Updates

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.

Hallbrook Trash & Recycling Update

Hallbrook Neighbors: 

We would like to share a status update with you regarding our trash and non-glass recycling. You can find this document below. In order to help everyone understand this status update, we have given a recap of our current situation below the status update.  Please expect additional updates on this topic in the near future. 

Status Update

Sincerely, 

Sentry Management and the Hallbrook HOA Board of Directors

Glass Bandit Recycling

The Hallbrook Board of Directors have agreed to commence glass recycling for all of Hallbrook.  If you would like an email reminder the day before pickup, or if you would like to opt out of glass recycling by GlassBandit, please email info@glassbandit.com.

Pickup is every other Wednesday; pickup dates are also listed below.

January 6
January 20
February 3
February 17
March 3
March 17
March 31
April 14
April 28
May 12
May 26
June 9
June 23
July 7
July 21
August 4
August 18
Sept. 1
Sept. 15
Sept. 29
October 13
October 27
November 10
November 24
December 8
December 22

Common Area Renovations

Hallbrook was impacted by the application of Imprelis, a herbicide manufactured by DuPont, to the common areas, and as a consequence over 650 of our trees were damaged. As a follow-up to the presentation at the Annual Homes Association meeting last Fall, the exciting renovations to the common areas are continuing. As you may recall, some of the plantings associated with the renovation commenced on the berm last Fall; and the planned renovations will continue on the berm in Spring 2014, as well as renovations at the circle/ fountain area, the islands along Brookwood Ave. and, potentially, other common areas depending on the weather.

Your Design Renovation Committee has been diligently working to expedite implementation of the overall design and plan over the next planting seasons, including Spring and Fall 2014 and 2015. The members of the Design Renovation Committee are listed here.

As you drive through the neighborhood and particularly around the current areas where work is being done, please slow down so that the installation can be completed safely.

Again, we believe the renovations will energize the neighborhood and create excitement in our subdivision to help keep Hallbrook one of the premier properties in the Midwest.

Berm Updates

Emerald Ash Borer

emeraldashborerHallbrook is monitoring trees that may have been affected by Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), which is an invasive, non-native insect that feeds on Ash Trees, and ultimately causes them to die. The beetle is metallic green in color and approximately one half-inch in length. Hallbrook is currently working on a plan to deal with its 400+ Ash Trees in the common areas.

Hallbrook’s approach is consistent with the City of Leawood’s EAB plan. Please see this link for more information.