DAY 11 - 67TH and BLUE RIDGE CUTOFF:MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!! The grating over the storm drainage of 67th Street) at 67th Street and Blue Ridge has been replaced.
DAY 8 – 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.
A copy of the original article (posted on June 1, 2009) has been sent to Mayor David Bower and Aldermen Lightfoot and Mock. DAY 1 - Time to Get Serious About Cleaning up Raytown
Cutline --- Vehicle parked in retirement home development between Hunter and Kentucky Streets, just north of 59th Street.
Many of our leaders at Raytown City Hall spend a lot of time giving lip service to efforts to clean up the town. Some want to crack down on rental property. Others want to remove large billboards. What is interesting is that there is hardly ever any talk of one of the most obvious blights on our city. That is the proliferation of large trucks using our city as a parking lot. It is especially noticeable along 350 Highway.
This is even more interesting because that strip of highway is the crown jewel of the David Bower administration. Somehow, the image of the tractor trailer parking lot does not fit well into that picture.
Why so many trucks choose to park in Raytown is easily understood. Surrounding cities like Kansas City, Lee’s Summit and Independence do not allow large over the road trailers parking privileges just anywhere. With the exception of residentially zoned areas, Raytown does not enforce any laws against the practice.
There is, however, more to the problem than just where the trucks are parked because of aesthetic reasons. There is also the problem of residentially zoned neighborhoods butting up to commercially zoned areas. An area in Ward 1 is along Gregory Boulevard. The residential neighborhood abuts a commercial strip containing Block Buster Video, Taco Bell and CVS Pharmacy. This weekend no less than five tractors were parked at that location. Two of them had trailers attached (see photo). Not much of problem, unless, they are running their refrigeration units, or, during the winter, being warmed up in the very early hours of the morning.
Let’s face it. Who needs an alarm clock if the truck owner is warming up his diesel at four o’clock in the morning? The people who make their home in the adjoining neighborhoods have as much right to a good nights sleep, free of diesel fumes, as much as someone living on Lake Shore Drive or 87th Street.
What amazes us is that the solution is simple. Find a place in Raytown (and they do exist) for all trucks to park without being so obtrusive. One writer to this blog has suggested the old Walmart / HyVee location at 67th and Blue Ridge. Not a bad location. It is blocked off on three sides from surrounding residential housing by a large footprint complex of buildings. To the west is commercial property. And, it has easy access to major thoroughfares serving Raytown. Or, restricting large truck parking to industrially zoned areas is also an option.
Members of the Raytown BOA get all excited about big signs and rental property. And they should. But the solution to this problem with large trucks is so simple it makes one wonder why it has not been addressed.
The ball is in their court. Let’s see what they do with it.
A copy of this complaint has been forwarded to those Aldermen representing the areas where the truck pictures were taken. They are: (in Ward 1) Alderman Joe Creamer and Alderman Shane Pardue. In Ward 3, Alderman Charlotte Melson and Alderman Christine White.