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Every Picture Tells a Story . . .
The picture was taken at Lake Tahoe in an area called Desolation Wilderness. The hike passed by four small mountain lakes. The day was perfect. Temperature in the low 70’s, bright and sunny, there was not even a hint of a breeze.
The calm, bright conditions turned the lakes into natural mirrors of the surrounding landscape.
The calm, bright conditions turned the lakes into natural mirrors of the surrounding landscape.
The mountain surrounding Lake Tahoe are mostly made up of granite. The trails, when not rocky and steep, felt like a beach of coarse sand. But the sand is really pulverized granite. Lake Tahoe and the surrounding lakes are fed by snow melt from the previous winter. The granite serves as natural filter of the water as it makes its way to the lakes.
Open House to Discuss Future of Mass Transit in Raytown
Mass Transit Options in Jackson County In an effort to gain public input on how to best enhance transit service in the Kansas City metropolitan area, the Project Partnership Team for the Jackson County Commuter Corridors Alternatives Analysis (JCCCAA) will host several opportunities for community comment over the course of the next week.
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The purpose of each event is to discuss transportation needs along the I-70 and Rock Island corridors and to seek public input on transit options under consideration.
Short presentations will be given at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. to update the public on the alternatives analysis process, which is a necessary step in applying for and receiving federal transportation dollars to help construct new transit systems.
To complement this formal open house, additional opportunities for comment will be available to the public. The project boards from the open house will be displayed at key locations in the corridors from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Project partnership and consultant team staff will be on hand to answer questions from 5 to 7 p.m.
A meeting will held in Raytown at the following date and time:
September 28, 2011
6130 Raytown Road
Last December, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded a competitive grant of $1.8 million to the project partnership team in order to study a regional transit system. The grant funds are being used to conduct this alternatives analysis along the I-70 and Rock Island commuter corridors as well as a recently completed study that identified a preferred route and use of streetcars for a starter line in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
For materials and updates on the commuter corridors Alternatives Analysis as well as other regional studies, visit MARC’s SmartMoves website at:
Wildwood Lakes back on the Agenda by Greg Walters
The controversial issue of whether or not the City should use Raytown tax dollars to fund the cleanup of a private lake was placed on the shelf at the last meeting of the Board of Aldermen
It appears that there has been some communication behind the scenes as well because none of the spokesmen for the Wildwood Homeowners Association were in attendance at last Tuesday’s meeting of the Board.
Sources at City Hall tell us the issue is far from the dead.
The Public Works Department has been gathering information for the Board of Aldermen to use in their due diligence on the issue. It is anticipated that the next meeting of the Board will bring more public discussion on the issue.
So far, City Hall has heard over two hours of testimony from Wildwood Lake homeowners. Couple that with opinions and questions from the Board to city officials and you have the makings for one of the more interesting debates before the Board of Aldermen for quite some time.
As a former member of the Board there is a question that keeps nagging at me regarding this highly volatile issue. There has been plenty of discussion by the Mayor, Board members and the public. What there has not been is any form of a bill to or resolution to give direction on the issue.
Normally, business before the legislative body is brought before the elected body in a formal package. It can be as simple as a resolution or, if money is involved, should be in the form of an ordinance.
Fulfilling that requirement would bring focus to the debate. As it stand now the Wildwood Lakes question appears to be an ongoing debate without anyone stepping up and saying what is proposed. It is a sloppy way of doing the public’s business. The question should be asked if the Board intends to use public tax dollars for repairing a private lake.
Then the debate should begin. After which, each member of the Board of Aldermen should step up in cast a public vote as to where they stand on the issue.
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Work Session September 20, 2011
Present: Aldermen Ertz, Lightfoot, Melson, Mock, Pardue
Absent: Aldermen Creamer, White, VanBuskirk, Azire, Hamilton
Jason Hanson, City Engineer, explained to the Board the proposed repairs to the Sanitary Sewer System in Raytown. There will be three projects:
- 7702 to 7804 Crescent Avenue. They will remove and replace the manhole covers, pipes, and driveways for 752 feet in order to fix the sewer main offsets, sewer main sags, and multiple cracks in the sewer pipes for a cost of $101,200.
- 8301 Lane to 9000 E. 84th Street. They will remove and replace the manhole covers, pipes, and driveways for 714 feet in order to fix the sewer main offsets, sewer main sags, and multiple cracks in the sewer pipes for a cost of $123,800.
- White Oak West Line will be funded by Sanitary Sewer bonds, but the bonds cannot cover the cost of the easement acquisition because of the restrictions on the bonds from the State Revolving Loan Fund. The easement cost will be approximately $32,575.
These items will be presented to the full Board on October 4, 2011.
Raytown Board of Aldermen Meeting – September 20, 2011
The Invocation was given by Gene Calhoun of the First Baptist Church of Raytown.
- Mayor Bower presented Becky Adney, of the American Business Women Association, Royal Ridge Chapter, with a Proclamation thanking the business women of Raytown for their significant contribution to the local economy.
- Mayor Bower stated that the bridge in the Minor Smith Park was open and is very beautiful.
- Mayor Bower represented Raytown at the Missouri Municipal League. He told them about the economic developments in Raytown.
- This Friday is the annual Police Department golf tournament. The proceeds this year will benefit REAP.
- Mayor Bower wished Alderman Hamilton a happy 75th birthday.
There were no public comments at this meeting.
Jeremy Willmoth reported that the man who damaged the sign in front of City Hall has insurance and the City will be reimbursed all costs to replace the sign.
Alderman Melson reported the Sheppard Center is having its “Super Saturday” fund raiser on October 8 from 11am to 2pm. She also reported the Sheppard Center will be having the annual “Fall Clean Sweep” on October 24 and November 6. This program helps older adults by cleaning the leaves and branches from their property.
Jeremy Willmoth spoke to the Board about the Property Tax mill levy. He recommended the rate of 36.62 cents per $100 assessed value for the general city operations and the rate of 18.29 cents per $100 assessed value for the park operations remain the same.
The Final Adjusted Assessed Valuation:
- Real Estate values increased by $1,132,802 or 0.477% from last year's amounts for a 2011 value of $238,251,391 (New Construction amounted to $2,189,225 of this increase. Without this, the value actually decreased by $1,056,423 or 0.4455%);
- Personal property value increased by $846,793 or 1.477% from last year's amounts fora 2011 value of $58,165,194;
- State assessed utilities values increased by $772,351 or 15.037% for a 2011 value of $5,908,703;
- Total assessed values increased by $2,751,946 or 0.919% for a 2011 total value of $302,325,288.
- This is a reduction of $109,350 (-$1,206,256 to real estate and $1,096,906 increase to personal property).
Actual collections are forecasted to be 95% of the possible amounts. The Public Hearing Document and the 2011 budget will show $1,038,000 in revenues for City purposes. A comparable Park revenue amount would be $517,000.
Mayor Bower invited public comments about the mill tax levy rate. Andy Whiteman said he thought the mill levy for the city was at a reasonable rate. He thought the taxes for the School Board was too high.
A representative from the Public Works Department, gave a report relating to the snow emergency regulations. There are street that should be removed from the emergency snow route list. He explained that the emergency snow route simply says one cannot park on those streets during a snow storm, but does not affect the order in which the streets are plowed. Alderman Hamilton asked if there were signs designating the emergency snow routes and indicated no parking. Mr. Noll said he did not know, but would report back later. The list of the streets being removed from the emergency snow routes:
- Cedar from 63rd Street to 64th Street
- 51st Street from Woodson Road to Blue Ridge Boulevard
- 63rd Terrace from Raytown Road to Willow
- 64th Street from Raytown Road to Willow
- 75th Street from Blue Ridge Boulevard to Hunter
- 87th Street from Raytown Road to east city limit
The Board moved to a closed section to discuss Legal actions, causes of action or litigation involving a public governmental body and any confidential or privileged communications between a public governmental body or its representatives and its attorneys.
O'HARA WINS HOMECOMING FOOTBALL GAME 48-17 by Brother Richard Geimer
An explosive 21 point third quarter made a big difference in Archbishop O'Hara's 48-17 homecoming football win over the Saint Pius X Warriors on Septemer 23.
The Celtics scored the first of their seven touchdowns in their first series on a 19 yard pass play from Jake Fortin to D.J. Griffin. In the five plays of the scoring drive, Griffin also hauled in a pass for a 26 yard gain. Use this link to continue reading
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