Archives for March 2017


Don't Forget to VOTE!

Posted March 31, 2017 at 2:32 PM
Please remember that ballots must be signed and can be returned in one of the following ways:
  • Mail your signed ballot to Brandermill Community Association, Inc., in the enclosed blue envelope so that it is received no later than 5 p.m., Monday, April 17, 2017.
  • Deliver your signed ballot in the sealed blue envelope to the BCA office no later than 5 p.m., Monday, April 17, 2017.
  • Or, bring your signed proxy/ballot in the sealed blue envelope to the Annual Meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, April 17, 2017 at The Brandermill Church.

Voting results will be announced at the Annual Meeting on Monday, April 17, 2017 at The Brandermill Church.


Information Packet for April 3, 2017 BCA Board Meeting

Posted March 31, 2017 at 2:32 PM
The information packet for the upcoming BCA Board meeting is now available for downloading. Agenda items include:

The NRC encourages residents to read the minutes of the various BCA committees found within the Board packet (pages 40-54). 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 encourage residents to attend BCA Board meetings to learn of Brandermill "happenings."


Hear What the 2017 Candidates Had to Say

Posted March 22, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Here's a chance for you to catch up on the NRC's "Meet the Candidates" event on March 16, 2017. Participating candidates were Frances Hillman and Brandon Rumancik. (NOTE: Although Candidate Greg Pearson expressed the desire to participate in this event, a family emergency forced him to be out-of-town on that day.)

Aided by the NRC Board of Officers (AJ Mojaddidi and Mamie McNeal), NRC Second Vice Chair Sean Rodgers moderated this question-and-answer event. Each candidate was given five minutes for opening and closing statements, and three minutes to respond to questions from the audience. 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 questions.

Opening Statements

Frances Hillman
Opening Statement
Greg Pearson Brandon Rumancik
Opening Statement

Questions from Meeting Attendees

Q1. What is your position on the future of the pools if the Pool Compromise referendum fails to pass?
  Responses:            Brandon Rumancik      |      Frances Hillman
Q2. The demographics are constantly changing in Brandermill. Very often there are young families that have just moved into the neighborhood living next to a family that have been here for 30 years. What are your ideas for appealing to the new homebuyers that may be younger and younger homebuyers who may already be here when they think about Brandermill?
  Responses:            Frances Hillman      |      Brandon Rumancik
Q3. Our infrastructure in Brandermill is struggling. We are lagging in both maintenance and improvements in a few areas other than just the pools. What are some of your ideas to right the ship toward keeping Brandermill's amenities where they need to be?
  Responses:            Brandon Rumancik      |      Frances Hillman
Q4. If the Pool Compromise fails to pass and the community votes for UPA in the ballot survey, would you support UPA? And if so, how would you fund the $5 million needed to accomplish that?
  Responses:            Frances Hillman      |      Brandon Rumancik
Q5. What would you do to improve events/activities at Sunday Park?
  Responses:            Brandon Rumancik      |      Frances Hillman
Q6. What ideas do you have about attracting new business to areas like Market Square?
  Responses:            Frances Hillman      |      Brandon Rumancik

Closing Statements:            Brandon Rumancik      |      Frances Hillman

Why Vote?

The 2017 ballot contains two referendums:

  1. A "yes" vote for the Surplus Revenue Referendum "is needed to prevent being taxed by the IRS on any surplus revenue. The IRS has ruled that any surplus is taxable unless it is applied against the subsequent year's revenue. If this referendum is not approved, the BCA may be subject to paying additional taxes with members' assessments."
  2. The Pool Compromise Amendment which, if approved by 75% of the votes cast, will become a part of our governing documents as an Amendment to Article V of the Association Declaration (beginning on page 62). A "yes" vote for this referendum indicates your support for gradual implementation of universal pool access (UPA). Your vote on this referendum is binding, i.e., the Board of Directors are obligated to act according to the voting result.

The ballot also contains a Non-Binding Pool Survey which asks the question: "Do you support a $125 increase in annual residential assessments for pools?" This is a survey question asked by the BCA Board for informational purposes only and is non-binding. Non-binding in this case indicates the Directors may use the result of this survey question in furtherance of their work with the pools, but they are not obligated to act based on the survey results.

VOTE and return your proxy/ballot in one of the following ways:

  • Mail your signed ballot to Brandermill Community Association, Inc., in the enclosed blue envelope so that it is received no later than 5 p.m., Monday, April 17, 2017.
  • Deliver your signed ballot in the sealed blue envelope to the BCA office no later than 5 p.m., Monday, April 17, 2017.
  • Or, bring your signed proxy/ballot in the sealed blue envelope to the Annual Meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, April 17, 2017 at The Brandermill Church.

 

Where Do the Candidates Stand on Issues Important to You?

Posted March 15, 2017 at 11:03 AM
On Thursday, March 16 at 7 p.m., the NRC will hold its annual "Meet the Candidates" program at The Brandermill Church. Three candidates are vying for two seats on 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.

At the meeting, attendees will be given index cards on which they may write their questions to the candidates. NRC Second Vice Chair Sean Rodgers will read the questions to each candidate who will have equal-time to respond. At the conclusion of the questions, the candidates will be given an opportunity to summarize their platforms.

The following candidates will be participating in this event:

Frances Hillman Greg Pearson Brandon Rumancik
For more information about the candidates,
visit the NRC website at brandermillnrc.com/?id=7378

There are two referendums and one non-binding pool survey question on the ballot this year. Ballots were mailed on Monday, March 13, 2017. If you don't receive your ballots soon, please contact the BCA Office (744-1035).

Make plans now to attend this very important meeting!

Meet the Candidates
Thursday, March 16, 2017
7 p.m.
The Brandermill Church
4500 Millridge Parkway
 

You're Invited to "Meet the Candidates"

Posted March 10, 2017 at 2:24 PM
On Thursday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m., the NRC will hold its annual "Meet the Candidates" event at The Brandermill Church, when three candidates vying for two seats on the BCA Board will be presented to meeting attendees.

At the meeting, attendees will be given index cards on which they may write their questions to be asked of the candidates as a group. Be sure to mentally formulate your specific questions beforehand.

Using a townhall format, NRC Second Vice Chair Sean Rodgers will read the questions to the candidates who will each have equal-time to respond. At the conclusion of the questions, each candidate will be given two minutes to summarize his/her platform.

This is YOUR opportunity to ask specific questions and to learn where each candidate stands on issues impacting our community.

Participating candidates (in alphabetical order) and their statements of "what they would like to accomplish as a member of the BCA Board of Directors" follows:

Frances Hillman Greg Pearson Brandon Rumancik
Biographical Sketch
A resident of Brandermill since 1980, Hillman lives in Huntgate Woods with her husband Al.

Employment
Dale Memorial Park, Family Service Counselor, 2 years

Previous Employment
Express Employment, Staffing Counselor, 1 year; System 4, Sales, 1.5 years; Coverall of Virginia, Sales, 9 years; Curtis 1000, Inc., Administrative Manager, 25 years.

Education
Virginia Commonwealth University, Certificate in Management, 1980; Sander Sales Institute, President’s Club 2007.

Community Service and Memberships
BCA Board of Directors 2010-2017, Neighborhood Residents Council, 3 years; Journey Christian Church member.

Areas of Experience and Expertise
BCA Board of Directors, 7 years; 3 years as Treasurer. Neighborhood Residents Council, 3 years, Secretary 2 years, Chair, 1 year. Treasurer of 2 different churches, 14 years combined service. Administrative Manager of a $7MM division of a national company, 25 years. Sales consultant in 4 industries, total 16 years.

Reasons for Running
“I am excited about the future of Brandermill and the younger families moving in. I want to continue looking for the best solutions to move the community forward.”

Community Interest
“My major areas of interest are: listen and be receptive to new ideas; implement policies and procedures to increase property values; develop best solutions for pool management; and provide leadership to find new amenities helping maintain Brandermill’s premier status.”
Biographical Sketch
A resident of McTyres Cove in Brandermill since 1978.

Employment
Local News LLC (Chesterfield Observer) Owner/Publisher, 19 years, now retired.

Previous Employment
Owner/President of Media Buying Associates, 8 years; Senior VP of Marketing and Advertising for S&K Famous Brands, 7 years; VP/GM of Capital Broadcasting (XL-102/WRNL radio stations), 6 years.

Education
BA degree from DePauw University. Captain in U.S. Air Force, 5 years.

Community Service and Memberships
First VP of Brandermill Board for past three years. Chaired committees on Abandoned Properties, BCA GM Search and Covenant Enforcement. Vice Chair of BCA Properties Committee and board liaison to BCA Communications and Marketing Committee. Formerly a member of the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce and a board member. Previously a member of the Chesterfield Business Council, Midlothian Business Alliance and Virginia Press Association. BCA Neighborhood Residents Council, 1990s. Village Mill Review Committee, 1995.

Areas of Experience and Expertise
Have owned and managed my own businesses from 1990-2014 (previously ran businesses for other companies). Sold The Chesterfield Observer, Chesterfield Monthly, Henrico Monthly and office building in 2014 to retire. Have hands-on experience in business management, marketing and communications. Have personal relationships with four of the county supervisors, most of the school board members and planning commissioners. Also know many county department heads, including the police chief, sheriff, commonwealth attorney, county attorney and planning director. Have a personal relationship with the Delegate Kirk Cox, who is currently the majority leader of the Virginia House of Delegates and is expected to assume the speakership of the House later this year. Friends with Delegate Lee Ware, who represents the district that includes Brandermill.

Reasons for Running
“As the BCA Board’s First VP for the past three years, I have participated actively in the leadership role of our association. While we have made good progress during that time, including hiring a very capable new GM, Brandermill faces new challenges. My experience in management and knowledge gained of BCA issues during the past three years will enable a brighter future for enhancing our property values.”
Biographical Sketch
A resident of Shadow Ridge in Brandermill since 2015.

Employment
Apex MedSurg - Zimmer Biomet Spine, Director of Operations, 2 years; UppCell, LLC., Owner, 1 year; Biomet Spine, Technician, 2 years; K2M, Product Manager, 5 years.

Community Service and Memberships
Served as Big Brother for the Big Brother/Big Sisters program in Frederick, Md. and spent a year mentoring an 8-year-old boy through several life transitions. Created the Brandermill Buy/Sell/Trade Facebook group to connect residents within the community. Currently, time is focused on raising a 2-year-old, working full time, assisting wife with her company and preparing to welcome a new baby to our family.

Areas of Experience and Expertise
To be honest, I do not have any experience being on a Board of Directors within a community but I feel that will not hinder my capability in this position. I will bring an open mind, fresh ideas, and welcome others to express their vision for the community. My ultimate goal is to improve Brandermill to the best of my ability by being more proactive, rather than reactive, and make it enjoyable for all who have chosen it as their home.

Reasons for Running
Community Appearance: The maintenance of the entire community is one of my main goals. There is a lot to clean up, freshen up, and implement. First impressions are always important so refreshing the landscaping at all entrances is needed. Drainage ditches need debris removed. Parks/ playgrounds need to be updated. Homes that are not in compliance with Brandermill rules will need to be corrected.

Technology/Communication: I would like to create a BCA sanctioned Facebook group to be able to better communicate with a majority of members who are currently utilizing the other groups. Not everyone can make evening meetings so we need other means of hearing from our residents. The Brandermill website is in need of some updating/cleaning, making it mobile friendly, and possibly allowing for online assessment payments. Less paper and more items handled electronically. Better transparency into how and why decisions are made to proceed or not to proceed with items. I feel Brandermill as a whole needs to begin offering more events for all generations. Whether it is food truck events at the park, street block parties, adult only night events, movie nights at the pool, etc. The possibilities are endless within Brandermill and it brings us all together to connect. I would like to be a part of creating Brandermill’s 5- to 10-year plan for the community. Improvements cannot all happen at once but having a plan created for the future can help secure our property values and overall resident happiness.

Do you dare miss this opportunity to learn more about these candidates and their views? Join us on Thursday, March 16 at 7 p.m., The Brandermill Church!

Synopsis of March 6, 2017 BCA Board Meeting

Posted March 10, 2017 at 2:23 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.

There are two parts to the audio recording of this meeting.

Approximate time from
beginning of audio
Presentation by Supervisor Chris Winslow on Chesterfield County's Change in Real Estate Tax Policy Part 1 – 1:40
Delegate Glen Sturtevant and Senator Lee Ware present 2017 Virginia General Assembly Updates Part 1 – 10:29
Member Voice Part 1 – 36:00
Part 2 – 0:00
President's Report Part 2 – 7:20
First Vice President's Report Part 2 – 28:00
Treasurer's Report Part 2 – 28:44
Members of Board Part 2 – 29:19
Director Hillman made motions to appoint Tom Jacobson, John Hughes and Steve Prusik to the Planning Committee. These motions were unanimously approved.
Director Nardella moved and Director Ann Hunt seconded a motion to appoint Steve Prusik to be a member of the Hearing Panel. This motion was unanimously approved.
General Manager's Report Part 2 – 30:49
Consideration of 2017 Voting Process and Ballot Language Part 2 – 34:26
Director Pearson moved and Director seconded the motion to elect General Manager Wright as Executor of Elections and to approve the ballot as submitted.
Consideration of a Change to Commercial Design Standards – Waterford Shopping Center Signage Part 2 – 35:16
Director Nardella moved to change the signage color in Waterford Shopping Center. This motion was unanimously approved.

Audio of BCA Board of Directors' Special Community Meetings

Posted March 10, 2017 at 2:22 PM

The BCA Board of Directors hosted two community meetings regarding the "Pool Compromise" on March 2, 2017 and March 4, 2017. Below are the audio links to those meetings.

March 2, 2017 BCA Board of Directors' Special Community Meeting: Audio

At the March 2, 2017 board meeting, Director Gregory moved to change the unbinding survey question regarding UPA reflect a $125 pool fee for 2017 and any surplus monies from pool membership fees (after all operational costs have been paid) be placed in a special fund for the pools.


March 4, 2017 BCA Board of Directors' Special Community Meeting: Audio recorded in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2.

 

Information Packet for March 6, 2017 BCA Board Meeting

Posted March 3, 2017 at 2:06 PM
The information packet for the upcoming BCA Board meeting is now available for downloading.

Agenda items include:

  • Chesterfield County's Change in Real Estate Tax Policy: Presentation by Clover Hill Supervisor Chris Winslow
  • General Assembly Updates: Presentation by Delegate Lee Ware and Senator Glen Sturdevant
  • Consideration of 2017 Voting Process and Ballot Language
  • Consideration of Change to Commercial Design Standards: Waterford Shopping Center Signage

The NRC encourages residents to read the minutes of the various BCA committees (pages 38-64 of current Board packet); these committees are hard at work all year long. Your feedback and participation is important to them.

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