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The Raytown Report had one of those (hopefully) rare moments when technology failed us. But through perseverance and the help of some good friends we were able to bring our page back from the failings of the electronic age. Thank you to our readers who have been patient.
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A Story for our Times . . .
When Things Change?
Paul and I have been having an on-going debate about what I view as inertia at City Hall. He tells me to be patient. I point out has nothing has really changed at 59th and Raytown Road. Within the next few months we will all know which one of us is right.
The most recent event of significance was the April 7th Election.
Change should be coming. When five out of eleven elected officials are replaced in one election . . . let’s just say . . . it is a sure sign the voters were not endorsing the way things were.
Here are some areas to watch in the coming months.
STREET OVERLAY: The weather is getting warmer. Summer will soon be upon us and the city will be working to repair the ravages of winter and time on our local streets. Voters clearly showed their displeasure with the tar and gravel mixture named light aggregate seal. Let’s see if anyone at City Hall was listening. By the end of summer the answer will be clear.
Streets will either be repaired properly or they will not. There is not a lot of wiggle room on this one. The voters will be able to tell if their votes for change were effective by the method and material the uses to repair neighborhood streets.
It will be up to the ten Aldermen and Mayor who ultimately choose which method, light aggregate seal or asphalt is used to repair those streets.
RECYCLING: Raytown had a recycling program at one time. It was started during former Sue Frank’s administration. It met an inglorious end during Mayor David Bower’s administration. Will the Board of Aldermen pick up the pieces and begin again with what was truly a popular program with the people of Raytown.
Like the light aggregate seal, the decision to close down the city’s recycling center came during the Bower administration. Both decisions were a step in the wrong direction.
Will the McDonough administration continue the path chosen by the previous administration?
Paul tells me give them time. Allow them to re-prioritize what is important and choose their own path. I hope he is right.
Raytown needs a break from the past, not a continuation of poor decisions.
Word has reached the Raytown Report that the local money pit known as Super Splash has already had a cost over-run. This time it has to do with the repair of a water slide in the park.
The water slide is in place. The Park Board decided it was in need or repair. The company with the winning bid now says it will cost “X” amount of dollars more to repair it.
Was there something the contractor missed when he was in the competitive bid process?
Unfortunately, the current Super Splash dilemma is not unusual.
Check back on the old agendas. You will be amazed at the number of change orders issued by the city to contractors. The Super Splash story seems to be like so many other projects. Street projects that have thousands of dollars in change orders. It is the same story with many sewer projects.
We wonder . . . did a street or sewer line grow larger when no one was looking . . . did the Super Splash water slide change its size since the time it was competitively bid for repair?
From what we have heard, the money to make up for the shortage of funds for the repair of the Super Splash water slide will come from money that had been set aside for street lights.
This should be a wake-up call to the Board of Aldermen. You were elected to run our city, set the policy and make the decisions.
Here is their opportunity to show they are up to the task ahead of them.
Jennifer Pace is a retired ballerina and roller girl who has real-girl struggles to maintain her fitness and nutrition routine — even as she considers becoming a certified personal trainer. She has a B.S. in genetics from the University of Kansas and currently works as a research scientist in developmental biology. Jen enjoys travel, food and drink, reading and cuddling her numerous pets. This is the second time Jennifer is guest posting for us (check out her first post here) and today she’s sharing a few tips for all of us who have gotten to the gym and said to ourselves, “Now what the heck do I do?!” READ MORE