Sunday, November 8, 2009

In This Week's Raytown Report . . .

Will the Real Joe Creamer Please Stand Up? What Raytown Needs O’Hara Women’s Volleyball Team Repeats as 3A State Champions Raytown South and O'Hara Football Teams Advance in Post Season Play Will the Real Joe Creamer Please Stand Up? by Greg Walters I received a call yesterday asking why the city’s recycling center has had its hours cut. To be honest, I have never heard a reasonable answer. I do know that when City Hall increased our property taxes this year Ward 1 Alderman Joe Creamer was quoted as saying that he voted for the tax increase so that services would not have to be cut. Two weeks later, Creamer voted to cut the hours of operation for the recycling center by half. Go figure! Unlike other city services, the Recycling Center actually produces income for the city. So, why did Creamer and his seatmates on the City Council vote to cut one of Raytown’s most successful operations? A telephone call your area representative would appear to be in order. What Raytown Needs By Greg Walters It is the nature of blogs to attract people who are generally dissatisfied with how things are running in this world. That is not a bad thing. By and large most who post on this page are genuinely interested in their home town and want things to go well. With that in mind, here are my suggestions for making Raytown a more efficient and viable community. I urge my fellow readers to throw in with their suggestions. Who knows, maybe our city leaders will take note and do some proactive thinking to take care of some of Raytown’s needs. MAYOR DAVID BOWER refuses to use the tools at his disposal to clean up Raytown. Instead he wants neighbors to tell each other how to maintain their properties. Hardly a proactive approach. Here is my suggestion. Mr. Mayor, get past the sloganeering and recognize that there are a lot of people who want their neighborhoods to look as nice yours. They need the city’s help to enforce the city’s codes. Put your code enforcement people to work on a proactive basis – not a complaint basis. TURN OFF THE TIF MACHINE: The new Walmart Store that was supposed to lead an economic boom in Raytown is actually draining the city of needed tax dollars. This December over $800,000 of city money will be paid out to make up the shortfall of sales tax revenue that Walmart did not produce. The money will pay investors the interest owed on TIF bonds that built the project. One business owner currently enjoying a free ride on property taxes in his downtown business also owns blighted property that is a health hazard in a residential neighborhood. The property, located at 79th and Spring Valley, is turned into a swamp every time it rains. Within days, the neighborhood is swarmed by mosquitoes. It does not take a financial genius to see that what has been done is not working. In the case of the property on 79th Street – it is downright disgraceful. THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN HAS GIVEN THE CITY OF RAYTOWN a reputation of being way behind the times in the eyes of the metropolitan area. A good compromise bill on smoking legislation that would have allowed people to smoke in social settings in public but still respect those who wanted to sit down to a meal in a smoke free environment was thrown aside. City Hall, get your act together. The bill should have passed. It should not have taken a $5,000 study (yes, they did!) to come up with a solution that no one had the presence of mind to count the votes before calling the roll! A PROMISE to move forward on waste management and curbside recycling has been broken by the current administration. Even worse, they have cut the number of days the highly successful recycling center is open to the public to only once a month. Every community that has embraced solid waste management has saved money for the city and for homeowners and business owners by doing so. Check it out. The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) has done the studies to prove the point. The blue print for a successful curbside recycling program is already in place. Copy it and use it. EVERY DEPARTMENT HEAD AT RAYTOWN has a buy-out clause in their contract. The buy-out clause guarantees six to 12 months (depending on the individual) a full salary and insurance benefits AFTER they leave City Hall. This insulates the bureaucracy at city hall from being responsive to elected official desires. I experienced this myself when a key member of city staff’s response to a request to move solid waste legislation forward was to throw a temper tantrum. Alderman Jim Aziere experienced the same stonewalling when his no smoking legislation was held back for nearly two years before it was considered. The same was true for fireworks legislation sponsored by Alderman Pat Ertz was put on hold for over nearly one year. City leaders need to re-think the hiring practices at Raytown City Hall. Raytown is the only city in the metropolitan area run by a staff of non-residents. Residency requirements on new hires and a re-negotiation of contracts without buy out clauses would go a long way in fixing the problem. So, what can be done? In some instances, like Walmart, very little. The TIF agreement ties up Raytown for 23 years. The only hope to turn Walmart into a winner for Raytown is to pay down the debt as quickly as possible. At that point, the city will start to collect and keep the sales tax dollars. Even then, you are looking at a solution that will take up to at least 15 years. In other instances – frankly speaking, there is a lot the city can do. The first would be an attitude adjustment by our city leaders. As has been pointed out time and time again by contributors to this blog, code enforcement needs to be improved. Drop the excuses. Start thinking about solutions. Get serious about cleaning up the city. The people are crying for it. Surely our elected officials can hear them. O’Hara Women’s Volleyball Team Repeats as 3A State Champions by Brother Richard Geimer Once again the O'Hara High School Celtic volleyball team successfully defended its 3-A State Championship, and this year, with relative ease. Villa Duchesne had to settle for second place after O'Hara posted 25-16 and 25-13 games on Saturday evening. Numerous kills by Michala Boehm and Tori Hurtt, spectacular digs by libero Katie Huber, and accurate settings by Lindsey Hanaway led the way with support from Jordyn Wyatt, Madison Clark, and Janell Jordan. In the first game, the score was close until it reached 6-5 with neither team leading by more than a point. Then the Celtics pulled away and led by as much as nine at 21-12 and coasted to the win. In the second game, the Celtics jumped ahead 4-0 immediately and stretched the lead to ten midway through the contest. The defending State Champs won all of their pool games on Friday, November 6th to face Villa Duchesne for the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP on Saturday. Villa Duchesne was the only team to score more than 16 points against the Celtics! O'Hara's scores in the pool games were: O'Hara over Villa Duchesne 25-11 & 25-20; O'Hara over Logan-Rogersville 25-16 & 25-14; O'Hara over Notre Dame Cape Girardeau 25-11 & 25-14. In the other pool games, Villa Duchesne won over Notre Dame 25-12 & 25-22. The other two games were splits: Villa Duchesne winning 25-16 and losing 19-25 to Logan-Rogersville AND Notre Dame winning 26-24 and losing 27-29 to Logan-Rogersville 27-29 in the closest contest on the evening and determined which team had the honor to face the Celtics for the Championship game. O’Hara and Raytown South Football Teams Advance in Post Season Play RAYTOWN SOUTH 30 / LEE'S SUMMIT WEST 14 Raytown South beat the Titans on the strength of several big plays and a high-flying defense. The Cardinals defense harassed Lee's Summit West all evening, forcing four interceptions, taking away two fumbles and sacking West quarterback Zach Harris twice. Cardinals linebacker Eric Brantley led a spirited group of defenders, recording a sack, forcing a fumble, recovering it and returning it 50 yards for a touchdown with 10:33 left in the fourth quarter. The highlight-reel play gave Raytown South a commanding 30-7 lead. FOR THE REST OF THIS STORY CLICK ON THIS LINK http://www.ihigh.com/raytownsouth/article_15324.html O’HARA 32 / CHILLICOTHE 29 O'Hara got by Chillicothe 32-29 in scoring five touchdowns and a two-point conversion. The Celtic defense held the Hornets to two offensive touchdowns. However the game was close because Chillicothe scored a defensive TD, three field goals, converted two 2-point conversions and a kicked an extra point. But that wasn't quite enough. The real excitement in the close game came at the very end. The Hornets were ahead 29-26; the Celtics had the ball on the 12 yard line needing 8 yards to accomplish a first down, and it was fourth down with 21 seconds left in the game! FOR THE REST OF THIS STORY CLICK ON THIS LINK http://brrichard.blogspot.com/2009/11/celtic-football-team-win-regional-game.html

53 comments:

Robbie said...

The bloggers seem to be business people and civic leaders. Could one of you tell me: Is it legal to rake one's leaves out of the yard and leave them in the middle of the street? If not, who at City Hall has the authority to make this person pick up his leaves? My neighborhood looks terrible. Thanks for your help.

Andy Whiteman said...

Please post the roll call vote on the cutback at the recycle center. Without knowing the names, I will state that any Alderperson voting to cut the hours is SIMPLE and not considering the best interest of Raytown and society as a whole. I support recycling but feel there should be a curbside pick up so it is easy for everyone to participate. I have lived in cities with curbside and recycling was mandated. Might be too much for Raytown to handle!

The higher level managers may have buy out clauses in their contract but generally clauses like this are VOID if the termination is for cause. These shouldn't be lifetime contracts. We have had some managers resign abruptly. I wonder if they really resigned or were bought out?

Andy Whiteman

Pat Casady said...

Joe Creamer is a typical elected official that doesn't know
which side of his mouth to talk out of or, which face to show
up with. This town will never prosper with people like this and
at least six others running it.
I swear I don't know what pill these people take to make them
lose their minds and lose all resemblance to common sense
when they take office.
They are like four year olds in a candy store, when they figure out
they have taxpayer money to spend, waste and give away.
Come on people lets work at finding someone that will run against
these people. Find someone that will care for the people and
hometown businesses for a change.

Greg Walters said...

Robbie,

It is illegal to move all of your leaves into the street -- it is a very real traffic hazard. Just as it would be dump your trash there. The police or the codes department can enforce the ordinance.

Or you can use the David Bower method of enforcement. Go and ask your neighbor in a very authoritative voice to remove his leaves from the street. Good luck!

Seriously, for best results, call the police department.

Greg Walters said...

Andy,

The vote on cutting the hours the recycling center is open to the public was unaninmous in favor of the change.

Joe Creamer DID say that he voted to increase property taxes so that our city services would not have to be cut.

None the less, he also voted in favor of shuttering the recycling center.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know he condition of the mail man who was attacked by a pit bull last week?

Is he back on the job yet?

Robbie said...

Greg, I asked him to rake up his leaves, but his response is not repeatable in mixed company. I'll give the police and codes department a call. Thanks for your help.

Andy Whiteman said...

From the quotes of that Joe Creamer said about raising taxes to not cut services and his vote on recycling, just like Dictator O'Bomba, Joe is a liar. Lying may be acceptable for the Dictator but it is totally unacceptable for am Alderman. By the way the Dictator works on a double standard system of a "policeman acted stupidly" but when there is a one man attack on a military base, "don't jump to conclusions." I feel that der Fuhrer is acting stupidly.

VOTERS: Remember your elected official's actions at the next election. Is this person representing you?

Pat, it sounds like there is a stupid pill I don't know about. Apparently Herr Dictator is on the same pill.

Robbie, your issue of raking leaves onto the street came up at a BOA meeting a year or 2 ago. Apparenly an Alderwoman observed this action so it is nothing new. I suggest when you observe you neighbor doing this, grab your camera and take a photo for evidence because a witness will be required in court and the neighbor will argue they didn't do it.

I wonder why people waste time with raking? Since I am disabled and no longer own a mower, I pay a friend to MOW and mulch my leaves. I also ask him to mow the gutter so it is clear for ice melt and water flow. I have also observed a neighbor mowing his leaves as well as gutter.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a law suit waiting to happen. Wonder if the home owner has insurance. I thought the city law said they were to have insurance if they owned a dog like that.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Mayor Bow Wow will go and talk to the outlaw leaf raker.

It would be an excellent chance for him to lead by example.

Andy Whiteman said...

I have found it is totally useless to speak with obnoxious neighbors. Either they become belligerent or pretend to be polite, acknowledge what I have said and then continue the same behavior. I was wasting my time. I have spoken with one twice. The next time I will call the police. Maybe a police officer will get attention.

4:39 PM, If that dog's owner had insurance, they will either be cancelled or have really high rates after a claim is filed. I believe there is a city ordinance requiring insurance if the dog has been declared viscous, but the amount of coverage is so small that it won't pay for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and time lost from work. I feel the owner should be fined the maximum of $500 for a dog at large and also require the owner to properly restrain the dog.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

Raytown South 35, Ozark 13, Ray South advances to play Nixa on Saturday at Nixa, Missouri.

Anonymous said...

Raytown has a lot to be proud of.

The O'Hara Women's Volleyball Team has captured the State Championship for three years in a row!

The Raytown South and O'Hara Football Teams were both victorious Monday Night and will proceed towards the state finals in their respective divisions.

Anonymous said...

Celtics Advance to Final Eight

Trailing 9-0 at the half and 16-8 after three quarters, the O'Hara Celtics football team scored 13 fourth quarter points to slip past the Savannah Savages on November 9th by a score of 21-16.

The last score of the game was as exciting as the Celtics' previous win over Chillicothe, and again accomplished within the last ten seconds of game time.

The clincher was a 20 yard TD pass from T. J. White to Aaron Stubblefield.

Up to that time, the Celtics never led in this game.

for the rest of this story go to http://brrichard.blogspot.com/2009/11/ohara-21-savannah-16.html

Greg Walters said...

FOOD FOR THOUGHT . . .

After reading about the victorious Cardinals and Celtics I wondered what it would be like if City Hall took the same approach to running our city?

The Raytown South Cardinals and O'Hara Celtics have winning teams because they prepare. As any good coach will tell you, they have explored their strengths and weaknesses to come up with a game plan that works for them.

Both teams deserve the accolades they are receiving.

City Hall should follow this example. Quit waiting for the phone to ring to find out their are problems that need fixing and take them on aggressively.

That is the difference between winners and losers.

Pat Casady said...

It's a shame the leaders of this town we all love won't
work for the people. Instead they erect monuments to
themselves, (Gateways) give away hard earned taxpayer money,
and give welfare, tax free rides to big corporations that will
soon kill off small businesses in town. Raytown has lost over
forty businesses because our city officials didn't give a damn about
them. But ask them to spend a few million on some worthless
statue, monument or logo that they can drive by and say I did that
and the money can't be spent fast enough. We get monuments
erected at Raytown Rd and Gregory as the 63rd St bridge is falling
apart around us.
A simple thing like recycling is all but dead because, let's face it,
these people didn't come up with the idea or they want to spend
the money paid to the employees running it elsewhere.
Ask yourself this, Raytown is the second highest taxed community
in the metro area so, where is this money going?
It could only be politician's and people that can't think for himself
to shut down something that actually could have made money for the town.

Tom Rigot, Sr said...

Raytown South plays Nixa (near Springfield) and O'Hara plays at Pleasant Hill in quarter final rounds of Missouri State High School post season football play. Both games are this Saturday at 1:30 PM.

Anonymous said...

All Mayor Bow Wow does is sit on the porch,and do nothing.

Andy Whiteman said...

I am not a sports fan but hope both teams win their divisions and go on to take state.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

Robbie,

You need to call the mayor and tell him his neighbor to neighbor program he says he has does not work. He is always saying just talk to your neighbors and tell them to take care of their property and you will help them to do it according to city codes. We all know how well that works don't we.

NO, your neighbor can't not rake his leaves into the street. If that is done they will be washed into the storm sewers with the first heavy rain and cause backup.

Anonymous said...

Life exists outside of Raytown.

My wife and I recently decided to try our luck at the much-hyped Power & Light district in downtown KC, for dinner at a restaurant. We opted for Fran's, a sort of diner opposite the AMC Mainstreet movie theater. The place is open 24/7, which I suppose is a plus. As for other pluses - um, I'll get back to you. It's a large restaurant with sterile decor, few customers, poor service, relatively high prices (for a diner), and mediocre food. Other than that, you know, neato. Kitchen helpers wander zombie-like around the aisles. The jukebox doesn't work. And the overall impression is about as charming as a mortuary. We'll be back after they board it up and open it as something else.

What does this have to do with Raytown? Well, Raytowners can draw some consolation from the fact that mismanagement is not the exclusive purview of our fair city. So there.

Hope springs eternal.

Anonymous said...

Greg,

I never thought I would says this but thank you for your article this week. I voted for Bower with the hope that he would turn things around or at least show us some great changes were in the works. Well, here it is approxmately 1 year and 7 months later nothing and I mean nothing.

I know that he was left with a mess and yet in this amount of time there should be something begunning to take shape. Something to give us hope for a future here in Raytown.

We should be seeing new businesses other than the Tattoo show and Wal-Mart. But when we get one new one 2 others seem to go. We should be seeing an increase in services instead of reductions. We should be seeing an improvement in our neighborhoods but all we see is they are getting worse. I could go on and on but why? It's so depressing to continue to see our city go further and further into the toilet.

Mayor Bower was elected because we all believed he would do what he said he would do. The fact is he hasn't and apparently has no intention to step up to the plate and be the man he we all hoped he was. Boy were we fouled.

I am not looking forward to the next 2 years and 5 months if things continue the way they have been. It appears that this mayor or anyone else is left at city hall that gives ____ (a you know what) about Raytown anymore.

Anonymous said...

Go Cards!

Go Celts!

Take State!!!

Anonymous said...

One of the street lights at Colman Park is out. It's the one that lights up the backstop area. You would think that our parks people would know that it was burned out.

After all that is the park headquarters. Don't the park board members see that is burned out when they hold their meetings at night?

Just wish they would get it fixed.

Andy Whiteman said...

8:37PM, Do you expect people to be observant if a light is burnt out? I am not familiar with Coleman Park. Are Park Board meetings held there? Are the meetings held after dark? All it takes is for anyone to call KCPL. That is how I handle street lights. Maybe I am simple.

Pat and all citizens,
THE 63RD ST BRIDGE
will be closed starting Dec 1st until completed

It was asked at the BOA meeting if the businesses were aware of this. The answer from Andy Noll was that there was a notice in the sewer bill. I was thinking that the sewer bills may go to accounts payable and never be seen by the business. I read these notices, but I am sure many don't.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure that this is a street light maintained by the power company. It is on a power pole but it hangs out over the dugout area on the west side of the ball diamond. It is very dark down there.

The park board holds regular meetings during the night at the headquarters about 50 yards north of the pole.

Anonymous said...

I went to the recycling center this past weekend too. Mr. Creamer, I promise, I will never vote for you again for anything.

Anonymous said...

What moron designed the three traffic lights on 350 Highway just west of the new Walmart!?!

I swear it has added another half an hour to my drive time to work.

Thanks a lot!

Andy Whiteman said...

7:23 AM, Sounds like a place where a crime could happen. Have you called the parks board? Their focus is on the meeting not on the ball diamond. We can't expect anyone to do something outside of their job description especially when the Director doesn't even live in Raytown. Maybe when ball season starts, someone will complain.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

The traffic lights at the new Wal-Mart is just another
perk this city gave Wal-Mart. This is so their customers
can get in and out easier, to Hell with everybody else
as long as W-M's happy. The light lasts twice as long
as any other light and can be triggered by only one car.
Then if you are going west on 350 Hwy you will move
about a hundred fifty feet and encounter another light.
Hey, as long as the small town, small business killer,
no tax paying big box is happy City Hall is happy

Anonymous said...

keeps you dumb a__es from pulling out into traffic and killing somebody...good god people wake up it is a safty issue..im sure you run it anyway, maybe while talking on your cell phone...maybe walmart should take its 250 plus jobs and leave..i see how it has killed lee summit that area around walmart there is dead(30 some stores within the two square miles open and busy all the time)...walmart didnt kill this town all you have...im mean open your eyes..inept leadership,stupid taxes,wasted surveys and a whole bunch of other PC problems...

Anonymous said...

I was just wondering. Did the city of Lee's Summit spend $800,000 of the taxpayers money to bail out Walmart? Did they design major highway traffic flow with traffic signals every 30 yards?

And where did you get that fiction about 250 jobs?

Your facts are about as accurate as your spelling.

Andy Whiteman said...

I have seen traffic signals for Walmart in other cities. The plain fact is Walmart has so much traffic, it is a safety hazard exiting from WMT onto 350 HWY especially with idiots exceeding the speed limit. Even if the speed limit is observed, any crash at 45 MPH will be deadly. I don't know but somehow I survived when a drunk totaled my Suzuki in a 45MPH zone. I assume he was going faster than 45.

Westlake deserves a traffic light too. It is difficult to turn out of Westlake will all the WMT traffic.

I wondered how many work at WMT but I can't believe they would hire 250! I would like to see an accurate count. I wonder if the city had that info on the business license or in emergency response planning?

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

Who let Larry post at 4:26 pm?

Anonymous said...

I see that Raytown made the KC Star's editorial page again today.

Yael Abouhalkah graded area cities on how they handled the smoking issue.

Raytown was grade FF.

No, I did not hit the "F" key twice by accident. That was the grade we received.

Way to go David. Keep up the good work!

Pat Casady said...

I'm sure the new traffic light is for safety however, on the
west bound 350 hwy lane they should remove the light at, I believe
75th St or synchronize it with the new light. It's a real pain to move two
hundred feet and then have to wait for another light.
To "Anonymous 4:26"
Lee's Summit is at least ten times bigger than Raytown probably more and has as much more people living in it, so it could support
it's Wal-Mart. But, unlike our city officials when Wal-Mart wanted to build another store on the south side of Lee's Summit, their city officials said no.

Larry said...

250 jobs was the number from channel 5 when they were live here for the opening.
also went to walmart in blue springs yesterday and guess what same song alot of stores all busy.
It is located on outer road so no traffic lights.Planet sub,ntb tires,vintage stock and many more stores there all busy.
and in reference to the spelling i had to dumb it down so you would understand it and i went to raytown schools. Reference to how much lee summit paid to walmart not sure but that is easy to find out. Would you like me to do it or do you want to do it yourself....
Signed Larry

Andy Whiteman said...

6:53AM, It doesn't sound like Larry Edwards to me. Is there another Larry I don't know?

7:23AM, What is FF? Sounds like the name of a State Highway. Maybe Yael hit the F key twice. F- would be more understandable. I wonder how he rates the city as a whole.

We already had a rating from a Red Star survey. Seems like it is about time for the BOA to order another $50K study so they can completely ignore citizens' opinions.

Andy Whiteman

Greg Walters said...

How much did the new Walmart cost us?

Here is what we (the taxpayers) are paying for:

The Walmart Store
The Parking Lot
The Entrance/Exits Lanes off of 350
The traffic signals
All of the infrastructure to support the store.

Here is what Walmart is providing:
The merchandise on the shelves.

Here is how we are paying for it:
23 years of sales tax revenue from the 350 Live Sales Tax District.

Here is the impact:
The tax at Westlake Hardware in Raytown is 1 1/2% higher than the tax at Westlake Hardware on in Independence.

Sales tax dollars that had been promised to the voters to be use on city streets will actually go to pay off the Walmart debt.

PLUS: Since Walmart did not open on time, the City will pay an additional $800,000 from the General Fund this December to pay the interest on the debt.

Who gets the money?

The people who invested in the 350 Live Bonds will receive the money.

Andy Whiteman said...

I agree with Greg. We NEVER should of financed Walmart. I don't keep count but it seems like fewer people at Westlake. I hope we don't loose Westlake.

CH 5 may have reported 250 employees at WMT but I question are they temporary employees for construction and set up or all of them permanent full time employees? I suspect a large portion of the 250 are gone.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

I hope someone from HyVee reads this. It is so very irritating to go into a grocery store with just a few lines open to check you out. It seems that at the busiest times of the day this happens. If you want people to leave and shop else where this a good way to drive them off.

Anonymous said...

I went to the new WM last night for just TWO items. Normally I go to Target in Lee's Summit. Where the taxes are cheaper. When I got home I only had one item in the bag. Today I have to waste my time to go back for the other item. I will never go there again.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of taxes.

I bet most of your reades are not aware that HyVee has an additional half cent sales tax on every item they purchase at the Raytown HyVee Store.

The extra half cent is compliments of David Bower and his Board of Aldermen. The money is supposed to be used to maintain their property.

By the way, HyVee property taxes are also paid at a reduced amount.

Pretty stunning for the the same Mayor and Board to pull that one off and then raise everybody elses property tax like they and the school board did last month!

Andy Whiteman said...

Obviously when some large corporations in high value areas don't pay property taxes, someone else has to pay. It was said at the BOA that taxes were NOT raised, but like Dictator O'Bomba, THEY LIE.

Yes, we are paying out our noses for WMT. Not only that, we have been ripped off on Schnucks and are paying for it again as Hy-Vee. I spoke in favor of HY-Vee because this city really needed a good quality grocery. WMT is the golden rip off.

6:42 AM What is the difference between a small bank and a big bank? Answer: A big bank has more teller windows but most of them say, "Next window please." I don't depend on anyone except Greg and a few others to read this blog. I suggest you call Hy-Vee and ask for Ms. Jones, the general manager. They also have a website:
http://www.hy-vee.com/
besure you use the hyphen or you get somewher else. Click on CONTACT and enter your complaint. That is what I have had to do. Speaking with the local manager on duty is useless and gets no attention. Contacting corporate seems to draw a response from local management.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

hyvee building is tifed from back when schnuks was here and bower was not in office then.

and the tax at target in lee summit is 7.75% because of the tif..and i really doubt lee summit said no...i think that is a tall tale

Greg Walters said...

Actually, the Hy-Vee tax was created under David Bower's watch. So was the reduction on the property tax.

How do I know?

I was on the Board of Aldermen when both were voted through.

The Schnucks abatement was soon to expire and HyVee wanted it extended.

So, you see, Mayor Bower was in charge when both of these tax giveaways were handed out by the City Hall.

Incidentally, I voted against the half cent sales tax for HyVee.

Check it out -- it is all public record. The one to call would be the city clerk at Raytown City Hall.

Pat Casady said...

It's not the Wal-Mart store I don't like although many think
I hate W-M. It's the deal that the citizens of Raytown are being forced into paying. In essence the taxpayers, as Greg has said will pay for everything except the inventory.

What kind of idiots would do this to the town they live in?

If you explain this deal to anyone, they can't believe our leaders got suckered in on such a bad deal.

Then you add on the $800,000.00 payment that the taxpayers have to make, well lets just say it boggles the mind.

To "Larry"?

I don't see any retail stores lining up to build beside the big box and Block hasn't been boasting anymore about all the stores
they were bringing in. That was just a story that our city leaders fell for so W-M could move to 350hwy for free. If you and our elected officials think W-M cares about you or our town then all I can say is you should remove your head from that dark space.

Andy Whiteman said...

Walmart increased their profit this year. We all know how. I don't like their business practices or labor policies but will shop there if it suits my needs

Greg, Teresa will love the phone calls from people wanting voting records. HaHa I really doubt people will bother to check it out just like the won't take the time to report a code violation. safety hazard, or nuisance.

I think it may be a good idea to publish voting records on key issues when election time comes around. I know I will keep the Socialized Health care vote in mind when I vote for Congress and Senators next year.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

Has anyone noticed the curbs that were poured at 350 and Raytown Road? These are an embarrassment to our city. They look like they were poured by a child. Is this the same group that are doing the monument at Gregory and Raytown Road? Where are our city inspectors? Mayor Bow Wow should be real proud of this inferior work. Highest Taxes, poorest quality and services that I have ever seen. What has Raytown become?

Andy Whiteman said...

8:17AM, The Fascist Fief of Raytown is an embarrassment. I have complained at least 3 years about unmaintained streets. I call it the Fascist Fief because taxes are extorted from us serfs and there are no services of road maintenance. If the city was a business, people would call the BBB.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

Raytown South 21, Nixa 15. South ended up winning it in the last 7 seconds of the game scoring a touchdown that ended the tie of 15-15 as time expired. Another cliff hanger! Next it is on to play Fort Osage at Fort Osage on Friday night, November 20th, 7pm.

Andy Whiteman said...

I am happy to see that Raytown South won. There was a good story in the Red Star today.

But we need to remember it was money extorted from taxpayers that financed it, the same as the taxpayers finance Walmart. Sports should be funded by the fans or the players personally. This is an optional activity and shouldn't be at taxpayer expense.

Andy Whiteman

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