This website was last updated: Saturday November 28th 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.
A Word From the President
Hi WHNA Neighbors:
Now is the TIME to register for the Third Annual WHNA Holiday Lighting Contest.
Last year's winners are posted on this website. If you are going to have an exterior lighting decoration display 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.
The WHNA Holiday Lighting Contest Drive-by list will be operational by Thanksgiving Day and will be updated daily or whenever we have a new address. NOTE: We hope you can provide us a digital picture of your decorations taken at night. If you cannot provide a picture, let me know and we will try to get a picture. We will post your picture to our database with your address. There will NOT be any names posted. The picture and your address will be the only info posted to the Drive-By List. That Drive-By list and pictures will be featured on our Website. Anyone that requests a lists of the addresses can contact me and I will email them an updated list of the addresses featured.
Providing these Holiday Lighting Displays are usually an enjoyable effort for the people putting up the decorations. Their efforts and the events of other neighbors driving by to view the decoration all have Very Little Covid-19 Risk. Enjoy, Stay Safe and Stay Well.
Contact me Dave at (515) 287-1976, or email me at
or contact us through the contact section of this website.
Our WHNA Board of Directors are all un-paid positions but each of these members provide ideas, efforts and services that help make our neighborhood a friendlier, helpful and safer place to live. All of our WHNA Board Members live in our WHNA area.
We are especially proud to introduce you to two newcomers that have recently moved into our neighborhood and who are also willing to offer their time and efforts to help make our neighborhood better for all of us.
The couple above are Ricardo and Maria Corona. Our current WHNA Board have met with the Coronas. The Coronas have special skills and backgrounds that we believe can greatly enhance goals that we want to reach in our neighborhood. We have invited them to become WHNA Board Members and they agreed. They will have a special assignment within our Board and the title of "Latino Community Outreach Coordinators"
Visit the "Meet Our Board" page of this website to learn more about Ricardo and Maria Corona.
If you have a security camera or cameras around your home and have NOT YET registered with this City Police program, please contact me and I will send you more detailed information. (515) 287-1976 or contact us through the contact section from this Website.
The incentive is small ($25.00) and the registration is simple. However, we only have six more incentives approved as part of this test program. I believe that if we can complete this test program in short time, we will be able to find private funding sources to make this an ongoing incentive program for our WHNA in the future. The currently available six remaining incentives are available on a first come - first approved basis only.
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 recently converted to the Zoom Pro version to conduct our online meetings. 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 will be having our next WHNA Zoom Neighbors Meeting on Wednesday December 16th at 6:00pm. We are moving our Neighbors meetings to a Wednesday evening. Having our neighbors meetings on the weekend created a major scheduling problem for our support people. These support people provide important and relevant information for our neighbors. We welcome this scheduling change. Welcome back to our outstanding support people: Sergeant Lance Ripperger from the Police Department's Neighborhood Based Service Delivery, and; Joshua Raleigh from the City's Neighborhood Inspection Division, and; Joel Van Roekel from the City's Parks and Recreation Department.
The 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 ; or call me, Dave Johnston (515) 287-1976. Or contact us through this website. I will then send to you a Zoom Invite for you to attend this online WHNA Neighbors Meeting.
We will email a Meeting Agenda to you a few days prior to the meeting. Zoom Invites to the meeting will be emailed the day 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,
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 that neighbors meeting October 14th 2019.
Click on the PDF file below to view the full 6-page WHNA Modified By-Laws that were adopted and our current By-Laws.