A Farewell . . .
Raytown’s Community Development Director Beth Lynn has tendered her resignation effective June 24th. She will be taking on the position of City Administrator of Edgerton, Kansas. Edgerton is a small community located half way between Olathe, Kansas and Ottawa, Kansas. It has a population of 1,843.
We wish Ms. Lynn well in her new position. We are certain she will do a good job.
. . . and an Opportunity
The door revolves again. In the space of just over two years the City of Raytown has lost a senior department head to another community. This time the City’s Community Development Director, Beth Lynn, has decided to move on.
We don’t fault Ms. Lynn for making the change. After serving in two positions subordinate to a city administrator or city manager, she is moving up to the big chair to see how it fits for herself.
Now it is time to look forward. The “revolving door” at Raytown City Hall in senior department heads is a proven detriment to the city. It removes a sense of stability and any serious planning on how to face the needs of a 50+ year old suburban community in a metropolitan area.
The Raytown Board of Aldermen has an opportunity to correct that situation.
Let’s cut straight to the heart of the matter.
It is time to require new hires in senior department positions in Raytown to take up residence within city limits.
By doing so, new department heads will be able to develop roots in the community. They will be able to establish solid relationships with local homeowners and businessmen and community leaders. Since they live in the community, their salaries will, for the most part, stay in Raytown. This will help create jobs and increase the tax base. They will have a stake in the community.
The revolving door at Raytown City Hall has shown once again that the policy of not requiring residency of senior department heads is a policy doomed to failure.
It only makes sense. A Community Development Director should live in the community in which they reside.
If you ever have wondered about contacting your local Aldermen to make a change that will help your community, this is the opportunity.
Continuity at City Hall? AN ANALYSIS
Why is there a revolving door at Raytown City Hall?
Why does the city have trouble holding onto quality people in its management positions?
Look at the time line of Ms. Lynn’s tenure at City Hall.
Ms. Lynn went to work for the City of Raytown roughly two years ago.
The Edgerton City Administrator resigned his position in January of 2011. The Edgerton City Council immediately appointed an interim director and began a search for a new City Administrator. That search ended a week ago when they decided to hire Ms. Lynn as their new Administrator.
Why Ms. Lynn decided to leave her position at Raytown (population 30,000) and take on a position in Edgerton (population 1,845) is her decision. We respect that.
But it does mean that Ms. Lynn was already searching for a job within 19 months after she had hired on at the City of Raytown. Not really a strong argument for stability and continuity in community planning is it?
Some fundamental changes need to be made with the mindset of our elected officials at Raytown City Hall.
Simply stated, the lack of a requirement for city department heads to live within the city limits is a failed policy. It creates an atmosphere for a revolving door in the management levels at Raytown City Hall that is not good for the community.
Our elected officials must realize that if they search for department heads that want to put down roots and have a stake in a community they must make up their mind to do so.
They just might find what they are looking for.
Unless they set that standard – that goal – they will never achieve it.
In his recent campaign for Mayor, David Bower, told audiences that the reason he did not support residency requirements for upper level management at Raytown City Hall was because there was not enough adequate housing in Raytown!
We checked the Jackson County Assessment website and found that his and many other homes in Raytown are assessed at a market value in excess of $225,000.00.
And we can assure you, those homes are not the highest valued in Raytown.
So much for an argument that holds no water.
So here is our message to the City Council:
There is plenty of very good housing in Raytown. There are plenty of good people in Raytown who want to continue to make Raytown their home. Find those people who want to sink their roots into a community and call it home.
By doing so you will stop the revolving door.
Use this link to view County Property Tax Assessments: Jackson County Property Taxes
Use this link to view County Property Tax Assessments: Jackson County Property Taxes
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Ask Pete . . . A COLUMN DEDICATED TO GARDENING
Cock Roaches (yuck!)
I remember, in years past, when a neighbor came over and told me that he had a problem with cock roaches. He continued to explain to me how he took care of the problem. He had sprayed some poison pest control, not only in his house, but all around his house covering his yard.
Within a few days, when I turned on my lights late at night, cockroaches scurried for cover. I soon had a large infestation.
Immediately coming into my mind was a house I saw at one time that had cockroaches everywhere. If you moved a picture on the wall, under the picture would be a circle of 30 or 40 roaches making a dark stain on the wall. One didn’t have to wait for darkness to turn on a light to see the cockroaches. In broad daylight, they scurried about their business.
I don’t know how many roaches my neighbor killed, but I know he just moved a large number into my home. I didn’t want to use poison in my home, so I began my first experiment with organic substances.
The substance I used had been advertised on “TV” in years past. The insecticidal dust contained 99% Boric Acid along with a non-caking agent. Within a week, the sightings of roaches had dropped by half. After about 3 weeks, the sighting of roaches had stopped and I had no recurring problems with roaches.
When using anything in the home, we not only must consider our health, but he safety of pets and children. Many times we will have babies crawling on our floors. I want a safe product. Boric Acid is non toxic. It is effective.
There is another product that can be used in our home. This product is so safe that we find it in our foods that contain flour. It is used as an insecticide for wheat and corn. The government feels that it is so safe that they do not require removal before using as food. Some even use this product as a dietary supplement.
The product I am referring to is Diatomaceous Earth also known as D. E. Like Boric Acid, D.E. is a dust. When this powder is applied to baseboard cracks or under cabinets and other furniture, it effectiveness is long lasting. In addition to roaches, D.E. will also kill ants, crickets, fleas, ticks and yes, even bedbugs!
Last week I received the following question:
"If your soil seems to have a lot of clay does the introduction of plants somehow break that down to better soil, or is it just a matter of creating better nutrient rich soil through composition, etc."
A plant has a root system equal to the growth above ground. When the plant dies, this plant material decays and becomes humus. Humus is what makes soil easy to work, holds water, lets roots breathe and also contains minerals and other nutrients. The plant material above ground, after it dies and falls to the earth, will be attacked by worms and they will deposit their waste below ground as the most perfect fertilizer. We can speed up this slow procees by mulching with leaves, grass clippings and any other plant material. Compost is plant material that has already gone through the process of decaying and is valuable to add to your soil. All the plant material may be "dug in" or plowed under with mechanical means.
One theory which I follow is that one should not til the soil anymore that necessary. Worms and a host of other living organisms in the soil will be disturbed delaying their important work. Think how hard it would be for a soft worm to make a new tunnel. These tunnels also help the soil to hold excess water. The dead roots, as they decay, leave more holes and tunnels for air and water. The soil that contains lots of humus will allow the roots easier access to deeper depths where moisture and additions nutrients reside.
You can't have too much humus!
If you have any questions e-mail Pete at firstname.lastname@example.org
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How will you be active this Holiday?We are getting a head start on the Memorial Day weekend here at FBG HQ by taking a little time for some R&R (gotta practice what we preach, after all!). While I have a full weekend of lounging, reading, organizing (seriously calms me—I’m weird), taking a class here and getting a few projects done around the house, we want to know... Continue reading
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