May 19, 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.

April 24, 2015

Meeting Notes - April 21st

Woodland Heights Neighborhood Association
April 21, 2015 – Agenda – 7:00 p.m.

Callanan Middle School – 3010 Center Street

·         Call to order – 7:02 p.m. (13 in attendance)
·         School Bus / Parking Concerns
o   Department of Traffic (Jennifer McCoy; Mark Garret)/ Callanan Principal (Dawn Stahly) – Bus loop
o   Traffic congestion concerns on Center Street vs. the loop
·      Blocking view of students
·      Difficult to pass
·      Hard to back out of housing
o   Proposing new solution for buses and parent parking for 2015-2016 school year (removing parking restriction from South Side of Center – was only allowed after 5 p.m.)
o   Neighborhood Organization motioned to approve recommended changes & it was unanimously approved
·         Neighborhood Finance Corporation Representative
o   Wanted to share the opportunity to access funds to rehab your home
o   Up to $10,000 forgivable loan; want to stay in home for 5 years – encourage updates & neighborhood consistency
o   Every 10 years you can use $10,000; must be owner occupied
o   3.875 on a 30 year fix – current rate
·         NBSD: Sgt. Vince Valdez/ Lt. Larry Davey / Ed Leedom
o   Brought annual report for police department
o   May is recognition of police work – lots of activities planned; including a new fun run “Run with the Police” – May 16 (check out events on web page); family friendly, etc. All the money from the registrations goes to Special Olympics of Iowa.
o   SMART 911 – Emergency management website alert notification of what police / fire, etc. need to know – ahead of the emergency –  get on the site & add your information
o   Crime report – very light activity; a few burglaries, assaults/domestics 
o   Watching 24th and Rollins due to complaints and suspicious activity – made some arrests
o   24 and Rollins – fire, vacant – need to have it torn down (motion to have city council remove restriction of multiple year wait to have it torn down – need to send letter on behalf of WHO); other houses that have burned down; can we remove the others too
·      Motion unanimously passed
o   23 cases of car parking, litter debris; 7 of those on curb issues
o   Parking tickets – parking right of way & over sidewalk – slowed down
o   Impounded 4 cars
o   13 neighborhood rental inspections (2 were new to neighborhood); most are complying on first inspection (good thing)
·         New Business –
o   Eugene White – recently passed away; was nominated and won the Alice Rodine Award; Skip Moore and Doug McBride accepted the award.
o   Funeral is Saturday, April 26 – will be presenting the award to the family.
·         Adjournment – 8 p.m.

April 13, 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.

March 27, 2015

April 9: Join Us for A Military Luminary

On Thursday, April 9th there will be a military luminary service and presentation at the Woodland Heights Cemetery.  Join us at 7 p.m.; taps are played at 9:00 p.m. 

Meeting Notes - March 17

Below are the meeting notes from the March 17 meeting held at Dahls on Ingersoll.
Claudia - $1,428 | minimal expenses incurred over past few years
Proposed budget for 2015

23/24 High Street – North Side of street suspicious activity with cars; people

Barry declined chairperson
Chairperson – Kevin Cunningham
Secretary  - Laura Tofteland
Treasurer – Claudia Brown
At Large – Mike Guanci, Bethaney Shuttey, Carol Lewis
Unanimous vote – 10

April 9 – 49 regiment ; military luminary – after hours (DSM register). Taps at 9 p.m. – Starts @ 7.
Grand Army Republic – honoring civil war vets in period attire

Fence Update – Polk County/Lisa vote still out; application for grant is in (financial statement provided)

Greater DSM Foundation meeting – identified right steps were being taken to get grants, etc. 
-          Can we have a brochure ready by the 4/9 event at the cemetery for donations ?
-          Partnership with others to raise funds for different projects around the cemetery
o   Looking for funds to repair stones; grant dropped through
-          Deanna Clausen - Barry looking for listing of potential donors based on those family members that are interned at the cemetery

Need to contact IRS to get letter for IRS to prove non-profit status.  Really need for grant files.
Need to set-up account to start collecting funds – need 40-50% of funds raised in the account before NIC and other grants will release additional grants
-          Veridian is going to donate $5,000 and other items for the project

Bi-Annual report: need to have officers @ close of 2014.

Claudia – Income Statement
-          NNO – August
-          Holiday Party – December
-          Free Move Night at Woodland Heights
Proposed Budget
-          Require a voluntary donation of $300 for movie night
-          $500 for fence donation
-          $200 for other events
-          After expenses around $300 at end of year

What are options to help slow down traffic / mitigate traffic at corner of Woodland & 31st
-          4 way stop sign?
-          Caution turning traffic
-          Speed patrol /trailer
-          DOT Traffic – records show high instance between Ingersoll

May 20, 2014

We need your help = Mission Fence Painting

We are in the process with working with the city to repaint the fence around the Woodland Heights Cemetery.  We're looking at redoing over a 1/2 mile of fence - need to scrape, powerwash and paint.

Please come help your neighborhood get even more beautiful!!


The city of Des Moines is hosting SCRUB days this summer.

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