June 15, 2016

Interested in what's going on with China One Buffet?

Ingersoll is bustling!  
Read about the proposed development for Ingersoll here in the Des Moines Register. 

If you're interested in learning more, make plans to attend our June 21st meeting at the Mickle Center (starts at 7:00 p.m.).

We'll discuss the project with the investment firm and reshare our vision from the 2013 Character Plan Study ... 

The residents of Woodland Heights envision a cohesive, aesthetically pleasing,and peaceful neighborhood where families can thrive in a socially diverse,historically significant community that remains connected to its natural setting and surrounding urban environment.

This vision statement is part of the Character Plan study created for our neighborhood. Please become familiar with the character plan here

June 14, 2016

Lets get digital ...

Join your fellow neighbors on these two social media platforms!



It's great and quick way to stay in touch!

Meeting Notification: Tuesday June 21st at Mickle Center

We have a lot to catch up on!

Please join us for our quarterly meeting on Tuesday, June 21st at 7:00 p.m.  We're anticipating a large turnout, so we've moved the meeting indoors to the Mickle Center:
1620 Pleasant Street, Des Moines.

Here's a proposed agenda:

  • Neighborhood update from our DSM partners (building inspections, law enforcement)
  • Overview of a proposed development plan for Ingersoll (replacing China Buffet)
  • Plans for Neighborhood Night Out in August 

Please make plans to attend! 

April 19, 2016

What you need to know about Mosquito control

From the Des Moines City website....

Once again this year, we will maintain the capability to spray for adult mosquito control as conditions warrant. Our operational procedures have been somewhat modified in an effort to reduce seasonal applications of adulticide in compliance with new Federal directives, and yet be even more responsive to citizen complaints. Within the City of Des Moines, using mosquito population data, citizen complaint calls, and a newly established electronic mapping system, we will be identifying areas most intensely affected by periods of unusually high numbers of nuisance mosquitoes, and will be targeting those areas for our adult control efforts.

When spraying is scheduled for residential neighborhoods, it will generally begin after 8:00 pm. For current scheduling information, you may call the “Mosquito Hotline” at 248-6099 after 5:00 pm. daily, or view the Mosquito Spray Map by clicking this link.

Website available here: http://www.dmgov.org/departments/communitydevelopment/pages/mosquito.aspx

Next Meeting: June (we moved from monthly to quarterly)

At our last scheduled meeting in March, the available neighbors voted to move our monthly meetings to quarterly.  The next Woodland Heights Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 21st at 7:00 p.m. This meeting will take place at Price Chopper on Ingersoll.

Please make plans to attend - we'll be re-holding elections to fill our vacant openings.

In the interim, watch this blog for additional details.  Also, consider following us on Facebook at the new neighborhood social media site, Nextdoor.

March 8, 2016

Jan. Meeting Notes

Woodland Heights Neighborhood Association
Feb 16 Meeting
7:01 p.m. meeting

 Vince – police report; not very active; main focus has been around weather-related traffic incidents
Impounded several cars because of lack of removal
·         24 hour ordinance violation
·         $35 / ticket
·         Over 24 hours – larger ticket

Wrote about 15 tickets for snow related thing; impounded 6 cars; receive 5 complaints for snow

We need to contact Traffic and Transportation – snow removal/verification details

Animal Control issue with dog; taken care of.

Gwen/ Flooding issues from runoff / erosion

Asking Vince to watch:
·         House on 28th street ; parking on yard again
·         End of Linden street, cars park too close to stop sign; narrow street too difficult for incoming traffic (ordinance to be in effect 10 feet back from the stop sign)

Vince to retire in September.

Letter from city: Roadway Construction Program 31st from Woodland to Center – summer work on roadways heads up; no assessment for this work.

Letter from Callaghan – want to put out an animated sign; public hearing against the appeal (Wed. 2/24 @ 1 p.m. on the 2nd floor of city hall)
·         Why 8 feet tall; other information or variations
·         Not a commercial zoning issue
·         Vote to write a letter opposing the sign
·         Principal ? involvement in the association? – can we write a letter

Motion to ask secretary for opposition  - write letter. 7 votes. (draft of letter below)

 February 22, 2016

To:  Des Moines City Council

From: Woodland Heights Neighborhood Organization

RE: Public Hearing for Callanan Middle School and Sign Variance Request

Residents in the Woodland Heights Neighborhood received notice from the city regarding an upcoming public hearing to review a request from Callanan Middle School for a variance to install a school sign on. 

During the Woodland Heights Neighborhood Organization’s monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 we discussed this proposal.  As it is outlined in their request, our organization is against the installation of the 8 foot (animated) sign on school grounds (our vote was unanimous).  We feel this sign would be a detriment to housing values and would set a precedent for other schools to construct similar signs.   

We would encourage school officials to discuss their proposal with the neighborhood organization for ideas on finding a balance that benefits both the school and neighborhood residents.  While we have worked with Callanan school officials on other projects, we were surprised to learn about this request through the city. 

We appreciate your attention to this matter and appreciate being able to voice the concerns of the residents of Woodland Heights. 

Thank you. 

September 15, 2015

Don't Forget: Meeting Tonight

Come meet your neighbors and learn about important issues impacting Woodland Heights Organization.

Meetings are held monthly; typically the third Tuesdays of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Callanan Middle School cafeteria.