Editor's note: The following article is reprinted from the Basehor Sentinal.This is the second story in a Sentinel series examining events preceding the firing of former Basehor City Administrator Mark Loughry. To view the entire story use this link: City Attorney's Letter
City attorney’s letter claimed Loughry lied about previous salary
City administrator firingPrevious Sentinel coverage of the Basehor City Council's dismissal of Mark Loughry:
Sept. 19: Basehor City Council votes to fire administrator Loughry
Sept. 21: Vote sparks shock, questions at City Hall
Sept. 22: Loughry to clean out office; police chief asked to fill in
Sept. 27: Allegations, benefit questions preceded firing
Oct. 5: Council voids $50,000 severance check
A 2010 letter from Basehor's city attorney accused former city administrator Mark Loughry of misrepresenting the salary he was paid by his previous employer, the city of Hays, during his negotiations with Basehor in summer 2009.
The allegation was one of four specific issues raised in the April 2010 letter from then-city attorney Patrick Reavey to city council members and Mayor Terry Hill regarding Loughry, who was fired in a surprise 3-2 council vote in September. The Sentinel obtained the letter, along with documents containing supporting evidence, in an open-records request last month. Read More
Mark Loughry Hired for Raytown Finance Job
December 8, 2011
His surprise firing continues to reverberate more than two months later in the form of efforts to recall three different elected officials, but former Basehor city administrator Mark Loughry is moving on.
Loughry was hired earlier this week to be finance director for the city of Raytown, Mo.
The city's 10-member board of aldermen voted unanimously Tuesday to approve an employment agreement with Loughry for a salary of $79,500. He is due to start work there Monday. Read More
Every ten years the Missouri State Constitution requires that state representative and senatorial districts be redrawn to bring balance to shifting populations. The goal is that all the citizens of the State of Missouri receive equal representation in the two legislative branches of government in Jefferson City.
This year the redistricting squabble between Democrats and Republicans ended up in court. But something unusual happened that may be a benefit to Raytown.
The “unusual” event occurred when a Judicial Panel handed down its decision on how the new districts will be divided.
Raytown came out a winner.
Traditionally Raytown has been the center of the metropolitan area where state representative districts are carved up. The result has been up to five state representatives sharing the duties of Raytown’s business in Jefferson City. Since Raytown is only ten square miles that means the areas represented by the various legislators is a very small part of their district.
Simply put, a small constituency does not receive as much attention as a large one.
Raytown is a winner because the newly formed state representative district contains all of the city. The boundary line stretches from 87th Street on the South to just north Interstate 70 on the north.
On the East the boundary line is Woodson Road and Westridge Roads.
On the West the boundary line is Blue Ridge Cutoff.
Another interesting twist is that the new district does not have an incumbent State Legislator living in it. That means the seat is wide open for the next Primary election in August and General election in November.
The open seat has already attracted a number of candidates.
On the Republican side Raytown Ward 2 Alderman Jim Aziere is said to have stated his intention to run for the seat. Aziere is a senior member of the Raytown City Council and a former Republican Party Committeeman for the Raytown area.
On the Democratic side, no less than four individuals have shown more than passing interest in representing the newly formed District.
Daron McGee, Chris Moreno, Tom McDonald, and Matt Cushman are four names sources say are taking more than a cursory look at the possibility of a campaign.
Of those four, Cushman and Moreno have the higher name recognition in Raytown.
Cushman recently resigned his position as the head of the Raytown Ambulance Service after serving 17 years in that position.
Moreno is a seasoned campaigner who waged a campaign against former State Representative Will Kraus (now Senator Kraus) in which he carried the southern half of Raytown – the last Democrat to do so in over ten years. He also worked in Governor Jay Nixon’s office as a liaison to the Department of Labor.
Tom McDonald currently serves in the State Legislature. However, due to the redistricting, his home in northern Independence is not within the new district borders. In fact, he now resides in another District. The shifting District lines have him paired against another
Independence State representative, Ira Anders.
Daron McGee is a relative newcomer to Raytown area politics. He currently works for the Jackson County Prosecutor in the COMBAT anti-crime unit.
No doubt there are other potential candidates who will test the waters before the filing deadline in late March, 2012.
We will watching and promise to keep our readers up to date on what undoubtedly will be one of the most watched races for the State House in western Missouri.
Heard on the Street . . .
The Raytown Park Department is scheduled to meet with City officials to decide the fate of a plan to consolidate park and city services. Insiders from both City Hall and the Park Department are in agreement that the talks are all about the money (what else!). The main question remains as to who can best manage Raytown’s parks.
It is well known that Mayor Bower would prefer to have a smaller Board of Aldermen with which to conduct city business. Some say it is a matter of control. City Hall observers point out that he should be careful for what he wishes. Smaller governmental bodies may be easier to control. They are also easier to replace.
Christmas is just around the corner . . . which means that retail outlets are kicking it into high gear to chalk up the bulk of their profits for the year. This is especially important for the City of Raytown which has guaranteed the debt payments for the Walmart Store and staked $600,000 on the success of the new Aldi’s Grocery Store. Let’s hope they meet their goals. If they do not, there is only one place left for the city to raise the tax revenue to pay down debt – the taxpayers and businesses with city limits.
Raytown Board of Aldermen Meeting by Paul Livius
Alderman Steve Mock thanked all sponsors and volunteers who helped out with the Holiday lighting ceremony.
Alderman Melson requested items R-2460-11 and R-2461-11 be removed from the Consent Agenda and voted on separately. Alderman Van Buskirk requested item R2457-11 be removed from the Consent Agenda and voted on separately.
The remaining items on the Consent Agenda:
- Resolution authorizing a maintenance contract with Motorola Solutions, not to exceed $34,416.68
- Resolution authorizing the purchase of office supplies from Office Depot in excess of $15,000.00
Resolution R-2457-11, reappointing Pat Jackson to the Jackson County Board of Equalization to represent the City on issues relating to the City of Raytown. Alderman Van Buskirk said his real estate assessment increased 22%, but his home value stayed the same. He and his wife both called Jackson County to try to get the assessment reduced. He talked with two or three different people. He was told if he continued to pursue the assessment reduction, the County would come to his house and then his assessed value would be increased. The reappointment was approved.
Resolution R-2461-11 authorized the continuation of services with Edwards Chemical in excess of $15,000.00. Alderman Melson said she had this item removed from the consent agenda because the Aldermen’s packets were missing information about this resolution and she wanted to make sure everyone had a copy. The resolution was approved.
Mahesh Sharma introduced Mark Loughry as the new Finance Director for the City of Raytown. Mr. Loughry thanked the Board and said he appreciated the opportunity to work in Raytown. Mr. Aziere welcomed Mr. Loughry to Raytown. The Board passed a resolution authorizing the Employment Agreement with Mr. Loughry.
- The Board passed a resolution authorizing Change Order #1 with Vance Brothers for the 2011 Light Weight Aggregate Seal Project. Andy Noll said this is the final payment for the project. The change order was to put down double seals on areas with heavy cracks. He thinks the areas look nice and will last a long time.
- The Board passed a resolution authorizing the expenditure of funds in the amount of $25,789.89 to Tyler Technologies. This is for a software upgrade needed by the Finance Department.
- The Board passed a resolution authorizing a 60 month lease with Pitney Bowes for a Mail Solution System and Folder-Inserter machine, not to exceed $18,936. Mahesh Sharma said this is to increase efficiency when sending out the City Sewer bills to the residents.
- The Board passed a resolution authorizing an inter-local agreement with the City of Kansas City, MO and the City of Raytown for the permitting and inspection services related to Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
- The Board heard the first reading of an ordinance approving an intergovernmental agreement between Jackson County, Mo Board of Election Commission and the City of Raytown to utilize Raytown City Hall as a polling place for precincts BR 14 and BR 15 during the 2012 calendar year.
- The Board heard the first reading of an ordinance approving the first amendment to the first amended and restated Raytown Live Tax Increment Financing Plan and approving Project 2 as a redevelopment project and adopting tax increment financing.
The Board of Aldermen moved to a closed session to discuss the hiring, firing, disciplining or promoting of employees.
Why I Don’t Eat Meat by Kristen for Fit Bottomed Girls
As a high school senior, I interviewed the teachers who had taught kindergarten to the kids in my class, and when I spoke to my old teacher, Mrs. Lake, she actually remembered a story about me. We were singing all the verses of She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain, and, when it got to the verse that says, “We will kill the old red rooster when she comes,” I raised my hand and asked, “Couldn’t they just order a pizza?” Continue reading
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