-- BREAKING NEWS --
Raytown Main Street Association would like to announce that it is postponing the opening of Raytown Farmers’ Market until Thursday, May 29. In order to ensure a quality market we have decided to move the date to allow more growing time since many of our vendors do not have sufficient cool weather crops to bring to market.
We would also like to announce our new Community tents. These will allow for multiple small farmers to share a space under one tent for a nominal fee. We have listened to feedback from smaller farmers and have taken their input into consideration. We hope to see many more applications for these spots. They are available on a first come first serve basis.
We are always looking for more vendors, volunteers and entertainers, to fill the market season schedule. We hope the extra time will allow those interested to contact us at RaytownFarmersmarket@gmail.com.
Thank you for your support of the Raytown Farmers Market as we continue to grow.
|BY GREG WALTERS|
Two significant events are taking place this week in Raytown.
On Tuesday, April 29th at 6:30 p.m. the newly elected Raytown Charter Commission will be sworn into office at Raytown City Hall. This first meeting is expected to be a short one. Aside from the swearing in ceremony, officers will be chosen by the Commissioners. The only other item of business is to set the following meeting time and place.
The event is open to the public.
On Thursday, May 1st, Raytown’s Farmers Market will open up for business in Downtown Raytown. A wide variety of vendors will offer the freshest and finest locally grown produce, meat, farm products, handmade artisan crafts, canned goods, baked goods and more!
For more information, click on the Farmers Market ad to the right side of the page.
To Reach Out or Not to Reach Out . . .
THAT is the Question
Someone wrote to the blog portion of our website that it must be a “slow news week” in Raytown. Outside of a couple of bank robberies that took place mid-week, it would be an honest statement.
But there were some fireworks of a different sort being lit up in preparation of next Tuesday’s swearing in of victorious candidates for the Raytown Charter Commission.
More precisely, an exchange of letters between Charter Commissioner Elect (and Ward 3 Alderman) Charlotte Melson and Greg Walters was the tip of an iceberg of a debate that has the interest of more than just a few in Raytown.
At the heart of the debate is whether or not to televise meetings of the Raytown Charter Commission.
So rather than re-hash what was said, why not just print the letters?
Incidentally, the two letters had a pretty wide audience. Walters copied the message to a list of local politicians and city officials from a previous email from City Clerk Teresa Henry. Melson followed suit.
Paul and I talked it over and thought, why not share the messages with the rest of Raytown.
So without any further ado, here are the letters.
While I understand that you want to have the meeting televised, I would suggest contacting Michael Downing who has an interest in and the capabilities of taping the charter meetings and then placing it on a website(s) where it can be viewed by those who would like to see it. That way there would be no cost to the city for use of the equipment, staff to set up and run or any additional costs that might be incurred. Additionally, when the meeting minutes are posted they can include details on how to access the meeting tape. Also, these are public meetings thus anyone can come and view them live and in person. At the charter meeting it can be discussed what other media venues the tapings, minutes and financial reports could be distributed and accessed by the residents of Raytown.
Thank you for your reply.
I agree that it is a good idea to record the meetings and make them available to the public via You Tube. But let’s take a moment to reflect on whether or not that is enough.
This weekend or any time next week, particularly in the evening, I would suggest you take a trip up to the Raytown Library. You will see a large number of computer terminals being used by people who do not have the luxury of a personal computer to use at home. If you check with the librarian you will also find that there is generally a waiting list to use the terminals.
My point in this is that not everyone can easily access YouTube on the computer to watch a recording of a public meeting.
Unfortunately, that is not the only group of Raytowners who would be ignored by broadcasting only on You Tube.
A generation of Raytowners, our senior citizens, are not all computer savvy. However they all do know how to use a television. That is why it is important that we broadcast the Charter Commission meetings on the same channel that your City Council Meetings are broadcast. We could also re-broadcast the meetings on the same schedule that your City Council Meetings are re-broadcast.
Perhaps as a member of the Raytown Board of Aldermen you can add your voice to the request for broadcasting of the Charter Commission Meetings. As of this date I have not received a response from City Clerk Teresa Henry in my offer to make the broadcasting of the meetings a reality. No doubt, your voice, as a member of the Board of Aldermen, would be helpful.
As for the cost of the broadcasts . . . not to worry. The equipment is already paid for. I have personally observed and helped set up the video equipment in less than five minutes. It would be fair to say the cost is minimal.
I am sure you agree that we, as publicly elected officials, have much more to gain by reaching out to a broader audience than to limit the lines of communication to only those who own personal computers.
|BY PAUL LIVIUS|
Do you ever have a situation where you want to scream “time out!” After reading the exchange of letters between Greg and Charlotte Melson, I am having one of those moments.
The debate is whether or not to televise Raytown Charter meetings. I gave this a couple of minutes of serious reflection and believe I have found a simple solution.
First of all, you have to cut through the nonsense of Charlotte Melson’s wringing her hands over her perception of the “cost” of televising the meetings.
The honest answer . . . there is none. Consider the following:
- The equipment is already paid for – no additional cost to the city there.
- The personnel who run the equipment, city employees are paid whether or not they run the equipment – no additional cost there.
- Most Charter Commission meetings will be held in the evening – which could be a problem if it were not for the fact that six city personnel, four alderman (Greene, Emerson, Aziere and Melson) and two policemen (Bowman and McDonough) are on the Commission. So security of the equipment is not an issue.
So there you have it – problem solved, crisis averted!
Now, let’s get down to the real debate. Since we have exposed the bogus argument over cost to be fraudulent, what is the REAL debate?
It all comes down to whether or not you want have the meetings televised.
I think Greg’s point that we should reach out in every way possible is a valid argument. Hopefully, the other Charter members will find common ground and agree.
Those that do not see it that way should be honest about the situation. They really do not want the public to know what is going on.
We already have too much of that attitude at City Hall.
Let’s see if the Charter Commission will take a different path in their decision.
FIT BOTTOMED EATS
Chicken Cobbler Recipe
As promised, today we unveil one of Johnny Prep’s fabulous recipes from The Magic of Cooking with Really Good Broth.
While all of his recipes turned out fantabulous, his home-style chicken potpie with carrot cobbler topping made for one of those single-dish, comfort meals we all adore.
I had planned on taste-testing quite a few of Johnny’s recipes, so I first made his Rich Chicken Broth (the recipe is in his book) and saved what I didn’t use for later. (By the way, broth can be frozen for up to three months.) READ MORE
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