Brandermill daycare fight exposes possible violation by director’s spouse

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CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WTVR)--Records show that in one woman’s fight against a Brandermill Community Association, to keep her daycare open, she’s not the only one in violation of the rules.

For over a month Joni Roberts has been battling to keep her Brandermill in-home daycare up and running.

"I’m saddened that this whole situation has come to this point,” Roberts said.

The Brandermill Community Association said Roberts’ business violates a 40-year-old neighborhood covenant which is designed to limit in-home businesses that have the potential to create traffic problems.

But CBS 6 learned Roberts’ in-home business isn't the only one possibly in violation.

Dr. Katherine Bettin operates her sex and relationship therapy business out of her home on Promontory Pointe Road in Brandermill, according to the buisness website.

The address listed matches Chesterfield property records that show Dr. Bettin owns the property with her husband Jack Bettin.

Mr. Bettin is one of the Board of Directors on the Brandermill Community Association (BCA).

Legal expert Claire Cardwell says the covenant restricts people from having businesses in their home if they have traffic going to and from their homes.

"In this case it appears that the director's wife is having patients come to the home and that would be in violation of the covenant,” Cardwell said.

CBS 6 reached out to the Bettins, and stopped by their home Tuesday afternoon. No one answered the door, but Jack Bettin took our phone call.

He said he has recused himself from the vote, but when we questioned the violation of his wife's in-home business, Mr. Bettin ended the phone call.

We also went to the BCA, where community manager John Bailey declined to go on camera, but does say the organization surveyed residents regarding in-home businesses and will be discussing how to enforce the covenant.

Still, Roberts said she's not out to get any in-home businesses, rather she just wanted to raise awareness so a fair decision is made.

"Now that the information is out, it's important we deal with this information and deal with it fairly,” she emphasized.

CBS 6 left a voice mail with Mr. Bettin after our call abruptly ended. As of late Tuesday night, our calls had not yet been returned.

We also left a voicemail for Dr. Katherin Bettin. That phone call has also not been returned as of Tuesday night.

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  • jenny

    What good is all this uproar going to accomplish? These women have had their businesses for quite some time now, all the whole never bothering anyone. Why is this NOW an issue? I don’t care if the rules changed, the businesses existed before the rules, so these businesses should be grandfathered. If the rules were always there and no one noticed they were being broken, again the businesses were running and not hassling anyone, so too bad on whoever for not noticing. This chaos is only happening bc someone got a bee in their bonnet and is now having to puff themselves up and feel important by tearing someone down. A real shame, regardless. And spiteful.

  • John

    Sorry to say Dr Bettins bussiness did brother some I’m sure of, namely my sister who lives 3 ish doors over. Hoot hoot

    • nateog

      three doors down…wow, your sister must be extremely noisy. i’d be hard press to pick my neighbors 3 doors down out of a lineup, much less who comes and goes at their house. this is why i prefer to live in a neighborhood without a homeowners association. and the whole property value reasoning went out the door with the housing market.

      • athynz

        It’s called knowing your neighbors. it could be that the sister is sociable and not nosey. I know most of my neighbors due to being the neighborhood watch co-captain in my neighborhood and seeing them at neighborhood get-togethers. You may want to try getting to know some of your neighbors.

  • Rae Weatherford

    Yes, this is why when we purchased my home we made sure that there was no neighborhood association, I don’t needing anyone telling me what to do with my property and my life, this is nick picking and what are they going to accomplish here,, oh btw I live in a very nick maintained neighborhood, we don’t need any association telling us how to maintain our homes :)

  • John

    Say for excample Charlie Davis a BCA member was a lobbyist, if he entertains these people at his house, say parties, where would all those cars park, traffic that doesn’t leave till the elegant party is over. Give ms Roberts what she deserves. Hoot hoot

  • athynz

    A perfect example of the establishment using the old “Do as I say not as I do” line. If they want to push the closing of the day care then Mrs Bettin needs to close her business down as well. Otherwise let both businesses stay.

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