Focus Survey Now Available Online


For those who wanted to make it to one of our 5 focus meetings but weren’t able to attend, we now have an online survey available.

If you are a resident or home owner within the following boundaries: Gregory on the North, Wornall Road on the West, 85th Street on the South and Troost on the East and you haven’t participated in our focus meetings, then you are invited to take this online survey.

Click here to take the survey now- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WTHAfocus

Deadline to take the survey is July 31, 2017 and we’ll be drawing the name of one lucky participant to win $50 in Waldo Bucks and other prizes.

All survey participants will also be entered to win our Grand Prize which we will be giving away at our Big Reveal meeting in August. Make sure you enter to win!

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Robeson School Site to Become Multi-Use Recreation Center

Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) has entered into a sales contract with South Waldo Community Investors, LLC to redevelop the Robeson Middle School site, 8201 Holmes, into a multi-use recreation center.

The reuse plans call for indoor basketball, volleyball and soccer courts and outdoor multi-purpose fields. The development team is also exploring complimentary uses, including a daycare operator, use of the auditorium as a theater, and culinary uses. The parties expect to close on the sale in October with renovations to begin in late 2017.

In order to ensure that the facility and its programs are accessible to local children and families of all income levels, the sales contract includes a provisions that the buyer, KCPS and local neighborhood associations enter into a community benefits agreement. The contract also includes a restriction that the buyer will not pursue tax abatement or tax increment financing.

For additional informaiton, please contact the Repurposing Initiative Office at repurposing@kcpublicschools.org or 816-418-7725.

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Bingham School Site Reuse Discussion, recap of July meeting

WTHA Neighborhood Meeting – July 8 2017, Waldo Library – 10:00 AM

Please join us for the next neighborhood meeting, Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m., Waldo Library

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by the President, Angie Lile at 10:05 A.M.

KCPS Update/Public Listening Session Re:  Bingham School Property
Angie explained that we will first conduct a public meeting with Shannon Jaax of the Kansas City Public Schools.

Shannon Jaax is with the KCPS Repurposing Initiative whose efforts have made national news with their innovative approach to repurposing unused school buildings.  Bingham Junior High was recently demolished and land re-seeded with grass so now we have a large greed space where the school used to be.

Shannon provided an update on the property and explained that KCPS has decided the keep the property under KCPS in the event that a site is needed for a school in the future rather than sell put it back on the market as surplus.  In the meantime, KCPS is looking for interim use proposals for the property.

Shannon then asked for neighborhood input as to suggestions for interim uses of the 9 acre area.  Many, many ideas were provided.

Next Steps:
Shannon will summarize the input and post it online at:  https://www.kcpublicschools.org/repurposing

Shannon’s contact information:
sjaax@kcpublicschools.org or 816-418-7567.

General Meeting

After a short break the Waldo Tower Homes Association General Meeting began.

News & Events

Angie Lile provided the following updates:

  • Neighborhood Focus Meetings

We only have one more left – July 15th.  We’ve already worked with over 80 people in the 4 sessions already held.  We are collecting great information!  Additionally, after the last live focus group, an online survey asking the same questions will be announced and live for getting input from those who could not attend the live sessions.  We’ll be announcing our date to reveal what we’ve learned soon.  We expect that to take place in August or September.  First we need to compile the information we’ve gathered and analyze it.

  • Coalition for KC Economic Development Reform

This is an organization that is comprised of racial justice groups including the NAACP, MORE2, American Federation of Teachers, Urban Summit, and others.  Their primary goal is to work with City Council to reform the way Economic Development is created at the expense of our Public Schools, Mental Health Programs and Public Libraries.  Information is available at http://kctifwatch.org .

  • Middle School Steering Committee

The Middle School Steering Committee has placed a draft recommendation on their website and are seeking community feedback.  For details on the steering committee work and to give feedback, please visit https://www.kcpublicschools.org/Page/5551 .

Crime Update
John Bozarth continues to attend the weekly Community Policing Action Committee (CPAC) meetings held at South Town Council.  He reported that the murders on the Trolley Trail as well as the one at Tower Park are under investigation and there is very little public information at this time.

We are all reminded to be safe by being aware of our surroundings and be with another person if you are or need to be out and about at odd hours.

John also mentioned that we can all be aware of crimes around us by subscribing to Crime Reports at https://www.crimereports.com/ .  You can research crimes that have occurred in specific areas and set up to receive an updated crime report for the area you request at the interval you request.  It is free.

Parking Issue around Bier Station

There was a short discussion about the parking situation around the Bier station at 79th and Brookside Rd.  The KCATA is willing to put up no parking signs on the Trolley Trail side of the road.  Angie Lile indicated that the WTHA Board is planning to reach out to the neighbors in the area to see what they want to happen.

Notes Around the Neighborhood
Tammy Gay, Vice President of WTHA, regularly attends the 2nd Friday meetings held by our 6th District Councilmen on the 2nd Friday of each month, 7:30 – 9:00 A.M. at the Trailside Center, 99th and Holmes.  She attends the South Kansas City Alliance meetings held the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:00 P.M. at the KCPD South Patrol station.

Here are those notes:

  • PIAC Public Hearings

The Public Improvements Advisory Committee (PIAC), in cooperation with the Mayor and City Council will be holding public hearings so that they can hear from citizens about the city’s public improvement needs.  They will use the information to recommend projects for funding to the Council for the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 use of the one-cent sales tax for public improvements.

You can also provide input through forms online at http://KCMO.gov/piac or email PIAC@kcmo.org.

The deadline to submit a request is August 31, 2017.

Citywide hearings are:

  • Friday August 11, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. – Noon
    City Hall, 414 E. 12th, 10th Floor
  • Tuesday August 15, 2017 at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 W. 13th
  • Wednesday August 16, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Northland Neighborhoods, 4420 NE Chouteau Traffic way
  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Hillcrest Community Center, 101401 Hillcrest Road == This is the one closest to our neighborhood

6th District PIAC public hearing (concerning 6th district PIAC funds only)

  • Wednesday July 26, 2017 at 6 – 8 p.m.
    Country Club Congregational Church, 205 West 65th

PIAC representatives for the 6th District are Stacey Johnson-Cosby and John Sharp.  City Council members for the 6th District are Scott Taylor and Kevin McManus.

If you have questions about PIAC, contact the KCMO Capital Improvements Program at 816-513-8828

RECAP: AIRPORT PROPOSAL DISCUSSION – KCI Airport Listening Session.

  • SKCA General meeting is on Monday, July 10th at 6:00pm – at the South Patrol Police Station at 9701 Marion Park Dr. behind Home Depot on Bannister Rd. — in the back/eastern building .This will be the city’s last scheduled AIRPORT PROPOSAL DISCUSSION – KCI Airport Listening Session.

    So, if you still have questions about the airport proposal that will be on the ballot for our vote this Fall, please join to get the details. This is the most comprehensive panel of speakers on the subject – covering all angles and updates.

    Joe Reardon, President & CEO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
    Tim Cowden, President & CEO of the KC Area Development Council
    Teresa Loar, Council Member, 2nd District at Large 
    Mike Talboy, Dir. of Government Affairs – Burns & McDonnell

 

Update:

·         Karol O’Brien and Tammy Gay attended this session.  Very good information provided.

·         We learned that the speakers are still willing to continue to present and listen at additional meetings.  Those interested just need to schedule it with them.

·         Other Council members joined Teresa Loar, including Scott Wagner, Katherine Shields, Alicia Canady, and Kevin McManus.  All provided their view of the proposal.

·         One takeaway…The proposal is for a New Terminal only, not a whole new airport.  The intent is that the new terminal will be built on the site of the currently shuttered Terminal A.  During the construction, Terminals B and C will continue to function as they currently do.

·         Also of import!  This is NOT a done deal.  Proposals are being received.  A committee has been selected to review all of the proposals and make a recommendation.  Even after that, it has to go on the ballot and the people of Kansas City must approve it before it will go any further.

·         Places to look for updated information:

Stats about the Airport:  http://FlyKCI.com/newsroom

Greater KC Chamber of Commerce info explaining the approach and reasons:  http://betterkci.com

·         See the RFP and what City Hall has to say at http://KCMO.gov .  It’s right there on the home page with links to the details.

 

  • Parks & Recreation Event

Ground Breaking: Native Sons and Daughters of KC Monument
RESCHEDULED to Thursday, July 20
10-11:30 a.m.
Ilus Davis Park, North of City Hall-Oak and 10th St.
Free hot dogs and entertainment by a Dixieland Jazz Band!

Join us at a groundbreaking for a new monument honoring of The Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City, Inc., an organization dedicated to the historic preservation of the unique and rich heritage of the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, both in Missouri and Kansas, through advocacy, education and restoration.

  • 21st Century Block Watch

Karol O’Brien and Tammy Gay joined a meeting at the Mannheim neighborhood headquarters concerning 21st Century Block Watch and using security cameras strategically throughout neighborhoods.  Marlborough East is moving forward with the purchase of a building as a command center for monitoring the cameras they are setting up.  Another neighborhood is basically setting up a registry of homeowners who are willing to have cameras set up on their homes and capture and store the recording if an issue arises.  It was all very interesting.  They are working with KCPD and Jackson County COMBAT and managing to raise funding through various organizations to buy and maintain cameras and in the case of Marlborough East pay for their command center and part time staff.

The next meeting about this is July 31st, so we’ll keep you posted with what we learn.

  • Connecting For Good – Building Communities through Digital Inclusion

http://connectingforgood.org

816-559-7077

Conducts regularly scheduled free classes and offers one on one assistance and hands-on digital tutorials at their Linwood Area Computer Center – 3210 Michigan, KCMO  64109

The offer classes for basic computer use and understanding, basic software classes, learning to use a keyboard, and learning how to search and use the internet.

  • Notes from the 6th District Councilmen 2nd Fridays meeting 6/9/17

As the meeting was nearly a month ago and the next one is 7/14/17, I only have a few short notes that are applicable:

  • KCPD reported that the homicides on the trail investigations are active an ongoing. There are increased police presence including ATV, Horse and Bike patrols and surveillance at the trail entrances.
  • Scott Taylor
    • Reported that the hotels on 87th street near 435 are almost all torn down. That property part of the Cerner project
    • Also mentioned the Waldo Tower State Historic Preservation Award.
  • Kevin McManus
    • The council is prioritizing the “shovel ready” projects throughout the city and 6th district is pushing to get it started now.
    • Also talked about the Airport. (As we know there are still public hearings going on – the last of which was mentioned early through the SKCA notes.
  • Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund
    • Did you know that Kansas City has an Office of Culture and Creative Services?
    • The office administers the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund which provides support to nonprofit organizations to promote Kansas City’s distinct and diverse neighborhoods through cultural, ethnic, historic, educational, and recreational activities, thus promoting the City as a premier convention, visitor and tourist center. The WTHA board will be looking into how and what we can do to get a piece of that pie.
    • The Film Development Program is another program with in the OCCS and is a joint effort between the OCCS and the Kansas City Fil and Media Office to increase and sustain the number of film production sin Kansas City and increase and sustain the number of local jobs in that industry, strengthen the City’s national reputation as a place for creative businesses and promote the unique features, characteristics and assets within KC neighborhoods.
    • There are other programs including West Bottoms Reborn and Micro-loans for Artists.
    • You can find more information at http://VisitKC.com or at http://KCMO.GOV/CulturalArts.
  • Heartland Tree Alliance

Hi Neighbors, Just a heads up, that the Heartland Tree Alliance is legit and a great free service and asset in Kansas City. I’m the VP of the Waldo Tower Homes Association…we had Heartland Tree Alliance as a guest speaker this spring. Today I was contacted by phone and email with the following info. Thx! Tammy Gay

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We are focusing our efforts in your vicinity!  A special thank you to the folks who have already signed up in Tower Homes!!  There are roughly 25 trees signed up in the Tower Homes/Waldo area.  This is great!  We also think there is a lot more potential in your neighborhood. We will be canvasing in your neighborhood today and in coming weeks in order to achieve the biggest impact on your streets and for your residents.  Eligible residents who have not yet signed up will received the green ‘congratulations’ door hanger informing them of this opportunity to receive free street trees. Below is more information on the program that can be used for an email blast, Facebook/social media post, Nextdoor communication, or all of the above! Call: (816) 944-2548 Email: Trees@bridgingthegap.org Visit: heartlandtreealliance.org Sign Pledge:  www.tfaforms.com/442450 There is no cost to you – except for water!  We will provide the tree, mulch, watering bag, and plant the tree for you.  Watering is recommended once a week with 20 gallons.  Contact us to reserve your tree, or simply sign the watering pledge online. In partnership with KC Parks and Recreation Department, Heartland Tree Alliance staff and volunteers have the capacity to plant FREE trees in your neighborhood!  Trees must be planted in the City street Right-of-Way (ROW), which is typically 10-15 feet from the street.  However, we need a minimum 5’x5′ green space in order to plant.  The size of tree planted is proportional to the size of green space as to not buckle sidewalks or conflict with overhead power-lines in years to come. Neighborhoods with a significant number of pledged and eligible residents in concentrated areas will be a priority for tree plantings.  In order to organize a volunteer workday in your neighborhood, we need at least 20 residents in an area to take the pledge for trees. These trees can significantly benefit your neighborhood, home, and family! For more information: https://bridgingthegap.org/heartland-tree-alliance/treesforkcmo/

Kansas City Street Tree Initiative Pledge Form

tfaforms.com

  • Country Club-Waldo Area Plan

The city is in the process of updating the Country Club-Waldo Area Plan.

Angie and Tammy both attended the Public Meeting #1 held on June 22, 2017.

Additionally, Angie is on the Steering committee.

The public meetings are designed to gather citizen input on the specific area and provide comment on the direction the city leadership should go in planning for the future of the area.

The meeting was very fun and very interesting.  Everyone is encouraged to stay informed and attend the next public meeting when it is announced.

In the meantime, you can join the online conversation at Mysidewalk.com
https://mysidewalk.com/organizations/294326/new-area-plan-for-country-clubwaldo
and watch for future meetings and read the plan at
http://kcmo.gov/planning/country-clubwaldo-area-plan/

 

Meeting Adjourned

The meeting adjourned at noon.

The next WTHA General Meeting is scheduled for September 9, 2017, 10:00 A.M. at the Waldo Library.  This is the Annual WTHA Meeting.  Please join us!

As things occur, please note that we update the website with new information

Waldo Tower Homes Association http://towerhomesassociation.org/

And provide information and updates through Waldo Neighborhood on Facebook

As well as on NextDoor.com https://Waldo.NextDoor.com

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Kite Flying Competition

Join our neighbors at South-Broadland Presbyterian Church for their first annual Kite Flying Competition on Saturday, July 8th at 10am.

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Bingham Site Interim Uses Discussion – Saturday, July 8 @ 10AM

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

Join us for our upcoming Neighborhood Meeting on Saturday, July 8th, at 10am in the Waldo Library, Room A.

Shannon Jaax with the KCPS Repurposing Team will be holding a discussion about possible interim uses for the former Bingham Middle School site, 7618 Wyandotte. All community members are invited to attend and participate.

Waldo Tower Homes regular business will follow the discussion including updates on the neighborhood, crime and other news.

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Waldo Tower Homes Movie Night

Here is a fun time lapse video created by Angie Lile from our Movie Night at Tower Park.

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Movie Night at Tower Park – Sat. June 24

Join your neighbors for Movie Night in Tower Park. This event is free to all Waldo residents.

Saturday, June 24 6:00 – 10:30 p.m., Tower Park, 7528 Holmes Rd.

Bring your lawn chairs and come celebrate our wonderful neighbors and community at this annual free event hosted by Waldo Tower Homes Association.

6 p.m. – a KCFD fire truck will come and spray kids with water.

6 – 9:00 pm. – Free games, live music, and face painting.  Free hotdogs and brats served (while supplies last).  Live music by Old Fangled. Tropical Sno Waldo will be on hand to provide frozen treats. Free children’s books courtesy of the Kansas City Public Library.

9:00 Trolls movie will begin

Thanks to Councilman Scott Taylor and Councilman Kevin McManus for providing our food for the evening! Thanks to Tropical Sno Waldo for providing frozen treats and to the Kansas City Public Library for providing children’s books. Finally, a big thank you to Kansas City Missouri Parks and Rec for making our evening perfect with lawn care, restroom cleanup and power for our event.

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Waldo Tower Homes Resident Feedback Urgently Needed for Massive Re-Organization Effort

THERE IS A TYPO ON OUR MAILER- PHONE NUMBER IS (816) 559-7012

Waldo Tower Homes Association, the largest homes association in Kansas City, urgently seeks input from residents for a massive re-organization effort.  In order to gain as much insight as possible into what residents want from a neighborhood association, WTHA is holding a series of focus group meetings at various locations in Waldo.

Residents are being asked to choose one of the meetings that they can attend for two hours and give feedback about their neighborhood experiences.

All feedback will be used to guide us in updating our official organization as well as provide the services that you want most from your neighborhood.

  • REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED
  • DOOR PRIZES AT EACH MEETING!
  • FIVE MEETING TIMES AVAILABLE

ALL PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ENTERED TO WIN ONE GRAND PRIZE FROM A DRAWING TO BE HELD AT A PRESENTATION TO REVEAL OUR RESULTS.

You must be a resident within the Waldo Tower Homes Association’s boundaries to participate.

Please RSVP through one of these links so that we are prepared.


Meeting #1 – Saturday, June 10th, 9:30am – 11:30am
Research Medical Center – Brookside Campus
6675 Holmes Road, Parking Lot B, Enter by Fitness Center
Refreshments Provided by McClain’s Bakery & One More Cup


Meeting #2 – Sunday, June 11th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Waldo Public Library
75th and McGee, Meeting Room A
Refreshments Provided by Cosentino’s Price Chopper in Brookside.


Meeting #3 – Thursday, June 15th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Southtown Council Office
6814 Troost Ave.
Refreshments Provided by Waldo Pizza.


Meeting #4 THIS IS NOW FULL Thursday, June 29th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Waldo Public Library
75th and McGee, Meeting Room A
Refreshments Provided by Planet Sub.


Meeting #5 – Saturday, July 15th, 9:30am – 11:30amEventbrite - Waldo Tower Homes Association Focus Group Meeting #5 of 5
Research Medical Center – Brookside Campus
6675 Holmes Road, Parking Lot B, Enter by Fitness Center
Refreshments Provided by Classic Cookie & One More Cup.


 

 

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Dumpster Day is RESCHEDULED for Saturday, June 3rd.

Please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in Dumpster Day.

As many of you know, we try to secure our dumpsters through the City so that it’s not as expensive for us ($60 for each dumpster) but demand for those dumpsters has picked up quite a bit as more and more neighborhoods host their own dumpster days.

We were unable to get a hold of anyone in the City office to confirm pickup this week and found out that the one-person who works in that office was on vacation. We have called our back-up service for dumpsters ($400 each) but the soonest we can get them to our neighborhood is June 3rd. Hopefully this is good news to a lot more people than it is bad news. My wet leaf bags will have to wait another week.

If this is really bad news for you and you would like help getting your junk or yard waste to our new date, please do email us at info@towerhomesassociation.org and we’ll find a volunteer to make arrangements. #noneighborleftbehind

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WTHA May 2017 Meeting

WTHA Neighborhood Meeting

May 13, 2017, 10 a.m., Waldo Library

Attendance: 25

Called to order at 10:15 a.m. by Angie Lile

Announcements:

Dumpster Day, May 27th 8 am til full. Only three dumpsters this year, so they will fill fast.

Focus Group Meetings starting to set the future of WTHA, look for a mailer which is being sent to all residents in the WTHA boundaries

UMKC Center for Neighborhoods Update – Elizabeth Hollins provided updates on the work of three board members working to revitalize WTHA and engage residents to set the future goals of the organization.

Country Club/Waldo Area Plan Steering Committee – The City is beginning work toward a new area plan, which sets the zoning and land use for properties in the area.

New Tool for Market Value Research from the City – The City released a new mapping tool which categorizes block groups with a health rating based on property values, property sales, ownership, distressed sales, land bank properties, code violations, and other data contributing to the health of neighborhood property values.

South Kansas City Alliance meeting – see updates below

Crime Update

  • No news on Waldo Wizard cleaning crew staff attacked on the trail
  • Reports of an unstable homeless man in Waldo who is bothering businesses. File a police report if you have a negative experience so that he can get the help that he needs.

Committee Updates

  • Welcome Bag Committee – Wanda Byas agreed to help with new member bags. They are available through the Southtown Council. If you know of a new neighbor, go to our website and give WTHA the info so that we can drop off a welcome bag!
  • Rain Garden Work Day in Tower Park – need volunteers to clean it up and add new plants. Also check on the status of the Butterfly Garden at South Oak Park
  • Nuisance Property discussion – follow up from last meeting. New concerns expressed regarding 7147 Main, 7736 Oak (water service off while occupied, possible drug activity)
  • KCPS Middle School Steering Committee update/slideshow from Angie – see attachment

Uniting at Southwest

Middle School would need 400-700 students. There are not currently enough KCPS students to hit this goal, and the demographics would not reflect the community. Uniting at Southwest movement is now in the early proposal stages and is moving towards a feasibility study for a charter school in the vacant Southwest High School facility. The values include diversity by design, interdisciplinary project-based learning, school autonomy, and community-based schools. Visit www.unitingatsouthwest.org to take a quick survey and learn more about the organization. A community presentation will be May 20, 11:00 a.m. at the Bluford Library.

Curb Appeal Grant Drawing

4 winners at @$250/each for projects to be completed by this time next year. Two alternates were selected and will be notified if any winner is unable to complete their project.

Winners:

  • Larry Roth
  • Brooke Mullens
  • Tim Frenzel
  • Kylee Rooney Soucie

Alternates:

  • Victoria and Mark Ham
  • Kate Carpenter

 

WTHA Update from the South Kansas City Alliance Meeting on 5/8/17 – T.Gay

City Manager Reveals Plan to spend first $40 Million in GO Bonds

City Manager, Troy Schulte is revealing the first wave of project for the $800 Million GO bonds that the Kansas City voters (that’ US) approved in April.  If you don’t get a chance to go to meeting where he is speaking, check it out at http://kcmo.gov/spotlight/ !

Bannister Federal Complex Clean-up and Redevelopment

CenterPoint, the company that is redeveloping the Bannister Federal Complex held a public information meeting on May 11th to keep the public informed of the plans they’ve prepared for the clean-up of this site.  The company has a website dedicated to providing public information about this project:

http://www.BannisterRedevelopment.com/

You can see all of the information and how to contact them if you have questions.  They have a public office hours, and you can sign up to receive regular updates via email by clicking the link on the home page.

 

Kansas City Zoo – Billy Goat Update

Billy Goat Update

The Kansas City Zoo is continuing to remodel update and enhance the animal habitats as well as the human experience.  “Billy Goats Gruff Yard” debuted this spring.  It’s a playground for the goats and baby goats (“kids”).  The goats roam between two yards using wood bridges to climb on.  There are coin-operated goat food machines so you can feed them.  There is a new seating area from so you can watch the goats play.

Keeper for a Day

Did you know there is a program called “Keeper for a Day?”  Kids, ages 8-17 can spend a highly interactive day helping Zookeepers throughout the zoo.  Visit http://KansasCityZoo.org or call 816-595-1765 to register.

Zoomobiles can Bring the Zoo to you

Also, the zoo has interactive outreach programs using their Zoomobiles to bring the zoo to you.  It is available to schools, libraries, community centers, or other public events.  Need more info?  Contact 816-595-1765 or education@fotzkc.org .

 

Mid-Continent Public Library – Lots of programs serving the community!

Although WTHA is geographically located in the Kansas City Public Library District, many of us use our Waldo Library (KCPL) as well as the Red Bridge Library (MCPL) or others throughout the metro area.  Last November the L-Bond was passed to give MCPL a face-lift.  So in 2018 we’ll be seeing a new Red Bridge Library and the Wonderscope Children’s Library begin construction.  In addition to these things new to MCPL, they are also reassessing and revising how the support the community.  To that end they’ve learned that a lot of people don’t know about some of the programs available.

Career Online High School

There is a Career Online High School that offers adults the opportunity to complete their high school education and gain career training through a self-paced, supportive, and accredited online education program.  It’s not a GED.  It’s a diploma!

Summer STEAM – Build a Better World

The Summer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) program is called “Build a Better World” and takes place May 22 – July 31.  Find out more at http://mymcpl.org/FUN .

Job Search Assistance

If you are looking for a job or to change jobs, they offer help and tools to update your resume and enhance your computer skills.


 

Grow a Reader

The “Grow a Reader” program is aimed at your children.  It offers Reading Readiness (Birth – start of preschool), School Readiness (preschool – kindergarten), and Grade Level Reading (1st – 3rd grade).  Check it out at http://GrowaReader.org .

Library by Mail

If you know someone who is Homebound, Library by Mail in Independence serves people within the MCPL District who cannot get to a library branch because of health, mobility, advanced age, and permanent or temporary incapacity.  Contact 816-503-4175, homebound@mymcpl.org , or http://www.mymcpl.org/about-us/library-by-mail .

 

Jackson County Legislators – Form to Learn about COMBAT – THE Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax

Alfred Jordan is the Jackson County 2nd District representative.  The 2nd district is our neighbor to the east and he is also on the Jackson County Anti-Drug Committee.  Mr. Jordan is holding a forum on May 17, 2017 to inform the public on COMBAT – the Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax.  There will also be a special presentation by the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime.  The forum is being held at the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Center, 3700 Woodland Ave., Kansas City, MO.

WTHA is geographically located in the Jackson County 4th District and Dan Tarwater is our representative.  Dan is the chair of the Jackson County Anti-Drug Committee.

 

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Now accepting applications for Curbside Appeal Grant Giveaway!

Curbside appeal grants are funds given away out of our general membership account that are to be used to improve the curbside appeal of your house/property. Right now, we give away 4, $250 grants each year by a random drawing of members who have entered to win.

Applicants need only to fill out a contact form (scroll down to fill it out), or attend the drawing and fill it out in person.

Applicant must put their name, address and phone number as well as the proposed curbside project that will be concluded before the date of the following year’s drawing.

YOU must be:

  • A current dues-paying member of WTHA

You may pay your $25 dues today!

YOUR PROJECT must be:

  • Visible from the street in front of your house
  • Completed by 1 year from May 13th (the date of the drawing)

HOW IT WORKS

  • 4 winners of $250 grants are drawn from the submissions. 2 alternates are drawn in case there are eligibility problems with the initial winners.
  • If you win, you complete your project within 1 year. Please contact us within 4 months of the drawing with an estimated timeline for your project and again before you begin so we can take “before” photos.
  • Once your project is complete, submit receipts for reimbursement of up to $250.
  • Before and after photos may be taken and compared prior to reimbursement.
  • Any reimbursement towards tools or equipment used to complete the project may not exceed $25 of the grant.

Example:  Your project is to plant a flower bed in front of your house.  You spend $200 on flowers, soil, mulch, and landscaping fabric.  You also spend $50 on a shovel, a hose, a hoe, and a rake.  Only $25 of the $50 spent on tools is eligible for reimbursement even though the total spent on the project did not exceed $250.

Winners of grant money are also not eligible to enter the drawing again the following year and must wait until 2 years after they’ve won to enter again. This rule was created specifically to limit the amount of winnings that went to the same person each year.

Our next drawing will be held on Saturday, May 13th, at our next General Meeting and we are now accepting entries.

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Spring Dumpster Day is Saturday, May 27th


OUR NEXT DUMPSTER DAY IS SATURDAY, MAY 27, FROM 8AM UNTIL NOON OR UNTIL THE DUMPSTERS ARE FILLED.  

There will only be 3 dumpsters for yard and garden debris and big trash items. No special bundling of yard and garden waste is necessary. This is on a first come, first served basis. Once the dumpsters are filled, they will be closed.

Open to WTHA members only. Non-members can join on site for $25.

No household appliances, paint, oil, or tires please!

Volunteers are always welcome to help unload items from member’s vehicles. Refreshments are usually provided. Contact John Bozarth with any questions about Dumpster Day.

 

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Our next general meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 13th

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

We hope you’ll join us for our next General Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, May 13th at 10am at the Waldo Public Library, Meeting Room A.

Saturday’s agenda includes updates from the neighborhood including events and crime reports, as well as an update on the Kansas City Public Schools Steering Committee to explore opening a middle school south of Brush Creek.

We’ll also be talking about Gardening! Spring is the time to get your garden planned out and started so we’ll have experts from the Kansas City Community Gardens organization as well as the Giving Grove and hopefully a few other gardening experts to answer your questions.

Finally, don’t miss out on our Curbside Appeal Grant drawing. We’ll be drawing out 4 lucky winners of $250 grants. Click here to learn more about this and to get your application in!

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Marlborough Neighborhood Clean-Up of Trash, Leaves, Bulky Items & Tires

AT 7:30 AM: VOLUNTEERS REPORT TO THE 1 ST FLOOR CAFETERIA

BLOCK ASSIGNMENTS, GLOVES AND TRASH BAGS WILL BE PROVIDED

(Coffee, juice, water and pastries will be served)

AT 11:30 AM: VOLUNTEERS REPORT BACK TO CAFETERIA

(A pizza lunch and soft drinks will be served)

FROM 8:00 AM – NOON: DROP-OFF ITEMS AT CENTER ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL

(Residents can drop-off trash, leaves & green debris, bulky items & tires)

(TO VOLUNTEER OR MORE INFORMATION: CONTACT BRENDA 816/726-2172)

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Saturday Muffins and Mammograms in Waldo

Research Medical Center – Brookside Campus is making it easy to get your mammograms!

It is so important to get an annual screening for breast cancer, especially if you are a woman who is over 40.  Your insurance usually covers the cost and Research Medical has the latest technology, a 3D scanner, which helps with dense breast tissue.

Plus, they are making getting your mammo even more fun by providing muffins and coffee.  Also, they only provide patient care to mammo patients on Saturdays, so you can park right up front, have a quick check-in process and get your screening completed.

Click the image to get more info.

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Should KCPS Open up a Middle-School South of Brush Creek?

Dear Neighbors,

I have been serving on a steering committee with KCPS and Local Charter Schools along with other community leaders, to work out a plan for a middle school south of Brush Creek that can benefit students in the area.

As a parent to two 6th-grade children who are leaving Border Star Elementary and moving into middle school in the district, I felt an urgency to work with this group because not everyone can get into the best school in the district (Lincoln College Prep) and many parents that I know have no idea what to do if they don’t get into that school.

My daughters have friends who have had to leave the 6th grade at Border Star to go to Crossroads Academy in the middle of the school year because a spot opened up and if they didn’t take it, they would not have anywhere to place their child the following year. Mostly this is due to the testing limitations and the requirement to have passed over 60% of your Math and English NWEA test scores.

Many more parents have considered leaving the district altogether and there is a growing amount of lower elementary parents that are starting to feel the pressure of making the decision to hope for the best and get into Lincoln, or move out of the district.

Virtually no one is considering the other two middle schools (Central and Northeast) both of which are just north of Brush Creek, saying they are too far away, there is too strong of a security presence or in an area that is too dangerous and even more have no idea they even exist as a possibility.

So far, I have attended 3 meetings, with another one planned for March 25th.
During our first meeting, I was educated on all of the schools in the area, including charters, and we talked a lot about enrollment numbers.

We also looked at the survey results from everyone who took that survey- Click Here to see the data.

We learned that overall, families with school-aged children have been moving out of the area at 4th, 5th and 6th grades.

Demographically, there are more white people moving into the district and African-Americans and Hispanic people are moving out.

The people who are moving in are typically young with no kids. Once they have kids, enrollment into Pre-K, K and Lower El is pretty high. My guess is that right about the time people start seeing their kids take the NWEA and other assessments, they start finding out that those test scores are going to affect which school they can get into when their child is in the 7th grade.

The district posted our first meeting’s presentation data- Click Here

You can see the group’s discussion notes- Click Here

When you read these notes, you will notice there is blue text included which points you to the 2nd week’s presentation for answers.

Our 2nd week looked at the additional numbers that we requested, and then we broke out into some discussion groups. We were asked to summarize, from all of the data that we had looked at, and figure out what the take-aways were and what we thought our current situation was, what our goal was (open the middle school south of Brush Creek) and what that looked like.

Many of us agreed that we wanted diversity, many of us agreed we wanted services and for the school to be robust (with athletics/team sports, arts, science, afterschool activities) and not just specialized in one area. For example, my family considered Paseo Academy for our children since they are very artistic and Lincoln College Prep has minimal art programs. But Paseo has no sports teams and their academics are struggling. Parents want a more rounded base for all schools, then they can choose more fairly for specialized programs such as robotics or fine art.

To see our 2nd meeting presentation- Click Here

For our 2nd Meeting discussion notes- Click Here

Those discussions include the fact that our population south of Brush Creek has declined overall, especially for people of color. There were mixed feelings about whether we have enough students to justify a new school. Many KCPS schools have perception issues and we had concerns that there were not enough robust middle school and/or high school programs to compete with schools in the suburbs.

For nformation from our 3rd meeting which was on March 4th- Click Here.

In that meeting, we went over the group discussion notes (from the 2nd meeting) and what we were trying to achieve with our group.

We talked about better programming for schools, proximity of the school (in the neighborhood south of Brush Creek), student diversity (what that actually means) and how to get better communication to the community to bring more awareness of KCPS events and programs.

We were also presented with some takeaways for enrollment data which showed that

a. Only 3 schools south of Brush Creek had white enrollment > 10% (Academie Lafayette, Border Star and Hale Cook) which is out of sync with the demographic data which shows 43% of the under 18 population as white.

b. Only 22% of charter schools south of Brush Creek had Hispanic enrollment > 5% vs. 50% of KCPS schools in the same area.

c. KCPS serves a significantly higher % of IEP students than charter schools.

Our next group discussion was to identify what “diversity” meant in relation to students in our schools. It’s not just about race, but about level of services, teachers, community, what happens outside of school, and should also look at IEP and how KCPS schools are not serving an evenly distributed amount of students with IEPs.

We also discussed ways to address this when we looked at overall demographics in the neighborhood.

Many of the people in our committee agreed that we needed to do a lot more work in our current schools and programs to address these issues before jumping into a whole new school.

We need to create more excitement for middle school and high school and to do that we have to make them more attractive to both parents with lower elementary children in the district as well as parents not yet invested in the district.

I actually proposed that KCPS have ambassadors that attend local meetings and events to get one on one with neighbors and let them know about all of the great things happening in our schools.

We need to form partnerships with our charter schools to provide more robust programming for all students.

If you have additional input that you, as a community member, would like to convey through me at these meetings, please send me a message and let me know.

Our next meeting is March 25th, but I won’t be in attendance. I can certainly send my concerns to the group and let you know what they discussed once I check in with them.

You can follow our progress completely through the school district’s website here- http://www.kcpublicschools.org/Page/5551

Warmly,
Angie Lile
President – Waldo Tower Homes Association

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WTHA Neighborhood Meeting, March 11 Minutes

March 11, 2017, 10 a.m., Waldo Library
Attendance: 20

Tammy Gay, Vice President of WTHA called the meeting to order and started the meeting with introductions.

Updates:

  1. Three representatives from WTHA are completing a course through UMKC’s Center for Neighborhoods.
  2. WTHA is hosting a Crime Forum March 14 at Research Medical Center.
  3. Spring Dumpster Day is now being planned for the end of April or early May. City funding for the dumpsters is pending. It will continue to be at South Broadland Presbyterian Church.
  4. WTHA Annual Picnic and Movie Night is planned for June 24.
  5. April 4 – VOTE! Find sample ballots on the website for the Kansas City Election Board. The issues include the “1-2-3 GO!” general obligation bonds for infrastructure, Question 4 re: economic development, and Question 5 re: lower sentencing for municipal level marijuana convictions.
  6. 6th District Council Meeting, 2nd Fridays, 7:30 a.m. at the Trail Center.
    1. Awards coming for the Waldo Tower restoration
    2. Alert KC (formerly Nixle) sign up for localized phone text alerts for severe weather, Amber alerts, and silver alerts.
    3. Upgrades to 75th and Wornall planned for 2018 – including turning lanes, new sidewalks 75th to 79th, Trolley Trail connection between 75th and 76th, improvements to the parking lot at the NE corner, and green space improvements.
    4. New Red Bridge Recycling Center, 5200 E. Red Bridge Road (71 Hwy.) Open Wed. – Sat, 9 to 5.
    5. Mid-Continent Library Red Bridge Branch will be building a new facility including a new space for Wonderscope, a children’s museum relocating from Shawnee.
    6. Former DeVry building on 435 will become FEMA office space
    7. KC Water Services is offering free checkups of sewer line connections in designated areas.
  7. 7. Robeson Middle School, 82nd and Holmes: A partnership of local buyers has proposed the redevelopment of the site into a multi-sport community athletic facility. The partnership would purchase the site from the school district. The partnership may include the Rockhill Tennis Club, rugby, soccer, and more. The redevelopment would be privately funded, without tax incentives. The proposal was featured in the KC Star.
  8. South Kansas City Alliance – next meeting includes Cerner updates, Red Bridge updates, and speakers on April 4 ballot issues, Questions 4 and 5.
  9. KC Parks released its Spring and Summer activities guide.
  10. Senior housing is planned as part of the redevelopment of an office tower at 67th and Troost. It is a continuum of care senior community, featured in the KC Star.
  11. A question was raised regarding the next Curb Appeal Grant drawing, which is planned for the May WTHA meeting.

Keynote Speaker: Matt Vander Molen, Kansas City Tree Alliance (affiliated with Bridging the Gap)

  1. Heartland Tree Alliance is under contract with the City of Kansas City for street tree planting to develop a healthier urban forest.
  2. Benefits of an urban forest:
    1. Saves homeowners money (shading and cooling homes, reducing electric bills)
    2. Carbon sequesteration
    3. Wildlife habitat
    4. Decreased erosion, increased storm water infiltration
    5. Increased property values – established shade trees can increase property values by 5-10%

3. Free Street Trees for KCMO residents (within the public right of way)

A. Prioritizing east side, northeast, and midtown neighborhoods

B. Given past problems with very large trees that cause sidewalks to buckle, this program provides for small and mid-sized trees that are native and more resilient (unlike oaks and ash trees that attract disease)

C. Current program is for the free planting of 500 trees. Adjacent property owners sign a two year commitment to water the tree

D. For Waldo to be includes, 20 homeowners would need to be identified

Nuisance properties

  1. Two residents attending the meeting raised concerns about specific properties with extensive code violations. Larry Roth convened with these residents to discuss strategies for dealing with nuisance properties, and possible next steps for the association.
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VIDEO- Town Hall with KCMO Police on Crime Prevention in Waldo

 

 

Also, you can see Fox 4 Kansas City’s coverage here- http://fox4kc.com/2017/03/14/waldo-neighbors-meet-with-police-to-address-recent-spike-in-burglaries/

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Waldo Tower Homes seeks feedback from residents regarding the Robeson Middle School Re-Use Proposal

Hello Neighbors! We’ve been asked to collect feedback from our residents on the proposed re-use for Robeson Middle School which is located at 8201 Holmes Road. This is technically outside of the Waldo Tower Homes Association’s boundaries, but we are right next to it so we have been asked to collect input.

For those who may have missed the meeting held by KCPS on March 6th, the information for the proposal has been placed online.

To learn about the school/property, click here- http://www.kcpublicschools.org/Page/4491

To see the proposal, click here- http://www.kcpublicschools.org/cms/lib6/MO01001840/Centricity/Domain/1452/ROBESON%20PROPOSAL%20SUMMARY%20SHEET_RENDERINGS_031317.pdf

To see what the Kansas City Star had to say about it, click here- https://www.google.com/amp/s/kansascity.relaymedia.com/amp/news/local/article136829173.html

Finally, to give your personal feedback, whether in support or in opposition, please click here- http://www.kcpublicschools.org/cms/lib6/MO01001840/Centricity/Domain/1452/Stakeholder%20Feedback%20Form-%20ROBESON%20030617.pdf

 

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Our next General Meeting is Saturday, March 11th

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

Please join us on Saturday, March 11th, for our next General Meeting at the Waldo Library, Meeting Room A.

The doors open right at 10am and there will be some time to chat with neighbors while we get set up.

Please note that our usual livestream will not happen at this meeting due to lack of available volunteers. Let us know if you are tech savvy and want to help.

We’ll go over info/updates:

-Report on WTHA Town Hall held 2/6/17 on April Ballot Questions “1-2-3 GO Bonds” for Kansas City Infrastructure

-Report on 6th District Council “2nd Friday” meeting held 2/10/17

-75th & Wornall Renovation project

-Red Bridge Library & Wonderscope Children’s Museum

We’ll also meet Matt Vandermolen of the Heartland Tree Alliance who will talk with us about trees and their free street tree planting program! See you there!

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