Holiday Schedule Trash Pickup

We hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend! Due to the Holiday, please note that the Waste Management service date will be delayed by one day this week. 

Waste Management will be picking up recycling for the community on odd/green weeks.

We have also included the Glass Bandit schedule for glass pickup for your convenience.

Have a great week!

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Board Meeting June 9

Hallbrook Residents,

The Board of Directors will be having their meeting on June 9th at 5:00 pm.
Owners have the option to attend via Zoom. Below is the link and instructions.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend,

Wednesday, June 9th 5:00pm
Hallbrook Single Family Home Board of Directors
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Hallbrook Crime Update

Dear Hallbrook Neighbors,

Good news!  Hallbrook hasn’t had a property crime in over three and a half months.  Well done everyone!  Locking cars, removing valuables and looking out for our neighbors works.

Warmer temperatures, however, bring more opportunities for thieves.  Memorial Day Weekend is the kick off to summer, but it can also be the kick off for more criminal activity.  Please be on the lookout for suspicious behavior and keep up the good work protecting your property.  If you see something, say something.  Many burglaries happen during the day.Keep garage doors closed.Lock cars and remove valuables.  Cars are easy targets.Ensure your home is well lit at night. Keep shrubs trimmed to reduce places for thieves to hide.If traveling out of town, utilize the Leawood PD House Watch service.  Thank you and let’s keep working together for a safe neighborhood!

The Hallbrook HOA Board of Directors

Hallbrook Safety Reminders

Hello Neighbors at Hallbrook Farms,
 
With nice warmer spring days/ evenings coming, it is a good time to take a moment and remind ourselves of some helpful tips for safety!
 
Watch our own and our neighbors’ garage doors. Make sure you close your garage doors when they are not in used or being monitored. Watch for bicycles and other equipment left on property. It is not encouraged to leave your keys in your vehicle or store them in your garage.
 
Keep all vehicles locked up and free from valuables.
 
Check your home’s perimeter and outer lighting. Check timers.  A well-lit home is less of a target than an unlit home.
 
If traveling, let a trusted neighbor know who might be able to help check in on your property periodically, pick up mail, newspapers and unanticipated deliveries etc…. A week’s worth of newspapers sitting in the driveway is a welcome sign for people wishing to take our property.
 
Be aware of any suspicious activity. Circling cars, cars driving by slowly with no headlights after dark.
 
Be proactive and check in on neighbors. Especially those who are elderly, infirmed or whom you haven’t seen in some time.
 
If planning on being away for a period of time, consider signing up for Leawood Police Department’s free house watch program. It’s always good to have Leawood Police patrolling Hallbrook.
 
Residents taking care of each other is the Hallbrook way!

Special Meeting Summary

Hallbrook Neighbors: 

Sentry Management and the Hallbrook HOA Board of Directors would like to recap the meeting last night and outline next steps.

Meeting Recap:
With neighbors, Board members, and representatives of Sentry Management in attendance, a Special Meeting/Board of Directors Meeting of the Hallbrook Farms Single Family Homes Association was convened via Zoom as scheduled at 5 pm on Tuesday, May 11, 2021. We wish to thank all 164 folks who logged into the meeting.  Neighbors presented comments and ideas regarding the 3 published agenda items, i.e. HOA management company, landscape, and nominations and succession planning. Board members unanimously passed motions 1) to start the process of requests for proposal to qualified companies for HOA management, 2) to start the process of requests for proposal to qualified companies for landscaping, and 3) to start the process of forming a nominating committee to identify prospective board members for the annual election and to consider amendments to the Bylaws for term limits and succession plans for Board and committee members, all starting June 1, 2021.

Fact Check:
Some of the comments made during the meeting need to be corrected to ensure we do not spread misinformation:

  • The Special Meeting was called due to a petition signed by 184 people turned into Sentry Management on April 7.  This equates to 143 homes owned by current owners or 34.5% (=143/414).  More may have signed since this date, but were not used in the official request.
  • The DRC currently has a resident architect in addition to credentialed professional consultants, and until recently has had other members from industry on it as well.
  • Hallbrook is now getting close to 33 years old. The developer turned it over to the HOA 23 years ago and the dues at that time were $1,450 per year. The dues currently are $3,050 per year, which means dues have increased approximately 3.28% per year. 
  • Board terms. All current board members have joined in the last two to three years, except for Craig Hamlin.  He is finishing his second term, totaling six years of board service.

Next Steps:

  • May 20:  As was discussed at the meeting, any Hallbrook resident who wishes to participate in one of the 3 committees should email your name and address to Leah Larson at llarson@sentrymgt.com by Thursday, May 20 at 4:00 pm. Please specify which of the 3 committees you wish to join.
    • Board Succession Planning  
    • HOA management RFP  
    • Landscape RFP
  • May 30 or before:  Board will announce the committee members for each committee.
  • June 1:  Committee work begins
  • Aug-Dec:  Committee work will end with recommendations to the Board for approval, with committees ending work at different times

Thank you,
Hallbrook Board of Directors and Sentry Management

Hallbrook Special Meeting Reminder

Hallbrook Neighbors: 
We would like to set expectations for the Special Meeting tomorrow, May 11, at 5:00 pm and provide a reminder of how to join. 

Overall Meeting Protocol:

  •          The meeting is being held in response to a petition filed with the board by neighbors in Hallbrook.
  •          In line with the laws governing HOAs in Kansas, the agenda must include and be limited to the items in the petition.
    •    The Board has issued an agenda consistent with the petition filed
    •    There will be an opportunity to comment during the meeting after each agenda item. 
    •    Comments must be limited to the agenda items.
  •          Any non-agenda item will need to be discussed at the next Board meeting on June 9.  
    •    While the Board would like to respond to any question or comment during the call, we are only able to entertain the items on the agenda.  This is per requirements in our By-laws and Kansas governing laws.
    •    The next Board meeting where general comments from the neighborhood can be heard will be on June 9.  More information will be distributed closer to the date.  Please know you can always be heard by sending an email to Leah Larson at Sentry Management (llarson@sentrymgt.com) and address it to the Board.
  •          Board President Craig Hamlin will preside over the agenda as distributed.
  •          In order to swiftly decide each agenda item, a Board of Directors meeting will be held in the same forum, at the same time (in tandem), as the Special Meeting.  This will allow the Board to vote on each agenda item in real-time, with the participants of the Special Meeting in view of the vote.  Normally, a Special Meeting is for discussion of items posed, but the Board would like to expedite deliberation on the items, in demonstration that we are committed to service.
  •          In order to keep the meeting to a tenable length, we ask everyone to please cooperate with us and be patient as we maneuver through this meeting.

How to Join the Meeting:

  •          This meeting will be held virtually, via Zoom.
  •          The login is below.
  •          Please try to join a few minutes before 5:00 pm so that we can begin and end the meeting in a timely fashion.

Hallbrook Newsletter

Dear Neighbors,

We have heard your voices through the recent survey and we thank all who participated.  Your HOA Board and Sentry Management work diligently on your behalf. Here is what has been accomplished thus far in 2021.

Security:

  • Significant upgrades to our security cameras incorporating the latest in analytical software and remote video monitoring
  • Increased coordination with the Leawood Police Department
  • Continued communication and emphasis to our neighbors to be vigilant in protecting their property and reporting suspicious activity

Landscape and Maintenance:

  • Repair of our iconic fountain
  • Finished renovation of our 50 stone mailbox kiosks
  • Currently addressing concerns about the size of the landscape budget while trying to maintain the high standards our community expects. The magnitude of this task involves 23 acres of irrigated turf, 3 acres of irrigated planting beds, and 1,438 street trees. In addition to our landscape maintenance, Raintree also constantly monitors the condition of the fountain, mailboxes, guard house, cameras, light poles, monuments and street signs.

Budget and Policy:

  • Secured a reduction in HOA insurance premium while increasing coverage limits
  • Constant examination of the budget for reallocation of funds in response to recent survey results and avoidance of any dues increases
  • Instituted bi-weekly glass recycling
  • Updated the home rental policy limiting rentals to a minimum of 12 months
  • Worked closely with Sentry Management on best practices for the neighborhood and ensuring the financials are maintained with the approved budget

Communication:

  • Implementation of a text message system
  • Re-establishment of the HOA printed directory
  • Distribution/review of multiple surveys to increase neighborhood input
  • Increased frequency of neighborhood updates through the neighborhood’s official channels of communication: email, texting, the Hallbrook website and mail. The Hallbrook Facebook page is a privately administered account and not  an official means of communication.

Future Projects:

  • Exploring new roofing materials and continued improvement in Board communication

As a reminder, please email crainey@sentrymgt.com if you would like an additional recycling bin.

Thank you for your time and interest in the Hallbrook Homeowners Association.  We share a common goal in ensuring that Hallbrook is a neighborhood which is safe and well maintained.  We look forward to the Special Meeting on Tuesday, May 11th at 5:00 pm on Zoom.  An agenda has been mailed to all residents.  

Sincerely,
The Hallbrook Homeowners Association Board

Trash & Non-Glass Recycling

Hallbrook Neighbors: 

We would like to share a status update with you regarding our trash and non-glass recycling.  In order to help everyone understand this status update, we have given a recap of our current situation below the status update.  

Sincerely, 
Sentry Management and the Hallbrook HOA Board of Directors

Status Update:
Status:

  • The HOA Board has reached a decision regarding the upcoming Waste Management (WM) contract changes, and feels the best course of action for now is to continue using WM and move to bi-weekly recycling service. Key to the decision is an extra bin for no additional fee if desired.  Sentry Management has negotiated this perk on our behalf.
  • The transition date from weekly recycling to bi-weekly recycling will take place the week of May 10.  WM will be mailing postcards next week, so please be on the lookout for additional information from them.
  • Those homes wanting an extra recycling bin should contact crainey@sentrymgt.com.
  • We will review this decision in 6 months, prior to end of year, and pursue alternatives as warranted per neighborhood feedback.

Decision Drivers & Benefits Considered:

  • Remaining with WM and changing frequency to bi-weekly recycling will leave fee structure unchanged for the remaining contractual period.
  • Remaining with WM as a vendor will mean no bin swap-out required.  The recycling bin swap was extremely challenging for many, and we wish to avoid difficulty.
  • Sentry Management has negotiated a special arrangement with WM where WM will provide, at no additional fee, an extra recycling bin to those wanting it.   
  • Reduced recycling collection frequency will result in lower carbon emissions with less frequent collection traffic in Hallbrook.
  • Glass and Non-Glass recycling frequency can be coordinated for ease of remembering which week is a recycling week.
  • The alternative vendor’s bid considered for weekly recycling was an additional $15,000 per annum, and the Board wishes to keep HOA fees as low as possible.

Recognition Notice:
The Board would like to recognize Sentry Management for work well done under these challenging conditions, and thank Jim and his team for all the extra hours spent to research alternative vendors, gather bids, and negotiate the free extra bin.   

Situation Recap:
Hallbrook contracts with WM to collect trash and non-glass recycling on a weekly basis. Earlier this year, WM announced it was reducing collection to a bi-weekly collection cycle and distributed a larger bin for recyclable materials. The City of Leawood informed WM that WM was under obligation to continue offering weekly collection services as part of WM’s permit to operate in Leawood.   As a result, WM offered Hallbrook and other Leawood clients a choice to continue weekly collection services for a $42,000 price increase, or to move to the new bi-weekly collection schedule.  The Board reviewed alternatives, conducted a survey, and made a decision in line with neighborhood preferences and priorities.

Thank you,

Hallbrook Board of Directors and Sentry Management

Hallbrook Leadership Changes

The Hallbrook Board of Directors and Sentry Management would like to communicate recent leadership changes:

  • Board Changes:
    • Andy Beal, Board Treasurer and DRC Committee member has regretfully resigned his position due to unforeseen circumstances.  The Board is extremely grateful to Andy for his many hours of service and assisting us during a very busy time.  We will miss Andy’s well thought out guidance and calm demeanor.   
    • The Board will not appoint an interim director to serve the remainder of Andy’s term (December 2021), in favor of allowing the Nominating Committee to receive community input to help choose his replacement in December.  Andy has agreed to continue fulfilling Treasury duties until the December election.
  • Committee Changes:
    • Chi Chi Puhl has resigned her position on the Landscape Committee.  The Board would like to express tremendous gratitude for the years of voluntary service Chi Chi has given to our community.   We hope other members of the community will join us and reach out to thank Chi Chi for her vision and countless hours of vendor interaction, issue review, communication, advocacy, and dedication to ensuring consistent and premier design implementation throughout the neighborhood.
    • Shawn Moore has resigned from the Landscape Committee.
    • Linda Finkle will join the Landscape Committee as Chair.
    • Carol Gurba will remain an integral committee member and provide critical historical knowledge and perspective. 
    • Additional appointments are under consideration and will be forthcoming.
    • As a matter of policy, no Landscape Committee member has ever had a financial interest in any vendor used by the HOA.
  • Management Team Changes:
    • Jim Tiehen will continue to be our lead property manager.
    • Shay Smith, our assistant property manager, has given notice at Sentry Management, and the Board expresses appreciation for her contribution and support during a particularly busy time with glass recycling vendor installation, mailbox upgrade completion, and changes in service and collection bins from Waste Management.
    • Leah Larson will replace Shay as Hallbrook’s assistant property manager.  The Board welcomes Leah and already appreciates her skillful administration of the Zoom video-conferencing platform. 

The Board of Directors and Sentry Management hope you will join us in thanking everyone for service contributed, and welcoming new members to our combined team.