Board of Aldermen Opens
|BY GREG WALTERS|
The filing period will remain open until early January, 2019.
Here is a quick rundown of all requirements for the positions of Mayor and Board of Aldermen.
Candidates must be an American citizen, registered to vote and have all of their taxes paid in full.
$1,000.00 per month plus a car allowance of $200 per month. The mayor is eligible to participate in the city’s group health care plan for employees. Filing fee for the office of Mayor is $50. Or, candidates can file by petition. To file by petition contact the City Clerk, Teresa Henry, at Raytown City Hall (737-6004).
$400.00 per month plus a car allowance of $50.00 per month. Members of the Board of Aldermen are eligible to participate in the city’s group health care plan. Filing fee for the office of Alderman is $25. Or, candidates can file by petition. To file by petition contact the City Clerk, Teresa Henry, at Raytown City Hall (737-6004).
The Board of Aldermen recently voted to combine the office of City Collector with that of the City Marshal effective in 2021. The City Collector position pays $1.00 per year for the next two years. At which time it will be combined with the office of City Marshal. The City Collector is eligible to participate in the city’s group health care plan. Filing fee for the office of City Collector is $50. Or, candidates can file by petition. To file by petition contact the City Clerk, Teresa Henry, at Raytown City Hall (737-6004).
Myers Considers Forming Committee to Study
Ward 3 Alderman Ryan Myers is considering the formation of a special committee to study the feasibility of issuing General Obligation (GO) Bonds to fund repair of neighborhood streets in Raytown.
After receiving a less than cordial reception to his idea of using GO Bonds to fund street repair in Raytown, Ryan Myers had thoughts of shelving the idea.
“Three of the Board members seemed to resent that I even brought up the subject up,” said Myers.
“But then I began to hear from the public,” Myers continued.
Private citizens contacted Myers and encouraged him to move forward with exploring the use of GO Bonds to upgrade neighborhood streets. As did some members of the Board of Aldermen. The Mayor threw in his two cents worth when he told Myers he thought the idea had merit and deserved more investigation.
“I have been contacted by a number of people who are interested in serving on a committee to work toward a viable package for the voters to consider,” said Myers.
Myers said the August, 2019 election seems like a good date for the voters to consider a road maintenance package. He is also aware there is a lot of work to do before reaching that goal.
|BILL VAN BUSKIRK|
Ward 4 Alderman Hospitalized
Ward 4 Alderman Bill VanBuskirk was hospitalized for severe back pain last week. He had two lumbar discs removed and bone chips removed during the procedure.
Mr. VanBuskirk is expected to have a full recovery but is under doctor’s orders to cease all activity for 60 days.
The Ward 4 Alderman said, “I just need some peace and quiet for a couple of months. I will be ready to go back to work and then I will be ready to go back to work on the Raytown Board of Aldermen”.
Personally, I prefer the old logo. It speaks to Raytown's history.
Ward 4 Alderman Steve Meyers gave an interesting speech at a recent Board of Aldermen meeting. He wants to form a committee to create a new slogan for Raytown.
Guess you might call it an effort to re-brand Raytown. The last time this was done was during Mayor Sue Frank’s first term of office.
The Board back then spent a considerable amount of money creating a new logo and slogan which reads “reaching for tomorrow”.
“The slogan never really caught on,” said Greg Walters, who served on the Board of Alderman at the time. “I think most people identified it with a political faction in town.”
Personally, I prefer the old logo. It speaks to Raytown's history.
The old logo has an image of a blacksmith with a hammer pounding on an anvil. The blacksmith’s name was William Ray. Raytown is said to be named after him. A plaque commemorating William Ray’s blacksmith shop stands at the intersection of Blue Ridge Boulevard and Raytown Road.
Historically speaking, Raytown’s history pre-dates the American Civil War. It can be traced back to 1847. Located at the confluence of the Santa Fe, Oregon and California Trails, the area was truly a jumping off spot for pioneers heading west.
For more definitive proof of the significance of the Raytown area and the trails one need only go to Cave Spring Park, located in Raytown at Gregory Boulevard and Blue Ridge Boulevard. Cave Spring has been designated a national historic site in recognition of is historical significance to the three trails.
Greg has always referred to the old logo as the “little guy with the hammer”. He is not shy about his thoughts on the old vs. the new logo.
“The problem with the new logo is that it does not speak to anything remotely related to Raytown. The old logo could be updated. Mention of the founding date of the Raytown area along with the incorporation date of the city would be a nice touch,” said Walters.
Alderman Steve Meyers recently announced he was forming a committee to take another look at Raytown’s slogan. I hope he broadens the scope of his committee to look into changing the logo back to one that has some historic significance.
|BY PAUL LIVIUS|
The Paul Livius Report
Raytown Board of Aldermen Meeting – December 04, 2018
Michael Keenan, City auditor discussed the pending year end Financials. For more information to go:
The Board passed a resolution authorizing an agreement for legal services with Lauber Municipal Law, for city attorney and special counsel services and approving the expenditure of funds with Lauber Municipal Law.After a thorough review by staff, direction was given to enter into a Legal Services Agreement with Kapke & Willerth LLC. On October 24, 2018, the City received a Notice of Retirement and Termination of the City’s current Legal Services Agreement. After further review of the proposals received, it has been determined that Lauber Municipal Law, LLC meets all of the qualifications to provide Legal and Special Counsel Services to the City of Raytown beginning on January 1, 2019. There will be a transition period between Kapke & Willerth LLC and Lauber Municipal Law, LLC.
The Board passed a resolution appointing Damon l. Hodges as city administrator for the city of Raytown and ratifying an employment agreement.The Board of Aldermen previously met in closed sessions, authorized and duly noticed under the Sunshine Law, to discuss the hiring of Mr. Hodges as City Administrator. Pursuant to Board approval on December 4, 2018, a contract was approved and authorized for execution between the City and Damon Hodges to serve as City Administrator.
The Board heard the first reading of an ordinance amending chapter 36 (streets, sidewalks, and other public places), article v (facilities in public right-of-way), and adding article vi (small wireless facilities) to the code of ordinances of the city of Raytown, for the purpose of updating the city’s requirements for use of the public right-of-way and permitting of small wireless facilities. The City has previously regulated the construction and deployment of telecommunications facilities and other similar facilities through a variety of ordinances and practices. During the 2018 Legislative Session, the 101st Missouri General Assembly approved, and the Governor signed into law, House Bill 1991 with an effective date for a majority of the provisions of January 1, 2019. House Bill 1991 amended and added certain provisions to the Missouri Revised Statutes relating to the City’s authority to regulate the construction and deployment of small wireless facilities. The Federal Communications Commission did release on September 27, 2018 FCC-18-133 titled Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment, and FCC-18-133 contained both a declaratory ruling and order regarding the City’s authority to regulate the construction and deployment of small wireless facilities. Staff recommends to amend and revise the Code of Ordinances of the City of Raytown, Missouri to conform with both HB 1991 and FCC-18-133 to encourage the deployment of small wireless facilities within the City in a manner that (1) protects the right-of-way as a unique and physically limited resource critical to the travel and transportation of person and property in the City; (2) manages the right-of-way to ensure that the right-of-way remains accessible for public uses including the partial occupancy of the right-of-way by utilities and public service entities, which enhance the health, welfare, and economic well-being of the City and its citizens; (3) promotes competition, securing higher quality services for the citizens of the City and consumers at large; and (4) does not materially inhibit the provision of telecommunications services.
The Board passed a resolution approving the acceptance of a MissouriDepartment of Transportation traffic and highway safety hazardous moving grant in the amount of $6,169.05 and amending the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget. In February 2018, the Board of Aldermen approved the Raytown Police Department to apply for grant funding through the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Crash Reduction/ Hazardous Moving Enforcement Grant. In August 2018, the Police Department was notified of the grant award in the amount not to exceed $6169.05. The grant provides funding to be used for officers’ overtime traffic safety assignments and the purchase of an additional Stalker brand handheld radar instrument at 100 % reimbursement to the City. In addition, the grant will reimburse the cost of sending one officer to the annual LETSAC conference for additional training.
The Board passed a resolution approving an application for grant funding in connection with Raytown Volunteers in Police Service.The Raytown Volunteers in Police Service Inc. has been created to support community service and the crime prevention efforts of Raytown Police Department. Raytown Volunteers in Police Service Inc. will be providing funding to reimburse the Raytown Police Department for expenditures required to facilitate these programs in Fiscal Year 2018- 2019. The goal is to support the combined missions of the Police Department and the Corporation, which exists to improve communication and trust between the Police and the community, while reducing crime through proactive educational efforts. Once the grant is accepted by the City, eligible expenses associated with supporting the Raytown Police Department's public education and community support programs may be remitted for reimbursement, at the rate of 100%, up to twelve thousand three hundred and twenty dollars ($12,320.00). Eligible reimbursable expenses include, but are not limited to: approved overtime assignments, purchase of any new supplies, materials, equipment, contracting for printing or other services necessary to operate programs such as Citizen's Police Academy, Safety Fairs, Coffee-With-A-Cop, Community Forums, and community requests for public speaking events by members of the Police Department. There is no match required by the City for this grant. Application for funding may be submitted in written or electronic format and submitted to the Directing Board of the Corporation by the Chief of Police of the Raytown Police Department or his designee. Once approved by the Directing Board, grants require the Police Department and Finance Department to submit an accounting of expenditures to the Corporation Board. Funding will be paid to the City from Truman Heartland Community Foundation, the fund administrator. The Corporation maintains charitable funds within a sub-fund of Truman Heartland Community Foundation for the sole purpose of funding this grant process.
The Board passed a resolution approving the acceptance of a bureau of justice assistance bulletproof vest partnership grant in the amount of $9,285.24 and amending the fiscal year 2018-2019 budgetIn May 2018, the Raytown Police Department applied for a grant through the Bureau of Justice Assistance Bulletproof Vest Partnership. In October 2018, the Department was notified of the grant award in the amount not to exceed $9,285.24. The Department utilizes a vest replacement plan which will replace an officer’s uniquely fitted bulletproof vest that conforms to the individual wearer every five years as recommended by vest manufacturers. The grant will reimburse the Department for 50% of the purchase cost of National Institute of Justice compliant armored vests purchased from April 1, 2018 to August 31, 2020, or until available funds have been requested. The Department is responsible for funding the remainder of the cost of the vest and the purchase of bulletproof vests is a budgeted item for fiscal year 2018-2019.
The Board passed a resolution approving the expenditure of funds with MDL Technologyfor information technology-related services in an amount not to exceed $105,600.00 for fiscal year 2018-2019. The Police Department’s use and dependence on technology has grown exponentially over the past decade. This increase is due to changes in the law enforcement industry itself, as well as increased reliance on IT systems for conducting day to day business. These IT systems have become absolutely critical to the function of the Police Department. The Police Department’s budget included appropriation for managed services for FY2018/2019. In September 2018, the Department broadcast a request for proposal for Managed IT Services. Two (2) vendors responded with proposals. The Police Department then met with both vendors, MDL and HSMC Orizon, to discuss their proposals. During the meetings, MDL confirmed that their proposal was inclusive with no additional fees. The meeting with HSMC Orizon revealed additional significant fees that were not included in their original proposal. The company also quoted an optional service plan for off-site backup replication and retention, which the Department considers a necessity. Their proposal could not manage the amount of data the Police Department retains, nor could it replicate the data effectively. When this was brought to the attention of the vendor, they verified that their option would not work and returned with a price that more than doubled the cost per month. HSMC Orizon also verified that they will not assist with issues related to our Department website and would refer to a 3rd Party Web Service Provider. The proposal from MDL included a comparable off-site backup solution that met the capacity needs of the Department and MDL will assist with issues related to our website. A panel consisting of Police Department staff was formed to discuss the proposals. The review panel collectively recommended MDL Technologies as the IT Managed Service provider for the Police Department. While both vendors had positive aspects, MDL Technology’s proposal had components that set them apart from the other vendor. A significant factor taken into consideration was that MDL provided an inclusive bid that covered all services at a set monthly fee, which is of significant importance to the Department’s budgetary process. The other vendor’s proposal was not inclusive and would require additional fees other than what was originally proposed.
The Board passed a resolution approving a maintenance contract with MotorolaSolutions, Inc. In an amount not to exceed $31,836.00 for fiscal year 2018-2019. The Police Department utilizes the Motorola radio system during its normal course of duties. To ensure the life span of the equipment, having the manufacturer perform the maintenance will make certain the equipment has the best service available. Proper maintenance is necessary to extend the usable life of the radios. This is a recurring yearly contract between Motorola and the City of Raytown to provide maintenance and infrastructure repairs to the radio system in case of failure. Motorola, as the designer of the system, has the authority to work on our radios and is the only supplier of the parts to maintain the system. Because of these factors, Motorola is the only source that can perform the work necessary to maintain and keep our radio system functioning.
The Board passed a resolution approving an annual maintenance agreement by and between the city of Raytown and Harris Computer-Global Software in an amount not to exceed $49,746.Harris Computer-Global Software is the Records Management System and Computer Aided Dispatch system vendor. These systems were installed in 2005 and at the time of implementation included 5 years of support, which expired in 2010. The maintenance support plan is now an annual expense. This support plan is critical to the Department’s function as these systems directly affect how the department responds to calls and investigate crimes.
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