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The Paul Livius Report
Raytown Board of Aldermen Meeting – July 17, 2012 


The invocation was given by Jay Grimwood, of Graceway Church.

Police Chief Jim Lynch invited all residents to the National Night Out on August 7 from 5-8 pm at the First Baptist Church on 350 Highway.  There will be several exhibits there.  The Raytown Police, Fire, and EMS departments will be there, as will the Lee’s Summit bomb squad and search and rescue dogs.

Mike Beeson, from the Raytown Police Officers’ Association said he has been told repeatedly that Raytown employees are the best of the best.  Now, one employee is having a contract negotiation.  Now one employee for the city is getting a generous benefit package over anyone else.  He told the Board that over the past four years as a police officer he has received a 2.5% increase in his pay.  Police officers are losing money working for Raytown, due to benefit increases and lack of pay raises.  The rest of the employees are not being taken care of, and he urged the Board to vote against the resolution tonight.

Cynthia Roundtree told the Board she was concerned about a salary increase for only one employee.  All city employees should be treated equal and given increases.

Andy Whiteman told the Board he was against two amendments to the City Administrator’s contract.  The first object was to the 30% pay increase taking Mr. Sharma’s salary to $137,000 a year.  Mr. Whiteman said Mr. Sharma’s performance may be excellent, but workers who don’t wear ties and warm chairs are very under paid.  If the Board can see its way clear to give Mr. Sharma a 30% pay increase, all employees should be given the same pay increase.  The second amendment he is objecting to is the wavier of the residency requirement.  If Mr. Sharma lived in Raytown, maybe he’d be more inclined to resolve some of the problems.  Last meeting, many employees spoke to the Board about unsafe practices and problems at Super Splash.  The Park director and the pool manager both stated there were no problems.  Mr. Whiteman stated he found it hard to believe that there were no problems when so many people detailed the times, dates, and specific issues.  Has Mr. Sharma inspected Super Splash to find out the truth?

Jurite Estes said some of the aldermen went to Super Splash.  She said Kevin Boji’s statement at the last meeting was read directly from the handbook given out two years ago.  The lifeguards are quitting left and right.  The Mayor told Ms. Estes the management company was hired by the Park Board and the Board of Aldermen can’t do anything about them.  Ms. Estes reminded the Mayor Super Splash is a city pool and if someone is injured the City will be held liable.  Concession stand employees, who she reminded the Board, are city employees, are teaching swim lessons.  These employees are not properly trained.
                                                                                                    
Mahesh Sharma reminded the Board that there will be no meeting on August 7, due to the primary election.  The next Board of Aldermen meeting will be August 14.
Alderman Hamilton announced REAP and Harvesters will share the food collected by the VA Hospital.

The Board approved the Consent Agenda, which included a resolution accepting a grant from Target Corporation in the amount of $1,000.00 for the National Night Out event, and a resolution approving the appointment of Mark Siettmann to the Raytown Park Board.
The City Clerk read the resolution continuing the appointment of Mahesh Sharma as City Administrator for the City of Raytown.  The Mayor said the City is a business and the business of the City is serving the people.  Like any business, Raytown has a Board of Directors, the President of the Company, and a CEO, all of whom are responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the company.  Mr. Sharma has done an excellent job.  He discovered inequities in the pay over the last four years.  He discovered pay was too high for some of the positions and too low for others. 
 
Mr. Sharma took steps to compensate these employees.  Raytown has hired several department heads.  Mr. Sharma has mentored them and after a couple of years, the department heads move on to better jobs in other cities.  We should be proud of that.  This makes Raytown a major player in the Kansas City Metro area.  The Mayor went on to say the Board considered the residency requirement.  We want all Raytown employees to line in Raytown, but we also want the best qualified employees.  Waiving the residency requirement for one employee is in the best interest of Raytown. Alderman Aziere said as an elected official he should be accountable to the people.  They Board represents the people and make decisions for the people.  When Mr. Sharma was first hired, it was as the Public Works director.  He was not required to reside in Raytown.

When the former City Administrator left, Mahesh Sharma moved into that position.  The residency requirement was waived because the housing market crashed.  He asked the Board to look at Mr. Sharma’s accomplishments. 

He has reorganized City Hall and is accomplishing more work with fewer people.  When the Finance Director left, Mr. Sharma found a new Finance Director.  The Board didn’t realize the City’s finances were so bad.  The new Finance Director brought the finance and accounting up to standards and is now better organized.  Economic development has mushroomed.  We have had eight new businesses open on 350 Highway in four years.  Mr. Aziere told the Board they have two choices. 
 
The first is to let Mr. Sharma go because we want him to move to Raytown and he’s not going to do that, which means the City has to start over with a new City Administrator.  The second choice is to keep Mr. Sharma here under his terms.  Alderman Van Buskirk made a motion to amend the contract by eliminating the paragraph that gives the City Administrator the same market, salary and benefit adjustments as other employee groups.
 
Mr. Van Buskirk said Mr. Sharma is a contractual employee and any changes to his salary and benefits should be voted on by the Board, not given with across the board increases. Alderman White said the Board had spent a lot of hours considering and discussing this issue. She said she is not comfortable changing it now.  The Board rejected Mr. Van Buskirk’s motion to amend the contract.  The Board then approved the contract between Mr. Sharma and the city.

The Board approved the purchase of property/evidence lockers from Tiffin Metal Products for the Raytown Police Department.

The Board approved the expenditure of funds with Paving Maintenance Supply, Inc.  Andy Noll told the Board this was for pavement marking.

The Board authorized the City Administrator to enter into an agreement with Lan-Tel Communications Services, Inc. for the concrete repair projects.  Andy Noll explained to the Board the initial winner of the bid was unable to get the performance bond.  Lan-Tel was the second lowest bidder.  They will repair curbs and sidewalks.
The Board adjourned and moved to a closed session.



$30,000 City Administrator Pay Increase
A STEP BACKWARD FOR RAYTOWN

Last Tuesday the Raytown City Council made an historic decision when it gave City Administrator Mahesh Sharma a $30,000.00 pay increase.
It is not a decision that should not be heralded as a “good move” by City Hall. More accurately, the decision throws a glaring spotlight on what is “wrong” at Raytown City Hall.
Let’s start at the beginning. There are three basic reasons why the Mayor and his Board’s actions are so wrong.
  • It was done in a year in which all other city employees saw their salaries frozen.
  • The 30% increase is more than many people in Raytown take home from their jobs in a single year.
  • It was rushed through with a minimum of public debate.
Of these three, the lack of public debate is most alarming.  
Oh, sure, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen talk these items over when they are cloistered together in meetings away from the public eye. But the reality is that the Mayor appoints a committee of unelected people who make the decision for the Board. The Board meekly follows its instructions.
By state law the Board must vote the pay contract through in public. So it is done by resolution. This public reading is then voted on after the public is given that one glimpse at issue.
No real input between the Board of Aldermen and the public.
It is so neat and clean – it is pathetic.
I served on the Raytown Board of Aldermen for 27 years. I was personally involved in many votes. For many of those votes the topic was debated robustly over a period of at least two or even three meetings. This gave the Board time to be in touch with their constituents. It gave them time to consider what the public had to say. That input from public had a huge impact on how their elected representatives voted.
The homogenized, carefully scripted City Council meetings we see today are an insult to anyone who believes that the public should have a say in how they are governed.
FOR THE RECORD: The vote was not unanimous. Ward 3 Alderman Charlotte Melson was the lone vote against the pay increase. 
Ward 4 Alderman Bill VanBuskirk made an attempt to throttle back the decision by amending it to remove the City Administrator from any “across the board” salary decisions for city employees. It was a good idea. After all, Mahesh Sharma is a “contract employee”. His pension and other benefits are not the same as other City Hall employees – so he should not reap a windfall when the Board gives out blanket bonuses, etc..
Alderman Christine White complained that VanBuskirk’s proposal came too late to be considered.
Here’s a simple solution Christine – hold the item over for another two weeks. Give the public time to let their elected officials know what they feel. Who knows, once you are down from that ivory tower you may learn something that would influence your vote.
After all, you were not in a race to give the City Administrator a 30% pay increase.
Finally, a word of advice to Mayor David Bower.
Quit treating the public as if they are room full of school children. At the meeting you admonished polite applause for one speaker as a public display that would not be tolerated. Lighten up. The public has a right to show its support. Maintaining order at public meetings is important. But you have turned it into what appears to be an attempt to control every aspect of a City Council meeting from the call to order to the closing.
By doing so you do the public a disservice.
Finally, to the Board of Aldermen. You should take a serious look at changing the rules of your meetings to allow some give and take between Board and the public. Too often the format takes on the appearance of individuals attempting to control the debate. You shortchange yourselves by employing rules that stifle public input.
The roundtable of speeches given by Board members last Tuesday sounded more like excuses for voting the way they did than reasons for voting the way they did.

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41 comments:

Anonymous said...

The wonderful world of David Bower…

What a fantastic and amazing place David Bower’s world must be where money grows on trees and just wishing that individuals are professionals makes them therefore really be.

What a great and joyful days David Bower must be having just like a toddler learning to use the big potty and exclaiming at the top of their lungs that they poop poop and this time did it in the potty. His mess is clearly present and what a very big, but mess job he has done leaving his droppings all over town in what is known to us grownups as code violations.

What an extraordinary and unique performer David Bower is with his outlandish little boy temper tantrums or his “Bully of the Board” act, which just leaves the adults asking when will little David Bower every grow up.

It is no wonder that Raytown looks like we are just a bunch of country saps.

I for one just cannot wait for David Bower’s next great miss guide announcement, but until then I will just enjoy the ghetto he has brought to you and me. A wonder place were those at city hall get call the shots and the salaries that they will make. A fantastic place where property values continue to decline, but David Bower’s guidance sure is divine.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful clip. It was simply amazing and truly inspiring.

Some Take All said...

Seems the general population at least those voting on this website don't think some non-resident department head needs a $30,000 a year raise.

It also seems our elected officials don't care what we think or about how we want and expect our tax dollars to be spent.

What a bunch of uneducated individuals who just don't understand anything about how to run a successful business.

Anonymous said...

I think we need to call Ed Martin who is runing for AG and ask him who he will deal with abuse and disreguard for the public as we all have seen and are force to deal with under the Bower administraction.

Pat Casady said...

I have tried to have respect for our
elected officials if not the person the
position. I have long admired people
that care enough for their fellow man
city or town they want to serve,
that they would give of their own time
to try to make things better.
For the last fourteen or fifteen years
my respect has been chiseled away by
people in these positions that care nothing
for what the people they are supposed to
represent. Elected officials that don't
have a clue of what their job really is.
I was told by an elected official that the
reason for the big raise was because the
CA had gotten Raytown millions in grants
and that he was offered more money by another
small town. Also this was to put his pay in
line with other small towns. I remember this same
line when they justified an increase for Mr. Wenson
when he was the CA. By the way he left soon after.
The more I think about this
the more I got mad. The grants were received
because he was doing his job! This is why he
was hired. As for the thirty thousand dollar
raise, or he would go to the other town, I
say there are more fish in the sea and goodbye.
Giving this man a 30% pay increase and not giving
other city employees any form of a raise is a
slap in the face of every other hard working
city employee in Raytown. Our leaders have
no leadership. Our leaders don't think for
themselves. They would rather be told what to do
rather than do what's right. The few that
try to stand up and say what and how they feel
are shot down. These are the people that should not
give in! They should fight for what they believe
is right. This is how you EARN RESPECT! Not
when you cower down to a louder voice.
These are hard times for everyone. Do our city
leaders think that times aren't as hard for the
already underpaid other city employees?
I would like to see any of our elected officials
work outside, in the heat while doing their jobs
as do the other deserving city employees.

Andy Whiteman said...

If Mahesh had been required to live in the Ghetto of Raytown, he would observe conditions first hand and we may have had change. Obviously no Department Head is willing to move to the Raytown Ghetto.

I wanted Mahesh to be forced to move here so that he could suffer like the rest of us. I spoke with a lady who works in a Raytown business. They are moving away from Raytown because they can't afford to live here. One issue being the cost of utilities along with the city franchise fee and sales tax added to the amount.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

Does anyone find it odd that we never once heard about any of these millions in Grant money that the city administrator claims to have brought into the city until he wants a $30000 raise? I seriously doubt he brought in anything near that amount. I say PROVE IT. I would ask any of our Aldermen to substantiate that claim.

These suits seem to always have a story about how much money they are bringing in, or saving the City, but in the end all we see is property values going down, taxes and crime going up and the city going nowhere, but into the crapper.

A well ran organization would know that if you want to crush the employee’s moral, then freeze wages of the workers and gave the head honcho a 30% increase in salary.

The workers will not quit their jobs, but, they will quit their work…

Anonymous said...

What about that grant money for more section 8 homes and to think Van Buskirt then voted for Mahesh's raise.

I guess Van Buskirt has gotten past "Those People"; you know the ones that live in section 8 housing.

Andy Whiteman said...

Remember City government is transparant. The grants are also so transparant that we don't know when they exist. There was a grant from Target hidden in the consent agenda of the last BOA meeting. There also have been small grants from Walmart for EMS or Police. There have been grants for 350 HWY and the totally useless, cosmetic Gateway progjects. No mention is ever made which official solicited them. Maybe that should be made public when the grant is accepted and the official is then recognized. Also Comrade Clever secured a huge grant to raze the Old Baptist Church and create a park officially called "Green Space". I don't recall if Mahesh was here for that or not.

I agree, I want to see a list of grants along with who solicited each one.

There should be a new ordanince that the solicitor of each grant be recognized at the time of acceptance and a log kept of all grants along with solicitor as a separate city record that is easily accessable.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

What's wrong with all of the LIBERAL REPUBLICANS on the board of aldermen? To give a $30,000 raise to anyone in Raytown city government is a disgrace and a slap in the face to ALL Raytown taxpayers. You, Van Buskirk, Pardue, Mock, White, Aziere, Creamer, Lightfoot should all be ashamed of yourselves and hope you get voted out in the next election.

Anonymous said...

Page 15 from Mahesh's budget presentation located on the City's website:

Grants/Loans/Partnership
• $2,000 – EMS from Wal-Mart
• $2,000 – Police from Wal-Mart
• $10,000 - TRIM Grant to complete Raytown Parks Hazardous Tree Inventory
• $20,000 – Software Grant to utilize Synchronist Business Retention program from KCP&L
• $36,000 – Highway Safety Law Enforcement Grant to Police from MoDOT
• $51,676 – Justice Assistance Grant to Police from ARRA – U. S. Department of Justice
• $55,064.70 - FEMA/Assistance to Firefighters Grant (cardiac monitoring capabilities)
• $100,000 – MARC and KCMO awarded from Health Care Foundation to support work on
Complete Street Project(S) for section of Blue Ridge Boulevard and /Blue Ridge Cutoffs
• $280,000 – Expecting from DNR for Storm Water Project
• $378,061 – Woodson Road Overlay ARRA - MoDOT
• $392,512 - Neighborhood Stabilization Program (with Belton and Liberty) from MoDED
• $514,488.43 - Sidewalk Enhancement ARRA - MoDOT
• $720,000 – Raytown Rd. and 350 highway, FHA, SAFETEA-LU through MoDOT
• $1,200,000 – Loan from Jackson County for 63rd Street Bridge (paid back from CIP)
• $2,295,125 - Neighborhood Stabilization Program (partner with nine other cities)
• $4,000,000 – Energy Saving to MARC from ARRA (partner with 29 other cities)

Anonymous said...

There is a charge labeled Federal Universal Service Charge. If you were wondering where the “free cell phones” money was coming from. It’s coming from ME and YOU…

Just another of those little things that is sliped into everyday life hoping you don't notice but those who are receiving do. That's why this monstrosity created called entitlements, is the gift that keeps on giving.
Check your Cell phone bill........... You're gonna need some blood pressure pills after watching this video. (True it started several years ago, but look what it has become!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjAjAvxDkfk&feature=share

Anonymous said...

I just checked with my mortgage company to try to 15 year loan. This mortgage company is a large company in Kansas City. When I talked to the loan officer and told him my interest rate, he said he could beat it. I said great! Then he looked where I lived and said Raytown is a depressed area, alot of vacant houses and the property values have dropped significantly. He also said that Jackson County hit Raytown hard with re assessment values. My real estate taxes went up $500.00 and the next door neighbor went up $1000.00. My house just a couple of years ago went from appraised $142,000 to $108,000. You can't give houses away in Raytown. Thanks Mayor Bower for bringing the home values down for not enforcing codes and having "dead heads" for the board of aldermen!

Andy Whiteman said...

9:18AM, I believe Beth Lynn is responsible for the Section 8 housing grant not Mahesh.

2:14PM, I totally agree but there are three problems:
1) The sheepole will forget by the time the election comes around in 1 or 3 years.
2) A viable candidate must oppose the incumbent.
3) 20% or less of the voters vote in city elections. Consequently all will be relected by their friends, groups, churches, and clubs unless more sheepole get out and vote.

I don't intend to be here for the next election but if I am here, I will run in Ward 2. My campaign point will be how the incumbent voted on this issue.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

Andy,

We can write all the ordances in the world, but this is Raytown and we wouldn't folow them anyway.

Just think we have it on the books that all department heads are to live in the city and if it was not for election of the city marshal or chief of police would live some place other than the ghetto known as Raytown.

Anonymous said...

The raise is water under the bridge get over it and move on

Anonymous said...

How can the CA claim credit for the work of others? IF these claims are true, it appears the majority of the Grants came from MoDot, for road improvements, law enforcement or a community improvement program. The CA, in and of himself did not obtain the Grants . The grants where obtained by City Staff at Cityhall. But only the CA takes credit and receives a raise. How is that leadership???

Anonymous said...

I know we blame Wal-Mart for a lot of our
problems. Higher crime rates, lower property
values, vacant buildings, small businesses
going out of business and out of Raytown,
shafting Raytown taxpayers out of millions
of dollars and having our Police Department
make over thirty calls a week. But, while
all of this is true none of
this would have happened if our elected
officials didn't let happen. Remember you and
I don't have a say how this town is run.
Oh, you can go before the board but they just
wish you would go away shut up. After all,
once they were elected they magically became
smarter than the rest of us. You can tell by the
survey on this blog, they don't listen to us.
The only way they will listen to us is the
next election. Tell them loud and clear we are
tired of being egnored and our tax dollars wasted.
We are tired of them making bad decisions that
cost taxpayers millions of dollars.
WE ARE TIRED OF THEIR CLUB THAT ONLY TAKES
CARE OF EACH OF THEM AND THEIR FRIENDS!

Anonymous said...

I amsure the benchwarmers at city hall want everyone to forget the $30 thousand dollar raise they gave Mahesh Sharma. I am sure they want us to forget that they said he should not have to live within city limits -- like the city manager in Raymore (where Mahesh lives) is required to do.

I won't forget. It is not water under the bridge. It is the dam beginning to break.

Andy Whiteman said...

2:43 PM,

Are you saying Mahesh is responsible for all of these? I believ4e Beth Linn is responsible for the following 2:

• $392,512 - Neighborhood Stabilization Program (with Belton and Liberty) from MoDED
* $2,295,125 - Neighborhood Stabilization Program (partner with nine other cities)

I am sure others in city government may have had a function in obtaining some grants. Is Mahesha being given credit for the work of others?

BTW: a loan is not a grant. The difference is a loan has to be repaid. Loans and grants should be listed separately.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

I've heard Bower say that he doesn't read this blog because people are "mean" to him. Well maybe people wouldn't be "mean" to him if he at least read this blog and thought maybe I'ed better start listening to the people who elected me. The problem is he does not thin He thinks we are just complainers and he doesn't listen to complainers. Whether we are or not it's time for him to start listening to us because I will never again make the mistake of voting for him. I almost didn't the last time but when I talked to him he had all of the answers that he wanted me to hear. None of the things he said have come to pass.

When will we all learn?????

Anonymous said...

Well obviously Mahesh is not responsible for the $10,000 TRIM grant from the MDC. It is only recently that Mahesh and his cronies took control of the Park Department. I bet those guys are really impressed with Mahesh's raise since they are paying a portion of it.

Anonymous said...

To Anon 10:44
"ghetto known as Raytown."

You have no clue what a real ghetto is like.

Andy Whiteman said...

There were only 2 choices in that last mayoral election and it became a matter of picking the one who would was more tolerable.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

Do not blame me for Bower being Mayor as I have never voted for him and his poor management ways.

If anything blame Alderman Van Buskirt who pulled out of the last race.

Van Buskirt needs be voted the weakest link on the board for just being the fellow yes vote and not holding to his objections in pay.

If he really didn't want to run he should have never filed.

I hope he doesn't run again and if he says he is I hope someone stands up and run against the mess he has help create by not having what it takes to stand up against waste.

Andy Whiteman said...

8:47 PM, I spoke with Bill VanBuskirk about his dropping out of the Mayor's race. He has health issues and his doctor advised dropping out for health reasons. I don't blame him for putting his health first.

I am disappointed in every Alderperson who voted "YES" on the pay increase and non residency of Mahesh. That whole part of the meeting seemed to be a very poor act. It appeared to be scripted and already decided in closed session.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

There isnt one weak link on the board there are ten of them so if you pick on one pick on all of them
And you might want to include Big Dave in that also. I might add the previous administration made mega goofs also but oh how soon we forget. Talk about the golden egg Jim Lynch got one too

Anonymous said...

If I remember Barb Schaplia was all in favor of the raise Lynch got and the former Mayor Franks husband is second in command. Boy now that sounds rotten oh Alderman White is a sister to Franks husband Talk about rotten in Denmark

Pat Casady said...

Raytown is not a ghetto!
Raytown is a good place to live
and own a business despite the
bad decisions made by City Hall that
has cost so many millions of tax dollars.
The majority of people in Raytown are good
people. Like any other town there are
good and bad people.
We only here about the bad. However,
if codes are not enforced and we
don't get more police hired
this town could be in trouble.
Still NOT a ghetto.

Anonymous said...

Based on how Van Buskirt ended up voting for Mahesh's raise I cannot wait until the next section 8 housing project comes to Raytown to see him go from call them "Those People" to be leading the band to all so provide tax dollars to have a welcome party.

All I can say is Bill has not lived up to what he presented himself when he visited my front door while he was out campaigning for alderman.

Andy Whiteman said...

Some good candidates need to step forward at the NEXT election and more importantly we need 100% turn out at the polls! The 100% turn out will never happen, but 40%-50% would be a better voice of the people and May evoke change. Hope and change requires more voters voting. Sitting at home hoping doesn't work.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

Lets do a little math if Van Buskirk had voted aganist the raise for the Ca it still would have passed. Just sayin

Anonymous said...

I agree. Raytownis far from a ghetto. But there are some things done that do not make sense. It is depressing to see pictures like those posted last week showing the city's parks in disrepair.

I was by Coleman Park the other day. I see they have removed the water fountain from the main shelter house. Instead they have a big ugly vending machine where you can buy bottled water. It is surrounded by an even uglier black frame with mesh wiring to keep vandals from destroying.

Now that looks like something from a ghetto!

Maybe someday the Park Board will figure it out. Right now it does not look too good.

Anonymous said...

I just read the most recent copy of Raytown Times and I am so confused I heard Randy Battagler say when he opened the new Times Paper that he would never ever be "POLICAL" again. It seems that he has gone back on his word once again. All I read is about Riehle and nothing about Tom McDonald. It's a good thing that McDonald knocked on my door because Riehle sure hasn't. Isn't a good newspaperman supposed to give both sides of the story? Why hasn't he interviewed State Rep. Tom McDonald instead of letting Riehle be the only story in the paper shouldn't he give both sides a chance to have their say? You never heard any thing that wasn't one sided in the old paper and you never hear both sideds now either.
Where oh where is Lee Gray? Now that was a paper when he had it. You did not always agree with him but he was fair to both sideds of the story.

Andy Whiteman said...

I have lived in Raytown 13 years and have always considered that paper (under different owners) to be editorial comment unless the article is about something that has happened or is happening (crime, fire, new business coming, storm, etc.)

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

I am not a Pat Riehle fan and will not vote for him or Tom McDonald. But I do thank Mr Riehle for exposeing the underhanded dealings of Mr McDonald using Jerry Briggs address as his campagin treasurer Mr Briggs left Raytown for the green grass of Lee's Summit. He left hating Raytown having nothing good to say about the city.So to Mr Briggs I say keep your nose in Lee's Summit

Andy Whiteman said...

It seems to me that what 6:16AM mentioned should be an election law violation. I didn't check what address appears in the Jackson County legal notice of election. I share my paper with a neighbor so it is too late to look.

Andy Whiteman

Andy Whiteman said...

As an FYI: HvVee has 32 oz store brand weed & grass killer for $4!----Much less than the big box down 350 HWY! I mentioned this to the cashier and she said that they do have some items selling for less than the big box. She also commented she wished we had a Dillons because a lot of Dillons' stuff sells for less than that big box.

I sure wish Dillons had come to Raytown instead of Walmart.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

Andy

Do ever really know what you are talking about or do you just get it from city hall?

Please think before you write!

Anonymous said...

Tom Mcdonald did knock on my door and I still won't vote for him!!!!

Andy Whiteman said...

2:52PM, I normally don't respond to anonymous personal comments.

I get nothing from City Hall. They keep everything secret from us serfs on the socialist fascist fief.

I have no clue what you are writing about.

Maybe you should think before you write and formulate a complete thought.

Andy Whiteman