2014 HEAR What the Candidates Had to Say

Posted March 16, 2014 at 10:42 PM, Filed Under: News, NRC Email

If you missed the NRC's annual "Meet the Candidates" event on March 13, 2014, you now have the opportunity to hear how the three BCA Board candidates answered questions posed by meeting attendees. Participating candidates were Graham Henderson, Frances Hillman and Greg Pearson.

Aided by the NRC Board of Officers (Kathy Cantrell, Carla Barnes, and George Lawson), NRC Chair Joe Herbst moderated this question-and-answer event. The order in which the candidates responded to each of the questions below is indicated by the sequence of their names - the first to answer being at the left of the list. To hear a candidate's response to a particular question, click his name directly below the question/picture. Note: Your computer will need to be able to play .mp3 recordings.

The NRC thanks the participating candidates and especially thanks all the residents who attended this meeting and submitted the following questions.

Opening Statements


Graham Henderson Frances Hillman Greg Pearson

Questions Answered by Candidates

1. What would you do to improve the Standards and Covenant enforcement and the follow-up procedures?
Graham Henderson, Frances Hillman, Greg Pearson.
2. How do you feel about the proposed BCA committee structure?
Frances Hillman, Greg Pearson, Graham Henderson.
3. For the 2014 budget, the Board of Directors rejected an assessment increase in quarterly dues. As a member of the Board, would you have voted for or against an assessment increase?
Greg Pearson, Graham Henderson, Frances Hillman.
4. How are you going to bridge the gap between the Board and the residents to minimize the “Us versus Them” feeling?
Graham Henderson, Frances Hillman, Greg Pearson.
5. Several recent issues facing the Board have received coverage in the local media. Are you concerned about negative press coverage and what role do you think the Board should take in responding to or managing press coverage?
Frances Hillman, Greg Pearson, Graham Henderson.
6. What is the difference between a BCA Standard and a BCA Covenant?
Greg Pearson, Graham Henderson, Frances Hillman.
7. The Board has dealt with several appears this past year from residents regarding violations of the BCA’s Design Standards. How important do you see the role of the ARB and what importance will you place upon enforcing the approval process relative to the Standards?
Graham Henderson, Frances Hillman, Greg Pearson.
8. How do you propose to update Brandermill to attract new families?
Frances Hillman, Greg Pearson, Graham Henderson.
9. There have been two tragedies involving large trees being blown onto residences in Brandermill, the most recent occurring last night. In view of these serious incidents and other inevitable similar occurrences in the future, do you favor allowing residents far greater leeway in the removal of trees, regardless of size in order to reduce the possibility of more tree-caused damages?
Greg Pearson, Graham Henderson, Frances Hillman.
10. What is your opinion of the BCA website in terms of its marketing capability and its functionality for residents to get information?
Graham Henderson, Frances Hillman, Greg Pearson.
11. Do you support language in the Standards to allow front yard vegetable gardens?
Greg Pearson, Graham Henderson, Frances Hillman.
12. What do you think we need to spend money other than the pools?
Graham Henderson, Frances Hillman, Greg Pearson.
13. As a past Boar member, I remember the difficulty in having residents volunteer for committees. Then the Master Plan was approved. The community was excited about our future; they began serving on committees. Recently with the announced changes in committee structure, committee members are confused and committees are in limbo. What would you do to change their uncertainty?
Frances Hillman, Greg Pearson, Graham Henderson.
14. Under what circumstances do you think the Board should not enforce covenants?
Greg Pearson, Graham Henderson, Frances Hillman
15. Do you think the Board should change the Standards based on a single resident case, as in the recent garden and awning appeal cases?
Graham Henderson, Frances Hillman, Greg Pearson.
16. All of this year’s candidates have served the Brandermill community. What do you think has been your most important contribution?
Frances Hillman, Greg Pearson, Graham Henderson.
The next two questions were asked from the meeting floor to specific candidates.
17. Matt Ritter (Court Ridge) to Greg Pearson regarding article in February 2014 issue of Chesterfield Monthly
Ritter to Pearson.
18. Marie Stella (Cove Ridge) to Graham Henderson, Frances Hillman and Greg Pearson regarding BCA Directors speaking in public forum
Stella to Henderson, Hillman and Pearson.

Closing Remarks


Frances Hillman Greg Pearson Graham Henderson

Proxies/ballots will be mailed on March 21, 2014, and the BCA Annual Meeting will be held on April 21, 2014. Please remember to VOTE!