Boulevard Brewing Company has announced a new venture called Ripple Glass. It is a glass recycling program for the metropolitan Kansas City area. In Raytown recyclers can take their glass bottles, jars and other glass containters to to Berbiglia, located at 9150 East Gregory Boulevard.
Look for a large purple bin.
A NOTE TO RAYTOWN CITY HALL . . .
Our hats are off to a local merchant (Berbiglia) and Boulevard Brewing Company for taking the lead in offering this service to Raytown.
Most metropolitan area recycling centers are also participating in the program. Raytown's Recycling Center is NOT listed as a drop off place for glass. Raytown city leaders should take note. This is an opportunity to offer a service to the community with very little cost to the public. Most other area city's are making their recycling center available to the venture.
Lead by example -- open the city's recycling center during the week. If the private sector can make this available to the public, certainly city hall can do the same. There is more than enough room at the city's Public Works Garage (site of Raytown's Recycling Center) to accomodate a container for recycling glass.
Snow, Snow and More Snow by Greg Walters The Christmas snow storm that visited Kansas City in 2009 was a treat to the eyes but a nightmare to drive on. Everyone reading this page can relate to how the storm affected family gatherings and, in many cases, brought us all closer together. I know that the drive home from my sister’s house on Christmas night took over 45 minutes (regular travel time is 15 minutes) with four stops to clear the ice from windshield so we could see the road. A discussion item has surfaced on the blog as to the quality of snow removal in Raytown. I know from my 27 years on the City Council that Public Works does prioritize streets when it comes to snow removal. Your large streets, like Raytown Road, 63rd and 87th Streets come first. This is followed by those collector streets that feed neighborhoods onto the larger roadways. Cul-de-sacs and dead end streets are typically the last to be cleared. My experience this year is from the outside looking in. I noticed that street crews were out before the storm hit putting down salt on some streets. Once the storm hit a plow did make a single pass down my street, which was followed the next day with a more thorough plowing of the road. Raytown is only ten square miles in size, so it is not unreasonable to expect every street to have adequate snow removal. I thought it would be interesting to see how my fellow Raytowners rated the snow removal from the Christmas storm. So, take a second and check out the opinion poll (just under the Herb Lady ad) on the left side bar and cast your vote. New Year Resolutions New Year resolutions are something that many of us make and most of us break. This year I’ve decided to make only three resolutions – one for the Raytown Report, one for City Hall and finally, one for a few of my readers. So, without any further ado, here they are: RESOLUTION No. 1: I’ve been planning to make a change to how the Raytown Report functions, looks, etc. for quite some time. Like most us, I have been slow to follow up on the task. But now, with what appears to be a lengthy stretch of cold weather to keep me indoors and focused, I am ready for the job. Look for a new format with added features to the Raytown Report in the near future. RESOLUTION No. 2: This one is for our good friends at City Hall. Please realize that the maintenance of our neighborhood streets is as important as traffic monuments and paving parking lots for Walmart. The taxpayers in Raytown have twice voted for a Transportation Sales Tax. But with the TIF in place at Walmart, nearly 18% of the revenue of that tax is taken to pay off the debt to bondholders of the Walmart TIF. The voters were promised that the Transportation Tax would be used to maintain our streets (that includes our neighborhood streets as well). Keep your promise and restore the neighborhood street programs that have been so drastically cut. RESOLUTION No. 3: A couple of recent posters have allowed some colorful language to creep into their posts. Be it resolved to say what you have to say in the same language you would use in a church. Otherwise, look for your post to be edited or deleted. High School Sports CARDINALS START TOURNAMENT WITH 40 POINT WIN In St. Louis for the annual Normandy Christmas Tournament, the Raytown South Cardinals handed out a belated Christmas present to Sumner in the form of an 81-41 dominating victory for the Cardinals who will advance to the second round of the tournament on Sunday evening. "We started a little slow like a team that had been on the road all day," said coach Brad Oestreich on a day when his team traveled across snow-covered I-70 for their 9 p.m. tipoff. "But we got our legs under us and really played well tonight especially in the second half." For the rest of this story and other stories about Raytown South sports use this link: Raytown South Sports O'HARA WINS FIRST ROUND AT HOLIDAY BASKETBALL CLASSIC by Brother Richard Geimer On December 26, the O'Hara Celtics won their first round game of the 30th Annual Holiday Basketball Classic at William Jewell 85-59 in the Patterson Division. They faced the Blue Springs Wildcats and moved on to the December 29 game to play the winner of the Grandview-Park Hill contest. D. J. Jackson got the Celtics off to a good start with five points while O'Hara carved out a 12-3 lead. A bit later in the first quarter, the Celtics led 17-11 and then scored the next eleven points for a 28-11 bulge. Jevon Lyle, T. J. White, D. J. Jackson, and Josh Ruppprecht contributed to the run. The Wildcats were outscored in each of the ensuing quarters by more modest margins as the Celtics emptied their bench. Josh Rupprecht was O'Hara's scoring leader with twenty points, all of which were done within the first three periods. T. J. White added 12, D. J. Jackson had 11, and both Andre Jordan and Ronnie Miller pumped in 10 apiece. For more stories about O’Hara sports use this link: O'Hara High School Sports