Monday, June 15, 2009
Going To Far
Richard Tush, Contributing Editor It has come to our attention that last Friday the chamber was telling local business that they couldn’t park on their own property. If this was not going too far in itself, defiantly attempting to place potties and trash dumpsters on the private property was way over the line. Like many of you it is joyful to see our community gather together at events like "SummerFest". However, those sponsoring events like this should be mindful of the business owners they impact and never attempt to place things on private property without first getting permission from the property owners. While the chamber will surely be calling the event a success others will be setting back and see how long it takes for the tent to come down as well as the damaged sod to be replaced. It seems a true sign of success for the chamber would be to start filing the vacate spaces throughout our city rather then place all of their focus on their annual fundraiser. Don’t Become the Next Prey It seems alarm companies are once again targeting homeowners in Raytown. Just last weekend I found one of them at my door. This was quite a surprise considering I clearly have post on the front door "No Soliciting". However, this was not as concerning as the inability of the solicitors to understand the word "No". I would have actually written the whole event off except for the fact the solicitor started insisting that Raytown Police Department was not only supporting them going door to door selling this extra piece of mind, but the police deportment was picking up the cost of the unit. Any who follow the blog on a regular basis know that our city doesn’t have the funds to engage in any kind of venture like this. We are all too aware our city is facing finance struggles that already impact the ability to resurface our streets. However, this must be a great sales tactic to use against the less informed and elderly within our city as they keep trying to play up on it. When asked about being licensed to solicit within the city they promptly provided me with their brochure indicating they are part of the better business bureau. It seems this solicitor just couldn’t capture a break with me as once they finally did leave my property I promptly contacted Raytown Police Department who responded within minutes and had them leave the city until they could obtain the proper license from the city clerk. I encourage others to contact our police department when you find solicitors in your neighborhood. Our police department is more then willing to come out and verify the solicitor is actually licensed in our city. Thank you Jim Lynch and your department for keeping those using questionable tactics from preying on our citizens. Costly Impacts from the Real Will It is always nice that "The Raytown Post" provides editorials from Representative Kraus. However, we should question that this same level setting of actives in Jefferson City are not given to the other three representative districts that make up Raytown. A recent editorial from Representative Kraus sparked several postings over the last couple of weeks and even generated in a call to me. After speaking with the concerned resident of Will’s district, I did some research of my own. I quickly learned that we should all question Will about his voting record related to the "Motorcycle Helmet Law" and the corresponding loss of twenty-five million federal funding dollars if Governor Nixon signs the bill into law. Will did a great job of sing his praise in the editorial, but failed to mention his vote on this bill (H1377) and the financial impact it will have on the state of Missouri. He also would have like to seen more out of the session, but still gave the over all session a B-. I guess he has not taken the time to review the number of bills passed in prior years and use that information as a means to measure the true failure for results this session. By the way the other three state representatives representing Raytown either voted against this bill or were absent at the time of the vote. Fix This Eye Sore DAY 15 – 84th Street Sanitary Sewer Project: The mess left behind by the city after sanitary sewer improvements remains. No official word has been received as to a plan for resolution of the problem. DAY 8 - 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 1 – Stop the Mosquitoes: It seems that years after development of the corresponding lots at 79th & Spring Valley there is still a drainage issue. Every time it rains water sets on the corner lot which remains a grand breeding ground for mosquitoes. With the additional virus carried by mosquitoes like West Niles it is past time for the city to ensure public safety and crack down on property owners that allow stagnate water to sit on their property. An email about this problem has been sent to Mayor Bower, Alderman Ertz and Alderman Van Buskirk.