After last year’s WOHA Annual Meeting was significantly curtailed due to the risk of Covid, members seemed eager to reconnect at the 2021 meeting held on September 19 at Hobby Middle School.  Over 60 members gathered to hear updates on WOHA projects and hear from keynote speaker SAPD Chief McManus.

 

Board President Simon Esparza and Vice President Peter Lund summarized a long list of recent WOHA accomplishments, including a significant increase in membership and several notable infrastructure upgrades. Guest speakers from CoSA and TxDot spoke in detail about the upcoming Flying T safety improvement approved for Wurzbach which will protect motorists using Whisper Valley.

 

Chief McManus spoke primarily about the City’s on-going struggle to reduce homelessness and its related problems. He emphasized that the City has a sufficient network of services to provide food, clothing and shelter to those who need it, but not all homeless are receptive. Mental health struggles and substance addiction can cause many to avoid outreach workers. McManus explained that these long-term homeless often prefer living in illegal encampments and rely upon panhandling and petty crime for support. SAPD acknowledges that arrests for these misdemeanors are often quickly processed by overloaded courts which send offenders back onto the street sometimes within hours.

 

Member ballots tabulated at the meeting approved three new candidates to the Board: Ami Sewell, Adele Barnett and Louis Bixenman, who will serve two-year terms. The Membership also approved five revisions to the organization’s By-Laws with each garnering at least 94% agreement. The revisions were drafted to improve the efficiency, accountability and accessibility of the Board.

 

Esparza was proud to share a financial summary that showed WOHA nearing breakeven in fiscal year 2021 thanks to enhanced fundraising efforts. The organization had been running in the black for several preceding years and he explained that residents simply need to be reminded periodically that WOHA spends $50,000 annually caring for our neighborhood and that those investments protect everyone’s property values and quality of life.

2021 Annual Meeting was well attended.

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