Welcome

This Website last updated Saturday, June 20th 2020.

Greetings, and welcome to the website of Watrous Heights Neighborhood Association.

 

The purpose of the Watrous Heights Neighborhood Association is to enhance the quality of life and value within our area.

 

We extend a heartfelt welcome to all our neighbors. We work to make our neighborhood a friendly, helpful and safe place to live.

WHNA Modified By-Laws passed by Vote Oct 14th 

We have recently incorporated our Watrous Heights Neighborhood Association. We have also filed with the Internal Revenue Service and obtained a 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt designation.  This should make our fund raising efforts more productive. This will make funds donated to our association fully tax deductible. Most serious funding sources will not consider donating to an association like ours unless we have that 501(c)(3) designation.

Our neighbors in attendance passed by a unanimous "Yes" vote to approve our WHNA Modified By-Laws at this neighbors meeting October 14th 2019 at 6:00 pm.

Click on the PDF file below to view the full 6-page WHNA Modified By-Laws that were adopted.

A Word From the President

Hi WHNA Neighbors:

NO MEETINGS SCHEDULED. As of this time there is NO MEETING scheduled for Watrous Heights Neighborhood Association. We are trying to get set to have a workable meeting on line. We will let you know.

The COVID-19 Virus has forced all of us to make several changes. We are unsure when or where we will be able to safely hold an in-person meeting again.

We have completed a major research effort regarding methods where we can conduct our meetings through our computers and/or smart phones.

 

We have successfully tested online link-ups with Zoom for our WHNA Board Members.

We held our first online WHNA Board Meeting on Monday, June 1st at 6:00 pm. We had a quorum. All Board Members in attendance were linked in with video and audio to the entire group. There were a few problems but we are now comfortable that we will be able to effectively hold our WHNA Board Meetings on line.

The City Council strongly suggested that our board meetings be open to any neighbors. We did that consistently when we were meeting at the South Union Elementary School Building.

I believe we would be able to conduct our WHNA meetings from our homes or anywhere else. It would require a smart phone or a computer with a Webcam and Microphone to fully participate in the meetings. However, I believe limited participation would be available without all that equipment but we are in the learning process.

Once we are able to conduct our WHNA Board meeting on line successfully, we will open the Board meetings up to anyone that wants to observe. Any neighbor that wants an "invite" to our Board Meetings, please request an invited with a message on this website or email me at   president.WHNA@mediacombb.net

We are currently using the free Zoom Program. This has several limiting factors. The biggest potential problem is that meetings time out at 40-minutes. 

We hope to be able to conduct our normal WHNA neighborhood meeting online soon. This would include most, if not all the normal support people and information that was provided to us in our meetings at South Union Elementary School Library.

Keep checking on this website. I will be updating the site with all the latest information. Be sure to check this site before going to the school for any normal WHNA regularly scheduled meeting. There's a good chance any schedule could be changed at the last minute.

SPECIAL NOTE: We are still looking for bilingual in the Latino language; that lives in our WHNA area who will serve on our WHNA Board to provide special bilingual skills to our neighbors in need of such assistance. Anyone that lives in the WHNA area and has those skills and might be willing to help out; Please give me a call: Dave Johnston, WHNA president at (515) 287-1976. 

Being on the WHNA Board is a lot of work and can be time-consuming.  My special thanks and deeply felt appreciation for those Board Members that served in this prior year. This recent year would not have been nearly as successful without their outstanding efforts.

Our WHNA Board is actively working to make things better for all of us. Hope you have noticed the "Blight Home" on the NW corner of SW 5th and Leach and the "Blight Home" on the SE corner of SW 8th and Emma are NOW GONE. We are working with the City to see the same thing happens soon to the worst of other "Blight Homes" in our area. Removing these "Blight Homes" from our WHNA makes our entire neighborhood better, safer and more enjoyable.

 

The two board-up homes in the 200-300 block on the North Side of SW Leach Ave likely are the next "Blight Homes" to be demolished. You also can help us continue this process. Adding your voice to our WHNA efforts helps us obtain these positive results.

We have previously submitted our WHNA Application for a Polk County Community Betterment Grant to provide us key funding for this 2020 year. Recent communications indicate this funding is currently on hold because of Coronavirus Related Problems. 

We still are continuing our efforts to obtain a small vest-pocket Park or Green Space for our area. We are one of the few neighborhood associations that are without any park. We have recently opened our initial filing for a WHNA Application for a Polk County Development Grant with the intent to obtain and develop a neighborhood park in our WHNA area. There is much work needed yet to be able to submit our WHNA final and formal Development Grant Application. 

Please make sure you have provided us with your current email address and phone number. If we have an email address we can and will keep you updated. You can update us through the comment section of this website. We can keep you updated with events in our area.

Thanks to each of you for your participation, Stay safe and stay well,

Dave

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