Sunday, October 20, 2013

RAYTOWN'S LEADING NEWS SOURCE



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-- 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.


PAUL LIVIUS
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: 


PAUL'S RANT
Aziere Raises Questions – 
Why the YES Vote?
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

A Lack of Protocol? BY GREG WALTERS

GREG WALTERS
Ward 3 Alderman Charlotte Melson is a veteran of the Raytown City Council. So it was no surprise when Mayor David Bower asked her to take on the role of Chairman of the EMS/FIRE Merger Discussion Committee. As the title suggests, the goal of the committee was to consider a proposal from the Raytown Fire District to merge the City’s ambulance service under control of the Fire District.

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.



FIT BOTTOMED EATS 
KAREN
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WEEK THREE
A Tale of Two CID’s . . .

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
9:00 A.M.
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

33 comments:

KMCCLA said...

Even though it is still a ways off, there will be a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Class in May of 2014 for then city of Raytown. The Raytown PD, and members of the Raytown Amateur Radio Club, will be holding classes at the Raytown Branch of the Mid Continent Library. More information is to come in the coming months.

Q: What is CERT?

A: The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. The About CERT section of this site gives you a complete description of CERT.
Q: How does CERT benefit the community?

A: People who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace. If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors or associates in their immediate area until help arrives. When help does arrive, CERTs provide useful information to responders and support their efforts, as directed, at the disaster site. CERT members can also assist with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community. CERTs have been used to distribute and/or install smoke alarms, replace smoke alarm batteries in the home of elderly, distribute disaster education material, provide services at special events, such as parades, sporting events, concerts and more.
The tentative schedule is as follows.

Monday 5/5 and Wednesday 5/7, 6:00-8:30
Monday 5/12 and Wednesday 5/14, 6:00-8:30
Tuesday 5/27 and Wednesday 5/28, 6:00-8:30

Contact information to come in the following months.

Anonymous said...

Well said Greg, based on the comments made by the EMS employee Megan we can assume this was a decision made by Doug Jonsi and Mahesh Sharma not the Board of Aldermen. Who better to decide if saving tax dollars is benifical than two guys who don't pay taxes in Raytown. Just chalk this up to another missed opertunity by the city council. I for one plan to tell the mayor how upset I am about this in April when I vote. Raytona Beach Bum

Anonymous said...

When is Charlotte up for election

Andy Whiteman said...

The phrase "Looking into it," was used at least twice in the weekly post. Obviously "Looking into it," means to do nothing. At least that is the meaning in Raytown. Any reasonable and prudent person would investigate and give serious consideration before spending $82,700! Mr. Boji was directed by the BOA to look into it and he did nothing. Maybe it is time to replace him! Actually the item NEVER should have passed until the future of Super Splash is decided. This could possibly be a waste of $82,700. That amount of money could put 2 and a fraction police officers onto the street.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

Raytona Beach Bum & 5:18 pm

You just don't get it, do you? If RFPD has their way, we lose. Study some more. This is no different than the KCFD/MAST merger which is still a mess. Does anybody learn from history anymore?
And, in addition, saving lives & homes/businesses is a city essential & NOT a place for our wasteful City Hall to regard as their personal hog trough to belly up to feed.
They've had plenty of our money to waste on pools, raises, TIFs, etc. They blew the street overlay money on what.. This gang doesn't need more money at the cost of saving lives and property! They'd jeopardize us and then blow the so-called savings on something stupid anyway. Their track record speaks for itself.
NO MERGER!

Anonymous said...

First it was the cops now the firemen Charlotte has a real problem emergency services. What's next the guys who clear snow? It's time for her to go

Anonymous said...

In April we should hand the Mayor two defeats, the first is to reject his sales tax renewal and the second is to replace his hand puppet Melson.

Sammy c said...

Made a response to a bloggers comment directed to me and even tho it was not brutal but informative and done in an adult fashion which was quite different from that hurled at me; it was not posted....... Hmmm makes you wonder about the mind games being played here.

Anonymous said...

It would appear that knowledge and answers are being held from the bloggers as one to another.... Shame on you administrator! The mind Is a terrible thing to waste

Editor said...

There was one post that was deleted by the editor because it was little more than a personal attack against another blogger (full of inuendo, name calling, etc.)

Sometimes bloggers mistakenly post on old strings. Each week we start a new string of comments specifically for that week. If you posted on one of those pages it would not have shown up where you meant for it to go.

If you will re-send the posts you are post them. Please refrain from name calling (i.e., "brown stuff on your nose", etc.) That type of conversation belongs in junior high school. Not on these pages.

Pat Casady said...

To, I'm just a regular old paramedic,
I really wasn’t questioning the finances of the EMT’s
service. I was wanting to know about the dispatching
from KCMO or even if that is what everybody has been
writing about. I talked to a fireman friend of mine and he
was against it, so I just wanted to have it explained in
simple terms.
Believe me when I say I happen to be very proud of
Raytown’s Police, EMT’s and Fire Departments. I think
it is wrong that every time this town is in a financial bind
they look at city services for cuts instead of looking into
what they (our leaders) have done to cause the problem
in the first place.
I feel I must also say, I’m so sorry Charlotte Melson
was appointed to a board with so much importance
as the EMS/FIRE Merger Discussion Committee.
I have always felt this alderman along with most others
was as sharp as a basketball.

Anonymous said...


What's really scary is that Ms. Melson feel she has all the qualities to be our next Mayor. And is considering running. She better figure out how to a committee meeting first. I feel sorry for the Fire District for putting so much time and efferot into the proposl. They deserve better treatment than what they got.

Andy Whiteman said...

9:55 PM, Why not replace the Mayor assuming the opposition isn't worse?
I think Greg should run for Mayor. Raytown deserves better than it has.


Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

10:31

You sure hit the nail on the head. There are a lot of smart people a city hall who know you are 100% right but do not have the guts to even talk out lout about it.

Such a sad, sad example of greed and putting oneself ahead of the public. It is exactly what is happening. Don't look for anyone a city hall to bring it up. Even though it would be honest, they would rather lie to themselves that talk real facts and numbers.

MeganEMTP said...

Thank you Pat, I appreciate your comments. I don't know ANY one on any of the emergency depts (fire, ems or police/dispatch) that is happy with the KCFD dispatching situation. Not a single person, and it's been... what, 6ish months? That's pretty telling.

Raytona Beach Bum, I am ALL for saving money. But not at the expense of the city's Emergency Medical Services. The Fire District certainly puts on the appearance of being forthcoming because they will just say whatever sounds good, but then they refuse to put it on paper or claim that they won't discuss certain things until it's a done deal. The whole thing was very uncomfortable and stressful. Perhaps Charlotte could have allowed for some more discussion, but personally, we are so relieved that it's over. You may disagree with me, but I'm just sure that the citizens are getting better service this way.

Megan

Andy Whiteman said...

If I was there, Charlotte Melson would have my vote. Assuming it was only her vs. Bower she is the better candidate. If there is another candidate running, my choice could change.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I do not think anyone is complaining so much about the EMS - Fire District Decision. It would have to be decided one way or the other. Somebody was bound to be unhappy about it.

it was the heavy-handed tactics used by Charlottee Melson that is unacceptable.

Not allowing peopple to speak at a public meeting? Laying down the decision without explanation.

Sounds like David Bower to me.

The two are cut from the same cloth.

What continues to amaze is how Bower is able to get others to do the heavy lifting for him.

We saw it with Walmart when Creamer got into trouble for denouncing private citizens from his seat on the Council.

Now you see Melson do the same thing.

Who is next? Ertz? VanBuskirk? Lightfoot?

Anonymous said...

Who else is there? Van Buskirk thinks too slow. Lightfoot isn't smart enough. Ertz is too smart. He's the only one with the backbone to say no to Bower. Aziere can't do it because there are too many people to run against him in his district. I guess that leaves Mock. Good luck with that.

Anonymous said...

I URGE EVERYONE TO VOTE NO ON 1

Anonymous said...

More taxes, nothing for Raytown...

Yes, I am sure the sheep of Raytown will all get out and vote for 1 than complain about the higher taxes and Raytown getting nothing.

Sheep are a simple animal

Anonymous said...

Dear Editor the post I am talking about had sites to court records and other governmental issues. It would of been on the previous string but did not appear. It was in response to a bloggers attack on me. I can assure you it did not call names as I was already called names by the blogger and just helped this blogger find the info they search for. I do know who says the brown nose stuff for they use that same line on other blogs and web sights..... Childish to say the least ! I tried searching my commuters history to find the comment; It may have not been sent as my computer crashed for a number if days

Editor said...

I do not remember deleting the message you have described. Though it is possible that it might have been removed. More than one person reviews the comments before they are posted.

It certainly does not sound offensive in any way at all and should have been posted. If you can give me the date it was sent (we get a LOT of comments) I can check to see if we have it. Comments are held for about two weeks before being automatically deleted.

Anonymous said...

Charlotte Melson should be censored by her peers for her performance at the council meeting last week. That was a clear abuse of power, she took all negotiations off the table before they were anywhere near completed. And did so without informing her committee or the Fire District in advance. What a pompus move on her part. She has made everyone sitting on that dias look bad for allowing it to happen. Just October 5th she sent out a memo trying to schedule a meeting of the committee. What happened during that time? What did she get from EMS in exchange for her actions? How did she come to this conclusion without a meeting? Sunshine violation? The Board needs to take quick swift action against Ms. Melsons actions otherwise you are simply condoning what she has done. So much for open and transparent government. That was so transparent that no one even saw it coming.

Anonymous said...

Charlottee Melson for Mayor! Just shoot me now!
If you think she couldn’t be worse than Barack O’Bower
you are sadly mistaken.
Any incumbent that is running for office should be voted
out! They have cost us enough. It’s time to get people
elected that won’t have the “Yes mayor anything you say
mayor” syndrome.

Anonymous said...

If the sales tax doesn't pass you won't have to worry about getting rid of the men who plow the streets, because there won't be any money to buy salt to put down on the streets or even plow them. You had better think about this before you open your mouth. Just sayin think before you blow off!!!

Anonymous said...

It started out innocently enough. I began to think at parties, now and then, just to loosen up. Inevitably, though, one thought led to another, and soon I was more than just a social thinker.

I began to think alone ---- "to relax," I told myself ---- but I knew it wasn't true. Thinking became more and more important to me, and finally I was thinking all the time. That was when things began to sour at home. One evening I turned off the TV and asked my wife about the meaning of life - and that night she went and spent the night at her mother's.

I began to think on the job. I knew that thinking and employment don't mix, but I couldn't help myself. I began to avoid friends at lunchtime so I could read Thoreau, Muir, Confucius and Kafka. I would return to the office all turned around, asking, "What is it exactly that we are doing here?"

One day the boss called me in. He said, "Listen, I like you, and it hurts me to say this, but your thinking has become a real problem. If you don't stop thinking on the job you'll have to find another job."

This gave me a lot to think about. I came home early after my conversation with the boss.

"Honey," I confessed, "I've been thinking...""I know you've been thinking," she said, "and I want a divorce!"

"But Hun, surely it's not that serious."

"It is serious," she said, lower lip a quiver. "You think as much as a philosopher and philosophers don't make any money, so if you keep on thinking, we won't have any money!"

"I think that's a faulty syllogism," I said impatiently. She exploded in tears of rage and frustration, but I was in no mood to deal with the emotional drama.

"I'm going to the library," I snarled as I stomped out the door. I headed for the library, in the mood for some Nietzsche. I roared into the parking lot with NPR on the radio and ran up to the big glass doors. They didn't open. The library was closed.

To this day, I believe that a Higher Power was looking out for me that night. Leaning on the glass door, a Thinkers Anonymous poster caught my eye. "Is heavy thinking ruining your life?" it asked.

This is why I am what I am today: a recovering thinker. I never miss a TA meeting. At each meeting we watch a non-educational video; last week it was "Porky's." Then we share experiences about how we avoided thinking since the last meeting.

I still have my job, and things are a lot better at home. Life just seemed easier, somehow, as soon as I stopped thinking.

I think the road to recovery is nearly complete for me. Today I took the final step.

I became a Raytown elected official!

Andy Whiteman said...

10:47 PM, I have had posts that did not appear in the past. I always wait after I click send and check the top of the blog entry page for a message that your post must be authorized by the administrator. That way I know it has been sent.

I have issues where send sometimes does not work on this blog and on email. Also I have to login to Google each time I post. If something goes awry in the login, the post is completely lost. Since a post can take me up to 30 minutes sometimes I rewrite, but sometimes I don't.

Andy Whiteman

Anonymous said...

At least the Fire Dept still requires their department heads to live in our fair city. Maybe the city should take a lesson. Raytona Beach Bum

Anonymous said...

To Anon October 23, 2013 at 8:16 AM,

I have checked and road salt was not listed in the scope of the transportation sales tax.

Anonymous said...

ToL October 23, 2013 at 8:16 AM

Don't even start with the sales tax. It isn't even due for renewal until 2014.

Anonymous said...

Don't support the medical sales tax. Please vote NO. If they want to start a business doing medical research, let them write a business plan and go to the bank for a loan, just like everyone else. Why do we have to pay to get there business up and running?

Anonymous said...

TO October 24, 2013 at 7:59 AM
You asked, "Compare Bower's hands-off approach on the ambulance/fire merger to his activism on the doomed Walmart Store downtown. If it is important to him he will wade neck deep into the swamp. The question we should all ask is why is Walmart so important to him and ambulance care is not?"
---------
Please re-read my post on October 18 @ 12:17 which explains why Walmart gets the preferential treatment.

Glass (former Walmart CEO, now owns KC Royals and is on KC Sports Authority Board --- think he might own some Walmart stock???? Walmart's atty. was Goss (also on KC Sports Authority Board) as was Bower? Goss is KC Sports Authority's atty. Bower - MARC Board Member. Walmart Foundation is big supporter of MARC. Both Walmart and MARC are supporters of ICLEI/Agenda21. White Goss makes a lot of money off Land Use and other cases that spin off of ICLEI/Agenda21. Dots are connected.

Anonymous said...

Oct 26 at 10:21 this same post was on the other thread as well but I see 2 words have been changed and I thx u