by Greg Walters Regular readers will remember a story we ran last Spring about Frank Potter and his neighbors on 84th Street in Raytown. Their back yards and adjoining woods were the site of a sanitary sewer renovation project built by the city in their neighborhood. The result of the new sewer construction is most accurately described by the term “scorched earth”. Potter was told by representatives from City Hall that upon completion of the project the property would be returned to its original condition. Trees were cut down and ground into mulch which was then spread over the construction area. The work crews then took pulverized rock mined from under four lanes of Raytown Road and graded it over the mulch. What was once an idyllic wooded glen is now a wasteland of rock and mulch.Potter contacted the Department of Natural Resources and was told the city did not have a current Land Disturbance Permit for the project as required by state law. The DNR visited the site and informed city hall of the violation. Potter received phone calls from his Aldermen and Interim Public Works Director Jason Hanson promising to seed the area this fall. Fall has arrived. The city has done NOTHING. We visited with Mr. Potter over the weekend. He told us that he has given up on City Hall keeping its promise. He is extremely disappointed in his elected representatives, public works officials and in particular, Mayor Bower. There is a lesson learned from Mr. Potter’s experience for all Raytowners. When the city wants to use your property, you would be well advised to be compensated before the first shovel full of earth is turned. Otherwise you may end up as the Potters did on 84th Street. As for our elected officials . . . they need to remember their role as stewards of the city includes a responsibility to protect and ensure that abuse such as the Potters have experienced should not be tolerated in Raytown. Has Anyone Noticed? While driving by the construction at Raytown Road and Gregory Boulevard I had a feeling that something was wrong with the picture. So, I pulled over and studied the site. Then it occurred to me. The ugly utility poles and the spider nests of wires are still in place. Yet concrete sidewalks and curbs are near completion. Apparently the city does not intend to bury the lines as was originally discussed when plans were being drawn for the new intersection. Guess that’s part of the price you pay when you hand over $800,000.00 of the taxpayer’s money to pay off debt created by the new shopping district on 350 Highway. Walmart did not open in time to create tax revenue to satisfy interest payments due bondholders of the project. The TIF Agreement signed by the City of Raytown requires the city to make up any shortfall of tax revenue from the project. By the way, if you go by the new Walmart, you will find ALL of the utilities on their property are buried. Other Cities Seek Solutions . . . There were some interesting stories in the Kansas City Star this weekend. One had to do with a nuisance problem common to all cities – barking dogs. The City of Prairie Village, Kansas has adopted a policy of impounding dogs that bark continuously during the night time hours. Captain Tim Schwartzkopf told the Star, “. . . when dogs bark nonstop at night, that’s when it becomes a nuisance.” The city’s policy is to contact pet owners and ask them to take the animals inside during the evening hours. If the resident does not cooperate, the dog will be seized and placed in an animal shelter. That is innovative governing. Most impressive is that it seeks solutions rather than excuses . . . it is a model that should be followed in Raytown. A Kansas City, Kansas police union has voted to forgo a pay increase to help ease a budget crunch in Wyandotte County’s Unified Government. According to the story, the possibility of layoffs and further pay cuts was a major factor in the decision. The Unified Government has already placed a two year pay freeze and pay cut through the use of furlough days for some city employees. Last year the Raytown Board of Aldermen approved five percent pay increases for all city employees. This year the Board increased salaries by two percent. High School Football Standings
O'Hara High School.....................8 wins / 1 loss
Raytown High School...................3 wins / 6 losses
Raytown South High School............6 wins / 3 losses
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS:
O’Hara 35 / Pembroke Hill 13
by Brother Richard Geimer After a sluggish three quarters with the O'Hara Celtics owning a 14-0 lead over the Pembroke Raiders, the scoring picked up for a final score of 35-13. Both teams had to adjust to a slippery field and neither could put any points on scoreboard in the first quarter. The Raiders reached the 12 yard line before Andre Jordan intercepted a Jacob Gerson pass. The second quarter also had a slow pace until a poor Raider punt gave the Celtics the ball on the 44 yard line. The Celtics were on the move with a 10 yard run by Raphael Spencer and two T. J. pass plays for 20 yards to Joe Melchior and 16 yards to Louis Golden. Melchoir scored just before halftime on a 5 yard pass play. T. J. White ran the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead at the half. In the middle of the third quarter, T. J. White was able to complete a 36 yard touchdown pass to Louis Golden, but his two-point attempted pass to Joe Melchoir, although complete, did not cross the goal line. O'Hara was up 14-0 entering the final quarter. O'Hara scored three of the five fourth quarter touchdowns. Their first score of the quarter was set up by a 45 yard pass to Louis Golden and a 20 yard run by Raphael Spencer. The TD was scored on a quarterback keeper by T. J. White. The Celtics' other two TD's were on long runs: a 65 yarder by Raphael Spencer and a 61 yard run by T. J. White. The Raiders scored the other two touchdowns. The first was on a fourth down with 25 yards to go for a first down. Jacob Gerson passed to Jak Kittoe in the endzone covering 36 yards. The second was scored with just three seconds remaining in the game, a 4 yard run by Jacob Gerson. Julian Gidley kicked two of O'Hara's extra points and Nathan Wagner kicked the lone Raider extra point.
Celtics Head for District Championship Bringing their season record to 8-1, the O'Hara Celtics football team headed into the District Championship game with the Saint Pius X Warriors on Friday at O'Hara. Both teams are 2-0 in District play.
For more information please go to http://brrichard.blogspot.com/2009/10/celtics-beat-raiders-35-13-head-for.html
Raytown South 42 / Northeast 0
Cardinals Head to State Playoffs
With yesterdays convincing win over the Northeast Vikings the Cardinals have put themselves in position to enter the state playoffs for the third year in a row. The district championship will take place next Saturday at Chittwood Stadium when the Raytown South Cardinals are the visiting team in a game against the Raytown Bluejays. Please come out and support the Cardinals as they attempt to extend their winning streak over the Jays.
For more information on the Raytown South Cardinals visit their website at http://school12220.ihigh.com/
Raytown 20 / Truman 16
NO REPORT South JV Gets Rolling Again The South JV squad moved to 6-2 last night with a convincing victory over Truman. After a slow start, Marc Alan Tucker caused and recovered a fumble on a punt by Ishmail Wainright. A few plays later, Tucker dove in for a 1 yard touchdown score. The Cardinal offense was rolling on the ground after that. Tucker led the rushing attack, but big runs were added by Justin Turner, Mustafa Rose, Marcus Moye and Delvon Rouser.
After Truman scored on their first drive, the defense became very tough, keeping Truman contained for the remainder of the game. Big plays by the front seven of the Cardinals kept the Truman offense stifled all night long.
The Cardinals will finish their season at home next Tuesday, 10/27, at 5 PM against KC Northeast. Please come out and support your Cardinals one more time. O'Hara Girls Post Win in Cross Country In the Saint Mary's Fall Classic Cross Country Run held at William Jewell on October 24, the O'Hara Celtics girls squad won the championship. The team had 36 points, easily ahead of the next two teams of Saint Mary's (62 points) and Odessa (66 points). Leading the Celtics was Claire Becker who was the first runner across the finish line with a time of 23:56! The other four contributing to the victory were 4th place Amy Gaston (25:47), 7th place Katelyn Gutteridge (26:28), 11th place Allison Seck (28:00), and 13th place Mackenzie Shelton (28:47). In the boys race, the Celtics took fourth place as a team with 162 points. Lowell Thomas was 11th and Chris Wesche finished 20th. Collin McKinney, James Keeney, Andy Meyer, and Ronald Clark also ran for O'Hara. The ten schools invited to the meet were Saint Mary's, O'Hara, Odessa, Lone Jack, Drexel, Lee's Summit Community Christian, Barstow, Sherwood, and Princeton. Not all of the schools had complete squads for team scoring.