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Board Meetings are open to WOHA Members

6:30pm Second Tuesday of each month at Adante Independent Living Center (2739 Cembalo Blvd)
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Squeaky Wheels Really Do Get Greased

Yet another roadway safety enhancement was installed this spring at one of the Whispering Oaks entrances. This time a ‘Flying T’ was installed at the long-problematic Whisper Valley entrance at Wurzbach (see related article). Last year sidewalks were added along Lockhill-Selma to keep pedestrians and school children safe. And before that a turn lane was added to the roadway at Whispering Wind to safeguard our residents.

All of these projects are the direct result of WOHA’s relentless advocacy on behalf of our community. It’s an easily overlooked benefit of having an active, well-run neighborhood association. Those taxpayer dollars could have gone to important projects in other nearby communities, but they came here because WOHA effectively lobbied for them.

Our board has become pretty good at securing city-funded improvements in part because we’ve cultivated relationships with the decision makers. Councilman John Courage and his staff surely tire of hearing from WOHA, but they have proven to be reliable, dedicated partners for the common good. Anyone who wonders if government can function at the local level can get an earful from me. Whispering Oaks has enjoyed 7 years of steady stewardship from Courage and he will be missed when he terms out of District 9 next May.

The councilman repeatedly found funding for Whispering Oaks concerns when other city sources didn’t pan out. For example, Tx-Dot had originally agreed to pay for the Flying T project, but when it backed out Courage stepped in and somehow covered the cost. The project sputtered for years and encountered numerous obstacles, but a small group of local leaders kept plugging away at a good idea. Tenacity usually pays off if it doesn’t kill you first.

Aging suburbs surrounded by urban growth need steady advocacy to be protected. That’s why District 9 staff always has at least one lingering project which WOHA has proposed. To make our requests turnkey, we provide detailed proposals that reflect input solicited from Public Works staff to ensure they are feasible. We even suggest compromises to reduce costs if only partial funding can be found. And when a project begins, WOHA interacts directly with the city staff overseeing the contractors to reduce work for our district partners.

Again, all of this takes the time and talent of dedicated neighborhood volunteers. But clearly the outcome is worth the effort. And as WOHA enters its golden anniversary year, it’s looking for the next generation of neighborhood leaders who recognize the importance and potential of serving our wonderful subdivision. Some on the board have served for several years and deserve a break. Most residents don’t have time to spare these days, but some will have to find it so we all can continue to benefit.

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