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Tom Cole has it so Right BY GREG WALTERS
Economic Development Director Tom Cole had a message for the Raytown Chamber of Commerce. Basically, he said that if you want developers and businessmen to take Raytown seriously as a place to set down roots for their business, clean up your act.
Mr. Cole was more diplomatic in his talk to the Chamber. He told them that paint is an inexpensive way to improve Raytown’s image.
He is so right.
I was so impressed with Mr. Cole’s statement that I grabbed my user friendly Canon Power Shot A720 and took some pictures of exactly what he was talking about.
Two of the pictures were keepers.
|DOWNTOWN BUSINESS OFFICE|
One was of a business in Downtown Raytown. You can see it on the left. The picture is of building that has been Downtown for as long as I can remember – trust me, that is a long span of time. Even though the building is old, the owner has made the effort to clean it up. The end result is a warm, friendly looking business that speaks of professionalism and pride.
|DEAD TREES ALONG 350 HIGHWAY|
The second shot is of a line of dead trees on Raytown’s busiest trafficway – 350 Highway. The trees are just south of the shipping and receiving docks at Walmart.
Yes, that is correct. Apparently, Raytown’s largest corporate citizen is unaware that there are dead trees on its property.
I wonder what travelers on 350 Highway headed
toward Lee’s Summit and points beyond think when they see the dead evergreen trees along 350?
Do you think they are impressed?
Does this image fit anyone’s idea of “hometown pride”?
Mr. Cole deserves credit for standing up and speaking out.
Now we need to see other department heads and the Mayor and especially the Board of Aldermen to step up and lead by example in solving this image problem.
Make that call to Walmart and persuade them replace the dead trees on their property. Contact those businesses in Downtown Raytown that need to be spruced up and urge them to step forward and help lead by example.
Perhaps the Mayor can use his personal influence with the powers that be in Bentonville, Arkansas. After all, he did have time to visit with them when plans for a grocery store in Downtown Raytown unraveled.
Getting a few dead trees replaced should be a piece of cake!
Tighten down on property code enforcement (both residential and commercial). It is the most proactive action the city can and must take.
|ILLEGAL SIGN ON 350 HIGHWAY|
This past weekend some ugly signs, in message as well as in appearance, were posted on major street corners in Downtown Raytown and on 350 Highway. The city can make a statement of its intent on Monday morning by removing those signs immediately.
Since the signs have a phone number of the owner of those signs, how about exploring ways to prosecute those owners for littering in Raytown. Set a court date. When they fail to appear in Court, ask the Municipal Judge to create a bench warrant for failure to appear. The next time they show up in Raytown with their litter and illegal signs arrest them for failure to appear.
It would not put the city in the good graces of those who like to buy run down properties at distressed values, but it would certainly end the blight of illegal signage posted in Raytown.
We would really like to hear about what you think the City should do to fix up Raytown’s image. Please share your thoughts on the blog portion of the Raytown Report.
UPDATE ON THE PROPERTY
AT 10909 EAST 81st TERRACE
Last week we ran a lengthy article by former Raytown Alderman Sandy Hartwell about an abandoned house in her neighborhood.
We checked with Sandy to see if anything new had developed with the property. In her report, Sandy said the city had posted the property as condemned. What “condemned” means is not really clear. But it does sound as if there is at least an admission that there is a serious problem.
Sandy has promised to keep us updated on any action or inaction by City Hall on this matter. Stay tuned.
Crime Watch! POSTED BY PAUL LIVIUS
RAYTOWN, Mo. —The Raytown and Independence Police Departments are issuing a warning to residents about suspects posing as water company employees in order to gain access to homes and steal from them. These warnings come just one day after a similar case in Overland Park.
Overland Park police issued a warning about a man posing as a water department employee who stole items from people's homes.
Raytown Police say two separate instances of theft involving a man impersonating a water company employee were reported Thursday afternoon. READ MORE
The Super Duper
Sweet Potato BY KRISTEN
My favorite Hobbit, Samwise Gamgee, might’ve been talking about regular potatoes, but he could’ve easily been referring to sweet potatoes when he said, “PO-TAY-TOES! Mash em, boil em, stick ‘em in a stew.”
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