Sunday, September 16, 2007
Recycling Commission Formed
Two years ago voters issued a mandate to form a recycling commission to study ways to improve recycling efforts in Raytown. The question was voted on as a “pull-out” issue in the last City Charter Election. The charter failed, but the voters overwhelmingly approved the formation of a Recycling Commission. Ward 1 Alderman Greg Walters asked Mayor Sue Frank to form the Commission on at least two public meetings of the Board of Aldermen. Frank refused to form the Commission. Fortunately, Mayor David Bower has decided to take a more proactive approach in tackling the recycling issue in Raytown. He teamed up with Walters to name the members of the Commission and made the appointments official in early September. The six members are an interesting mix of known Democrats, Republicans and Independents. The members named to the Committee are: Diane Krizek, Mark Siettmann, Ken Fleischmann, Norma Storms, Pat Ertz and Greg Walters. Ertz will serve as liaison to the Board of Alderman. The Mayor has appointed Walters as Chairman. Walters says the first task for the Commission will be to find a new location for Raytown’s Recycling Center. The center is currently located where the new Walmart is to be constructed and will have to be moved. He has visited with all of the members of the Commission and believes that many innovative ideas concerning recycling are in the making. Heard on the Street . . . The word on the street is that the new ownership of the Raytown Post may be considering some changes in how the paper is operated. The lead reporter, Bob Phillips, has come under criticism for his use of the paper as a personal sounding board to attack his perceived enemies. Apparently, this “journalistic bullying” of private and public figures has hurt circulation and the credibility of the weekly newspaper. The powers that be at the Post are said to be considering options for the paper to take. Unless there is a complete change in personality by Phillips, which is highly unlikely, his role at the Raytown Post may be changing.