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Divider in Chief by Charles Krauthammer of the Washington Post
“The pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue states.”
— Barack Obama, rising star, 2004 Democratic convention
Poor Solicitor General Donald Verrilli. Once again he’s been pilloried for fumbling a historic Supreme Court case. First shredded for his “train wreck” defense of Obamacare’s individual mandate, he is now blamed for the defenestration in oral argument of Obama’s challenge to the Arizona immigration law.
The law allows police to check the immigration status of someone stopped for other reasons. Verrilli claimed that constitutes an intrusion on the federal monopoly on immigration enforcement. He was pummeled. Why shouldn’t a state help the federal government enforce the law? “You can see it’s not selling very well,” said Justice Sonia Sotomayor. READ MORE
EDITOR'S NOTE: This week's Raytown Report is being published without editorial Comment. However, we do ask readers to pay special attention to that portion of The Paul Livius Report regarding Raytown SuperSplash (highlighted in bold type). We are interested in your take on the situation. Please participate in our Weekly Opinion Poll.
Board of Alderman Meeting - May 1, 2012
The Invocation was given by Kathy Wood of the Raytown Christian Church.
PROCLAMATIONS AND THANK YOU.
Mayor Bower proclaimed May as Older American Month.
Then, Mayor Bower proclaimed May to Bike Month.
Then, Mayor Bower thanked out-going Mayor Protem Jim Aziere for his one year of service as Mayor Protem.
The Board has since elected Ward 5 Alderman Michael Lightfoot as its current Mayor Protem.
- Meredith Schultz told the Board she has worked at Super Splash for the last 12 years. She does not believe the hiring of a management company is a good option. She reminded the Board the management company they are looking at will only manage the life guards, not the concessions or front gate.
- Ann Johnson told the Board she has worked at Super Splash for 8 years. She told the Board they have three experienced managers with a combined experience of over 30 years who are willing and able to step up and manage Super Splash. She told the Board the life guards were not paid for the time they spend taking the certification classes. Now, they are being told they will have to become recertified and not be paid for that time.
- Kathy Wood told the Board the Raytown Christian Church will again provide the Summer Lunch Ministry. Last year, they served 500 lunches daily for six weeks. They are looking for volunteers again this year.
Mahesh Sharma, the City Administrator told the Board there will be a Blood Drive at the EMS station from 3-6 pm on May 23. For more information, call Kim at 816-737-6030.
The ribbon cutting for the NSP3 homes at Laurel Avenue and 55th Street was held on Wednesday, May 2nd. Congressman Cleaver, Andy Papon from the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Tom Wood, Chair of Builders Development Corporation along with Mayor Bower all spoke. Approximately 30 people were in attendance at the ribbon cutting which included some neighbors who expressed their appreciation and excitement over having the two new homes constructed in their neighborhood.
Design plans for Phase 1 of the CBD Streetscape Project are being finalized. The design consultant along with city staff met with the Raytown Water Company on Friday, April 27th, to coordinate the project construction with planned water line improvements along 63rd Street. Both projects are planned to be bid in conjunction with each other to avoid construction conflicts.
The contractor Black & McDonald is scheduled to start the installation of energy efficient decorative street lights next week. There are 61 decorative street light fixtures that will be replaced with energy efficient LED decorative street light fixtures. The cost of purchasing and installing the energy efficient versions is paid for by a grant administered by MARC in which the city participates. The decorative fixtures are generally located at the gateways located within the city.
- The Board authorized the reappointment of Pat Law to the Council on Aging.
- The Board passed a resolution establishing the rates for medical and dental insurance for the insurance coming plan year. The resolution would reduce City participation in the single plan by 3% and then share the increase in premiums proportionately. Mark Loughry told the Board the City currently covers 97% of the premiums for City employees. This resolution will reduce the City participation to 94%.
- The Board passed a resolution accepting the donation of two Zoll Autopulse systems valued at $30,828.00 from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
- The Board passed a resolution declaring vehicles to be surplus and authorized them to be disposed at auction. Andy Noll told the Board those vehicles are:
- 2008 Crown Victoria with 98,000 miles and 4,980 hours
- 2008 Crown Victoria with 97,000 miles and 4,700 hours.
- 2010 Crown Victoria with 79,000 miles and 4,300 hours.
- 2006 Crown Victoria with 85,000 miles and 6,300 hours.
- 2010 Crown Victoria that was involved in an accident and was totaled.
The Board heard a resolution to approve the execution of a Super Splash USA management agreement with Midwest Pool Management of America, Ltd in an amount not to exceed $245,831.00.
Kevin Boji told the Board Super Splash is scheduled to open May 26. The pool lost money the last three years. Alderman Creamer asked how Super Splash was supposed to open on time if they didn’t pass the resolution. Alderman Aziere asked if the new management company plans to repair the underwater lights that haven’t worked for several years.
Mr. Boji said they would not. Alderman Aziere said the landscaping around Super Splash was very nice and asked if the new management company would maintain the landscaping. Mr. Boji said the Parks Department would maintain the landscaping. Alderman Aziere asked who would provide swim lessons and hire the life guards. Mr. Boji said the management company would schedule swim lessons and hire the life guards.
Alderman White asked who would be responsible for the concessions and front gate. Mr. Boji said the Parks Department would handle those. Mr. Boji also told the Board the management company would decide what certification would be required of the life guards.
Currently, this management company requires certification by Star Fish, not the Red Cross. It will cost the city an extra $3,200 to recertify the life guards. Alderman Van Buskirk asked if the staff will retain their current salaries, and was told there would be no reduction in wages.
Alderman Melson asked Mr. Boji if the Board failed to pass the resolution, does the Park Board have a “Plan B”. Mr. Boji told her if the resolution is not passed, the park may not open on time. Mayor Bower told the Board that if this resolution is not what they want, they can delay the vote and hold a special meeting later.
Alderman Hamilton asked if the Park Board will monitor the management company, and was told they would. Alderman Creamer asked what 2011 revenues were.
Mr. Boji said the park had $178,000 in revenue and lost $15,000. Alderman Creamer asked Mr. Boji if the Board did not pass the resolution, how long would it take to hire another Aquatic Director. Mr. Boji said they could not hire a new director with experience this late in the year. Anyone with experience has already been hired by other parks.
Mayor Bower said he was as not concerned with showing a profit at the park as he is with providing an excellent amenity in the Super Splash facility. He wants it to be clean and safe for our kids to swim there. We need to make sure we continue to provide this to the community. Super Splash is such an asset and even if we break even with it, and if our citizens see it as a shining star, he’s fine with it. The Board passed the resolution.
- The Board passed a resolution amending the 2011-2012 budget related to parks and recreation capital improvements at the BMX track in an amount not to exceed $25,000.00. Kevin Boji told the Board this money would be used for capital improvements to the park in order to attract National BMX races.
The Board passed a resolution amending the legal description of the International House of Pancakes property.
Fit Bottomed Girls
Swivel Hips! BY ERIN
Workouts are back on, baby! Zumba started, so I am now getting my uncoordinated groove on and working up a sweat. I had such a good time in the first class, although no instructor can compete with the one FBG Jenn and I had in Lawrence, Kansas, where my love of Zumba began. I was slightly surprised at how hard it was to do 45 minutes of... Continue reading
OF COMMUNITY INTEREST
RAYTOWN EMS COMMUNITY BLOOD CENTER DRIVE
Raytown EMS will be hosting the Community Blood Center’s Blood Drive at the EMS Station on May 23rd from 3:00 to 6:00pm. You may sign up either online at savealifenow.org and use raytownems as the password or contact Kim (737-6030) to schedule an appointment or for any questions. Walk-ins are also welcomed. All persons who attend the blood drive and attempt to donate blood will receive a voucher for "buy one get one free" ticket to Schlitterbahn Water Park.
Free Tai Chi Classes at Coleman Park
Friends of the Raytown Parks in conjunction with Raytown Parks and Recreation will be offering a free 5 week Tai Chi class on Thursday evenings at Colman Park, located at 59th and Lane Streets. The classes will begin this week on Thursday and run for five weeks. Participants are asked to meet at the flag pole monument located at the northwest corner of the park. READ MORE
What is Tai Chi?
The health effects include strengthening the body’s bone structure, toning the muscles, increasing cardiovascular circulation, and flushing the body’s lymphatic system of toxins. The movements can enhance the body’s blood circulation and metabolism. When practiced properly, Tai Chi Chuan can be an effective form of self-defense.
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