Monday, April 21, 2008
Railroad vs. AT&T and Raytown Water Company
You have to hand it to the railroads. When it comes to greed and pure stubbornness they cannot be beat. That is, if you believe what Neal Clevenger, owner of Raytown Water Company has to say about the situation. The 63rd Street Bridge is ready to be replaced. Design work is completed, the city has all but signed off on the project and . . . . nothing is happening. Why? According to Neal Clevenger the dispute is between the railroad, AT&T and the Raytown Water Company. It seems the railroad wants to be paid for any utility that travels over their rail line. Never mind that the railroad does not own the current bridge. Never mind that they are not currently collecting any "fee" for utilities crossing over their "space". Never mind that they have not run a train on the tracks for over twenty years. They still consider it their "space". AT&T has made it very clear that they will not pay any type of royalty for crossing over a bridge. Clevenger says Raytown Water Company will not pay a royalty either. To make matters worse, the State of Missouri is staying out of the fight - claiming they do not have any jurisdiction in the matter. Looks like this one may be headed to court. BIG TRUCKS Complaints of big over the road trucks parking in Raytown are beginning to surface. The large vehicles have been spotted behind Block Buster Video on 350 Highway, the recently acquired HyVee located at 350 Highway and Gregory Boulevard and at a number of closed businesses on the east side of the city on 350 Highway. An answer should be forthcoming. Alderman Greg Walters has requested that the subject be brought up at Tuesday night’s Municipal Committee meeting.