Charter Meetings to be Broadcast on Raytown Government 7
What is seen as a small victory for the Raytown Charter Commission came to light this week when it was announced the City of Raytown will re-broadcast meetings of the Raytown Charter Commission.
At the Charter Commission’s first meeting a majority of the Commissioners approved the recording and re-broadcasting of the meetings on the City’s Government Channel 7.
Only one Commissioner, Charlotte Melson, voted against the motion to approve the re-broadcasting. Melson is also a member of Raytown Board of Aldermen. City Hall re-broadcasts all meetings of the Board of Aldermen.
According to a memo from City Clerk Teresa Henry “The charter meetings are rebroadcast immediately after the rebroadcast BOA meetings, which are aired . . . .”
- Monday and Wednesday at 7:00 in the evening
- Tuesday and Thursday at 10am in the morning
Down Memory Lane . . .
Raytown Government Channel is available on the Comcast Channel 7. U-Verse and Google do not provide the service.
When the original contract for cable television was awarded in Raytown (then) Alderman Garth Bare and Greg Walters convinced the Board of Aldermen to make the creation of the government channel as a part of the conditions for rewarding the license.
The City could re-negotiate its licensing with U-Verse and Google. Part of the agreement in effect with Google is free connection with municipal owned facilities. It is conceivable that the service could be expanded. By doing so Raytown would join a growing list of area cities that offer coverage of local government on multiple networks.
The Paul Livius Report
|BY PAUL LIVIUS|
Raytown Board of Aldermen Meeting – May 6, 2014
Mayor Bower made the following proclamations:
Recognizing May 2014 as Bike Month
RecognizingMay 18-24, 2014 as Emergency Medical Services Week
RecognizingMay 18-24, 2014 as Public Works Week
RecognizingMay 16, 2014 as Raytown Night at the Royals
RecognizingMay 2014 as Older Americans Month
Thanking Alderman Bill Van Buskirk as 2013-2014 Mayor Pro Tem
The City Clerk administrated the Oath of Office to Officers Freeland and Pack.
The Board passed a resolution approving the appointment of Alyse Stoll, Linda Swinney, Mary Jane van Buskirk, Kristina Peters,and Elizabeth Clayton to the Council on Aging.
City Clerk Teresa Henry asked for a motion and vote to accept the April 8, 2014 General MunicipalElection results as certified by the Jackson County Election Board for continuing to imposean existing sales tax of 1/2 cent for Transportation purposes for a term of tenyears, for continuing to impose an existing sales tax of 3/8 cent forCapital Improvements for a term of ten years and shall a Commission be chosen toframe a Charter along with Charter Commissioners. The Jackson County Election Board certified the results and approvaland acceptance of their certification is a formality.
The Board appointed Steve Mock to the position of acting president for a term of one year.
The Board passed a resolution establishing the rates for employee medical and dental insurance. The City has received the rate increases from Midwest Public Risk (MPR).
The City currently offers three types of coverage: Employee, Tier 2, and Family. Eachplan type has three options: HMO, Cigna Open Access 750 (PPO B) and Choice Fund
1500. The Choice Fund 1500, a high-deductible plan with associated Health Savings
Account (HSA), was added last year and proved quite popular. The average increasefor each coverage type is 5%, with the HMO increasing 5.3%, PPO (B) increasing 6.9%and Choice Fund 1500 increasing 3.0%.
Due to rising premiums and decreasing enrollment, MPR eliminated the Cigna Open
Access 500 (PPO A) plan that was offered in previous years. We anticipate employeescurrently enrolled in PPO A will change to either PPO B or the Choice Fund 1500.
Attached are four proposals to fund health insurance from July 2014 to June 2015. The
City currently pays 94.5% of the HMO plan. Any employee choosing this coverage who
utilizes a more expensive option would pay the difference. The City currently pays
about 70% of the HMO plan for both Tier 2 and Family coverage. Any employeechoosing this coverage who utilizes a more expensive option would pay the difference.
All four proposals would fall within current budgetary amounts.
Option 1 is to retain City participation at the same rate structure and then share the
increase in premiums proportionately. The City would see an increase of approximately
$1,930.54 for 24 payrolls. This is the recommended option from management. Thisoption would fall within current budgetary amounts.
Option 2 is to reduce the City contribution by 2.0% and then share the increase in
premiums proportionately. The City would see an increase of approximately $1,330.88
for 24 payrolls. This option would fall within current budgetary amounts.
Option 3 is for the employee to pick up 100% of the increase in premiums. The City
would see no increase in premiums. This option would fall within current budgetaryamounts. For more information on the rates, please go to Health/Dental Schedule, starting on page 45.
The Board passed a resolution amending the budget related toCharter commission expenses. TeresaHenry told the Board that on April 8, 2014, the majority of the electors voted affirmative to the question of “Shall acommission be chosen to frame a Charter?” In accordance with the Missouri Constitution, Article VI,Local Government, Section 19, “All necessary expense of the Commission shall be paid by thecity”; therefore, it is necessary to amend the fiscal year 2013-2014 budget to include expensesincurred by the Charter Commission. She said she was asking the Board to approve a resolution allocating $10,000 for Charter Commission expenses. Alderman Ertz made the motion to accept the resolution, saying it was a necessary expense. Alderman Creamer said the amount is ok, but he wanted to amend the resolution. He said with the last Charter Commission, one individual ran up a large sum of money in attorney fees. He wanted the Charter Commission to be required to come back and report their financial expenditures to the Board and he wanted only one person be the “go-to” person for contacting the attorney. Alderman Ertz said he liked the idea but didn’t accept the amendment. He didn’t think it is the Board’s job to say how the Charter Commission is run. Alderman Creamer said they had one individual who ran up $35,000 in legal bills. The Mayor said they couldn’t re-hash what happened several years ago. He said the motion maker (Mr. Ertz) did not accept the amendment. He asked if there was a second to Mr. Creamer’s amendment. When there was none, the Mayor declared the amendment dead. Alderman Jason Greene said he agreed with Alderman Creamer that there should be oversight of Charter Commission expenses. He pointed out State Statutes concerning independent committees and commissions are that they will have to decide their own procedures in their by-laws. Alderman Creamer said at the first Charter Commission meeting, there was a lot of talk about televising the meetings, creating a website, and other ways to spend taxpayer money.
The Board passed a resolution approving the purchase of a Polaris Ranger from Freedom Cycles and related equipment from American Equipment Company. Andy Noll told the Board the Public Works staff has identified that a utility vehicle, also known as a UTV,such as a Polaris Ranger would allow more efficient operations. The UTV will help PublicWorks be more efficient and effective in the following activities:
1. Bicycle and Pedestrian trail maintenance and snow removal.
2. Downtown area snow removal.
3. Weed spraying along major arterials.
4. Sanitary sewer maintenance along creeks and other rough terrain areas.
Public Works staff has researched the requirements and has received bids for a UTV and
necessary equipment to accomplish the listed activities. Public Works solicited and receivedbids for the UTV prior to requesting concurrence from the Sales Tax Oversight Committee thatthe expense met the intent of the sales tax. The low bid at the time was from Polaris, Incutilizing a cooperative contract. Since the Sales Tax Oversight Committee meeting anadditional quote was received from Freedom Cycles, Inc and the quote was less expensive thanany of the previous quotes and included an extended warranty. The cost of the UTV utilizingthe Polaris, Inc cooperative contract was $19,671.00 and the cost utilizing the Freedom Cycles,Inc quote is $19,238.26.
The Board then moved into closed session.
|BY GREG WALTERS|
Michael Downing is an unsung hero.
Downing has taken on the burden of filming Board of Aldermen meetings and meetings of the Raytown Charter Commission. Mr. Downing does not charge for his services to the city.
TO VIEW HIS WORK USE THIS LINK: CHARTER VIDEO
Lisa Emerson, Secretary of the Charter Commission, has created a Charter website full of information about the Commission. Official minutes can be found on the site as well as the names, emails and phone numbers* of Charter Commission members. She is a true public servant.
TO VIEW THE SITE USE THIS LINK: CHARTER LINK
Paul Livius, who is responsible for the written report of the BOA meetings is another example of the spirit of volunteerism in Raytown. .Like Mr. Downing and Ms. Emerson, Paul is not compensated for his public service.
Perhaps you know someone who has stepped up in a unique way to demonstrate the true meaning of public service. Send your information to email@example.com and we will make certain they received the recognition they deserve.
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