. . . . . BREAKING NEWS . . . . .Raytown City Attorney Nancy Thompson has tendered her resignation with the City of Raytown effective Friday, March 12th, 2010. According to sources at Raytown City Hall, Mrs. Thompson has been hired by the City of Riverside, Missouri. Mrs. Thompson will be the first full time attorney hired by the City of Riverside. Her first duty will be to initiate the formation of a law department for Riverside.
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RAYTOWN GIRLS SOFTBALL SIGNUPS FEBRUARY 13 & 20The Raytown Girls Softball League will hold signups for their 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Raytown Middle School located at 4900 Pittman Road. Individuals and teams (T-Ball through Adult) are welcome. Please use this link for more information www.eteamz.com/rgsl A Taxing Situation Jackson County property tax records show that two candidates for the Raytown School Board of Education are not current in their payment of property taxes. The two candidates are incumbent School Board member Bobbie Saulsberry, and political newcomer Nancy Eyerly. Both have filed for two open seats on the Raytown School Board. A third candidate, incumbent Rick Thode, is current on the payment of his taxes. The delinquencies on property tax payments bring into question whether or not Saulsberry or Eyerely are eligible to remain on the April 6th ballot. Missouri Statutes specifically state Any person who files as a candidate for election to a public office shall be disqualified from participation in the election for which the candidate has filed if such person is delinquent in the payment of any state income taxes, personal property taxes, real property taxes on the place of residence, as stated on the declaration of candidacy, or if the person is a past or present corporate officer of any fee office that owes any taxes to the state. To view a copy of the pertinent section of Missouri State Statutes use this link. Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 115 Election Authorities and Conduct of Elections The Jackson County Election Board is aware of the situation and is said to be investigating what action to take in light of the tax delinquencies. The Story Behind the Story Last Tuesday morning the Raytown Report received an anonymous email with copies of the Jackson County Property Tax records showing the delinquencies reported above. The Raytown School District was contacted. A secretary to the superintendant’s office stated that verification of tax records was the responsibility of the (Jackson County) Election Board. So, we contacted Bob Nichols and Tammy Brown, Co-Directors of the Jackson County Election Board. Nichols and Brown explained that it is the responsibility of the governing body (for which the candidates are filed) to determine if candidates are eligible to be placed on the ballot. Nichols continued that the Raytown School District has been notified of their responsibility in this matter. One year ago a similar situation developed at Raytown City Hall. In that election Ward Dickman, a candidate for Ward 4 Alderman, was removed from the ballot for not paying his property taxes before filing for office. We checked with the other governing entity in Raytown that is holding an election this coming April, Public Water Supply District No. 2. The Director of the Water District, Pat Ertz, told us that they had checked on the four candidates running for two open seats on the Water District’s Board of Directors and found all of the candidates to be current in their taxes. It’s February 1st . . . Time to Take Down those Outdoor Christmas Decorations Call it a pet peeve, but isn’t it time to take down the Christmas decorations that are still up around town? Yes, the weather has been cold, but the ten inches of snow we had at Christmas is long gone and it has been warm enough to pack away decorations for another year. A friendly reminder to former Mayor Sue Frank, Christmas decorations include banners hung on the outside of her insurance office wishing everyone a Merry Christmas from the Downtown Main Street Association. The Last Word About three weeks ago I received a blog from one of our regular posters, Pat Casady, in which he wrote that ”reliable sources” had said former Raytown City Administrator Curt Wenson had been removed from his post as City Administrator of Liberty, Missouri. The post went up in the early morning hours and we were unable to verify the story immediately. Pat’s information is usually dead on and he has a reputation for being as honest as the day is long. None the less, I thought it would be best to check out the story. A quick call to Liberty City Hall and I found Curt Wenson. He assured me that rumors of his demise were premature and that he was still at the helm of the good ship Liberty. So, I got back to Pat to find out who the “reliable source” was. That old trickster, former Raytown Mayor, Willard Ross, must have been feeling his oats that morning. Pat told me that Willard had let the information “slip out” while some of Raytown’s old-timers were having breakfast that morning. Willard, we owe you one. Watch your back. High School Sports and Youth News
Raytown Girls Softball Signup InformationRAYTOWN GIRLS SOFTBALL SIGNUPS FEBRUARY 13 & 20 The Raytown Girls Softball League will hold signups for their 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Raytown Middle School located at 4900 Pittman Road. Individuals and teams (T-Ball through Adult) are welcome.
Please use this link for more information www.eteamz.com/rgsl Cards Hope Lessons in Adversity Lead to Strong Season Finish Raytown South coach Brad Oestreich calls this part of the year the "second season," the part of the schedule where the team has enough games under its belt to see what they are made of, with a month left to get better before the district tournament. The first part of the season is usually when teams deal with pre-season rust, adapt to new plays and experience how well they face adversity. For the rest of this story and other stories about Raytown South sports use this link: http://www.ihigh.com/raytownsouth/article_20003.html O’Hara Seniors Mark Progress for Senior Projects Seniors at Archbishop O’Hara High School have the curriculum option of completing a Senior Project in place of eighth semester final exams. On Posting Day (January 25) Seniors presented status reports and posters outlining progress on the projects, which commenced in September. Students have many options for their Senior Project, which is designed to help the student explore learning in many areas of interest to them. Among this year’s projects are Payden Hays’ building of a 1954 Willy Jeep from parts and Annie Kline’s exploration the career of Art Therapy. Nick Cobb and Leah Fenani are learning and then teaching salsa dancing and Nicole Krawczyk is producing a Broadway tunes variety show with a cast of O’Hara students. Accomplished guitarist Brandon Wesche is teaching guitar while Anthony High is using his drawing talent to create a gallery of portraits depicting Lasallian saints. Among the other topics students are exploring are graphic arts, journalism, fundraising, restoring automobiles and creating a video of the Class of 2010. In May, students will give formal presentations of their projects and will be rated as Superior, Excellent or Good. The completed projects will be displayed at Baccalaureate. Student posters are currently on display in the front hall of the school. Last Week’s Poll Results Do you support renewal of the Park Department’s Sales Tax? Yes . . . . 34% No . . . . 61% Not sure at this time . . . . 1%