COMMUNITY BILLBOARD ANNOUNCEMENT
Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, located at 6429 Blue Ridge Boulevard is hosting a Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale fund-raiser for Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP). Please join your fellow citizens this coming Saturday March, 13th from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.Tickets are $5 adults and $3 for children 12 and under.
AN EDITORIAL by Greg Walters Spring is Just Around the Corner If there is one thing that we can all agree on it is that these past three months have been one long, cold, hard winter. No doubt everyone is ready for warmer days and the rich colors of spring and summer. There are many in Raytown who are anxious to clean up and straighten up there private property. A plan from the city’s public works department shows promise that will increase the miles of street maintenance (see Sunday, February 21st story) to help in a “face lift” of Raytown streets. But for the effort to be a true success there is going to have to be a change in attitude from those who govern the City. As is witnessed by the many comments from individual readers to the Raytown Report, many Raytowners expect the city to take a more active role in private property code enforcement. For that to happen, the direction will have to come from the City Council and the Mayor’s office. That is where the “change in attitude” is most needed. Mayor David Bower has been quoted as saying that he does not want to be use “Gestapo” tactics to enforce codes. The result of his position, and the compliant response by the majority of the City Council, translates to little, if any, actual enforcement. What the Mayor does not seem to grasp is that enforcement of Raytown Property Codes is not a bad thing. The ordinances were written for a reason. He is wrong to place his judgment as to what should and should not be enforced. His rhetoric of “Gestapo” tactics is demeaning to all those elected officials before him who saw fit to create the laws. It is an even greater insult to those who reach out to city hall for help in cleaning up their neighborhoods. As former Raytown Alderman Jerry Briggs recently commented, “You can build all the shopping centers you want, but if I come home and have to look at junk in my neighbors back yard because the city will not enforce its own codes, then it is all for nothing.” The City has property maintenance codes in place. The next step is for the City Council and Mayor to step up and do their job by directing city department heads to become proactive in enforcement. A change in policy by Mayor Bower’s administration is called for – only he and his City Council can give that direction. If they choose not to do so, then it is their failure as representatives of the good people of Raytown who want to clean up their city. Part Time Job Opening at City Hall The City of Raytown is accepting applications fortwo part time Recycling Center attendants. The job would be for two Saturdays a month and the applicant must be at least 17 years old. The job would be for two Saturdays each month. Interested individuals can contact Debbie at Raytown City Hall, Monday through during regula business hours by calling 737-6097. Committee Formed to Support Let Voters Decide Initiative A group named Let Voters Decide, has begun gathering the roughly 100,000 voter signatures needed to place the initiative on the November 2010 statewide ballot. The petition calls for the following changes in Missouri regarding the Earnings Tax. Authorize local sunset votes on the existing earnings tax in St. Louis and Kansas City every five years, starting in 2011. These future local votes will let voters in Kansas City and St. Louis decide for themselves if they want to continue the earnings tax in their city or phase it out gradually over a period of 10 years; and Prohibit any new local earnings tax from being imposed on working people and businesses in other Missouri communities that don't currently have one. The Earnings Tax in Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri is 1% on any earned income with the city limits of Kansas City or St. Louis. Even if you live outside of Kansas City, if you make your living within the City of Kansas City, 1% of each of your paychecks is deducted by your employer and sent to the City of Kansas City. For a copy of the initiative, please use this link: http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/2010petitions/2010-077.asp High School Sports Lady Celtics Win Quarter Final Round By Brother Richard Geimer On March 6th, the Archbishop O'Hara High School girls basketball team defeated the Staley Falcons in overtime 60-58 in their State Quarterfinal game played in Warrensburg. O'Hara hadn't reached the final four since 1989. Behind by four points with less than 40 seconds in regulation time, Hailey Houser put in two baskets to tie the score at 46-46. For the rest of this story use this link: O'Hara High School Sports RAYTOWN SOUTH: Extra! Extra! Read all about it . . . Raytown South Football parents and fans . . . the first newsletter of 2010 is hot off the press. Use this link 2010 Raytown South Newsletter to read what is going on in Cardinal Football! Last Week's Poll: Should Northwood School be kept available for use by students from surrounding school districts? Yes . . . 73% No . . . 27%