When it comes to good old fashioned movie entertainment . . . Where good vs. evil is clearly defined -- nothing comes near the movie The Avengers.
Take a few minutes and enjoy these two clips that show the genius of Director Josh Whedon at his best.
USE THIS LINK . . . THE AVENGERS
USE THIS LINK . . . THE AVENGERS (2)
-- BREAKING NEWS --
Former Raytown police officer accused of stealing drugs, jewelry from evidence room
RAYTOWN, Mo. - A former Raytown police officer has been charged in connection with stealing drugs and other valuables from the department evidence room.
Jackson Co. Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Justin M. Pool, 35, is charged with three felony counts of Theft of a Controlled Substance and two other felony counts of Theft of Property for thefts that occurred in January. READ MORE
-- BREAKING NEWS --
On August 27, 2013 Fire Chief Rick Mawhirter announced his intent to retire effective December 31, 2013. The Board of Directors of the Raytown Fire Protection District is proud to announce that Fire Marshal, Matt Mace EMT-P, has been selected as the Interim Fire Chief for the Raytown Fire Protection District effective January 1, 2014. This will give Chief Mace the opportunity to work daily, one on one, with Chief Mawhirter until his retirement.
Mace became a paramedic in 1995 and started working for Raytown EMS in 1996. He came to the District as a Firefighter/Paramedic in 1999 and became the Fire Marshal in 2007. His experience working with City Hall, the Raytown Chamber, the Water Districts, local businesses and our citizens should prove to be beneficial to him in his new position. He has demonstrated the ability to go above and beyond what is asked of him and is always willing to do whatever he can to better the Department.
Mace, his wife Rachelle and their two children are proud to be residents of Raytown and have been very involved in the community.
The Board of Directors looks forward to a smooth transition after Chief Mawhirter’s retirement and is confident that Chief Mace will provide just that.
The Paul Livius Report
Raytown Board of Aldermen Meeting – October 15, 2013
Alyse Stoll told the board the Raytown Council on Aging will have a meeting on Security for seniors. Everyone is welcome. It starts at 9:00 am on October 31. Also, there will be a Veterans Day celebration at Raytown High School on November 11 at 1:30pm. Veterans and widows of veterans are welcome.
Mahesh Sharma reminded the Board the next Board meeting will be November 12, due to Election Day.
Alderman Melson told the Board it is not advantageous at this time for the EMS and Fire district merger (see article by Greg Walters).
Alderman Emerson said there will be a meeting at City Hall on November 18 at 7:00 pm for the new Farmers’ Market.
Alderman Ertz told the Board the Committee meeting for Super Splash will be October 23 at 6:15.
Alderman Mock said this year’s Holiday Lighting ceremony will be December 6.
The Board passed a resolution approving the appointment of Steve Meyers to the Planning and Zoning Commission.
The Board passed a resolution approving the appointment of Senior Accountant Christina Hessenius as the City representative on the Raytown 350 Community Improvement District Board of Directors.
The Board passed a resolution amending the Budget related to Risk management. Mark Loughry told the Board it is necessary to appropriate $25,000 to the Budget due to an increase in general liability and auto claims involving the City and its property.
The Board passed a resolution approving an agreement with Sterling Construction for municipal pool filter replacement in the amount of $82,700.00. Kevin Boji told the Board this is a purchase agreement with Sterling Construction to replace two pressure sand filters and piping at Super Splash USA. It will ensure safe operations and equipment maintenance at Super Splash. Pool filters ensure safe pool operations by reducing chloramines, providing balanced water chemistry and maintaining water clarity. Two 20 year old pressure sand filters tanks have rusted resulting in water leaks. Repairs have extended the life of the filters; however, they have reached the end of their useful life. The scope of work involves removal and installation of two (2) 72” x 6’ steel split flange filter tank vessels, install filter media, replace six butterfly valves, install influent and effluent pressure gauges, backwash sight glass, pressure relief valve, and priming and final painting and replacing related 8” piping. Alderman Aziere said he had spoken with Mr. Boji and suggested alternatives to the expensive filters. He asked Mr. Boji if those alternatives had been investigated. Mr. Boji said he had not looked at any alternatives.
The Board passed an ordinance authorizing entrance of the sworn police officers into the Missouri LAGERS program. The City sponsors a pension plan for the benefit of commissioned officers of the Raytown Police Department. A special committee of the Board of Aldermen has recommended that police officer members commence participation in the Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System (LAGERS) effective January 1, 2014, and that the Police Pension Plan be frozen effective December 31, 2013. In order to facilitate that change, the Board of Trustees of the Pension Plan is recommending that the Pension Plan be restated and amended as provided in the proposed City of Raytown Police Officers’ Retirement Fund Pension.
The Board heard the first reading of an ordinance to amend the Dangerous Buildings code. John Benson said the Staff is proposing to amend the City’s dangerous building abatement regulations by which a building can be deemed dangerous. The amendments are for issues relating to abandoned buildings and structures that may be structurally sound as determined by City Code, but are abandoned and have other code violations that have gone unresolved for an extended period of time. These violations can contribute to lower property values on nearby properties. For more information on these codes, use this link:
Ward 2 Alderman Jim Aziere has spent over 30 years as a swimming coach. So he is not a stranger to swimming pools and their operation.
At last Tuesday’s meetings Mr. Aziere was questioning the wisdom of spending $82,700.00 on an auxiliary backup filter pump for Super Splash when (1) the pool’s regular pump is in good working order and (2) the pools number of users has dropped so drastically that the back-up filter system is not necessary.
Two weeks previously the Ward 2 Alderman had asked City Park Director Kevin Boji to investigate alternative filter systems that could (according to Aziere) save the city a substantial amount of money. When asked of his findings from the investigation, Boji replied that he had not looked into it.
We watched the meeting and much of what Aziere suggested made a lot of sense and raised a number of legitimate questions.
Certainly Boji’s lackadaisical attitude at looking into alternatives deserved at least an explanation.
Also, if Aziere was right in his suggestions, then why on earth did he vote to approve the expenditure when the roll call was made with a “yes” vote.
It is a trend we have noticed frequently on the Board of Aldermen. With the exception of Ward 3 Alderman Janet Emerson, too often Board members appear to be more concerned with appearing not to make waves than voting what they really feel.
Mr. Aziere is not the only Board member to speak one way and then vote opposite his expressed convictions.
For lack of a better term this go along to get along attitude stifles honest debate and keeps new ideas from coming forward.
There is nothing wrong with being the only “no” vote in the room. We may not agree with all that is said at City Hall, but each Alderman certainly takes their positions seriously enough to form independent opinions. At times this can make for some lively debate. But it is this debate, this difference of opinion that makes the American system of government the best in the world.
PROTOCOL: the rules of correct or appropriate behavior of a group, organization, or profession
The Committee has been meeting with its counterparts from the Raytown Fire District since late July.
Truth be known, there was only one meeting held. And that meeting was somewhat controversial. At the meeting Melson made it very clear the committee would not be taking any testimony from members of the Raytown Fire District.
Members of her committee, Aldermen Jason Geene, Steve Mock and Michael Lightfoot insisted that the Fire Department representatives be allowed to speak.
For its part the Fire District has been very forth coming with its proposals. They have shown how they would assimilate the city’s paramedics into their ranks. They have been open in responses to questions from City officials and have been professional in their side of the negotiations.
So it came as a surprise when Alderman Melson read a letter at last Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Aldermen in which she stated that her committee “has decided that the proposed EMS/FIRE merger is not advantageous to the City of Raytown . . .”
Not only were representatives of the Fire District surprised by the abruptness of the announcement – so were some members of the Committee who were shown the letter only minutes before she made the document public.
The big unknown is the reasons for the decision. Melson’s terse letter to the Fire Department only states it is not in the best interest of the City of Raytown to move forward with the Fire District’s proposal. But it does not go into any detail as to why the proposal is being denied.
But, as my grandmother used to say, it is very hard to unspill the milk.
Members of the Fire District are upset and rightfully so.
Compare Alderman Melson’s announcement to a similar announcement in which negotiations went sour in Raytown and you can understand why fire officials are upset.
Earlier this summer Walmart announced, by letter from their attorneys, that they were withdrawing their pursuit of a grocery store in Downtown Raytown. However, Walmart officials gave a “heads up” three days prior to releasing the letter. More importantly, they gave reasons for their decision.
Alderman Melson’s breach of protocol is not a step toward building bridges in Raytown. It would be more accurate to say that she is throwing up obstacles.
No doubt her mishandling of the announcement has caused unnecessary strain on the relationship. Committee members, caught in the crossfire of her abrupt announcement, will undoubtedly feel the effect of loss of trust with Fire District officials.
Alderman Without a Committee BY GREG WALTERS
A couple of meetings back Mayor David Bower named appointments for the ten Aldermen to various committees that help in the decision making process at Raytown City Hall.
At the time we pointed out that Ward 2 Alderman Jason Greene was somehow skipped in the process. In fact, Greene only had one committee post – that post being the one on EMS/FIRE Merger Discussion Committee.
With Alderman Charlotte Melson’s announcement the role of that committee is over. That means Greene no longer has a seat on any committee at Raytown City Hall.
We pointed out the omission in an article in Raytown Report. Alderman Greene, who has a reputation of getting straight to the point of things, visited with the Mayor about his lack of Committee postings to the Mayor. To our understanding, the Mayor said he would look into it.
Well, Mr. Green is now, as the Latins would say “sans” committee.
Your move Mr. Mayor.
My childhood home was nothing fancy, the typical Midwestern ranch, but the yard --- oh the yard! Now it held some bragging rights. Over an acre, the …
Community Improvement District (CID) is the name given to a tax incentive that has been granted to a number of large retail outlets in Raytown. Three examples of CID tax abatements in Raytown are HyVee Grocery Store and Walmart.
Here is how it works.
The CID is a half cent sales tax. It is collected at the time of purchase and then, through a myriad of government taxing agencies, the half cent makes it back to the retail operator. The retail operator uses the money to maintain and update the property or, to pay down debt of upgrades that have already been made.
In the case of HyVee, you may have noticed upgrades going on at the strip mall of which HyVee is the major tenant this past summer. Funds collected through the Community Improvement District (or, as it is known by its acronym, CID) helped pay for those upgrades.
In the case of Walmart, the CID specifically pays down debt of the improvements already made by the CID.
The picture at right, which is now in its third week of publication, is of dead trees on 350 Highway just south of the Walmart property. The key word here is Walmart property. The trees were planted when the store was built.
The CID that is currently in place at Walmart does not provide for the retail giant to replace the trees.
However, as one city official pointed out to me last week, that really is not the issue. The dead trees should be removed because it is the responsible thing to do.
Left to decay on Raytown’s busiest roadway the dead trees are an insult to the Raytown community.
Actions speak louder than words. This “in-action” shouts out we do not care. Those at City Hall who allow the blight to continue join in the chorus of “we do not care” by turning away from the blight as if it were not there.
-- COUNCIL ON AGING --
The Raytown Council on Aging has scheduled a public meeting
with the Raytown Police Department for an
Informational Meeting about how to Safeguard Your Home.
The meeting will be held
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31ST
At Raytown City Hall
(10000 East 59th Street)
Learn some common sense safety tips on how to protect your credit and debit cards,
your vehicles, increase the security of your home.
THIS IS MEETING IS A FREE EVENT