Fun time had by all at the neighborhood picnic!

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

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Neighborhood Picnic scheduled for THIS Saturday!

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

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

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

We’ll see you there!

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

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Notes from KCMO Water Main Replacement Neighborhood Meeting

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

Notes by Angie Lile

Presenting:

Andy Shively, KC Water Services Engineering Officer

Terry Thomas, Project Manager, KC Water Services

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

Sean Allen, Resident Inspector, KC Water Services

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

Jim Walker, Superintendent, Blue Nile Contractors, Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Street Markings (meaning):

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

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

Work Schedule

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

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

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

Accessibility

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

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

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

Notifications of Water Shut Off

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

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

Replacement of Sidewalks, Driveways and Vegetation

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

RSVP to info@towerhomesassociation.org today!

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

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

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

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Spring Dumpster Day rescheduled for May 23rd

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

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

The soonest we could reschedule was for May 23rd.

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

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

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

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Damien McNearney

 

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

 

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Catherine Dobson

 

Catherine Dobson

 

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

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Simon Moeller

Simon joined the WTHA board following the 2014 merger of Tower Homes Association and Waldo Homes Association. Simon previously served as the President of Waldo Homes Association, which served neighbors east of Wornall to Oak, and from 79th Street south to 85th StrSimonMoellereet. We are so pleased to have him in a leadership role on the board to ensure that we understand the needs of residents in south Waldo.

Simon is an advocate for neighborhood beautification efforts, including park cleanups and coordination with the City for the planning and upkeep of our neighborhood. He’s also known for being tech-savvy, and an amazing host of block parties!

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Save the Date: Dumpster Day; Annual Picnic

Save the date for these upcoming WTHA neighborhood events:

Saturday, May 9, 8 a.m. – noon Dumpster Day South Broadland Presbyterian Church, 7850 Holmes Road. It’s time for Spring cleaning! Bring your rubbish and yard waste. Must be an active WTHA member. No tires, appliances, tvs, or hazardous chemicals.

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Saturday, May 30, 2 – 5 p.m. WTHA Annual Picnic in Tower Park Join your neighbors for free food, music, and children’s activities at the large shelter of Tower Park, 75th & Holmes Rd.

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March Meeting Recap & Info About the 7540 Washington Apartments Project

Waldo Tower Homes Association Neighborhood Meeting

March 14, 2015, 10:00 a.m.

Karol O’Brian, WTHA Vice President

WTHA board members introduced themselves. There was a reminder about the recent merger with Waldo Homes Association, extending the boundaries of WTHA to include a significant portion of Waldo east of Wornall.

ReStart Transitional Housing Project, Diane Botwin, 7540 Washington Street

Diane Botwin, owner of Botwin Commercial Development, has been a long-time property owner in Waldo. Botwin Commerical Development owns and operates a number of well-known commercial buildings in Waldo, including the Westmoreland Building at 7445 Broadway (Kokoro restaurant), The Botwin Building (Summit Grill and Bar, formerly Kennedy’s), 75 Waldo (Pickleman’s Deli), and the building that houses 75th Street Brewery. Ms. Botwin has been a volunteer for ReStart for more than 30 years. When she learned that HUD had set aside funds for permanent supportive housing, she worked with ReStart to begin this project.

The project is a 14-unit apartment building with 1 bedroom for an in-house program manager and a community room. This property is meant to provide permanent housing for teens aging out of the foster care system. More than 800 young adults aged out of foster care in Jackson County last year alone. The projection is that 20 percent of them will become homeless. Research Medical Center, Rediscover, and Truman Medical Center have partnered to do research and focus groups about the kind of permanent housing that was needed in the area. El Dorado architects and A.L. Huber Construction worked on the garden-style apartment design. There is an open, secured, interior courtyard. The project was awarded a 2.2 million dollar grant for the project, which was the only award of its type in the state of Missouri.

The project was chosen to be in Waldo because Ms. Botwin owned a property that was the right size for the project. Waldo is situated with good access to transportation, a library, a grocery store, and everything that a young person would need to get started. As an urban mixed-used community, Waldo has all the amenities needs in close proximity to the property. Ms. Botwin hopes that the Waldo community will embrace these young people.

This project started as an idea in 2009, but took until 2014 to start construction. Residents will be screened and selected through the Rediscover project and Kim Wilson Housing as the property manager. All of the residents will be seeking work, employed, or going to school. The 18-25 year old residents will likely reside in the property for three to five years. Construction is expected to be complete August 2015, and occupancy complete by September 2015. ReStart Housing Services is the board that will oversee the property.

Questions from the room:

What can be done to address the potential concern for increased crime? Jean with Rediscover noted that they have operated supportive housing for ten years with very few issues. The on-site project managers are able to address issues and ensure that the residents are engaged in work and school activities. One of the units is for a permanent live-in staff member. A staff member will be onsite 24 hours a day. The courtyard allows the residents to spend their outdoor time in a controlled environment.

Do the residents have any income? How do they pay rent? Due to the HUD restrictions, residents will pay no more than 30% of their income from their job or from their college Pell grants.

Have there been discussions with Waldo businesses so the residents could work close to the property?  Ms. Botwin has worked with three different business owners who are interested in providing services or employment to the residents, including free haircuts for job interviews and perhaps even a free bicycle. There are plans for a job fair for the residents.

A resident within a block of the property supported the need for the property, but raised concerns that he was not aware of the development until a sign went up?  What are future communication plans for the property? Until the property received funding from HUD, it was not clear that the project would be moving forward until November 2014. In respect for the privacy of the residents, the programs waited until the project was moving forward. Ms. Botwin apologized for any confusion that may have been caused. A web landing page is being set up for the property to contact the property owner and management firm. The onsite resident manager will have a phone number posted in case there are questions or anyone wants to be involved with the project.

Will this building meet any LEED standards or have green design elements? No, due to the HUD regulations, it will meet the energy regulations but budget restrictions are very strict and don’t allow for the design features needed for LEED certification.

How do the residents move on from the property? What are the milestones for them? As long as residents abide by the rules and regulations of the lease, the lease may be renewed annually in perpetuity. There are no age limits. The owners anticipate residents will stay three to five years due to the size of the unit. The units are not large enough to accommodate families. Due to the high need, it will be highly competitive to be selected for each unit. They expect at least four applications per unit.

What conditions would results in a resident to be dismissed from the property? Each resident signs a lease with program guidelines. The facility will be tobacco and alcohol-free. Each young adult has a case manager.

Is there a plan for a mentorship program? The new website will include information about establishing a mentorship program.

Who is the ongoing property manager? Kim Wilson Housing will be overseeing the property. They are experienced with permanent supportive housing. Diane Botwin will remain the community liaison for the project.

An experienced foster parent commended the project and the experience of strong nonprofits involved in the project.

Will the residents be guaranteed employment? Transportation will allow for access to many jobs, and many residents will be completing school work.

Will the parking be on-street? There is off-street parking, though many residents are unlikely to have a car.

Will there be an open house? Yes

Is the onsite manager a counselor? Yes, the role is a combination property manager and program supervisor.

State Representative Jeremy LaFaver and City Councilman John Sharp spoke briefly in support of the project and to hear the community’s feedback. Councilman Sharp noted that this project did not require rezoning, so there were no public hearings required by the City.

Where does the funding come from to maintain the project? HUD supports the costs of management and maintenance.

Is there a recreational facility? The community room could have yoga classes, but there is not a gym.

Are units inspected? Yes, that is the role of the project manager.

The project is two stories high. The neighbor expressed concern about the safety of the intersection of 76th and Washington, which is currently a two-way stop. The resident encouraged it becoming a 4-way stop due to visibility? The project team will follow up with the City.

Are any of the units handicapped accessible? Yes

Are there concerns about federal funding cuts? This funding will go on 40 years

Any concerns about loitering? The lease will allow for visitors, but they must sign-in and are not allowed to stay. The live-in manger will see what is going on. There will also be electronic security, including cameras and key-fob access.

7540WashingtonApartmentsFactSheet (click to view)

City Council Elections

Ms. O’Brian provided a recap of the 6th District City Council candidate forum co-hosted by the South Kansas City Alliance and Waldo Tower Homes Association March 9. The primary election is April 7. Incumbent Scott Taylor is running unopposed for the 6th District at-large seat. The in-district council member for the 6th District has three candidates: Terrence P. Nash, Henry Klein, and Kevin McManus. The current 6th District Councilman, John Sharp, has reach his term limit.

Waldo Tower Restoration

Ms. O’Brian and the attendees reflected on the progress toward the restoration of the Waldo Tower in Tower Park. The structure is now sound, the antennas removed, and a fresh coat of paint was added. PIAC funded the project again. So far, the Waldo Tower Historic Society has raised $17,000 in private funds for the project. By June, it is expected that construction on Phase II will begin.

The planned lighting would be up-lighting, perhaps with seasonal changes. There were questions regarding the current construction to the water department building.

Other comments and questions

Marty Hatten recognized Councilman Sharp for his eight years of service on the council. He’s has reached his term limit.

A resident suggested that the Association pro-actively establish a committee to work with Rediscovery to serve as mentors.

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Join Us March 14 for the Next Waldo Tower Homes Meeting

THA_General_Meeting_Event_CoverWaldo Tower Neighborhood General Meeting
Saturday, March 14, 10am – 11am
Waldo Library
Agenda
Diane Botwin will be speaking about the new 14-unit transitional housing apartment complex at 7540 Washington.
The City Council primary election will be April 7. We will discuss the candidate forum.
We will also be planning upcoming events, including the Annual Neighborhood Picnic at Tower Park, May 30 and a movie night in Tower Park
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Join us for a 6th (in) District Kansas City Council Candidate Forum

THA_Forum_Event_Cover Monday, March 9, 2015 at 6:00pm

The Crossroads Church at 7917 Main Street, KCMO 64114

The parking lot is behindimage002 the church and on 79th Terrace, just east of Main Street.

All candidates have confirmed their attendance: Henry Klein, Kevin McManus & Terrence Nash.

Geoff Gerling, Moderator & SKCA Government Affairs Committee Chair.

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Waldo Tower Homes Association Board Meeting Minutes

Waldo Tower Homes Association Board Meeting

February 10, 2015, 6:00 p.m.

707 E. Gregory

Membership

Mary Cary, WTHA Administrator, reported that the response rate for the mailings to the residents of our new boundaries that include the former boundaries of Waldo Homes Association, yielded 45 new members. This more than covers the costs of the mailing. However, the renewal rate for existing members is lower. Renewing members were sent an email, but not a postal mailing invoice.

The Well

Chris and Andy Llewelyn, owners of The Well and Lew’s, joined the meeting as guests to update the association on their request for a 3 a.m. liquor license for The Well. They recently purchased Charlie Hooper’s in Brookside and now own three total bars and restaurants in total. The application to the City for the 3 a.m. license for The Well stalled due to the owner’s recent purchase of Charlie Hooper’s. The Llewelyns will be again moving forward with this proposal to the City. The Llewelyns would like a new letter from WTHA reflecting a 2015 date. The Llewelyn’s have not yet presented to the Waldo Area Business Association. Customers are confused about different closing times for The Well, which closes at 1 p.m., while surrounding bars close at 3:00 p.m.

Action Item: Kurtis will find the 2014 letter, update the date, and send to Chris Llewelyn

Candidate Forum

Stacey Johnson-Cosby with the South Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance would like Waldo Tower Homes to co-host a city council candidate forum for the 6th District. A venue is needed.

The primary election is April 7. Incumbent Scott Taylor is running unopposed for the 6th District at-large seat. The in-district council member for the 6th District has three candidates: Terrence P. Nash, Henry Klein, and Kevin McManus. The current 6th District Councilman, John Sharp, has reach his term limit.

Action Item: John Bozarth will contact Marty Hatten, a member at South Broadland Presbyterian Church, to inquire about using their facility.

Transitional Housing Construction, 7540 Washington Street

A HUD-funded 14-unit transitional housing project is under construction. The site will be operated by reStart, and provides housing for kids aging out of the foster care system. This is outside of the WTHA boundaries, but the homes association for that area, Here’s Waldo, is not currently active. Councilwoman Jan Marcason contacted us because she was contacted by a resident nearby, David Stevens, who was interested in starting a neighborhood group for the west side of Wornall. The building is owned by the Botwin family and has been a parking lot. Since a rezoning was not required, the neighbors were not notified and not aware until construction began. The land owner, Diane Botwin, will come to the March WTHA general meeting to speak about the project. John Bozarth suggested writing a letter to the editor of support for the project.

 

New Neighbor Welcome Bags

Catherine has more welcome bags if you are aware of any new neighbors who need one.

Community Policing Advisory Committee

John Bozarth reported from the CPAC meeting. Three of the five houses on John’s block, 77th Street near Tower Park, were burglarized in the last three months. The burglars knock on doors and kick in doors or crawl in windows where people aren’t home.

Adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

 

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Minutes from the December 9, 2014 WTHA Board Meeting

Waldo Tower Homes Board Meeting

December 9, 2014, 6:00 p.m. home of Safia Gray, 707 E. Gregory

Membership Update: Mary Cary asked Elizabeth Hollins to get Neighborhood Services newsletter contact info for residents of new geography to notify them of the new merged entity. Mary Cary asked Angie Lile to modify the Paypal form to collect more contact info.

Angie Lile suggested district reps host block parties to get better cohesion

Rebranding for Merged Entity: Elizabeth Hollins suggested a DBA as Waldo Tower Homes to register with the Secretary of State to avoid renaming the entity for the checking account, IRS, etc. Kurtis and Elizabeth will reach out to Jeff (Treasurer) to consult.

Elizabeth Hollins to send South Kansas City Neighborhood Alliance contact info to board to see if we can send a delegate to the meetings

Mike Lile will redirect the new web address to the old web address. Elizabeth updated the site for the new name. Angie shared the updated logo including the new web address, waldotowerhomes.org

Holiday Light Contest: The Board reviewed seven nominations for holiday lights. 632 E. 71st Terr. with color-changing house lights and walkway lighting was selected as the winner.

Candidates Forum: This event was suggested for 2015. The city council race for 6th District may be more contentious than the mayor race. The election is April 7. We tentatively slated a candidates forum it for March. Candidates must file by January 20. Elizabeth to reach out to Marty Hatten re: South Broadland as a venue and any recommendations. We need to choose a date and secure a venue, possible partnering with surrounding neighborhoods.

June movie night: Angie tentatively agreed to take the lead on a June movie night and will call Hyde Park contacts to learn more about the logistics. June 20 was slated as the potential date. Angie will also research whether Parks would allow for food trucks. Kurtis will send an email to the board to see if anyone would be willing to assist Angie. Kurtis will contact Parks about reserving the space, whether food trucks are acceptable, and ask for any advice about companies to work with for the movie logistics.

Rezoning proposal for Larry’s Wholesale Tires at 8101 Wornall, which is near the trail. Angie noted that once an address is zoned commercial, it is unlikely it will revert back to residential. There were concerns that junk cars could be parked on the lot. The fence goes along 79th Street. WABA is against the proposal and is generally against encroachments into residential areas. Southtown Council notified WTHA about the proposal. The Country Club Right of Way Committee, which advises management of preservation of the Trolley Trail, could be an ally on this issue.

John updated the board about the CPAC committee meeting tonight and his personal experience with a burglary at his home. There are a couple of gangs of robbers breaking into houses during the day, and John reminded us to be wary of those scoping out potential homes. Make sure and call police for suspicious activity. Two groups have been arrested.

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Name Change! Tower Restoration! Minutes from the November 2014 Meeting

Waldo Tower Homes Association General Meeting Minutes

November 8, 2014, 10:00 a.m. Waldo Library, 204 E. 75th Street.

Attendance: 15

Board members present: Kurtis Marinez, Elizabeth Hollins, Karol O’Brien, Jeff Highfill, Garth Stocking, Mary Cary

Waldo Tower Restoration

The meeting was called to order by President Kurtis Marinez, who introduced speaker Bob Lawler, project manager with the City of Kansas City, MO. Mr. Lawler is managing the restoration of the Waldo Tower in Tower Park. After years of fundraising and PIAC funds from the City, the Phase I of the tower restoration was completed in 2014. Phase I included concrete repair, painting, and roof replacement, and historic lighting along the sidewalk.

Phase II is currently out for bid. Bids are expected by spring. Work will include cutting a door in the base of the tower, adding an interior ladder for maintenance that adheres to OSHA requirements, redoing the sidewalk, adding a wrought iron fence, and adding lighting at the top and base of the tower. The lighting was discussed extensively, including options for “pure white” lighting, as well as season color-changing LEDs. Kurtis said that fundraising is underway for the color-changing lighting package, which is an add-on to the other work up for bid.

Mr. Lawler answered numerous questions from the audience.

Merger of Tower Homes Association and Waldo Homes Association

Last spring, the Tower Homes Association (THA) board approved a merger with the Waldo Homes Association (WHA). After declining membership and no volunteers for officer positions, the Waldo Homes Association approached THA to merge the entities so that WHA residents would be represented by a homes association. Approximately 25 active members were added to the membership roles. The geography of Tower Homes now extends south, beyond the original 79th St. boundary to a new 85th Street boundary. Generally, WHA’s borders extended from Wornall to Oak, but includes one neighborhood east of Oak, extending to Holmes Rd.

Members in attendance were asked to vote a new name for the merged entity of THA and WHA. The names in consideration were:

  • Waldo Tower Neighbors
  • Waldo Tower Neighbors Association
  • Waldo Tower Homes
  • Waldo Tower Homes Association

There was discussion regarding perceptions related to “homes association,” as no one wanted to give the impression that only homeowners were involved. Renters are welcome. The term “community” was added to the discussion, as the neighboring association, Marlborough Community Coalition was noted as a positive term describing the work of THA/WHA. Garth Stocking moved to adopt the name “Waldo Tower Homes Association” to keep it simple and recognizable for all residents. Carol Gibson seconded. The motion passed unanimously.  Mike Lile will explore use of the web domain names “wtha.org” and “WaldoTowerHomes.org” so that these could redirect members to our current web address, www.TowerHomesAssociation.org

Upcoming Events

December 11, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Happy Hour, 75th Street Brewery. RSVP to info@TowerHomesAssociation.org

Holiday Decoration Contest: Residents are invited to nominate winners of a holiday decoration context by December 8. Nominations can be sent to info@TowerHomesAssociation.org The winner will be chosen at the December 9 WTHA board meeting. If the winner is not a member of WTHA, they will win a free membership for 2015 ($25 value) and a $25 gift card to the Well. If the winner is a member, they will win $50 in gift certificates for The Well.

Membership Drive for 2015

Mary Cary noted that membership invoices will be sent the week after Christmas. The documents are currently being designed and will include the new naming and website as discussed previously. The membership discount card still has two open slots for businesses, and suggestions were given.

There was a discussion of the 2015 meeting and event calendar. Attendees discussed the pros and cons of Saturday vs. week night events, and all agreed that it was good to continue a mix of the two.

Newsletter

Kurtis noted that Kathie Kerr, our long-time newsletter editor, would no longer be producing a hard-copy newsletter, but may be a contributor to an online blog. Kurtis asked if there were any volunteers for a new newsletter editor. Kathie would be willing to train the person. No meeting attendees volunteered. Kurtis asked for the opinion of members about doing a blog on the website vs. a hard copy newsletter.

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Join Us! Saturday, Nov. 8 10 a.m. Waldo Library

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Join us Saturday, November 8, 10 a.m. at the Waldo Library for the last neighborhood meeting of 2014!

Agenda:

  • Updates on Phase I of the Waldo Tower Renovations and plans for Phase II
  • Discussion of the merger of Tower Homes Association and Waldo Homes Association, including brainstorming on our new name and combined branding.

We will ask attendees to opine on possibilities for a new name for the combined Tower Homes Association and Waldo Homes Association:

  • Waldo Tower Neighbors
  • Waldo Tower Neighbors Association
  • Waldo Tower Homes
  • Waldo Tower Homes Association

We will also discuss a Holiday Decoration Contest! Anyone can nominate a home, but you must be a member to win $50 in gift certificates to The Well. Submissions must be emailed to info@towerhomesassociation.org by December 8, and judging will occur December 9.

 

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Minutes from the Oct. 2014 Board Meeting

Tower Homes Association

Board Meeting

October 28, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Home of Kurtis Marinez

Attendance:

Kurtis Marinez (President), John Bozarth, Catherine Dobson, Mary Cary (Administrator), Elizabeth Hollins (secretary), Cat Larrison, Damien McNeary, Karol O’Brien

Absent: Angie Lile, Cassi Neff, Jeff Highfill, Garth Stocking, Safia Gray

At the September 2014 General Meeting, attendees elected the following officers:

President: Kurtis Marinez

Vice President: Karol O’Brien

Secretary: Elizabeth Hollins

Treasurer: Jeff Highfill

 

  • Annual Membership Drive: Mary Cary spoke about our annual membership drive and discount card. She asked for input on businesses to approach for the discount card, including representation of businesses in the Waldo Homes boundaries (79th to 85th). Chelly’s, Garza’s Goodies, KC Bier Company, Tropical Snow, and others were mentioned. She suggested an initial targeted email to past members before a mass mailing. The board decided to create a postcard highlighting membership and the upcoming events for 2015. The board agreed to hold dues at $25 per year for now until we can gain greater visibility.

November 8 General Meeting Agenda: Provide more information about the merger and brainstorm on the benefits of membership. Kurtis suggested providing updates on Phase I of the Waldo Tower renovations and the plans for Phase II, which include year-round lighting for the Tower. Kurtis will invite a special speaker. Mary will send a meeting reminder along with a survey regarding our organization’s new name based on the merger with Waldo Homes Association approved by the board earlier in the year. We will ask attendees to opine on possibilities for a new name for the combined Tower Homes Association and Waldo Homes Association:

  • Waldo Tower Neighbors
  • Waldo Tower Neighbors Association
  • Waldo Tower Homes
  • Waldo Tower Homes Association

 

  • Holiday Decoration Contest: It was suggested that the organization host a Holiday decoration contest. Kurtis has 5 – $10 gift certificates to The Well for a prize. Any neighbor can nominate, but the decorated house must be a member to win. Entries must be in by December 8. Winners will be voted on by the board at the December board meeting.

 

  • Holmes Rd. Traffic Safety: Kurtis Marinez shared security footage from his home showing a severe auto accident at 75th and Holmes caused by fast speeds and reckless driving.

 

 

  • 2015 Scheduling:

Board meetings on the second Tuesdays: Dec. 9, Feb. 10, April 14, June 9, August 11, Oct. 13

General meetings on the second Saturdays: Jan. 10, March 14 (Local Election Special), no May meeting in lieu of Annual Picnic, July 11, September 12 (WTHA board elections), November 14

                Mayoral Forum w/ Marlborough and KCPT: TBD

                May Annual Picnic: May 30 2-5 p.m. Tower Park

                Movie Night in the Park: Saturday, June 20

 

                2015 Happy Hours to be determined

 

Thursday, December 11, 2014: Holiday Happy Hour, include a fun Christmas sweater contest

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Move out the old, make room for the new!

dumpster day photoIt’s that time again, time for the Annual Fall Dumpster Day this Saturday, October 25th, at the South Broadland Presbyterian Church. CLICK HERE to get more info- http://towerhomesassociation.org/?p=16

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Join us for another THA Happy Hour at the KC Bier Company

Happy_Hour2Tower Homes Association is hosting another fun Happy Hour at the KC Bier Company. The event is free to attend, but an RSVP is required. Please email info@towerhomesassociation.org to let us know you will be joining us!

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