Which Streets Will Be Repaired This Fall?
One of our regular readers sent us an email asking which streets are slated to be repaired in Raytown this Fall. Seemed like a fair question to us. We put in a call to Raytown's Public Works Director, Andy Noll, and asked if he had a map showing which streets would be repaired. He said he had a map and would forward it to us. So keep an eye on this page and we will all find out which streets have made the list this year.
Street Talk by Greg Walters
It is good to see that the City is doing some much needed repair work on curbs along Raytown Road. But it has not been without problems. In his weekly report City Administrator Mahesh Sharma wrote that the city may award the remainder of the contract to another bidder because the original contract winner is not moving quickly enough on the project.
- At a recent work session of the Raytown Board of Aldermen, Ward 2 Alderman Jim Aziere told the Public Works Department that people were disappointed in the oil and gravel sealant used on residential streets. According to Aziere, one neighborhood had even put together a petition asking the city not to use the gravel and oil mixture on their street during last year's elections. Aziere also expressed his disappointment in city staff because they were aware of the petition but did not inform him the petition was being passed. Clearly, somebody at City Hall needs to work on their communication skills.
- Public Works Director Andy Noll has stated that the sealant increases the life of street and is less expensive than asphalt. We believe him. But that does not especially make it the best material to repair streets with.
- At the last meeting of the Board Noll told Board members that he intended to use a new ¾” thick ultra thin bonded resurfacing material on Raytown Road from 63rd Street to 74th Terrace. A section of Interstate 435 (just west of Raytown) has been resurfaced with the material. It rides smooth and looks like newly laid asphalt.
Back Down Memory Lane . . .
I remember during my first term on the Raytown Board of Aldermen (1980) that a similar debate was being held. At the time the city had been using a rock and oil “slurry seal” on streets. Residents did not like it and let their elected officials know in very clear language that they wanted asphalt on their streets.
The Public Works Director at the time listened. He quit using the oil and rock slurry seal on residential streets.
The new ¾” ultra thin sealant sounds like a good compromise.
The question is, will the Board of Aldermen collectively work up the nerve to direct the Public Works Department to change direction.
Times have changed a lot since 1980. The Board at that time was much more responsive to constituent complaints and took a more active role in directing city policy. It may make sense for the current Board of Aldermen to look back to find a solution to residential street repair that is not meeting the standards Raytowners expect in their neighborhoods.
Aldi's to Open on September 1st
Aldi's Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening is scheduled for Thursday, September 1st at 8:45 a.m. Tours of the new store will be provided by the Aldi Leadership Team.
The development of the Aldi's Grocery Store / Restaurant was made possible by an $850,000 payment by the city to the developer. The city hopes to recoup the $850,000 through a CID District sales tax of 1% paid for by those who shop at Aldi's or eat at the restaurant.
At the time the CID District was formed a restaurant was said to be planned for later in the development. There has not been any announcement from City Hall of when or what restaurant will be built.
|by Jenn Walters|
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