2018 OMG Leaf Pickup

UPDATE: At this time, the 2nd OMG leaf pickup scheduled for the week of 12/3 is postponed.  This is due to the recent snow and rain that has the leaves too wet to be picked up by the vacuum truck.  We are working with the contract to reschedule and will update when we know more.  

 

2018 marks the 2nd year Oak Meyers Gardens residents are able to participate in the HOA provided curbside leaf pickup program.

Our pilot program last year was such a success that we added a 2nd pickup in 2018.   Similar to last year and at the request of the company performing the work we are dividing the neighborhood into 3 sections*.  Based on where you live will determine your pickup date.

*Please note that if you live on 63rd Terrace to see special notes at the bottom of this post.  

Here are details on the requirements and restrictions of the leaf pickup:

  • Leaves must be out onto the street no later than 7 am of the morning of your pickup.
  • Leaves are NOT to be bagged up.  Please leave them loose.
  • The crews will pickup leaves located in the street, or on the curb within 1 foot of the curb. If on the street leaves can be from the curb out to about 2 feet from the curb. To be picked up, leaves need to be raked or blown into 1-5 piles in the street or within 1 foot of the curb to be sucked up by the vacuum truck.
  • The crews will NOT pickup any sticks, twigs, branches, etc.  This is a leaf only pickup.
  • If you live on a busier neighborhood street (Oak, Rockhill, Holmes, Meyer, or 63rd) and live on a corner, please put your leaves onto the quieter side street.  If you do not live on a corner, in front of your house is fine.  This just helps reduce traffic issues on the busier streets.
  • This is a service for all neighbors who have blown or raked out of their yards into the streets and into piles for pickup. It not intended to remove leaves that have just fallen in the streets or have ended up out there naturally. The crews will not be just sucking up all leaves along all curbs in the neighborhood.
  • *Reminder:  This is a service provided by the homes association for all homeowners and while the company providing the pickup will attempt to pickup all leaves possible, we cannot account for changes in weather or wind that may blow leaves back into yards or further out into street.  Or if rain comes through and leaves are wet they may not be entirely sucked up by the vacuum truck.
  • *Note: If your leaves are not picked up on your scheduled date, please email JerryRowan@gmail.com immediately and the crews will be notified to come back.
  • **If you live on 63rd Terrace, please note the following.  If you live on the NORTH side of 63rd Terrace than you are in Section 1.  If you live on the SOUTH side of the street then you are in Section 2.  With the added cars that park on the street there we are dividing that street into 2 days.  When it is your day, please have all cars removed from that side of the street.

Pickup Schedule:

Section 1 – Monday 11/19 & Monday 12/3:   This is all houses north of 69th Street down to Rockhill Rd (both sides of Rockhill).  This includes houses on the East Side of Oak Street and the West side of Holmes.
Section 2 – Tuesday 11/20 & Tuesday 12/4:  This is all houses going north from Rockhill down to, and including all houses on each side of 65th Terrace.  This is for houses on east side of Oak and West side of Holmes.
Section 3 – Wednesday 11/21 & Wednesday 12/5:  This is all houses on both sides of 65th St going down to 63rd Street (there are no houses on 63rd Street officially and so really goes to 63rd Terrace) and includes houses on East side of Oak and West side of Holmes.
*Note:  Kansas City, MO is providing one more leaf, brush, and limb pickup on Thursday 12/13.  See the city website for more details on their service and restrictions.  That site can be found here:  Kansas City, MO Leaf & Brush Pickup

Vote Now for Your 2019 HOA Board

We are excited to announce the opportunity for our residents to now vote electronically for such things as board members and pressing neighborhood items.  The first vote will be for the 2019 Oak Meyer Gardens HOA Board of Directors.

Please review the Bios of the proposed new board members and then click below to go vote!

Click Here to Submit Your Electronic Ballot

Thank you for voting!

Your OMG Board

 

You can download a copy of the board candidate bios here

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

Oak Meyer Gardens is looking for committee volunteers to help improve and beautify our neighborhood. If you, or someone you know, are interested in helping, please consider signing up.
Sign up for committees Sunday, November 18 at the Annual Members Meeting. If you are unable to attend, please notify the Board regarding your interest using the “Contact” tab on this website.
Committees available for sign-up include:
Nominating Committee
  • Be the eyes and ears for interested and energetic volunteers who will be an asset to serve on the Committees and/or the Board of Directors.
  • Prepare the bios and ballots for the candidates for the election of the Board of Directors. Accept volunteers and recommend a slate of nominees to serve as Officers for the Board from those elected to serve.
Finance Committee
  • Be the first line of fiduciary responsibility for the neighborhood.
  • Assist the Treasurer in providing oversight of the budget and observe that the income and principal are used in accordance with the objectives of the Corporation.
  • Assist the Committees in acquiring bids for contractors as required for Corporation responsibilities.
  • Maintain a list of delinquent membership dues and recommend a course of action to the Board for acquiring them.
Beautification Committee
  • Be responsible for the visual symbol of the health and vitality of our neighborhood – the monuments and markers.
  • Recommend to the Board a design for plantings around the neighborhood markers.
  • Assist the Finance Committee in providing bids and recommendations for a landscaper to maintain the plantings around the monuments and markers, and coordinate with the landscaper throughout the year.
  • Recommend a multi-year plan and a budget for maintaining and/or replacing the monuments and markers in a design that is historically appropriate for the age of the neighborhood.
Social Activities and Communications Committee
  • Be the lifeblood of the health of the neighborhood by planning and communicating activities and services that help make us a strong and caring community. Among many, these include Dumpster Days, Leaf Pickup, the Summer Picnic, the Ice Cream Social, and the Annual Meeting.
  • Re-establish the Block Captain program so each street has a representative to provide feedback to and from the Board and Committees, and to make sure that all neighbors are aware of events and services.
  • Update the Oak Meyer Gardens Website and make it a one-stop source for a calendar of events and information for the neighborhood.
  • Recommend and plan other means of communication that promote or better our neighborhood, such as a quarterly newsletter, new neighbor welcome baskets, communication banners or light pole banners.

NEW BYLAWS

On August 19th, the Members voted unanimously to approve  a new set of Bylaws.  This is the first time the Bylaws have been updated since 1927, when Nichols Investment Company established the neighborhood. We hope that, as well as providing better guidance for the Board, these Bylaws will make it easier for all Members to participate.  Thank you to all who participated.

We hope to have this document officially posted before the Annual Meeting in November.

2018 Fall Dumpster Day

Our second Dumpster Day of 2018 is this Saturday September 8th.  This is your second chance  to clean out your house and do a little fall cleaning.  Get rid of that pile of stuff taking up unwanted room in your garage or basement.  It’s also a great chance to clean up your yard and bring those piles of sticks or yard waste that has kept growing all spring and summer long.

WHO: Oak Meyer Gardens residents who are current on their annual dues.

WHEN: Saturday September 8, 2018 from 8 AM – 11 AM.

WHERE: Research Hospital – Brookside Campus.  6675 Holmes Rd.  Dumpsters will be placed in the Southwest Corner of the parking lot of the hospital nearest to Holmes Rd and the University Academy building.  (See Map below)

WHAT: We will have 2 trash dumpsters and 1 yard waste dumpster.

Household Trash dumpster guidelines:

  • Dumpsters are for common household trash only.
  • Please do not place leaves and brush, tires, household hazardous waste or appliances in the dumpster.

*Please no hazardous waste, as we can’t put it in the dumpster.  This means no old paint cans, paint thinner, batteries, old gasoline, chemicals, etc.  Important Stipulations:
If you have household hazardous waste that needs to be disposed, please visit recyclespot.org to learn more about where and when to dispose it.

Leaf & brush dumpster guidelines:

  • Only leaves and brush are allowed in the dumpster.
  • Yard debris must be in a paper lawn bag or a cardboard box.
  • Tree limbs can be up to 10″ in diameter and 6′ in length.
  • Please do not place plastic bags or trash in the dumpster. The State of Missouri does not allow leaves and brush in the landfill.

2nd Annual Ice Cream Social

Oak Meyer Garden’s Second Annual Ice Cream Social will take place Sunday, August 19th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.   There is a NEW LOCATION.  Academie Lafayette has graciously allowed us to use their parking lot/play ground in the back of their facility at 69th and Oak Street. Betty Rae’s Ice Cream Truck will be there serving all the free, delicious ice cream you can eat – until it is gone.

This year we are combining the Social with an important, historical event for our Members. We will be voting on the proposed new Bylaws as well. A link to the Bylaws document may be found at the post below, so please take some time to review them before you come. The vote will be by written ballot, so you may vote at any time during the event.

Please stop by, take a moment to vote, and enjoy some ice cream with your neighbors.

Oak Meyer Gardens HOA Bylaws Update

Dear Residents-

Our great neighborhood has been around for over 90 years at this point and our original homes association bylaws are still in place today.  Over the last 6 months a dedicated group of OMG residents have selflessly given their time working as a committee and with local attorney’s to update these bylaws and bring our neighborhood’s governing documents current to where they should be in 2018 and hopefully for another 50 or more years.  Below are some notes from the committee on the proposed changes to the bylaws as well as a PDF copy that can be downloaded and reviewed.

If you have any questions about the proposed bylaws changes you can contact Valerie Schroer directly at valerieschroer@gmail.com.

The committee has worked hard on this and we are proud to present the proposed updates and changes to the Oak Meyer Gardens HOA Bylaws below.

Thank you,

Jerry Rowan

HOA President

 

Summary of Proposed New Bylaws to Oak Meyer Gardens Homes Association

The Purpose of the bylaws is to provide guidelines for how the Corporation – or Association – should be operated.  We think the original bylaws were established in 1938, when the homeowners at that time took over the responsibility of the association from J.C. Nichols Investment Company. Since then, the neighborhood has grown in population and in homes. With this update, we hope to provide more detail to the guidelines.  We also hope to include the ability to use electronic means for voting in the future, as well as to make it easier for Members to participate.

Article I merely provides definitions for terms used within this document.

Article II defines the requirements for membership and Member responsibilities. Again, very little change.

Article III describes the requirements for the Board of Directors. It changes the board membership from 5 to 7, to fit the size of the HOA more appropriately.  It describes the process for adding to or removing Board Members.

Article IV changes little.  It describes the Powers and Duties of the Board of Directors.

Article V provides more detail for describing the duties of the Officers. It describes how to replace an officer who can no longer serve. Most importantly, this article clarifies the rights of members to have access to copies of official HOA documents and outlines how to get them.

Article VI – Committees. One of the major reasons for updating the bylaws is to make it easier for Members to become involved and make for a stronger community. One way of doing this is to form committees to distribute the work of the Board Members. It is recommended that Board Members serve on the committees to help bring institutional memory to each committee, and to help the committee members form their annual goals.  But it is also hoped that the committees will form task forces for each of their goals and distribute the work even further.

The four committees recommended to be formed are the Finance Committee, the Communications and Activities Committee, the Beautification Committee, and the Nominating Committee. The responsibilities of the Finance Committee will be to assist the Treasurer in the preparation of the annual budget, and in the seeking of bids for contractor expenses. The Communications and Activities Committee will be responsible for maintaining the Corporation’s website and social media platforms, planning and managing all special events, and such things as marketing and any development activities that may occur. The Beautification Committee will be tasked with maintaining the monuments and markers throughout the HOA as well as the plantings. The Nominating Committee will seek out qualified nominees to serve as Directors of the Board and place the nominees before the Members.  More details of these responsibilities may be found in Article VI of the proposed bylaws.

Article VII. This article formalizes the requirements of the annual meeting, what should be included, and how it should be run. The bylaws venture out here to change how we vote for Board Members from voice vote to written ballot. (See more in Article X.) This article adds requirements for calling special meetings, and describes how Members can initiate an action by having a topic placed on the agenda of a Board Meeting.  This article also formally includes electronics to allow Board Members to participate in meetings using digital communication.

Article VIII adds an indemnification clause to protect the officers and directors from expenses and liabilities in connection with certain legal proceedings with the exception when one has been found guilty of misfeasance or malfeasance in performance of duties.

Article IX adds several paragraphs to protect the Corporation from a director acting in his or her own interest over that of the Corporation.

Article X – Voting.  This is a big change.  Again, we are hoping to get more members involved.  Voting for Board Members will start several weeks before the annual Members’ meeting with ballots and information mailed out on each willing nominee.  Only one vote is allowed per lot owned. This is the existing rule now as well. Ballots may be mailed in by a certain date or be brought to the meeting where they will be formally tallied and the results announced.  The Board of Directors will decide who the officers will be for the following year.

Finally, we are introducing the possibility of electronic voting for Members. We hope to establish this after a secure but simple method for doing so is researched and found.

Articles XI.  No change here. This merely describes how the bylaws can be amended.  

Article XII states that in case of any conflict, the Declaration of the Homes Association shall prevail over the bylaws.

The Declaration is original to when the HOA was founded in 1927. A copy of it, along with the Restrictions, the original bylaws, and the proposed new bylaws may be found on the Oak Meyer Gardens website at oakmeyergardens.org.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE PROPOSED UPDATED BYLAWS

CLICK HERE TO VIEW / DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE ORIGINAL 1927 OMG BYLAWS

2018 Landscaping and Monuments Update

Updates from the OMG Beautification Committee

Dear OMG residents,

The Oak Meyer Gardens Beautification Committee (OMG BC) (Geoff Hall, Sarah Snodgrass, Jill Adams, Bill Blanck, andd I) are gearing up for spring and wanted to provide you with an update on where we stand.

1. In lieu of a neighborhood-wide meeting, we would like to request comments, suggestions, ideas from the HOA regarding the gardens/monuments via email and have those responses sent to the OMG BC gmail account (OMG.BC.KCMO@gmail.com).

Please provide your thoughts regarding the gardens by Friday, March 23th, 2018, 11:59 PM.

2. Our first step will be to catalog each garden’s location and contents; this will be accomplished by mid-March. Although someone had done this years ago, those records/files, no longer exist. If any of you happen to have a copy of that list, please do share with the OMG BC to avoid a lot of needless work.

3. If you would like to become a member of the Committee, please indicate that via email to OMG.BC.KCMO@gmail.com.

4. If you live close to one of our gardens and would like to be a point person (or persons) for that garden and a liaison to the OMG BC, please contact the OMG BC via email with your name(s) and the precise location of the garden for which you are volunteering your time.

It would be IDEAL if we could find folks interested in helping out in this way! Working together will be much more effective and fun than having a handful of us on the Committee doing this alone. Rumor has it that there are 61 gardens which need our attention…take if from someone who took care of ~70 gardens herself for 2 summers, this is easily enough work for a full-time job!

5. The committee will meet by the beginning of April and strategize our approach for renovation of the gardens over the spring/summer 2018 and will provide the HOA with an update shortly thereafter.

Thank you,

Michele Pritchard

2017 OMG Leaf Pickup Program

See updates and edits in bold.

Starting this year Oak Meyers Gardens residents are going to be able to participate in a neighborhood wide leaf pickup program that is special to our OMG neighborhood and separate from any leaf pickup programs provided by the city or county.

Our first pilot and test run of our leaf pickup will be the week of December 11th.  Since this is a pilot program, we are unsure of neighbor participation along with how long the pickup will take.  At the request of the company performing the work we are dividing the neighborhood into 3 sections.  Based on where you live will determine your pickup date.

Here are details on the requirements and restrictions of the leaf pickup:

  • Leaves must be out onto the street no later than 7 am of the morning of your pickup.
  • Leaves are NOT to be bagged up.  Please leave them loose.
  • The crews will pickup leaves located in the street, from the curb out to about 2 feet from the curb. To be picked up, leaves need to be raked or blown into 1-5 piles in the street to be sucked up by the vacuum truck.
  • The crews will NOT pickup any sticks, twigs, branches, etc.  This is a leaf only pickup.
  • If you live on a busier neighborhood street (Oak, Rockhill, Holmes, Meyer, or 63rd) and live on a corner, please put your leaves onto the quieter side street.  If you do not live on a corner, in front of your house is fine.  This just helps reduce traffic issues on the busier streets.
  • This is a service for all neighbors who have blown or raked out of their yards into the streets and into piles for pickup. It not intended to remove leaves that have just fallen in the streets or have ended up out there naturally. The crews will not be just sucking up all leaves along all curbs in the neighborhood.
  • *Reminder:  This is a service provided by the homes association for all homeowners and while the company providing the pickup will attempt to pickup all leaves possible, we cannot account for changes in weather or wind that may blow leaves back into yards or further out into street.  Or if rain comes through and leaves are wet they may not be entirely sucked up by the vacuum truck.
  • *Note: If your leaves are not picked up on your scheduled date, please email JerryRowan@gmail.com immediately and the crews will be notified to come back.  This is our first time doing this so we are trying to plan for as many contingencies as possible, but please understand that as a pilot program there may be a few kinks to work out so that 2018 is even better!

Pickup Schedule:

Section 1 – Monday 12/11:   This is all houses north of 69th Street down to Rockhill Rd (both sides of Rockhill).  This includes houses on the East Side of Oak Street and the West side of Holmes.
Section 2 – Tuesday 12/12:  This is all houses going north from Rockhill down to, and including all houses on each side of 65th Terrace.  This is for houses on east side of Oak and West side of Holmes.
Section 3 – Wednesday 12/13:  This is all houses on both sides of 65th St going down to 63rd Street (there are no houses on 63rd Street officially and so really goes to 63rd Terrace) and includes houses on East side of Oak and West side of Holmes.
*Note:  Kansas City, MO is providing one more leaf, brush, and limb pickup on Thursday 11/29.  See the city website for more details on their service and restrictions.  That site can be found here:  Kansas City, MO Leaf & Brush Pickup

2017 Oak Meyer Gardens Annual Meeting

Oak Meyer Gardens 2017 Annual Meeting

When: Sunday November 19, 2017  5-7 PM

Where: Brookside Gardens Event Space – 624 E 63rd St, Kansas City, MO

What: The annual homes association meeting to review 2017 financials and events along with presenting upcoming projects, services, and new operating budget.

Meeting Agenda:

  • Opening, and review of 2017 neighborhood statistics, projects, events, and other news.
  • Safety and Crime Prevention Presentation by KC, MO Police
  • Oak Meyer Gardens committees and need for volunteers
  • 2017 Review of Income and Expenses and present 2018 budget
  • Presentation by Valerie Schroer about potential OMG By-Laws updating
  • Presentation of 2018 and beyond comprehensive landscaping plan
  • Questions & Answers
  • Election of Board for 2018

*Tentative meeting schedule, subject to change

 

2017 Remaining OMG Events and Notable Dates:

  • KC, MO Leaf Pickup: November 29th  
    • *Note, all leaves and brush must be in brown paper bags and limbs must be bundled up per requirement of city.  
  • OMG Leaf Pickup – 12/11 – 12/13
    • For this pilot program the neighborhood is being divided into 3 sections.  If you live on Rockhill or south to 69th St. your pickup day will be Monday 12/11.  If you live between 66th Street and Rockhill Rd your pickup will be Tuesday 12/12. If you live between 63rd Street and 66th Street your pickup will be Wednesday 12/31. 
  • Oak Meyer Gardens 2017 Holiday Display Contest: December 2017
    • This year we will be touring the neighborhood and designating one of our neighbors home as the 2017 OMG Holiday House.  The winner will get some fun prizes and the distinction of having the best holiday display in OMG!

 

2018 OMG Events and Notable Dates:

  • Christmas Tree Pickup (Early January 2018)
  • Spring Dumpster Day (Saturday April 14th)
  • Summer Social (Sunday June 24th)
  • Ice Cream Social (Sunday August 19th)
  • Fall Dumpster Day ( October 13th)
  • Annual Meeting – November 2018
  • OMG Leaf Pickup – (Monday November 12, 2018)
  • OMG Leaf Pickup – (Monday December 10, 2018)
  • Christmas Tree Pickup (Early January 2019)

2018 Oak Meyer Gardens Committees and Available Positions

OMG Beautification Committee: This committee’s main objective is overseeing neighborhood common areas and work to improve / maintain the beauty of Oak Meyer Gardens in general.  This includes working with our landscape contractor to coordinate perennial and annual plantings.  Committee is asked to give monthly update to the board via email or presentation at board meetings.

OMG Social Committee: This committee’s objective is to encourage socializing among neighbors and enhance the already strong community feel of Oak Meyer Gardens.  This committee will plan and execute OMG summer social and dumpster day, along with creating more regular social events for neighborhood.  The committee will also act as welcoming committee to new neighbors and new homeowners in OMG.

OMG Digital Connections Committee: This committee will oversee the Oak Meyer Gardens website and social media platforms as well as a revival of OMG Acorn newsletter. Committee members will work in conjunction with the social committee to promote and spread word to our neighbors regarding events and ongoings in OMG.

OMG Branding & Design Committee: The branding committee will work on updating and strengthening the OMG brand along with creating materials to promote and advertise neighborhood events.  This can include work on the OMG logo as well as signage and banners for events such as dumpster day, summer social, neighborhood garage sale, etc.  This committee will work in conjunction with the digital connections committee to layout and publish the OMG Acorn.  

Block Captain Committee: This committee will oversee an establishment of our neighborhood block captain program. This program will have the following objectives:  

  • Improving communication throughout neighborhood
  • Help with rapid dissemination of important information
  • Keep database of contact info
  • Make blocks more close-knit
  • Welcome new neighbors

Getting Involved:

If you are interested in getting connected or involved with a committee, please email HOA President Jerry Rowan (jerryrowan@gmail.com).