Sunday, February 17, 2019

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EXTENDED HOURS TO PICK UP
BRUSH VOUCHER REMOVAL VOUCHERS
The Public Works Department at Raytown City Hall will remain open until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday evening (February 19, 2019) at Raytown City Hall for those wishing to obtain Storm Debris Clean-up Coupon Vouchers for clean up storm debris from January’s winter storms. The Vouchers can be used at area recycling centers to dispose of tree limbs from the storm.

Proof of residency (drivers license or utility bill) is required to received the Vouchers. The vouchers have a combined value of $50 and are limited to two per residence.

BY GREG WALTERS
Old Rock Island Line
to become
Rock Island Trail
Look for a major development of the Rock Island Trail to be completed in Raytown in late 2019 or early 2020.

The old Rock Island Rail Line runs diagonally across Raytown. It enters Raytown at 73rd and Woodson Road. From there it runs along the south side of Wildwood Lakes. It continues north through Downtown Raytown and runs parallel to Raytown’s city limits along Raytown Trafficway.

From Raytown it continues north along Blue Ridge Cutoff to its destination, the Harry S Truman Sports Complex, home of the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs.

The Rock Island Trail has been designed as a walking and bicycle trail. It is unique to the area because it will connect to the Katy Trail. The Katy Trail is a nationally known bicycle that follows the Missouri River to St. Louis.

Locations along biking and hiking have created significant economic growth for communities they pass through.

Bret Hugh, Executive Director of the Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation said, “Raytown is planned to be the Western Terminus of the Katy Trail.”

The impact to the Raytown area will be significant.

Mr. Hugh also said, “Over 500,000 bicyclists and hikers use the Katy Trail annually on rides across Missouri”.

With those kind of numbers passing through Raytown, nearby, such as Crane Brewery, would undoubtedly benefit from the influx of bicyclists and pedestrian traffic along the trail. Not to mention the opportunity for new businesses to open up shop in Raytown.

The Rock Island Rail Line was built in the Raytown and Lee’s Summit area in the late 1800’s. Planners intend to use existing railroad overpasses to bypass areas of high traffic volume where practical.

Another benefit for those using the trail to access events at the Truman Sports Complex is that they will not be subject to the ever-increasing cost of parking at Royals and Chiefs games should the decide to ride their bicycles or walk the trail to game played at the stadium.

Completion of the trail is expected in late 2019 or early 2020.


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Saturday, February 9, 2019

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BY PAUL LIVIUS
Paul’s Rant!
Some pretty explosive rhetoric was served up at last Tuesday’s meeting of the Raytown Board of Aldermen. The issue was a proposed tax increase wanted by the Raytown Park Board. The Park Board was requesting the City place the tax increase on the August, 2019 ballot.

Board members had some interesting back and forth on the topic before casting their votes. I have included a link to the recording of the meeting at the end of this story. Item number eight is the discussion for those who want to hear what was said.

Eventually the Board voted 5 no to 4 yes on the question of increasing the sales tax for the Park Department to 3/8 of a cent.

Those in favor wanted waxed on about the need for upgrades, etc. Those in opposition were quick to point out the Park Board is sitting on a $900,000 surplus and should spend that money down before asking the voters for more.

The discussion was not without drama. When the vote was taken the following discussion ensued between the Mayor and the City Attorney.

MAYOR: If I was voting, and since I don’t have a vote unless there is a tie, I’m not. I would have to vote yes to put this on the ballot.

(at this point the vote was taken – the final vote was 5 NO / 4 YES)

MAYOR: Oh my, it looks like I spoke too soon. We have a tie.

CITY ATTORNEY: No. It was four to five.

MAYOR: I am saved by the bell. There you go. Alright, so it’s a tie.

CITY ATTORNEY: No, no, no. It was four to five. You have nine present tonight. Moore, Greene, Black and Steve Meyers voted yes. Mims, Ward, Van Buskirk, Hunt, and Ryan Myers voted no. (Alderman Aziere was absent)

MAYOR: Sorry I did mis-count. Marked one too many. Motion fails.

The next day the Mayor formed another committee to look into increasing the Park Sales Tax again. There was a lot of interesting discussion on park sales tax question. To view the meeting, use the following link. The Park Sales Tax question was item number 8.
TO VIEW THE MEETING USE THIS LINK:  MEETING


BY PAUL LIVIUS
Board of Aldermen Meeting
February 5, 2019
Former State Representative Tom McDonald read a Proclamation of the State of Missouri for Police Chief Jim Lynch to thank the Chief for 44 years of service to Raytown.  Mayor McDonough read a Proclamation from the City of Raytown honoring Chief Lynch’s service.

The Board passed an ordinance after hearing the first and second reading to amend chapter 42 (traffic and motor vehicles),and adding sections to article xvi (street obstructions) to the code of ordinances.  The Police Department has identified a safety hazard created by tow truck services responding to the scene of motor vehicle accidents to solicit for business. In these instances, they have not been summoned by public safety personnel, nor the motorists involved in the accident. This creates a safety risk for emergency services personnel, the involved citizens, the tow truck drivers themselves as well as uninvolved passing motorists. Missouri statute already prohibits the practice of accident scene business solicitation.

The Board passed a resolution amending the budget related to the finance department. The City approved Resolution R-3162-18 on December 18, 2018 with Cochran Head Vick & Co., P.C. to continue providing accounting services in an amount not to exceed $60,000.00 for the fiscal year 2018-2019 as the City continues its search to fill the vacant Finance Director position.

The Board passed a resolution approving an agreement with Kapke &Willerth forspecial counsel services and approving the expenditure of funds of $15,000.00 as Special Council on the NAACP – DOJ MOU issue. This will bring the city’s ordinances into compliance with the State of Missouri.

The Board passeda resolution appointing Major Randy Hudspeth as Interim Police Chief of the police department.  His responsibilities will include: 

·         General management and supervision of the department
·         Preserving peace within the City 
·         Any necessary coaching, counseling and/or disciplinary actions
·         Approval of appointments, promotions and/or terminations
·         Oversight of department equipment and budget


This temporary assignment will begin on February 15, 2019 and will end on April 17, 2019 or such time as the ballot measure passes and a Police Chief position is created and appointed or the ballot measure fails, and the Mayor appoints, with the advice and consent of a majority of the remaining members of the Board of Aldermen, a successor Police Chief/City Marshal to serve the remainder of the current term.

Just the Facts . . .
RAYTOWN VOTERS TO DECIDE THREE TAX ISSUES
BY GREG WALTERS
Voters in Raytown are facing nearly a full plate of candidates to choose from on April 2nd. They will also be deciding the fate of three tax questions.

In this article we will explore how these three tax questions will affect voters. How much they will cost and what savings taxpayers will receive if they do not pass.

The three tax questions all come from two sources, the Raytown School District and the Raytown Fire Protection District. If approved, the taxes will be paid through personal and real estate property taxes. To appreciate how much this  effects the bottom line consider the following.

Together the School and Fire District capture 78% of the property tax on your home, cars, and other personal property. The footprint of these taxes is not small. On a $100,000 home that 78% translates to $1,372 annually.*
*Numbers are rounded for clarity.

RAYTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT: The Raytown School District is asking for the renewal of a $52 million dollar General Obligation Bond.

Proponents of the Bond Issue are quick to say this is a renewal and not a new tax. Therefore, if it passes, the current tax remains the same.

Opponents understand this argument, but say it is only half of the story. They say that should the bond issue fail, the tax on homes and cars would be decreased. On a $100,000  home, that decrease would be an estimated savings of $265  annually.

RAYTOWN FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT: The Raytown Fire Protection District has two tax questions on the ballot.

AMBULANCE TAX: The Fire District is asking for an increase of the city’s property tax levy.

Proponents say the tax increase is needed to fund the transfer of the ambulance service from the City of Raytown to the Raytown Fire Protection District. The amount asked for is a .30 cent increase on property taxes in Raytown

Opponents say the voters have already approved a City Public Safety Sales Tax.  Voters were promised the tax dollars from the Public Safety Sales Tax would adequately fund the ambulance service. They argue the City should keep its promise and transfer the needed funds to the Fire District.

BOND RENEWAL TAX: The second tax issue from the Fire District is more of a re-defining of a current bond than a dollar and cents tax question. A few years ago the Fire District re-financed its debts on a current bond. To do so, they recalled the bonds, paid them off, and took out a new loan at a lower interest rate.

The Fire District opted to “bank” the difference (the savings) when the bonds were re-financed.

There are still eight years left on those bonds to be paid off. As a result, the District is collecting more in taxes than is needed to pay off the bond indebtedness.

Proponents of a YES vote say they only want to re-define the purpose of the funds collected.

Opponents say the District should lower the amount of tax charged to homeowners in Raytown because the debt service is not as high on the new loan.

These three tax questions will share the ballot with the City, School Board, and Water Protection District elections. So mark your calendars for April 2, 2019. It is going to be a busy day at the polls in Raytown.


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Sunday, February 3, 2019

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Residency Requirement Explained
BY GREG WALTERS
On April 1st Raytown voters will decide whether or not to continue to elect the City Marshall/Chief of Police, or, make the position appointive.
That part of the decision process is simple.

Residency is the second question to be decided. As of this writing, the Board had opted to put the issue on the back burner until the voters make a decision on elected vs. appointive.

WHAT IF THE VOTERS CHOOSE
TO KEEP THE POSITION ELECTIVE?
Some have written to the Blog portion of the Raytown Report questioning how Raytown can require the Chief of Police to live within city limits if the position remains elective. The argument is since only two active duty officers live in Raytown, what if neither wants the job?

On the surface, the argument makes a good point. But it should be remembered a candidate for City Marshall need not be a Raytown Police Officer. In fact, two or Raytown’s City Marshalls were not sworn Raytown officers when they were elected.

One was Ron Leslie. Ron Leslie was a former Kansas City, Missouri police officer who had retired from Kansas City. He ran against and defeated long time City Marshall Marion Beeler in the early 1980’s.

The other police officer elected City Marshall was Jim Lynch. Lynch was a former Raytown Policeman who had changed career paths and hand gone to the work as an investigator for a  private insurance company.

Though he was not a sworn officer at the time of his election, he did possess all of the qualifications for the job through his previous position as a uniformed officer.

WHAT IF THE VOTERS CHOOSE
TO MAKE POSITION APPOINTIVE?
No doubt, there would be a larger pool to choose from for qualified candidates if the position were made appointive. The solution is quite simply. An appointed candidate could be hired with the provision that they must move to Raytown within a given amount of time – say six months or a year.

Either way the voters will have the final say on the appointive vs. elective position. So mark your calendars  . . . Election day is April 2, 2019.

Paul’s Rant BY PAUL LIVIUS
Some interesting Facebook arguments spilled over onto our blog the past two weeks. This time the discussions were about Mr. Tony Jacob and his campaign for Mayor. Some of the other candidate’s supporters were claiming Mr. Jacob did not serve in the United States Navy during the second Iraqi War (aka, Iraqi Freedom).

Not much to say here. We will let a copy of Mr. Jacob’s discharge papers do the talking for him.

By the way, for those who missed them on the discharge document, his list of decorations and medals, citations and campaign ribbons awarded
him during his tour of duty can be found on the left side of the page, see number 13.




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Saturday, January 26, 2019

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City of Raytown 
Storm Debris Voucher Program
The City of Raytown will conduct a storm debris voucher program for Raytown property owners to help clean up storm debris from the January snow storm.

Who can use the program? Raytown property owners 

What is the cost for the Storm Debris Voucher?
The City will provide (2) FREE Storm Debris Vouchers between January 28th and March 29th.

When can the vouchers be obtained?
January 28, 2019 thru March 29, 2019 4. Where can the vouchers be used? Dropoff at Missouri Organic or Curbside Pickup through Compost Connection 5.

Is there an expiration date?  Yes. April 15, 2019

How does the Storm Debris Voucher Program work?
Raytown Property owner comes to the Public Works Department to obtain the (2) free vouchers Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.  Raytown Property Owner will need to provide a MO driver license showing a Raytown address or proof of ownership for the Raytown property (tax bill; utility bill with Raytown address).

Drop-Off at Missouri Organic: Raytown Property owner may use the vouchers at Missouri Organic for dropping off branches, limbs, twigs generated due to storm. 

Drop-off Sites:
7700 E US Hwy 40, Kansas City, MO 64129
10301 Raytown Rd, Kansas City, MO 64134

Hours of Operation:

8:00am to 5:00pm     Monday thru Friday
8:00am to 4:00pm     Saturday.



BY GREG WALTERS
Crowded Ballot
Awaits Raytown Voters
Raytown voters can expect a large ballot on April 2nd when they go to cast their votes in the City Election. Thirteen candidates, from Mayor to one half of the Board seats are up for election. The Raytown School District has a 51 million dollar General Obligation Bond on the ballot. The Raytown Fire Protection District has a 30 cent per $100 dollar valuation increase on the ballot.

Last Monday night, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen added a ballot measure that would make the City Marshall/Chief of Police an appointed position in Raytown.

Issues to be Voted by Raytown Voters
APPOINTIVE CHIEF OF POLICE: 
A proposal to make the City Marshal/Chief of Police 
an appointive position is sure to raise interest in the April election. 

The issue came in the wake of Chief of Police Jim Lynch’s announcement that he would resign his office and retire effective February 15, 2019. Mr. Lynch still had two years left in his term of office.

The Mayor and Board of Aldermen took the unusual step of holding a Closed Door Meeting to put the issue on the ballot on the Martin Luther King National Holiday. 

RAYTOWN FIRE DISTRICT: The Raytown Fire District will have two questions on the ballot. The first question, required by state law, would move the City’s Ambulance License to the Fire District. For the Fire District to operate the ambulance service requires voter approval. The question also asks for a .30 cent per one hundred dollars levy increase on Personal and Property tax to fund the ambulance.

The second question would be a renewal of an existing general obligation bond. If the renewal fails, the property tax will be lowered (as concerns this particular bond). If the tax is approved, the property tax will stay at its current level. The tax would be used over a 20 year period to fund Fire District expenses. 

RAYTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT: The Raytown School District has a 51 Million Dollar Bond Issue on the ballot. The current bonds are reaching the end of their term. If the voters vote down the bond Issue the property tax levy will be lowered. If the voters approve the bonds the School District Tax Levy will remain unchanged.

CITY RACES: Fourteen candidate are vying for seven elected offices on April 2nd ballot. The Mayoral race between Michael McDonough and Tony Jacob is attracting most of the attention.

The Ward 1 race has four candidates, Ward 2 has two candidates, Ward 3 has three candidates and Ward 4 has two candidates. Two other races, Ward 5 and City Collector have only one candidate each. Raytown races are winner take all elections.

SCHOOL BOARD RACE: Three candidates are vying for two seats on the Raytown Board of Education. The two candidates who receive the most votes will be seated on the Raytown School Board.

RESIDENCY MATTERS
The Mayor and Board of Aldermen have chosen to have the voters decide whether or not the City Marshall/Chief of Police should be elected or appointed in Raytown.

An item just as important as that question is residency.

The position, which is currently elected, requires the person hold the City Marshal/Chief of Police position to be a Raytown resident.

And, for good reason.

The City Marshal/Chief of Police is in charge of running the police department. In that role as the lead First Responder, the position should be someone who (1) has a stake in the community, and (2) will be close at hand to lead the Police Department in times of emergency.

In this writer’s view, the Mayor and Board dropped the ball on this very important issue.

Up until 2004, nearly all of Raytown’s Department heads made Raytown their home. Since that time local leadership by senior staff seen a steady decline to the point that the only Department Head still living in Raytown is the Municipal Judge.

Many voters feel strongly about the residency issue. The Mayor and Board of Aldermen should make it a priority to clarify their position on this important question.


Raytown's
Shining Star Department
BY RICHARD TUSH
If there was a Shining Star Award for Raytown City Departments this year's award should go to the Raytown Park Board for the following reasons:

The Park Board, recognizing a need to improve security at Coleman Park, has installed surveillance cameras that cover all entrances to the park, the shelter houses and nearly all of the recreation areas.

Kenagy Park has upgraded its fishing pond by re-installing the water fountain  to the pond. Not only is it keeping the water moving, which decreases mosquitoes and algae growth, it provides an enjoyable, colorful light show.  

The greatest improvement was a policy change that put Raytowners first when it comes to shelter house rentals. After years of citizen complaints asking for an explanation as to why non-residents weren't charged more than local taxpayers, the Park Board finally stepped up and increase the fee for non-residents starting in 2019.

These are all great improvements, but there's always room for more.

Kenagy Park needs better lighting on at least the tennis courts. This would improve the safety of those enjoying a night stroll through the park or trying their hand at pulling out a keeper from the pond.

The changes in park rental is an improvement considering property owners in Raytown already pay taxes to support the parks on real estate and personal property.  It would be great if in 2020 the parks started a policy that for the first two weeks of the year only citizens of Raytown could sign up for shelter houses. After that time, anyone could sign up for a rental.

This winter would also be a good time to drain the pond to remove rocks and other debris that has fallen or bee thrown into the pond. It would also create an opportunity to repair the retaining wall around the pond.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

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Greg Walters Files
for Ward 1 Alderman
Former Raytown Alderman Greg Walters made a surprise entry into the Ward 1 race for Alderman last Tuesday. Many observers had expected him to sit out this race. The turning point for Greg came when he started receiving unsolicited calls to run for Alderman.

Walters last served on the Board 10 years ago. Prior to that time, he served for 34 years on the Board.

A RECORD OF SERVICE:
  • Greg was the only Board member to vote against the formation of the 350 Live TIF.*
  • Sponsored legislation that made Raytown the first city in the metropolitan area to broadcast City Council meetings.
  • Successfully sponsored legislation that effectively stopped panhandling on street corners in Raytown.
  • Married to Marelise Walters - 40 years.
  • Two children, Hayley and Ryan Walters, one grandchild.
  • Twin grandchildren on the way.
  • Eagle Scout.
  • Lifetime resident of Raytown.
  • Former member Jackson County Democratic Committee..
  • Elected twice by Board to serve as Mayor Protem.
  • Elected twice to the Raytown Charter Commission.
*At a committee meeting before the Board approved the TIF Walters told Board members the TIF was a bad deal for Raytown. He said "if the economy tanks or fuel prices increase, the TIF will fail".

Within six months the United States economy went into a tailspin over a home fueled by a home mortgage crisis. The recession lasted 12 years, ending in 2016. When the roll call was called on the final vote authorizing the 350 Live TIF Greg was the only one to vote “no”. The final vote was nine yes to one no.

BY GREG WALTERS
LOOKING FORWARD
Raytown’s image has taken some pretty hard hits in the last four years. In just four years the city has had four City Administrators and three Finance Directors. Our neighborhood streets are literally falling apart, and there is an urgent need to bring Raytown up to the proper standard for street lighting and public safety.

One of the first things I learned when elected to the Board of Aldermen at the age of 24 in 1980 was how to work with others towards common goals. We need an era of stability to chart a new course for Raytown. I hope to gain your vote of confidence to help in that effort.

The April 2nd Election is unique.

There are four seats on the Board in which an elected incumbent is not running. Before the first vote is cast, we already know nearly one-half of the Board will be replaced. It is an opportunity for new ideas and new leadership  at City Hall. 

HIGH ON MY LIST OF PRIORITIES . . .

IMPROVED STREET REPAIR: It is time to quit using a band aid approach of repairing neighborhood streets. Asphalt and concrete streets have an average life of 30 years. The light aggregate seal used by the city has a life of three to five years. It is time to change our street maintenance program back to the use of materials we know work.

INCREASED STREET LIGHTING: A good street lighting program is an affordable way to fight crime
and improve public safety.

TRANSPARENCY AT CITY HALL: Board decisions are public business. They should be discussed in public sessions, not behind closed doors.

EXPERIENCE COUNTS: I hope to use my 34 years of experience as an elected official to help keep the Board focused on issues with a goal of achieving results.

In keeping with my belief that the best government is one with open lines of communication I invite you to contact me if you have any questions about my candidacy or campaign.

April 2nd is Election Day in Raytown. Please remember to vote.

Greg Walters
816-517-6852     
gregtwalters@sbcglobal.net


Paul’s Rant! BY PAUL LIVIUS
POLICE AT THE LIBRARY
The blog portion of the Raytown Report had a quite a bit of discussion this week about the uniformed Police officers at the Raytown Public Library. As a regular patron of the library I can report this is nothing new. The Mid Continent Public Library hires uniformed officers for public safety reasons at nearly all of their library locations.

CAMERAS IN THE PARK
The Raytown Parks and Recreation Department spent $26,877.44 on high-tech video cameras to monitor Coleman Park at 59th and Lane Street. Park Board Director Dave Turner reported to the Park Board that Police Chief Jim Lynch turned down the use of a monitor for police dispatchers to view what was going on during curfew hours at the park. Lynch told Turner he did not want to use the monitors. Turner reported the impass to the Park Board at a meeting back in November, 2018.

Reports of the homeless spending the night at the Coleman have been documented by neighbors living around the park. Lynch announced his resignation/retirement after the last Board of Aldermen meeting. Whoever takes the helm at the Police Department should re-visit this issue. Hopefully with a better outcome for Raytown.

WHERE IS THE TRANSPARENCY? At the last meeting of the Raytown Board of Aldermen the City Attorney held a lengthy tutorial for Board members on the Sunshine Law in Missouri and how it affects closed meetings of the Board. The so-called “work session” was held after the Board adjourned their regular meeting last Tuesday night. The Mayor announced there would be a ten minute break and then the work session would be held.

Since it was a public meeting, some people in the audience hung out to hear what was going down. However, the video feed of the session was turned off during the discussion. A shame, since the subject was on public sessions of the Board of Aldermen. Go figure!

TAXES. TAXES. EVERYONE WANTS TO TAX US!
Look for the following tax questions to come before the voters on the April ballot.

The Raytown School District will be asking for an extension of a $50 million bond issue. Current bonds will expire in the near future. That usually means the property tax will be lowered. Unless . . . voters approve the renewal of the bonds.

How much will you be saving if the bond issue is not approved? Good question. We will try to find out.

The Raytown Fire District will be asking for a 30 cent levy increase on the April ballot as well. The money will be used to fund the ambulance service. Raytown voters approved a half cent Public Safety Sales Tax to fund the ambulance and police services a number of years ago. The promise at that time was that it would take care of the public safety financial needs for years to come. What went wrong?

The Raytown Park Board has been lobbying the City Council to approve a quarter cent sales tax for the August election. There have been some testy meetings between representatives of the Park Board and the Board of Aldermen. The Park Board wants to capture all of the sales tax for its use. The current tax is split between Park Board needs and Storm Water repair needs throughout the city. The Board of Aldermen has the final say on when and if the Park Board will hold the tax increase election.

BY RICHARD TUSH
A New Year and a
Better way for Raytown
MO State Statute 79.050 allows the Board of Aldermen to put before the voters the right to decide if they want an elected or appointed chief of police.

"The board of aldermen may provide by ordinance, after the approval of a majority of the voters voting at an election at which the issue is submitted, for the appointment of a collector and for the appointment of a chief of police, who shall perform all duties required of the marshal by law, and any other police officers found by the Board of Aldermen to be necessary for the good government of the city."

With the current city marshal making it clear he will not be seeking re-election, now is the right time to put t this issue before the voters.

The wording should be set so that the day after the expiration of the current term of office for the City Marshal or should the current elected  City Marshal for any reason be unable to complete the current term of office that the Board of Aldermen is authorized by a simple majority vote of the people to appoint a police chief as allowed within MO State Statue 79.050.

As per the Jackson County Elections Board, the Board of Aldermen have until Jan 22nd to certify any ballot language for the April 2nd election, which still gives them enough time to move Raytown in positive direction.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Mr. Tush's article was received early last week,.We held back publication until this weekend. The city could act on placing the item on the ballot, but time is short. He told us City ordinance requires the Chief of Police to live within city limits. An interim Chief of Police could be appointed until the City Council has time to sort out if they wish to make the position appointive.


BY PAUL LIVIUS
The Paul Livius Report
Raytown Board of Aldermen Meeting – January 15, 2019
City Clerk, Teresa Henry, swore in new police officers Robert Fox, Rees Nelson, Jeffrey Peterman, and Samantha Stoner.

The Finance Committee requested a Study Session be scheduled at the January 15th meeting for the purposes of considering the Parks and Recreation Board’s recommendation of ballot language for the renewal and increase of the Parks/Storm Water Sales Tax.  The Parks and Recreation Board representatives told the Board:
 1. The City of Raymore 1997 Ordinance approving ballot language for a Parks/Storm Water Sales Tax with specific percentages for each use;
2. The City of Raytown 2010 Ordinance approving ballot language for the renewal of the Parks/Storm Water Sales Tax;
3. RBA authorizing a split of the City of Raytown’s 2010 Parks/Storm Water Sales Tax;
4. The City of Raytown 2016 Resolution approving a 75%/25% split of the Parks/Storm Water Sales Tax approved by the voters in 2010. and
5. The City of Raytown 2003 Ordinance approving the ballot language for the creation of a Parks Sales Tax. Dave Turner, Park Board Director, appeared before the Board for a study session.  He told the Board the Parks department realizes $277,000 from the sales tax, after the Storm Water and TIF payments were deducted.  Increasing the sales tax ¼ cent will increase the Parks revenue, after storm water and TIF, to $827,500. The extra revenue will allow the Parks department to upgrade the restrooms at Coleman, and Kenagy parks, replace the playground equipment at Colman, Southwood, and Krister parks, repair the tennis courts at Kenagy and Minor-Smith parks.  There are also plans to repurpose Super Splash, add a dog park, and a Spray ground.

The Board passed a resolution authorizing the continuation of an agreement with Infinity Building Service for Parks and Recreation Department mowing in an amount not to exceed $26,000.The 2018 mowing contract for Raytown Parks was awarded to Infinity Building Service, LLC. midyear due to the poor performance of the previous vendor. The Infinity contract was $25,000.00 per year for up to three years, with no increase in year 2 or year 3 of the bid. This contract is the cheaper bid from this date going forward, as compared to previous bidders, whose bid increased each additional year of the contract. Infinity Building Service, LLC, is the current contractor for Public Works, and has been awarded the Raytown Parks Department’s mowing contract over the previous budget years 2012-2017. Staff recommends continuing the contract into the 2019 budget year, as it is the lowest bid going forward, and they are a known vendor with appropriate equipment for mowing the Park grounds. Raytown Parks has budgeted $26,000 for mowing and is requesting approval to spend up to that amount, which has been approved in the City of Raytown 2018-19 Budget.


The Board passed a resolution approving the expenditure of funds with RED Equipment and Industrial Equipment for the purchase of parts and repairs related to the maintenance and operation of city-owned equipment in an amount not to exceed $16,040.The City of Raytown Unit 252 had a rear pump motor failure (piston came apart). The sewer pump vehicle was sent to Red Equipment for an estimate. The estimate was $16,040.00 with a four-week lead time on parts. The value of the truck and the fact that it is not scheduled for replacement for another three years, it would be in our best interest to replace the motor, allowing for additional years of service. We recently replaced the rear pump which was around $9,000.00 dollars. A replacement truck will be around $150,000.00. The estimated current value of an operating vehicle would be $60,000.00. Purchasing policy requires staff to seek additional purchasing authority for any vendor in excess of $15,000.00 single or cumulative purchases within a fiscal year.


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