- Using the sewer billing for providing a comprehensive listing of meetings. This will provide notification to the greatest percentage of residence.
- Using email notifications to provide updates of meetings and other events as they are posted to the city web-site. This will ensure residences are notified of last minute meetings as well potential cancellations.
- Using social web-sites like "Twitter" to provide real time notifications of meetings and other events.
- Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 6731 Blue Ridge Boulevard (Old Hy-Vee Parking Lot)
- Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce, 11900 E 350 Hwy (KC PowerSport Parking Lot)
- River Christian Fellowship, 7506 Raytown Road (Apple Market Parking Lot)
For additional information please visit the following link:http://www.raytown.mo.us/vertical/Sites/%7B418C71C3-E397-4C87-B464-C498EC8900F9%7D/uploads/%7B2F200506-B8C0-4BAE-A5DD-FFFB339B0998%7D.DOC Facing the Heat . . . By Richard Tush Last Friday night the parks department showed "The Last Mimzy" as part of their summer movie program. Although temperatures were among the highest we have seen this season, there were still more then 50 people participating in the event. Friends of the park ran the concession, which were reported to had three times the sales as that of the prior movie. While members of Raytown Citizens Crime watch provided extra sets of eyes to ensure participants safety. The next move will be Friday, July 31, 2009 when "Vertigo" will be featured. Unsung Hero . . . By Greg Walters You see them everywhere in Raytown. Small plastic signs on very thin aluminum frames stuck on street corners. Most are in the city right of way. The message is usually a "get rich or happy quick scheme" aimed at people who are down on their luck, lonely or desperate to try anything to better their lives. I am writing about those signs that have short messages with a phone number – We Buy Ugly Houses, Better Your Credit Score, Raytown Singles – to name just a few. They are blight on the landscape. They are also illegal as they have been placed on the right of way. One Raytown resident became so frustrated with the signs that she decided to do something about it. She went around town and pulled them up. Then, she delivered them to City Hall – directly to the Office of Code Enforcement. This individual, a long time resident of Raytown, told me she was tired of looking at the trashy signs. "Tired," she said, "and frustrated that no one at City Hall will take the time to enforce the city’s sign code." All told, she collected over 70 signs in two days. Thirty of them she delivered to City Hall. The rest she entrusted to our own Richard Tush. For the curious, Richard told me he has delivered the signs up to city hall as well. It seems he has had a few others provide him with sign. He said when he delivered the signs he spoke with someone in code enforcement who said they would look into watching intersections like the one at 67th and Blue Ridge Cut Off were we understand some of the signs came from. It seems the city is wishing to hold those on 350 highway to the responsibility of the state. Richard indicated he would be in contact with Representative Tom McDonald who is on the transportation committee about having MDOT increase efforts in keeping their part of Raytown clean. I am actually surprised at this response as the last time I checked this is still part of Raytown and our city could as easily remove these signs as the state. I can relate to her frustration. While serving on the Board of Aldermen I would often call in locations of illegal signs to City Hall to have them removed. I remember one instance when signs posted at Raytown Trafficway and 63rd Street were still standing days after they had been reported . What made the situation so frustrating was that we have people on the city’s payroll to do that task. Yet, they continually drove by the violations, day after day, pretending not to see the signs. Their supervisors also seem to be unaware of the lapse in public service. Perhaps they are invisible signs to all but a few of us. The individual who decided to do something proactive about the illegal signs has asked to remain anonymous. I will honor that request. But I really believe that she should be given an award for stepping up and reminding us that there are a lot of good people in Raytown who want this city cleaned up. Overheard at the Barbershop . . . By Greg Walters A regular reader related some of the banter that goes back and forth at one our local barbershops. The subject was the demeanor of the Board of Aldermen meetings and how they are viewed by the public on the local television channel. One local wit compared the Board Meetings to Romper Room – a children’s early morning television show from a generation back. In particular he complained of the "giddy" atmosphere many of the Board members create. Childish antiques like rushing to make a second to motions, the Mayor trying to act more like a game show host than the CEO of a city of 30,000 people, and an atmosphere of a manipulated and choreographed meeting by city staff were chief of among his complaints.I’ve watched meetings since leaving the Board and it is hard not to agree with the gentleman’s observation. In all fairness to members of the Board, not all of them conduct themselves in that manner. My advice to those with Comcast Cable is to tune in to Channel 7 on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. and watch your Board of Aldermen in action. If you are not a Comcast customer then, go on up to city hall and watch in person. After all, they are public sessions, and there is plenty of room for all who wish to attend. Speaking of Invisible Signs . . . By Greg Walters The Raytown Road entrance to Raytown’s premier housing development, Crescent Green, 59th St and Raytown Road, is beginning to look a little ragged. The twin post streetlights were an attractive plus to the entranceway – but one of them has not been working for many months now. The glass globe on the northern most light is broken, so naturally, the light does not turn on at night. We’re surprised it has not been fixed by now. But then again, maybe it is like the invisible advertising signs some city employees cannot see at major intersections throughout town. Yes, those are electrical wires hanging from the top of the streetlight. Fix This Eye Sore DAY 36 – 84th Street Sanitary Sewer Project: The mess left behind by the city after sanitary sewer improvements remains. Day 29 - Time to Get Serious About Cleaning up Raytown: The proliferation of large trucks using our city as a parking lot. It is especially noticeable along 350 Highway. Day 22 – Stop the Mosquitoes: The breeding ground for mosquitoes still remains and the forest of high grass has returned. We have been informed today by the city that they have been working with the property owner to bring in fill dirt and plant approved vegetation. However, it should be noted that at this time the property is still in the condition we reported. Day 8 – Minor Smith Park: The mess left behind by the city after sanitary sewer improvements remains. Day 1 – Mount Olivet Cemetery: Looking across the South side of the property, 79th Street from Spring Valley to Elm is a sight from years long since past when grazing fields were the common sight in Raytown. Today the grass is around 18 inches high if not higher in some spots and ready to be bailed, but instead remains the ideal home for field mice and other rodents. This issues was actual discussed with code enforcement who said the cemetery had received a waver as they were going to bail the grass for hay. Odd as the only special exemption we at the Raytown Report recall being given recently was to REAP for the side they used on their building. This issue is being sent to the department head along with the mayor and alderman from ward 4. Local Meetings and Events: July 3rd – City Hall Closed for Independence Day July 7th – Board of Alderman meeting 7:00 PM at city hall July 9th – Planning & Zoning Commission meeting 7:00 PM at city hall. Note: Call the day of the meeting to make sure it has not be canceled due to no items being brought before the commission.