Several months ago we started a new regular section "Fix This Eye Sore". Since the conception of the section we have seen several improvements in the city:
- The signs that flooded the right of ways are all, but a thing of the past
- The hole at the 67th St entrance to the BP on Blue Ridge has been covered
- The signs on 59th Street have been straightened The grafitti has been removed from the back of the sign on 70th Terrace
We want to thank the city for taking noticeable steps to improve our city’s image.
Downtown’s Lacking Sparkle…By Richard Tush
I question what steps is the city taking to improve our downtown image as the green area still has bare spots. At a Board of Alderman meeting prior to the SummerFest event Alderman Melson stated the chamber would repair any damage to the grass. Over a month later and still no repairs have been made. Yet, last week "The Raytown Post" ran an article about steps being taken to catch and prosecute those who are damaging the city parks.
As always in Raytown it seems to be who you are that allows you to be above the rules that apply to others.
The last couple of years we have been told the city is going to replace the 63rd street bridge and at that time create an additional gateway to downtown atmosphere as was done at the railroad bridge. However, the bridge still remains in decay, which ironically is so fitting for the our downtown and lack of occupied buildings or those former homes converted into business just beyond Cedar on 63rd that appear ready to collapse with the next strong wind.
Speaking of the gateway to downtown at the railroad bridge those looking to the East while crossing are provide the first impression of how the city maintains their own property and sets the stage for expectation of downtown. The South side of the public works building has a least one broken window, pealing paint and graffiti. I would like to think that our new Director of Community Development, Beth Linn, as well as our new Director of Public Works, Andy Noll, would have by now toured all of the city property and ensure the city is setting the standard image for all of Raytown.
I guess based on the recent property value decrease the city has actually achieved the goal of setting the standard for decay and decline.
I hope the prompt improvements to the street sign on 59th street are able to be made to the public works building also and Beth and Andy will both see to other issues facing our downtown.
Many travels in the city have already seen the signs of smoother roads. Rather it is 55th street that has been graded and the resurfacing started or side streets like 70th Ter with "no parking" street signs in preparation of the work to come. Raytown is finally starting to see the resurfacing projects that we have been requesting for sometime.
The link will take you to a map listing the other streets set for resurfacing:
Up In Smoke... By Greg Walters
I see the K.C. Star has come out and endorsed a strong smoking ban in Raytown. Very unusual for the Star to run a headline editorial about a Raytown issue. So you know that somebody at city hall has been talking to them.
We've been watching this debate for some time (see last week's editorial, "Get The Word Out".
In fact, Richard Tush attended the smoking forum held at city hall. He was surprised by the low turnout until he did some investigating.
Apparently, the only place the meeting was advertised was in the Raytown Post. Which is not very timely since they do not publish until Thursday and most papers are not delivered until the weekend. Which stretches the credibility of whether or not "timely and proper" notification (as required by state law) of the public meeting was placed in the first place.
We are also dismayed by the lack of participation by members of the Board of Aldermen. Only three showed up -- Ertz, VanBuskirk and Lightfoot.
We did some inquiring at the post office as to the size of the Raytown Post's weekly mailing. While the exact numbers have not arrived yet, we do know that they are not very high.
Most of the participants at the forum found out about the meeting from postings in the restrooms of local watering holes. That may explain the lop-sided turnout by those opposed to the smoking ban. For our part, we have offered city hall the use of our site to post these meetings. We know our readership (which has remained surprisingly steady during the summer months) is high for a blog. Check out our counter on the left side of our home page for verification.
Our offer has yet to be responded to by City Hall.
So, we will make it again.
Mr. Mayor, Board of Aldermen, the Raytown Report will publish ALL of your meeting notices if you will simply send them to us.
We believe it will help bolster the public's awareness and benefit you in your decision making process.
The ball is in your court. Pick it up and throw it back!
Fix This Eye Sore… DAY 48 – 84th Street Sanitary Sewer Project: The mess left behind by the city after sanitary sewer improvements remains.
Day 41 - 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 36 – Stop the Mosquitoes: The breeding ground for mosquitoes still remains and the forest of high grass has returned.
Day 22 – Minor Smith Park: The mess left behind by the city after sanitary sewer improvements remains.
Day 15 – Crescent Creek: Wires still dangle from the pole.
NOTE: Click on the pictures to enlarge and better see the problems.
Local Meetings and Events:
July 16th – Board of Zoning Adjustment 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.
July 20th – Park Board meeting 7:00 PM at park administrative office.
July 21st – Citizen Sales Tax Oversight Committee meeting 6:30 PM at city hall
July 21st – Board of Alderman meeting 7:00 PM at city hall
July 27th - Special Board of Education meeting 6:30 PM at Board of Education Building
July 28th – Raytown Business Resource Expo 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM Raytown High School Auditorium
July 28th – Municipal Committee meeting 6:00 PM at city hall
July 28th – Finance Committee meeting 9:00 PM at city hall
July 31st – Movie in the Park "Vertigo" at Colman Park, 5912 Lane starting at dusk