Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Recycling Effort Moves Forward
Raytown’s Recycling Committee took its first public steps forward at a recent meeting of the Board of Aldermen when it presented a Mission Statement for the city’s recycling effort. The statement gave a broad outline of the goals of the Recycling Committee. Foremost of those goals is a plan to relocate the city's recycling center. The current location on 350 Highway will become unavailable when construction begins on a new Walmart. The Committee has been narrowing down a list of seven different locations. Members have expressed a desire to find a central location with more convenient hours of operation for the public. Focusing on a new location is not the Committee’s only goal. “We plan to take a serious look at curbside as well as all aspects of recycling,” said Diane Krizek, co-author of the Committee's Mission Statement. City officials have told Committee members that grant money is available for start-up costs of some recycling programs. “I view the interest in recycling in Raytown to be extremely high,” said Alderman Greg Walters, Chairman of the Committee. “There is not a week goes by that I do not receive call from someone in the public who wants to help improve Raytown’s recycling efforts.” Raytown’s Recycling Center is currently open twice a month. According to Assistant Public Works Director Dave Frazier, the Recycling Center, located at the west campus of the Herndon Center on 350 Highway, routinely fills up with recyclables every weekend it is open. CARJACK WARNING: I received the following from one of my regular readers. It sounds like good advice. So I thought I would pass it along . . . You walk across the parking lot, unlock your car and get inside. You start the engine and shift into Reverse.When you look into the rear-view mirror to back out of your parking space, you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you shift into Park, unlock your doors, and jump out of your car to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view. When you reach the back of your car, that is when the carjacker appears out of nowhere, jumps into your car and takes off. And guess what, ladies? I bet your purse is still in the car. So now the carjacker has your car, your home address, your money, and your keys. Your home and your whole identity are now compromised! Simple solution -- Drive away from the parking lot to an area you feel safe in before removing the annoying sheet of paper.