WTHA May 2017 Meeting

WTHA Neighborhood Meeting

May 13, 2017, 10 a.m., Waldo Library

Attendance: 25

Called to order at 10:15 a.m. by Angie Lile


Dumpster Day, May 27th 8 am til full. Only three dumpsters this year, so they will fill fast.

Focus Group Meetings starting to set the future of WTHA, look for a mailer which is being sent to all residents in the WTHA boundaries

UMKC Center for Neighborhoods Update – Elizabeth Hollins provided updates on the work of three board members working to revitalize WTHA and engage residents to set the future goals of the organization.

Country Club/Waldo Area Plan Steering Committee – The City is beginning work toward a new area plan, which sets the zoning and land use for properties in the area.

New Tool for Market Value Research from the City – The City released a new mapping tool which categorizes block groups with a health rating based on property values, property sales, ownership, distressed sales, land bank properties, code violations, and other data contributing to the health of neighborhood property values.

South Kansas City Alliance meeting – see updates below

Crime Update

  • No news on Waldo Wizard cleaning crew staff attacked on the trail
  • Reports of an unstable homeless man in Waldo who is bothering businesses. File a police report if you have a negative experience so that he can get the help that he needs.

Committee Updates

  • Welcome Bag Committee – Wanda Byas agreed to help with new member bags. They are available through the Southtown Council. If you know of a new neighbor, go to our website and give WTHA the info so that we can drop off a welcome bag!
  • Rain Garden Work Day in Tower Park – need volunteers to clean it up and add new plants. Also check on the status of the Butterfly Garden at South Oak Park
  • Nuisance Property discussion – follow up from last meeting. New concerns expressed regarding 7147 Main, 7736 Oak (water service off while occupied, possible drug activity)
  • KCPS Middle School Steering Committee update/slideshow from Angie – see attachment

Uniting at Southwest

Middle School would need 400-700 students. There are not currently enough KCPS students to hit this goal, and the demographics would not reflect the community. Uniting at Southwest movement is now in the early proposal stages and is moving towards a feasibility study for a charter school in the vacant Southwest High School facility. The values include diversity by design, interdisciplinary project-based learning, school autonomy, and community-based schools. Visit www.unitingatsouthwest.org to take a quick survey and learn more about the organization. A community presentation will be May 20, 11:00 a.m. at the Bluford Library.

Curb Appeal Grant Drawing

4 winners at @$250/each for projects to be completed by this time next year. Two alternates were selected and will be notified if any winner is unable to complete their project.


  • Larry Roth
  • Brooke Mullens
  • Tim Frenzel
  • Kylee Rooney Soucie


  • Victoria and Mark Ham
  • Kate Carpenter


WTHA Update from the South Kansas City Alliance Meeting on 5/8/17 – T.Gay

City Manager Reveals Plan to spend first $40 Million in GO Bonds

City Manager, Troy Schulte is revealing the first wave of project for the $800 Million GO bonds that the Kansas City voters (that’ US) approved in April.  If you don’t get a chance to go to meeting where he is speaking, check it out at http://kcmo.gov/spotlight/ !

Bannister Federal Complex Clean-up and Redevelopment

CenterPoint, the company that is redeveloping the Bannister Federal Complex held a public information meeting on May 11th to keep the public informed of the plans they’ve prepared for the clean-up of this site.  The company has a website dedicated to providing public information about this project:


You can see all of the information and how to contact them if you have questions.  They have a public office hours, and you can sign up to receive regular updates via email by clicking the link on the home page.


Kansas City Zoo – Billy Goat Update

Billy Goat Update

The Kansas City Zoo is continuing to remodel update and enhance the animal habitats as well as the human experience.  “Billy Goats Gruff Yard” debuted this spring.  It’s a playground for the goats and baby goats (“kids”).  The goats roam between two yards using wood bridges to climb on.  There are coin-operated goat food machines so you can feed them.  There is a new seating area from so you can watch the goats play.

Keeper for a Day

Did you know there is a program called “Keeper for a Day?”  Kids, ages 8-17 can spend a highly interactive day helping Zookeepers throughout the zoo.  Visit http://KansasCityZoo.org or call 816-595-1765 to register.

Zoomobiles can Bring the Zoo to you

Also, the zoo has interactive outreach programs using their Zoomobiles to bring the zoo to you.  It is available to schools, libraries, community centers, or other public events.  Need more info?  Contact 816-595-1765 or education@fotzkc.org .


Mid-Continent Public Library – Lots of programs serving the community!

Although WTHA is geographically located in the Kansas City Public Library District, many of us use our Waldo Library (KCPL) as well as the Red Bridge Library (MCPL) or others throughout the metro area.  Last November the L-Bond was passed to give MCPL a face-lift.  So in 2018 we’ll be seeing a new Red Bridge Library and the Wonderscope Children’s Library begin construction.  In addition to these things new to MCPL, they are also reassessing and revising how the support the community.  To that end they’ve learned that a lot of people don’t know about some of the programs available.

Career Online High School

There is a Career Online High School that offers adults the opportunity to complete their high school education and gain career training through a self-paced, supportive, and accredited online education program.  It’s not a GED.  It’s a diploma!

Summer STEAM – Build a Better World

The Summer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) program is called “Build a Better World” and takes place May 22 – July 31.  Find out more at http://mymcpl.org/FUN .

Job Search Assistance

If you are looking for a job or to change jobs, they offer help and tools to update your resume and enhance your computer skills.


Grow a Reader

The “Grow a Reader” program is aimed at your children.  It offers Reading Readiness (Birth – start of preschool), School Readiness (preschool – kindergarten), and Grade Level Reading (1st – 3rd grade).  Check it out at http://GrowaReader.org .

Library by Mail

If you know someone who is Homebound, Library by Mail in Independence serves people within the MCPL District who cannot get to a library branch because of health, mobility, advanced age, and permanent or temporary incapacity.  Contact 816-503-4175, homebound@mymcpl.org , or http://www.mymcpl.org/about-us/library-by-mail .


Jackson County Legislators – Form to Learn about COMBAT – THE Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax

Alfred Jordan is the Jackson County 2nd District representative.  The 2nd district is our neighbor to the east and he is also on the Jackson County Anti-Drug Committee.  Mr. Jordan is holding a forum on May 17, 2017 to inform the public on COMBAT – the Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax.  There will also be a special presentation by the Ad Hoc Group Against Crime.  The forum is being held at the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Center, 3700 Woodland Ave., Kansas City, MO.

WTHA is geographically located in the Jackson County 4th District and Dan Tarwater is our representative.  Dan is the chair of the Jackson County Anti-Drug Committee.


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