Bingham School Site Reuse Discussion, recap of July meeting

WTHA Neighborhood Meeting – July 8 2017, Waldo Library – 10:00 AM

Please join us for the next neighborhood meeting, Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m., Waldo Library

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by the President, Angie Lile at 10:05 A.M.

KCPS Update/Public Listening Session Re:  Bingham School Property
Angie explained that we will first conduct a public meeting with Shannon Jaax of the Kansas City Public Schools.

Shannon Jaax is with the KCPS Repurposing Initiative whose efforts have made national news with their innovative approach to repurposing unused school buildings.  Bingham Junior High was recently demolished and land re-seeded with grass so now we have a large greed space where the school used to be.

Shannon provided an update on the property and explained that KCPS has decided the keep the property under KCPS in the event that a site is needed for a school in the future rather than sell put it back on the market as surplus.  In the meantime, KCPS is looking for interim use proposals for the property.

Shannon then asked for neighborhood input as to suggestions for interim uses of the 9 acre area.  Many, many ideas were provided.

Next Steps:
Shannon will summarize the input and post it online at:

Shannon’s contact information: or 816-418-7567.

General Meeting

After a short break the Waldo Tower Homes Association General Meeting began.

News & Events

Angie Lile provided the following updates:

  • Neighborhood Focus Meetings

We only have one more left – July 15th.  We’ve already worked with over 80 people in the 4 sessions already held.  We are collecting great information!  Additionally, after the last live focus group, an online survey asking the same questions will be announced and live for getting input from those who could not attend the live sessions.  We’ll be announcing our date to reveal what we’ve learned soon.  We expect that to take place in August or September.  First we need to compile the information we’ve gathered and analyze it.

  • Coalition for KC Economic Development Reform

This is an organization that is comprised of racial justice groups including the NAACP, MORE2, American Federation of Teachers, Urban Summit, and others.  Their primary goal is to work with City Council to reform the way Economic Development is created at the expense of our Public Schools, Mental Health Programs and Public Libraries.  Information is available at .

  • Middle School Steering Committee

The Middle School Steering Committee has placed a draft recommendation on their website and are seeking community feedback.  For details on the steering committee work and to give feedback, please visit .

Crime Update
John Bozarth continues to attend the weekly Community Policing Action Committee (CPAC) meetings held at South Town Council.  He reported that the murders on the Trolley Trail as well as the one at Tower Park are under investigation and there is very little public information at this time.

We are all reminded to be safe by being aware of our surroundings and be with another person if you are or need to be out and about at odd hours.

John also mentioned that we can all be aware of crimes around us by subscribing to Crime Reports at .  You can research crimes that have occurred in specific areas and set up to receive an updated crime report for the area you request at the interval you request.  It is free.

Parking Issue around Bier Station

There was a short discussion about the parking situation around the Bier station at 79th and Brookside Rd.  The KCATA is willing to put up no parking signs on the Trolley Trail side of the road.  Angie Lile indicated that the WTHA Board is planning to reach out to the neighbors in the area to see what they want to happen.

Notes Around the Neighborhood
Tammy Gay, Vice President of WTHA, regularly attends the 2nd Friday meetings held by our 6th District Councilmen on the 2nd Friday of each month, 7:30 – 9:00 A.M. at the Trailside Center, 99th and Holmes.  She attends the South Kansas City Alliance meetings held the 2nd Monday of each month at 6:00 P.M. at the KCPD South Patrol station.

Here are those notes:

  • PIAC Public Hearings

The Public Improvements Advisory Committee (PIAC), in cooperation with the Mayor and City Council will be holding public hearings so that they can hear from citizens about the city’s public improvement needs.  They will use the information to recommend projects for funding to the Council for the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 use of the one-cent sales tax for public improvements.

You can also provide input through forms online at or email

The deadline to submit a request is August 31, 2017.

Citywide hearings are:

  • Friday August 11, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. – Noon
    City Hall, 414 E. 12th, 10th Floor
  • Tuesday August 15, 2017 at 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
    Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, 415 W. 13th
  • Wednesday August 16, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Northland Neighborhoods, 4420 NE Chouteau Traffic way
  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    Hillcrest Community Center, 101401 Hillcrest Road == This is the one closest to our neighborhood

6th District PIAC public hearing (concerning 6th district PIAC funds only)

  • Wednesday July 26, 2017 at 6 – 8 p.m.
    Country Club Congregational Church, 205 West 65th

PIAC representatives for the 6th District are Stacey Johnson-Cosby and John Sharp.  City Council members for the 6th District are Scott Taylor and Kevin McManus.

If you have questions about PIAC, contact the KCMO Capital Improvements Program at 816-513-8828


  • SKCA General meeting is on Monday, July 10th at 6:00pm – at the South Patrol Police Station at 9701 Marion Park Dr. behind Home Depot on Bannister Rd. — in the back/eastern building .This will be the city’s last scheduled AIRPORT PROPOSAL DISCUSSION – KCI Airport Listening Session.

    So, if you still have questions about the airport proposal that will be on the ballot for our vote this Fall, please join to get the details. This is the most comprehensive panel of speakers on the subject – covering all angles and updates.

    Joe Reardon, President & CEO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
    Tim Cowden, President & CEO of the KC Area Development Council
    Teresa Loar, Council Member, 2nd District at Large 
    Mike Talboy, Dir. of Government Affairs – Burns & McDonnell



·         Karol O’Brien and Tammy Gay attended this session.  Very good information provided.

·         We learned that the speakers are still willing to continue to present and listen at additional meetings.  Those interested just need to schedule it with them.

·         Other Council members joined Teresa Loar, including Scott Wagner, Katherine Shields, Alicia Canady, and Kevin McManus.  All provided their view of the proposal.

·         One takeaway…The proposal is for a New Terminal only, not a whole new airport.  The intent is that the new terminal will be built on the site of the currently shuttered Terminal A.  During the construction, Terminals B and C will continue to function as they currently do.

·         Also of import!  This is NOT a done deal.  Proposals are being received.  A committee has been selected to review all of the proposals and make a recommendation.  Even after that, it has to go on the ballot and the people of Kansas City must approve it before it will go any further.

·         Places to look for updated information:

Stats about the Airport:

Greater KC Chamber of Commerce info explaining the approach and reasons:

·         See the RFP and what City Hall has to say at .  It’s right there on the home page with links to the details.


  • Parks & Recreation Event

Ground Breaking: Native Sons and Daughters of KC Monument
RESCHEDULED to Thursday, July 20
10-11:30 a.m.
Ilus Davis Park, North of City Hall-Oak and 10th St.
Free hot dogs and entertainment by a Dixieland Jazz Band!

Join us at a groundbreaking for a new monument honoring of The Native Sons and Daughters of Greater Kansas City, Inc., an organization dedicated to the historic preservation of the unique and rich heritage of the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, both in Missouri and Kansas, through advocacy, education and restoration.

  • 21st Century Block Watch

Karol O’Brien and Tammy Gay joined a meeting at the Mannheim neighborhood headquarters concerning 21st Century Block Watch and using security cameras strategically throughout neighborhoods.  Marlborough East is moving forward with the purchase of a building as a command center for monitoring the cameras they are setting up.  Another neighborhood is basically setting up a registry of homeowners who are willing to have cameras set up on their homes and capture and store the recording if an issue arises.  It was all very interesting.  They are working with KCPD and Jackson County COMBAT and managing to raise funding through various organizations to buy and maintain cameras and in the case of Marlborough East pay for their command center and part time staff.

The next meeting about this is July 31st, so we’ll keep you posted with what we learn.

  • Connecting For Good – Building Communities through Digital Inclusion


Conducts regularly scheduled free classes and offers one on one assistance and hands-on digital tutorials at their Linwood Area Computer Center – 3210 Michigan, KCMO  64109

The offer classes for basic computer use and understanding, basic software classes, learning to use a keyboard, and learning how to search and use the internet.

  • Notes from the 6th District Councilmen 2nd Fridays meeting 6/9/17

As the meeting was nearly a month ago and the next one is 7/14/17, I only have a few short notes that are applicable:

  • KCPD reported that the homicides on the trail investigations are active an ongoing. There are increased police presence including ATV, Horse and Bike patrols and surveillance at the trail entrances.
  • Scott Taylor
    • Reported that the hotels on 87th street near 435 are almost all torn down. That property part of the Cerner project
    • Also mentioned the Waldo Tower State Historic Preservation Award.
  • Kevin McManus
    • The council is prioritizing the “shovel ready” projects throughout the city and 6th district is pushing to get it started now.
    • Also talked about the Airport. (As we know there are still public hearings going on – the last of which was mentioned early through the SKCA notes.
  • Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund
    • Did you know that Kansas City has an Office of Culture and Creative Services?
    • The office administers the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund which provides support to nonprofit organizations to promote Kansas City’s distinct and diverse neighborhoods through cultural, ethnic, historic, educational, and recreational activities, thus promoting the City as a premier convention, visitor and tourist center. The WTHA board will be looking into how and what we can do to get a piece of that pie.
    • The Film Development Program is another program with in the OCCS and is a joint effort between the OCCS and the Kansas City Fil and Media Office to increase and sustain the number of film production sin Kansas City and increase and sustain the number of local jobs in that industry, strengthen the City’s national reputation as a place for creative businesses and promote the unique features, characteristics and assets within KC neighborhoods.
    • There are other programs including West Bottoms Reborn and Micro-loans for Artists.
    • You can find more information at or at http://KCMO.GOV/CulturalArts.
  • Heartland Tree Alliance

Hi Neighbors, Just a heads up, that the Heartland Tree Alliance is legit and a great free service and asset in Kansas City. I’m the VP of the Waldo Tower Homes Association…we had Heartland Tree Alliance as a guest speaker this spring. Today I was contacted by phone and email with the following info. Thx! Tammy Gay


We are focusing our efforts in your vicinity!  A special thank you to the folks who have already signed up in Tower Homes!!  There are roughly 25 trees signed up in the Tower Homes/Waldo area.  This is great!  We also think there is a lot more potential in your neighborhood. We will be canvasing in your neighborhood today and in coming weeks in order to achieve the biggest impact on your streets and for your residents.  Eligible residents who have not yet signed up will received the green ‘congratulations’ door hanger informing them of this opportunity to receive free street trees. Below is more information on the program that can be used for an email blast, Facebook/social media post, Nextdoor communication, or all of the above! Call: (816) 944-2548 Email: Visit: Sign Pledge: There is no cost to you – except for water!  We will provide the tree, mulch, watering bag, and plant the tree for you.  Watering is recommended once a week with 20 gallons.  Contact us to reserve your tree, or simply sign the watering pledge online. In partnership with KC Parks and Recreation Department, Heartland Tree Alliance staff and volunteers have the capacity to plant FREE trees in your neighborhood!  Trees must be planted in the City street Right-of-Way (ROW), which is typically 10-15 feet from the street.  However, we need a minimum 5’x5′ green space in order to plant.  The size of tree planted is proportional to the size of green space as to not buckle sidewalks or conflict with overhead power-lines in years to come. Neighborhoods with a significant number of pledged and eligible residents in concentrated areas will be a priority for tree plantings.  In order to organize a volunteer workday in your neighborhood, we need at least 20 residents in an area to take the pledge for trees. These trees can significantly benefit your neighborhood, home, and family! For more information:

Kansas City Street Tree Initiative Pledge Form

  • Country Club-Waldo Area Plan

The city is in the process of updating the Country Club-Waldo Area Plan.

Angie and Tammy both attended the Public Meeting #1 held on June 22, 2017.

Additionally, Angie is on the Steering committee.

The public meetings are designed to gather citizen input on the specific area and provide comment on the direction the city leadership should go in planning for the future of the area.

The meeting was very fun and very interesting.  Everyone is encouraged to stay informed and attend the next public meeting when it is announced.

In the meantime, you can join the online conversation at
and watch for future meetings and read the plan at


Meeting Adjourned

The meeting adjourned at noon.

The next WTHA General Meeting is scheduled for September 9, 2017, 10:00 A.M. at the Waldo Library.  This is the Annual WTHA Meeting.  Please join us!

As things occur, please note that we update the website with new information

Waldo Tower Homes Association

And provide information and updates through Waldo Neighborhood on Facebook

As well as on

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