Waldo Tower Homes Association Board Meeting
February 10, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
707 E. Gregory
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.
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
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.