Archives for March 2011


Highlights of the March 7, 2011 BCA Board Meeting*

Posted March 24, 2011 at 10:40 AM
*Important Note: The below highlights are reported based on unofficial notes taken by NRC representatives who attended the above BCA meeting. Although we believe the above reporting is reliable and strive for accuracy, we cannot assure 100% accuracy. It is recommended to all readers that they read the approved BCA Board Meeting minutes when published.

Member Voice
  • Helen O'Neill (McTyre's Cove), speaking as a resident, suggested that the back sides of stop signs and other road signs that are on the street-name posts be painted green to match the posts so they will look more uniform and uncluttered.
  • Mark Smith (Cove Ridge) made comments on the proposed Member Voice policy. He wondered if the 2-minute time limit for each person speaking during Member Voice was too restrictive, and if the Board should defer action on items that generate comments during Member Comment. He also asked if Brandermill ever consults with residents who have expertise in fields that may be beneficial, e.g., an attorney he knows who would be willing to help out.

Community Manager and Assistant Community Manager Reports
  • Community Manager Pritz highlighted her written report. She announced to-date 174 pool memberships had been purchased; 16 were purchased by non-residents.
  • Ms. Pritz introduced a standardized form for committee minutes. President Rowe suggested committees begin using the standardized form, but no vote was taken by the Board. (It was noted later in the meeting that this form would not be practical for the NRC due to its unique nature and the intent of the committee.)
  • During review of the Member Voice policy, President Rowe suggested that only a speaker's neighborhood and remarks be recorded in the minutes, i.e., the speaker's name would not be included. After some discussion, it was agreed to continue the practice of including individual names.

    Directors Hillman and Livingston questioned the submission of Member Comments that would be requested prior to the meeting, rather than at the meeting. Ms. Pritz explained that Member Comments submitted in writing can be added to the minute book.

    Director McGinniss questioned the need to reduce Member Voice time. He suggested that most people were unaware of the current policy's 5-minute time limit, because a 3-minute limit has been the practice for the past two years, and amending the policy to three minutes was still reducing Member Voice time.

    The amended Member Voice policy was voted on and approved by the Board.
  • Assistant Community Manager Raimo announced that there were 7-9 attendees at the Landlord/Renters meeting on February 23, 2011, and all seemed willing to discuss rental property issues.
  • The Village Mill was honored with an award for best community newsletter.

Committee Reports

In addition to submitted reports in the board packet:
  • Crime Prevention: Copper Hill and Shady Hill are now active in the neighborhood watch program.
  • MPOC Project Update: Signage estimates are in the works for updating entrance signs with the new logo and branding of the tag line, "A Waterfront Community."

    Director Livingston referenced the templates that were created for the Master Plan and suggested to Mr. Raimo that they be used in the future. Director McLenagan agreed that MPOC needed better documentation for timing, budgeting and approval of projects.
  • NRC: Helen O'Neill presented the results of this year's NRC election of officers. She also presented the NRC's position that it would prefer NOT to have to confine its reports to the format presently under consideration by the BCA. Additionally, she stated the NRC was concerned that the proposed amendments to the Member Voice policy might lessen member participation.

2011 Proxy/Ballot: Approved.

Mailbox Implementation Plan: Approved as amended.

Roof Stain Covenant: Approved.
  • Member Comment: Joan O'Hanley (Muirfield Green) stated she believes there are more pressing needs in Brandermill than this. She thinks this proposal is too invasive and could be expensive for residents.

Board Code of Conduct: Approved as amended.

Erosion Control Devices

President Rowe gave a brief history of this topic. She referenced the report from the Natural Resources Committee, as requested by the Board in February. Director McGinniss stated he was expecting a broader perspective.

Member Comments:
  • Ian White (Rockport Landing) mentioned there is a property ownership issue and questioned minimum standards and what the impact might be.
  • Resident Helen O'Neill (McTyers Cove) asked when and how any docks were built on the Brandermill side of the lake because ever since she has been a waterfront property owner she has been told that "docks" were not allowed.
  • Kevin Wells (Rockport Landing) explained the issue with having to push boats out into the water when the water level is low. He stated that storms cause boats without docks to slam into the shore causing more erosion.

Discussion:
  • Susan Smith, representing the Natural Resources Committee, explained that the committee's opinion was "No Docks Allowed." She further explained her attached report, and photos were given to board members of "docks" which have already been built in Brandermill.
  • Director Hillman stated she wanted to know where the property line between the BCA and East-West was located.
  • Director McLenagan mentioned the intent was to discuss a standard as requested by the County.
  • Director McGinniss stated the message should be "No Docks Allowed."
  • President Rowe stated her position as before: "Why do we need a standard for docks when they are not allowed?"

Opening Day for The Green Market

Posted March 22, 2011 at 1:30 PM
Saturday, April 2, 2011
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Market Square in Brandermill

Download this BCA flyer to learn more about the new and improved Green Market.

REMINDER: Meet the Candidates - Wednesday, March 16

Posted March 15, 2011 at 12:21 PM
This coming Wednesday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m., the NRC will hold its annual "Meet the Candidates" program at Brandermill Woods, where three candidates running for two BCA Board seats will be presented to meeting attendees. Join us and learn where each candidate stands on specific issues impacting our community.

Frances Hillman
Frances Hillman

A resident of Brandermill since 1980, Frances lives in Huntgate Woods with her husband Al.

Employment: System 4, sales, 1.5 years. Previous employment: Coverall, sales, 8 years; Curtis 1000, Inc., administrative manager, 25 years.

Education: Virginia Commonwealth University, Certificate in Management, 1980.

Community Service and Memberships: BCA Board of Directors 2010-2011; Neighborhood Residents Council rep; Journey Church member.

Areas of Experience and Expertise: BCA Board of Directors, 1 year; Neighborhood Residents Council, 3 years; secretary, 2 years; chair, 1 year; treasurer of 2 different churches, 14 years combined service; administrative manager of a $7 million branch of a national company, 25 years; sales consultant in two industries, total 13 years.

Reasons for Running: "I want to build on the experience gained during my first term, including implementing recommendations of the Brandermill Master Plan. I want to help ensure Brandermill remains vital and a 'top choice' for future residents."

Community Interests: "My major areas of interest are: a strong focus on covenant enforcement; clear direction concerning universal pool access; providing the board with strong leadership to address community issues along with respecting residents' input; being fiscally responsible for our financial and physical resources while remembering the burden this may place on each resident and commercial member.
  Joan O'Hanley
Joan O'Hanley

A resident of Brandermill since 1978, Joan lives in Muirfield Green with her husband Roy.

Employment: A retired teacher; Richmond City Schools instructor, 2 years; U.S. Peace Corps community worker and math teacher, 2 years; Chesterfield County Schools teacher, 20 years; Roanoke County Schools teacher, 10 years.

Education: Emory and Henry College, B.S. degree. Graduate work: Hollins College, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Virginia State University.

Community Service and Memberships: The Village Mill volunteer; first SCAA girls basketball coach; SCAA assistant soccer coach; Read Center volunteer; Richmond Animal League volunteer; Peace Corp volunteer; Chesterfield Retired Teachers Association member.

Areas of Experience and Expertise: Chesterfield County Public Schools team leader, 7 years, developed agendas, held meetings, solved problems; Peace Corp volunteer, lived in a community of 10,000 people in Africa, assessed community needs, wrote project proposals, funded and implemented projects, and stayed on budget.

Reasons for Running: "I want to give back to the community in which I have lived for more than 32 years. I believe I can represent the majority of residents, especially those who have lived here since Brandermill was named 'The Best Planned Community in America.'

Community Interests: "Our residents need to be better informed so that they might have a stronger voice in decision-making. Brandermill needs to be strongly marketed and promoted. Our investments in our properties depend upon the viability and competitiveness of Brandermill. In a declining or thriving economy, we should strive to keep BCA dues as low as possible."
  Marie Turner
Marie Turner

A resident of Brandermill since 1997, Marie lives in Birnam Woods with her husband James and sons Gregory and Dylan.

Employment: President of Custom Professional Enterprises, Inc., a custom housecleaning business, 17 years.

Education: Graduate of Petersburg High School.

Community Service and Memberships: Swift Creek Athletic Association Board of Directors, 8 years - director of cheerleading, secretary, vice president; Civil Air Patrol - cadet testing officer and senior member.

Areas of Experience and Expertise: A mother of four boys, ages 15 to 24. Involvement in all their schools. Owner and operator of a Brandermill area business, 17 years.

Reasons for Running: "I believe Brandermill is the best community in which to raise a family. I have seen first-hand through fun times and tragic times what a supportive and unique place Brandermill is. I want families for generations to come to experience neighborhood cookouts, parades, fireworks, etc., and the true meaning of community."

Community Interests: "My major areas of interest are: how to better include the people of the community in making the Brandermill Master Plan work; continuing the enforcement of the restrictive covenants; and partnering with our schools, parents, SCAA and other associations to help our children have the best childhood possible."

Mark your calendars and plan to attend!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011
7:00 p.m.
Brandermill Woods

NRC Meeting: 2011 "Meet the Candidates"

Posted March 5, 2011 at 10:07 AM
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
7:00 p.m.
Brandermill Woods

Mark your calendars and join us in learning where each candidate stands on specific issues impacting our community.


Information Packet for March 7, 2011 BCA Board Meeting

Posted March 5, 2011 at 10:06 AM
Due to the size of the information packet for the upcoming BCA Board meeting, the NRC offers the downloadable document in two parts.

Part 1 contains:
  • Agenda
  • February 7, 2011 BCA Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
  • President's Report
  • Community Manager Pritz's Report
  • Assistant Community Manager Raimo's Report
  • Community Services Department Report
  • The Village Mill Report

Part 2 contains:
  • November 18, 2010 and January 20, 2011 MPOC Minutes
  • Draft of 2011 Annual Meeting Proxy/Ballot for Approval
  • Mailbox Implementation Plan
  • Roof Stain Covenant
  • BCA Board Code of Conduct
  • Erosion Control Devices/Docks

We encourage residents to attend BCA Board meetings to learn of Brandermill "happenings". For a quick snapshot of what the BCA Board will be discussing, read the attached agenda.