WTHA Neighborhood Meeting Minutes, November 12

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.

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.

Attendance: 19

Next meeting: Saturday, January 14, 2017, 10:00 a.m. Waldo Library

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