Archives for March 2012


Hear the Candidates. Please VOTE!

Posted March 26, 2012 at 2:19 PM
If you missed the NRC's annual "Meet the Candidates" event on March 13, 2012, you now have the opportunity to hear how six of the seven BCA Board candidates answered questions posed by meeting attendees. Participating candidates were Jack Bettin, Don Blom, Bill Coiner, Charlie Davis, Joe Herbst and Andy Morrison. The seventh candidate, Ross Wursthorne, was absent.

NRC chair Mamie McNeal moderated this question-and-answer event, while NRC communications chair Chris Glaze timed the candidates' responses. Candidates were given two minutes to introduce themselves and to summarize their platforms. Two minutes were allocated for responses to specific questions.

The order in which the candidates responded to the questions is indicated by the sequence of their names - the first to answer being at the top of the list. To hear a candidate's response to a particular question, click his name directly below the question.

NOTE: Your computer will need to be able to play mp3 recordings. To download a free mp3 player, visit www.apple.com/quicktime/download/.

Introductions by Candidates


Jack Bettin

Don Blom

Bill Coiner

Charlie Davis

Joe Herbst

Andy Morrison


Questions Answered by Candidates

1. HOA fees at Magnolia Green are $68/month and include things like trash service and pools. How can Brandermill compete against neighborhoods that include these things?

Jack Bettin
Don Blom
Bill Coiner
Charlie Davis
Joe Herbst
Andy Morrison

2. Other than the lake, what do you consider Brandermill’s greatest asset that should be protected and enhanced? Name an asset that most neighborhoods do not have.

Don Blom
Bill Coiner
Charlie Davis
Joe Herbst
Andy Morrison
Jack Bettin

3. Have you ever been cited for a covenant violation? What was the violation?

Bill Coiner
Charlie Davis
Joe Herbst
Andy Morrison
Jack Bettin
Don Blom

4. Our natural areas have become overrun with vines, dying trees and deadfall - some left after hurricane Isabel. How do you plan to bring our parkways and common areas up to the same standards to which we homeowners must adhere?

Charlie Davis
Joe Herbst
Andy Morrison
Jack Bettin
Don Blom
Bill Coiner

5. The number of empty and dilapidated homes in Brandermill is on the rise and has caused many people not to buy or be able to sell their homes in certain neighborhoods. In your opinion, is the lack of enforcement of these serious violations the responsibility of BCA employees or is it a lack of support from the BCA Board? Who should be held accountable? And what would you do to increase property values and the quality of life for Brandermill residents?

Joe Herbst
Andy Morrison
Jack Bettin
Don Blom
Bill Coiner
Charlie Davis

6. I have noticed people coming out of the woodwork to complain about issues before our community. This is a resident’s right to bring forth new ideas and to let our officials know our desires. During the quiet and peaceful times in our community, have you as a resident attended Board meetings, served on any of the numerous committees or volunteered on projects in our community? And specifically, how many BCA Board meetings have you attended in the last two years?

Andy Morrison
Jack Bettin
Don Blom
Bill Coiner
Charlie Davis
Joe Herbst

7. How can the BCA Board better work with sub-associations such as Gleneagles and Woodbridge Crossing?

Jack Bettin
Don Blom
Bill Coiner
Charlie Davis
Joe Herbst
Andy Morrison

8. On numerous occasions, a resident asked a question during the member voice section of a Board meeting. There is silence from the BCA directors and community manager. There are no answers to Member Voice questions that evening or at future meetings. Would you be in favor of ensuring that all questions, after research is done, are answered?

Don Blom
Bill Coiner
Charlie Davis
Joe Herbst
Andy Morrison
Jack Bettin

9. The biggest asset we have in Brandermill is our lake. What is the Board doing or willing to do to preserve the water quality, shoreline, beautification, stocking of fish, etc.?

Bill Coiner
Charlie Davis
Joe Herbst
Andy Morrison
Jack Bettin
Don Blom

10. Usually scheduled in the summer, the BCA Board holds its strategic meeting to determine how assessment monies will be spent in the upcoming fiscal year. When do you think residents should give the Board feedback on how they would want their monies spent – before, during or immediately after the strategic Board meeting?

Charlie Davis
Joe Herbst
Andy Morrison
Jack Bettin
Don Blom
Bill Coiner

11. If you could achieve only one specific objective as a member of the Board, what would it be?

Joe Herbst
Andy Morrison
Jack Bettin
Don Blom
Bill Coiner
Charlie Davis

12. We are now forbidden to put our name on our new, expensive mailboxes, thus discouraging neighborhood camaraderie. How do you feel about this prohibition?

Andy Morrison
Jack Bettin
Don Blom
Bill Coiner
Charlie Davis
Joe Herbst

13. Months ago, the BCA Board paid a third-party to estimate costs on getting the pools up to specs and additionally to get the cost for universal pool access viability. The Board has now asked at least the Finance Committee to review the cost of upgrading the pools and universal access as it relates to the BCA budget. At what point in this process do you think the Board should solicit resident feedback?

Jack Bettin
Don Blom
Bill Coiner
Charlie Davis
Joe Herbst
Andy Morrison

14. What is your position on universal pool access? If you oppose universal pool access, should the BCA cease its operation of the pools (which require subsidies from the rest of the membership)?

Don Blom
Bill Coiner
Charlie Davis
Joe Herbst
Andy Morrison
Jack Bettin

15. A normal, solvent community association operates on a 30%-35% labor cost. In the 2012 BCA budget of $2,186,000, the labor cost for the BCA is $1,172,350 (54% of the budget). Do you think this high labor cost is sustainable?

Bill Coiner
Charlie Davis
Joe Herbst
Andy Morrison
Jack Bettin
Don Blom

16. One candidate recommended that there be a 10% cut in the BCA budget over the next three years. What would be your recommendation on how to go about reducing the budget by 10%?

Charlie Davis
Joe Herbst
Andy Morrison
Jack Bettin
Don Blom
Bill Coiner

17. What do you think about the fact that almost all employees of the BCA, including the community manager, do not actually live here, and the employees have no financial stake in the appearance of the community? Would you support a BCA policy that gives residents preferential treatment for employment opportunities within the community association?

Joe Herbst
Andy Morrison
Jack Bettin
Don Blom
Bill Coiner
Charlie Davis

18. Did you read the complimentary article about Brandermill and its revitalization projects in the very prestigious Richmond Magazine – the Source Book for 2012? If you did, what did you think of it? What would you do to promote Brandermill in this very positive way to stabilize our community and protect property values?

Andy Morrison
Jack Bettin
Don Blom
Bill Coiner
Charlie Davis
Joe Herbst

19. Past attempts (e.g., community/neighborhood meetings, Board meetings, minutes published in the Village Mill and audios of meetings) have failed to keep residents informed. Ultimately, mis-information has swept through the community, painting an ugly picture of Brandermill through area newspapers, TV and radio. What new methods for preventing this bad publicity would you initiate?

Jack Bettin
Don Blom
Bill Coiner
Charlie Davis
Joe Herbst
Andy Morrison

20. Seniors represent a significant portion of the Brandermill community. What plans do you have to both support their presence in Brandermill and to enhance their quality of life here?

Don Blom
Bill Coiner
Charlie Davis
Joe Herbst
Andy Morrison
Jack Bettin

Summaries by Candidates

Don Blom

Bill Coiner

Charlie Davis

Joe Herbst

Andy Morrison

Jack Bettin


Remember to VOTE!

NRC Meeting: 2012 "Meet the Candidates"

Posted March 12, 2012 at 10:47 AM
On Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m., the NRC will hold its "Meet the Candidates" program at Brandermill Woods, where seven candidates running for the BCA Board will be presented to meeting attendees. The event will begin with each candidate having one minute to introduce themselves.

At the meeting, attendees will be given index cards on which they may write their questions to be asked of the candidates. Using a townhall format, NRC Chair McNeal will read the questions to the candidates who will each have two minutes to respond. At the conclusion of the questions, all seven candidates will be given the opportunity to summarize their platform in two minutes.

The event is scheduled to end at 9:00 p.m., so be sure to mentally formulate your specific questions beforehand. This is your opportunity to ask specific questions and to learn where each candidate stands on issues impacting our community.

The Candidates (in alphabetical order):

JACK BETTIN: "I feel so fortunate to live in Brandermill. The lake, walking trails, parks, tennis club, golf course, schools, restaurants and local business are all within walking distance. Where else can you get all of this? The original developers had a great vision for Brandermill, and I believe our best days can still be in front of us, which is why I am running for the board."
DON BLOM: "I am a candidate for the BCA Board because I believe I have the skills and temperament that will enable me to be a productive and effective member of the Board. I want to help build a Brandermill that is as attractive for future generations as it is today."
BILL COINER: "My objective in running for the BCA Board is to help maintain our unique neighborhood community while maintaining our low cost of home ownership. After the recent struggles our community has faced with the debates over the new mailbox edit, the new sign in the roundabout, the controversy over the pools and more, I believe we need more involvement and participation of our neighbors."
CHARLIE DAVIS: "I believe the BCA process is broken. For years, we all pulled together in a positive way, and Brandermill was named the 'Best Planned Community' in the nation. Now, with age and falling home values, things aren’t so good. My focus will be to help the BCA work more creatively and cost-effectively to benefit homeowners."
JOE HERBST: "I am a retired Procter & Gamble senior sales executive. I wish to apply my business and leadership skills and experience to serve the Brandermill community. If elected, I will bring a conservative, data-based approach to the work of enhancing Brandermill’s property values and quality of life."
ANDY MORRISON: "I want to serve Brandermill as a board member because I disagree with the process of some major projects that have affected all residents. As your representative on the BCA Board, I will make sure projects like the mailboxes and roundabout sign are not approved without thorough input from residents. BCA decisions must be made with absolute concern for property value, quality of living and affordability for residents. I would appreciate your vote."
ROSS WURSTHORNE: "It seems to me that the BCA has entirely too much time and money on their hands. I suggest we cut the budget by 10% over the next three years.... Replacing rustic brown coordinated landscaping with industrial, garish-green, metal trash cans and picnic tables, and chopping down and removing parts of too many trees which are needed to feed the birds, butterflies, bugs and mushrooms in the neighborhood, must stop."

Come join us at this annual event, as we quiz these seven Board candidates about issues that matter to Brandermill residents.

"MEET THE CANDIDATES"
March 13, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
Brandermill Woods



REMINDER! 2012 Meet The Candidates Night

Posted March 2, 2012 at 4:53 PM
There are seven people running for the BCA Board of Directors this year. The annual NRC sponsored Meet the Candidates Night is a great opportunity to ask them questions, and see where they stand on issues important to the community.

Mark your calendar and come on out!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 6:30PM
Brandermill Woods

NRC Election Results

Posted March 2, 2012 at 4:51 PM
During the NRC Annual Meeting last evening, the following individuals were elected to serve on the 2012 NRC Board of Officers.

Chair ................Mamie McNeal
Vice Chair .........Mark Smith
2nd Vice Chair...VACANT
Treasurer .........Alan Manden
Secretary......... Kit Kavanagh

In addition, the following two NRC standing committee chairs were appointed during the Board of Officers workshop:

Communications - Chris Glaze
Membership - Kathy Cantrell

Congratulations to the new officers, and thank you for your willingness to serve the NRC in 2012!