Neighborhood News

Hello Amesbury Lake neighborhood, I am the City Forester for Overland Park and I am reaching out to you with notice of street tree trimming in your area. Streets in your area have been selected for the 2021 Residential Street Maintenance Program. Large equipment and trucks will be used to complete this work. Trees adjacent to the street with low branch clearance must be trimmed to protect the integrity of the tree and avoid damage. Trees with limbs less than 13 feet over the street and/or eight feet over the sidewalk will be trimmed; however consideration for smaller trees will be taken and trimmed accordingly.  Trimming the street trees for clearance over streets and sidewalks is generally the responsibility of the adjacent property owner. However, the City is taking on the responsibility in this one-time situation. Individual homeowners adjacent to these areas will be notified at a later date via a mailed postcard.

Work will be completed by a private contractor, monitored by a certified arborist and the City, before May 31st, 2021. Please click here to see the attached map for the areas to be trimmed.

For questions regarding the street improvement, please contact Public Works at 913-895-6040. For questions regarding tree trimming please feel free to reach out to me via email or office: 913-327-6630.
 
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During the Holiday Season last year there were issues regarding the lights on the street trees being pulled off and/or broken.  After speaking with Waste Management, they provided a few recommendations that will help prevent this from being a problem again this year:
  1. Turn on the lights during scheduled service days so the drivers can see the lights more easily.
  2. Place bins and yard waste bags on the opposite side of the driveway from the trees with lights.
The Amesbury Lake Board of Directors wishes everyone a Happy & Healthy Holiday! 
 
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Recently we've had some questions regarding our services from Waste Management, and here's some clarification!
 
Q: What happens when my trash bin is full, but I have additional trash?
A: Any additional bags of household trash that will not fit inside the cart can be managed in one of three ways: hold it/them over for the following week (probably not preferred), ask a neighbor who has available trash cart capacity if he/she will let the bag(s) be placed in their cart, or affix one of our overage stickers to each bag and place it/then next to the full trash cart. If you need to find places to purchase the overage stickers, please click here!
 
Q: What happens when my recycling bin is full, but I have additional recycling?
A: Recycle is unlimited. Any additional recycle material that will not fit inside the cart can be placed in any kind of rigid trash container no larger than 32-gallons and marked with ‘RECYCLE’. The marking can be with a sharpie or printed on a piece of printer paper and taped to the can. For additional cardboard boxes, they can be flattened, stacked, and tied in bundles 2’ X 2’ and no more than 3’ high and placed next to the full recycle cart. However, we would always want to have the you fill and use your cart first.
 
 
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143rd Street Beautification Project
 
 
Finally!  After a year of meetings, negotiation and bidding, the Amesbury Lake Board of Directors is proud to announce that the beautification of 143rd Street is about to begin!
 
As you are probably aware, the homes association common areas on the north side of 143rd Street were severely damaged by new asphalt and concrete installation as well as vehicle and equipment operation by the subcontractors hired by the City of Olathe (in conjunction with Overland Park). to expand 143rd Street.
 
The Amesbury Lake Board had delayed its planned installation of new landscaping at the monuments of both Grayson Mills entrances for a year, in anticipation of the completion of the expansion.  The new Board also budgeted for the installing of additional irrigation between the existing irrigated monuments.  The project was to be completed this spring.  
 
However, during the initial irrigation installation process, we realized that the City's crews had completely destroyed both existing irrigation systems that watered the landscape beds and flowers at the Grayson Mills' entrances.  In an effort to ensure that Amesbury Lake residents would not have to pay for those expensive repairs, meetings and negotiation with the City of Olathe began.  Bids were taken and approval from the City to pay their portion of irrigation project was pursued.  We were able to secure more than $15,000 to fully cover the cost of the damage (but then had to wait for both Overland Park and Olathe to approve their portions of the overall expense).  Money will be forthcoming and releases have been reviewed and signed.  Now work can begin.
 
In the next few weeks, we will be installing a new irrigation system that not only replaces the old system around the monuments but we will include mist heads in the landscape beds to reduce the cost of watering flowers each year.  We will also install a new line along the entire length of our common property (from west side of Gillette to the east side of Westgate).  This will allow us to water the turf and any new trees or other plantings that are installed in the future.  And as planned in 2016, we will be installing the new landscaping materials in the four beds at the two pairs of monuments. 
 
The project will be completed this fall and should dramatically improve the appearance of the Amesbury Lake Homes Association grounds in the area.  We wish to thank all those residents effected by the project (and its several setbacks and delays) for their patience and understanding during this process.  Hopefully the wait will be worth it!  
 

 


Pay Dues Online
 
 
Tired of writing and mailing checks?  If so, you can now pay HOA dues online.  Click on the icon below for more information.
 
 

 
Amesbury Lake Architectural Control Process
 
Please remember that if you are doing any exterior modifications to your home, you need to go through the ALHA Architectural Control Process.  You can locate the form on the "Architectural Review" section on the site!
 
Please remember that the Architectural Control Committee ("ACC") is made up of volunteers within the community. While submissions are typically reviewed promptly, sometimes committee members' schedules will require some additional time to address.  We always thank you for your patience.  
 
If you have any questions, please contact Home Association Solutions at (913)825-0001.