Archives for August 2010

Highlights of the August 2, 2010 BCA Board Meeting*

Posted August 7, 2010 at 3:31 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.

Member Voice

  • Rick Swyers (Sterling's Bridge) voiced concern over the new mailbox design. He had a problem in telling residents who had recently purchased mailboxes they would have to purchase another one if the mailboxes were updated. President Rowe addressed this concern and stated that residents who had purchased a mailbox unit within the past year would be given an updated replacement from Mailboxes by Akins, if a new mailbox design is approved.
  • Naomi Swyers (Sterling's Bridge) stated she had just come back from New Orleans where people don't even have houses and voiced her embarrassment over the idea that Brandermill is considering replacing perfectly good mailboxes. She also was concerned that all the old mailboxes would end up in the landfill.
  • June Rayfield (Shallowford Landing) stated she would like to work on the non-compliant mailboxes first and foremost, before asking all residents to replace all of the mailboxes. She felt strongly that working on enforcing the covenants would benefit the community more positively than replacing everyone's mailboxes.
  • Jerry Barnes (Sterling's Bridge) stated he was very much opposed to the new mailbox design due to the high cost as well as the concern of having only one vendor from which to purchase the unit. To help with EMS concerns of not being able to see residents' addresses, he suggested putting the house numbers where the name plates are currently shown. He also asked Manager Pritz how many mailbox covenant violations had been issued between January 1, 2010 and June 30, 2010.
  • Bobby Joyner (Whispering Oaks) from the Brandermill Swim Team stated that there were 143 swimmers this past year, and they had hired a new coach, Lee Gibbs. They finished the season 3:2 and placed third in the championship meet. He thanked the BCA Board and Staff for their past and continuous support throughout the season.

President's Report

President Rowe stated that the BCA is no longer in a law suit with Director Jason Livingston. A settlement has been reached, and all information is confidential at this time.

President Rowe also stated that she and Manager Pritz met with Art Warren and John McCracken regarding installing a roundabout at the intersection of Brandermill Parkway and Old Hundred Road. She said they were very receptive to the idea and will work to find funding. She also stated that Manager Pritz received a phone call from Art Warren that it would be on the agenda for the Board of Supervisors meeting this month.

There are also BCA-VDOT discussions of getting No Parking signs in Sunday Park, along Millridge Parkway near Brandermill Church and into the Five Springs subdivision to help with traffic congestion.

Director's Report

Crime Prevention Committee: Director McLenagan noted that National Night Out was scheduled for August 3, 2010 and that six subdivisions in Brandermill were currently signed up to participate.

Manager's Report

In addition to her written Manager's Report (see pages 9-10 of August 2, 2010 BCA Board Information Packet, Part 2), Manager Pritz asked the Board to approve Susan Braun (Eastbluff) as a new member to the Hearing Panel. Motion was approved.

Manager Pritz asked the Board to approve the Community Improvement Grant Application submitted by Bob Rainey of Litchfield Bluff. Motion was approved.

Manager Pritz presented the Assessment Coupon initiative again and recommended the Board approve it. The motion was approved. Residents should see this go into effect with their December billing for 2011 assessments.

Capital Improvement Fee Increase

The Board discussed the option of increasing the Capital Improvement Fee that new homebuyers pay at closing from its current $150 amount to an amount equal to one-year of assessments. It was decided to have Andrew Elmore, the BCA attorney, help clarify the language of the 2007 referendum that addresses this fee, and it was also requested to have Manager Pritz investigate what other subdivisions within the Chesterfield area are charging.

Updated Mailbox Design

The Board discussed different points regarding a new mailbox design. Suggestions ranged from replacing the name with the house number (to help with public safety concerns), a new paint color, and the possibility of retrofit kits. The Board was concerned with the effect of cost on the residents during these economic times, as well as the appearance of the whole community during the proposed 3-year phase-in period.

It was decided to ask the Community Character Committee to research and propose five options to upgrade the mailboxes, in addition to total replacement. These options and additional discussion will take place at the September Board Meeting (currently scheduled for September 7, 2010 at 7:00 p.m., Brandermill Woods). Residents are encouraged to offer ideas as well as speak at Member Voice. Director McGinniss noted there will be an article in the August issue of The Village Mill to offer additional information.

Dog Excrement in Neighborhoods

Jenny Henderson (Arrowood) is very concerned with the amount of dog excrement found in her neighborhood because of its location between two walking trails. She stated that numerous dog owners are using the BCA open space in the middle of their subdivision as a litter box and are not picking up after their pets. With the hot days, she stated the smell is unbearable and asked the Board for help in rectifying the situation.

Although the Master Plan has 10 additional dog stations slated to be installed in 2011, it was advised that she submit a Capital Improvement Grant application to request a dog station, specifically for her neighborhood to help with the problem right now. The BCA will continue to publish educational articles in The Village Mill reminding residents to pick up after their pets because pet waste is a health hazard.

BCA News Update: Rabid Raccoon Attacks Brandermill Cat

Posted August 7, 2010 at 9:12 AM
On Tuesday, a Brandermill cat was attacked by a raccoon that has tested positive for rabies.

Chesterfield County Animal Control responded to a call on August 3 from a residence in the 13800 block of Winterberry Ridge in which a pet owner reported the attack. Animal Control officers impounded the raccoon.

Officers are working closely with the pet owner to locate and humanely trap the cat that fled after the incident.

"Socks" (picture on the right), originally described as a black and white cat, has long black, gray, and taupe fur with a white chest and underside. He weighs about 14 pounds and is 18 years old. He also has a 5-inch loose matt of fur on his left side.

Anyone who sees Socks or animals acting strangely, should keep their distance and call 748-1251. Residents should also warn their children.

In another incident in the county, a pet owner reported on July 25 that she was bitten by her own cat, which later tested positive for rabies.

Chesterfield County Animal Control officers remind residents to have their pets' rabies vaccinations updated. In addition, residents should not feed pets outdoors because it can attract wildlife.

Message Courtesy of the Brandermill Community Association