The November 4th General Election is just around the corner. Normally the interest in next April's Raytown City Election takes a back seat to the campaigns of the moment. Not so this year.
There are already two candidates who have announced their campaign for Mayor.
City Council Votes to Finance Re-Opening of SuperSplash
The Raytown City Council voted last Tuesday to finance the re-opening of SuperSplash for the Raytown Park Board. The vote passed by a margin of 7 (yes), 1 (no) and 2 (absent). Six “yes” votes were required for passage. Included in the package is $50,000 to help build a website for the Park Board.
|BY PAUL LIVIUS|
The Paul Livius Report
Raytown Board of Aldermen Meeting – October 23, 2014
The Board passed a resolution authorizing additional funds for Change order no. 2 with Linaweaver Construction for the White Oak West sanitary sewer improvement project not to exceed $53,130.50 for a total contract amount not to exceed $3,157,992.50. This change order will modify four existing line items to bring them up to field measured amounts, and add three line items for extra work needed to repair existing facilities within the project limits of the White Oak West Sanitary Sewer Project. The original contract amount was $3,091,952.00, Change Order #1 added an additional $12,910.00, and this Change will add an additional $53,130.50, and this will make the new contract amount $3,157,992.50.
Existing line item 7 is increased by 1,045 square yards. This brings the quantity to the final measured amount. This overrun is due to extending the overlay further on 83rd Street to the east and west to meet up with good pavement.
Existing line item 22 is increased by 3.5 vertical feet. This was needed to raise manhole lids along the creek to get the manhole lid well above the adjacent ground.
Existing line item 23 is increased by 3.0 vertical feet. This was needed to raise manhole lids along the reek to get the manhole lid well above the adjacent ground.
Existing line item 26 is increased by 4 each to reconnect 4 private sanitary sewer service lines that were inadvertently left off the plans to the newly installed City main.
New line item 38 is increased by 1 lump sum to relocate a water main that was in conflict with the new storm sewer system. This allowed the storm sewer system to still be installed per plan.
New line item 39 is increased by 1 lump sum to extend 2 private sanitary sewer service lines all the way across 83rd Street to the newly installed City main, these were also inadvertently left off the plans.
New line item 40 is increased by 62 linear feet to remove and replace the existing 15” diameter metal storm sewer pipe that had the bottom rusted out.
Contract working days are extended by 30 working days for weather delays on this Change Order.
Next month, there will be one final Change Order #3 that will bring all quantities to their final measured amounts. There will be some line items that increase and some that decrease, but this exact amount is not yet known.
The Board passed a resolution approving the emergency purchase of a traffic control box and components. The City of Raytown purchased this traffic control box and components, with installation on September 18, 2014. The existing control box was severely damaged in a traffic accident on that date. City staff was able to temporarily repair the controller to continue operations through the night; however, the damage to the controller was severe, and it compromised both the operation and the security of the traffic signals at Gregory Boulevard and Blue Ridge Boulevard.
The Board passed a resolution approving the execution of the First Amendment to the Contract for Housing Specialist Services with Builders Development Corporation (BDC) to perform housing specialist services for Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 and authorize expenditure in excess of $15,000.00. On April 19, 2011 Board of Aldermen approved an ordinance authorizing the execution of an agreement with Missouri Department of Economic Development for the City of Raytown to be the lead city in the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 (NSP3) grant in the amount of $1.25 million for the purpose of implementing programs focused on rehabbing or demolishing/rebuilding vacant and foreclosed homes or land in the target areas of Raytown, Grandview and Sugar Creek. Since that time all but a few thousand dollars of the $1.25 million grant funds have been expended. Additionally, to date, the $1.25 million NSP3 grant and the resulting project income has provided $1.7 million in housing rehab and new home construction. The grant funds, however, continue to provide project income from the sale of homes in the three cities. The project income is used to purchase additional homes for rehab or for demolition and construction of a new home and then resale, which then provides additional project income. The project income currently is considered to be part of the grant and, as such, is subject to the payment of administrative fees to Mid America Regional Council (MARC) and the State of Missouri Department of Economic Development. The proposed amendment would change future project income from being collected and paid to the City as part of the NSP3 grant program and instead paid to Builders Development Corporation (BDC) for use as part of the City’s Neighborhood Revitalization efforts in accordance with the contract the City of Raytown has with BDC, as approved by the Board of Aldermen on May 3, 2011.
This contract amendment closes out the existing NSP3 Program and removes the City out of the contractual process. This Contract Amendment is also consistent with recommendations from the Mid America Regional Council and as part of the recommended NSP Grant Program close-out procedures for audit requirements.
The Board passed a resolution approving the budget of the Parks and Recreation Department for fiscal year 2014-2015. This will allow Super Splash to remain open one more year. For the Park Board Budget, please click on PARK BOARD BUDGET and go to page 47.
The Board heard the first reading of an ordinance establishing the compensation for the office of mayor for the term beginning April 2015. The Elected Officials Compensation Committee was established by the Board of Aldermen to review the compensation for elected officials and make recommendations for adjustment. An elected official’s compensation must be set prior to a person taking office and compensation cannot change during the term of office, unless additional duties are added. Accordingly, any adjustment the Board of Aldermen deems appropriate must be made prior to the April 7, 2015 election. The recommendation of the Commission relative to the Mayor was to keep the monthly compensation at the current rate of $1,000.00 per month and increase the monthly car allowance from $200 per month to $250.00 per month.
The Board heard the first reading of an ordinance establishing the compensation for the office of city collector for the term beginning April, 2015. The Elected Officials Compensation Committee was established by the Board of Aldermen to review the Compensation for elected officials and make recommendations for adjustment. An elected official’s compensation must be set prior to a person taking office and compensation cannot change during the term of office, unless additional duties are added. Accordingly, any adjustment the Board of Aldermen deems appropriate must be made prior to the April 7, 2015 election. The recommendation of the Commission relative to the City Collector was to keep the monthly compensation at the current rate of $100.00 per month.
The Board heard the first reading of an ordinance establishing the compensation for the office of board of aldermen for the term beginning April 2015. The Elected Officials Compensation Committee was established by the Board of Aldermen to review the compensation for elected officials and make recommendations for adjustment. An elected official’s compensation must be set prior to a person taking office and compensation cannot change during the term of office, unless additional duties are added. Accordingly, any adjustment the Board of Aldermen deems appropriate must be made prior to the April 7, 2015 election. The recommendation of the Commission relative to the Board of Aldermen was to keep the monthly compensation at the current rate of $400.00 per month and to keep the monthly car allowance at the current rate of $50.00 per month.
The Board heard the first and second readings of an ordinance approving a contract for transit service with Kansas City Area Transportation Authority. This is a demand-response public transportation service that the City has provided under contract with the KCATA since April 2001. This is part of the contract with Walmart on 350 Highway. This system is integrated with the rest of the KCATA system. The service area extends beyond Raytown to make connections with the rest of the KCATA network to the north and to the south. The current hours of operation for the KCATA are from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM; and 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM, Monday through Friday with one bus. The proposed agreement would maintain that level of service at a cost of $56,840.00 which is within the budgeted amount. This contract will be for a 12-month period that mirrors the City’s budget year. The Board suspended the rules and heard both readings in the same night.
The Board heard the first and second readings of an ordinance authorizing the mayor to enter into an agreement with the Jackson County Land Trust for the demolition of buildings and other site improvements on property located at 9110 E. 69th Street and for the sharing in the cost of the demolition. The house has been vacant and is violation of the City’s property maintenance and building safety codes. As such, upon execution of the proposed agreement between the City and the Jackson County Land Trust will have the building and other improvements on the property, including but not limited to driveway, driveway approach, walkways, sanitary sewer connection, etc. demolished or removed. As provided in the agreement, the Jackson County Land Trust will provide $2,000.00 to the City to help pay for the cost of demolition. The City has obtained bids for the demolition and removal of the improvements on the property and low bid for the work was $5,700.00. Upon execution of the agreement with the Jackson County Land Trust and the contractor, the City will issue a notice to proceed to the demolition contractor. The property was acquired by the Jackson County Land Trust following the previous property owner’s default on payment of property taxes. Staff has spoken with the Jackson County Land Trust regarding the need to rebuild / repair the home or to demolish the house. However, the Jackson County Land Trust has stated that they do not have the funding available to undertake the improvements or demolition, but is able to contribute partial funding for the building’s demolition. City staff has also had Builders Development Corporation (BDC) look at the building for possible rehab; however, the existing condition of the building does not make it feasible for BDC to rehab the building and sell it to a new owner. Because the City has received complaints from neighbors about the condition of this property, staff is requesting a suspension of the rules so that demolition can be expedited and restoration of the property can be completed prior to winter.
At the end of the meeting, Alderman Ertz told the Board he would like to see the ordinance changed for Drug and Tobacco Paraphernalia. He said no one under the age of 18 should be allowed to enter tobacco shops and these establishments should not be allowed to sell drug and tobacco paraphernalia in the city limits.
Fall Soup and CraftsThe Friends of Rice Tremonti will hold its Annual Fall Soup and Crafts Sale on November 1st and 2nd from 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. The Rice Tremonti Home is located at 8801 East 66th Street.Plan to join us for a wonderful meal of Soup, cornbread, homemade pie and a beverage for only $7.00. After eating you can also browse the great selection of craft booths, for a little early holiday shopping.All proceeds will be used by the Friends of Rice-Tremonti for the ongoing preservation of the 1844 home.
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