Archives for July 2016

Information Packet for August 1, 2016 BCA Board Meeting

Posted July 29, 2016 at 1:23 PM
The information packet for the upcoming BCA Board meeting is now available for downloading.

Agenda items include:

  • Consideration of Changes to Job Description and Duties of General Manager
  • Report and Discussion on Process Relating to Hiring Search for General Manager
  • Discussion on Proposed Water Adventure Park

Acting Community Manager Al Raimo's memo to the BCA Board (page 2 of this Board information packet) details more of what will be discussed at this meeting.

The NRC encourages residents to read the minutes of the various BCA committees found within the Board packet (pages 55-68). These committees are hard at work, planning not only this year's projects but next year's projects as well. (A copy of the draft 2017 BCA budget schedule is shown on page 7 of this Board packet.) Your feedback and participation NOW is important to them.

We encourage residents to attend BCA Board meetings to learn of Brandermill "happenings."

Summary of NRC-Hosted Community Meeting: "Striking a Balance"

Posted July 26, 2016 at 12:51 PM

On June 22, 2016, the NRC hosted a community meeting featuring Lorne Field, Environmental Engineering Department, Chesterfield County. The topics addressed were stormwater management and resource protection areas (RPAs). This slide video is now for viewing. (Note: A .mp4 player is required.)

At the end of the presentation, Mr. Field opened the floor for questions to the 22 meeting attendees. Below are their questions followed by Mr. Field's audio response.

1. The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act was passed in 1988, and Chesterfield County adopted the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance in 1990. What year is used to determine if something in Chesterfield County is "grandfathered"?
Response to Question 1
2. How are school properties affected by the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act?
Response to Question 2
3. There's a pipe that's next to our lawn which carries drainage to the natural berm and into the water. Could we dredge some of that to make the water flow more effectively?
Response to Question 3
4. There's a little stream that starts further up from my house but runs through a portion of my backyard. When it rains, the stream gets clogged, and as it runs towards the road, there seems to be a layer of scum and debris in it. What can we do to take care of that?
Response to Question 4
5. Does the County have any means to monitor the quality of water in our streams?
Response to Question 5
6. As a follow-up to Question 5 above, does the County monitor quality of water downstream from construction sites?
Response to Question 6
7. As a Brandermill resident for almost 40 years, it appears that how we protect the shoreline has changed. Specifically, there's more grass that grows all the way down to the waterline, people are trucking in beach-loads of sand, and there's a proliferation of docks. Can you give me a clear delineation of what the BCA is charged with monitoring and protecting, and what the County's responsibilities are for the shoreline?
Response to Question 7
8. If dead vegetation and debris are blocking the flow of water, is it permissible to remove things like clumps of leaves and debris, specifically from RPA areas?
Response to Question 8
9. Isn't the County's CitizenGIS system available to determine property lines and ownership of open spaces as well as whether a space is designated as a RPA?
Response to Question 9
10. There are a lot of docks and piers appearing in Brandermill. Is that permitted?
Response to Question 10
11. When you were discussing the restoration of RPAs, you indicated that there was a plan that needed to be submitted to the County. Is there some guidance or guidelines for what is needed for that submission?
Response to Question 11
12. What should you do if someone just cuts down trees? I've notice some of that along our bike paths.
Response to Question 12
13. What sort of modeling or predicting does the County do to ensure the quality of water in the lake?
Response to Question 13
14. How do you determine if a creek has the status of "perennial flow," and if a creek is classified as non-perennial flow, is it protected?
Response to Question 14
15. Does the the entire Swift Creek Reservoir's shoreline lie in an RPA?
Response to Question 15
16. I know the BCA has a certain amount of responsibility for monitoring RPA violations. How does the County participate in monitoring RPA violations?
Response to Question 16
17. If there is an RPA violation, is the BCA responsible for reporting those to the County?
Response to Question 17
18. Has the County ever monitored a creek and found the flow to be so strong that it negatively impacted stormwater management? Does the County perform restoration efforts in those cases?
Response to Question 18

Mark Your Calendars: NRC Meeting, July 27, 2016

Posted July 22, 2016 at 1:53 PM
NRC Meeting
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Harbour Pointe Clubhouse
Agenda items include:
  • Introducing NRC Representatives' Reports (**New!**)
  • NRC Task Force Update on NRC Organizational Structure

All Brandermill members are invited.

Mark Your Calendars

Posted July 15, 2016 at 2:18 PM
NRC Meeting
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Harbour Pointe Clubhouse

Traffic Alert

Posted July 15, 2016 at 2:18 PM
Traffic Alert ... Genito Road Closure to Begin Monday, July 18 for Bridge Replacement

For details about this road closing, read article in July 15, 2016 BCA Compass.

Message courtesy of the Brandermill Community Association

Highlights of July 5, 2016 BCA Board Meeting

Posted July 8, 2016 at 5:36 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.

BCA Scholarship Award

The BCA Board gathered informally at 6:15 p.m. to recognize this year's recipient of the BCA Student Scholarship, Abby Nunes. The award ceremony was also attended by Chesterfield County Supervisor for the Clover Hill District, Christopher Winslow.

Chris Winslow, Chesterfield County Supervisor for the Clover Hill District, addressed the BCA Board regarding the proposed Waterford Adventure Park

Supervisor Winslow began by noting that the approval process for the proposed outdoor adventure park will take between 3 and 5 months. He commented that the County wants the developer to build the park once the approval process has been completed. Supervisor Winslow commented that the developer is conducting a noise study in response to requests from various nearby communities including Brandermill. He noted that the results will be shared with the BCA and with the County.

Regarding the death of a young girl at the National Whitewater Center near Charlotte, North Carolina, Supervisor Winslow noted that the death was caused by an amoeba which entered the brain from water ingested at the Whitewater Center. He stated that the state of North Carolina has passed legislation allowing localities to regulate testing of water quality and advised the BCA Board that water quality will be closely monitored at the Waterford Adventure Park.

Supervisor Winslow commented that the County Planning Commission will review the proposal at its meeting on August 16, 2016. The public hearing portion of this meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held in the Public Meeting Room at 10001 Iron Bridge Road, Chesterfield.

Director Pearson thanked Supervisor Winslow for addressing the BCA Board on the water park and noted that he was not aware of any other county supervisor previously addressing the BCA Board. He noted that the BCA Board had submitted a list of about 50 questions regarding the Waterford Adventure Park, adding that only about half of the questions had been answered by the developer, and some of those answers were incomplete.

Supervisor Winslow agreed that the BCA Board's questions should be answered by the County and advised that this task has been delegated to the County Planning Commission. He stressed that he wanted the issues and questions to be worked out before the proposal comes before the County Board of Supervisors.

Director Pearson then asked if the County is involved in selecting the contractor who will perform the noise study. Supervisor Winslow replied that the County is following a policy of “trust but verify” with regard to the developer for the proposed water park. He stated that if the developer's noise study appears to be incomplete or inaccurate, the County would then take more control.

Director Friedel advised Supervisor Winslow that the BCA's pool staff checks on water quality for our pools on an hourly basis when they are operational. He stressed that water quality is very important and that the community would be watching very closely regarding issues of water quality safety.

Director Hillman noted that she was also disappointed by the responses so far received on the questions that had been asked by the BCA Board. Supervisor Winslow advised that he had not seen the responses that had been given by the developer. President Davis supplied him with a copy of the document containing the developer's responses to-date.

President Davis thanked Supervisor Winslow for addressing the BCA Board.

Minutes of June 6, 2016 BCA Board Meeting

Director Hillman moved and Director Friedel seconded the motion to add the following paragraph after George Lawson's member voice:
Director Gregory responded that there were no official votes at the May Finance Committee meeting. He also indicated that a vote on a new committee chair was delayed to the June Finance Committee meeting at which time Director Gregory would officially resign from his position on the Finance Committee.

The minutes of the June 6, 2016 BCA Board Meeting was unanimously approved as amended.

President's Report

President Davis announced that Al Raimo is presently the Acting Community Manager.

He then appointed Directors Pearson, Friedel and Hunt to form a search committee to seek a new Community Manager. President Davis acknowledged Director Hillman having sent information about the previous community manager search and Director Gregory offering suggestions on the current search process. President Davis will ask for an update on the process from the search committee at the August Board meeting.

President Davis recognized the pool lifeguard staff and managers of Swim Club Management. He thanked the lifeguard staff for acting quickly and effectively on June 21 to rescue a young child at St. Ledger's Pool. He noted that the child was spotted underwater and in distress for a period of about 30 seconds before being rescued by the lifeguards on duty.

First Vice President's Report

First Vice President Pearson announced that the Communications and Marketing Committee will meet on Thursday, July 7 at 4 p.m. He commented that one of the items on the agenda is review of progress in updating the Brandermill website.

Treasurer's Report

Treasurer Robert Friedel moved and Director Hillman seconded to confirm John Cardea as the new Chair of the Finance Committee. This motion was unanimously approved.

Treasurer Friedel announced that Brandermill had received a check for $19,000 for payment of past due assessments and fines related to the abandoned property in Fortune's Ridge. Manager Raimo advised that the County had initiated foreclosure proceedings on this abandoned property and this payment was a direct result of efforts by the BCA Board and Staff in their work with the County.

Treasurer Friedel also announced that the BCA has received the Audit Report for the recent 2015 audit. Recommendations from the audit firm suggested that this report be kept confidential and shared only with the BCA Board; however, this report would be made available to any member who requests a copy.

Director Hillman noted that the audit report is a good report.

Directors' Reports

President Davis announced that the Brandermill fireworks have been rescheduled for Saturday, July 9 at 9:15 p.m. and that tickets are required because the County has instructed Brandermill to restrict traffic during this event.

Director Hillman questioned the accuracy of one of the entries in the May 2016 operating budget variance report. Manager Raimo responded that there had been a glitch in transferring formulas from one program to another. The problem has now been corrected.

Director Hillman asked if the BCA had received estimates for the marina work to be done. Manager Raimo replied that the BCA had gotten some estimates but was still awaiting more.

Director Hillman as Board liaison to the Community Appearance and Maintenance Committee stated that the committee is looking for guidance from the BCA Board on two projects (drainage and shoreline erosion) they would like to address. President Davis responded that he would meet with her and Chairs Russek and Cardea to further discuss those two issues, adding that these were bigger issues than Brandermill has funds to pay and there were other components that needed to be considered.

Community Manager's Report

Manager Raimo announced that the ARB expects to receive a proposal by the Holladay Corporation in July regarding the senior care facility which they have proposed to build on the site of the defunct Brandermill Inn. The issues receiving attention at this point are landscaping, signage and lighting.

Manager Raimo also noted that Brandermill has contacted a second potential contractor for their bid regarding repairs and improvements on the Brandermill marina. President Davis commented that the Association hopes to receive this contract proposal, select a contractor and have the work on the marina started in August.

Chuck Rayfield (Shallowford Landing) commented that he had received an email stating that the selection of a contractor for the marina work would be discussed at this BCA Board meeting.

Manager Raimo indicated that the BCA has received one comprehensive bid on the marina work and one bid for the electrical work only. The BCA is expecting this second contractor bid to be a comprehensive one.

Director Pearson suggested that we send an email to the contractor from whom we are awaiting a quote to advise them to submit their bid or we would move forward and accept the single quote we have received, provided the quote is within the budgeted limit for the work.

President Davis promised the marina members that Brandermill will "have wheels turning" on selection of a contractor.

Tommy Baer (Land's End) asked for a follow-up with the marina members by Staff.

President Davis explained that the marina work was a project worked on by our recently departed Community Manager. He committed to have the Staff follow up with John Bailey and take action on the marina work.

Executive Session

Exiting executive session, the BCA Board returned to open session at approximately 9:15 p.m. The following actions were taken:

1. Director Pearson moved and Director Hunt seconded a motion to change the title of the vacancy from Community Manager to General Manager. This motion was unanimously approved.
2. President Davis moved and Director Hunt seconded a motion to engage the firm "Titan" to conduct a Personnel Pay and Employee Benefit Survey. This motion was unanimously approved.

Information Packet for July 5, 2016 BCA Board Meeting

Posted July 1, 2016 at 12:41 PM
The information packet for the upcoming BCA Board meeting is now available for downloading.

The Board's agenda includes "Consideration of Contract for Conducting Pay Study." Be sure to read Acting Community Manager Raimo's memo (page 2 of the Board Packet) to the BCA Directors, which also reflects "The Board will gather informally @ 6:15 p.m. in the Church Fellowship Hall to recognize this year's recipient of the BCA Student Scholarship, Abby Nunes."

The NRC encourages residents to read the minutes of the various BCA committees found within the Board packet. These committees are hard at work, planning not only this year's projects but next year's projects as well. Your feedback and participation NOW is important to them.

We also encourage residents to attend BCA Board meetings to learn of Brandermill "happenings."