Sunday, November 27, 2016


To leave a comment use this link POST A COMMENT

Two weeks ago interim Raytown City Administrator Mark Loughry tendered his resignation.

His resignation came almost immediately after the Raytown Board of Aldermen loosened rules requiring the person serving as City Administrator reside within the corporate limits of City of Raytown.

Loughry has been hired as an Administrator in Leavenworth County. According to Loughry, the move is a lateral move, with compensation and responsibility being equal to those requirements in Raytown.

It is also important to note Loughry went to great lengths to say he was encouraged by the progress achieved in Raytown. He gave much of the credit to the hard work of the Board of Aldermen.

Unlike his predecessor, Mr. Loughry was leaving the city under amiable conditions. Many people believed, some even anticipated, that Loughry would soon be named to the post, once he shed the “interim” tag before his title at City Administrator.

In a letter to the Board of Aldermen Loughry wrote he was making the move to spend more time with his family.

No one can fault him for that.

It is interesting to note that Loughry’s home is located in Basehor, Kansas, which is located in Leavenworth County. Basehor is over a one hour daily commute to and from Raytown.

So here is the situation. Raytown has a lost a City Administrator who worked well with city officials. Progress was being made under his watch. The only part of the equation not working was he did not live here. Ultimately, his reason for leaving was a desire to spend more time with his family.

If ever there was a strong argument for the need of a City Administrator to live within the community, Mr. Loughry has given it.

For the formula to work properly . . . good working relations with elected officials = progress . . . the missing component is an Administrator who wants to put down roots and make Raytown their home.

The Board of Aldermen will now go about the task of searching for a replacement to fill the city’s top administrative post.

Let’s hope they see the importance of finding a person who will move to Raytown and become part of OUR community.

In December 2006 the newly built National World War I Museum opened to international acclaim. Ten years and more than 2 million visitors later, the Museum celebrates the 10-year anniversary. One of the world’s great museums, this Kansas City-area funded and national icon is saying “Thank you.”

Between Tuesday, Dec. 6 – Sunday, Dec. 11 the Museum offers free admission to the general public and an array of activities. To learn more about the programs offered during this unique week of celebration use the following link.

To leave a comment use this link POST A COMMENT


Anonymous said...

Why not call your Alderman and ask them for the information? They voted on it. You would think they would have had the documentation to base their decision on!?!

The comment about Mahesh Sharma requiring people to go through the Freedom of Information Act to get in public information is interesting. I suggest you call the Attorney General's office and tell them your story. If that same protocol is begin used in Raytown today improper and possibly illegal.

As for Sharma. Now you know why everyone loved and admired him soooooo much!

Anonymous said...

ok folks. Jim Aziere is really, really fond of telling us how he has been on the BOA for 28 years now. If Joe Creamer wants past information on spending in the police department, or any other department, for that matter, why doesn't he just ask Jim? The residents of Raytown been looking at the website and minutes and budgets for years and years. All Jim has to do is go back through his 28 years of budgets, agendas, and minutes. He should have several years' worth on his computer. So, as far as I'm concerned, the ball's in Jim's corner. Time for him to step up and back the words he printed in Randy's Rag a couple of weeks ago.

Anonymous said...

Sounds a lot like the old refrain...

"This is need to know"

"And you don't need to know"

Anonymous said...

You're right. Jim Aziere has been on the BOA a long time. Joe Creamer was on the BOA for at least 4 years, if not more. Both these guys have most of the information Randy needs for his rag. Why bother the fine, hard working employees at City Hall? Is it because both Jim and Joe are too lazy to look it up? Or, too disorganized to find their copies of the budget provided them by that same fine, hard working staff at City Hall? Either way, it begs the question, "Are either of these men qualified to represent the citizens of Raytown on the BOA?"

Anonymous said...

I just want to say thank you for posting the news story about the free event at the Liberty Memorial World War I Museum. I plan to take my grandchildren there. I have visited it before and look forward to seeing the new exhibits at the Museum. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I havent been paying attention to local politics until the last year or two so I feel like I have an "outside" perspective. All I know is from what I see from people like former councilman Cremer and current councilman Aziere along with the very poorly written Raytown Times is an utter embarrassment. It is completely embarrassing to our community that one of our "journalist" cannot write and treats his paper like a gossip session. It is embarrassing how councilman Aziere acts at the meetings (from the ones ive seen) and what he has written. It is completely embarrassing that you had a former ELECTED councilman who has drug and alcohol issues and clearly some psychological ones rant and rave about many problem he did NOTHING ABOUT as councilman.

These people do not give a DAMN about this community just their own ambitions and to attack people who disagree. We already have the sterotype of being the stepchild of the metro and these clowns are making it worse.

Anonymous said...

Randy should rename his paper and call it the "Raytown Inquirer". It's full of all the gossip, rumors and falsehoods as the National Inquirer. I heard he was asking people to pay for his paper. What a joke. They won't pay for the Eagle, which is 100% better, why would they pay for his.

Groucho K. Marx said...

Not to change the subject nor be a bearer of bad news- but Clark's Appliance store is on fire as of 10 pm Wednesday night.

KMCCLA said...

Just saw on the news, that a Raytown Institution -- Clarks Appliance Store -- is on fire. Let's hope for the best for them. They have been a part of Raytown for 60 years...

Andy Whiteman said...

Groucho, Thanks for the link to this sad news. I have never been in Clark's because I didn't buy appliances when I was in Raytown.
Andy Whiteman

KMCCLA said...

Truth be told, I cannot even remember when my parents have NOT, ever bought anything from them. All of our major appliances; washer, dryer, stove, fridge, dishwasher, freezer, garbage disposer, always have come from, and have been serviced by Clark's. It is hard to say, but I am almost in tears, on what happened.

KMCCLA said...


I will leave this to you discursion to post this or not, edit it as you wish.

Last Thursday, my sister took my nephew to the Emergency Room. For years, he has always had migraine headaches, but we never thought much about it. It was discovered that he had a brain tumor at the base of his brain. He was transported to Children's Mercy, and it was removed this past Tuesday. He is resting, and doing well, but it will be a long road to recovery. A gofundme page has been set up top help them --

Kelly McClanahan

Anonymous said...

Well I see that Joe "crazy" Creamer now has another forum to vent his BS venom against people! Raytown Unleashed, really? Why would you let this lunatic rave on and continue his veiled threats as he has done in your blog?
Thank you Raytown report for keeping your blog an open forum but having enough responsibility to not allow people to rave on and threaten!
Joe, as has been said, if you know of something illegal then take it to the Attorney General, otherwise shut the hell up.
You are hurting our city with your nonsense

Andy Whiteman said...

Go Fund Me link shared on Facebook by 123 others as well as myself myself. I pray for Jeramiah's speedy recovery,

Andy Whiteman