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December 6, 2018

Membership changes effective January 2019

We are changing our membership policy to make things more convenient for you!

Beginning January 2019, new HPNA memberships will be up for renewal on January 1 of each calendar year. No more remembering dates or forgetting to renew! Pay your membership dues in January and enjoy the benefits the rest of the year.
NOTE: All membership renewals paid in October, November, and December 2018 will be treated as payments for 2019 membership. We hope this change makes it easier for you to keep track of your HPNA membership. If this presents a problem for you, please contact the HPNA Treasurer at treasurer@hydeparkkc.org.
Memberships are available to anyone 18 and older who resides or has a business in Hyde Park.

December 5, 2018

New Board members elected at annual meeting

The following Board members were elected on November 13, 2018:
  • President: Allan Halquist
  • 1st Vice President: Derek Moore
  • 2nd Vice President: Troy Batson
  • Recording Secretary: Rosalyn Wilson
  • Historian: Patrick Alley
  • North Hyde Park Representative: Lauren Sobchak
  • Central Hyde Park Representative: Jerry Jones
  • South Hyde Park Representative: Alex Mallet
  • South Hyde Park Representative: Chris Koch
To learn more about all 2019 HPNA Board Members, including photos and bios, visit this page of our website.
In addition to Board elections, the HPNA membership present at the November 13 meeting voted to approve the 2019 budget. You can view the budget in the last blog post.

November 11, 2018

HPNA Annual Meeting and Elections Nov. 13

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, our annual meeting and elections will be moved up one week to Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 7pm at Central Presbyterian (3501 Campbell).

All neighbors are invited to join in on this meeting! Neighborhood Association members will vote on candidates for open board positions as well as the 2019 HPNA budget. Members must be in good standing at least 30 days prior to the meeting to participate in the vote. The proposed budget and nomination committee’s recommended slate of candidates are included for your review below.

HPNA Board Elections

The nominating committee has recommended a slate of candidates to fill the open Board positions. Nominations may also be made from the floor.

Open positions and nominating committee recommendations:

  • President
    • Recommendation: Allan Halquist
  • 2nd Vice President
    • Recommendation: Troy Batson
  • Recording Secretary
    • Recommendation: Rosalyn Wilson
  • Historian
    • Recommendation: Patrick Alley
  • North Hyde Park Representative
    • No recommendation
  • Central Hyde Park Representative
    • Recomendation: Jerry Jones
  • South Hyde Park Representatives
    • Recommendation: Chris Koch

 

Proposed 2019 HPNA Budget


July 23, 2018

Sprayground set to open August 9

Construction of the sprayground at 41st and Gillham/Kenwood is almost complete! There will be a ribbon cutting event on Thursday, August 9, at 11 a.m. Further details on this event to come.

For more information from KC Parks, click here.

For previous blog posts concerning the sprayground, click here.

To view details about the original proposal, published in 2015, click here.


June 28, 2018

Block Parties are a Great Way to Get to Know Your Neighbors

This feature originally appeared in the May/June issue of the Hyde Parker.

At the March neighborhood meeting, North Hyde Park Rep Chad Moore shared information and ideas for hosting block parties. Planning a block party with your neighbors helps you get to know the people living on your street, and a well-connected street makes for a safer neighborhood. Some Hyde Park blocks host annual parties, some invite neighbors from surrounding streets, and others keep things smaller by inviting just the neighbors on their block. If you’re interested planning a block party for your street, permit applications are available online at kcmo.gov/publicworks/permits. Applications must include the signatures of at least 60% of your block and should be submitted one month prior to the event. The HPNA Social Committee has put together some tips and other helpful information to get you started.

Visit the HPNA Blog at hydeparkkc.org/blog to find out more, or you can contact Chad Moore at northrep@hydeparkkc.org if you need more guidance in planning your event.

North Hyde Park block party!

June 27, 2018

Advisory: Parking/traffic impacts for Armour Blvd related to completion of bike lane project.

Starting the week of Monday, June 11th, parking and traffic impacts will occur on Armour Boulvard to make way for work related to the completion of the parking-protected bike lanes on Armour Boulevard. Crews will begin permanent striping activities from Broadway to Main and continue to work eastward. As a result, lane reduction and on street parking impacts will occur in block by block sections.

The City asks that the public obeys the “No Parking” signs that will be placed along the corridor in advance of the work. The work will be completed by July 30th.

We have appreciated your patience and understanding as crews waited for the new street surface to cure before permanently striping the roadway. The new road configuration includes bike lanes in both directions, on street parking lanes and one travel lane in each direction for motorists. The bike lane is located between the parking lane and curb and motorists should not park in the bike lane.

We appreciate your patience with this temporary inconvenience as we improve the roadway and make it safer for you and your neighbors!

To see a rendering of the new streetscape set up and for more information on the project, please visit kcmo.gov/bikekc.


June 26, 2018

Rental property owners still have time to register/update property information

The City of Kansas City, Missouri, is reminding rental property owners to register, update, and verify information on their properties. Rental property must be registered annually as part of the Rental Registration and Inspection Program established 10 years ago.

“This registry is an important tool for the City to help neighborhoods fight blight and negative factors affecting their community,” said Mayor Pro Tem and 1st District At-Large Councilman Scott Wagner. “Knowing who the responsible parties are allows us to work toward solutions more quickly before problems get worse.”

Rental property owners are required to register with the Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department each year and registration can be completed online. Owners need to create a login before their rental property can be registered. Failure to register rental property results in monthly fines and administrative fees.

Vacant rental property also needs to be registered and can be registered online through the city’s website.

For more information, media can contact Neighborhoods and Housing Services Department Communications/Community Liaison John Baccala at (816) 513-3202. Rental property owners needing assistance can contact Carla Finch at (816) 513-9039.


June 25, 2018

City issues Year-One “Report Card” on GO KC

25 projects launched in first year of $800 capital improvements program

The City of Kansas City has issued a report card that shows 25 projects are either underway or completed one year after voters overwhelmingly supported an $800 million capital improvements program to remake the city’s infrastructure over the next 20 years.

The 4-page report card is snapshot of progress as of May 1, and is available online for residents to view or print if they want to share at neighborhood meetings. The City also released a companion video that highlights the progress of the GO KC Program.

“This is something we promised to provide the City Council and the general public last May, right after the election, so this is just a convenient way to let everyone see we’re moving forward and being good stewards of their tax dollars,” City Manager Troy Schulte said.

The City has held several groundbreakings to announce the start of projects, repaired fountains and sponsored open houses to gather public input before construction for additional projects. A citywide sidewalk repair program also was launched in the first year, removing the financial burden on property owners to address the critical need to improve pedestrian safety throughout the City.

In addition to the annual report card, the City created the GO KC Project Explorer in Open Data KC, which allows residents to track progress and review details of ongoing projects. Complete information is also available at kcmo.gov/gokc.

For more information, please contact Chris Hernandez, City Communications Director, at 816-513-3474.


June 24, 2018

HPNA Code of Conduct

Kansas City’s Hyde Park is a diverse neighborhood filled with neighbors of all ages, race, sexual orientation and socioeconomic standing.  The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association Board values and promotes this diversity and the conversations that are essential to develop understanding and neighborhood cohesion.  Divisive, mean and outrageous words or diatribes do nothing to promote this goal and have no place in the civil discourse required to resolve neighborhood issues.

With this goal in mind, the Board has established the following Code of Conduct that will be in place for all Board, General, Committee and ad hoc meetings.  All official newsletters, emails and social media posts will be crafted with these goals in mind. The Board will also ask the moderators and leads of the “unofficial” social media groups to apply the same Code of Conduct to the discussion that they moderate.

Hyde Park Neighborhood Association (HPNA) Code of Conduct

  • All community members should conduct themselves in a professional and civil manner.
  • All participants should treat others with  respect regardless of the other’s opinion, ethnicity, race, religion, religious  belief or non-belief, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, age, disability, marital status, income, homeowner status, renter status or political affiliation.
  • Participants should not engage in or threaten to engage in any physical attack on any other individual.
  • Participants should not use language that is threatening, obscene, or slanderous, including profanities, insults or other disparaging remarks or gestures directed toward other participants.
  • Participants should promote and, if necessary, enforce a safe meeting environment. If participants are disruptive or violate the Code of Conduct, other participants should demand that the offending participant conduct  themselves in a respectful and orderly manner.
  • Violators of the Code of Conduct may be asked to leave a meeting, event, or subject to removing a social media post
  • Participants should be respectful when called in for problematic language or behavior, and be open to listening and learning. They should recognize that the impact of their words may be different from their intent.
  • Participants should be constructive when addressing any problematic language or behavior, and proceed with the assumption that all participants care for one another and are open to resolving any harm their language or behavior may cause.
  • Participants should not engage in “bullying” or harassment which is generally defined as follows:
    • “Bullying” is conduct that meets all of the following criteria:
      • Is reasonably perceived as being dehumanizing, intimidating, hostile, threatening, or otherwise likely to evoke fear of physical hand or emotional distress;
      • Is directed at one or more participants;
      • Is conveyed through physical, verbal, or technological means;
      • Substantially interferes with participation opportunities, benefits, or programs of one or more participants at sponsored activities or events;
      • Adversely affects the ability to participate in or benefit from the HPNA programs or activities by placing the participant in reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing emotional distress;
    • “Harassment” is conduct that meets all of the following criteria:
      • Is reasonably perceived as being dehumanizing, Intimidating, hostile, threatening, or otherwise likely to evoke fear of physical harm or emotional distress;
      • Is directed at one or more participant;
      • Is conveyed through physical, verbal, or technological means;
      • Substantially interferes with participation opportunities, benefits, or programs of one or more HPNA sponsored activities or events;
      • Adversely affects the ability to participate in or benefit from the HPNA programs or activities because the conduct, as reasonably perceived by the participant, is so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive as to have this effect.

If you have questions or concerns about the Code of Conduct, please contact a HPNA board member.