Sunday, August 30, 2015

Lee's Summit family celebrates judge's action and its purple pla - KCTV5

Lee's Summit family celebrates judge's action and its purple pla - KCTV5


A Lee's Summit family is celebrating a judge's decision, a decision that will allow the family to keep its purple swing set and playhouse.

The judge in the case has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the neighborhood home owner's association against the Stout family.The HOA had threatened the Stouts with jail time if the family didn't take playhouse down.

Now that the judge has tossed the case out, the Stouts say they just want things to go back to normal.

"We're not trying to change the world here. We'd certainly like the HOA to understand they've got to change the way they're doing business. I think this opened the eyes of our neighbors and there's going to be a lot more people at their meetings from now on," Jack Stout said.

"We didn't think it was a good idea to back down and show our kids that you just back down to bullies," said Stout.

Stout says he offered to paint the swing set a different color and says neighbors may not realize he didn't want the matter to go to court. Now, however, he's says he's glad they did take it to court because it shows his daughters not to back down from a fight.

"We just wanted to keep our purple swing set and according to the rules. It's not against the rules so we didn't see why we should change it," Stout concluded.

We reached out to the Raintree Homeowner's Association and to the attorneys representing the association in the case. We did not hear back.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Mad World NewsLocal HOA Under Fire for Denying Cancer-Stricken Little Girl Her One Wish

Mad World NewsLocal HOA Under Fire for Denying Cancer-Stricken Little Girl Her One Wish

I can see Hawk's Ridge Doing This.

A heartbreaking ruling from a neighborhood Home Owner’s Association (HOA) has determined that a six-year-old little girl in Missouri, who is battling cancer, will not be getting the one wish that her precious heart desires.

Ella Schultz has already been through unimaginable difficulties during her young life, in her fight to beat the disease that is ravaging her body and threatening to prematurely end her time on Earth.
When asked by her mom, Jennifer, what one thing she wants more than anything, she replied that she wanted to beat her cancer and stop having to undergo chemotherapy. She told her mother her second choice, saying, “A house. I want a play one.”
According to local news channel KCTV, the Schultz family worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and major construction company J.E. Dunn on plans to build Ella a beautiful playhouse in her back yard. Unfortunately, the heartless bureaucracy of the neighborhood’s version of the most basic of governments, crushed little Ella’s dream on the basis of aesthetics.
The Stone Gate Homeowners Association (of Raymore, MO) indeed turned down the plans. HOA leaders said building a structure in the backyard would go against the neighborhood’s covenants.
When the little girl who has bravely battled so much was told she couldn’t have her play house, she broke down in tears.

Reporters from KCTV asked the HOA’s president Stacy Bayers for comment on why the board was unwilling to make an exception for little Ella. Bayers replied, “The proposed plan they’ve given us is a violation of our covenants.”
Presumably due to the pressure of neighborhood support, Stone Gate’s HOA will meet again to discuss and hopefully reconsider their decision.
It seems that the list of contacts has been scrubbed from the Stone Gate Home Owner’s Associationwebsite, leaving only an email address to reach out to them with opinions. If you choose to let them know what you think, you can find that information here. You can post messages of encouragement by clicking the Facebook button, and also donate if you wish, on Ella’s GoFundMe page, as well as showing support by using #SaveEllasWish via Twitter.
This story is frustrating evidence that even on the lowest levels of government, the thirst for power in limiting people’s choices, even on their own property, has replaced the basic sense of human compassion.
The value of these so-called rules should not have precedent over even one minute of this little girl’s happiness, especially when she may not have very many of those joyful moments left.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Does My Neighbor Really Have The Right To Tell Me What To Do With My Property?

ACC Request Form.pdf

Hawks Ridge East HOA FY 2013 Income & Expense and 2014 Budget 11-7-13.xlsx

Hawks Ridge East HOA FY 2013 Income & Expense and 2014 Budget 11-7-13.xlsx

This budget seem a little extreme.  Why did we buy laptop?  Why are we spending so much on dues and newsletter mailings?  Why are we spending $2,500 on social?  Are we all doing so well that we can afford to have our fees go up to pay for these things?  What are we spending $14,000 on the pool for?  Did we vote on that?