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|BY GREG WALTERS|
Creamer Ends Letter Writing Campaign
Former Ward 1 Alderman Joe Creamer announced last week he was ending an ongoing series of letters he has written to the Raytown Times. Creamer has been sending his missives to the Raytown Times since August of 2016.
In what appears to be an admission that he has become the focus of political campaigns for public office, Creamer wrote he wanted to “. . . give those running for office an opportunity to discuss with you the issues ahead for our community, not my personal life.”
It would take pages of type to list Creamer’s allegations of public wrong-doing since he began his letter writing campaign last August.
The letters were frequently disputed by some public officials who viewed his weekly missives as controversial and divisive. There is no doubt in my mind his weekly letters boosted the readership of the Raytown Times.
His last letter contained an allegation of sorts my partner, Paul Livius, and I disagree with.
Creamer wrote, “Everyone with a blog tries to control the narrative to support their agenda without allowing a differing view; they use insult and do it anonymously.”
Since the Raytown Report is the only publication that has a lively blog section attached to it, we assume his comments were pointed our way.
Creamer wrote his comment in such a way that it is an accusation that we do not sign what we write at the Raytown Report.
That is totally untrue. All of the commentary in the Raytown Report is signed by either Paul Livius or Greg Walters. Occasionally we will use other sources for breaking news. We always give credit to the author and source – typically, we link the breaking news item to website from which it was published.
On the rare occasions when either of us post on the blog portion of the Raytown Report, we sign those comments as well.
It is true the public is not required to sign their name when they post on our blog. We allow unsigned comments because we have found that many fear retribution or personal attack because of what they have to say. The success of the blog portion attests to the simple reality of the situation.
We screen every comment we receive on the blog portion of our page. We also reserve the right to remove those comments we find to be less than truthful, hateful or contain vulgarity.
In fact, before writing this story, I personally deleted one comment which I felt was below the belt from the blog. The target of that comment was Joe Creamer.
Mr. Creamer has written to our blog in the past. To his credit, he does sign his messages. The point here is we do allow differing views. He and all others are welcome to post on the blog portion of the Raytown Report at any time.
On a recent visit to Raytown’s premier donut shop, Doughboys, located at 63rd and Woodson, I found the following message . . . which is attributed as an “Old Gaelic Blessing”.
Candidate Falls, Breaks Foot
Ward 3 Alderman Janet Emerson fell and broke her foot Wednesday evening.
“I had just put up a yard sign,” said Emerson, “was returning to my car, and my foot got caught in a hole in the ground.”
She heard and audible “crack” and immediately knew something was wrong.
“My daughter, Lisa, took me to the hospital today,” she continued, “the x-rays show the arch of my right foot has been broken.”
Alderman Emerson is running for re-election in the April 4th General Election. Her opponent is Ryan Myers.
She is scheduled to see an orthopedic surgeon Monday, and is hopeful she can get by without surgery.
Either way, she intends to continue her campaign for re-election.
“I may have to campaign by phone, but I will definitely be continuing my campaign,” said Emerson.
|BY PAUL LIVIUS|
The Paul Livius Report
Raytown Board of Aldermen Meeting – February 21, 2017
The Board passed a resolution endorsing the reappointment of Tommy Bettis to the Planning & Zoning Commission.
The Board heard the first reading of an ordinance granting a conditional use permit subject to certain conditions to allow a vehicle repair and general establishment at 8832 E. 350 Highway. Edward Golden, on behalf of Green 350 Hwy Properties, LLC, is seeking a conditional use permit to operate a vehicle repair and general establishment at 8832 E 350 Highway, which is zoned Highway Corridor Commercial (HC). The previous use of the property was a gun store. The applicant plans to use the establishment for auto repair, small parts painting and plating. Raytown Code of Ordinances defines vehicle repair, general as “an establishment primarily engaged in painting of or bodywork to motor vehicles or heavy equipment. Typical uses include paint and body shops.” The applicant agrees all vehicles to be repaired or painted throughout the course of business will be stored indoors at all times while on the property Vehicles that are completely repaired, painted, and operable may be parked outside.
The Board heard the first reading of an ordinance amending Chapter 50 (zoning) of the code of ordinances for the purpose of updating zoning definitions in the zoning ordinances. As part of an ongoing review by city staff of the zoning ordinance (Chapter 50) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Raytown, staff has revised the definitions section of the ordinance in order for it to more closely match the land use table, zoning districts and overlays, and for the general purposes of greater clarity and understanding. Outside of the group homes definition, which was added by staff and approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission in December and January, respectively, no new definitions have been added to the ordinance.
The Board passed a resolution authorizing an additional expenditure in the amount of $2,000.00 to the purchase of a new ambulance conversion from Osage Ambulance/Emergency Services Supply and amending resolution R-2875-16 for a total amount not to exceed $111,575. On December 12, 2016, Osage Industries reported that the Ford chassis, which had been delivered to them, was of a 176-inch wheel base; whereas, the ambulance coach we had ordered from Osage was for a 159-inch wheel base. The options investigated for a solution to the problem included: replacing the incorrect chassis with one of correct length, shortening the chassis in Osage’s possession, and lengthening the coach. It was determined that the latter, lengthening the coach by means of a cab-extension, was the most economical and expeditious solution. Both Osage Industries and Dick Smith Ford are contributing toward this solution; Dick Smith Ford in the sum of $1,000.00 and Osage Industries by foregoing any markup on the fabrication of the cab extension. Please note that funds should be available, due to a savings of greater than $6,000.00 realized on our purchase of portable radios this year; also, please note that with the inclusion of the cab-extension, the total cost of the ambulance purchase remains just over $4,000.00 less than what was originally budgeted for the project.
The Board passed a resolution approving the purchase of three 2017 Ford police utility interceptors and one 2017 Ford expedition from Dick Smith Ford in an amount not to exceed $118,571.00. The Police and Public Works Departments annually evaluate the Vehicle Replacement Program to determine which vehicles are reaching the end of their life cycles. This year two marked patrol vehicles and two unmarked units are due to complete their service based on mileage, age and projected maintenance costs. Dick Smith participated in the Mid America Council of Public Procurement (MACPP) bid process and was awarded the bid contract for the PI Utility and Expedition vehicles.
The Board passed a resolution approving the purchase of a 2017 Ford F-250 truck from Dick Smith Ford in a total amount not to exceed $25,785.00 for fiscal year 2016-2017. The replacement of this vehicle is an end of life cycle replacement and it has been determined that purchasing a similar chassis and remounting of the existing animal control bed would be the most cost effective choice. The Ford chassis available from Dick Smith Ford is as close in dimension as made and is reasonably priced through the MACPP contract. The staff reviewed many options including a new body and remounting the existing body. The quality and condition of the current bed made it a good candidate for remounting with the replacement of the existing lower skirting and upgrading the emergency lighting with four corner strobes and directional arrow stick mounted to the rear of the body. The staff reviewed service providers including the original manufacturer in Texas and a local provider (American Equipment Company) in Kansas City, Kansas. The local provider proved to be the most cost effective and efficient method of providing the remounting service. The up-fit labor and materials from American Equipment Company will be in the amount of $4,295. The amount is within budgeted amounts; however, this expense does not require purchasing approval but is being presented for full disclosure.
The Board passed a resolution approving the expenditure of funds to Key Equipment & Supply Company for the purchase of an Envirosight Quick View Air HD camera system and related supplies off the national joint powers alliance cooperative contract in an amount not to exceed $20,000. The City of Raytown has over 200,000 feet of aging storm water pipeline that requires evaluation and monitoring to identify future maintenance and replacement projects. The pole camera system will provide the capability for sanitary sewer back up call investigations to be more precise and allow for the inspection of pipelines that have significant structure loss that prevents the use of a crawler-mounted camera. A pole camera will be very valuable in the mapping and evaluation of the City’s storm water system by providing accurate visual inspections. Due to the wireless design of the pole camera, the department will also need to purchase a tablet as a part of this project for the operations of the camera and acquisition and tracking of video, pictures, and pipe data.
PRESS RELEASE FROM
THE RAYTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT
For Release: February 24th, 2017
Prepared By: Director of Communications James Brafford
Shots Fired Call Results In Two Arrests
Raytown Mo. Police were called to the 9100 block of Vaughn Avenue at 1:45 PM today for the sound of gunshots. When officers arrived they found 2 people with non-life threatening injuries and arrested 2 people involved in a shooting incident. Both injured parties were transported to a local hospital. Raytown Detectives responded to the scene and the investigation is on-going.
If you have any information on this or any other crimes please contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).
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