One of the pleasures of being president is working with so many dedicated volunteers.  Certainly one of the hardest working KWA committees is the Architectural Advisory Committee (AAC) chaired by Mickey Conrad.  This committee’s task is to review and comment on every case that comes to the City’s Historic Design Review Committee (HDRC) from King William.  The AAC also reviews some cases that are adjacent to King William that may impact our neighborhood in some way.  The hard task of the AAC is to insure that the proper guidelines for exterior modification of our historic homes are followed.  This often involves the applicants meeting with the AAC before appearing at the HDRC so that issues and concerns can be discussed.  Often the applicant is unaware of the guidelines they need to follow, or what kinds of modifications are not acceptable.  All of this is to help preserve the historic integrity of our neighborhood.  

KWA Executive Director Cherise Bell and I constantly monitor the concerns posted by the King William neighbors on social media.  We generally do not respond to these postings unless something critical needs to be corrected or conveyed.  When a posting is made regarding a specific entity such as the city or VIA, we contact that public entity to address the specific concern.  

The Parking and Transportation Committee has met on several occasions with the City staff (Lori Houston, Jim Mery, Terry Bellamy and others) as previously reported in the Newsletter.  A direct outgrowth of these meetings was a parking and traffic study conducted by an independent contractor, paid for by the City.  Jim Mery and his staff and the contractor met with Parking and Transportation Committee representatives, Cherise and me last November to discuss some preliminary findings. The committee will review the full report later this month.  

October was archaeology month in Texas and we sponsored several events to promote awareness of our long cultural history in San Antonio.  The first event was an art opening of the many paintings of our San Antonio missions owned by William Mealy of Lavaca.  This is a spectacular exhibit, and if you have not had the opportunity to see it, there is still time.  The show closes at the end of November.  

Many of us in King William appreciate and enjoy the amenities that are made available to the residents for free.  There are a number of events that take place in and around our neighborhood that add to the quality of life.  Even if you are not a member of the King William Association, you can sign up to receive the weekly e-blast that announces neighborhood events and visit the King William Cultural Arts District website.  

During this past year the Cultural Arts Committee has provided lectures and concerts.  The lectures by COSA archaeologist Kay Hindes and Cherise Bell were especially enlightening and informative.  Kay reported on major prehistoric and historic archaeological finds in San Antonio including the first location of the Alamo mission (it was moved twice).  Cherise’s talk was on local modern architecture. 

September 2, 2015 represents the end of the 2014-2015 KWA program year. This past year the board and I have worked on governance, making sure our programs/activities/accounting are in compliance with federal and state guidelines. We reviewed funding for concerts, the Fair, membership, plus other events/programs ensuring our financial security and strengthening programs. As part of our fiduciary responsibility, the board approved a “Holdings Policy.” A subcommittee is currently preparing to interview several finance organizations and will submit a recommendation to both the Finance Committee and the full board. More information will be forthcoming.

One of the goals of the Strategic Plan was to investigate moving to a larger office. We signed a two-year lease at 122 Madison. The new space is working well for meetings and for Fair activities. We retained ownership of 1032 S. Alamo and are in the process of finding a tenant.