The Raytown Fire Protection District will hold a public meeting on the status of the 350 Live (Walmart) TIF and its implications for Raytown’s future. The Mayor and Raytown Board of Aldermen have been invited to this public meeting.
The Fire District wishes to extend an invitation to any Raytowner who wishes to attend the meeting.
This meeting is a public forum. Questions and discussion from the public is encouraged and will be allowed.
Monday, June 6, 2016
Raytown Fire District Headquarters
6020 Raytown Trafficway
|BY GREG WALTERS|
AN OPPORTUNITY FOR
Those who travel 63rd Street have a ringside seat to view construction underway in Downtown Raytown. The long awaited City Streetscape upgrade in Downtown Raytown is moving along pretty much as scheduled.
With the new streetscape, the Raytown Main Street Association is hoping to upgrade their Annual Holiday Lighting event by installing low energy LED Christmas lights on the new trees, landscaping, pillars and the bridges leading into the Downtown. Their goal is to create a display worthy of a trip by Christmas Holilday enthusiasts to visit Downtown Raytown and to return the Downtown’s status as a nice showcase for local residents to enjoy.
LED low energy commercial lighting is quite expense. To help fund the cost of purchasing and installing the holiday decorations the Main Street Association is planning a Fundraising Auction on July 9th to pay for the new lighting.
"Our target is to raise $20,000 "from this event," said campaign chair former mayor Sue Frank. "We've had a wonderful response, people seem to really like the idea and it's something positive we can get behind together as a community."
The plan would also take advantage of the longevity of LED lighting by utilizing the lights for future events such as a summer festival.
To help raise the needed funds, Chris Payne, owner of the Raytown Plaza and many other properties in Raytown, has offered the group the former United Super / Sav-A-Lot grocery store space behind Wendy's at 63rd Street and Raytown Trafficway to help in providing a venue for the fundraiser.
The Raytown Main Street Association is selling 100 tickets for the evening of July 8th for a dinner at which time participants can have a sneak peak at the offerings of the benefit auction. Salvatore’s Italian Restaurant will be catering the event and Crane Brewery will be on hand to share their parings.
Tickets for the event cost $35.00 per person.
To learn more about the Dinner on Friday and the Auction on Saturday please call Sue Frank at 353-4400, April Harrington at 353-5700 or Pam Clark at 356-0515.
Or email to: firstname.lastname@example.orgTo donate items for the auction use this link AUCTION DONATION
|BY PAUL LIVIUS|
The Mouth that Roared
They were at it again this week. The three amigos fired another broadside at Michael McDonough and his Board of Aldermen.
Like an All Star Wrestling Event on television, this week’s tag went to Ward 2 Alderman Jim Aziere. He did not disappoint with his ramblings of horrific actions of the Mayor and the Raytown Board of Aldermen.
In the space of 8 1/4 column inches, Aziere continued the trip through a fantasyland of unfounded accusations and fibs that are the trademark of the Amigos. A sampling of which follows:
FIB #1: A plan to convert public works vehicles from gasoline to propane fuel is micro-managed by the Board.
THE TRUTH: Not so! The Public Works Department wanted to convert ALL vehicles to propane. Board members suggested not changing out vehicles slated to be retired within two years. Public Works agreed. The compromise position of outfitting only new vehicles for propane use was adopted.
FIB #2: The Board recommended cutting the Park Board Budget by 40%.
THE TRUTH: This is really an outrageous lie. Coming from Aziere makes it even more ridiculous. It was Jim Aziere who, in 2010, spearheaded the effort to divert tax dollars originally targeted for the Park Department towards Storm Sewer maintenance. The Mayor appointed a committee to review the situation. The committee, of which two members of the Board of Aldermen were appointed (Karen Black and Eric Teeman) recommended the Park Board receive over half of the funds collected from the sales tax to be earmarked for the Park Board.
FIB #3: Aziere wrote, “Staff members have been accused of lying, and have been treated as though they are not trustworthy and incapable of leaving their jobs”.
THE TRUTH: Okay Jim, you have proven you can talk the talk. Now walk the walk. Who accused who of lying? Who treated someone as though they were not trustworthy? Name the scoundrels – because such words and actions deserve to be punished. However, painting an entire city government with such a broad brush is a craven act. Pick up the fine brush and give us the details.
Without any specifics the mouth that roared is nothing more than the noise of unsubstantiated accusations.The public should accept Aziere’s thinly veiled attempt at character assassination for what it is . . . the ramblings of extreme partisanship.
The Mouth that Roared (part 2)
Another letter to find its way into the Raytown Times last week was from Allan Thompson. Mr. Thompson joins the three amigos (Randy Battagler, Joe Creamer and Jim Aziere) in their peculiar mix of sour grapes and politics.
Thompson wrote of the virtues of hiring a City Administrator and requiring him (or her) to NOT live within the city limits of the town they serve.
No point in selling Thompson’s argument, most of which is pure hyperbole and nonsense when compared to reality. The fact remains that all of the cities within the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area require their Administrator or City Manager to live within the city they serve.
Raytown’s city ordinance specifically requires residency. The Bower administration, took the route often used by President Obama. If you do not like a law, or a rule, ignore it. Make a proclamation through word or deed to nullify it.
Thompson’s argument for allowing a City Administrator or Manager to live outside the community reminds me of a story.
There once was a very proud mother watching her son marching in a parade. “Oh look!” she exclaimed, beaming with pride, “they are all out of step except for my Johnny!”