Friday, July 20, 2007
Fireworks in Raytown!?!
Last Tuesday night’s Board of Aldermen meeting literally ended in display of fireworks. Ward 4 Alderman Pat Ertz brought forth a discussion item – the topic – the legalization of selling and shooting of fireworks in Raytown. The current ban on the sale and shooting of fireworks in Raytown dates back about 25 years. Recently, communities surrounding in the Raytown area have reversed the ban and have allowed the sale of fireworks. Most notable of these changes has been the recent legalization of sales shooting of fireworks in Lee’s Summit. Discussion on the matter was varied and somewhat explosive. Ward 5 Alderman Marilyn Fleming came down hard against the sale and legalization of fireworks. Other aldermen were more cautious in letting their position be known. Though it is quite clear that Mr. Ertz would support a change in the city’s code. It was also suggested that if the city does legalize the sale of fireworks that it open the sales to private businesses. In that way the city can capture the sales tax dollars from the sale of fireworks. Since Raytown is surrounded by Kansas City, which does not allow the sale of fireworks, it (Raytown) should reap a healthy profit from the legalization. Mayor Bower told Board members that he intends to create an ad-hoc committee made up of select members of the Board of Aldermen. Follow-up on Dogs on Chains Breeding and Restoring Vehicles in Driveways. The Board voted to allow dogs on tethers in front yards provided that the dog owner is present in the front yard with the dog. The change is really not a change as dogs were previously allowed in front yards on a hand-held leash. This will allow dog owners to have their dog with them when they are working in the yard, washing a car, etc. On the Breeding question the Board voted 8 yes / 2 no to allow homeowners to have one litter of animals per year. Aldermen Greg Walters and Charlotte Melson cast the "no" votes. A question of how the law was to be enforced was not answered by proponents of the ordinance. Ward 1 Alderman Joe Creamer’s plan to allow individuals to dismantle vehicles in driveways has hit roadblock of sorts. City staff asked that the matter be carried over so that it can be worked in with a plan for neighborhood preservation. Since the two items, Creamer’s plan and neighborhood preservation, do not really work well together, the cars in yards plan may be dead on arrival. Judging by the public’s reaction to Mr. Creamer’s plan – the DOA prognosis is a good sign.