Archives for May 2012

Highlights of May 17, 2012 MPOC Meeting

Posted May 29, 2012 at 3:36 PM
Updates on 2012 Projects

  • Jennifer Strader, Activities Committee: Due to additional job responsibilities, Chris Schwarz has resigned as chair of the Activities Committee. Both Strader and Raimo commented on what a wonderful job Chair Schwarz had done. Strader said that the Activities Committee will be selecting a new chair at its next meeting.
  • Dianne Cardea, Community Character Committee: Vendors are being solicited for the next phase of the Tree Management project, which will extend from the loop road entrances to Northwich. Raimo reported that the next phase will begin mid-June as BCA maintenance will be needed to assist in this year's pool openings.
  • Al Raimo for Marketing Committee: Three directional signs have recently been installed along Brandermill Parkway; six more signs should be installed this year.
  • Jim Schrecogost, Natural Resources: With regards to the Erosion Control project, the County has asked for additional information; Raimo and Theresa Biagioli will meet to address and supply the information. The committee still anticipates that the contractor will be able to begin his work later this summer. Raimo stated that the County does look favorably on this project.
  • Mamie McNeal (NRC): It appears that the NRC Visual Image Survey will need to be a 2013 MPOC project due to costs that will need to be incurred in producing the survey.

2013 Projects

  • Raimo and McNeal have drafted a description of the 2013 MPOC projects for use at the upcoming NRC meeting on Thursday, May 24, 2012. It was asked that the chairs of the committees sponsoring 2013 projects review the corresponding description for accuracy and add/modify the descriptions accordingly. Raimo encouraged all committee chairs to attend the upcoming NRC meeting in the event there were specific questions about the committees' projects.
  • Tree Management Project: A motion was made by Dee Pisciella (Crime Prevention Committee) and seconded by McNeal (NRC) that "MPOC recommends to the BCA Board of Directors that the Tree Management project become an on-going BCA Staff function." The motion was unanimously passed.
  • Dennis Peterson, Marketing Committee: One of the primary goals of this committee is to make recommendations on how to increase home values. It was suggested that this be done in several ways: (1) raise the awareness of Brandermill into the consciousness of homebuyers, (2) create demand for homes in Brandermill, and (3) manage Brandermill's reputation. Several potential projects were mentioned, including production of videos to be posted on the BCA web to show Brandermill homes and development and prdouction of TV ads based on the videos. Raimo and Peterson will add more details of this project to the list to be discussed with residents at the May NRC meeting.
  • Dee Pisciella (Crime Prevention Committee) asked about the project to install a security gate at The Landing. She stated that the Crime Prevention Committee in an earlier report had concluded that a security gate at The Landing was not cost-effective. During group discussion, it was felt that the committee should review and propose an overall plan to address overall Brandermill security.

Other Topics of Discussion

  • A motion to change the meeting time of MPOC meetings failed.
  • Next MPOC meeting: June 21, 2012 at 4:00 p.m., Brandermill office. All interested residents are invited to attend.

REMINDER: NRC Meeting, May 24, 7:00 p.m., Brandermill Woods

Posted May 23, 2012 at 8:59 AM
Thursday, May 24, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Brandermill Woods

At the next MPOC meeting, the NRC must vote to prioritize 2013 projects. It is important for you to attend this NRC meeting and give us direction on how to vote. The meeting agenda is attached, and a draft of the April 18, 2012 NRC minutes to be approved at this meeting may now be downloaded for review.

Attend this NRC meeting on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., Brandermill Woods and give us your feedback so we can properly represent you at MPOC.

CORRECTION: The first paragraph in the "Mark Your Calendar" article sent in the e-mail dated March 18, 2012 is to be replaced with:

The BCA budget is approximately $2.2 million. This is YOUR opportunity to let the BCA Board know which 2013 projects you want to fund.

Community Pool Days - Free!

Posted May 23, 2012 at 8:49 AM
All Brandermill residents are invited to enjoy two free days of swimming on Saturday, May 26 and June 2. For more pool information, download the brochure.

Registration for Grass Roots Program

Posted May 23, 2012 at 8:47 AM
This message courtesy of the Natural Resources Committee.

Sponsored by the Virginia Cooperative Extension, the Grass Roots Program offers Chesterfield County residents the chance to learn about and remedy the specific problems contributing to their lawn's current condition. The program includes a site visit by a Master Gardener volunteer who measures lawn area, collects soil sample(s) and completes a detailed site evaluation, including information on soil compaction and weed cover. The Chesterfield Cooperative Extension staff uses this information in conjunction with soil test results to make specific recommendations for your lawn. For details, download the Grass Roots 2012 brochure.

Needed: Brandermill Volunteers

Posted May 23, 2012 at 8:46 AM
This message courtesy of the Community Character Committee ("CCC")

Last year, the CCC published an article in The Village Mill that talked about volunteers, and a few Brandermill residents responded to a new idea.

This new idea was conceived as a way to expand volunteerism in Brandermill. We are suggesting that a new group be formed to aid Brandermill maintenance and the office staff. Brandermill resident volunteers would support maintenance in clean-up of Brandermill spaces, repair of walkways and so forth. Office volunteers could be doing such work as stuffing envelopes and performing general office duties.

Are you interested in helping? It can be done on your schedule.

For those working with our fine maintenance staff, you will get to work outside and enjoy the fresh air. In the office, you will be adding to productivity. You will work with people who care about keeping Brandermill a fine place to live.

Volunteerism is strong in Brandermill, and additional efforts on your part can go a long way to improving Brandermill.

If you would like to help or would like to offer suggestions, please contact Dave Wilson ( We have a small roster of interested Brandermill residents already and would like to expand this group to provide meaningful help.

Highlights of Two BCA Board Meetings, Held on May 7, 2012

Posted May 14, 2012 at 11:34 AM
* 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.

Highlights of the May 7, 2012 BCA Organizational Meeting

The following Directors were elected as officers of the BCA Board:

Dick Guthrie, President
Joan O'Hanley, First Vice President
Joyce Rowe, Second Vice President
Frances Hillman, Treasurer

Highlights of the May 7, 2012 BCA Board Meeting

Member Voice

  • Jerry Barnes (Sterling's Bridge) thanked the BCA Board for executing the tree management project and asked that it be continued. He also asked the BCA Board to review the existing methods of covenant enforcement to include monitoring for violations.
  • Helen O'Neill (McTyre's Cove) asked why McTyre's Cove and Winterberry Ridge, unlike all other neighborhoods along Millridge Parkway and Brandermill Parkway, still did not have flowers around their neighborhood signs. She commented that the new directional sign at Sunday Park was placed too far from the actual turn, and drivers were stopping short. She suggested that the sign be moved closer to the loop road entrance. O'Neill also reported that the County did do road work in McTyre's Cove but added that it "looked horrible."
  • Joel Bradner (Stoney Ridge) congratulated the new Board members and wished the BCA Board best wishes.

Directors' Reports

  • Director Hillman reported that a resident at the April NRC meeting had requested that contact information for each director be made more readily available to residents. It was asked if contact information for each BCA Director could be published on the BCA web site. Director O'Hanley spoke in support of this suggestion. President Guthrie asked Manager Pritz to create a place on the BCA web site to display Directors' contact information, based on each Director's personal preference.

    Director Hillman also requested, on behalf of the Natural Resources Committee, that the BCA Board fund Theresa Biagioli's efforts to take pictures of the shoreline as the water is at the highest level it's been for quite some time. These pictures will help the BCA determine the shoreline boundaries of BCA property as well as to assist the BCA Board in future discussions. Director Bettin supported this suggestion. Director Rowe reminded the Board that existing BCA policy does not permit docks on its open space property, and Manager Pritz indicated that these pictures would help the BCA determine whether or not docks were located on its property. President Guthrie asked that the BCA proceed with the taking of the pictures for later Board use.
  • Director O'Hanley, reporting on behalf of the Communications Task Force, stated that raw data from the communications survey has now been tabulated. She noted that the Task Force will be analyzing this data and making recommendations to the BCA Board at its June meeting. There were also numerous comments from residents.

Manager's Report (see page 6 of May 7, 2012 Board Packet)

  • The BCA Board has now approved Jack Chappell (Sterling's Bridge) to serve on the Parks, Amenities and Recreation Committee ("PARC") and Don Blom (Promontory Pointe) to serve on the Finance Committee.
  • There are presently 308 pool memberships, 34 from non-residents.
  • Director Rowe stated that she attended the first Green Market of the season and felt it was well attended. President Guthrie noted the positive synergism created by the Green Market and the existing Market Square businesses.

Committee Reports

  • NRC Chair Mamie McNeal reported on three items that came out of the April NRC meeting. (1) A request was made that BCA Director contact information be made more readily available via the web, as previously presented by Director Hillman. (2) A request was made that MPOC meetings be alternately scheduled to meet after normal work hours so more residents could attend. She added that MPOC has already slated this request as an agenda item for discussion during its May meeting. (3) A third request made by the NRC was for BCA Board consideration of the liability that might be incurred by the BCA counting the votes internally versus having a third-party count the votes.
  • CCC Chair Dianne Cardea reported the dogwoods, funded by last month's Community Improvement Grant, have been planted in the median of Millridge Parkway. She thanked the volunteers who helped plant the trees.

Strategic Workshop Discussion

President Guthrie shared his vision that the Strategic Workshop should be concerned with the long-term (5-10 years) vision for Brandermill, rather than focusing on projects to be executed within a one-year timeframe. As most of the Directors agreed with this concept, President Guthrie asked Manager Pritz to organize the meeting/workshop to be held in June.

Director Livingston elaborated that the goal for this year's Strategic Workshop is different from those of recent years (that of prioritizing Staff and MPOC projects). It was expressed that the BCA committees through MPOC could prioritize projects for the upcoming year and that the Finance Committee could work on their funding.

Note: Residents should plan on attending the next NRC meeting on Thursday, May 24, 7:00 p.m, Brandermill Woods to get more information on the upcoming MPOC projects to be considered.

Director Bettin asked if the committees could also submit their long-term visions for Brandermill and that those comments be included in the Board's discussion during the Strategic Workshop. President Guthrie asked Manager Pritz to request such from the committees and commented that all the ideas/goals be submitted prior to the Workshop so that the agenda could represent a complete basket of the everyone's thoughts, goals and visions.

Director Rowe reminded residents that the Workshop is an open meeting, i.e., all residents are welcome to attend.

President Guthrie emphasized that the Workshop should be focused on long-term, strategic plans to better the whole of Brandermill.

Topics for BCA/County Breakfast Meeting

Suggested topics of discussion with the County included (1) asking the County how to best deal with dilapidated homes within our community (Director Rowe); (2) getting an update on Brandermill Inn (Director Livingston); (3) getting an update on maintenance of VDOT roads in and around Brandermill (Director Hillman); and (4) getting an update on economic development, specifically on the status of the Cheatham property as it impacts traffic on the adjacent stretch of Old Hundred Road, the HCA building, and Martin's gas station (President Guthrie).

Fox Chase and Impact of Negative Publicity

President Guthrie opened by saying that this discussion was not exclusively about the media coverage on the home in Fox Chase but rather to query the community and Board Directors on how they would like to deal with analogous situations within all of Brandermill. He stated that the Standards Department actively pursues covenant violations, but he is aware that the Board, Staff and residents are frustrated with the current process, as cases get entangled within the legal system. Suggestions on how to better the existing process was requested from the other Directors.

Status of two homes was described by Manager Pritz. She stated that she felt Staff had gone as far as it could, even utilizing our existing Self-Help policy. A primary concern is the expenditure of community funds to clean up properties when the owners are in bankruptcy.

Director Davis asked why the BCA couldn't just clean up properties, billing the costs back to the resident (except in cases of bankruptcy). President Guthrie remarked that the Board needed to assess the community's appetite to spending assessment monies to clean up properties and to ramping up the existing Self-Help policy.

To hear the full discussion of this agenda item, listen to the audio recording (approximately 54 minutes from the beginning).

Mark Your Calendars!

Posted May 7, 2012 at 11:17 AM
NRC Meeting
Thursday, May 24, 2012
7:00 p.m., Brandermill Woods

A major agenda item will include a discussion of 2013 MPOC projects. We need to hear from residents on which of the proposed Master Plan projects they wish to support in order to give feedback to MPOC and the BCA Board. Plan on attending to learn how master plan projects are initiated and carried forward.

Two BCA Board Meetings Scheduled for May 7, 2012

Posted May 7, 2012 at 11:16 AM
There are two BCA Board meetings scheduled for May 7, 2012. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the BCA Board will hold its organizational meeting at which time they will elect new officers. The regular meeting of the BCA Board will begin at 7:00 p.m., and the information packet for that meeting is now available for downloading.

We encourage residents to attend BCA Board meetings to learn of Brandermill "happenings". For a quick snapshot of what the BCA Board will be discussing, read the attached agenda.

BCA Community Improvement Grant Program

Posted May 7, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Warm weather is here, and the landscape is turning green. Now is the time to begin collaborating with your neighbors and other community groups on how to improve the appearance of the community's common space. Funding of $100 to $2,500 is available from the BCA to help bring your creative ideas to fruition. More information about this BCA grant is available by downloading this document.