Sunday, February 19, 2017

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BY GREG WALTERS
CAMPAIGN NOTES
Fair Warning

I have been given “fair warning”.

Perhaps it would help if I did not jump to the end of the story. Allow me to start at the beginning.

I spent most of this weekend’s daylight hours campaigning to be elected Ward 1 Alderman. I met a lot of people . . . renewed acquaintances, and sadly found out that some are no longer with us.

On Sunday I decided to spend the afternoon hours finding a home for my yard signs. Do not be surprised if you find them popping up around Ward 1 in the next week.

While I was putting up my last yard sign for the day a man pulled up behind my car in an older model pickup truck. He got out of the vehicle. I immediately recognized him as my opponent in the race for Ward 1.

He told me that he had noticed I was putting out my yard signs. He then went on to say he was not putting his out until March 4th. I told him that was entirely up to him.

Then he told me something to the effect that city ordinances did not allow yard signs to be displayed until 30 days before the election.

I told him he was mistaken. There was no such ordinance.

It was clear we did not agree on the subject.

His parting words to me were that he had given me “fair warning”.

A part of me says that someone is trying to bully me. Those who know me will tell you, I do not take bullying very well. My first reaction is generally to push back as hard as I can.

After some reflection on the topic, I thought it would make more sense to let the facts speak for themselves.

The following was distributed to all the candidates running for the office of Alderman in Raytown. It came for the Office of the City Clerk, Teresa Henry.

THE FOLLOWING LIMITATIONS AND QUALITY STANDARDS ARE INTENDED TO APPLY TO ALL POLITICAL SIGNS PLACED ALONG PUBLIC STREETS, BOULEVARDS, AND HIGHWAYS OF THE CITY OF RAYTOWN, SECTION 50-490 (P).

(    1) Duration. The sign may be placed upon initiation of the temporary event, and must be removed within ten working days of the termination of the event. Initiation and termination of particular events shall be interpreted as follows:

(a)  Election. Initiation upon the last day of qualification of candidates or certification of a ballot question and termination upon the completion of the election.

WHAT IT MEANS . . . is once candidates are qualified for the ballot they can begin putting up their yard signs.

Filing closed on January 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm. After checking to make sure all the candidates were not behind in their payment of taxes, the list of candidates was taken to the Jackson County Election Board. This usually happens within five days of the filing deadline.

So, what it means is from the certification date, which was probably no later than January 25th, candidates were authorized to begin campaigning. That included putting up yard signs.

One final point . . . I did some checking. The following candidates started putting up yard signs this weekend. Despite what you may hear or read in the future, none of them violated any city ordinances in doing so.

Ward 1:         Greg Walters
Ward 2:         Jason Greene
Ward 3:         Ryan Myers
Ward 4:         Bill VanBuskirk
Ward 5:         Bonnaye Mims

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

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BY GREG WALTERS
CAMPAIGN NOTES:
Bummer!


In a political sense, I had what some may call an epiphany of sorts while out knocking on doors and asking people for their vote.

Another candidate from a different Ward called me while I was doing my walk and talk gig. He called to inform me of a “meet the candidates” fundraising event to be held at a local eatery in the next few weeks.

Seizing at the opportunity, I asked him where and when it was, so we could attend. It was then that I was told we were not invited! In fact, he said, it appears only those candidates supported by Jim Aziere and Joe Creamer are invited.

Bummer! Here I was all jazzed up to go meet the other candidates and maybe even a voter a two. Only to see those thoughts crushed on the rocks of reality.

On the other hand it does verify and clarify what I have heard rumored for quite some time. Apparently there is a slate of anti-  FILL IN THE BLANK   candidates running for Alderman this year.

After a short discussion with my fellow candidate informant, we came to the conclusion it would be best to stay the course. By this we mean to run independent campaigns. The voters can make up their mind without the clutter of faction politics gumming up their decision making process.


Paul's Rant BY PAUL LIVIUS
"Now may be the time to pull the skeletons out of the closet."
I know it is not much of a rant. But it does sum up my thoughts after reading Greg’s campaign report. But it did give me another thought.
There is a public forum at where a good number of the candidates for Aldermen will be in attendance this week. The Raytown Democratic Association (RDA) is holding its monthly meeting this Thursday (February 16) at Las Chili's located at the Center 63 Shopping Center, 6210 Raytown Trafficway. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.

There is no doubt the RDA is registered with the state Democratic Party. In fact, it is one of the oldest continuing political clubs in the metropolitan area. But the club members are very aware Raytown City elections are non-partisan events. So all candidates are welcome to attend.

Speaking of non-partisan elections. Up until 1980, Raytown elections were partisan events. Candidates had to file as either a Republican or a Democrat to be placed on the ballot. City Primary elections were partisan. You had to choose between a Democratic or Republican ballot to vote in a primary election held in February. The general election was held in April.

That all changed shortly after the new Board of Aldermen were elected. The State of Missouri had changed the law governing Fourth Class Cities. Which Raytown was (and still is) today. It required Fourth Class Cities to pass into law how elections were to be  conducted.

A newly elected Alderman from Ward 1, who had just turned 25 years old, brought his first piece of legislation. That Alderman was Greg Walters. His legislation was passed unanimously by the Board of Aldermen. Raytown City Elections have been non-partisan since then.

The Paul Livius Report
Raytown Board of Aldermen Meeting – February 7, 2017
Mr. Ward, the Raytown South High School Band Director, said the RSHS band competed and performed at Lee’s Summit High School, The University of Kansas and placed within the top 3 at the finals.  The RSHS Band Drum Line performed for the Mayor, Aldermen, and audience.

City Clerk, Teresa Henry, swore in two new police officers, Dallas Burnette and Logan Dye.
The Board passed an ordinance approving a contract for transit service with the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority in an amount not to exceed $56,335.  Ray Haydaripoor told the Board the agreement is in draft form and contains the language requested by the Board of Aldermen at their January 10, 2017 Work Session.  The KCATA Board will also need to approve the changes made to the agreement which should be before the second reading of this ordinance on February 7, 2017.  This is a demand-response public transportation service (Metro Service) that the City has provided under contract with the KCATA since April 2001.
The City of Kansas City, Missouri also pays the same amount as the City of Raytown to the KCATA for the Metro Bus Service as the service area extends beyond Raytown to make connections with the rest of the KCATA network to the north and to the south within Kansas City.  The hours of operation for the Metro Service are from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.; and from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The proposed agreement would maintain that level of service at a cost of $56,335.00.





The operational cost is within the amount budgeted by the City for this service.  This contract will be for a 12-month period that mirrors the City’s budget year.  A presentation will be provided by the KCATA at a future Board of Aldermen meeting which will provide further details relating to the number of riders, origins, and destinations of riders, and other service information over the past 12 months.
Alderman Bill Van Buskirk said this service is heavily subsidized by taxpayer dollars.  There’s nothing that can be done this year,  We need this service for our residents, especially the Senior Citizens.  Through the years, the city has had to cut back to only one bus because of the rising costs.
He said he hopes the city will diligently be searching for alternatives to meet our needs and he thinks there are other forms of transportation that are more efficient and effective.

The staff should be looking into this.
The Board passed a resolution approving the expenditure of funds to collective data for maintenance and support of the supply unit software in an amount not to exceed $4,125.75.  In Fiscal Year 2015-2016, the Police Department purchased a Supply Unit Software program from Collective Data to track and manage all supplies, uniforms and equipment for the Police Department. The initial cost of the software was $8,697.50, which included 5 concurrent users, 1 year of technical support and software updates, object revolution, web client and 2 days on-site training.

The first year of maintenance and support was included in the purchase price, which spanned Fiscal Year 2015-2016. The maintenance and support was scheduled to be renewed in Fiscal Year 2016- 2017; however, that expenditure was not submitted for budget entry. As a result, the Police Department would like to reprioritize the General Fund Professional Services portion of the Police Department budget by utilizing funds budgeted for the scanning of inactive case jackets and miscellaneous to renew the maintenance and support of the Collective Data software. The amount of the renewal is $4,123.75. The amount budgeted for scanning of the inactive case jackets was $4,000.00 and $500.00 was budgeted for miscellaneous unexpected expenditures.

The Board passed a resolution authorizing the city administrator to enter into an agreement with Delta Innovative Services for the City Hall roof replacement project in an amount not to exceed $230,000. The current roofing system at City Hall is experiencing ongoing and increasing maintenance issues and expenses. This project will completely replace the existing roof at City Hall. The project will tie in to the HVAC replacement which will occur this spring. The roof replacement will be coordinated with the HVAC replacement to maximize the effectiveness of each project. Bids were opened on November 29, 2016 and the low bid was selected for award of the project to Delta Innovative Services. The base bid was in the amount of $190,800 for the installation of the roofing system resulting in a total project amount of $290,306. The Staff is requesting the purchasing authority of $230,000 to accommodate for potential change orders. This is approximately 15% of the total project cost. Added to the cost of supplies, this will result in a total project cost in the amount of $335,000.00.

The Board passed a resolution approving the expenditure of funds with Tremco for roofing supplies off the AEPA cooperative purchasing contract in an amount not to exceed $105,000.  The current roofing system at City Hall is experiencing ongoing and increasing maintenance issues and expenses. This project will completely replace the existing roof at City Hall. The project will tie in to the HVAC replacement which will occur this spring. The roof replacement will be coordinated with the HVAC replacement to maximize the effectiveness of each project. The City is utilizing the Tremco government cooperative contract for the provision of roofing supplies. This approach allows for Tremco to provide an expert in roofing systems who has provided the development of the roofing designs, standards, and specifications. Tremco also inspects the work of the installer and guarantees the roofing material and installation.

The Board passed a resolution approving additional payments to the agreement with Confluence for design services for the Central Business District Streetscape project in an amount not to exceed $2,500.00 amending resolution 2456-11 for a total amount not to exceed $208,255. The City of Raytown selected Confluence to perform design services for the Downtown Streetscape Project and an agreement for design services was approved in the amount of $205,755. The project, which has experienced a number of iterations, was low on budget prior to final design submittal to MoDOT. In anticipation of the needs for additional budget for construction services, previous City and Public Works leadership approved an agreement with Confluence adding an additional $2,500.00 to the budget and increased the projected total to $208,255.00. In late 2016, an invoice was received from Confluence for services rendered during the construction of the Downtown Streetscape project which exceeded the original agreement of $205,755.00. This prompted current staff to retrace the contractual agreements. Through this, staff identified that Board approval would be required prior to issuing payment in excess of the original contract amount.




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