m. Shelly McHugh suggested we try to find a way to avoid conflicts with local school Back to School Nights next year. Due to the size of the Trilogy development, it was suggested that they be given more time next year. Rick Fuller reported that there were various numbers of residents at each location. BANC members agreed to send a thank you letter to Fresh and Easy Market and include a picture of the National Night Out Spirit Award winning neighborhood.
4. DISCUSSION ITEM: Discuss how BANC can become more involved in the community and the fiscal impact of that involvement. Michele Keady posed the question of “what is the relevancy of BANC?” given the age of technology and how this correlates with the current mission statement. Different ideas were expressed regarding ways to become relevant in the future. Rick Fuller suggested we need a human component in keeping with the idea of “random acts of kindness”. BANC could get momentum started by location a resident or local organization that has gone above and beyond to help someone and recognize them at a city council meeting. Councilman Brockman suggested we contact some of the non-profits in the city to find out who they might recommend. Claudette Naturel-Staton suggested resident would visit our website to nominate someone; BANC could also contact the Brentwood Press to write an article about nominating an outstanding resident. Johnny Staton suggested we could start a “Look Out for Your Neighbor Day”. With so many ideas Claudette Naturel-Staton suggested we table further discussion until the November meeting.
INFORMATIONAL REPORTS FROM COMMITTEE MEMBERS, SUBCOMMITTEES AND LIAISONS: Bob Brockman reported on the last council meeting. The City has received a grant that will enable us to reopen the fire stations in Brentwood and Knightson that were closed. The Bypass work is continuing and Steve Smith mentioned that more money may be available to take the improvements to Balfour due to some savings on the Hillcrest bid. Los Medanos College is continuing with their plan to build on the 17 acres they own. E-Bart is still deciding where to put E-Bart stations in Brentwood. On Friday night, September 14, the new Summerset Commons Park will be dedicated. There are five meetings planned to update the General Plan for the next 20 years. There will be an ice rink at the Streets again and in addition one will be at the Raley’s shopping center. This will be part of a holiday family center. The city has had requests for 171 building permits which is 71 more than expected. 3.5 million dollars has been set aside for the library expansion. The Farmers Market will also be expanded. The downtown Palmetto Homes development is still owned by the bank but there is someone interested in the property.
STAFF COMMENTS: None
REQUEST FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS: Discuss the marketing and relevancy of BANC after the presentations at the October BANC meeting.
ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned 7:25 p.m. Motion made by Rick Fuller and seconded by Shelly McHugh. Approved 6-0.
City of Brentwood BANC Committee
35 Oak Street
Brentwood, CA 94513