KC Outlook present at May Board meeting

Dr. Faris Farassati and architect James Scott came before the Board and neighbors to present their proposed project, The KC Outlook, at the May board meeting. The printed materials provided can be viewed below.

 

 

Minutes from the meeting will be available at a later date.

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.

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

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!

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.

Proposed developments from Mac Properties

The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association (HPNA) was formed to improve the quality of life of those living, working, or attending institutions within Hyde Park, and it is with that mission in mind that the Board has received input on the Mac Properties developments at Armour and Troost and at 520 E. Armour.
Allan Hallquist, HPNA president, formed a committee of neighbors to discuss the proposed development with Peter Cassel of Mac Properties. Allan has also met with Mac’s attorney, Charles Renner; representatives from the Troost Coalition and Center City Neighborhood Council; and discussed the project in a more casual context with many neighbors. In addition to these discussions, neighbors have given comments and concerns to other Board representatives. Allan has been most sensitive to the comments of homeowners in the 3400 and 3500 blocks of Locust, Cherry, Kenwood, Holmes, Charlotte, Campbell and Harrison and those who live along 36th street, as they will be impacted the most by Mac’s proposed development. Article IX, Section A of HPNA’s Bylaws states that the Association shall support compliance with current zoning ordinances unless the majority of Nearby Neighbors (those property owners whose property is located within 185 feet of the lot boundaries of the property in question) expressly disapprove.
At the HPNA meeting held on May 15, neighbors discussed the proposed development, and Allan heard a consensus saying that the development is desired, but to negotiate some reasonable changes, particularly with regard to the amount of off-street parking. With that in mind, and Charles Renner’s suggestion that Allan submit proposed changes to the plan, Allan wrote an email to Charles offering his understanding of what the majority of Hyde Parkers would support. This was meant to start a dialogue and negotiations to reach mutually acceptable compromise prior to the June 5 City Planning Commission meeting. This email reached some others, and concerns have been expressed regarding the email. The HPNA Board would like to make it clear that this email was not meant to slow down or stop the development, but was sent with careful consideration of the needs and desires of the neighbors most affected.
Those who are interested in learning more about the proposed development may attend a meeting with Mac Properties, the Troost Coalition, and other neighbors tonight, May 30, 7pm at Central Presbyterian Church (3501 Campbell).
As always, HPNA represents neighbors first and will continue to strive to preserve the unique community of our historic neighborhood.
Lydia DeMonte
Corresponding Secretary
Hyde Park Neighborhood Association

GRIP Poll

The below items for the Gillham Road Improvement Plan (GRIP) have already been completed. In the poll, which can be found by clicking here, please rank which of the remaining items are of the highest priority to you and your neighbors.

Complete:

  •  Build of Play Area 2-5 years at 38th
  •  Tennis court improvements at 39th
  •  Build of Play Area 2-12 years at 41st
  •  Spray Ground at 41st (to complete fall 2018)
  •  Pedestrian Trail along Kenwood
  •  Removal of Swimming Pool Restrooms
  •  Improvements to Lower Pedestrian Trails 42nd to Brush Creek
  •  Addition to Pedestrian Trails 36th to 38th

To read the full GRIP, please visit this link: https://hydeparkkc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Develop-Presentation.pdf

SHP Rep featured on Fox4KC

Nickolas Wood, South Hyde Park Representative on the HPNA Board, was featured on Fox4KC news for his neighborhood clean-up efforts.

Nick is a neighbor who gets things done. Between waiting for scheduled dumpster days, Nick, along with other neighbors, has taken the initiative to clean up the streets and alleys in South Hyde Park. Watch or read the Fox4KC feature by clicking here.

Thanks, Nick, for your contributions to our neighborhood!