There has been much concern lately regarding the reported criminal activity in King William and Lavaca. In response to these reports, City Councilman Roberto Treviño, assisted by Anna Alicia Romero, organized a Safety Summit for our neighborhoods, held at the KWA office on March 28. Interim Police Chief Anthony Treviño and some of his officers were in attendance, along with Councilman Treviño, who presided. This forum offered a good opportunity for residents to voice their concerns directly to them.

Usually New Year’s resolutions are made with good intentions and then forgotten, but that is not the case with KWA. One of our resolutions was to find a new home for the office, and this resolution has come to pass. We are now settled in at 122 Madison, the former home of the Villa Finale visitor center. The offices are up and running, and the remainder of the space will be outfitted for meetings and activities. Our March social will be at our new office and parking lot. We have 12 parking spaces, so staff and visitor parking is no longer a problem! The flexibility this new space offers for meetings and workshops is a real positive for the KWA. So drop in for a visit and see our new offices. The next step in the relocation process is the former office building. The Ad Hoc Building Committee has been charged with the duty of outlining the process of repair and how to best allocate the space for rental.

King William neighbors, Blue Star businesses and residents, and the Pioneer Flour Mill celebrated the re-opening the S. Alamo Street Bridge with a ribbon cutting and mini-parade on a beautiful, albeit chilly, autumn morning on November 1. District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal, District 2 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales, County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson, and our SARA Board representative Tom Weaver gave speeches to mark this event. The mini-parade which followed was led by Mike Casey and included a fife and drum quartet, Steve Wood of Bullet Bikes, Pioneer balloons, the HEB Cart and a police car. A construction vehicle with a “Mission Accomplished” banner brought up the rear. Once crossing the bridge, folks dispersed at Blue Star for coffee and conversation. Cherise Bell, Sue Duffy, Brad Shaw and Rose Kanusky are to be thanked for their assistance in putting this celebration together.
The efforts of the various agencies, departments and contractors responsible for this are appreciated! We are all relieved now that this major thoroughfare is open to traffic and that congestion on Guenther Street has been alleviated. A few items, such as lighting, need to be completed, so do not be surprised to see construction vehicles still working on the bridge and temporary lane changes.

The 2015 fiscal year has started, and like any new year we have some resolutions for the KWA. This promises to be a busy and productive year towards our goals. Here are some of the 2015 resolutions:

  1. Continue to implement the Strategic Plan. One new exciting development is taking place with regards to one of the Strategic Plan initiatives. KWA has teamed up with the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) to participate in the S.T.A.R program. S.T.A.R stands for Students Together Achieving Revitalization. What this means is that architecture students from UTSA, working with local contractors, will help eligible property owners with repairs and maintenance of historic properties. The OHP, not the King William Association, will make the selection of properties to receive assistance. The Board has approved a contribution in the amount of $6,500 for the S.T.A.R. program, an action that was legally vetted.

My first month in office has certainly been a busy one. Right off the bat, Cherise and I met with Councilman Diego Bernal regarding several neighborhood issues, primarily parking, traffic and First Friday. Councilman Bernal immediately took action on the parking and transportation issue, and that brought some promising results. This led to a meeting with Trish Wallace, Transportation Planning Manager at the Department of Transportation & Capital Improvements. The DoTCI had never done a neighborhood traffic study before. Consequently, TCI, in coordination with City Center Development Office (CCDO) and SAPD, will be conducting a preliminary parking needs and assessment for King William and Lavaca. This will be used to develop a plan and a model for other neighborhood studies. In the short run, we hope to get some resolution with local businesses regarding commercial parking, and, in the long run, perhaps a parking garage in the neighborhood. Rose Kanusky will chair the KWA Transportation and Parking Committee, which will work with the DoTCI to develop a plan for our neighborhoods.

Patricia Duarte and Joe and Mary Helen Mansbach organized the successful National Night Out eve