Archives for May 2010

Remember to Lock Your Cars

Posted May 27, 2010 at 4:15 PM
Thieves Target Unlocked Cars

Thieves are taking advantage of unlocked cars to steal property belonging to Brandermill residents. Don't become a victim. Please remember:

  1. Always lock your vehicle.
  2. Do not keep items of value in plain view inside your vehicle such as cell phones, laptops, GPS devices, iPods, satellite radios, etc. It is always best to take them inside your home.
  3. It's important to remember that thieves may also target information in an unlocked car (insurance papers or other personal documents) that can lead to identity theft.
  4. Keep an eye out for suspicious activity in your neighborhood. When you see suspicious behavior, call the Chesterfield County Police at 748-1251.

This message is courtesy of the Brandermill Community Association.

REMINDER: Neighborhood Meetings

Posted May 24, 2010 at 4:17 PM
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 26, 2010, Brandermill Church
Topic: BCA Covenant and Covenant Enforcement
Bring your neighbors and speak with a representative of the Community Character Committee.

7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 27, 2010, Brandermill Church
Topic: Neighborhood Watch Program
For more information, contact NRC Rep Joe Flynn (Fox Chase) at 612-9088.

May 17, 2010 NRC Representatives Meeting

Posted May 17, 2010 at 12:13 PM
Program: "Revitalizing Brandermill"
7:00 p.m.
Brandermill Woods


May 17, 2010 NRC Minutes

Posted May 17, 2010 at 12:00 AM
Minutes of our May 17, 2010 meeting are now available for download.

REMINDER: NRC Meeting, Monday, May 17

Posted May 15, 2010 at 4:18 PM
NRC Meeting
Monday, May 17, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Brandermill Woods

Attached please find the agenda for the upcoming Monday night meeting. Bring some neighbors and
  • see our new NRC logo and meet our logo contest winner,
  • meet our new First Vice Chair When-Dee Morrison, and
  • most importantly, learn how each of us can revitalize Brandermill. Speakers include Tom Jacobson, Chesterfield County Director of Revitalization; Andrea Epps, Chair of the Brandermill Master Plan Oversight Task Force; and Bob Malek, Chair of the Reservoir Management Group.

This meeting is packed full of information that directly impact YOU, both as a resident and as a NRC Rep. See you there!

NRC Meeting

Posted May 12, 2010 at 2:18 PM
Monday, May 17, 2010
7:00 p.m.
Brandermill Woods
Plan to join us this coming Monday to:
  • see our new NRC logo and meet our logo contest winner,
  • meet our new First Vice Chair When-Dee Morrison, and
  • most importantly, learn how each of us can revitalize Brandermill. Speakers include Tom Jacobson, Chesterfield County Director of Revitalization; Andrea Epps, Chair of the Brandermill Master Plan Oversight Task Force; and Bob Malek, Chair of the Reservoir Management Group.

    This meeting is packed full of information that directly impact YOU, both as a resident and as a NRC Rep. Mark your calendars now!

    Proposed Design Standard Change

    Posted May 7, 2010 at 2:17 PM
    Director Livingston proposed a change to the Residential Design Standards (see page 17 of May 3, 2010 BCA Board information packet). The BCA Board decided to refer "Section Tree Sculpture" for review by the ARB and the Community Characters Committee. If approved by the BCA Board as presently written, the hawk carved from a tree located in a resident's front yard would be allowed to remain.

    Highlights of May 3, 2010 BCA Board Meetings*

    Posted May 7, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    * The highlights below 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.

    Organizational Meeting
    The 2010-2011 BCA Board of Directors have elected the following officers:

    Joyce Rowe, President
    John McLenagan, First Vice President
    Bob Friedel, Second Vice President
    Dick Guthrie, Treasurer
    Regular Meeting
    Member Voice
  • Director McLenagan issued a formal apology to resident Richard Kury (Cove Ridge) and to the members of the Board of Directors for an e-mail sent to Kury earlier this year. He did not intend the e-mail message to be negative but can see how its impact was taken that way. It is an important lesson for a serving Board Member to realize that they are a Board member first. It was a mistake to believe that he could separate his membership on the Crime Prevention Committee from his role as a director of the BCA Board.
  • Nhoc Semus (Deer Meadow) requested a hearing by the BCA Board about her covenant fees.
  • Charlene Harper (Deer Meadow) stated that she would like to install a vegetative roof on a shed located on her property. The ARB had responded that there was no recourse for residents to install roofs of alternative material that do not specifically match the roof of their primary residence. As a professional civil engineer specializing in water quality and stormwater management, she asked the BCA Board to allow her to help modify the covenants [standards] to allow such things as vegetative roofs so that residents could limit the amount of pollutants that run into the reservoir to the greatest extent possible.
    President's Report
    President Rowe also introduced our new Assistant Community Manager, Al Raimo, who brings a unique perspective to our community as he has experience working in our Standards Department.

    Since passing the Master Plan last year, President Rowe stated that she expects to see some changes occur this year, as monies have been put aside for its implementation. Her main focus this year is to elevate Brandermill to being one of the top communities in which to live. Of particular concern is 2008 home values within our community did not keep pace with the rest of the county. She offered several suggestions on how to work with individual homeowners to possibly increase home values.

  • President Rowe noted that violations on our lakefront properties have gone down to less than 5%. Due to this and to the cost of inspecting all lakefront homes each year, she proposed that only half of the lakefront homes be inspected per year, allowing our new Master Gardener to spend time on upgrading other things such as stormwater drainage, open spaces, landscaping for pocket parks, etc.
  • President Rowe also suggested helping residents make property improvements by making the process easier to maneuver. Suggestions to facilitate the process might include redesigning the application and getting approval on-line.
  • Another suggestion was to conduct a customer/resident satisfaction survey to determine how the approval process might be improved. This survey would be sent to those residents who, in the recent past, have gone through the process of improving their property, e.g., ARB and Standards applications.
    Director Guthrie supported President Rowe's initiatives, especially the customer/resident surveys, and both thanked Director Hillman for her suggestion to bring many of these processes on-line.

    Directors' Reports
  • Director McLenagan suggested that the BCA Board do a better job of recognizing volunteers and proposed issuing resolutions for such recognition. Chairs are asked to present names of outstanding volunteers to the attention of the Board.
  • Director McGinniss reported that the county has started to draft policies with regards to land use and transportation as it relates to the vision of the County Comprehensive Plan. He would like to compile a report for the BCA Board on how this plan will impact Brandermill.
    Manager's Report
    In addition to her written Manager's Report (see page 5 of May 3, 2010 BCA Board information packet), Manager Pritz stated that she and Assistant Community Manager Raimo responded to Winterberry and Northwich residents who reported a bad odor coming from the proximity of the 15th hole. They have been in contact with the Brandermill Country Club and the County. The County confirmed that the odor originates from the decaying vegetative debris and heavy pollen, and may be an annual event. The Club has brought in topsoil and may remove the top layer of debris over the area generating the odor as well as spread lime. It was stated that after a hard rain, the odor should begin to dissipate. Manager Pritz reiterated that there were no dead animals in the debris causing the odor.

    The BCA Board approved When-Dee Morrison as First Vice Chair of the NRC.

    Crime Prevention Committee
    Crime Prevention Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will be held at Market Square.
    Hydrilla Task Force
    Susan Smith reported that signs and flyers will be distributed in English and Spanish to bait stores. Discussions are now proceeding to the possible use of mechanical harvesters. She also indicated there may be district funds that can be used for cosmetic clean-up, e.g., clean up hydrilla that have washed ashore.

    [Note from the NRC: Residents can help to deter hydrilla growth by: (1) cleaning boat bottoms, (2) avoiding passage through the hydrilla, and (3) avoiding use of fertilizers in the spring (or if fertilizer must be used, to use ones without phosphorus).]

    Director Livingston queried when we might see the impact of the carp being released into the reservoir, and Director Guthrie asked what the anticipated death rate of the released carp might be. The Task Force will report back as those answers become known.

    Natural Resources Committee
    Susan Smith reported that the committee will have a table (with their new committee banner) at the upcoming Green Market and will be distributing information on "how to attract butterflies to your garden". The committee, working with the ARB, will be submitting a standard to enable rain barrels in Brandermill. Mary Jane Zander has been working with McTyre's Cove neighbors to place planters at The Landing.
  • At a meeting earlier this year, NRC reps asked about the possibility of residents posting comments to either a blog or Facebook page hosted by the NRC. For its consideration, the BCA Board requested that the NRC present a draft of blogging rules (attached). Mamie McNeal stated that the purpose of the blog is to build relationships among residents by allowing them to post their comments on community topics. She noted that not all of the comments may be positive and asked the Board to consider what topics might NOT be allowed for posting, e.g., legal issues. The NRC officers are also concerned about the constitutionality of not allowing topics for posting.

    Director McLenagan reported that the County, in its review of using blogs, has concluded that the Constitutional right of free speech must be honored, so long as it does not damage the rights of others.

    Director Guthrie requested that definitions be added for any technical terms that might be used.

    Director Freidel asked about the monitoring of the blog. McNeal responded that comments would be released immediately when postings occur, but NRC Communications Chair Chris Glaze will check postings at least twice a day to ensure compliance to the blog rules, with her being his back-up. As postings increase, the NRC will add reps to assist in the monitoring process. McNeal noted that the NRC needs the Board's help in determining exactly what the blog standards might be so that monitoring can be consistently performed.

    President Rowe asked that discussion of the blog be put on the agenda for next month's BCA Board meeting and requested that the NRC document the operating/monitoring process be used.

  • The BCA Board approved the new NRC logo, and the winner will be announced at the May 17th NRC meeting, along with presentation of the $50 grand prize.
  • The NRC continues to work with the Community Character Committee to help organize neighborhood meetings for resident feedback.

    Community Character Committee Charter Amended

    Posted May 7, 2010 at 2:09 PM
    The charter for the Community Character Committee was approved as amended (see page 15 of May 3, 2010 BCA Board information packet).