Unfortunately, all the Woodbrook Community Association documents were lost sometime during or between the tenure of Susan Reed and that of Susan Fisher. However, since Dan Gould had scanned over 900 pages of Association documents in 2010, the history of the neighborhood and Association starting in 1972 has been preserved to that point.
Mr. Roane presented two options: either revive the existing Association or start a new one. Working from the scanned documents, Mr. Roane proposed that we start afresh with a new constitution and set of bylaws to replace the 1972 documents which are still in effect. “I vote for new,” said Woodbrook resident Gerry Petencin.
“Don’t you think that people not attending is a vote?” asked one Woodbrook resident. “A vote which way?” asked resident Beth Gould. There ensued a discussion as to whether declining to participate in the process was a vote in favor of or against reinstatement of the Association.
“It concerns me to use the word association, especially when I’ve seen it used at public meetings with elected officials not understanding the difference,” said Woodbrook resident Ryan Burdge.
“I’ve spoken to people that didn’t come because they don’t want to be represented by this group, and they are voting ‘no’ by not coming,” said resident Mary McIntyre. Mary went on to say that should the Association form, it should be required to clearly state publicly how many residents it represents. “We are representing 20 out of 212 homes,” she said, as an example of how the Association should represent itself in a public venue. “That way the people in the County won’t be misled and think that the whole neighborhood thinks something that necessarily only 20 people actually think,” she added.
“An organization that has even a few members is going to have more clout than somebody who just comes in as a voice in the wilderness and is the only voice speaking on the topic for any County board, and I think we would soon come to regret that—I really, really do,” said Roane. “There is a balance between representing, making sure that everyone’s views are represented, and not falsely stating that everybody is behind it, and having nothing at all,” Roane added.
Resident Dan Gould talked about how the neighborhood has been handling advocacy during the past two years in which the Association has been inactive. He cited, as an example, the possible loss of left turn access at Woodbrook Drive and US 29. In that instance, Gould and resident Heather Rose Dorsey floated a petition in 24 hours to make clear the neighborhood’s position on the issue. The petition was hand-delivered to Rio District Supervisor Brad Sheffield within only a few days.
Audrey Kocher presented several ideas for social functions that might be launched by an association, one of which was a “book exchange” where small mailbox-sized libraries are set up throughout the neighborhood. “If there were purely a social and informational organization that then could encourage or find like-minded people go speak on certain issues, I know, based on the folks I know who are opposed to it, [people] would be more in favor of joining and being a part of it.”
“I’d like to say that the bylaws haven’t been followed in years. What is the point of making a new constitution and bylaws? The fact that the Association lapsed and had no election is why we’re here now,” said Beth Gould.
“If you were at the school board meeting where they heard [the dugout issue]… you had residents… yelling across and yelling to the School Board there’s not a real association,” said Burdge, reflecting the concerns of some that no association can truly represent Woodbrook views as a whole. “I’d be so much happier if [people] started it at the social level and information sharing level, and go from there,” he added.
“We’re not going to do it like this,” said resident Morgan Perkins, referring to the meeting process. She encouraged residents to submit their ideas for a new association in writing.
The meeting was adjourned with no clear path towards a viable resolution. Full audio of the meeting follows: