Archives for March 2015


2015 Hear What the Candidates Had to Say

Posted March 24, 2015 at 5:02 PM
Here's a chance for you to catch up on the NRC's "Meet the Candidates" event on March 19, 2015. Participating candidates were Charlie Davis and Bob Friedel.

Aided by the NRC Board of Officers (Joe Herbst, Tamara Virginia, Sally Ragsdale, and Mamie McNeal), NRC Chair Linda Quackenbush 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 on the left. 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 special thanks are extended to all the residents who attended this meeting and submitted the following questions.

Opening Statements

Charlie Davis
Opening Statement
Bob Friedel
Opening Statement

Questions from Meeting Attendees

  1. What is your position on the three amendments being proposed and why?
    Responses: Charlie Davis Bob Friedel
  2. Should home-based businesses be required to register, just as that being proposed in Amendment #1?
    Responses: Bob Friedel Charlie Davis with comments from NRC First Vice Chair Joe Herbst
  3. What is your position to proposed Amendment #3? How was the 67% determined to lower the pass rate for future amendments?
    Responses: Charlie Davis Bob Friedel
  4. What can be done to pressure VDOT to install guard rails at Ridge Creek?
    Responses: Bob Friedel Charlie Davis
  5. What do you think the purpose of collecting a list of owners who rent their property is, and what do you think the Board plans to do with that information?
    Responses: Charlie Davis Bob Friedel
  6. What is your vision on the future of Brandermill pools? Would you support any of the pools, and if so, which one and why?
    Responses: Bob Friedel Charlie Davis
  7. What is your position regarding the BCA Board's need for broad-based community input when making important decisions? If you think community input is important, how do you think it should be gathered?
    Responses: Charlie Davis Bob Friedel
  8. What is your position on home-based businesses, and how do you think the issue of client traffic can be addressed?
    Responses: Bob Friedel Charlie Davis
  9. Why do you think the BCA should lower the threshold to amend the covenants from 75% to 67%, when the community has reached the 75% level to approve amendments four times since 2004?
    Responses: Charlie Davis Bob Friedel
  10. How can we assure more transparency on important issues like pool membership, cell towers, etc. that the process will be open for input by everyone?
    Responses: Bob Friedel Charlie Davis
  11. What are three major issues facing Brandermill in the upcoming three years and how would you address them?
    Responses: Charlie Davis Bob Friedel
  12. The Board has removed the independent editor of The Village Mill. Is it the priority of the Board to remove any view not in accord with the Board? What is the position of each candidate on this issue?
    Responses: Bob Friedel Charlie Davis

Closing Statements

Bob Friedel
Closing Statement
Charlie Davis
Closing Statement

Why Vote?

Comments made by BCA candidates Friedel and Davis at the 2015 Meet the Candidates event.

Notes

In an effort to afford members the ability to communicate with other members, the NRC offers a letter written by Jason Livingston in which he expresses his opinion on the three proposed amendments.

The BCA Board of Directors submits a statement further explaining the three referendums on the ballot.
 

Learn Candidates' Positions on Issues Important to YOU

Posted March 13, 2015 at 3:56 PM
On Thursday, March 19 at 7 p.m., the NRC will hold its annual "Meet the Candidates" program at Harbour Pointe Clubhouse. Two candidates are running for the BCA Board and will be presented to meeting attendees. The NRC cordially invites all members to attend this event and to participate in the voting process.

The program will consist of a Q&A session with the following candidates:
 


Charlie Davis
 
Bob Friedel
For background information about each candidate,
visit
brandermillNRC.com/?id=7234

At the meeting, attendees will be given index cards.  You may write your questions addressing the candidates. NRC Chair Linda Quackenbush will read the questions to each candidate who will have 3-4 minutes to respond. At the conclusion of the questions, the candidates will be given an opportunity to summarize their platforms.

There are three referendums on this year's election ballot.  Members are encouraged to read and fully understand these referendums (see summary on page 2 of the February 27, 2015 edition of the BCA Online Newsletter) as they potentially represent changes to our Restrictive Covenants.  This might be a good time for members to ask the candidates for their position on these referendums and other Brandermill issues that will affect our quality of life.

Both the election and referendum results require a 20% quorum. It's important that everyone vote.  Ballots will be mailed on March 20, 2015.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend this very important meeting!

Meet the Candidates
Thursday, March 19, 2015
7 p.m.
Harbour Pointe Clubhouse
5710 Promontory Pointe Road

Highlights of March 2, 2015 BCA Board Meeting

Posted March 6, 2015 at 2:43 PM
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 below 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

Sandra Lacey (Timber Ridge) congratulated the BCA Board for instituting the new curbside brush pickup program in the neighborhoods. She also asked about the status of the pocket park requested by a neighborhood last year, feeling that residents should be supported if they wish to improve their neighborhood. The BCA Board was encouraged to stay on top of Dominion Power to provide a map of power transformer boxes in Brandermill in order to move forward with refurbishment.

President Davis suggested assigning the Dominion Power transformer box issue to the Communications and Marketing Committee.

Warren Ragsdale (Huntsbridge) asked if the brush pickup program included leaves. Manager Bailey replied in the negative.

Ragsdale expressed opposition to proposed Amendment 1, stating that it was unnecessary as the BCA already has that information. He opposed Amendment 2 on the basis that this proposal had failed on previous referendums. With regards to proposed Amendment 3, Ragsdale felt 75% approval was appropriate. [Note: For a summary of these amendments, see page 2 of the February 27, 2015 edition of the BCA Online Newsletter or pages 21-23 the March 2, 2015 Board information packet.]

Richard Bradshaw (Regatta Pointe) congratulated the BCA Board for beginning the brush pickup program and for not pursuing a 15% cap on rental properties. He did, however, oppose Amendment 2 as the BCA Board had not clearly defined what constituted a rental property. For example, he asked if accepting payments from a family member staying in one's home constituted a rental agreement, thereby requiring registration. He opposed all three proposed amendments to the covenants and expressed his concern that there might still be an intent to establish a cap on rental properties. [Note: For a summary of these amendments, see page 2 of the February 27, 2015 edition of the BCA Online Newsletter or pages 21-23 the March 2, 2015 Board information packet.]

Manager Bailey clarified rental property to be property on which the property owner receives rent and does not reside at the property. Amendment 1 would require the property owner to complete a rental registration form indicating how the property owner may be contacted, but no renter information or lease agreement would be required.

President's Report

President Davis encouraged all members to vote. Ballots will be mailed on March 20, and the BCA Annual Meeting will be held on April 20.

Treasurer's Report

For the financial status of the Association as of January 31, 2015, please see pages 9-13 of March 2, 2015 Board packet.

The BCA Board uanimously approved George Lawson (Huntsbridge) to serve as a member of the Finance Committee.

Community Manager's Report

Manager Bailey reported on his monthly update on property management actions (see page 14 of March 2, 2015 Board packet). For the month of February, there were 16 disclosure packages requested. Of those properties, nine were not compliant. The current owners will be required to bring the properties into compliance at the time of closing, or the new owners will be required to do so.

Brandermill members may now contact BCA Staff for the status of property/covenant violations via phone or by completing the request for information form from the Brandermill website. This service is only available to Brandermill members, so be prepared to identify yourself.

Manager Bailey indicated there was good progress recruiting volunteers for the committees. [Note: Members interested in learning more about BCA committee should visit www.brandermill.com/residents/bca-committees; the application form may also be be found on that page.]

In his brief update on the hydrilla issue, Manager Bailey noted that this invasive weed made a strong comeback in the reservoir last summer. He reported that the Reservoir Hydrilla Management Group will be meeting at Harbour Pointe Clubhouse on March 4 at 7 p.m. Members of this group include County representatives and various property owners along the reservoir. Director Malek is the designated Board representative from Brandermill. President Davis offered a possible explanation as to why the lifespan of the carp relegated to eat the hydrilla has been shortened.

With regards to the brush pickup program, Manager Bailey described how BCA Maintenance will be routinely visiting the four zones of Brandermill. For more detail on this program, download the BCA's flyer and zone chart. [Note: Please, no leaves.]

Communications and Marketing Committee Report

The BCA Board unanimously approved Brian Regrut (Shadow Ridge) and Dennis Lacey (Timber Ridge) to be members of the Communications and Marketing Committee.

NRC Report

Chair Linda Quackenbush announced that the NRC flyer drive is underway. NRC Representatives are still being sought for several neighborhoods. If residents are interested in joining the NRC, they should email membership@brandermillNRC.com about their interests in representing their neighborhoods.

Snow Removal Policy

Manager Bailey clarified the Association's policy regarding snow removal, including the following key points:

  • Chesterfield County contracts with VDOT for road maintenance including snow removal in Brandermill.
  • Brandermill has minimal snow removal equipment and only provides support to VDOT along the major parkways and clears snow from common BCA property such as the Brandermill office.
  • Brandermill has not provided snow removal on roads since 1995 and has not contracted for this service in the last decade. Snow removal and road maintenance are County responsibilities.
  • There are BCA liability issues with snow removal, and insurance costs would increase dramatically if the Association were to assume responsibility for snow removal. Liability could result from property damage and personal injury accidents connected with snow removal.
  • The Association has not budgeted assessments monies to provide snow removal service.
  • Brandermill can provide assistance to residents in special need circumstances.
Consideration of Ballot Language for Changes to the Restrictive Covenants

The BCA Board considered proposed language on three amendments to the covenants to be included in the spring 2015 election ballot. [Note: A summary of this proposed language is available on page 2 of the February 27, 2015 edition of the BCA Online Newsletter and pages 21-23 the March 2, 2015 Board information packet.]

The ballot language will include the following explanations:

  • Amendment 1: Voting to approve this amendment means that you support the Association requiring rented/leased residential properties to be registered with the BCA and up-to-date contact information for the property owner be provided.
  • Amendment 2: Voting to approve this amendment means that you support the Board of Directors' authority to annually set the capital fee at an amount up to, but not exceeding, the annual residential assessment.
    [Note: The BCA Board already has the authority to set this fee annually; however, the amount currently cannot exceed $150. The capital fee is only charged to those who are first-time homebuyers in Brandermill. The funds generated by the capital fee can only be used for new capital projects; they cannot be used for the operating budget.]
  • Amendment 3: Voting to approve this amendment means that you support reducing the number of votes required by the membership to amend the Restrictive Covenants from 75% to 67% of the votes cast at a duly called meeting by those members present, in person or in proxy. The number of votes required to reach quorum does not change.

The BCA Board unanimously approved the proposed language for Amendment 1 as amended (see page 21 of the March 2, 2015 Board packet) and Amendments 2 and 3 as stated.
 


Join Us to "Meet the Candidates"

Posted March 6, 2015 at 2:44 PM
Meet the Candidates
Thursday, March 19, 2015
7:00 p.m.
Harbour Pointe Clubhouse

This is YOUR OPPORTUNITY to meet the BCA Board candidates and to ask them about their positions on important issues effecting Brandermill. What questions would you like to ask these candidates?

Charlie Davis


Resident of Brandermill since 1974.

Lives in Commodore Pointe with wife Christine.

Bob Friedel


Resident of Brandermill since 1977

Lives in Winterberry Ridge with wife Susanne.

Occupation: Currently President of Davis Consultants, Inc., a Chesterfield-based political and public affairs consulting firm established in 1991, and President of the BCA Board.

Previous positions include Regional Vice President, CSX Corporation (1982-1990); Executive Assistant and Press Secretary, Governor John Dalton (1980-1982); Director of Information, Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (1978-1980); News Director, Dalton for Governor Campaign (1977); News Editor, Reporter, Anchor, WRVA Radio (1972-1977).

Education: B.A., History/Government, University of Virginia (1968).

Military Service: U.S. Air Force (1969-1972), audio visual services, tours of duty in Mississippi, Ohio and Turkey (American Forces Radio).

Community Service Work and Organizational Memberships: Founding member of Brandermill Church; founding member and coach of Swift Creek Association; participant in public school-related activities when children were students.

Qualifying Experiences: Having served on the BCA Board for three years and currently serving as Board President, I am well acquainted with the needs of our community to improve home values. I know the significant steps your current Board has taken and the steps it is prepared to take to improve home values. I have strong personal and professional working relationships with local, state and federal officials who represent Brandermill and Chesterfield County, individuals who are critical in helping us accomplish our mission.

Reasons for Candidacy and Major Areas of Community Interest: It has been an honor and privilege to serve you as a member of your BCA Board of Directors. As president, I have focused on transparency in all activities, community beautification, prudent covenant enforcement, a friendlier relationship between the BCA staff and you, and holding the line on expenses to avoid a hike in your assessments. I sense a renewed vibrancy about Brandermill and its future as a great place to live and raise a family. Together we've come a long way, but there is much more to be done. That is why I respectfully ask for your support and your vote to continue this journey together.

My major area of community interest lies in property values. When I was first elected, more than half of the BCA annual budget was being spent on staff salaries. That is no longer the case. We are now devoting more revenue to actual “rubber-meets-the-road” functions to maintain Brandermill’s wonderful amenities and providing more services to assist residents in enhancing our curb appeal and property values. If re-elected, that will remain my primary focus.

Occupation: Medical Consultant, Family Institute of Virginia; Medical Director, Jackson-Feild Behavioral Health Services.

Education: B.S., Duke University; M.D., Duke University School of Medicine; Board certified in Psychiatry (APBN).

Military Service: U.S. Public Health Service, Lieutenant Commander, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland.

Community Service Work and Organizational Memberships: BCA Board of Directors (2008-2011); Pharmacology Committee, Department of Medical Assistance Services of VA (DMAS); Board of Directors, National Mental Health Association; National Education Alliance-Borderline Personality Disorder (Scientific Advisory Board).

Qualifying Experiences: BCA Board of Directors; Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Virginia Commonwealth University; Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan; Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Senior Vice President, Chief Medical Officer and Member of the Board, Charter Medical Corporation.

Reasons for Candidacy and Major Areas of Community Interest: The missions of the BCA are to increase the value of property and to enhance the quality of life of residential and commercial members of Brandermill. To optimally use the administrative skills acquired from my professional experiences, I intend to:

  1. help improve the value received from assessments to members by careful analysis of the Community’s financial needs to develop creative budget proposals and decisions;
  2. focus on the continued enhancement of the transparency of decisions and decision-making policies of the BCA; and
  3. support the improvement of methods of communication to and interaction with members.