Hi, I'm Jared Rhodenizer and Bradshaw Farm is a great neighborhood. We need to ensure it remains that way while being open to new ideas and eliminating unnecessary, outdated rules. Neighborhoods like this one are a rare gem in this area because of all the greenery, trees, and natural beauty. It’s one of the few places where you can feel like you’re in the country without having to live there. Preserving that look and feel is very important to me, and I believe it takes precedence over petty things such as forbidding white rocks to be used in a flower bed. Additionally, as more families move in, we need to be pro-active in ensuring that we're keeping children’s and youth activities, events, and resources a top priority. I want to see this neighborhood continue to be great and continue attracting the type of people we all want as neighbors. I’m 35 years old and I’ve owned and operated my own multi-million dollar company since 2014. I specialize in marketing, communication and education, specifically for small businesses, and before that I was a television producer, marketing manager, and video editor. I’m confident that my past experience will equip me with everything needed to improve communication, set expectations, and get things done quickly and efficiently. My wife Rebekah and our two kids (4 and 9) moved into the neighborhood from Florida in October of 2020 and it was one of the best decisions we ever made. My intention is to listen, communicate, and become an advocate for what the residents of Bradshaw Farm want and need to continue making it one of the best neighborhoods in Cherokee County. I appreciate your vote!
What is your position on “special assessments”?
Fees that were not originally agreed to should not be forced upon residents. If special assessments are something that may be needed, then the HOA should communicate clearly to the residents what it's for and why they want to do it, and then let the residents vote.
What would you do differently? What changes are you seeking?
Mainly communication, financial, and giving residents more power. First, in my opinion there's a huge lack of communication between the HOA and the residents. And when there is communication, it's not clear. Second, I'm pretty experienced with budgets and figuring out how to manage large sums of money. Once again, I believe this ties back to communication. If the HOA needs additional funds, then they should have to sell the idea to the residents, and if it's a good idea, they won't have any problem getting what they need. Third, an HOA should not be a dictatorship. I would put as much power as possible into the hands of the residents.
How would you handle the pool upgrades situation? It has been an agenda item since we moved here almost five years ago. It’s embarrassing how it currently looks.
If it were 100% up to me, I would have first communicated exactly what needed to be done, how much it would cost, and then provided a process map clearly showing a starting point all the way through to the end goal. I would have asked for an initial deposit to get started and then asked for additional payments from the residents as milestones were completed on the process map. If the milestones were not completed, then the HOA could not request more money. I certainly wouldn't have mandated everyone pay these fees upfront without a solid plan or anything to show for it.
If you could sum up, in one or two sentences, your main reason for running, what would it be?
To give the residents of the neighborhood more control over how their money is spent, to establish a clear line of consistent communication between the HOA and the residents, and to ensure that when something needs to be done, it’s done on time and on budget.
1. Only one proxy per home may be used.
Essentially, don't fill out multiple proxies. If you want to vote for multiple people, then make sure you vote for them on the same proxy.
2. Attendance at the annual meeting will invalidate your proxy.
They take a vote at the annual meeting, so if you've already filled out a proxy, they'll nullify it. Only vote by proxy if you're not planning on coming to the annual meeting.
3. Only one member of the home is required to sign the proxy.
They count votes per household, not per person. So only one person per household should vote.
4. Once you fill out your proxy, they will need to be delivered to me.
I'll have more information on how to do this as we get closer to the election. I'm going to attempt to gather proxies via electronic signature right here on my website; however, I'll have to find out if "wet ink" is required. If so, I'll have a place where you can download your proxy, fill it out, and then get it to me so I can turn in at the meeting on your behalf.
As it stands, there are two ways you can vote. You can either (a) vote at the annual meeting which is scheduled to take place on September 15th or (b) vote by proxy. Voting by proxy is set to begin on or around August 1st. If you choose to vote by proxy, there are some rules that are very important to understand. Please see the rules below to make sure you do everything properly and ensure your vote counts. Additionally, there are multiple people in the nighbhorhood pushing for an electronic voting option. Whether or not this will happen is still unknown.
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