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.
All of us are concerned about security and enforcement in our neighborhood. In that regard Cherise and I met late last year with Deputy Police Chief Humphrey, SAFFE Officer McCall and his commander officer, and other patrolmen. We specifically discussed the issues of cars blocking driveways; illegally parked cars at corners that obstruct views crossing intersections; parking in front of fire hydrants; congestion on weekends and First Friday; burglaries; and the need for increased neighborhood patrols and enforcement. We also made the point that we, as a neighborhood association, would do our part to help by working with the police. Sometimes they are not aware of a problem unless it is reported to them.
Deputy Chief Humphrey was quite emphatic in assuring us that they will increase patrol of King William. The bike patrol now makes regular routes daily and nightly into King William, and more frequent presence of patrol cars has been noted. Regarding cars blocking driveways, anyone can call the infraction in and report it; the officer will ticket the car but only the property owner can request the car to be towed. We have noticed a significant increase in ticketed cars on weekends when congestion is at its worst at corners where cars block sidewalks and obstruct view. There will be times when you see cars illegally parked and no police around, but since we are not an incorporated entity, we do not have a standing police force to be present all of the time. We are encouraged by the increase in patrols.
Another example of KWA responding to a neighborhood concern occurred when VIA Blue route bus idled on the 800 block of S. Main. Cherise contacted VIA to learn more about the idling busses and air pollution concern. She and I met with Leroy Alloway and Sarah Sanchez on December 8 to see what could be done. Mr. Alloway informed us that the Blue route was an experiment that might become permanent. The busses are hybrid, and natural gas busses are coming soon. He agreed to move the idling locations to north of downtown (Avenue A and Grayson). Busses may continue to stop on Main, however.
These are some examples of the activities that the KWA addresses weekly, sometimes daily. When neighborhood problems come to our attention, we do our best to address them with the appropriate agencies. Our intent is to work with the City, VIA or CPS to resolve issues as they come to our attention.