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Dumpster Day – May 11th

WHO: Oak Meyer Gardens residents. Please bring your ID.
WHEN: Saturday May 11, 2019 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.
We will also have a giveaway area for free items in good shape.

Leaf and brush 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.

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.

*No hazardous waste will be accepted. 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.

We’d like to thank Research Medical Center for allowing us the use of their parking lot for our Dumpster Day.

Winter OMG Leaf Pickup

4th & FINAL UPDATE:  The second leaf pickup is cancelled permanently due to weather. Please see the link at the bottom of this post for information on the City’s pickup in April. The next OMG leaf pickup will be in autumn of 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.  

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 pick up 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 pick up 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 service will attempt to pick up 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 Michelle Moses at mmovard@gmail.com immediately and the crew 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 3/4:   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 3/5:  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 3/6:  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:  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.

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