Committees

The Overbrook initiative

A grass roots project for community action

Why do you live in Overbrook? Is it the quiet neighborhoods, the feeling of safety, neighborly people, family and friends? Is it the beautiful library or the lake, the Landon Nature Trails, community pride, local restaurants? If you love Overbrook, or even just like it, you must have a few things in mind that bug you about it - people speeding in a 20 mile/hour zones, industrial trucks parked across from your house, unsighlty yards, neighborhood blight, neglect of pets. Or maybe there are no sidewalks, plugged up culverts, no grocery store, bad internet, brown water?

The mayor, city clerk, city council, and city workers do so much for this community. We need the citizens to help us out with their feedback and support! Here is where you come in! Committed, interested, or just plain annoyed citizens can help us tackle the problems that every small town has. And even more exciting is their ability to think big about our vision for the future of Overbrook

That is why we are developing four committees made up of citizens, city employees, mayor, and city council members. The committees will address the issues mentioned below and more:

Keep an eye out for upcoming committee events on our calendar and event page: Calendar of Events | City of Overbrook Kansas (overbrookks.com).

Are you ready to step up and join our efforts to make Overbrook the kind of town you are proud to live in? For more detailed information about why these committees are being formed and what they will work to accomplish, please contact Jim Koger or Hanna Smith at Overbrook City Hall - (785) 665-7328, email: cityclerk@overbrookks.com, or stop by the office at 401 Maple Street.


Infrastructure  Meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 6PM at City Hall

Sidewalks, streets, use of buildings, broadband/fiber internet

Contact: Carol Baughman - cbaughman@overbrookks.com  or Angela Mordecai amordecai@overbrookks.com

Next meeting: 3/16/2022 @ 6pm at Overbrook City Hall.  Here is the Agenda for the 3/16/22 Meeting


Growth

How do we envision Overbrook thriving in the future - expand city limits; support and boost local economy, become a tree city, support a grocery store?

Contact: Cheryl Miller - cmiller@overbrookks.com


Public Safety  Meets the 3rd Monday at 7PM at City Hall

Possible projects might include free car seat check day, neighborhood watch, free CPR classes, raising funds for the new volunteer fire department building.

Contact: Caitlin Curtis - ccurtis@overbrookks.com  or Angela Mordecai amordecai@overbrookks.com

Agenda from 2/21/22 If you'd like to help with any of these topics, please join us!

Next meeting: 3/17/2022 @ 7:00pm at Overbrook City Hall.


Personnel

Made up of city employees and elected officials, this committee will address a wide variety of personnel issues including creating consistent standards, defining job titles, working with employees to accomplish their work goals.


Committee News and Notes:

Overbrook Growth Committee - Meeting Notes  (Apr 18)

  1. Review of open action items
    1. Dog Park
    2. Pickleball
    3. Chamber of Commerce
    4. Sidewalks
    5. Pond Lighting
  2. Discussion of projects being pursued by the individual committee members
    1. Family Fun Nights during summer
    2. Community brochure during activities
    3. Reconciliation of empty lots in city limits

Our next meeting will be May 2.  We will review action items from the above discussion and begin a discussion with a small group of citizens re. childcare options and solutions in Overbrook.

Overbrook Growth Committee - Meeting Notes  (Mar 14)

  1. Review of the community feedback for a Dog Park and Pickleball.
    1. Dog Park receives positive feedback as a whole but the location and logistics need to be reconsidered.  The growth committee will now review new location solutions for consideration.
    2. Pickleball has been estimated and is ready for review by City Council and the Parks & Recreation Dept.
  2. Discussion of a Chamber of Commerce or other organized development initiative for local businesses
  3. Discussion of improved lighting at the Pond and Park areas

Our next meeting will be March 28th.  We will review action items from the above discussions, as well as discussing medical resources for the community, and the creation of seasonal events for 2022.

 

City Department Brainstorming Session

Members of City Council and City Departments met on Saturday for a brainstorming session led by the Growth Committee. The objective of the meeting was to identify the many areas of growth and maintenance the city has identified across all avenues of city responsibility.  The 2-hour conversation identified a very wide variety of initiatives with the following core themes identified.  The identified initiatives will be further discussed at the council's next working session.

  1. Business & Buildings
    1. Opportunities for businesses
    2. Medical & Community services
  2. Zoning & Housing
    1. Add housing options
    2. Improve existing zones & properties
  3. Parks & Recreation
    1. Add & improve Community Activities / Facilities
    2. Updates to city-funded infrastructure
  4. Education
    1. Programs for the community
    2. Updates for Overbrook Schooling
  5. City Services
    1. Fire Dept
    2. Police Dept
    3. City Hall
    4. Maintenance Shop
    5. Personnel
    6. City Visibility
  6. Sewer & Water
    1. Modernization of our facilities
  7. Programs & Ordinances
    1. Garden & Landscape enhancements
    2. Lots & Land and Programs for Growth
    3. Arts & Culture
    4. Youth
    5. Internet / Broadband
    6. Neighborhood Revitalizations
  8. Streets & Sidewalks
    1. Maintenance
    2. Improvements