Sunday, December 4, 2016


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Clark’s Appliance Destroyed in Fire 
Clark’s Appliance in Downtown Raytown was heavily damaged by a fire around ten p.m. last Thursday night. It took three hours for the fire department to get the blaze under control.

Twenty four firefighters from various fire departments were called in to help control the blaze and keep it from spreading to adjacent businesses.

Fire investigators have ruled the fire as accidental and placed the value lost to the building at $340,000.00. Contents of the building, which received heavy damage, were not included in the estimate. Clark’s Appliance is a family owned appliance store. It has been in continuous operation since it opened its doors for business in 1957. 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Raytown Unleashed has deleted the comments made by former Alderman Joe Creamer on their Facebook page. The Administrator of the page wrote: (FOR THOSE UNFAMILIAR WITH THE SIGNIFICANCE OF FOLLOWING MESSAGE, PLEASE READ "Paul's Rant" FIRST, WHICH FOLLOWS THIS NOTE)

"Yesterday 2 threads were deleted from this page. One at the request of the originator and the other because after I requested several times for the poster to provide organized and clear evidence for his claims, and he failed to do so. I understand from another page that this has upset a few members. Let me start by saying . . . 

1. The Raytown "uncensored" page is not, in fact, uncensored. I have no ability to reply to any of the statements made there.

2. Out of the numerous pictures posted yesterday, the only issue that showed any merit might have been the private meetings. I disagree with Joe's assertion that something bad was done but his question held merit. Unfortunately, he grouped that in with so much other junk that had no support, it all had to be deleted. There are plenty of you on this page that disagree with me. There is no rule against that. I won't delete posts simply because I disagree and I never have. I will debate you and I won't necessarily do it gently. But I don't ban people or delete posts because I think they are wrong about something.

3. I'm human which means I am biased. We all are. Get over it. I have opinions and I WILL share them on this page whether you like them or not. I'm trying to clean up this page which means the name calling, the baseless accusations, the trash talk...all of it needs to go.

This page is called Raytown Unleashed because I wanted a place where the bad in our community could be posted and discussed along with the good. That did NOT mean I wanted this to turn into a junk page where people came to bitch about other people. Or to threaten them. Or to call them names. If you can't act like an adult, this isn't the page for you."

Raytown Unleashed
Explodes with Lively Debate
A friend of mine directed my attention to a current “discussion” on a local Facebook page “Raytown Unleashed”. This discussion, which started on December 2nd on the page, is too lengthy to publish here.

However, it is worth reading. The center of the debate appears to be Raytown’s leading political gadfly, Joe Creamer.  A number of Aldermen, former Aldermen and former city officials take part in the discussion as well.

Both Greg and I looked over the extensive amount of dialogue on the page and came to the conclusion we could not do the content justice by any other means than directing people to do a search on Facebook for Raytown Unleashed.

We will, however, publish the last comments of the lengthy debate. It does the best of summing up what was written. One thing is for certain, you will find the breadth and depth of the dialogue interesting.

POST: WOW! This thread is just about enough to make me unlike this page. How has this been allowed to even continue in this direction? I'm embarrassed for these 2 "men" who felt this was acceptable to discuss all this here. I can NOT believe I wasted my time even reading it. All I can hope for is that the entire thread be deleted, immediately after our Mayor and Chief of Police get a chance to skim over it. There are definite underlying issues here, on both sides, and it needs to be resolved elsewhere.

RESPONSE: I understand that this thread makes some members uncomfortable and I'm sorry for that. However, rules haven't been broken here. I also think it's important for the community to know when motives aren't pure. Sometimes things get dirty, but when a group of men is repeatedly slandered in a newspaper, do we really expect them to allow the community to be misled just to save face? Why are so many of us agreeing with Twila that it's good for the Post to publish these letters but then we scold the people slandered by said letters for coming out and making us all aware that there is more to this story? As uncomfortable as all this may be for everyone, what you should be coming away with is wanting answers about these "secret meetings" and if something was done wrong or if this really is just a scorned drunk that was voted out of office and now he's trying to punish the board and ruin their good names. Personally, I think it's important.

By the way, Raytown Unleashed is a “closed discussion group”. However, you ask to join via the page. Any one of the regular readers can allow you to join. So unless you have the reputation of someone like Darth Vader or Lord Valdemort, you will probably be accepted.

In accordance with State Law and Ordinances of the City of Raytown, Missouri Notice is hereby given that a General Election shall be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 for Qualified Candidates for the following municipal offices which are all four (4) year terms.

salary: $400 per month plus $50 monthly car allowance
Alderman Ward I
Alderman Ward II
Alderman Ward III
Alderman Ward IV
Alderman Ward V
salary: $104,718.00 annually
city vehicle with maintenance, fuel and insurance
eligible for city health insurance plan

salary: $32,908 annually
eligible for city health insurance plan)

Declaration of Candidacy forms can be obtained and all filing forms will need to be made at the City Clerk’s Office located at Raytown City Hall, located at 10000 E. 59th Street, Raytown, Missouri beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 and continues through January 17, 2017.

For the first day only, ballot order will be determined by a random drawing. After the first day, ballot order will be in order of filing. No candidate will be allowed to enter City Hall on opening day of filing for municipal office before 8:00 a.m.

The City Clerk or designated representative shall open the doors at 8:00 a.m. to allow candidates to enter to get in line for filing and will remain open that day until 5:00 p.m. Thereafter, Declarations will be received by the City Clerk from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, excluding holidays and when City Hall is officially closed, until filing closes on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Candidates for Alderman may present a petition signed by at least 50 registered voters from their Ward. Candidates for City Marshal and Municipal Judge may present a petition signed by at least 150 registered voters. Petition forms for prospective candidates can be obtained at the Office of the City Clerk at Raytown City Hall.

In lieu of a petition, candidates can pay a non-refundable filing fee of $25.00 for Alderman, $35.00 for City Marshal and $35.00 for Municipal Judge.

World War I Museum to Open Free to Public
Dec. 6 thru December 10

In December 2006 the newly built National World War I Museum opened to international acclaim. Ten years and more than 2 million visitors later, the Museum celebrates the 10-year anniversary. One of the world’s great museums, this Kansas City-area funded and national icon is saying “Thank you.”

Between Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Sunday, Dec. 11 the Museum offers free admission to the general public and an array of activities. To learn more about the programs offered during this unique week of celebration use the following link.


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