-- BREAKING NEWS --
Voices become heated over Bass Pro finances by BRIAN BURNES
Tempers flared Monday night in Independence during discussion of The Falls, the city’s troubled shopping district. Jason White, a former Independence City Council member, criticized his former colleagues and other city officials, saying they had not been sufficiently transparent regarding debt service payments for The Falls, and added that he would not be voting in favor of the proposed Independence police property tax on the April 3 ballot. READ MORE
13-year-old tells police she was walking to class at Raytown Middle School when she was pulled into a room by a boy. Kansas City police are investigating a reported rape of a 13-year-old student at a middle school on the city’s East Side. The alleged attack was reported Friday but occurred about noon on Feb. 27 at Raytown Middle School, 4900 Pittman Road. READ MORE
U-Verse Provides Public Access to Municipalities
WHY ISN’T RAYTOWN ON BOARD? BY GREG WALTERS AND PAUL LIVIUS
A regular reader of the Raytown Report called the other day and said he was switching his home media service from Cable TV to U-Verse.
U-Verse is the operational arm of AT&T’s telephone/internet service. They compete directly with Comcast as a provider of home entertainment options to Raytown homeowners.
He went on to say that while working with the sales representatives from U-Verse he discovered that AT&T provides free public access channels to the communities they serve.
He wondered why Raytown does not take advantage of this free service as does surrounding municipalities like Grandview, Independence and Lee’s Summit.
It’s a good question.
We’ve written about this topic before. We know City Hall is not ignorant of the opportunity to broadcast City Council meetings through U-Verse. Raytown was one of the earlier markets tested by U-Verse when the service was first offered to Raytowners. Plain and simple, Raytown should be broadcasting its municipal meetings on U-Verse.
The way we disseminate information of our local governments has changed.
In 1980 Raytown was served by four newspapers. There was The Kansas City Times*, The Kansas City Star*, the Raytown Post and the Raytown Tribune.
Three of those news sources no longer exist. The one source remaining, Kansas City Star, has greatly diminished its news coverage of small municipal governments.
Those news sources are slowly being replaced by websites like the Raytown Report. Another source is the live broadcasting of City Council meetings. Raytown was a leader back in 1985 when it became the first community to broadcast meetings of the Raytown Board of Aldermen.
*Both papers were owned and operated by The Kansas City Star. However, each had its own news department and editorial point of view. The Times was thrown in yards in the morning. The Star was delivered in the evening.
So Why Doesn’t Raytown Take Advantage of the Offer? BY PAUL LIVIUS
That is another good question.
It is also one that we cannot answer. The power to step up to the 21st Century rests in the hands of the Mayor and Raytown Board of Aldermen.
The following list gives the contact information for the Mayor and Raytown Board of Aldermen. It is a fair question. Why doesn’t the city take advantage of the free service offered by U-Verse?
EDITOR’S NOTE: The email addresses and phone numbers were obtained from the city’s website.
firstname.lastname@example.org 737-6000 (city hall)
email@example.com 517-4773 (cell phone)
firstname.lastname@example.org 398-8053 (cell phone)
email@example.com 358-8375 (home)
firstname.lastname@example.org 737-6003 (city hall)
email@example.com 737-6003 (city hall)
firstname.lastname@example.org 213-0196 (cell phone)
email@example.com 356-8233 (home)
alderman firstname.lastname@example.org 737-2799 (home)
email@example.com 686-8213 (cell)
firstname.lastname@example.org 358-6283 (home)
Regional Transit Asking for $10,000 BY GREG WALTERS
The Regional Transit Alliance is asking the City of Raytown for a $10,000 donation towards a $750,000 budget for an Educational Fund. The purpose of the Educational Fund would be to educate Jackson County residents the need for mass transit.
Most people will recognize effort as light rail or transportation.
Documentation provided with the request was long in overview but scant in precision. Administrative costs for the program are estimated to be at $126,330.00. In the proposal the administrative costs do not include cost for a “media relations firm to support RTA under the administration task above”.
Most people are in support of some sort of rapid transit in Eastern Jackson County. However, the information provided in the packet to the Board of Aldermen raises more questions than answers. The Board should ask some hard questions about the proposal.
Since Raytown money is involved, how much say will Raytown have in the governing of the Regional Transit Authority? Who will serve as its Executive Director? What are the short and long term targets – or more specifically, will Raytown be directly affected by the implementation of the light rail or will we be at the end of the line for construction?
The concept of Light Rail is a good one. But implementation, particularly at the early stages is where the details are very important. Special care needs to be taken to keep the costs involved in the RTA’s zeal to “educate” the public.
Getting My Vitamins BY KRISTEN FOR FIT BOTTOMED GIRLS
I don’t take vitamins. There, I said it. And Mom? I’m sorry. You raised me better than this. In fact, every morning, when I woke up, there was a vitamin C tablet and a Flintstone (or some other cartoon or animal-shaped) multivitamin waiting for me on a paper towel on the kitchen counter. I developed good habits early on, but... Continue reading
CITY NEWS . . .
Pat Jackson Nominated for Raytown Park Board
Mayor David Bower has nominated Pat Jackson for a vacant seat on the Raytown Park Board. The Board of Aldermen, which has the final say on appointments for the Park Board, will consider her appointment at Tuesday night’s meeting (March 6, 2012).
Ms. Jackson has previously served on the Raytown Community Development Implementation Team, Raytown Reaching For Tomorrow and is a member of the Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce.
Raytown Parks and Recreation to Receive $75,000 Grant
Raytown Parks and Recreation is in the final stages of a grant application for the $75,000 to rebuild the tennis courts at Coleman Park located at 59th and Lane Streets. The grand process is currently before the Raytown Board of Aldermen for approval.
Downtown Streetscape Committee to Meet
The Downtown Streetscape Steering Committee will conduct a meeting on Tuesday, March 13th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at City Hall. The consultant will be presenting and seeking comments from the Steering Committee members regarding the refined plans for Phase 1 of the project at this meeting, which will then be presented at the March 20th Board of Aldermen Work Session.
The city is discussing spending approximately $603,000 (75% of which is from a federal grant) in the development of Downtown Raytown. Interested parties will want to have their input at this early planning stage.
The meeting is open to the public.
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