Monday, June 1, 2009
Fix This Eyesore NOW! (part 2)
Greg Walters, Contributing Editor Richard Tush, Contributing Editor Fix This Eyesore NOW! Is a weekly column of the Raytown Report featuring citizen complaints where the City of Raytown should step up and take care of business. The red “Day #” indicates how long it has been since we first sent the complaint to the attention of the Mayor and Board of Aldermen representing the area that needs attention. Last week, we carried the picture of the pothole at 67th and Blue Ridge at the entrance to the BP gasoline station at that intersection. We drove by the station today. The only change we noted was that the hazard signal is now standing upright in the hole rather than laying on its side as pictured. DAY 7 - 67TH and BLUE RIDGE CUTOFF: BP Gasoline station located between Commerce Bank and 67th Street (on the south side of 67th Street). The picture speaks for itself. The grating over the storm drainage cut has been missing for over one year. A copy of this page has been forwarded to Ward 1 Aldermen Joe Creamer, Shane Pardue, and Mayor David Bower. DAY 1 – 84th Street Sanitary Sewer Project This is a photo of what Frank Potter and his neighbors on East 84th Street see when they look out their back windows. Two years ago the picture was an idyllic wooded area. What you is the way the city’s contractor left their properties after a new sewer project was completed in June of 2008. The City failed to require the contractor to restore the area to Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) standards when the project was completed. Potter has been trying since early April to get the city to do something. After E-mailing Mayor Bower twice, the interim Public Works Director told Potter that they were NOT going to do anything about the situation and that the DNR had signed off on this project. Potter contacted the DNR and was told the City had NOT signed off on the project, and in fact, the city did not have a current Land Disturbance Permit for this project as required by state law. The DNR visited the site and then contacted the City and told them they are in violation. The DNR has also started the disciplinary process which can result in a series of $10,000.00 fines if the situation is not taken care of in a required period of time. So far Potter has received a phone call from his Aldermen and Interim Public Works Director Jason Hanson saying they are looking into seeding the area this fall. But . . . the trees they cut down were ground up which resulted in mounds of mulch that they spread over the properties. Then they took pulverized rock from under the four lanes of Raytown Road and graded it over the mulch. As anyone growing a garden can tell you, pulverized rock and mulch does not make ideal growing conditions for anything (as the picture so clearly shows). The property looks the same today as it did one year after the city finished its sewer improvements. Mr. Potter says the city originally promised to remove all the mulch and crushed rock and return the area to its previous condition. The city should address the problem, remove the crushed rock and bring in topsoil so that seeding and tree planting has a chance to take root. A copy of this report has been emailed to Mayor David Bower and the Ward 5 Aldermen.