Tower Homes Association Board Meeting
Thursday, 11 October 2012
7:00 PM 7517 Holmes
Elizabeth Barker Hollins, presiding
1.) Introductions of new board members
Elizabeth – in neighborhood almost 5 yrs, 3rd year as board president – background in neighborhood planning.
Josh – since 2009 both neighborhood and board. Architect.
John – 17 yrs, past president, dumpster days, garden tours? Environmental scientist.
Kurtis – board since 2008, got left turn signal at 75th and Holmes. Waldo Tower Historic society – preservation work will start in the spring.
Marty – on the board since 1984; was on Nuisance committee.
Karol – since 1944, parents were very active in Tower Homes Assoc. Moved back to KC in 1995.
Cassi – since 2008, on board two years. Likes neighbors working together.
Catherine – moved in this year, immediately joined assiciation. Worked for chamber of commerce.
Safia – 1993 moved to neighborhood, joined association to get curb appeal grant, worked on web site, hosts Christmas board meeting, helps with many things.
Jeff – 2000, immediately became treasurer. HR person. CPA in former life.
Total revenue close to $9,200.
Nearly $14k in savings.
Membership about 360. Not required to be homeowners or even geographic residents.
We have overspent by about $700.
We spent about $1,000 on movie night
3.) Collaboration with Waldo Homes
Waldo Homes board wants to merge with us. Membership split. Will co-host at least four meetings with us in 2013. Maybe they will join us on discount cards and dumpster days. Their banner costs are near $1,000 / yr. We are not merging financially in 2013. They have around 140 members; their geographic area is quite a bit smaller than ours. Their board:
Possible topics for joint meetings, maybe somebody from our group and theirs on each topic:
Trolly trail safety and maintenance
Parks safety and maintenance
Crime and neighborhood safety
Sidewalks (does someone maintain a sidewalk inventory?)
Sidewalk, curb and driveway could be $3,000. Replacing a few heaved sections was about $600.
4.) Setting the 2013 calendar/priorities
Keep with meetings every other month? Yes. We will go ahead and book the library for the second Saturday for 2013. Maybe try a meeting during the week in July? Thursday?
November meeting – local author
Would we like to sit in a circle?
Maybe it having politicians speak would be a draw at meetings.
Partner with a different homes association for each annual picnic?
5.) New Business
a.) Community Improvement Planning/Collaboration (Josh Hemberger)
It would be great to get the larger community to come together for such things as:
pocket parks along trolley trail
Marti Lee of Community Improvement Districts would be a good resource
Marlborough neighborhood is doing some good work getting mayoral candidates / new mayor to come see conditions (illegal dumping in the middle of the street, for example)
Last saturday of Oct for dumpster day – send reminder email. Must be active member; can join for $30 for the rest of this year and next year.
CPAC – murders high in KC compared to St Louis – partly has to do with how crime is reported.
Adjourned about 9:00 PM.
Board members in attendance
Elizabeth Hollins x
Kurtis Marinez x
Jeff Highfill x
Cassi Neff x
Karol O’Brien x
Marty Hatten x
Catherine Dobson x
Saphia Gray x
Josh Hemberger x
John Bozarth x