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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Safety Alert from KCPD

Good Afternoon Association Leaders,

Please share this information within your respective communities. Be advised I also posted this information on Metro Patrol’s Nextdoor.

Recently the KCPD has received numerous reports of concern regarding an individual frequenting your neighborhood.  This information is intended to provide awareness and safety recommendations to those who may encounter this individual.

Garner, Rodrick b/m 10/27/1994
6’0 180 lbs
Med/light brown complexion
Show twisty braids

Angie tattoo on one arm
Rodrick Jr. tattoo on the other
Cross tattoo between eyebrows

The aforementioned individual is known to frequent the area, asking residents for money, help, and rides to different locations.  He is known to steal, case, and is opportunistic.

The following information is important to note:

  • Sunday provides an increased likelihood for an encounter
  • It is important to take notice of clothing, demeanor, location, actions, and other specifics when observing Rodrick in the area
  • Rodrick has entered residences when uninvited—this occurs when people choose to be kind to him, and return to their residence to get money or keys.
  • It is important to be aware of your surroundings.  Use flashlights.  Be aware of noises and unusual observations of your property.
  • Trust your instincts—if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t.  Call the Police if you are uncomfortable or afraid.
  • If someone knocks on your door, talk through a locked storm door.  Storm doors are a safety barrier, which afford initial protection when encountering unknown visitors
  • Don’t let a stranger use your phone.  Offer to place the call for them, through a locked door.
  • Do not allow a stranger into you residence for water, food, or to use the restroom.
  • Rodrick will return to your residence if given anything(food, water, money, rides).  It is best to ask him to leave.
  • Teach your children to return home and lock the door if they encounter Rodrick or any stranger.  Have them to notify you immediately.
  • Teach your children the importance of never opening the door for a stranger.
  • Keep all garages, and detached buildings, closed and locked.
  • Keep all car doors locked, and windows rolled up.
  • Think like a criminal!  Walk around your property looking for opportunities that could be used by criminals.
  •    It is important that you advise Rodrick, or any unwanted solicitor, to leave your property or you will call the Police.  Trespassing requires that the offender knows they are unwelcome.
  • Rodrick is not a wanted party at this time.
  •           It is vital that you call the police so that he may be cited for future trespassing incidents.  This is the best way to proactively prevent these situations from continuing.

With your help, we hope to increase the safety of the neighborhood and deter Rodrick from creating these undesired encounters.

PO Mikki Cassidy
Community Interaction Officer
Metro Patrol Division
7601 Prospect Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64132
Michele.Cassidy@kcpd.org

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Energy Efficiency is the Topic at our General Meeting, September 9th

Please join the Waldo Tower Homes Association for our next General Meeting, happening on Saturday, September 9th, at 10am in the Waldo Public Library. We’ll be in Meeting Room A.

Our special guest is Rob Jones with Efficiency First Kansas City,  whose primary goal is to inform the public about energy efficiency. From what they can do at home or at work to the programs available in Kansas City for energy efficiency, they want everyone to be as energy efficient as possible.

It saves money, saves energy, and makes the world more comfortable and better place!

We’ll also be expecting a brief visit from Councilman Scott Wagner 1st District and Mayor Pro Tem to talk a little bit about “Slum Lords” and what the City is doing to crack down on landlords who are non-responsive to their renters.

This is also our annual election meeting where we will vote on a slate of officers to fill the 2018 year. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone there!

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Water Main Replacement Starting in the area of Mercier Street to Woodland Lane, W. 90th Terrace to E. 100th Terrace

As part of critical improvements to Kansas City’s water and sewer infrastructure, a water main replacement project will soon begin in the area of Mercier Street to Wayne Avenue and West 72nd Street to East 87th Street.

Weather permitting, construction will begin in September and will conclude November 2018. More information, including specific streets where construction will occur, appears on the attached and can also be found here on the KC Water website.

Customers in your neighborhood whose streets are directly affected by this work are being invited to attend a public meeting to meet the project manager who will be overseeing the work, meet the contractors who will be performing the work, and to ask questions.

As a neighborhood or homes association leader, you also are welcome:

What:                   Public Meeting
Why:                     Water Main Replacement Project
When                   Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Where:                Hale Cook Elementary School, 7302 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO 64113

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Terry D. Thomas, Project Manager, at 816-513-0262 or terry.d.thomas@kcmo.org.

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Trash Pickup Service set to change on October 1st for some South KC Residents

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Waldo Fall Festival 25th Anniversary Saturday September 16th

Every year it happens, the tents pop up in the CVS parking lot and the whole Waldo center transforms into a small-town fair with small-town flare.  For one whole day people from all over the city flock to our little neighborhood to see what it’s all about.

Business merchants, schools and non-profit organizations set up their tables and hand out information about who they are and what they do and everyone comes away knowing a little bit more about our amazing neighborhood.

There’s always lots to do for the kids too from face-painting masterpieces, balloon animals, live music, bounce houses, a giant rock wall and the ever-loving bungee jump… well I can rest assured that I won’t be seeing my kids the rest of the day, especially if I get them the unlimited wrist-band.

Of course they will always get hungry and start craving some of the delicious smells wafting from the generous supply of food trucks so as long as I’m carrying the $$ they will always be back.

I love to volunteer for this event, so I’m very passionate about it and I wouldn’t have known about it until I met someone from the Tower Homes Association table a very long time ago when I was “checking it out”… little did I know that I would forever  become a Waldonian!

I hope I’ll get a chance to see you there! I’ll be in and out most of the day either volunteering for the Waldo Area Business Association who hosts this big event, or at the Waldo Tower Homes Association table. Either way, it’s going to be happening from 10am to 5pm, Saturday, September 16th.

Warmly,
Angie Lile
Waldo Tower Homes Association President

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Upcoming events

Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m. – WTHA Neighborhood Meeting, Waldo Library. There will be a speaker on home energy efficiency (Rob Jones, Efficiency First Kansas City) and election of officers. Additionally, we will vote on a proposed name change to “Waldo Tower Neighborhood Association” versus “homes association.”

Waldo Fall Festival, September 16, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Volunteers are needed. Ideal to have two per time slot. 10 a.m. – 12:30, 12:30 – 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Mid to Late September – estimated time frame for a “revealing” meeting to share the findings and next steps from the in-person and online focus groups. This is likely to be held on a Tuesday evening. Elected officials and other key stakeholders will be invited.

Early Oct – Mayor Sly James’ staff has asked us to host a town hall on the topic of the airport issue on the November ballot.

Late October – expected date for Dumpster Day.

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