Dumpster Day: Oct. 31

Join us Saturday, October 31, from 8am until Noon and get rid of your junk!

We’ll have several dumpsters located at South Broadland Presbyterian Church at 7850 Holmes Road. Please make sure you do NOT bring any household appliances, tires or Hazardous chemicals. Must be a member to participate.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

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Construction Update: Water Services Projects in the area

Click on the link below to open a pdf file detailing the Water Services projects in the neighborhood.



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Neighborhood Meeting Minutes, Sept. 2015

Waldo Tower Homes Association

Neighborhood meeting

September 12, 2015, 10:00 a.m., Waldo Library

President Kurtis Marinez called the meeting to order. Each attendee introduced themselves.

Water Services Capital Improvements

Three speakers from Kansas City Missouri Water Services Department attended the meeting to discuss capital improvement projects in the Waldo Tower Homes area. Andy Shively, engineer for Water Services, discussed the pending capital improvement projects for water, waste water, and storm water projects. The City of Kansas City, MO, has 4,000 employees, 860 of them in the Water Services division. Terry Leeds, Director of Water Services, was introduced, along with John Pruese with Burns and McDonnell.

A document was distributed outlining the pending projects in the area. Completion dates are weather dependent. Seven miles of water main replacement are in progress in our area. The city has 2,800 miles of lines. The projects are prioritized by the likelihood of failure, the consequences of failure (impact on travel, water service to schools and hospitals, etc.). The work is funded by cash and bonds (which are repaid by water services bill payments). The projects are integrated with other road improvement projects for cost savings. KCWaterServices.org has fact sheets for each project.

A question was raised about the Waldo Pump Station in Tower Park. It is currently being rehabilitated, with the work being completed by this winter.

Another question was raised about the storm water runoff at 75th and Holmes. Marinez stated that the runoff buckles the road. Shively indicated that repair work is funded via PIAC requests, which are competitive.

A major project in the area in the area relates to the Overflow Control Projects and the sewer separation project. Water Services is happy to come back to the group to speak in further detail on this project.

An audience member asked about how success is measured for the separation project in Marlborough. Post-construction flow monitors were used to test the flows for the pilot project. The preliminary results showed great success. The Marlborough project is an example of interdepartmental collaboration to improve many aspects of the neighborhood. There was significant public outreach and education.

Election of Officers

Marinez introduced the election of officers. All of the 2014-2015 slate of officers were willing to renew their roles for another year. The floor was opened for nominations. No names were raised. John Bozarth moved to accept the following slate of officers, and Carol Gibson seconded:

Kurtis Marinez, President                             Karol O’Brien, Vice President

Elizabeth Hollins, Secretary                          Jeff Highfill, Treasurer



All attendees unanimously agreed to accept the slate of officers.

Hollins, Bozarth, and Marinez discussed the WTHA boundaries, districts resulting from the merger of Tower Homes Association and Waldo Homes Association, and the benefits of being a district representative on the board. Tammy Gay agreed to serve on the board.

Due to the number of years served as treasurer, an exception to our bylaws was needed for Jeff Highfill to be named for another term. Tammy Gay moved to approve the exception, and John Bozarth seconded. The term limit exception was unanimously approved by all.

Events in the 6th District

Karol O’Brien reported back from the 6th District (City Council) meetings. The Bike/Walk initiative with the City reported progress toward designating Kansas City as a bike-friendly community. The Trolley Trail south of 85th Street is currently closed due to a collapsed mine. The estimates for repair are approximately $1 million.

Community Policing Advisory Council (CPAC)

John Bozarth reported from the past CPAC meetings. There have been several random break-ins through front doors.

  • If anything suspicious happens, residents are encouraged to call 911.
  • Neighbors are advised to use a sense of urgency with the dispatchers to ensure that police are dispatched. If you sound unsure about the suspicious activity, the call will have a low priority and may not receive attention. Trust your instincts.
  • Do not leave valuables in sight of windows.
  • Use lights at night.
  • Watch for suspicious vehicle traffic. Half of cars stolen have the keys in the car. Put laptops in your trunk.
  • Carol Gibson recommended jam bars for your front door.
  • John Bozarth recommended steel bars that can strengthen front doors, preventing kick-ins. Additionally, houses with storm doors are less likely to be broken into. They can be a great investment.
  • A high percentage of break-ins occur during the daytime.
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General Meeting THIS Saturday, September 12th

Join the Sign Brigade and help spread awareness about our general meetings!

Join the Sign Brigade and help spread awareness about our general meetings!

Join us this Saturday, September 12th at the Waldo Library, Meeting Room A for our next general meeting. The library opens at 10am, the meeting will start by 10:15am. See you soon!

If you would like to join our “Sign Brigade” and help raise awareness about upcoming general meetings, please email info@towerhomesassociation.org

We’ll send you an email the week before our meetings so you can set out your sign and let your neighbors know. Thanks for helping to spread the word and get more people involved!

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Bingham Junior High School Demolition Update


September 2013, Kansas City Public Schools hosted a neighborhood forum at Southwest High School. After a long public input process, the school board decided not to move forward with the sale of of the building for a proposed Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market.

Residents supported demotion of the building due to its condition. According to a July 2015 update from the KCPS Repurposing Initiative, the proposed 2015 demolition was delayed due to demolition at another site. A Request For Proposals (RFP) for the demolition services is scheduled to be posted in August, with demolition planned for Spring 2016. Before demolition begins, KCPS will conduct a public meeting with the contractor to discuss time frames and answer questions.

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Nextdoor Waldo – the free app/website to connect with neighbors


Historically, Waldo Tower Homes residents connected with neighbors online via an unofficial Tower Homes Yahoo Group. The group has been effectively inactive for quite some time. Many folks have transitioned to the site Nextdoor.com. The Waldo neighborhood has 1,068 members on the site! On Nextdoor, neighborhood residents post the same types of questions and conversation topics as they did on the Yahoo Groups page, such as:

– What’s happening with the _______ project?
– Contractor referrals (tree work, plumbers, carpenters, etc.)
– Recommendations for child care providers
– Notifications about potential crime trends
– Notifications of lost/found animals.

You may want to consider downloading the app ‘NextDoor’ or go to the website waldo.nextdoor.com. It is free to use.


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Waldo Tower Restoration featured in the Kansas City Star

Kurtis Marinez, founder of the Waldo Tower Historic Society and current president of the Waldo Tower Homes Association, was recently featured in the Kansas City Star in an article entitled, “Waldo Tower makeover is a victory for neighborhood activist.”

The article chronicles his advocacy and partnership building to attract city funding and private donations for the restoration of the Waldo Tower in Tower Park at 75th and Holmes. The tower is major landmark for the neighborhood. We are so proud to see the first phase of this restoration project completed! Thank you, Kurtis, for your deep commitment to the safety and beauty of Tower Park!

<<Read the full article here>>

Kurtis Marinez Tower Restoration

Photo courtesy of Keith Myers, Kansas City Star

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Construction for a sewer improvement project coming to the area

KC Water Services is kicking off construction for an important sewer improvement project in the area.

A public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 21, 2015 for people to learn more. The meeting will be held at 7:00 PM at the Christ the King Church at 8510 Wornall Rd Kansas City, MO 64114.

Properties located within the project boundary should have received a letter in the mail informing them about the project and about the public meeting. However, as neighborhood leaders, we would appreciate your help in promoting this meeting to your friends and neighbors through your regular communication methods (e.g., email, Facebook announcement, newsletter, NextDoor). If you would like additional information about the public meeting, please contact me.

We hope to see you on July 21st

Erin Ollig, AICP

Shockey Consulting Services, LLC

Kansas City Water Services

Overflow Control Program Management Team

Attached please find information about the project, including a project fact sheet (pdf):

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WTHA meeting updates

Waldo Tower Homes Association

General Meeting, July 11, 2015 10:00 a.m.

Waldo Library

Attendance: 14

Tye Zehner, Invent-Development, architect and developer of single family homes. His firm is purchasing lots in Waldo to build new construction homes with progressive building amenities, such as structurally engineered panels. The homes have features that are energy efficient, using 8 inch structurally engineered panels and radiant heated floors. His current project was featured on KCTV 5 (link to the story). He just purchased three lots behind Chipotle for his next stage of development. The homes are in the $210,000 price range.

Residents asked questions about the amenities, design features, and price point. He will set up a time for the neighborhood to tour the home.

Mary Cary, administrator of WTHA, spoke about the membership card, encouraging members to thank businesses for being on the card. WTHA also developed a card with the benefits of membership.

WTHA needs volunteers to write for a blog on the website to replace the newsletter function. Email us at info@towerhomesassociation.org


Tower Park Rain Garden: the Parks Department is willing to help cover the costs of new plants in the WTHA rain garden, on the north side of Tower Park. WTHA will need volunteers for a fall planting.

Public Safety: John Bozarth reported from the CPAC committee regarding crime trends. Last December, his home was broken into in the morning by someone who knocked on the door first and then broke through the window. The police caught the 17-year-old burglar later. He advised to be observant about suspicious vehicles or people that seem out of place. There are about two break-ins a month in the neighborhood. Larry recommended the NextDoor site (link) to hear about crime reports and advisories from neighbors.

Karol O’Brian provided a 6th District City Council update: Kevin McManus, former state representative, will be replacing John Sharp, who termed out of his seat. At the 2nd Friday event, he was recognized for his service to the city.

Tuesday, July 14 9:00 a.m. is a ribbon cutting for the completion of the first phase of the Waldo Water Tower restoration. Kurtis Marinez will be speaking at the event, and will be thanking John Sharp for his support of this project. (link for more info)

KCMO Water Department is working on a big water main replace project and will speak at the next meeting. WTHA will post updates to the website. There was a public meeting at Keystone Church. Some of the pipes are from the 1890s, and the work is necessary. Click here for information about  the project, which is from 75th to 89th and State Line to Kenwood.

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Curbside Appeal Grant drawing scheduled for August 20th

Now announcing this year's Curbside Appeal Grant drawing which will happen on August 20, 2015 at our next WTHA Happy…

Posted by Tower Homes Association on Saturday, July 11, 2015

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Join us for our next WTHA Happy Hour

2015-07-11_0749Waldo Tower Homes Association invites you to join us Thursday, August 20th, for a neighborhood happy hour at Walsh’s Corner Cocktails.

Stop by from 6-8 p.m. and get to know your neighbors. Complimentary appetizers will be served.

Be here at 7pm to participate in the Curbside Appeal Grant drawing.


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July 4th Information

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Please be aware that fire works are not allowed within the City limits. If you see anyone shooting off fireworks in the park, or on your street, please report them to the Police Department by calling the non-emergency number (816)234-5000.

Following is information regarding Trash Services for the Holiday-

Mark the Calendar: Trash Amnesty Week, City Offices Closed

City of Kansas City, Mo., offices , which include the 311 Call Center, will be closed on July 3, 2015 in observance of the Independence Day holiday on July 4, 2015. Trash and recycling services will not be delayed during the City-observed holiday.

All residents are eligible for trash amnesty the week of July 6-10. City-wide trash amnesty allows residents to place up to 15 bags of trash for collection. This trash will be collected during regularly scheduled trash days. No household hazardous waste, bulky items or leaf and brush will be collected as part of trash amnesty.

 Bulky Item pickups have been suspended for the month of July so that crews can focus on City-wide storm debris removal. Residents that have a previously scheduled July pickup date must call the 311 Call Center to reschedule. Due to large call volumes, residents are encouraged to reschedule bulky pick-ups online, calls to reschedule should be made near the end of July.

For more information about solid waste collection services, visit http://www.kcmo.gov/publicworks/trash or call the 3-1-1 Call Center at 311 or 816-513-1313.


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Fun time had by all at the neighborhood picnic!

We had such an AWESOME time today at our annual picnic. I think this time we finally outdid ourselves! 😀 Take a look at…

Posted by Tower Homes Association on Saturday, June 20, 2015

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Neighborhood Picnic scheduled for THIS Saturday!


Saturday, June 20th from 2pm to 5pm at the Big Shelter in Tower Park!

It’s on and we can’t be much more excited about all the fun stuff we have planned!

  • Free Face Painting for the Kids!
  • Fun activities for the Littles!
  • Live Music!
  • Free Food!
  • Fly a Kite!
  • Pop Corn, Cotton Candy and More!

We’ll see you there!

PS- for live notifications from Facebook, join the event here- https://www.facebook.com/events/1420818618221305/

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Notes from KCMO Water Main Replacement Neighborhood Meeting

2015-06-11_2212June 11, 2015 – 7pm at Keystone United Methodist Church

Notes by Angie Lile


Andy Shively, KC Water Services Engineering Officer

Terry Thomas, Project Manager, KC Water Services

Contact: terry.d.thomas@kcmo.org, 816-513-0262

Sean Allen, Resident Inspector, KC Water Services

Contact: sean.allen@kcmo.org, 816-513-0318

Jim Walker, Superintendent, Blue Nile Contractors, Inc.

Contact: jimw@bluenilecontractors.com, 816-985-7589

Link to KCMO Project Info- https://www.kcwaterservices.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/State-Line-to-Kenwood-75th-St-to-89th-St.pdf

Link to article about the project- https://www.kcwaterservices.org/kc-water-services-to-present-fiscal-year-2016-capital-improvement-plan/

The meeting started with a brief recap of the project and why it needs to be done. No one in the audience disagrees with this.

Andy also explained how the areas are chosen. Each year KCMO will replace 28 miles of pipe, consisting of 70k pipe segments. Each segment is graded on it’s likelihood of failure as well as the cost that failure would incur for the City. This total grade was given the name “Business Risk” and the highest numbers would be replaced first.

Each year will have 18 projects, 28 miles of pipe replaced and after 100 years the project will finally be completed and will start over since the pipes are expected to last 100 years.

Interesting fact: They found a pipe from 1854 when replacing old pipes. That’s pretty old!

Terry Thomas explained further that pipes being replaced are a mix of 6”, 8” and 12” water main pipes.

The project is expected to cost $2.5 million dollars and they have already started marking the streets.

Street Markings (meaning):

Blue lines indicate the existing water line. This line will remain where it is while the new line is being placed across from it. Then houses will be connected to the new main line when it is ready.

Yellow lines indicate gas network and Orange lines indicate Fiber or other Communications

Work Schedule

Work begins on June 22nd on Ward Parkway Plaza and will move onto the Madison area after that. Work could take about 60 days to complete once they start in your area.

A list of areas in the order of which they will be worked on will be posted later or you can contact Terry Thomas for more information about when to expect work in your area.

A letter is supposed to go out two weeks prior to the arrival of equipment in your area.


Driveways and roadways for residents and businesses are to remain accessible. If you have trouble getting in or out, all you need to do is find a worker and let them know you need to leave.

If you have a regular schedule, for coming and going, you can notify Sean Allen.

Business owners should also work directly with Sean Allen especially around water shut off days. Water will not be shut off during business hours in these affected areas.

Notifications of Water Shut Off

It is expected that we will see at a minimum 4 water shut-offs during the work period. Once when they need to tie into the beginning of the main line, once when they need to tie into the end of the main line, once for a transfer of service from the old to the new, and one more “just in case” to account for Murphy’s Law (What can go wrong WILL go wrong).

We are supposed to see a notice the DAY BEFORE when water is to be shut off. Notice will come by door hanger. If for any reason you do not receive notice about water shut off BEFORE they shut it off, we are to contact Sean Allen directly to let him know.

Replacement of Sidewalks, Driveways and Vegetation

Many people asked about existing trees in their yard. The short answer is that if the tree is in the right of way and needs to be replaced, Parks and Rec will be notified and they will work to get the tree replaced.

If you own any trees or vegetation in your yard that need to be replaced, KCMO is responsible.

If KCMO needs to rip up your sidewalks or drive ways, they will be replaced.

For the most part, the new line is going into the center of the street or across the street from the old line, with minimal destruction of existing sidewalks, vegetation or your personal water lines, but if you want to know for sure how your area will be affected, you can contact Terry and talk it through with him.



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Join us on June 10th for a Neighborhood Happy Hour at The Well


Waldo Tower Homes Association invites you to join us Wednesday, June 10 for a neighborhood happy hour on The Well’s rooftop patio! Stop by from 6-8 p.m. and get to know your neighbors. Complimentary appetizers will be served.

RSVP to info@towerhomesassociation.org today!

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RESCHEDULED for June 20th – Neighborhood Picnic – 2-5 p.m.

This has been rescheduled to Saturday, June 20, 2 – 5 p.m. due to rain and muddy conditions at the park.

WTHA Annual Neighborhood Picnic in Tower Park Join your neighbors for free food, live music, and children’s activities at the large shelter of Tower Park, 75th & Holmes Rd.


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Spring Dumpster Day rescheduled for May 23rd

IMGP1873The news is that there was a bit of a mixup with the city in reserving dumpsters.

We’ve been doing this for years, but over time the word got out and now there is high demand for the dumpsters at events around the city.

The soonest we could reschedule was for May 23rd.

So, mark your calendars for a work day, bring us your trash, and we’ll look forward to seeing you.

The WTHA volunteers apologize for the delay and appreciate your patience!

Get real-time updates on Facebook by “joining” our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/612100885591489/

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Damien McNearney




Damien is a long-time Waldo resident who joined the board in 2014. Damien can be found working around his house or playing live music. He advocates for high quality educational institutions as well as events that bring neighbors together.


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Catherine Dobson


Catherine Dobson


Catherine is a relatively new Waldo resident. She jumped right into neighborhood participation by joining the board. Catherine spearheads the distribution of new member welcome bags and coordinates our new and popular neighborhood Happy Hours that occur every other month at locations through the neighborhood.

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