Sunday, May 22, 2016


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Sharma’s Pay in Iowa
to be $172,000 Annually
According to the Raytown Times, City Administrator Mahesh Sharma will be earning $172,000 annually when he takes on a new position with Scott County, Iowa. Scott County is made up of the area commonly known as Quad Cities in Iowa. Bob Phillips of the Raytown Times reported the Quad Cities has a population of more than 380,000 souls.

A quick check shows Sharma is costing the City of Raytown in the neighborhood of $170,000 annually in base salary, payroll taxes, insurance benefits, car allowance and pension.

Which begs the question. Was Raytown, a city of 30,000 people, paying more than the position merits?

Animal Control Hours Inadequate
Speaking of working hours – someone should take a hard look at the hours of operation of Animal Control. As it stand now, those in charge of Animal Control work Monday through Friday, eight hours a day.

The problem is, animal control issues are not a “nine to five” problem.

It would be interesting to see if the city tracks complaints on Animal Control issues. We would bet dollars to donuts that most of the problems with animals occur in the later afternoon and evening during the week, probably with an increase in violations on the weekend.

Should the city look into more flexible hours?

Probably not a bad idea . . . it certainly deserves some consideration.

An interesting footnote to the working hour of animal control is that a fee schedule for animal licenses was established when the current Animal Control Ordinance was adopted about ten years ago. The dog and cat license was earmarked to fund weekend and late summer time hours for staffing animal control.

The city eliminated the extended hours a couple years after for “budgetary reasons”.

Changes in Upper Ranks
Presents an Opportunity
Talk among some members of the Board of Aldermen is the fact they may be on their way to a unique situation. The recent turnover of three department heads gives them a chance to re-build day to day management procedures at City Hall.

Can improvements be made in the day to day operation at City Hall? No one will know unless the Mayor and Board step up and meet the challenge. It is an opportunity that should not be wasted.

The ball is in the City Council’s court.  Let’s see what they do with it.

There has been some pretty contentious talk coming from certain corners of the media in Raytown as of late. Former Ward 1 Alderman Joe Creamer has apparently earned himself a permanent position as an official letter writer for the Raytown Times.

Perhaps a collection of his recent epistles could be gathered up and published in book form. The “Collected Thoughts of the Creamer” would no doubt be a slim volume. If it ever made into the library it would would be found under the Fiction section!

But his writings do illustrate the thoughts of a small group of public figures aptly named “The Three Amigos”. You can bet your bottom dollar the continuing noise from Battagler, Aziere, Creamer and their followers will continue.

Greg told me of another time of political upheaval in Raytown.

The issue was a proposed Park Sales Tax. The campaigns for and against the tax had become personal and brutal.

The late owner of the Raytown Post, Lee Gray, who – uncharacteristically – had stayed out of the fight on the issue, gave a speech at a meeting of the Board of Aldermen.

Some individuals on the pro tax side of the argument had tried to claim the “high road” of the campaign by smearing the anti-tax group in a very unflattering light.

Lee Gray responded to their tactics by pointing out a few of the dirty tricks the pro tax faction had pulled.

He went on to remind everyone the following Tuesday was election day. He added, “at the end of that day, one side will win, one side will lose – and the next day the sun will still rise.”

His point was well taken. It is time those chronic complainers, and this is not limited to The Three Amigos, remember it is time to look forward, not backward.

The Paul Livius Report
Raytown Board of Aldermen Meeting – May 17, 2016

Movies in the Park will begin at Kenagy Park on Friday, May 20 with “Big Hero.”  The Raytown Art and Music Festival with “The Liverpool” will be at Kenagy Park on August 27.

Phillip Candeisher told the Board the house next door to him has in in ground pool that the bank covered with a wooden cover.  The cover is gone and the mosquitos are terrible.  He said he called the Codes Department and they said they know about the problem but nothing ever gets done. 

There are also several junk cars in the driveway without plates.  Mayor McDonough took information on the address of the problem property.

The Board heard the first and second reading of an ordinance granting a change in zoning from Highway Corridor Commercial District to Low Density Residential.  The property owner, Vicki Dunham, said she had proposed the property be rezoned is located at 6812 and 6816 Hunter Avenue and contains two separate houses.

The rezoning is being sought as the property owner is trying to sell the single family dwellings on the property. Potential purchasers, however, cannot get the necessary financing to do so until they are zoned to match their use and each dwelling is located on its own parcel.  Alderman Meyers made a motion for the Board to hear the second reading Tuesday.  The ordinance passed.

The Board heard the first reading of an ordinance granting a conditional use permit subject to certain conditions to allow a tow lot at 6218 Arlington Avenue.  DeAndre Briscoe, serving as the agent on behalf of the property owner, Commercial Shops and Garages, LLC, is seeking approval of a Conditional Use Permit application to allow a vehicle tow lot to operate at 6218 Arlington Ave.

There is an existing auto repair business on the subject address known as Hemi Auto that would continue to operate at this location as well. The subject property is zoned Neighborhood Commercial.  The Planning & Zoning Commission, by a vote of 5 in favor and 0 against, is recommending approval of the application subject to the following conditions:

1. The applicant shall submit a site plan to staff indicating the location on the property where towed vehicles will be parked or stored.

2. A six foot high pvc/vinyl privacy fence with a white or earth tone color shall be constructed along the side and rear property lines so as to screen towed vehicles on the property from view from adjoining properties to the south, west and north.

3. Any inoperable, dismantled, or damaged vehicle shall be stored or placed behind the required solid pvc/vinyl fence and shall not be located closer than 110 feet from the edge of the street pavement.

The Board heard the first reading of an ordinance granting a conditional use permit subject to certain conditions to allow a fueling station at 6709 Raytown Road.  James Sullivan with Sullivan Palmer Architects on behalf of the property owner, Aim Investments, LLC, is seeking approval of a conditional use permit application that proposes to allow a vehicle fueling station at 6709 Raytown Road, which is on the northeast corner of Raytown Road and 67th Street.

The property is zoned Neighborhood Commercial (NC). The applicant is seeking the conditional use permit as they want to tear down the existing building at 6709 Raytown Road and install gas pumps and construct a canopy on the property.

The applicant also owns the adjoining property to the east of the subject property. The existing building on the abutting property to the east would be remodeled into the convenience store building. The Planning and Zoning Commission, by a vote of 5 in favor and 0 against, is recommending approval of the application subject to the following conditions:

1. The trash enclosure shall be rotated so that the gates and opening face the parking lot and not the street in order to enable a trash truck more direct access to the trash container.

2. The exterior appearance of the trash enclosure shall match the exterior appearance of the building addition.

3. Landscaping consisting of shrubs need to be planted along the south and east sides of the trash enclosure to help screen it. As a result, the curb line of the parking lot adjacent to the trash enclosure is to be changed so that the curb line on the east side of the parking lot aligns with the opening of the trash enclosure, rather than with the back of the trash enclosure.

4. The type and size of the shrubs at the time of planting need to be submitted for review and approval by staff to ensure compliance with the City’s adopted landscape standards.

5. The parking space located near the monument sign shall be removed.

6. Building elevation drawings for the existing building, the proposed building addition and proposed canopy shall be submitted for staff review and approval.

7. The exterior material of the building addition shall be indicated and shall match the exterior material and color of the remainder of the building.

 8. A sidewalk conforming with adopted city standards shall be constructed / provided along both Raytown Road and 67th Street.

Carol Hinsley told the Board she was representing Mid-American Laminating.  They received a letter saying there will be rezoning at 67th and Raytown Road.She was opposed to this rezoning.  Raytown doesn’t need any more convenience stores in this area.  She said Raytown has valuable real estate and asked why the city is giving it away.  There are Dollar Stores up the wazoo.Smoke shops, tattoo parlors, and gas stations are all over the place.  When Cerner gets here, there will be somewhere around 34,000 employees.The Board needs to look to what they will need.  They won’t need more gas stations.  They need grocery store and restaurants.  She asked the Board to look ahead. 

The Board heard the first reading of an ordinance approving the final plat of Vishnani subdivision, a subdivision in the city of Raytown,. Sameer Vishnani with Aim Investments, LLC and owner of Cloud 9 Convenience and Liquor, is seeking approval of the Final Plat of Vishnani Subdivision.

The final plat proposed to combine three properties located at the northeast corner of E 67th St. and Raytown Road into one lot. The lots contain two existing commercial building, both of which are owned by the applicant. The final plat is proposed as the applicant is seeking to consolidate the properties so that they may demolish the western-most commercial building and install a fueling station with pumps and a canopy.

The use of the fueling station and canopy will require a Conditional Use Permit, which is also on the agenda for the May 17, 2016 Board of Aldermen meeting agenda. The existing building on the existing east lot will be renovated and converted into the convenience store building.

The Board passed an agreement with Allen, Gibbs and Houlik for accounting services in an amount not to exceed $50,000. Over the past several years the annual audit has identified areas for improvement in the Finance Department. The staff has made significant improvements in these areas through the utilization of outside services. The City has utilized AGH for the past three years for other accounting services when short staffed and most recently to help complete a procedural manual for all accounting processes.

This has allowed AGH’s staff to become familiar with city processes and the City software. Staff would like to ask for approval of additional budget authority in the amount of $35,000.00 and permission to continue utilizing the professional services of AGH to work on the items identified in the audit as well as general accounting assistance.

Staff has been very happy with the services provided by AGH as well as the expertise and resources they offer in addition to the onsite staff person. Staff originally budgeted for up to $15,000.00 for this service but as we are progressing realize that we will benefit from additional services. This is an hour by hour arrangement which requires no formal contract as the City can decide to extend or terminate services at any time.

The Board  approved an agreement with Independent Salt Company for the purchase of salt for the purpose of treating roads and bridges in inclement weather. The City of Raytown staff advertised salt supply bids for the 2016-2017 winter season. Salt bids must be put out in the spring due to supply allocation procedures practiced throughout the industry.

The bid was advertised in the newspaper, on our web page, and via e-mail and phone correspondence with known salt companies in the mid-west area. Bid information was sent to six companies, and four submitted responses including two no-bids. Bids were opened on May 6, 2016, and the low bid was from Independent Salt Company in the amount of $50,232.00 at a unit price of $62.79 per ton. Purchases will not occur until the 2016-17 fiscal year.

The Board  approved an agreement with Wiedenmann, Inc. for an emergency repair project to the sanitary sewer main located at the intersection of 82nd Street and Harvard Avenue in an amount not to exceed $14,285.00. During routine inspection of the sanitary sewer line, Public Works staff identified an offset in the sanitary line between manhole WOS-124 and WOS-127 which is at the intersection of 82nd Street and Harvard Avenue. The offset bears a significant risk for backups in the line. The recommended repair is to remove and replace approximately 40 feet of pipe to correct the offset alignment.

The Board approved an agreement with Wiedenmann, Inc. for an emergency repair project to the sanitary sewer main located near 11605 62nd Terrace in an amount not to exceed $13,702.  While responding to a back-up call, Public Works staff identified a partial blockage between the manholes of WDC-112 and WDC-111 near the address of 11605 E. 62nd Terrace. Upon video inspection of the blockage, it was found that there was a loss of pipe at the private line connection. The recommended repair is a point repair at the location of the pipe loss.

The Board approved an agreement with Wiedenmann, Inc. for an emergency repair project to the sanitary sewer main located near 8310 Sterling Avenue in an amount not to exceed $12,945.  During routine inspection, Public Works staff identified a significant cracking and loss of pipe between the manholes of 87S-442 and 87S-440 near the address of 8310 Sterling. The recommended repair is to remove and replace the cracked pipe in accordance with Raytown Standards.

The Board passed a resolution authorizing the expenditure of funds with National Streetscape Inc. for the Downtown Streetscape project for $1,157,679.57 and authorizing change order no. 1 in the amount of $50,000.00 for a total project amount not to exceed $1,207,679.57. On October 20, 2015, construction for the Downtown Streetscape project was approved by the Board of Aldermen. Staff requested approval for the exact bid amount of $1,107,869.57; the board also approved the construction of the three add alternates in the amount of $49,810.00 for a total project cost of $1,157,679.57.

Construction began on March 28, 2016. During the construction, change orders needs have been identified. As a means to expedite the approval process, staff is requesting additional purchasing authority as to minimize delay in the project progress and impact on businesses.

Change orders are often anticipated to be approximately 10% of the total project budget. The five pending change orders are 1.37% of the project bid and the total requested amount is 4.26% of the bid. The current change orders totaling $16,894 are:

$2,800 Demo pipe to 24” below grade / $2,355 Additional surveying /$5,600 Arrow Board for traffic control / $ 730 Ten (10) additional stop signs / $5,409 15" RCP at 10004 E. 63rd Street.

The Board passed an ordinance providing for submission of a proposal to discontinue application and collection of the local sales tax on the titling of motor vehicles, trailers, boats, and outboard motors that were purchased from a source other than a licensed Missouri dealer to the qualified voters of the city for their approval at the primary election called and to be held in the city on August 2, 2016. Municipalities have until November of 2016 to receive voter approval to continue to impose the local use tax on vehicles purchased by their residents from out-of-state vendors. Political subdivisions that had a use tax in place prior to July 6, 2013, need not get voter approval to continue to receive this revenue stream. All other municipalities must seek voter approval to continue to impose the local use tax on purchases of vehicles, trailers, and out-board motors from out-of-state or person-to-person sales.

Mark Loughry, Finance Director, presented the Board with information of the sales tax implemented by Peculiar, Mo to raise money for street maintenance. It was a multi-year process that required numerous attempts before final passage. The first month’s collections came in just under $13,000.00 which is more than they were estimating. Alderman Meyers pointed out the State requires the tax money be used only for street maintenance. 

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Vicky said...

When the aldermen increased Sharma's salary, they said (and they keep saying) it wasn't a pay raise. It was a salary adjustment to bring him in line with what other city administrators in the area were making. If he's going to be getting $170,000 salary in Iowa, then either the aldermen were lied to or he's being grossly underpaid in Iowa.

Anonymous said...

I find it hilarious this town believes anyone paid over $50k is untrustworthy and overly compensated. It's not the 1970's and $100k is NOT a lot of money for an executive position with budget and staff authority.

Like Sharma or not, but the constant fixation on the guy's pay is indicative of a community or faction of folks who seek to make themselves feel better by disparaging the value of someone else.

Sharma is on his way out. Bower is ancient history and many around here continue to focus on the past. LOOK FORWARD TO MOVE FORWARD.

Anonymous said...

It does get old hearing all the nonesense from The Raytown Times who seem to be mad because this new crew holds their friend accountable. It was even admitted in the paper by the editor that it was his good friend and that former city councilman. It sure does explain a lot.

Anonymous said...

To 7:21 am I say liar, liar pants on fire. I bet the Aldermen were lying to us. And I bet they pay next person as much as Mahesh was making.

Anonymous said...

"I find it hilarious this town believes anyone paid over $50k is untrustworthy and overly compensated. It's not the 1970's and $100k is NOT a lot of money for an executive position with budget and staff authority.

Like Sharma or not, but the constant fixation on the guy's pay is indicative of a community or faction of folks who seek to make themselves feel better by disparaging the value of someone else."

You may find it hilarious but I do not hear anybody laughing. Let's see. Sharma gets a $30,000 raise when the rest of city hall has their salaries frozen. Is that your idea of sound management. Overpaying someone is not a badge of honor. It is a sign of stupidity and weakness. The folks over in Lee's Summit are learning this about their soon to be gone "highest paid school superintendent" in the state.

I certainly hope the Board of Aldermen learn from the mistakes of the past. It is clear the writer of the 9:14 a.m. post has not learned anything.

Anonymous said...

Yes it is time to move forward! I'm ready and looks like some people are as well. So Bower is gone Sharma is gone now on to new business

Anonymous said...

I recently saw in the news that Overtime is costing over Government entities, law enforcement agencies, a lot of money. It made me wonder if the same overtime pay problem exist in the Raytown Police Department. Perhaps Action 5 News can do a report on the City of Raytown Police Department regarding overtime pay. I know the Police Department receives the lion's share of the City's annual budget.

Anonymous said...

Doc Summers -

How are you coming on the petitions for the audit? Any idea when you might have enough signatures? A while back, the Doughnut Lady tried to get enough signatures for an audit. Have you asked if she will help collect signatures?

Sign me - This is taking too long

Anonymous said...

I saw a MINOR accident yesterday on Raytown Road and within minutes here comes the fire chief, fire truck, police and an ambulance. Total waste of tax payers money. All that was needed was the police and an ambulance. That is how the fire department gets such high numbers saying they are making all these calls. I think an audit of the fire department is needed.

Anonymous said...

There's more shady politics in schools than in government.

Anonymous said...

No kidding on the fire department. I live near a retirement home in Raytown and I see big pumper trucks rushing to a medical emergency at the facility all the time.

What the what? If there is no fire, then why dispatch a entire fire crew and large pumper truck???

Now that's a waste tax payer dollars and running the call numbers up and up!!!

KMCCLA said...

Anonymous of May 25, at 8:14 AM

You are full of something that they will not let me post here, but it is in the line of bovine solid waste matter.
It is obvious you have an axe to grind for some reason against the Fire District (it is not a fire department, but that is a fine line that most do not understand). It is also obvious that you have not idea on how emergency responders work, nor do you seem to care. If you took the time to educate yourself (I know that might be hard for you due to your diminished intellectual capacity), you just might learn something. First of all it is a matter of proto call, if an accident is called in, they just do not send the police and an ambulance, but fire is sent as first responders. They, may or may not be needed, but they have to respond just in case they are, and also just in case they get there first. The Chief responds, because he is the one in charge. Guess what, ever since this TV show, that debuted in 1972, called Emergency, it was able to prove that fire departments can provide EMS. When is first debuted, only 12 departments NATIONWIDE, where providing EMS. By 1982, over 60% of all Americans where with in five minutes of EMS, today it is closer to perhaps 90%. There is no reason for them to "increase " their numbers, or to somehow "pad" the numbers. There are things that are simply do out of the preponderance of safety as well. Some years ago, my mother fell, and needed help up. We called Raytown Fire -- non-emergency -- for a lift assist, there was no need for an ambulance. However, one was sent (non-emergency) just in case. It is better to have them there, just incase, instead of having to wait for one to respond. In the case you you saw, they where not needed, but what if they had been, and it took another 5-10 minutes for them to get there? Then you would be complaining on how long it took for them to get there, as someone was hurt, So do us all a favor, and drop this petty vendetta you have against the Raytown Fire Protection District, you are only making yourself look like a fool.

Mr. Kelly McClanahan / KCØKM
Raytown, MO

(and by the way, at least I have courage to sign my name, unlike you)

Peter said...

Thank you Kelly!! I live on a busy street and have seen what I ( as an unknowledgeable pedestrian ) would consider MINOR accident. Luckily it wasn't my call to make!!! As one wreak had somehow ruptured a crack in the gas tank of a car. Sure glad fire was along for the ride. Guess that's why The professionals in that field need to access the situation and NOT some unqualified pedestrian as many of us are.

Anonymous said...

When a 911 call comes out for a car accident how do you know what responders are needed. Most of the time I imagine the caller is from someone passing by who doesn't stop to see what's needed. If you were I a bad way would you want them to wait to see what's needed?

Anonymous said...

I see Randy Battagler has complained about the Raytown Report in his newspaper. How enlightening! I did not know he read this blog. He seems to be upset becuase people can post their thoughts here without fear of retribution. I think Greg and Paul do a good job of policing the comments and am glad they created the Raytown Report. More often than not they bring focus to issues SOME local newspapers would rather see swept under the carpet.

Welcome to the 21st Century Randy. Breath in the fresh air of open and honest thoughts.

Anonymous said...

At what point do the current Board of Alderman and Mayor either demand Jim Aziere resign or pass a censorship vote. His constant lies and irrelevant ramblings disguised as facts in his other Amigo's fictional Raytown Rag is pathetic. It is widely known that Aziere rarely if ever attends any of the Committee meetings or other community events that serve his constituents. Guy has tried more times than I can remember to gain the State Rep position with this time him being so desperate he has changed Political Parties. He reminds most people of the kid on the playground who doesn't get picked to play kickball and has to wait on the sidelines to get to play and just whines and moans. Hey Aziere if you are so upset and dissappointed with the current state of affairs at City Hall and the Board of Alderman, do everyone a favor including your constituents. GO AWAY... PLEASE....

Anonymous said...



Anonymous said...

Unless you're willing to do the job of any of those first responders, out in traffic no matter the weather conditions, you have no righ to criticize them about how they do their job. And I'd be willing to bet you wouldn't last a shift.

Anonymous said...

Somewhere I read a statement by the Mayor that a national search was being conducted for the City Administrator job. Can someone, anyone, post evidence or a link to this national search????? For that matter, how about job postings for the Community Development job, PIO job, Economic Development job or some supplemental role with public works as the current director is still learning apparently? Shouldn't a quick plan be cast to assure someone is overseeing codes/planning/animal control/econ dev/pub works/public communications/etc? The only thing that can occur with prolonged vacancies is the further downslide of City Government. Regardless of how anyone feels about the need for a City Admin, someone needs to be managing these currently or soon to be vacated roles.

Anonymous said...

Raytown peeps we are truly amongst greatness. We may very well be blessed with some of the greatest fictional authors 3 Amigo's (Battaglier, Aziere, Creamer) in recent Raytown history. A wing surely needs to be reserved at the Historical Society for the sheer amount of amazing untruths and head scratching baseless statements made by these 3. As if Spin Doctor Aziere's letter this week in the Raytown Rag wasn't full of enough bull butter, Randy Battaglier (Raytown Times) throws in his own recipe of fictional flavor into the smelly batch of Raging Bull. Randy is whining about the length of the last City Council meeting and states that discussion on just ONE of the 4 Zoning items lasts 1 1/2 hrs. Say What Amigo #1??? FACT CHECKING is something that needs to be done on a regular basis with these 3 stooges, so I went online (that's the internet Randy) and went to the City's Website and Council meeting video of the 5/17 mtg. Seems that ALL 4 Zoning agenda items totaled approximately 94 MINUTES... Yes all 4 items.. Not ONE item as stated by Mr. Fiction.. Take out approximately 30 minutes of presentation by staff and public comments and you have about 60 minutes of Board discussion on 4 items or average of 15 minutes per Zoning Agenda item. Seems reasonable and far from excessive as Amigo # 1 would want you to believe. Actually I think the 1 1/2 hr timeline Battaglier is referencing is the amount of time he obviously is sound asleep.... Wake Up Amigo's.....

Mitchell said...

Battaglier complained the city council took too long discussing one of the zoning items. Battaglier had probably gone home by then (he needs his beauty sleep. It might have seemed that long to Aziere, who fills in the blanks for Battaglier. If Randy's too old to stay for a whole meeting, you'd think he'd hire someone to do it for him. That way, he'd have ACCURATE stories to print.

Anonymous said...

Jim Aziere wrote one of his nasty attack letters in the Raytown Time this week. He blamed everything except last night's heavy rainstorm on the Board of Aldermen. Most interesting is his accusation of the Board for running off some of the most talented people to ever work in the City of Raytown.

Which is odd because I've read the stories in the paper when Sharma, Benson and Gustafason announced they were leaving for other jobs. Sharma and Benson issued press releases praising the City and the honor it was to serve in Raytown. I don't remember any press release from Gustafason.

None of them said they were leaving because of the City Council. None of them alleged micro-management.

Maybe Jim should go back and re-read the glowing stories those individuals gave. He owes those members of the council he slandered an apology.

Anonymous said...

Gustafson PIO Staff member (65k + benefits) was not a huge loss. She had a poor track record of not calling back the news outlets and was far from cordial in a position that required courtesy and professionalism. Anyone who ever had an opportunity to see former Raytown School District PIO Cathy Allie at work should easily recognize the skill set required to be a top flight representative and sounding source for your organization. I for one like that our Mayor who is very accessible from what I hear now serves as the go to person in regards to media questions. No more scrubbing & editing. If there is a comment avaliable nothing better than right from the top!!! Good or bad!!!

Anonymous said...

I believe one has to advertise for a company to get figures on what the cost is to do the search first. Once an agency is hired then the search. It's all part of the process!
That's how our company and most others do it anyway. So if he said it then sounds like the process has started even if the actual search hasn't yet.

Anonymous said...

Personally i think the Raytown Times, Joe Creamer and Jim Azeire are some embarassing folks. If you look bad on many things they actually contradict many of the things they have said or written in the past. These guys seem to be trying to cover up for something. Their affectation on attacking particular individuals on the city council is so obsessive it makes me question thier sanity. Very odd in deed.

Anonymous said...

I'm so tired of reading this blog and the post that are clearly from one of the Alderman's wife even though she will not sign her name.

The reason too may of us know who they are from is she not only likes to blog, but also goes around the city complaining about the same.

If her and her husband "Really" cared about the health and welfare of the citizens of Raytown they both would start doing positive things.

However these two would rather complain and blame everyone, but the alderman husband for his votes, comments and lack of action as an alderman.

When he ran him and her both talked about how codes enforcement would improve...Ha, ha.

When he ran him and her promised greater public services if the "public safety sales tax passed"... Ha, ha.

It is time to stop them both from making us their joke

It is time to not vote for anything either of these two are running for.

We all know just like she doesn't sign her name, we all still know who she and her husband are and the damage they have done to our city.

They comment too often about moving to Lee Summit, so I think we all need to ask "What are you waiting on"

SEC Case said...

Very intersting

Makes you wonder if Raytown could be next

Anonymous said...

SEC - Maybe. The finance director has already been accused of fraud from the last town where he worked. Maybe he's doing it here too

Anonymous said...

Yeah? Whatever they accused him of, he won a butt load of money AND cleared his reputation according to all the articles I read about him back when he came here

Anonymous said...

I hope you do not get what you wish for. The Finance Director in Basehor, who is now the Finance Director in Raytown, was dismissed from his job. He was not rehired. In the wake of his time in office the Mayor and two City Councilman were removed by a recall vote by the voters in Basehor. Please spare anyone from calling that some kind of a formula for success. As for the "buttload of money", just how much is that? Does it depend upon the size of the butt?

Given the amount of grief and turmoil of that job why would anyone continue to work in that field?

Anonymous said...

It appears Mr. Allan Thompson is more than a little confused.
Back in early 2015, he just couldn't contain himself on why we didn't need a charter form of government.

Now he is acting more like we have a charter form of government with his demands around us having a city administrator and the corresponding requirements he wants.

The truth of the matter is in April of 2015 Mr. Allan Thompson and his good friend Jim Aziere got their wish and Raytown remains a 4th class city and under a 4th class city a city administrator is NOT required.
Unlike Mr. Allan Thompson or his friend Jim Aziere I support this with sections 77.042 to 77.048 of the MO state statues that doesn't mention anything about being required.

77.044. 2 brings into question if Jim Aziere and fellow uneducated fools on the Board of Alderman ever, put into or updated by ordnance the salary for this unneeded and extremely costly position.

The best part of 77.44.2 is and shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority. To me this means his contract and the piece about couldn't be removed accept for cause was illegal as it CANNOT supersede state law, which is what the state statues are.

With that said Jim Aziere and his board wonder why "We the People" question all the actions at city hall and believe the only way to the truth is supporting those who WANT a state audit.