This website was last updated:
Monday, October 19th 2020.

Welcome

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.

A Word From the President

Hi WHNA Neighbors:

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.

WHNA Hand-Delivery Service of your completed Ballot.

Regardless of whom you vote for, this year it is especially important that you vote and that your vote is counted.

You should have already received an Absentee Ballot sometime between Monday October 5th and Saturday October 10th. If you have not received your Ballot check to find out why. Make sure you are registered to vote or be sure to get registered.

 

When you receive your Ballot, make sure you understand the instructions and complete your Ballot as soon as possible.

 

There are indications of direct efforts to slow down the delivery of mail to effect our rights to have our vote counted. Evidence indicates that Iowa has not been immune to this slow down effort. If you are going to mail your ballot, mail it as soon as possible.

If you are concerned about this possible mail slow down but do not want to vote in person, give me a call (515) 287-1976. You can hand deliver your completed Ballot to me at my home ( 604 Philip St) or if you are unable to get here I will make arrangements to pick your Ballot up from you. I will then ensure your Ballot is hand-delivered to the Polk County Election Office the next day that the Election Office is open. I will continue this for the period from Monday October 5th through Friday October 23rd. We have extended this period of time we are providing this service for our neighbors by one week. This is not sanctioned by the Polk County Election Office. I am only doing this as the President of Watrous Heights Neighborhood Association as a service to help ensure that neighbors in the WHNA area feel confident that their vote will be received in time to be counted. 

 

The Secretary of State Website has a place where you can enter your name, and birthdate and they can confirm when they have received your Ballot. I am not sure how long from the time your Ballot is physically provided to them before it is entered into their database what date it was received. 

 

NOTE: I received my Ballot Tuesday, October 6th 2020 to my home address after the post office would have been closed for the day. Clearly, the post office did an excellent job of getting the ballot to me in a timely manner.

 

My concern still remained regarding my completed Ballot getting to the Election Office in time for my vote to be counted. My completed Ballot was Hand-Delivered October 8th, 2020 to the Polk County Election Office.

The acknowledgment that my Ballot had been received was reported on the Iowa Secretary of State website address listed below as received by the Auditor on 10/8/2020.  THAT WAS OUTSTANDING. 

Regardless of how hard he tries, the head of the US Post Office cannot now delay my Ballot from being counted for this November 3rd 2020 Election.

If you live in the WHNA current or proposed area and want me to do this for you, give me a call (515) 287-1976. If I can't answer your call, be sure and leave me a call back number on my phone. I will get back to you later that same day.

We will do our best to ensure your completed Ballot is hand-delivered to the Polk County Auditor's Election Office on the very next day they are open.

You can check the latest status of your ballot at the Iowa Secretary of State website. Click on the following website address.

 

    https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/absenteeballotstatus/absentee/search

We had a fun WHNA hosted Cul-De-Sac Block Party with live B2Wins entertainment on the afternoon of Sunday September 27th. The rain quite only minutes before the B2Wins began their outstanding performance.

Altogether there was between 35 to 40 people being entertained or participating. Most were masked and usually social distancing was maintained. Our neighbors really seemed to enjoy this special event. These events are not promoted outside the immediate area specifically to help limit the turnout to Covid-19 compliant crowd size.

Special thanks to our local Kum-N-Go store and our local Wendy's for their donations and support of this event.

With the lead-time needed to put this on, it is unlikely we will be able to host another event before the weather is too cold. However, we are now planning ahead for next spring and summer, especially, if the Covid-19 virus is still a threat next year.

Please reach us through the contact section of this website if you would like your immediate area be considered for an event like this next spring or summer.

Go to the Gallery Section of this website and check the gallery page for the Cul-De-Sac Party. There are a dozen pictures posted. Entertainment was great. The neighbors appeared to really enjoy the event. Let us know if you would like us to have something like this in your area in the future.

We have recently converted to the Zoom Pro version which eliminates the 40-minute time limit imposed on the free version.  There is NO-COST to you to participate online in our WHNA meetings. You will need to download the free Zoom App to either your computer or smart phone. 

We are going  to have our Third Annual Holiday Lighting Contest for this year's Christmas season. Last year's winners are posted on this website. There are some changes in the judges for this year. If you are going to have an exterior lighting decoration show for your home, be sure to enter into our Third Annual Holiday Lighting Contest. it costs nothing to enter and there is some prize money awarded to the top three winners.

This year, if you give us permission, we will list your address as a home lighting decoration's contestant.  We will promote your home and decorations on our website. This will likely give you an opportunity to "show-off" your decorating skills and ideas. It will also give our neighbors from the entire WHNA association area a chance to enjoy the impressive Holiday Lighting decoration efforts many of you make.

We will be having a WHNA Zoom Board Meeting on Sunday Sunday November 8th at 6:00pm. This will be a concentrated effort to address special goals and/or projects we have for the balance of this year. Out WHNA Board Meetings are open to our neighbors. If you want to receive an invite to this Board Meeting contact me at (515) 287-1976. I will need your name, address and email address. I will then send to a Zoom Invite to this Board Meeting

 

We have scheduled our next WHNA Neighbors Zoom Meeting on Sunday November 15th 2020 at 6:00 pm. Guest speakers and Agenda has not yet been finalized. Keep checking in on this site for latest updates.

Send me a request for an Invite if you would like to attend this meeting.  Email me at  president.WHNA@mediacombb.net   or call me, Dave Johnston (515) 287-1976. Or contact us through this website.

We will email a Meeting Agenda to you a few days prior to the meeting. Zoom Invites to the meeting will be emailed within 24-hours prior to the meeting.

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 will keep you updated regarding events in our area.

The Covid-19 Virus has caused changes. But we are not staying idle. We have several changes we are working on. We will be doing our best to keep you informed and to provide you with needed and important information. If you want to know "what's going on in your neighborhood?" This is the place to check for the facts.

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

Dave

Update to Community Betterment Grant for 2020

 Early this year we were notified that the Polk County Grant Program had been put on hold. This was the result of the Covid-19 effects on Prairie Meadows and Polk County in general.

  

This left us without any of the funds we had projected for several planned projects. Most all projects were understandably brought to a halt. 

The Covid-19 problem created many new and more important funding needs throughout the entire Polk County area.

We very recently were advised that we would receive a substantial reduced amount but receive some Grant funding. Under the circumstances of the Covid-19 created problems and needs; we felt very grateful to receive any funding. 

We appreciate the efforts of the Polk County Grant Program, the entire Polk County Board of Supervisors and with special thanks and appreciation to our own 5th District Supervisor, Matt McCoy.  

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.

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