Waldo Tower Homes Association
August 22, 2017 6 p.m. Lew’s Side Car
Attendees: Board members: Angie Lile, Tammy Gay, Karol O’Brien, Jeff Highfill, Mary Cary, Elizabeth Hollins, Damien McNearney. Board members absent: Jeff Highfill, Safia Gray, Cat Larrison.
New volunteer attendees:
Data overview: 93 in-person participants. 153 respondents online, 73 of which completed the survey. 34 participants signed up to be volunteers with WTHA. The results of the focus groups can be found in the full report. Some questions arose:
What was the break-out of participants that were owners vs. renters as compared with the full population of the neighborhood?
How do the demographics of survey participants compare with Census data?
How can we hone in on the value-add of membership? (Idea: present the increased costs of services, such as Dumpster Day, with the impact on membership fees holding steady or increasing)
Action item: The full results from the survey will be shared at a focus group “revealing” event, expected to occur mid- to late- September on a Tuesday evening. Elected officials and stakeholders will be invited.
New name for the organization: survey participants overwhelmingly preferred a name with “neighborhood organization” or “neighborhood association” in the name, versus “home association,” which can have negative connotations. After discussion, a motion was made to rename “Waldo Tower Homes Association” to “Waldo Tower Neighborhood Association.” The vote was unanimous in support of the change.
Action item: The name change proposal will be brought for a vote of the full neighborhood at the organization’s annual meeting, September 9, 10:00 a.m. at the Waldo Library.
Committee structures: As a result of the focus groups and interests of new volunteers, new committees will be formed. There was interest from participants in the following areas. A full list is included separately.
- Programming (social events such as Happy Hours and new resident outreach)
- Advocacy (with the City regarding problem properties, infrastructure investment such as sidewalks, PIAC requests)
- Public safety (CPAC, neighborhood watch)
- Reorganization efforts (revision of bylaws, support of new committee structure based on focus group input and knowledge obtained from the UMKC Center for Neighborhoods course)
Action item: the board will review the interest areas of those who signed up to volunteer and help to organize the new committees.
Budget/Financials: Cash is lower this year, and we are bearing the full cost of dumpsters for the fall dumpster day. Angie suggested offering new membership for $30 to cover the remainder of 2017 and all of 2018. This has been done in the past and was fully supported.
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.
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. Safia Gray has signed up 3-5.
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.
- We have a new KCPD Community Interaction Officer, who has been invited to a future meeting
- PIAC request submitted for new playground equipment at Tower Park
- A new online effort to update the Kansas City Neighborhoods Wikipedia page
Elizabeth Hollins, Secretary
Waldo Tower Homes Association
August 23, 2017