-- BREAKING NEWS --
Riehle Removed from Ballot
Former Raytown Alderman and candidate for the 48th District State Representative, Pat Riehle, has been has been removed from the August Primary Ballot by the Missouri Secretary of State. The Missouri Secretary of State's web listing of state candidates running for Missouri state positions no longer lists Riehle as a candidate.
According to sources in the State Democratic Party, Riehle was removed for failure to report his personal financial statement in a timely manner.
Riehle's departure from the Democratic ballot leaves Gavin Fletchall as the only Democratic candidate running for the seat in the August primary. The 48th District seat is an open seat. The current office holder of the 48th District seat, Will Kraus, has filed for a Missouri Senate seat.
Three Republicans will square off against each other in the election this August. They are Gary Cross, Bob Gough and Pam Osgood. All from Lee's Summit.
Raytown Community Clean Up Day This year’s Raytown Community Clean Up Day will take place on Saturday, May 1st, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Super Splash Parking Lot located at 5330 Raytown Road. For more information regarding Clean Up Day please use this link: Raytown Clean Up Day CITY NEWS . . . Elected Officials Salary to Remain Unchanged The Raytown Board of Aldermen made no changes to elected officials salaries at their meeting last Tuesday. But that does not mean there were not any fireworks over the issue. At their last meeting of the Elected Officials Compensation Review Board one of its members, former Raytown Mayor Bob Grissom, made a motion to lower the Mayor’s salary to $500 per month. The motion failed for lack of a second. The Mayor is currently paid $1,000 per month plus a $200 automobile allowance. The real fireworks took place at the last two meetings of the Board of Aldermen. At issue was the pay for the City Collector Kathie Schutte. The discussion centered on how much time the City Collector actually spent at city hall on city business for the pay of $100 per month. The City Collector position is statutorily required by the State of Missouri in fourth class cities. Raytown is a fourth class city, but all duties of the City Collector have been parceled out to the Finance Director. Because of the state law, the City Collector’s signature is required on many official documents concerning city business. Ward 4 Alderman Bill Van Buskirk asked that the City Administrator report to the Board of Aldermen on how much time the City Collector spent at City Hall in her duties. City Administrator Mahesh Sharma wrote: “During the last Board of Aldermen meeting, I responded to a question asked by Alderman Bill Van Buskirk regarding the duties of City Collector and time involved to complete those functions. As I mentioned, the City Collector is a customary position and compensation of $100.00 per month has not changed since 1993. Finance staff has informed me that the current City Collector visits City Hall on a weekly basis to sign business and occupational licenses, which takes on an average about fifteen minutes. Staff has no further information about additional duties performed by City Collector.” This brought various responses from other Alderman. Ward 2 Alderman Jim Aziere suggested that the position be paid one dollar a year. Ward 3 Alderman Christine White is on record saying that paying $1 a month would be an insult to the position. Before being elected to the Board of Aldermen, White served six years as the City Collector. A quick check of surrounding communities show that most fourth class cities in the Kansas City metropolitan area do not pay the position. The Board voted to continue to approve the recommendations of the Elected Officials Compensation Review Board a vote of 9 to 1. Park Sales Tax Question to be on August 3rd Ballot The Board of Aldermen also approved the placement of a one eighth cent tax on the ballot for Raytown Parks. Under the language adopted by the Board the tax would expire in seven years. The amended bill will be voted on at the first meeting in May. Raytown voters will decide the fate of the sales tax question when they vote at August 3rd Primary Election. How they voted on adding a sunset clause to the tax: Voting YES: VanBuskirk, Lightfoot, Ertz, Hamilton, ParDue, Mock. Voting NO: Creamer, Aziere, White, Melson Deceitful Misinformation Ploy Fails During the debate on the park sales tax sunset clause Alderman Joe Creamer told Board members they should vote against the sunset clause because it has cost the taxpayers over $100,000 in election costs for renewal of the park tax. He also said that the park department had budgeted $30,000 for the election. City Administrator Mahesh Sharma corrected Alderman Creamer’s bad math by pointing out that the actual cost would be much less since the election is being held on the crowded August Primary ballot. High School Activities O’Hara Baseball Team Takes Second Place By Brother Richard Geimer The final standings in the MID SEASON CLASSIC 2010 EASTERN JACKSON COUNTY VARSITY BASEBALL TOURNAMENT has the O'Hara Celtics in second place in Pool A competition with Lee's Summit taking first. Lee's Summit was undefeated in four games and the Celtics went 3-1. Raytown South, William Chrisman, and Fort Osage had identical 1-3 records to tie for third. Lee's Summit West and Truman tied for first in Pool B with 3-1 records. In third place was Lee's Summit North at 2-2, and tying for fourth were Raytown and Lee's Summit Community Christian School, both with 1-3 records. Extreme rain prevented playoffs this year. For other stories about O'Hara use this link O'Hara High School Ray South Girls Soccer Triumphs at St. Joe Central By Ryan Murdock For awhile it looked like the Raytown South girls soccer team would not be able to shake their dead legs and run with St. Joe Central, but that all changed in the first 15 minutes of the second half. Samantha Woodward's goal 8 minutes into the second half tied the score 2-2 and Ashley Chandler scored the winner just 4 minutes later as the Lady Cardinals defeated St. Joe Central 3-2 in St. Joseph Friday night. For the rest of this story and other stories about Raytown South High School use this link Raytown South High School Last week’s poll results: Should the Kansas City Earnings Tax be eliminated? Yes . . . . . . . . . 76% No . . . . . . . . . . 22% Undecided . . . . 2%