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. 

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.  

Daniel Perez’s article in the July 17 San Antonio Express-News, “Southtown Successes Mean Parking Failures,” accurately highlights one of our major neighborhood issues. As I have indicated in previous posts to the Newsletter, the King William-Lavaca neighborhood joint Parking and Transportation Committee chaired by Rose Kanusky is working on gathering information to propose potential solutions to our parking-traffic issues. To offer any hope of solving any of the parking and traffic problems, it is essential that we work with the respective COSA departments. Toward that end, we have now met twice with the City Center Development and Operations staff to work jointly to find some relief to the congestion.

On July 17, we presented the scope of work prepared by Rose’s committee to CCDO office staff. Jim Mery, CCDO’s representative, and Terry Bellamy of TCI will review our scope of work and submit a request for proposal to hire a consultant to obtain the various kinds of information needed to determine solutions. The scope of work includes the following topics with each outlining a series of tasks and stating deliverables.

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.

I had no specific agenda when I became president, preferring instead to become familiar with issues that were current and ongoing.  Soon, however, it became apparent to me that the most glaring issues were the new development surrounding King William and expansion of commercial establishments, the consequences of which were parking congestion, safety and enforcement problems, and First Friday.  Over a dozen eating establishments are in King William and Lavaca, but few of these have adequate parking options.  Thus, many patrons must share parking spaces on the public streets with our residents, creating the congestion.  Other important issues that came to my attention were finding a new building for the KWA, repairing and renting the old KWA building, and formulating a plan for our financial future.  Committees were formed to get information and address these pressing issues, as described in previous Newsletters.