Citizen Feedback Requested on City Budget

The Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget was submitted to the City Council on Feb. 8, 2018. The Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget focuses on public safety as prioritized by residents through the Citizen Satisfaction Survey and the City Council’s Citywide Business Plan and Five-Year Financial Planning model. The $1.66 billion submitted budget increases public safety expenditures by $14.3 million, or 3.3 percent over the current year. Public safety accounts for 76 percent of the General Fund operating budget.

The budget transmittal letter from the Mayor and the City Manager to the City Council summarizes key points in the proposed budget. The City Council will be adopting the budget on Thursday, March 22, 2018.

The City invites residents to use one of several avenues to offer feedback on the proposed budget. The public is invited to attend one or more sessions which will provide an opportunity to interact directly with council members. The four scheduled budget hearings are:

  • Saturday, Feb. 17; 9 – 11 a.m. at Christ the King Church, 8510 Wornall Rd.
  • Saturday, Feb. 24; 9 -11 a.m. at Guadalupe Center Elementary School  Auditorium, 5123 E. Truman Rd.
  • Saturday, March 4; 9 – 11 a.m. at R.B. Doolin Center, 1900 Northeast 46th St.
  • Thursday, March 8; 12:30 – 2:30 pm at KCPD Community Room, 1111 Locust St.

Additionally, public feedback will be accepted during City Council budget deliberations. These sessions take place at City Hall, 414 East 12th Street, in the 10th floor committee room on March 7, 14, and 21 at 8:30 a.m., at the Finance & Governance Committee meeting

If you are unable to attend a budget hearing in your community, please let us know what you think by using our online town hall at KCMomentum.com. You can read the budget and leave your comments 24/7, at your convenience. Your feedback will be shared with the City Council.

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KC in 60

Check out the latest news from the City of KC in just 60 seconds – Planet Comicon, college hoops and the KC Auto Show are all back downtown. Need to know where to park? Find out about the Park Mobile App.

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City Council reaches understanding with developer on new KCI terminal

The modern and uniquely Kansas City, Missouri, airport that voters approved in November is back on track to open in 2021 now that the City Council has approved an agreement with the developer selected to build the much-anticipated single terminal.

The council voted 8-5 on Thursday to approve the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Edgemoor Infrastructure. The City Council voted 9-4 in December to reject the initial proposal.The non-binding MOU will set the framework for upcoming negotiations on the final development agreement and related documents.

“I’m happy, relieved, and, most of all, excited that we can finally move on to the next phase of this project and give Kansas Citians the airport they want and deserve,” Mayor Sly James said. “This wasn’t always a pretty process, but at the end of the day, when city officials trust the democratic process and act to serve Kansas Citians, we move forward as a community. Now, it’s time to get to work on the next steps.”

Those next steps include Edgemoor and the Aviation Department working together to quickly establish a maximum guaranteed price for the project. The agreement limits the City’s liability and makes Edgemoor solely responsible for any cost overruns.

Another important step will be the environmental assessment that the FAA requires for such projects.

The new MOU addresses 43 of 45 points of concern the council brought to attorneys representing the city in negotiations with Edgemoor. The new version includes a revised $28.9 million community benefits agreement with money for child care and free busing for those working on the project.

The Nov. 7, 2017, election generated strong regional interest and about 75 percent of those casting ballots supported the project, which is expected to cost slightly more than $1 billion to complete.

“Kansas City voters sent a clear message to us last November that they wanted a world-class airport for our City, and they wanted it done in a manner that was transparent and that would make our city proud,” Third District City Councilmember Jermaine Reed said.

Fourth District Councilmember Jolie Justus said the vote would “show that Kansas City is open for business, innovation and partnership.”

The new terminal will be built on the site of Terminal A, which has been closed for several years due to airline mergers. Terminals B & C will continue to operate as usual.

City officials have specified that the new terminal must have certain features that keep and improve the existing convenience of the terminals at Kansas City International Airport.

Edgemoor’s preliminary design features a two-level curbside drop-off and pickup area which will be more convenient and less crowded for travelers. Also, waiting areas at each gate will have room for the increased number of passengers on today’s planes.
The requirements to build the terminal include:

  • Private financing for a 750,000 square foot terminal
  • A 6,500-spot parking garage
  • 35 gates (expandable to 42 gates)
  • A local workforce
  • Prevailing wages for construction workers
  • Assurance that the City’s MBE/WBE goals as well as workforce development or job training for local workers are met or exceeded
  • 1% of the cost dedicated to the arts

Financing for the new terminal will be paid back from airport revenues, and the City will continue to own and operate the airport. More information about the project is available on the NewKCI site on KCMO.gov.

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Dr. Bedell Hosting Community Conversations

Superintendent Mark Bedell is hosting a series of Community Conversations across the Kansas City Public Schools system. In general, these events are an opportunity for Dr. Bedell to talk about how KCPS is responding to public input gathered during his 2016-2017 Listen & Learn tour, share information about the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan and have a discussion about how students, parents and neighbors can contribute towards the school system’s long-term success.

The upcoming Community Conversations are scheduled in order to give residents of those areas a chance to talk about their specific concerns and suggestions:

  • Northeast Zone – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 at Northeast Middle School, 4904 Independence Ave., Kansas City, Mo. (This event will include interpreters for multiple languages and a special presentation for families that have immigrated to the U.S.)
  • East Zone – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 at the Kansas City Public Library North-East Branch, 6000 Wilson Ave., Kansas City, Mo. (This event will include Spanish interpreters.)

Childcare and heavy refreshments will be available at each of these events.

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Looking for an Orthopedic Surgeon?

Research Medical Center Brookside Campus welcomes two new orthopedic surgeons to their ranks. Click here to read the official announcement.

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Update from Dr. Bedell and Kansas City Public Schools

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Introducing the 2018 Discount Card!

We are very pleased to announce the changes to our 2018 Discount Card.

Thanks to all of the feedback we received through last year’s focus meetings and survey, it was determined that many of the current offers were not re-usable. This caused us to go back to the drawing board and ask for better discounts.  Some businesses were able to work with us while others weren’t as interested.  We are trying to work something out with them to donate one-time offers into our New Neighbor Welcome Bags.  Onward and Upward!

So without further adew, here it is:


Now, go sign up for a membership and get yours! The cards are being printed and will be mailed out to 2018 Members soon!

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Robeson Reuse Proposal Presentation

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
South-Broadland Presbyterian
7850 Holmes Rd, 
Kansas City, MO
(park in the lot on the north side and look for the OFFICE sign)
6:00 – 7:00 PM

 

South Waldo Community Investors has teamed up with O’Reilly Development Company on a revised proposal for the former Robeson school site, 8201 Holmes. Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS) wants to get your feedback on the revised proposal and invites you to attend a presentation by the development team.

If you are unable to attend but want to learn more, please contact the Repurposing Initiative Office at repurposing@kcpublicschools.org or 816-418-7725.

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BraveHearts for Dads Fatherhood Engagement Program

BraveHearts for Dads a fathering empowerment program of Cornerstones of Care announces the next session of BraveHearts.

BraveHearts for Dads is a free and voluntary fathering empowerment program. Any father or male caregiver seeking to improve the relationship with their child and strengthen their protective factors is encouraged to enroll.

Men participating in BraveHearts will learn:

  • Better understanding of bonding and attachment.
  • Your rights and responsibilities as a father.
  • Skills for managing your physical health.
  • Skills for interacting with your child’s mother and other caregivers and providers.
  • Important levels of child development.
  • Parenting and discipline skills.
  • Techniques for fatherhood development.
  • How to strengthen family protective factors.

The next session will be held:

Saturdays February 3-March 24
1-4:00pm
Brush Creek Community Center
In the Brush Creek Community Center Classroom
3801 Brush Creek Community Center KCMO 64130

To Register:

Contact us at 1-855-778-5437, option 3, or getsupport@cornerstonesofcare.org

Click here for the flier.

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Recap of our Meeting on January 13, 2018

Waldo Tower Neighborhood General Meeting on 1/13/18

(our next meeting is on March 10th)

Watch the video below.

1. Introduction to By-Laws and What Has Changed- view this information here.

2. Vote on By-Laws- view new By-Laws here.

3. News and Updates:

• 6th District Update by Vice-President Tammy Gay

• CPAC Update by John Bozarth

• Membership Update by Mary Cary

Cards are being re-worked with newer-better offers and we’ll send it to the printer within the next week or two and mail them out as soon as we get them back. Membership renewal letters are being printed by Research Medical Hospital – Brookside Campus and the turn-around time is quite a bit longer than expected. They should be ready in the next week as well.

• Country Club/Waldo Area Plan Update by Angie

http://kcmo.gov/planning/country-clubwaldo-area-plan

City Plan Commission Hearing – February 6, 2018 at 9am

Implementation Committee will form after that.

• Restaurant Week (until January 21st)

• Waldo Week (February 24 – March 3)

• Town Hall in the works for February 27, 2018 at 6:30pm

Tax incentives, how they are used in Kansas City, their pros and cons and how they affect voters.

• Robeson/Bingham Update

Public Meeting by KCPS re: Robeson on February 6th at 6pm at South-Broadland Presbyterian Church

• January is Mentoring Month and KCPS offers Mentoring Programs http://kcpublicschools.org/mentoring

• Website Committee is ready to meet.

New website is WaldoTowerNeighborhood.org

4. Special Guest- Matt Bunch with Kansas City Community Gardens (at 01:06:00)

http://kccg.org is their website

5. Miscellaneous Business and Adjourn

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Join us Saturday, January 13th, for our First General Meeting of 2018

Please join the Waldo Tower Neighborhood Association for our next General Meeting, happening on Saturday, January 13th, at 10am in the Waldo Public Library. We’ll be in Meeting Room A.

We’ll welcome Matt Bunch with the Kansas City Community Gardens to help us look forward to a new planting season!

Visit http://kccg.org/ for more info.

We’ll also vote to accept our new by-laws (members only) and go over other local news and announcements.

Refreshments and company are always free! See you Saturday!

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Happy New Year!

 

Dear Neighbor,

I’ve lived in this neighborhood since 2002 and have really enjoyed being an active member of my community, but nothing compares to the feeling I received recently when we completed an intense series of focus meetings and saw the results. I am so very happy to live in a community that loves and enjoys their neighbors and want to make their neighborhood the best that it can be.

We learned a lot of valuable information through this year-long process and as a result we have been making some big changes to our organization. Most importantly, our new name, the Waldo Tower Neighborhood Association, and the proposed changes to our by-laws now reflect our true purpose and how we operate.

We will no longer be considered a “Homes Association”,  but will continue to fulfill those roles in the way that our residents have asked us to.

The new mission of the Waldo Tower Neighborhood Association is to provide mutual benefits to members. Additionally, WTNA shall be organized:

• To promote the general welfare of the neighborhood;
• To protect the general health and welfare of its members;
• To cultivate and promote attractive, well-kept homes and buildings;
• To support municipal services of public safety, neighborhood improvement, and recreational activities and facilities;
• To promote crime prevention programs and activities; and
• To collect annual dues from members to provide a general fund to pay operating costs, fees, and expenses of the   Association.

Many of these expenses increase each year including the costs to send out communications to such a large area. We try to reach all 3,300 homes but only see about 300 commit with a membership and that barely covers our operating budget.

It is thanks largely to these memberships that allow us to provide our Dumpster Days twice a year, which we learned was a service that our respondents valued the most.

We are seeking to expand these types of events and to seek out more opportunities for our residents to find value in their community. If we could have more people invest with a membership, we would also have a louder voice at City Hall.

I hope you’ll take a look at our 2018 Calendar to get an idea of some of the things we are planning and invite you to our next general meeting on January 13th where we will be voting on the new by-laws.

Please also consider becoming a member?  We can do so much when we all band together and create an even better Waldo.

Thank you for your consideration and support and have a very Happy New Year!

If you have already signed up for 2018, we are putting the final touches on our new Discount card with lots of upgrades to the offers and will have them printed by the time we have our meeting.

Warmly,

Angie Lile, President,
Waldo Tower Neighborhood Association

New for 2018!

Support your neighborhood organization in style with our new Waldo Tower Neighborhood apparel. Lots of styles and sizes to choose from, order online and pick up at our March Meeting (or we can drop it off for you). Orders are being taken until January 15th.

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Join the Conversation on the New Airport Design

Share your preferences for the single terminal KCI design at 1 of 4 upcoming meetings.  Attend local sessions on Thursday, December 7th, and Thursday, December 14th.  Click here to learn more.

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Special Mtg: Annexation of 95 Acres from KC to Lee’s Summit-11/27 @7:00pm

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Pencil us in for these 2018 Event Dates

During our last Board Meeting, we put together a list of important calendar dates for 2018. Some of these will be subject to change and we’ll update this list when they do, but you can “Pencil Us In” for these to make sure you don’t miss anything!

January 13

Neighborhood Meeting, 10 a.m., Waldo Library

March 10

Neighborhood Meeting, 10 a.m., Waldo Library

April 28

Spring Dumpster Day, 8-12, South Broadland Presbyterian Church (tentative date)

May 12

Neighborhood Meeting, 10 a.m., Waldo Library

June 23

Movie Night Tower Park (evening)

July 14

Neighborhood Meeting, 10 a.m., Waldo Library

September 8

Neighborhood Meeting, 10 a.m., Waldo Library
Election of Officers

October 6

Fall Dumpster Day, 8-12, South Broadland Presbyterian Church (tentative date)

November 10

Neighborhood Meeting, 10 a.m., Waldo Library

Our Board meetings will be held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Waldo Area Business Association office at 7222 Wornall Road, KCMO 64114

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General Meeting Minutes 11-11-17

We started with a brief Recap of our Big Reveal Meeting including what our organization should be doing for our community and the responses we’ve received so far: Dumpsters, Mailings, Phone Calls and Membership Drive so far.

It was announced that our board meetings are permanently set for every 2nd Tuesday of the Month. Our next board meeting will be November 14th, 6pm, at the new Waldo Area Business Association offices at 7222 Wornall Road.  PO Mikki Cassidy, will be in attendance at our Board Meeting to go over our Focus results and talk about a plan for Tower Park and South Oak Park. We will also discuss the homeless situation at those parks.

It was also mentioned that Representative Greg Razer is having a Town Hall on Thursday, November 16th, 6:30pm at Burns and McDonnell, 9450 Wornall Road. Please RSVP to lisa.buhr@house.mo.gov or by calling 573-751-2437

The Waldo Area Business Association is hosting a Small Business Saturday Crawl on November 25th (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) & you can earn Waldo Bucks for shopping at local area businesses.

Stacey Johnson-Cosby was in attendance so we had her up to announce that the South Kansas City Alliance will have several Missouri State Legislators to talk about the upcoming session and what will be big issues for Missouri. That will be Monday night, November 13th at 6pm, at the South Patrol Station on Bannister Road.

She also mentioned that there was a plan to de-annex 95 acres from Kansas City to Lee’s Summit for a large retail, residential, sports and restaurant complex. They will announce a public meeting to discuss that in more depth and specifically whether they are in support or not.

We shared that Kansas City Public Schools is back to the drawing board on plans to sell Robeson but a community center is still not out of the question. Interim use proposals are still being accepted for Bingham.

There was no CPAC update but the website link was mentioned- http://www.crimereports.com/map?search=64131

Next we heard about the Waldo/Country Club Area Plan with an update by Gerald “Bo” Williams, Lead Planner, Long Range Planning & Preservation Department. The documents and all meeting presentations up to this point can be found at this link- http://kcmo.gov/planning/country-clubwaldo-area-plan/

Questions or concerns? Contact him at:

City Planning and Development
City of Kansas City, Mo.
16th Floor, City Hall
414 E. 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64106
Email: gerald.williams@kcmo.org
Phone: 816-513-2897

Next we welcomed Eric Bunch, Director of Policy and Education at BikeWalkKC.org to give us an update on #CompleteKC.

Complete KC is a community-driven process to plan, design and implement a Complete Street network to better connect neighborhoods and restore sense of place.

Click here to learn more about this initiative- http://bikewalkkc.org/completekc/

Watch the complete meeting here-

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NEW LOCATION announced for our next general meeting on Saturday, November 11th

UPDATE: We just received word that our room at the Waldo Library was inadvertently canceled so we are moving our meeting to the Curry Theater inside Research Hospital.

6675 Holmes Road
Parking Lot B
Curry Theater

We’ll go over the latest and greatest news for the neighborhood, including an overview of our “Big Reveal” presentation.

We’re also confirming our guest speakers to present information about the Waldo/Country Club Area Plan as well as the BikeKC project.

Coffee and treats are always fresh and we enjoy the company so come on out and meet your neighbors!

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Heartland Tree Alliance planting trees in our Neighborhood

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Waldo Tower Neighborhood Focus Results

In 2015, Tower Homes Association merged with the Waldo Homes Association for a total combined area of 3,300 homes.

Our boundaries now include:
Gregory to 79th, Wornall to Troost and 79th to 85th, Wornall to Holmes.

This expansion, along with declining membership, declining volunteerism and increasing costs for services such as Dumpster Day, print materials and mailing costs to such a large area, has highlighted a growing need for a re-organization.

We needed to find out what residents in our area want from a neighborhood organization, so we planned a series of five focus meetings that were held during the summer.  This was followed by an online survey that was offered to anyone living within our boundaries.

The focus group and survey were designed to discover:

  • How to best communicate neighborhood and meeting information to residents in our boundaries,
  • What residents in our boundaries want from a neighborhood organization,
  • What residents in our boundaries like or don’t like about Waldo, and
  • What residents in our boundaries find important or not important in their community.

Now, we are revealing the results of our research and how that information will be used to:

  • Reorganize into the Waldo Tower Neighborhood Association (from Waldo Tower Homes Association),
  • Refine the role of the Waldo Tower Neighborhood Association, and
  • Outline our next steps and what it means for our community.

Or watch the video presentation with the slides by clicking here:

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Experience Divine Beauty & Profound Wisdom of a Lost Civilization

Experience Divine Beauty & Profound Wisdom of a Lost Civilization

SHEN YUN’S unique artistic vision expands theatrical experience into a multi-dimensional, inspiring journey through one of humanity’s greatest treasures—the five millennia of traditional Chinese culture.

This epic production immerses you in stories reaching back to the most distant past. You’ll explore realms even beyond our visible world. Featuring one of the world’s oldest art forms—classical Chinese dance —along with patented scenographical effects and all-original orchestral works, Shen Yun opens a portal to a civilization of enchanting beauty and enlightening wisdom.

Early Bird promo code: SY17 to waive $9 Ticketmaster Service Fee by online/phone order. Offer good through 10/20/17.

Shen Yun at the Kansas City Music Hall | December 22nd & 23rd 2017

Tickets available at:  shenyun.com/KC
or charge by phone at 913-701-SHOW (7469)

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