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.
- 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
- 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.
- Exploring new roofing materials and continued improvement in Board communication
As a reminder, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The Hallbrook Homeowners Association Board
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.
Sentry Management and the Hallbrook HOA Board of Directors
- 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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
Hallbrook Board of Directors and Sentry Management