BREAKING NEWS . . . FROM KMBC NEWSKMBC's Micheal Mahoney reported that one person was in custody. Raytown police said they were called to the 10700 block of US 350 at 10:28 a.m. The victim was shot to death in a car. The superintendent said that neither the victim nor the person police have in custody have any connection to the district. READ MORE
BREAKING NEWS . . . FROM KSHB TV 41 ACTION NEWS
RAYTOWN, Mo. - An 8-year-old girl sustained non-life threatening injuries by broken glass in a drive-by shooting in Raytown on Monday. Police received a call to 86th and Stark around 2:15 p.m. Monday regarding a drive-by shooting.
According to police, the girl and her parents were inside their home during the shooting when someone drove by, firing six shots into the side and front windows.
Police located a vehicle that may be connected to the incident was located nearby.
One person has been taken into custody, but no charges have been filed.
The couple said they never had any enemies during the last 10 years they've lived in the neighborhood, but said the shooting could be related to an argument their 17-year-old son had with someone on Sunday night.
The incident is still under investigation. READ MORE
|BY GREG WALTERS|
A Bad Idea
All the talk in Raytown is about speculation of plans for the Green Space in Downtown Raytown. One of the stories coming out of City Hall is that the Mayor is proposing an annex to Raytown City Hall be built as part of the development.
It is a bad idea and should be put discarded by the Board of Aldermen so they can concentrate on serious proposals.
Why is it a bad idea?
First and foremost, it makes absolutely no economic sense.
City Hall is located at 10000 East 59th Street. It occupies property facing 59th Street. What most people are not aware of is that behind city hall is three acres of vacant land. The City of Raytown owns the three acre lot. It is more than enough room to triple the size of the current structure.
It is also without access to a public street. The only way to get to the vacant land is through the City Hall parking lot.
Another little known fact is that the land is also dedicated to one purpose, which is the use of the property for the purposes of a City Hall.
Many years ago, when the current City Hall was built, the homeowners to the east of the property were concerned there would be unfettered growth on the property. The Board of Aldermen agreed to a restriction on the use of the property for one purpose – that would be the use as City Hall.
What you have left is about four acres of land, one quarter of which is currently the location of Raytown City Hall. It sits on property that cannot be used for commercial purposes because there are no streets serving it. There is also the agreement with neighboring homeowners restricting the use of the property.
Mayor Bower is said to be in favor of using the city’s vacant green space to build an annex to City Hall.
A bad idea.
The land, already owned by the city at 10000 East 59th Street is available. Why not use it – IF – city hall really needs to be expanded. A question that is, to say the least, very debatable.
But the really bad part of this “bad idea” is that it takes land on the Green Space that could be use for commercial space . . . Land that could be developed to create tax revenue for the city.
The reality is that public buildings do not generate tax revenue. In fact, they do just the opposite. They consume tax revenue.
The Mayor’s plan makes does not make economic sense.
The Board of Aldermen should put this question to rest and then begin some serious discussion about development of the green space that makes economic sense.
From The Blog
There has been a lot of traffic on the blog this week about the plans for Downtown Raytown’s Green Space. A number of news related articles have surfaced in the wake of those posts. To read what other publications have said use one of the links below.
The Board has had a number of closed session meetings lately. It can be assumed the Board of Aldermen is aware of the articles. If not, they most certainly should be part of their discussions and deliberations. Special thanks to Elisa Breitenbach and Pat Casady for bringing
Bankruptcy Filing May End Condo Buyers' Chance of Recovering Money FROM WSOCTV.COM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The developers of an unfinished condo project in uptown Charlotte which filed for bankruptcy told Channel 9 Eyewitness News on Tuesday that people who paid down payments for homes may not get any of their money back.
Flaherty and Collins's Charlotte arm, Charlotte FC, was developing 210 Trade but it filed Chapter Seven. It has to sell what it can to pay as many people as it can. READ MORE
Orland Park officials say the proposed luxury apartment building, Ninety7Fifty on the Park, will boost the local economy and serve as an anchor to further development, but similar projects — albeit condominiums — by the hand-picked developer have flopped elsewhere.
Flaherty and Collins, the developer of the Echelon property in Matteson, has not completed the project or responded to resident complaints. READ MORE
Paul’s Rant BY PAUL LIVIUS
Several readers have commented on Flaherty and Collins history in other cities. I’ve seen several articles, but they only mention the bankruptcy by the North Carolina office. According to some of the reports Dunn and Bradstreet was supposed to report any bankruptcy in Flaherty and Collins history. Apparently they did a poor job of investigating Flaherty and Collins. That is D and B’s only job, looking at companies and knowing their financial situations.
Flaherty and Collins and the City both can (and probably will) claim that was only the Charlotte division and has nothing to do with Raytown.
Are they shady? Do they bilk the taxpayer? Perhaps.
Now – try to prove it will happen here. Good luck with that.
Personally, I could care less who the developer is. I want to know who will own the luxury apartments once they are built. I want to know who will lose the money if the apartments aren’t full.
Here’s the deal. There are luxury apartments in Downtown Kansas City. People live there because it is Downtown, has the Power and Light District, Sprint arena, and the theaters.
There are luxury apartments on the Plaza. People live there because it is the Plaza. There are lots of shops and restaurants, to say nothing of the views out the windows.
What will bring people to the luxury apartments in Raytown? All the fine dining? Maybe the theaters. Or, perhaps the panoramic views of the area. Maybe, just maybe, all the Chiefs and Royals fans will fight over these apartments so they can be closer to the stadium.
The proposal before the Board of Aldermen has many of the earmarks of another Walmart deal.
Will the Flaherty and Collins plan for Downtown Raytown set the town on fire financially or will the taxpayers get hosed?
Time will tell. Meanwhile, “good job” to those bloggers who are taking the time to dig out information the Board of Aldermen should know about in their deliberations. Those bloggers are doing the city a service.
A Truffle a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
I love when healthy and decadent cross paths. And it doesn’t happen all that often. Sure, there are a lot of foods that are good and good for you, but not many of them have the ability to make your eyes roll back in your head. There is only one food that can be described as: velvety, rich, creamy, melt in your mouth, dare I say downright orgasmic, and healthy. READ MORE
Why the City Charter and the Candidate You Choose to Elect to Charter Commissioner are Equally Important
|BY SUSAN DOLAN|
My name is Susan Dolan. A candidate for Charter Commissioner on the April 8, 2014 ballot, it has come to my attention that many in Raytown are unaware that a Charter for the city stands to be undertaken in the near future.
What is a Charter? Currently Raytown is a fourth-class city, limited by Missouri law. A City Charter is a constitution which affords protections under law that we do not currently enjoy and which we, ourselves, craft. Once written, it is put before the voters for their approval.
What can a Charter do for Raytown? The answer is as diverse as what the citizens feel is important and what the elected 13-member Charter Commission includes in it.
Equally as important as forming a Charter is who is elected to the Charter Commission (the group who writes the Charter). Each candidate's affiliations, educational, additional experience and knowledge as well as their attitude toward individual rights versus governmental control should warrant serious consideration on behalf of the voters.
It's the quality of this personal toolkit that shapes degree of each candidate's ability to benefit the working group of Charter Commissioners and ultimately, Raytown.
Here are some issues I feel are immensely important:
- Senior citizen's rights
- Balanced budget
- Protections of home ownership and private land use
- Safe schools and neighborhoods
- Open meetings
- Citizen Empowerment
A former corporate vice-president, and small business owner, I hold an honors degree in computer networking technologies with a minor in web design and administration. I am also a certified computer programmer. These fields require a strong ability to think logically, communicate well across diverse populations and effectively engage within groups. A student of law, I have won two court cases acting on my own behalf, overturned a Social Security Disability decision upon appeal and prevented the hostile attempt of a private party to impose unwarranted Guardianship and Financial Conservancy over a close relative.
In 2006, my husband I moved from Nebraska to Raytown, where we bought the home in which we hope to retire. We liked the proximity of Raytown to highways and interstates, but also that it's near undeveloped woods and public-use lakes. We also liked the fact that the city was small, quiet, devoid of big-box stores and cookie-cutter development and that the homes were on lots sized to afford privacy and additional uses, such as gardens.
Over the past seven years I've made it my business to study the history of our country's government in order to better understand the direction of our current state of affairs. During that time, my focus came to include local government. In the course of meeting and talking with more and more Raytown citizens, I came to learn that the folks of this historic small town believe in the promise of its' great revival. People want to be empowered to see that their true vision of the city they love and support with their tax dollars will come to fruition.
A Home Rule Charter will allow Raytown the flexibility to adapt to changes and not be locked down by Missouri law.
I am a public citizen with no political conflicts, not subject to any political influence and with no private agenda. With no faction politics and as a public-spirited person, I will work independently of outside influence to promote the public's interests. I will appreciate your vote on the April 8th ballot for Charter Commissioner and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
© Susan Dolan 2014
© Susan Dolan 2014