Crime Report 1/25/16 – 1/31/16

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Crime Report 1/18/16 – 1/24/16

2016-01-25_1119CLICK HERE TO READ the MPD Informer for this week.

 

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Waldo Tower Homes 2016 Membership

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The Waldo Tower Homes Association is the largest volunteer association and has the most active neighborhood communities in Kansas City. Find out some of the great benefits of your $25 yearly membership:

  • Waldo Tower Homes Discount Card
  • Dumpster Day Twice a Year
  • Curbside Appeal Grants
  • General Meetings every other month with guest speakers
  • Email and telephone updates on neighborhood happenings (you must include your information when signing up)
  • Quick access to Board of Directors and Neighborhood District Directors to help with any neighborhood issues
  • Involvement in your community brings you closer to your neighbors.
2016 WTHA Membership
One Year Membership to Waldo Tower Homes Association
$25.00
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March 12: Join Us for the next WTHA Neighborhood Meeting

 

We hope that you will join us on Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m. at the Waldo Library to learn more about the upcoming elections, including the Earnings Tax, or e-tax, which is up for renewal. Light refreshments will be provided. This is a great way to meet some of the folks from your neighborhood.

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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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January 2016 WTHA Neighborhood Meeting Minutes

Waldo Tower Homes Association

Neighborhood Meeting

January 9, 2016, 10:00 a.m., Waldo Library

Attendance: 12

Pedal Hopper

President Kurtis Marinez brought the meeting to order at 10:10, introducing Mr. Stone, representing the business Pedal Hopper (link). His son, Luke Stone, started operating Pedal Hopper in 2011 in Waldo and Brookside. A Pedal Hopper is a European party bike that carries 10-16 people. Riders pedal the bike and ride in a group, like a party bus, between different restaurant and bars.

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The bike is rented for two-hour tours and is steered by a driver, much like a chauffeur. The Pedal Hopper is licensed with the city as a pedi-cab which does not allow alcohol to be consumed by the riders on board. The owner is seeking signatures on a petition to ask the city to allow riders to consume their own beer or wine in plastic cups (BYOB).

For more information, see the flyer provided by Pedal Hopper

Question: Would Pedal Hopper be selling beer?

Answer: No. Riders would bring their own cooler and pour drinks into plastic cups. The driver would always be sober and would collect trash.

Q: How would the owner ensure underage drivers would not be drinking?

A: This would be within the terms of the rental agreement. Additionally, underage riders are not allowed to consume alcohol at the destination bars, breweries, restaurants, etc.

Q: What route does the Pedal Hopper follow?

A: It varied based on the destinations selected by the renting group. They are always on side streets in Brookside and Waldo.

Rides are 2 hours with about only 1 hour of ride time, the rest of the time is spent inside their choice of destinations. The behavior of our riders is heavily monitored by our employees, we only book private parties and never have any random riders jump on. If anyone shows up too intoxicated or gets too intoxicated we won’t let them ride. We have an electric motor assist for help with the hills and incase people stop pedaling but that has never happened. We haven’t had any noise complaints in 2 years and have a completely clean safety record with no injuries or claims since we started in 2012. Allowing the riders to enjoy a beer on the Pedal Hopper will simply increase business and revenue for Pedal Hopper and all the businesses we visit in the Waldo neighborhood. 

Those interested in supporting this petition can sign the petition online:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/canned-beer-to-be-allowed-on-the-pedal-hopper

The Here’s Waldo Homes Association is Active Again

John Shipp, long-time resident of the Here’s Waldo neighborhood, spoke on behalf of a small group of residents that live in boundaries of the currently inactive Here’s Waldo Homes Association. The neighborhood is in West Waldo, west of Wornall to Jarboe (picking up at Ward Parkway Plaza), south of 75th to 85th Streets. The area includes Sunnyside Park.

There is a group of eight individuals that met in early January to work to re-start the association. After the last board president passed away, the organization had been on hiatus. The initial focus will be on safety and cleanliness. They are hoping to have an April neighborhood cleanup event and ongoing meetings at the Armor Heights Baptist Church.

Marty Hatten mentioned that Here’s Waldo traditionally partnered with Tower Homes to host a table at the Waldo Fall Festival to introduce attendees to the work of Waldo neighborhood associations. John Bozarth suggested having an annual meeting of the all of the Waldo neighborhood associations. Here’s Waldo is planning an outdoor movie night, that could be in conjunction with a Waldo Tower Homes event. Kurtis Marinez mentioned a suggestion to apply for NTDF funds from the City for quarterly movie screenings at Tower Park.

City Council Updates

Karol O’Brien provided updates from her attendance at the 2nd Friday meetings held by the 6th district City Council representatives.

A lobbyist that represents the City spoke about topics in front of the Missouri Legislature:

  • Pushing for ethics reform at the state level
  • More economic development funding
  • Enhancing 911 funding, as many rural areas do not have 911 access via cell phones
  • More early childhood education funding
  • State trying to prevent cities from gun control measures and local taxation, such as the earnings tax (E-tax)
  • Real ID issue with state IDs not in compliance with federal guidelines

At the meeting, Scott Taylor noted that South Kansas City is the economic engine of Kansas City in terms of growth and business. Another big issue right now are neglected properties held by Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs). LLCs present an issue for cities as code enforcement departments have no way of contacting the legal owners of properties that have fallen into disrepair.

17th Street TIF Petition Update

Kurtis Marinez provided an update from Angie Lile. The school district parents that were collecting signatures to contest the use of Tax Increment Financing projects to divert revenue from the Kansas City Public Schools were successful in collecting 3,962 signatures. Only 3,400 were required. They are now working with the city to change the TIF policies.

Waldo Water Tower Update

Kurtis Marinez provided a progress update on the Waldo Water Tower restoration:

  • New sidewalks were put in immediately around the tower
  • By February, the new lighting should be done
  • By April, fencing will be installed

Crime Update

John Bozarth reported from the Community Policing Advisory Council (CPAC). There is a new leader of the Southtown Council since Marti Lee relocated to Nebraska.

Always be vigilant about noticing people or vehicles that look suspicious. If you see something, call 911 with a sense of urgency.

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WTHA Neighborhood Meeting Minutes, Nov. 2015

Waldo Tower Homes Association

Neighborhood meeting

November 14, 2015, 10:00 a.m., Waldo Library

President Kurtis Marinez called the meeting to order.

Shalom Plaza Apartments Proposal

Local attorney Aaron March with the firm White|Goss spoke on behalf of the Foundation for Affordable Housing, a nonprofit owner of affordable housing based in California. The organization has plans to purchase Shalom Plaza I and II, located at 7777 Holmes. The properties have 191 independent senior housing units. The purchase is part of a large portfolio of 15 properties across the country, with a total portfolio purchase price of $90 million. The purchase is financed by tax-exempt bonds offered through the state of Wisconsin, but for the deal to go through, the city of Kansas City has to vet the purchase. The deal will not require any funds from the city of Kansas City.

Currently, the buildings are at 92% occupancy. The plan is to keep the current tenants, improve operations, replace the roof, improve lighting and the parking lot, and other interior improvements. Overall, the building is in good condition, so some of the improvements will occur over time as operations support the work. The new owners hope to improve the HUD inspection scorecard rating. The current owner has been trying to sell the property for years.

Any questions about the purchase can be directed to Aaron March: 816.502.4701. Once the sale is complete, any questions about the property can be directed to the onsite property manager, PK Management.

17th Street TIF Petition Drive

Angile Lile spoke about a group of Kansas City Public School parents collecting signatures regarding a proposed Tax Increment Financing (TIF) project in the Crossroads district. The project exempts tax payments to the school district and the library. Given the long list of deferred maintenance of Kansas City Public School buildings, parents are collecting signatures to encourage the city to stop providing tax incentives that cut funding for the school district.

6th District News

Karol O’Brien reported back from the Friday meetings with 6th District City Council representatives:

  • Red Bridge shopping center sold
  • Bulky trash pickup delays: now backed up 3 months +. Plans to add more dedicated trucks
  • Individuals with veterans license plates can now park anywhere in the city without charge
  • City looking to not allow sale of cigarettes and vapor products to those under 21, vs. current age of 18
  • Ward Parkway Center is adding six restaurants on the south end, where the old Dillard’s location. Dick’s Sporting Goods closed, and Ross Dress for Less will be going into that suite.
  • More KCMO minor home repair grants are available for income-eligible participants. There is also a program through the city to get free exterior paint, though you can’t pick the color.
  • The City will be offering the training for the Community Emergency Response Team. Participants learn about the City’s emergency response plans and how to help their household and neighbors during a disaster.

CPAC Update

John Bozarth provided updates from the Community Policing Advisory Council. Random break-ins continue. Always report suspicious activity to 911.

Tower Update

Kurtis reported that the contractors are now digging conduit for the uplighting for the Waldo Water Tower. This will allow for seasonal holiday lighting. They are also adding an access door to the tower, four lampposts.

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Next WTHA meeting, January 9, 2016

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 for our upcoming Neighborhood Meeting on Saturday, January 9th, at 10 am in the Waldo Library, Room A.

Please join us for light refreshments, meet some of the folks from your neighborhood.

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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Information regarding the W. 17th Street Petition Drive

As of right now, the Waldo Tower Homes Association has yet to take an official position regarding this issue and would love to hear from members. However, we see nothing wrong with sharing the news of this petition to our members so that they may learn more about it and form their own opinions.

To learn more about this important issue, please visit the recent stories on The Kansas City Star’s website and the W. 17th St Petition Drive on Facebook.

Many who were at the meeting yesterday were interested in hearing about the W 17th St TIF Petition Drive to repeal the…

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Meeting this Saturday, November 14th at 10am

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 for our upcoming Neighborhood Meeting on Saturday, November 14th, at 10am in the Waldo Library, Room B.

Please join us for light refreshments, meet some of the folks from your neighborhood.

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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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 view 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

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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

Nextdoor.com-Invite

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…

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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.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP

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