Initiatives

WCA is involved in a number of initiatives and has various committees. They are described below. Want to get involved? Sign up and we’ll be in touch.

Buildings and Properties Committee
Joel Kimmet, chair
Compile a list of properties out of compliance with municipal codes and those properties identified as chronic nuisances, recommend action, shepherd that action through the reporting and compliance process by monitoring and advocating. Recommend action to encourage responsible property maintenance and code and legal compliance.

Citizens on Patrol Program
Westwood Citizens On Patrol (COPP) acts as extra eyes and ears for the police department, adding a police presence to your neighborhood when CPD can’t. The minimum commitment is one patrol and one patrol meeting a month. Click here for an application, email WestwoodCOP@aol.com, or call Police Officer Princess Davis at 513.352.3533. Get Involved, Stay Involved, Make a Difference!

Finance Committee
Joel Kimmet, chair
Conduct an annual review of WCA finances with the treasurer, address financial issues that come up from time to time, and ensure compliance with federal and other laws related to WCA finances, recommend for or against 501(c)(3) status and a plan for the proposal process if recommended.

Infrastructure and Beautification Committee
Joe Corso, chair
WCA concerns itself with infrastructure improvements, gateways, clean up days, flags, Welcome to Westwood signs, landscape rocks, gardens, and flower pots.
For information about the gardens on Town Hall grounds, maintained by citizens, see our Garden Club flyer.
For information and diagrams related to the Cincinnati DOTE Boudinot Avenue Rehabilitation Project, see this Boudinot Avenue Rehabilitation Project overview from DOTE.

Outreach Committee
Emily Reynolds, chair
WCA’s Outreach Committee coordinates WCA efforts to reach out to Westwood residents and organizations, and to the wider community, to provide information about the WCA mission and its initiatives, and other issues and events of interest. The Committee will approach this effort in a positive and engaged way for the purpose of furthering WCA’s mission and connecting effectively with the community. Short term: develop a proposal for editorial policy and standards for Westwords and for WCA’s social media presence.

Promotion and Membership Committee
Stephen Schramm, chair
Focuses its effort on positive events and activities to promote and grow WCA’s membership and to engage WCA in community events. Westwood Giant Yard Sale, At Home in Westwood, other events.

Public Safety Committee
Mary Jenkins, chair
WCA’s public safety interests include relationship-building and collaboration with Fire station 35 and District 3 police, support for Citizens on Patrol, Court Watch, Block Watch, and Good Guy Loitering. It also addresses issues related to liquor licensing. We offer this guide, “How to Make Your Neighborhood Safer“.

School Enhancement Committee
Sara Overstake, chair
WCA sponsors an annual awards event for students at Westwood schools. It works with Westwood and Midway Schools to become premier schools, with a representative to each school’s LSDMC. It monitors school board decisions affecting Westwood and support local schools’ fundraising efforts.

Westwood Community Gardens
Mary Jenkins, coordinator
The Westwood Community Gardens, coordinated by a core organizing team, is a place that invites all people to share in the joy of gardening. The Gardens give back to the community by providing education to Westwood residents about growing their own flowers and produce. and by sharing excess produce with My Neighbors’ Place through our Plant a Row for the Hungry program. Like us on Facebook and follow our news there.  Read more

Westwood Coalition
WCA has two representatives to the Westwood Coalition, Mary Jenkins and Henry Frondorf. The Coalition is addressing the redevelopment of Westwood’s historic business district.

Yard of the Month
Shawntee’ Stallworth Schramm, coordinator
The Yard of the Month initiative is a neighborhood-wide plan to award yards that are creatively landscaped, decorated, or simply well taken care of. Westwood Civic provides yard signs for individuals as recognition for their hard work. Yard of the Month provides an outlet for people to contribute positively to their community. We also celebrate Holiday Yards of the Week in November and December.

Zoning and Land Development Code Committee
Shawntee’ Stallworth Schramm, chair
Lead WCA’s continued input into the citywide review of zoning and the land development code, monitor developments in the application of the form-based code in the NBD, working with the Buildings and Properties Committee on enforcement matters.