November 18, 2021

Property Improvement Program previewed

Woodland Heights neighbors learned about the city’s plans to implement a Property Improvement Program at the WHO’s November monthly meeting, held over Zoom on Tue. Nov. 16, 2021.


Deputy Director Neighborhood Services, SuAnn Donovan
presents to a virtual gathering of the WHO on Tue. Nov. 16, 2021

Deputy Director of Neighborhood Services, SuAnn Donovan, presented on plans for this new initiative that would strengthen neighborhoods by preventing homes from falling into disrepair by necessitating regular maintenance on home features such as: roof, gutters, siding, windows, paint (home shell), and sidewalk.  The program would also include safety net features to provide assistance to homeowners lacking the physical or financial means to complete the necessary maintenance.  

The city will hire new staff for this program (1 supervisor, 2 liaisons, 4 inspectors, 1 clerical staff) and the City Council will need to amend city code before it goes into effect.  

During the NBSD report, Officer Moody updated neighbors on recent incident reports from around the neighborhood: including an unsuccessful burglary attempt on an ATM at an Ingersoll Business, and that the Star Gas Station site has been working with Crow Tow to impound cars illegally parked there.  


 



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September 22, 2021

September WHO meeting began preview of November election

Two candidates on the ballot for the November 2, 2021 City Council and School Board election introduced themselves to the Woodland Heights Org. at the September monthly meeting on 9/21/2021.  Coming up at the October meeting, be on the lookout for more candidates to introduce themselves and share their campaign platform.  

Find resources regarding voter registration and the upcoming election online here.  

The main item of business accomplished during the meeting was the (overwhelming) vote of support in favor of the High Street traffic calming concept plan.  Neighbors spoke favorably on how they believed the concept plan’s features would work to slow traffic and make High Street a safer, friendlier street.  

DMPD's Officer Mike Moody (NBSD Officer)
reports to the Woodland Heights neighbors 9/21/21

Officer Mike Moody (NBSD) shared stats on neighborhood incidents and updated on noise and concerns around Ingersoll.  Also of note was an update on Center Street near Callanan Middle School.  City zoning and the Narcotics division of the DMPD are collaborating and it’s a work in progress to address the ongoing issues there.  Officer Moody advised to continue to call the non-emergency # to report suspicious issues (515)-283-4811 and if you have video of suspicious license plates or characters, do reach out to share that as well.  

During discussion, several issues were raised including Mental Health Crisis Services and Addiction Treatment Services provided by Broadlawns Medical Center.  






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The Woodland Heights Organization (WHO) is the neighborhood association recognized by the city of Des Moines representing Woodland Heights. Its purpose is is to stabilize, preserve, and revitalize area homes, enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood, and to promote community within our neighborhood amongst all residents and businesses. WHO is a volunteer organization.

for more information email who50312@gmail.com; view past issues of the email newsletter and subscribe at bit.ly/whoemail; like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whodesmoines

September 21, 2021

September meeting to be held outdoors

Update for the September 21, 2021 WHO meeting:  Forecast is for the most pleasant weather.  The September 21, 2021 meeting will occur as planned outdoors near the shelter at Chamberlain Park at 7pm.  

September 16, 2021

High Street Traffic Calming Concept Plan Released

Jeff Wiggins, of the City of DM, met with the High Street Traffic Calming Interest Group Wed. Sept. 15, 2021 to review the proposed High Street Traffic Calming Concept Plan (as part of the city's regular traffic calming program).  

Between 2019 and 2020, the city collected traffic study data, which can be viewed online here.  

On May 15, 2021 the High Street Traffic Calming Interest Group met virtually to share observations and concerns about High Street traffic that the Concept Planning would take into account.  

Read the Concept Plan online here.  The concept is designed to calm traffic on High Street in the blocks between 28th Street and 24th Street (study area).  The five elements of the plan include: (1.) posting 25 mph speed limit signs on High Street @ 28th & MLK; (2.) placing a speed hump on High Street approx. 450 feet east of 28th Street (approx. the crest of the hill); (3.) placing a speed hump approx. 275 feet east of the first speed hump; (4.) placing a choker on High Street approx. 300 feet west of 24th Street (approx. the bottom of the hill (adjacent to vacant lot)); and (5.) alternating from North to South, then back to North on which side of the street parking is allowed.  

Next steps include:  (1.) Discussion of the concept plan and vote of approval at the WHO September monthly meeting on Tue. Sept. 21, 2021; (2.) City to send cards for feedback to High Street property owners (notification); (3.) Review by the city's Transportation Safety Committee; and (4.) Project to be programmed into the next construction cycle (hopefully Summer 2022).  

Phil recorded video of the virtual meeting Sept. 15.  Please contact Phil to view that video.  


  




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The Woodland Heights Organization (WHO) is the neighborhood association recognized by the city of Des Moines representing Woodland Heights. Its purpose is is to stabilize, preserve, and revitalize area homes, enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood, and to promote community within our neighborhood amongst all residents and businesses. WHO is a volunteer organization.

for more information email who50312@gmail.com; view past issues of the email newsletter and subscribe at bit.ly/whoemail; like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whodesmoines




August 19, 2021

Home improvement and beautification topics of August meeting

The Woodland Heights Org., held its August 2021 meeting outdoors at Chamberlain Park on 8/17.  The featured guests were members of the city staff and included Chris Heilskov, Neighborhood Inspections Supervisor; Scott Clauson, Neighborhood Inspector (Blitz on Blight); and Erik Lundy, Zoning Enforcement Officer.  

Erik Lundy and Chris Heilskov, both of the City
of Des Moines, speak with the WHO 8/17/2021

The city’s Neighborhood Services Dept. and Neighborhood Inspections has been working hard to catch up on inspections that were delayed due to the pandemic and implement a new cloud-computing technology system to schedule, execute, and monitor inspections, violations, permitting, and more.  The department has been staffing up and soon will be hiring 2 additional inspectors.  

Neighbors attend the WHO meeting 8/17/2021
at Chamberlain Park

In addition to inspections staff monitoring neighborhoods for junk & debris, junk cars, nuisance properties, and zoning violations (such as illegal use and signs) to keep things looking nice, Invest-DSM is administering a city-wide Block Challenge Grant Program, where neighbors across the city can group together and apply for matching grants to fund home improvements boosting curb appeal.  Neighbors on High Street in Woodland Heights plan to make an application (due Sept. 30) and shared their story at the meeting.  Examples of projects allowable for the Block Grant Challenge Program include: landscaping (front yard), mulch, fencing, windows, and siding.  






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The Woodland Heights Organization (WHO) is the neighborhood association recognized by the city of Des Moines representing Woodland Heights. Its purpose is is to stabilize, preserve, and revitalize area homes, enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood, and to promote community within our neighborhood amongst all residents and businesses. WHO is a volunteer organization.

for more information email who50312@gmail.com; view past issues of the email newsletter and subscribe at bit.ly/whoemail; like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whodesmoines



National Night Out event held in Woodland Heights

After being cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus public health disaster emergency, neighborhoods throughout the country held their first National Night Out events since 2019.  Typically an annual event, National Night Out celebrates the collaboration and community building that neighbors and neighborhoods can do to prevent crime and fight crime alongside public safety officials.  

Public safety vehicles to explore at Woodland
Heights NNO event Tue. Aug. 3, 2021

Woodland Heights residents invited city police, fire, and other officials and staff for a social in Chamberlain Park on Tuesday, Aug. 3 for the 2021 event.  The gathering proved to be a great opportunity to meet with and hear from members of the public safety community as well as socialize with neighbors from all corners of Woodland Heights after limited contact due to the pandemic.  

Neighbors and community members gather at
Chamberlain Park Aug. 3, 20201 for NNO

Thank you to all the attendees, planners (especially the WHO Welcome Wagon committee), and volunteers who made the event a success.  

Mayor, Frank Cownie; NBSD Officer, Mike Moody;
and Lt. Larry Davey share a laugh at NNO 8/3/2021










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The Woodland Heights Organization (WHO) is the neighborhood association recognized by the city of Des Moines representing Woodland Heights. Its purpose is is to stabilize, preserve, and revitalize area homes, enhance the quality of life in the neighborhood, and to promote community within our neighborhood amongst all residents and businesses. WHO is a volunteer organization.

for more information email who50312@gmail.com; view past issues of the email newsletter and subscribe at bit.ly/whoemail; like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whodesmoines


August 17, 2021

August meeting to be held outdoors

Update for the August 17, 2021 WHO meeting:  Forecast is for hot but fair weather.  The August 17, 2021 meeting will occur as planned outdoors near the shelter at Chamberlain Park at 7pm.