Bridlewood Quality of Life Coalition


More DMN coverage by kim0917

In case you can’t wait for Sunday’s Metro section, here’s a link to the full story run by the Dallas Morning News.

Gotta throw some kudos to Beckie Belcher, her group’s doing a great job at bringing attention to quality-of-life issues.

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Letter from Bridlewood resident Jim Cafferty by kim0917
31 July 2008, 11:12 am
Filed under: Quality of Life | Tags: , , , ,

The below is a letter to fellow Bridlewood residents written by Jim Cafferty, received on the evening of July 30:

A few comments and observations on yesterday’s meeting and subsequent voting results:

1.  Can anybody who was in attendance last night square the results of the vote with what transpired at the meeting?  The tenor of last evenings meeting was serious, sometimes heated, and very biased against the board.  The distrust was palpable.

2.  I was under the impression that the results would be based upon a reconciliation of the proxies received as well as the votes cast in person.  In this case, the total number of proxies and live ballots would go in the denominator.  The votes for and against in the numerator.  I hate to parse the statement issued by the board tonight but it appears as though the vote results were based upon placing every home (1,307) in the denominator whether they were present or not or whether they submitted a proxy or not.

3.  This is very suspicious.  Of course I am parsing, as I said.  However, those in attendance last evening heard without equivocation that the message about transparency and clear communication was received loud and clear.  Less than 24 hours later we get a 64 word paragraph and some voting results.  This is outrageous!  If Mr. Long was serious about improving transparency and communication, he could have posted status updates at the least.  I am not splitting hairs here.  I would estimate well over 300 people attended the meeting last evening.  Try to get 300 people to attend anything on a Wednesday evening.  It is clear from the attendance and tenor of the meeting that the residents are deeply concerned.  Mr. Long, you have failed to live up to your word to this community in less than 24 hours.

4.  Point 3 is clearly outrageous for the following reason.  Giving the board the benefit of the doubt, and assuming they remain seated, we all heard that they will redouble efforts to poll the wants/wishes/desires of the residents regarding urban drilling.  Each board member promised that they would throw their support to the clear desires of the community regarding the drilling issues.   If the voting/polling on the gas issue proceeds as this has done we are in big trouble.  I am more alarmed than ever before.

5.  I heard it stated by several people at the meeting and will echo it here.  Let’s take a step back.  This board has:

>  An array of angry residents very displeased at their performance.

>  At least 2 websites set up actively questioning their intentions and pointing to facts concerning their knowledge vis-à-vis timelines, their personal correspondence to residents, their lack of transparency, etc.

>  Faced a crowd of over 300 people (my estimate) openly hostile and questioning their integrity and motives.  Can anyone recall a positive comment or statement of support from a resident at the meeting?

>  Broken out into tears at the events surrounding the meeting last evening and the events leading up to it.

All of this for a volunteer position.  I cannot square these facts and am deeply suspicious. Furthermore, I was deeply insulted at many of the answers posed to serious questions by the residents.  The answers were patently lies and insulted our intelligence.  Mr. Brinkman’s measured questions were brilliant, fact based and to the point.  Mike Long’s answer was, “Are you going to ask a question?”  Gail’s allegations of snipping email fragments was laughable.  I could point to many more.  Email is the window to the soul and we can all read how giddy Gail was after meeting with the Footlick people.

Friends and neighbors, we face difficult times ahead.  This issue is no more resolved than it was a month ago.  I believe we have taken three steps back.  We have a great and vibrant community. We deserve a board that is responsive, above reproach, and is working for the desires of the vast majority of our residents.

Respectfully,

Jim Cafferty

 



DMN coverage of Cherokee Horn protest by kim0917

Here’s a link to video coverage from the Dallas Morning News of a protest outside of a Cherokee Horn office.  Fellow Bridlewood and Flower Mound residents participated.

We’ve been told to look for a full story in Sunday’s Metro section.



FAQs — July 29 Special Meeting by kim0917

Below are some questions that have come through our email inbox over the last week.  We hope making them into an FAQ post will help to clarify what can otherwise be confusing information.

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Is the Brinkman/Reserve proxy a valid proxy?

·     A proxy can be written by anyone on any paper, even toilet paper, as long as it states the person’s name and contains a dated signature AND is delivered to the HOA secretary (Mike Walker in this case) before the meeting.  This proxy would be as valid as any other. The Brinkman proxy has less problems like turning over your vote to Mike Long so we suggest that proxy.

Should the HOA board be allowed to defend itself at the July 29 meeting?

·     The board has defended itself on at least three separate occasions:

1.  At the June 5 Golf Club meeting

2.  In a letter to homeowners from Mike Long

3.  And with a letter in the Mane Event newsletter

Can my husband/wife vote too?

·     As per the CC&Rs, only one vote is allowed per household.

I handed in the proxy from the HOA board without reading the final clause and now wish to revoke it.  What can I do?

·     Download and print the Brinkman/Reserve proxy.  Complete it and then in the blank space below write the following:  “This proxy supercedes all other proxies.”  Sign and date this statement and make sure the trusted person taking it turns it in before the meeting to Mike Walker, secretary as indicated in the CCRs.

Won’t the Town of Flower Mound’s Master Plan protect us from unsightly, unsafe and unregulated industry in our neighborhood?

·     We, too, initially expected only to deal with the Town of Flower Mound on the gas drilling issue.  In fact, we assumed that the 1,000 ft. variance would protect us and there would be no issues.  However, several drilling sites have made clear that residences are not protected by the Oil & Gas Board of Appeals without vocal public opposition to a variance request.Had Flower Mound residents not come en masse to appeals meetings, it’s likely Red Oak and others would have been granted their requests, making it easier for future requests to be granted, including Bridlewood.  If they can drill in Bridlewood, one of the county’s most densely populated areas, then they will easily obtain permission to come into other neighborhoods.

As always, your questions and comments are welcome on the blog.  We’d like to put together a proper FAQs page with broader scope, so feel free to submit some of your own by clicking the “comments” link.



Review of the original petition that called for Tuesday’s meeting by kim0917

The following was written by Kim Brinkman

 

Below you will read the exact wording that was on the petition to request the Special Meeting being held on Tuesday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m. at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church sanctuary, 6101 Morriss Rd. in Flower Mound.

 

The petition was needed to be in accordance with the provisions of Section 6.4 of the bylaws of Bridlewood HOA to request the President of the HOA to call a Special Meeting of the Members of the Association.

 

The stated reasons on the petition were as follows:

 

1.   To consider and vote upon the removal of each existing member of the Board of Directors of the Association individually;

2.    To nominate candidate(s) from the membership to succeed the Director(s), if any, removed by the vote of the Members;

3.    To engage in general discussion about the oil and gas drilling and development controversy within the Association for direction to the board of Directors.

 

If you noticed, the letter with the proxy sent by the HOA board did not correctly state the purpose of the Special Meeting.  In addition, they can not make a broad claim to discuss/vote on “any other matter that may be duly transacted at the meeting.”  The Special Meeting was requested and called for the three reasons above and for three reasons above and none other.

 

PROTECT BRIDLEWOOD!

YOUR VOICE IS NEEDED ON TUESDAY, JULY 29 AT 7:00 P.M.

TRIETSCH MEMORIAL UNITED CHURCH SANCTUARY

6101 MORRISS RD. IN FLOWER MOUND



Letter from a Bridlewood resident by kim0917
24 July 2008, 9:48 am
Filed under: News, Quality of Life | Tags: , , , , , ,

The below is a letter we received from Bridlewood resident “Kris.”  Her views don’t necessarily represent those of the BQLC, most specifically with regards to only voting out certain board members.

We would like to emphasize here that all board members must be voted out because of a clause in the bylaws.  The bylaws may make possible that remaining members can restore seats to those who were voted out, thus rendering the whole election process moot.

As always, your comments are welcome.

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I have followed the issues closely since initial public awareness.  I will cast my vote to replace the majority of the Association Directors for the following reasons:

A. After meeting with Mr. Footlik and Williams Companies in January (perhaps December?), it would appear that our board ignored their fiduciary responsibility to inform residents because “they told us not to”, even though no apparent nondisclosure agreement was signed.

B. Our Board used Association funds to work with legal counsel to draft a proposed amendment to our CC&Rs which allows subsurface mineral development.  Although it was later dismissed as being “for the purpose of discussion,” I am not aware that any strengthened CC&R subsurface-development-prohibiting language was drafted “for the purpose of discussion,” nor any opposition plan for the same purpose.

C. At the last special meeting with residents, it was clear that virtually all attendees were opposed to drilling (I did not see anyone raise their hand in favor of drilling).  Despite clear resident drilling opposition and desire for an opposition plan, I am not aware of our Board working to draft any clear drilling defense plan.

D. Rather than developing a cohesive defense plan, the Summer Bridlewood Main Events article was published indicating “…owners that are in favor of horizontal drilling should have an opportunity to have their say and owners that are opposed should have the identical opportunity during the Town’s public hearings conducted by the Town’s Oil & Gas Board of Appeals.” Even though the Board legal counsel present at the special meeting indicated that there are many techniques and opportunities for opposition, all we have received from the Board thus far is the tidbit above.

E. In the same Main Events article, it states “The fact is that neither Mr. Footlik nor The Williams Companies need to negotiate with the Association or the homeowners to extract minerals from the golf course or any of the lands adjoining or in close proximity to Bridlewood.  They have the absolute right to develop these minerals so long as they are in compliance with the Texas Railroad Commission rules and regulations, and the Town of Flower Mound’s permitting requirements.” I find it unconscionable to imply that they could extract these minerals without encroaching within 330 feet of Bridlewood common area or resident properties. Additionally, I would expect there is Board awareness that the proposed well location clearly would not meet Flower Mound permitting requirements without significant variances.

F. I believe the extent of the objective drilling information sent to residents from the Board was a presentation that essentially describes the macroeconomic benefits of drilling (3/12 via email).

G. I have seen emails from one of the Board members indicating “excellent opportunity for each of us”, “every one of the 1303 homes will profit” and “this is a win-win situation. You’ll see!!!”  (I feel embarrassed for them.)

H. Rather than posing the obvious question(s) on drilling when the proxy forms were sent out, our Board opted to refer only to “any other matter that may be duly transacted at the meeting” along with language that allows Mike Long or the Board to exercise your proxy vote on “any other matter” as they see fit.  This is included in what may be regarded as an inappropriately subtle statement at the bottom of the form.

Despite what is overtly stated by our Board, I believe the actions of our Board as well as the statements above represent an underlying defeatist and pro-drilling attitude from the majority of the Directors.

As a side note:

At the FM Oil &Gas meeting to discuss variances for the proposed “River Walk” drilling location, variances included setback distance to a church, school, and daycare.  In light of the underlying intent of these setbacks, if there was ever anyone intended to be protected by these setbacks, it would be the patrons of a church, a school, and a daycare!  My meeting notes indicate our Association Board member that also sits on the FM O&G Board was the ONLY O&G Board member to vote in favor of all of the variances!

There are both facts and personal opinion above.  I encourage all of you to make your own decision of course.  Be there and vote!

I look forward to better Association representation, and I look forward to seeing all of you at the meeting.

Regards,

Kris



Update — Cresson gas well accident by kim0917
22 July 2008, 3:17 pm
Filed under: News | Tags: , , , , , ,

After some more digging, we found a story with actual details on this morning’s accident in Cresson.  It involved a well operated on by Chesapeake Energy and it was unclear whether the man was employed by Chesapeake or by a subcontractor.  He fell backwards into the hole by accident and he did apparently belong at the site.

The full story is available here.