Monday, September 15, 2008
Bits and Pieces . . .
Here is some thought provoking news. The Public Works Department at City Hall recently reported that Raytown’s Recycling Center is increasing the amount of recyclables collected each month. So much so, that there have been occasions where the center has filled all its containers before the twice monthly collection period ends. Batliner Paper, the city’s subcontractor for the site, has promised to bring in larger containers to fill the demand This should be read as a growing awareness and belief in recycling by the local citizenry. It also shows that the public seems to prefer the safe, well maintained confines of the Public Works Garage as a permanent site for the center. Speaking of Recycling . . . Curbside recycling is still being discussed at City Hall. Two weeks ago I sat down with City Administrator Mahesh Sharma to discuss the possibility of bringing the two-year waiting period discussion back before the Board for consideration. He asked that the issue be placed on a hold just a while longer so that we do not end up with too much on our plate at one time at City Hall. From his point of view, and that of the City Attorney, Nancy Thompson, if we start the two-year planning period we should do so seriously with every intent to follow through with a viable program. Though we differ on the timing of when to start – I do agree the commitment should be based on solid support. But the simple fact is that without a broad base of support from both City Staff and the Board of Aldermen, recycling will not go anywhere in Raytown. Hopefully there will be some good news to report after the holidays. Walmart Costs Start to Add Up . . . The last two months of next year’s budget will see the beginning of withholding of 16.67% of the city’s two sales taxes. The two-month cost in real dollars is anticipated to be $83,635.00 in fiscal 2008/2009. The most telling figure here is the 16.67%. It means that future budget years will see approximately 16.67% of the sales tax revenue go to pay for paying off 23 years of debt for the parking lot, bus terminals and infrastructure costs incurred on behalf of Walmart. That is a lot of money that should be going to repair our streets, buy new streetlights and pay for the daily costs of running a city (police, ambulance, etc.) Chamber Pulls Plug on Round-Up Days Parade According to an article in the Kansas City Star the Raytown Chamber of Commerce has decided to cancel the Annual Round-up Days Parade. Vicki Turnbow, President of the Chamber, told the Star that the threshold of 50 entrants had not reached -- therefore, the event was cancelled. The article did not say how many applications for the parade had been received. It is a sad end to a chapter of one of Eastern Jackson County's longest running communnity celebrations. The downhill spiral began two years ago when the Chamber cancelled the community's annual Raytown Roundup Days. The parade had served as the official kick-off of each year's event.