December 4, New GOCC Officers Elected for 2020

President – Tonya Knauth

My husband Rick and I moved to Garden Oaks in 2004, put down roots and expanded our family here. Our three children all attended GOMM, and we have been active in GO Kids and Boy Scouts, to name just a few of the groups we have enjoyed being part of. We feel fortunate to live in a small-town environment in the middle of a big city. I have volunteered and served the neighborhood in many capacities, and I have a strong desire to continue to work for everyone to improve our community.

Vice-President – Kevin David

I moved to Garden Oaks in 1994. As a child I spent a lot of time in Garden Oaks with my aunts and grandparents. My mother was raised in Garden Oaks and my father was raised in Shepherd Park Plaza. My wife, two daughters and I really love the subdivision and all the wonderful people who reside in GO and make this such a great community. Over the years I have seen many changes. I witnessed farewells to some great neighborhood staples but we have had several family-friendly new businesses open to replace them. I look forward to serving and doing my part to make our lovely community a better and safer place for all of us to enjoy.

Treasurer – Jeff Martin

– My family has lived in Garden Oaks for 11 years. We love our neighbors and the community and are proud to call Garden Oaks home. The three of us have volunteered at GOMM in various ways over the last 10 years and made friends with many wonderful GO families. I am the Vice President and Treasurer with my current employer and served as Treasurer for our local Cub Scouts for 3 years.

Secretary – Adam Pryor

– My wife Kendra and I are both new to Garden Oaks, having moved into the neighborhood in August of this year. With a two-year-old daughter and a newborn on the way, we were drawn to the family-friendly nature of the neighborhood, while still providing the access to great restaurants and shopping in the immediate area. Being new to Garden Oaks, I have chosen to serve on the board to get better acquainted with my neighbors and to help foster a greater sense of community.

GOMO Chapter 7 Notice

The US Trustee has sent out Notice of Assets, Notice to Creditors and other Parties in Interest of the need to File Claims in GOMO's bankruptcy case.

As many as a hundred or more owners will not get this notice because the mailing list used is the one filed in April of 2018. There was no possibility of updating this mailing list so we, the neighborhood, will need to handle this the old fashioned way. Neighbor to neighbor contact. If you know someone who has moved or is a new owner in the last 15 months, please give them a heads up.

If you wish to file a claim you may obtain forms from the Court or you may want to make use of the claims form posted here:

Claims Form and Where to Send It click to see info
PDF of: Claim Form 410

   

WHERE TO SEND THE CLAIM- click to enlarge.

If you filed a claim last year in the Chapter 11 case you do not need to file again.

GOMO's affairs are under the direction of the US Trustee:

Contact Info for US Trustee
Randy W. Williams
rww@bymanlaw.com
281.884.9262
Byman & Associates PLLC
7924 Broadway
Ste. 104
Pearland, TX 77581

GOMO Business Meetings and Plan Reviews are suspended.

Taking back Gazebo Park Aug. 10, 2019

GO tradition of work parties tapped to get a head start on a major cleanup for the park.

Plans for the Park

√ Aug. 10 Cut back the overgrowth to protect the desirable plantings and open the park space up.

  • Aug- Sept build a core of Gazebo volunteers to move the plan along. GO wants you! Contact pam@gardenoaks.org to volunteer
  • Aug- review condition of irrigation equipment and make recommendations for upgrade/repair
  • Oct- obtain bids to replace invasive plants with new planting
  • Nov- GOCC funding recommendation
  • Call to Action

"The Crew" or at least part of it

The Civic Club and GOMO are two totally separate groups.

Garden Oaks Civic Club
(GOCC)

The purpose of the Civic Club is to provide a forum for Garden Oaks residents to meet and promote the civic and social welfare of the neighborhood.

Membership is open to all residents, whether one owns or rents. Payment of annual dues is required for membership and the right to vote for Officers and disbursement of funds.

The civic club sponsors the ever-popular October Wine Walk and the 1st Tuesday meetings with guest speakers and free pizza. GOCC also has sponsored home and garden tours.

    Monies raised by the GOCC help pay for:

  • upkeep of neighborhood green spaces
  • Constable Patrols
  • publication of the monthly neighborhood newsletter (Gazette)
  • other neighborhood expenses

Garden Oaks Maintenance Organization
(GOMO)

The purpose of the GOMO is enforcement of Deed Restrictions in Sections 1, 2, 3 and 5.
 
Owners of parcels/lots in sections 1,2,3 and 5 are automatically members of GOMO.
GOMO is primarily funded by Transfer Fees collected when properties are sold.
GOMO funds in excess of those needed to support Deed Restrictions may be spent on support of neighborhood activities and programs. Excess Funds Approval requires a majority of 10% of Members.

GO... By the Numbers

1419 GO residential properties.
72,324 Sq. FT. Largest Garden Oaks lot.
56 Number of volunteers to produce/deliver the Gazette. 52 delivery + 1 editor + 1 proofer + 1 ad mgr.
547 Number of owners/residents registered at gardenoaks.org
1937 Year Section 1 platted.
1938 Year Section 2 platted.
1939 Year Section 3 platted.
1940 Year Section 4 platted.
1942 Year Section 5 platted.
1945 Year Section 5 re-platted.
3 Section with highest Constable Participation at 32%
5 Section with lowest Constable Particpation at 16%
$250 Minimum requested annual Constable contribution for 2019
$77,000 Cost of one Constable Patrol (single shift)
$162,000 Net proceeds raised to support Constable by Wine Walk 2009-2017
$1,321,959 GOMO Constable expenditures 2007-2017.
1950? Year Board of Trustees formed.
1998 Year Board of Trustees found improperly formed.
2002 Year GOMO formed.
1,143 Number of parcels in GOMO.
59 % of current GOMO owners who paid a fee
83 Number of new property owners in 2018 (GOMO members).
3 Number of times GOMO sued by an owner.
8 Number of times GOMO sued an owner.

Garden Oaks Constable Program Needs YOU!

Your Constable Program support for 2018 is needed!!.

The effort to increase the number of households in Garden Oaks supporting the Constable Program is necessary because of the loss of GOMO funding. We previously had three constable patrols, with two of those patrols being paid from GOMO surplus funds. That ended in 2016.

The civic club has signed two contracts for 2019, with each contract providing 40 hours of professional law enforcement officers patrolling in our neighborhood. Each contract costs about $77,000. These contracts will be funded by the residents of Garden Oaks. We need to raise $154,000 each year to keep these contracts in place. We need your support. Today!

If everyone in the neighborhood contributed, the cost would be about $110 per household annually. Currently we have right at 293 supporters (out of some 1400 households in GO), which is not nearly enough to fund two patrols for 2019. We are asking each household to contribute a minimum of $250 annually to keep the deputies patrolling in our neighborhood.

Following on, we are pushing hard to have enough funds to cover both patrols for the duration of 2019. We have distributed GO Constable Supporter signs to those who are paid for the current year and who have requested signs. If you would like a sign, please email goconstable@gmail.com. Please help us keep our neighborhood safe!

Constable Supporters as of July 15, 2019

Olimometer 2.52 Olimometer 2.52
2019 Supporters 315 2018 Supporters 353
2019 Goal 600 2018 Goal 600
2019 Remaining 285 2018 Remaining 247

Garden Oaks a "Hidden" Houston Gem

For those who don't know, Garden Oaks is one of Houston's best-kept secrets. Nestled among towering pines and grand magnolias, this quaint and architecturally unique neighborhood of approximately 1400 homes continues to attract attention and rave reviews.