Commentary on April 17, 2017 BCA Annual Meeting

Posted April 21, 2017 at 2:21 PM, Filed Under: Front Page, News, NRC Email

Important Note: The comments below are reported based on unofficial notes taken by NRC representatives who attended the above BCA meeting. Although we believe the reporting is reliable and strive for accuracy, we cannot assure 100% accuracy. It is recommended to all readers that they read the approved BCA 2017 Annual Meeting minutes when published.

Commentary on April 17, 2017 BCA Annual Meeting

General Manager and Executor of Election Cynthia Wright announced that quorum (35.42%) was achieved for this 43rd BCA Annual Meeting. There were no nominations from the floor, and General Manager Wright officially closed the polls.

Manager Wright acknowledged and thanked our current BCA Directors: Charlie Davis, President; Greg Pearson, First Vice President; Frances Hillman, Second Vice President, Bob Gregory, Treasurer; Bob Friedel; Ann Hunt and Tony Nardella. She also thanked all committee members for their hard work and contributing their areas of expertise and knowledge to the betterment of Brandermill. Manager Wright looks forward to working with all in the coming years.

The minutes of the 2016 Annual Meeting were unanimously approved.

President's Remarks

President Davis thanked the BCA Staff, Committee members and the other Directors who have served with him this year and made comments lauding their efforts.

General Manager's Remarks

Having been Brandermill's General Manager only since the beginning of 2017, Manager Wright has spent the January-February to learn the lay of the land by getting to know Staff and Committee members and learning about the processes of the BCA. The foremost topic of the day deals with the pools: how to fix our pools, how to finance the operation and maintenance of our pools, negotiating contracts about the pools, and understanding the history of Brandermill pools.

The Association's website is presently undergoing change, and with the help of Community Services Director Jennifer Strader, changes are now underway. The RFP process is and will be in process this year with contractors providing services to the BCA – our most important contract being the one for a landscape contractor. Open space clean-up is budgeted at $40,000 this year and will be contracted out this year.

Beginning in May, the BCA will institute a new recording system for maintenance to better satisfy members' needs and to better understand our overall maintenance needs. Also beginning on May 1, BCA office hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Last month, 34 disclosure packets were distributed. According to Manager Wright, this is a huge number within the industry.

Manager Wright acknowledged the good work of Property Management Director Al Raimo and his team for executing covenant enforcement procedures and their recouping almost $19,000 in legal fees in the process.

Creating a paperless office environment is another goal set by Manager Wright.

Election and Referendum Results

Frances Hillman (4,734 votes or 36.02%) and Greg Pearson (4,540 votes of 34.54%) were elected to the 2017-2020 BCA Board of Directors.

Tax Referendum: "Resolved that any operating expenses for the year ending December 31, 2017 shall be applied against the subsequent tax year member assessment as provided by IRS Ruling 70-604." This referendum overwhelmingly passed with 7,189 or 94.49% of the vote.

Pool Compromise Referendum: "All new Brandermill residents purchasing or otherwise being conveyed a residence on or after May 1, 2017, shall be required to pay a Pool Fee every calendar year, entitling them to a Pool Membership for use of the Brandermill pools. The Pool Fee for 2017 shall be $250, and it shall increase year-to-year with any increase in assessments." This referendum failed with only 5,145 (68.52%) voting for the compromise. A membership approval rate of 75 is needed to pass any referendum.

With regards to the non-binding pool survey question, 3,122 (40.86%) supported universal pool access while 4,518 (59.13%) did not.