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.

The 2015 King William Fair was a tremendous success!  Despite the early morning thunderstorm, the parade departed on time, the sky cleared, and the temperature rose.  When I walked out at 6:00 a.m., there was much concern in the Fair zone with standing water, collapsed booths and uncertain weather.  The first Fair staff member I saw out at that time was Fair Coordinator Carol Jackson in her husband’s golf rain suit directing sponsors and vendors at King William Park.  At 8:30 a.m., Sue Duffy was the drill sergeant on Eagleland getting everyone lined up and all of the floats and folks in position to start the parade.  It started on time with the Brackenridge High School band leading the way, and was royally greeted by the many parade watchers throughout the route.  

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.

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.

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.