We really enjoyed the presentation given by Rob Schlicht with HCA Midwest who came to tell us all about the Brookside Campus for Research Hospital. Below you will find a link to the flier that he handed out.
Big thanks to our guests for braving the icy conditions to be with us this morning.
We learned a lot about some wonderful things going on in our community. We’ll have the .pdfs on our website as soon as we can get it updated.
To see Rob Schlicht with HCA Midwest Health talk about the Brookside campus amenities (including a low-wait time at the Emergency Room), jump to 09:18. http://researchmedicalcenter.com/brookside-campus/
To see Tricia DeGraff with Academy for Integrated Arts (AFIA) and hear about her experiences with rennovating the old King Louie building for the new school, jump to 41:32. Enrollment is happening now through February 24th. http://www.afiakc.org/admission-enrollment/
Join us on Thursday, January 12th at 6:30pm for an open discussion with Dr. Bedell regarding the state of our Kansas City Public Schools. Get an update on the Master plan and ask Dr. Bedell your questions. It’s all happening at the Keystone Church, Fellowship Hall.
Please join us on Saturday, January 14th, 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.
This month’s meeting is packed full of great guests!
We’ll meet Tricia DeGraff, Principal and Founder of Academy for Integrated Arts (AFIA) on Troost. We will also be hearing from Bob Schlicht, Vice President of Operations, Research Brookside Campus, HCA Midwest.
We’ll finish up with Terry Leeds, Director of KC Water to talk about ongoing work in our area. www.kcwaterservices.org
WTHA President, Angie Lile, called the meeting to order.
Recent event updates:
- Dumpster Day, November 5 – good attendance, dumpsters full when event concluded
- Informational Town Hall event, November 1 – More than 150 people attended this event at Keystone Church to learn more about state and local ballot initiatives. Good feedback was received.
- KCPS Superintendent Meeting in South KC, November 1 – Superintendent Mark Bidell met with south Kansas City residents at the Waldo Library to discuss district issues, including a proposal for a new middle school to be housed in the Southwest High School building. It would be a public/charter school hybrid model. More than 250 were in attendance, exceeding the room capacity. KCPS is currently conducting a survey.
- 6th District Informational Meeting, November 11 – See PDF (2nd-friday-111116) for more information about state and federal funding priorities, an upcoming $800 million bond issue, snow preparation, and upcoming events.
- WTHA will host focus groups to shape the identity and goals of the organization and to engage newer residents and those that have not yet participated with WTHA
- There may be a movie night at Tower Park in 2017, as there is a possible funding source.
- In 2017, a mailer will be sent to all households in the WTHA boundaries, which has not been done in some years due to cost constraints. This will help get the word out to those unfamiliar with WTHA.
Crime updates/ CPAC– there has been an increase in break-ins through back yards. Residents are encouraged to leave back porch lights on and to lock garages (especially detached garages).
Speaker: Heather Gibbons, Communications Manager, KC Healthy Kids
KC Healthy Kids works on both sides of the state line on policy advocacy and outreach efforts in a 9 county area. For example, they are working to exempt food sales from sales taxes in Kansas, as it disproportionately affects the poor. She came to highlight a program offered by the state of Kansas called the Wildlifer Challenge, which is a fun set of activities to encourage kids to get out of the city and into nature, especially state parks.
Curb Appeal Grant Drawing:
Four winners of grants valued at $250 each were drawn, along with two alternates. The alternates will be contacted if any of the original four winners are unable to complete the project. More information about the annual grant drawing can be found here.
- Angie Lile
- Safia Gray
- Viola Maxwell
- Cat Larrison
Alternates: John Bozarth, Sara Lott
Meeting adjourned at 10:50.
Next meeting: Saturday, January 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m. Waldo Library
Join us Saturday, November 12th, for our General Meeting where we will be giving away 4, $250 curbside appeal grants to some lucky members!
10am at the Waldo Public Library.
We’ll also have someone out to talk about the Wildlifer Challenge. Mingle with your neighbors, enjoy coffee and refreshments and get caught up on neighborhood news. We’ll see you there!
We had a great turnout with well over 100 people at our Town Hall event to Break Down the Ballot issues. Understandably, many people were unable to attend so we decided to video the event so that everyone has the opportunity to empower their vote for November 8th.
Also, and this is very important, the folks at the KC Election Board are cautioning that the length of the Missouri ballot will require patience on the part of all voters and may cause long lines at some polling places. They’re suggesting that those who cannot physically wait in line for extended periods of time can opt for absentee voting.
If you cannot stand in line for an hour because of your physical condition, you can vote absentee before Election Day at:
Suite 750 in Union Station (30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO 64108) across from the Escape Room.
Park in the West Garage and receive validated parking (8 am – 5 pm, M-Fri)
OR ….There will be three Absentee Satellite Locations:
Center High School – 87th and Holmes
Brush Creek Community Center – 3801 Brush Creek/Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd.
Hillcrest Community Center – 10401 Hillcrest Rd.
(10 am-7 pm, M-Th; 10 am-5 pm, Fri; 10 am-3 pm, Sat.)
You need only attest on the Absentee Ballot Application by checking the box provided.
Following is a general overview of the recommendations made at our Town Hall:
To see the videos, scroll down to find the video that pertains the issues you are interested in hearing about:
Empower your vote on November 8th by understanding the complicated language of our ballot at this Informational Town Hall Meeting. Ask your questions in advance! Forms will be available at the door.
Ask your questions in advance! Featuring the following Guest Speakers:
- Karen Englert, Government Relations Director for the Missouri chapter of the American Heart Association Midwest with Erin Kiekbusch, Community Health Director for this area. They will be presenting information regarding Amendment 3, a $.60 sales tax on cigarettes, and Proposition A, a $.23 sales tax on cigarettes.
- Robert Hill, community engagement coordinator of What U Can Do, speaking in opposition to Constitutional Amendment 6 to amend the Missouri constitution to authorize requiring currentgovernment-issued photo IDs to vote.
- Councilman Scott Taylor, to speak about upcoming City questions that will be appearing on our ballot, such as Question 3 regarding the Light Rail.
- Derek Ramsey, Vice President, Realtor Advocacy & Commercial Division, Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors will be speaking about Amendment 4, meant to preemptively ban a sales tax on services we use.
- Steve Roling, Honorary Chair of Children’s Services Fund Campaign will speak on Question 2, Jackson County to approve an 1/8 percentagesales tax to support children’s services and may mention the Mid-Continent Library for anyone living south of 85th
- Jackson County Executive Frank White and COMBAT Director Stacey Daniels-Young talking about the extension of the COMBAT quarter-cent Jackson County sales tax.
- Mike Dean, a founding member of the new national organization American Promise, which is engaged in the movement to amend the U.S. Constitution and reverse the Citizens United decision, will take the position that Amendment 2 is a small step forward.
- Missouri State Senator for the 7th District, Jason Holsman will be speaking about issues on the ballot affecting our state.
This event is for members only and is first come, first served.
You may join the association for $30 which includes the rest of 2016 (and Discount card) and all of 2017.
You may come more than once, but you must have your membership checked the first time. Once the dumpsters are full, the event will be over. We cannot get more dumpsters.
Click here for information on what you can and cannot bring to the dumpsters- http://
Residents are invited to attend this “Problem Solving Session”, a one-stop shop of all City and Neighborhood Services that you might be wanting to call for your “problem”. Bring a description of your problem and/or pictures if you can. Sidewalks, blighted houses and yards, even if your own property needs help with peeling paint, etc. You can find all of the resources to help you.
WTHA President Kurtis Marinez called the meeting to order. Further, he indicated that he would not be running for re-election after three terms. He will be focusing on the Waldo Tower Historical Society. The tower will have its 100 year anniversary soon. The historical society will be focused on events to bring people to the tower, such as movie nights, events using the tower as the backdrop, and future potential tourism-based plans, including a proposal to add an elevator for the tower to serve as an overlook). On behalf of the WTHA board and membership, Elizabeth Hollins presented Kurtis with a thank you gift and card for his years of service to WTHA.
Angie Lile introduced herself as a long-time WTHA board member, expressing her interest in running for WTHA president for 2016-2017. Her interest in running is contingent on it being a year of rebuilding the organization, focusing on building the sustainability of the organization, finding new volunteers, avoiding volunteer burnout, and soliciting the input of residents for the future vision of the organization.
All meeting attendees then introduced themselves to the group.
A potential speaker from HCA Midwest Health was unable to attend and removed from the agenda.
Border Star Montessori students
Maggie and Sophie LileBorder Start Montessori is a Kansas City Missouri Public Signature School located in the heart of Brookside.
Each year, many of the 6th grade students take an important trip to New York City to participate in the Montessori Model United Nations program for one week.
The costs associated with such an important program can be quite high for many of our school families, so this fundraiser has been created.
Our goal will be to raise $35,000 through this platform as well as through local fundraisers throughout the coming year.
Please follow our fundraiser to keep up to date on our progress, to hear about our local events and to learn more about what these amazing kids will get to experience as a result of their hard work and determination.
Many of the students will be checking in and updating you on this platform, so please share with your friends and family and show them how strong our community is in our dedication to seeing these kids succeed.Maggie and , 6th grade students from Board Star Montessori, a KC Public Signature School, came to speak about their fundraiser to attend the Montessori Model United Nations Program in New York City. The 30 students attending aim to raise $35,000 this year. Students will be interacting with donors using the online fundraising platform: https://www.gofundme.com/2017mmun
Waldo Fall Festival
Volunteers are needed to support the WTHA booth at the Waldo Fall Festival, Saturday, September 17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in 2-3 hours shifts. The event is in the CVS parking lot at 75th and Wornall. Volunteers explain the work of the association and encourage membership. Contact Angie Lile to sign up.
Neighborhood Garage Sale
Angie Lile has obtained yard signs to promote neighborhood garage sales. She is collecting the names of those that might be interested in participating in a fall sale, with the date to be determined by those that may participate. The sale will be promoted via email, web, Facebook, and NextDoor. Contact Angie Lile to sign up.
Community Focus Groups
Angie introduced the concept of WTHA facilitating a series of community focus group discussions centered around the future of our homes association and how we can best serve the residents within our boundaries. The idea would be to have meetings in different venues to solicit the input of different types of residents, to build connection and a robust discussion. The dates, times, locations, and framing questions are to be developed. Other visioning/planning models will be researched. There was also a discussion of the final logistics and branding of the merged Tower Homes Association and Waldo Homes Association.
Election of officers
WTHA secretary Elizabeth Hollins officiated the election of officers for the 2016-2017 year. According to by-laws, elections occur at the September meeting. Five percent of the membership must be present, which was accounted for. The floor was opened for nominations, and none were made. A slate of officers from the existing board was suggested:
President – Angie Lile
Vice President – Tammy Gay (long-time board member of Waldo Homes Association)
Secretary – Elizabeth Hollins (continuing into second year in the position)
Treasurer – Jeff Highfill (continuing after nearly ten years of service)
WTHA member Carol Gibson moved to approve the slate of offices above. Larry Roth seconded. The vote was unanimous. Angie noted that the board would work to find a future successor for the treasurer role, as it requires an exception to the bylaws due to term limits.
Community Police Action Committee (CPAC)
John Bozarth reported back to the group from the last CPAC meeting. The committee meets at Southtown Council and monitors crime trends.
- Police caught a group of 4-5 robbery suspects that had been moving back and forth across the state line, and likely hit Waldo many times.
- Encouraged the use of the Waldo Neighborhood and Waldo Watch Facebook pages as well as NextDoor Waldo for real-time reporting and monitoring of crime and posting of videos of suspicious activity.
- Try to obtain the license plate number of suspicious vehicles, not just a description.
- CPAC data now reflects WTHA boundaries, all the way east to Troost.
- More gunshots have been heard in the area of Tower Park, likely due to celebratory shooting into the air in many cases.
2nd Friday Meeting with 6th District Councilmen
Tammy Gay reported out from the 2nd Friday community meeting with the Kansas City councilmen representing the 6th District, Scott Taylor and Kevin McManus. From the South Kansas City Alliance, there was great news regarding Cerner’s growth and an upcoming Economic Development Summit. The shopping center at 85th and Wornall, including the Price Chopper, will receive a $5 million + renovation. Updates were given regarding incentives that the water department is providing for participation in a storm water run-off diversion program.
Curb Appeal Grants
Angie Lile reported that the next drawing for the Curb Appeal Grant will be at the November meeting, Saturday, November 12, 10 a.m. at the Waldo Library. Guidelines will be distributed prior to the meeting.
John Bozarth reported that the date for the fall dumpster day will be announced shortly. As usual, there will be two dumpsters from trash and two for yard waste.
LINC at Hale Cook Elementary is a before and after school program that offers enrichment opportunities for students in kindergarten through fourth grade. This year, we are looking to enhance our program by offering club activities for students to explore new things. Cue: you! CLICK HERE FOR ALL OF THE DETAILS
It’s that time again, well actually we are a little late this year, but that just means we have been trying to fine-tune our giveaway so more people enter to win.
We will be giving away $250 grants to 4 lucky members by drawing their names from all of the available entries at our General Meeting, November 12th.
Now is the time to enter, but you can also enter at the time of the drawing.
NEW THIS YEAR- You do NOT have to be present at the drawing to win!
(But you still have to be a paid member)
Of course, we’d love to see you on November 12th (Saturday) at 10am when we do the drawing and our meetings are pretty fun and informative so why not come on out?
KC Water is hosting a meeting on Tuesday, September 20 at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Legacy Chapel to discuss the Town Fork Creek Sewer Rehabilitation Project that is set to begin this fall. Your neighborhood is in the Town Fork Creek Basin and construction is expected to be ongoing from November 2016 to August 2018.
What does this mean for you?
When complete, the collection system in your neighborhood will be restored, with a life expectancy of up to 80 years of service.
All citizens are invited to attend the brief 45-minute meeting. Refreshments will be served.
Tuesday, September 20
St. Peter’s Legacy Chapel
815 East Meyer Blvd, Kansas City
Click here to read the summary that was given at our General Meeting (coming soon).