Overheard after the meeting, one city department head telling another, "I wish he (Wilmoth) had not told them (the BOA) that figure."
$50,000.00 Contract for Infill Design
By a nine to one vote the Board of Aldermen signed off on a resolution approving a $50,000 contract with Bucher, Willis and Ratliff Corporation for design guidelines to guide residential infill projects.
In plain language that means creating rules for the construction of homes in established residential neighborhoods by dividing large acreage lots into smaller lots with new homes.
Setting standards in a community is a good idea.
But paying someone $50 thousand dollars to tell you that houses should have the same setback from the street, that sewer and other utilities should be present, and that the new homes should blend with existing homes is a little over the top.
Mayors to Meet Over Light Rail
Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser, Raytown Mayor David Bower, Riverside Mayor Kathleen Rose and Kansas City Councilman Russ Johnson will meet at Raytown City Hall to discuss a light rail proposal for Kansas City. The public is invited to the event -- but they will not be allowed to speak.
So, if you have little to do next Friday, head on up to city hall. No agenda has been announced so I guess you can sit and watch them talk to each other.
Riddle for the Readers . . .
What do the following towns have in common?
Gladstone, Lee's Summit, Peculiar, Harrisonville, Kansas City, Raytown.
If you know the answer, go ahead and post it this week. Otherwise, I will have the answer next in next week's column.
The Gingham Dress
One of my regular contributors to the Raytown Report sent the following. It's a good story and well worth repeating -- Greg Walters. THE GINGHAM DRESS . . . A TRUE STORY by Malcolm Forbes A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun threadbare suit, stepped off the train in Boston , and walked timidly without an appointment into the Harvard University President's outer office. The secretary could tell in a moment that such backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard & probably didn't even deserve to be in Cambridge . "We'd like to see the president," the man said softly. "He'll be busy all day," the secretary snapped. "We'll wait," the lady replied. For hours the secretary ignored them, hoping that the couple would finally become discouraged and go away. They didn't, and the secretary grew frustrated and finally decided to disturb the president, even though it was a chore she always regretted. "Maybe if you see them for a few minutes, they'll leave," she said to him! He sighed in exasperation and nodded. Someone of his importance obviously didn't have the time to spend with them, and he detested gingham dresses and homespun suits cluttering up his outer office. The president, stern faced and with dignity, strutted toward the couple. The lady told him, "We had a son who attended Harvard for one year. He loved Harvard. He was happy here. But about a year ago, he was accidentally killed. My husband and I would like to erect a memorial to him, somewhere on campus." The president wasn't touched. He was shocked. "Madam," he said, gruffly, "we can't put up a statue for every person who attended Harvard and died. If we did, this place would look like a cemetery." "Oh, no," the lady explained quickly. "We don't want to erect a statue. We thought we would like to give a building to Harvard." The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and homespun suit, then exclaimed, "A building! Do you have any earthly idea how much a building costs? We have over seven and a half million dollars in the physical buildings here at Harvard." For a moment the lady was silent. The president was pleased. Maybe he could get rid of them now. The lady turned to her husband and said quietly, "Is that all it cost to start a university? Why don't we just start our own?" Her husband nodded. The president's face wilted in confusion and bewilderment. Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford got up and walked away, traveling to Palo Alto, California where they established the university that bears their name, Stanford University , a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about. You can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who they think can do nothing for them.