On Thursday, 26 September there was a closed meeting of the Brookside HOA at which Supervisor Holder Trumbo spoke with residents of Brookside about the proposed Grapewood road extension.
The media was excluded from this event; however Fauquier Free Citizen has sources which provided us information on what went on at this meeting. It is unclear who prohibited the media from attending; however it appears this decision was made by Brookside HOA not Supervisor Trumbo.
Supervisor Trumbo also held a meeting with Grapewood residents earlier, but the media was in attendance, so why they were excluded from last night’s meeting is most curious.
We believe that a meeting that has such wide reaching implications for residents inside and outside Brookside should have been open to the media and Grapewood residents, as well as other concerned citizens; there were certainly Brookside principals and residents at the meeting that Supervisor Trumbo held with the Grapewood residents.
We have been following this story for a while, and have received articles and information from concerned citizens that oppose this extension. We would certainly publish any letters or articles from the proponents as well, but it appears that Brookside is not interested in making their plans too public.
Having done some digging into this issue, one of our concerns is that Brookside principal Ed Moore seems to have his tentacles into all aspects of the County government that have anything to do with decisions on Brookside’s expansion, as well as the development of the Vint Hill property.
He sits on the New Baltimore Service District Citizen Planning Committee and also on the Fauquier County Transportation Committee where he is the appointed member for Cedar Run district; apparently appointed by, or at least promoted by his good friend Lee Sherbeyn who is the Cedar Run Supervisor. We are not insinuating anything, just pointing out the facts as we know them.
We find it interesting that Mr. Moore who apparently lives on the edge of Cedar Run District, and participates in committees in New Baltimore (Scott District) as a “citizen”, when he also represents the largest developer in Fauquier County, and in fact one of the largest developers in the United States; Brookside Communities.
This is all just a little too convenient for us.
So how does this shake out for the citizens of Fauquier?
Brookside, through Ed Moore and perhaps the BoS as well, is able to pursue a development plan that tramples the property rights of long time Fauquier residents in small developments surrounding Brookside and Vint Hill, for the financial gain of an out-of-state developer.
Apparently there were some deals made long ago by a former Supervisor who happens to have a community pool named after him, and these are the basis for Brookside’s aggression against the small adjacent communities.
For some reason Brookside is able to push their agenda in the face of citizen objections and even against the recommendations of VDOT, and one must wonder what cards they hold that make them so sure their bidding will be done.
We must commend Supervisor Trumbo though; in the Super Secret Special Handshake meeting that was conducted on Thursday, he told the residents of Brookside that he is taking action to block the Grapewood connector project by proposing the county vacate the land/right of way at the end of Grapewood Drive, and in turn Deed the Property to Grapewood Estates Homeowners Association.
Brookside HOA Member at Large, Deborah Malinow wasted no time attempting to mobilize the troops to barrage the BoS with emails in favor of the Grapewood extension. She also cited the support of School Board Member Maureen Riordan, who “adamantly supports the Grapewood connector”.
She stated in her message that, “It will also be important for Brookside homeowners to plan to attend the upcoming BOS meetings in order to communicate and reinforce various positions on the issue.”
This should also be a call to arms for the residents of Grapewood and the other small communities that border Brookside.
Better stand up and speak out now or you could be next; Brookside (the developer, not the residents, so spare us the angry emails and posts) are eager to expand and they don’t really care who or what gets hurt in the process.
FYI; the destruction of historic Vint Hill Farms and the construction of hundreds of homes on this historic property are next on their list. Once that happens there will be even more longtime residents threatened, so don’t stand by and watch until it is too late for you too.