Sunday, January 6, 2008
Three Seats up for Election on Raytown School Board
Three seats on the Raytown School Board are up for election this April 8th . As of this date, four candidates have filed. Three of the candidates are incumbents, Rick Moore, Cathy Mack and Terry Landers. The forth candidate to file is former Raytown School Board member Dean Bray. Potential candidates can file for the School Board at the Raytown School District Administration Building located at 6608 Raytown Road. The administration offices are open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Since the school board positions are elected at large, the three candidates that receive the most votes will be win the seats. Candidates must be registered voters living within the Raytown School District. There is no filing fee. Clarification . . . A regular contributor to this blog, Mr. Mark Siettmann, asked if funds set aside for storm water mitigation not used for that purpose could be used for other purposes, such as downtown redevelopment, etc. In response to his question I wrote back that the money was set aside from bonds to correct problems where storm sewer water over-flowed into sanitary sewer systems in Raytown residences. An anonymous contributor wrote to correct my post by saying the money was for use in cases where storm water infiltrated sanitary lines. The distinction between storm water getting into sanitary is a minor point. The simple fact is, that unless the stormwater overflows, it generally does not infiltrate the sanitary line. The anonymous blogger went on to justify the expense as it does pay for needed repairs to keep sewage out of homeowners basements. For the sake of clarity, I do not recall anyone saying the program was a bad program. As for myself, the record is very clear, I supported and voted for legislation making the funds available. My comment that the problem may have been over-stated is based on the relatively low participation in a program that literally pays for correcting the homeowners problems. The comment that unspent funds must be used specifically for sanitary sewer funds as outlined by the bond covenants that provide the money is correct. The formula for payout of the funds provided by the anonymous blogger is also correct.