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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.  We also will have a table at our upcoming neighborhood social where you can review the bylaws and ask questions.  Then finally we will have a special meeting on Wednesday July 11th at the Waldo Library (Room B) from 7-8 pm for any questions our neighbors may have.

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 encourages the appointment of a Nomination Task Force to seek nominees to serve on the Board. 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 three committees recommended to be formed are the Finance Committee, the Communications and Activities Committee, and the Beautification 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.  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

OMG Advisory Committees Forming Now!

As fellow residents and neighbors of Oak Meyer Gardens, your HOA Board of Directors is continually working on ways to improve and strengthen our neighborhood. Over the last year, many of our fellow neighbors have expressed an interest in getting more involved in our neighborhood.  As your HOA Board we have come up with various committees that will allow you to get more involved in your neighborhood.  We have opportunities and openings for anyone who is interested in helping out.  So please look through our list of committees we are forming this year and contact the board so we can make sure you’re as involved as possible. (see contact info at end of post)  

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

Block Captain Program Positions

  • Neighborhood Program Leader
    • Coordinates all block program initiatives
    • Attends Monthly meeting with KCPD
  • Individual block captains
    • Maintain contact info for their block
    • Welcome New Neighbors
    • Keeps contact with Program Leader

 

Getting Involved:

If you are interested in getting connected or involved with a committee, please email HOA President Jerry Rowan (jerryrowan@gmail.com).  If you are interested in getting involved, but have questions or want to know more about a committee or other ways to get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact Jerry as well with those questions.

Oak Meyer Gardens Residents Vote to Increase Annual Dues

Residents gathered last night to review and vote on a proposal to increase annual dues by $20 per household. The proposal passed by majority vote. The increase will be reflected on the dues invoices that will be mailed to residents in October under the “other services” designation. The increase will raise annual operating revenue by about $10,000 per year. The new revenue will be applied mainly to landscaping enhancements, but will also be used to fund deferred infrastructure maintenance projects, social functions, and possibly a limited street snow removal service. A comprehensive review of the budget will be conducted at the Oak Meyer Gardens annual meeting, which will be held in November (exact date tba).

Dues Increase Proposal and Resident Vote

In order to maintain our current level of service, the association board is proposing an increase to the annual dues. The increase would raise the services assessment by $20 per household, annually. For at least the past decade, our annual dues have remained unchanged, while prices for services have increased. The increase we’re seeking would allow the association to cover the current services budget while maintaining an adequate reserve fund. Additionally, we may be able to enhance current services and/or consider new services. The proposal would raise annual dues in Oak Meyer Gardens from an average of $46 per household to an average of $66 per household.

On Tuesday, September 16th, the Oak Meyer Gardens board will hold an open meeting to present a dues increase proposal to residents. Following the presentation, residents in attendance will be asked to vote on the proposal. Residents must be present to vote, and one vote will be counted per household represented. The meeting will be held at 7pm in the St. Peter’s Legacy Center, located at 815 E. Meyer Blvd.

Dues Increase Proposal and Resident Vote
Tuesday, September 16th at 7:00pm
St. Peter’s Legacy Center, 815 E Meyer Blvd

Download the notification letter that was mailed to Oak Meyer Gardens property owners:
Oak Meyer Gardens Dues Increase Letter

OMG By the Numbers: What the 2010 Census Says About Our Neighborhood

As seen in the August Acorn, here’s a look at highlights of the population of Oak Meyer Gardens neighborhood: This data is drawn from the 2010 decennial census and the American Community Survey, which is also compiled by the U S Census Bureau. The data was supplied to The Acorn by The City Planning and Development Department of Kansas City, Missouri.

Download the full neighborhood profile report here (pdf).

 

OMG By the Numbers

Big thanks to OMG residents Jon Goodman and Sean O’Sullivan for acquiring the report and designing this infographic for the Acorn.

Google Fiber Is On the Way to Oak Meyer Gardens

Less than 24 hours after Google officially announced the rollout plan for their Google Fiber product, Oak Meyer Gardens residents have submitted enough pre-registrations to guarantee that fiber will be installed in the neighborhood. Details about the Google Fiber product, which touts internet speeds up to 100 times faster than broadband, are available on the Google Fiber website. The service also offers hdtv service with over 150 channels.

Google says they will be installing the service on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis, and neighborhoods with the most pre-registrations will be at the front of the line. Although Oak Meyer Gardens has already reached the minimum number of pre-registrations to guarantee installation, the more OMG residents who sign up, the sooner the service will be installed. To pre-register, and to see where OMG ranks among other neighborhoods in KC, visit the Google Fiber website.

Neighborhood Meeting Regarding Academie Lafayette Building Expansion

Our neighbors to the south, the Academie Lafayette school located at 69th and Oak, are in the preliminary stages of planning a building expansion. For those of you with questions or concerns about the planned building expansion, a meeting has been arranged beteween neighbors of the school, the school’s project manager, and the contracted architect. The meeting is 6pm Thursday, June 21st at Academie Lafayette. We will gather at the picnic tables outside on the east side of the school under the white canopies. Neighbors located on the south side of the school will also be invited. You are invited to attend to learn more about the project, and to voice any questions or concerns. Please help spread the word to neighbors who may not see this post.

Call for Volunteers – Neighborhood Tree Planting Saturday April 7th

Thanks to the hard work of resident Jim Roddy, Oak Meyer Gardens is the beneficiary of a program that will provide nearly 50 new trees to our neighborhood. We are tentatively set to plant trees along streets and sidewalks in and around Oak Meyer Gardens on Saturday, April 7, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Call for Volunteers
We need volunteers to help plant trees the morning of April 7th. We may plant as many as 50 trees that morning. The trees are only 3 feet tall, so the holes won’t be deep. If you’re interested in volunteering that morning, please contact project manager, Jim Roddy at jroddy@kc.rr.com or (816) 582-0885.

If you haven’t done so already, there is still time to claim a free tree. If you or a neighbor could use a tree along a sidewalk or side street, contact Jim as soon as possible. He will send you more information as we get closer to the date.

Free Trees for Oak Meyer Gardens

Oak Meyer Gardens is one of 4 neighborhood associations chosen to receive a total of 500 free trees to be planted near sidewalks on a Saturday in April.  You may have read about this program in a recent article in the Kansas City Star. The project, which is being managed by the Bridging the Gap’s Heartland Tree Alliance in cooperation with the City, is an effort to replace many of the trees we’ve lost near the sidewalks in our neighborhoods.

Who Qualifies for a Free Tree?
If you don’t have any trees within the city’s right of way between the curb and the sidewalk, or if you’re missing trees in that space, you can sign up to receive a free tree. To get a tree, you need to participate in the planting, and agree to water the tree until it is established. The Heartland Tree Alliance of KC will serve as a resource for any questions you have after the tree is planted.

How to Get Your Free Tree
Oak Meyer Gardens resident, Jim Roddy, has volunteered to coordinate the effort for our neighborhood by taking inventory of our missing trees. If you want a tree, please call or email Jim in the next several days (jroddy@kc.rr.com / 816-582-0885 /816-333-4035). He will stop by to talk to you about the program for a minute, and get you signed up for your free tree.  At some point in March, the City will check your property  to confirm that you should get a tree, and to determine what type of tree would be appropriate (there won’t be any Sweet gum trees!). On a designated day in April, the trees will be made available for pickup and planting.

How to Get Involved
If you know anyone who lives within Oak Meyer Gardens (Oak to Holmes and 69th to 63rd) who might be interested in getting a tree, or in volunteering to help plant, please share this link to them and/or have them contact Jim directly (contact info below). If you want to help plant a few trees in our neighborhood that day, please him know.  The trees won’t be big, so the digging won’t be difficult. If you know boy scouts, girls scouts, or school or church groups that might volunteer in our neighborhood on the planting day in April, please let Jim know.

Project Contact, Jim Roddy:
jroddy@kc.rr.com
816-582-0885
816-333-4035