Join us Saturday, January 13th, for our First General Meeting of 2018

Please join the Waldo Tower Neighborhood Association for our next General Meeting, happening on Saturday, January 13th, at 10am in the Waldo Public Library. We’ll be in Meeting Room A.

We’ll welcome Matt Bunch with the Kansas City Community Gardens to help us look forward to a new planting season!

Visit http://kccg.org/ for more info.

We’ll also vote to accept our new by-laws (members only) and go over other local news and announcements.

Refreshments and company are always free! See you Saturday!

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Happy New Year!

 

Dear Neighbor,

I’ve lived in this neighborhood since 2002 and have really enjoyed being an active member of my community, but nothing compares to the feeling I received recently when we completed an intense series of focus meetings and saw the results. I am so very happy to live in a community that loves and enjoys their neighbors and want to make their neighborhood the best that it can be.

We learned a lot of valuable information through this year-long process and as a result we have been making some big changes to our organization. Most importantly, our new name, the Waldo Tower Neighborhood Association, and the proposed changes to our by-laws now reflect our true purpose and how we operate.

We will no longer be considered a “Homes Association”,  but will continue to fulfill those roles in the way that our residents have asked us to.

The new mission of the Waldo Tower Neighborhood Association is to provide mutual benefits to members. Additionally, WTNA shall be organized:

• To promote the general welfare of the neighborhood;
• To protect the general health and welfare of its members;
• To cultivate and promote attractive, well-kept homes and buildings;
• To support municipal services of public safety, neighborhood improvement, and recreational activities and facilities;
• To promote crime prevention programs and activities; and
• To collect annual dues from members to provide a general fund to pay operating costs, fees, and expenses of the   Association.

Many of these expenses increase each year including the costs to send out communications to such a large area. We try to reach all 3,300 homes but only see about 300 commit with a membership and that barely covers our operating budget.

It is thanks largely to these memberships that allow us to provide our Dumpster Days twice a year, which we learned was a service that our respondents valued the most.

We are seeking to expand these types of events and to seek out more opportunities for our residents to find value in their community. If we could have more people invest with a membership, we would also have a louder voice at City Hall.

I hope you’ll take a look at our 2018 Calendar to get an idea of some of the things we are planning and invite you to our next general meeting on January 13th where we will be voting on the new by-laws.

Please also consider becoming a member?  We can do so much when we all band together and create an even better Waldo.

Thank you for your consideration and support and have a very Happy New Year!

If you have already signed up for 2018, we are putting the final touches on our new Discount card with lots of upgrades to the offers and will have them printed by the time we have our meeting.

Warmly,

Angie Lile, President,
Waldo Tower Neighborhood Association

New for 2018!

Support your neighborhood organization in style with our new Waldo Tower Neighborhood apparel. Lots of styles and sizes to choose from, order online and pick up at our March Meeting (or we can drop it off for you). Orders are being taken until January 15th.

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Join the Conversation on the New Airport Design

Share your preferences for the single terminal KCI design at 1 of 4 upcoming meetings.  Attend local sessions on Thursday, December 7th, and Thursday, December 14th.  Click here to learn more.

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Special Mtg: Annexation of 95 Acres from KC to Lee’s Summit-11/27 @7:00pm

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Pencil us in for these 2018 Event Dates

During our last Board Meeting, we put together a list of important calendar dates for 2018. Some of these will be subject to change and we’ll update this list when they do, but you can “Pencil Us In” for these to make sure you don’t miss anything!

January 13

Neighborhood Meeting, 10 a.m., Waldo Library

March 10

Neighborhood Meeting, 10 a.m., Waldo Library

April 28

Spring Dumpster Day, 8-12, South Broadland Presbyterian Church (tentative date)

May 12

Neighborhood Meeting, 10 a.m., Waldo Library

June 23

Movie Night Tower Park (evening)

July 14

Neighborhood Meeting, 10 a.m., Waldo Library

September 8

Neighborhood Meeting, 10 a.m., Waldo Library
Election of Officers

October 6

Fall Dumpster Day, 8-12, South Broadland Presbyterian Church (tentative date)

November 10

Neighborhood Meeting, 10 a.m., Waldo Library

Our Board meetings will be held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Waldo Area Business Association office at 7222 Wornall Road, KCMO 64114

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General Meeting Minutes 11-11-17

We started with a brief Recap of our Big Reveal Meeting including what our organization should be doing for our community and the responses we’ve received so far: Dumpsters, Mailings, Phone Calls and Membership Drive so far.

It was announced that our board meetings are permanently set for every 2nd Tuesday of the Month. Our next board meeting will be November 14th, 6pm, at the new Waldo Area Business Association offices at 7222 Wornall Road.  PO Mikki Cassidy, will be in attendance at our Board Meeting to go over our Focus results and talk about a plan for Tower Park and South Oak Park. We will also discuss the homeless situation at those parks.

It was also mentioned that Representative Greg Razer is having a Town Hall on Thursday, November 16th, 6:30pm at Burns and McDonnell, 9450 Wornall Road. Please RSVP to lisa.buhr@house.mo.gov or by calling 573-751-2437

The Waldo Area Business Association is hosting a Small Business Saturday Crawl on November 25th (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) & you can earn Waldo Bucks for shopping at local area businesses.

Stacey Johnson-Cosby was in attendance so we had her up to announce that the South Kansas City Alliance will have several Missouri State Legislators to talk about the upcoming session and what will be big issues for Missouri. That will be Monday night, November 13th at 6pm, at the South Patrol Station on Bannister Road.

She also mentioned that there was a plan to de-annex 95 acres from Kansas City to Lee’s Summit for a large retail, residential, sports and restaurant complex. They will announce a public meeting to discuss that in more depth and specifically whether they are in support or not.

We shared that Kansas City Public Schools is back to the drawing board on plans to sell Robeson but a community center is still not out of the question. Interim use proposals are still being accepted for Bingham.

There was no CPAC update but the website link was mentioned- http://www.crimereports.com/map?search=64131

Next we heard about the Waldo/Country Club Area Plan with an update by Gerald “Bo” Williams, Lead Planner, Long Range Planning & Preservation Department. The documents and all meeting presentations up to this point can be found at this link- http://kcmo.gov/planning/country-clubwaldo-area-plan/

Questions or concerns? Contact him at:

City Planning and Development
City of Kansas City, Mo.
16th Floor, City Hall
414 E. 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
Email: gerald.williams@kcmo.org
Phone: 816-513-2897

Next we welcomed Eric Bunch, Director of Policy and Education at BikeWalkKC.org to give us an update on #CompleteKC.

Complete KC is a community-driven process to plan, design and implement a Complete Street network to better connect neighborhoods and restore sense of place.

Click here to learn more about this initiative- http://bikewalkkc.org/completekc/

Watch the complete meeting here-

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NEW LOCATION announced for our next general meeting on Saturday, November 11th

UPDATE: We just received word that our room at the Waldo Library was inadvertently canceled so we are moving our meeting to the Curry Theater inside Research Hospital.

6675 Holmes Road
Parking Lot B
Curry Theater

We’ll go over the latest and greatest news for the neighborhood, including an overview of our “Big Reveal” presentation.

We’re also confirming our guest speakers to present information about the Waldo/Country Club Area Plan as well as the BikeKC project.

Coffee and treats are always fresh and we enjoy the company so come on out and meet your neighbors!

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Heartland Tree Alliance planting trees in our Neighborhood

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Waldo Tower Neighborhood Focus Results

In 2015, Tower Homes Association merged with the Waldo Homes Association for a total combined area of 3,300 homes.

Our boundaries now include:
Gregory to 79th, Wornall to Troost and 79th to 85th, Wornall to Holmes.

This expansion, along with declining membership, declining volunteerism and increasing costs for services such as Dumpster Day, print materials and mailing costs to such a large area, has highlighted a growing need for a re-organization.

We needed to find out what residents in our area want from a neighborhood organization, so we planned a series of five focus meetings that were held during the summer.  This was followed by an online survey that was offered to anyone living within our boundaries.

The focus group and survey were designed to discover:

  • How to best communicate neighborhood and meeting information to residents in our boundaries,
  • What residents in our boundaries want from a neighborhood organization,
  • What residents in our boundaries like or don’t like about Waldo, and
  • What residents in our boundaries find important or not important in their community.

Now, we are revealing the results of our research and how that information will be used to:

  • Reorganize into the Waldo Tower Neighborhood Association (from Waldo Tower Homes Association),
  • Refine the role of the Waldo Tower Neighborhood Association, and
  • Outline our next steps and what it means for our community.

Or watch the video presentation with the slides by clicking here:

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Experience Divine Beauty & Profound Wisdom of a Lost Civilization

Experience Divine Beauty & Profound Wisdom of a Lost Civilization

SHEN YUN’S unique artistic vision expands theatrical experience into a multi-dimensional, inspiring journey through one of humanity’s greatest treasures—the five millennia of traditional Chinese culture.

This epic production immerses you in stories reaching back to the most distant past. You’ll explore realms even beyond our visible world. Featuring one of the world’s oldest art forms—classical Chinese dance —along with patented scenographical effects and all-original orchestral works, Shen Yun opens a portal to a civilization of enchanting beauty and enlightening wisdom.

Early Bird promo code: SY17 to waive $9 Ticketmaster Service Fee by online/phone order. Offer good through 10/20/17.

Shen Yun at the Kansas City Music Hall | December 22nd & 23rd 2017

Tickets available at:  shenyun.com/KC
or charge by phone at 913-701-SHOW (7469)

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[Video] Waldo Town Hall to discuss KCI initiative on upcoming ballot.

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Reminder- Town Hall to learn more about KCI initiative on November Ballot

The upcoming special election on November 7th includes a proposal to build a new airport that relies on our vote. We’ll have experts on hand to answer your questions so come empower your vote.

Guests include:

Jolie Justice, Councilwoman for 4th District

Jermaine Reed, Councilman for 3rd District

Geoff Stricker, Managing Director for Edgemore

WHEN:     Tuesday, October 10th at 6:30pm
WHERE:  Research Medical Center – Brookside Campus
Curry Theater (Next to Fitness Center)
Parking Lot B
6675 Holmes Road
Kansas City, MO 64131

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Save the Date for Dumpster Day!

Save the date for our annual Fall Dumpster Day, scheduled for October 21, 2017.

The dumpsters are reserved from 9am until 1pm or until all three are filled.

We are still trying to confirm our location at South-Broadland Church and will make an official announcement once we have that confirmation.

Click here to see what can be accepted at our dumpsters.

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Come find out what matters most to Waldo residents.

All through the summer, we held a series of focus meetings at various locations throughout Waldo and created a similar online survey. We collected information from over 240 residents and found out what they value most in the neighborhood and what they expect from a neighborhood organization.

You are invited to see our results and to find out how this feedback is being used to guide us in updating our official organization as well as help us to provide benefits that you want most from your neighborhood community.

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Softball Kiddie Clinic for Girls 6-12

Girls ages 6-12 years old are invited to attend the University of Missouri Kansas City softball games on Saturdays this fall (2017) and then stick around afterward for a 1 hour clinic. The clinic will be an hour of fun filled softball-related drills with the UMKC softball team. Participants will learn how to throw, catch, hit, and run the bases.

No previous playing experience is required. Please wear athletic attire and tennis shoes or plastic cleats. Participants may bring their own equipment, otherwise KCUYA will provide equipment.

September 30th: UMKC v. Mid America Nazarene at 11am. UMKC v. Creighton at 1pm. The clinic will start at 3.

October 7th: UMKC v. William Jewell at 11am. The clinic with start at 2.

October 14th: UMKC v. Des Moines Area Community College at 1pm. The clinic will start at 4.

CLICK HERE to register.

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Home Energy Open House October 21st at Project Living Proof

The second 2017 Home Energy Open House is coming up on October 21st at the energy demonstration house next to the Anita Gorman Discovery Center.

This event is free, and open to anybody who’s interested in learning more about ways to save on their utility bills and live more comfortably, whether they’re hiring a contractor or using a DIY approach.

Project Living Proof, the demonstration home, is located at 917 Emmanuel Cleaver II Boulevard, just west of Troost on the south side of the street.

It’s a 1914 home that’s been completely rebuilt with energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.  These include PV solar, a geothermal ground loop, super-insulation and much more.

Parking for the event will be at the Anita Gorman Discovery Center parking lot. Click HERE for more details.

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Town Hall to Discuss Special Election in November

Save the Date!

The upcoming special election on November 7th includes a proposal to build a new airport that relies on our vote. We’ll have experts on hand to answer your questions so come empower your vote.

Guests to be announced soon, but save the date!

WHEN:     Tuesday, October 10th at 6:30pm
WHERE:  Research Medical Center – Brookside Campus
Curry Theater (Next to Fitness Center)
Parking Lot B
6675 Holmes Road
Kansas City, MO 64131

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Feedback Requested for Senator Jason Holsman

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Waldo Tower Neighborhood General Meeting [VIDEO]

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Name Change and Election of Officers, Sept. Meeting Minutes

September 9, 2017 Neighborhood Meeting. Attendance: 32

Focus Group Results and Organization Name Change

John Bozarth moved to rename the organization from Waldo Tower Homes Association to “Waldo Tower Neighborhood Association,” to exemplify a more inclusive approach (not restrictive, not only for homeowners). Mary Heft seconded. There was little discussion. The new name was unanimously approved.

Election

Angie Lile explained the officer roles. Karol O’Brien covered the slate of officers.

Slate of officers:

President, Angie Lile

Vice President, Tammy Gay

Secretary, Mary Heft

Treasurer, Elizabeth Hollins

John Bozarth moved to approve the slate of officers. Cassie Stephenson seconded. Attendees approved unanimously.

Announcements

New KC Police Department Community Interaction Officer, Mikki Cassidy, Michelle.Cassidy@kcpd.org

Waldo Fall Festival, Saturday, September 16, 10 am – 5 pm in the parking lot of CVS. Seeking volunteers for timeslots. This event is concurrent with St. Elizabeth’s barbeque competition

Town Hall about the Airport Ballot Initiative – October 10, 6:30- 8 pm at Research Medical Center, Brookside Campus, Curry Theatre. Mayor Sly James may speak at the event.

October 24 – “Big Reveal” of results from the Focus Groups

WHEN:    Tuesday, October 24th at 6pm
WHERE:  Research Medical Center – Brookside Campus
Curry Theater (Next to Fitness Center)
Parking Lot B
6675 Holmes Road
Kansas City, MO 64131

Community Policing Advisory Council – John Bozarth reported out from the last meeting. Right now, crime trends are down.  Many car related thefts are preventable, in that people have left their keys in the car. John answered a few questions about recent events in the neighborhood.

Tammy Gay reported out from the 2nd Saturday meeting

Tammy noted that new committees are being formed following the focus groups. Examples include Cassie Stephenson’s interest in helping with social events and Larry Roth’s assistance helping members address neighboring nuisance properties and navigate the city’s enforcement system.

Speaker

Rob Jones, Efficiency First Kansas City   www.efkc.org

Councilman Scott Wagner

1st District at-large city councilman came to speak specific to rental housing and the presence of lead or mold. These health issues cause tremendous issues for children living in the home. When tenants file a 311 request about health issues in rental housing, the Health Department can do little about it. There are 60,000 rental units across the city. Approximately one third of units in the city are rental units.

 

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