AND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT YOU RAKE YOUR LEAVES
|STORM SEWER WORKERS|
Raytown Public Works crews are shown cleaning out a storm sewer inlet at 59th Terrace and Hunter. The problem is easy to trace. Three houses north of the clogged drain, a home owner’s yard was thick with leaves. Recent heavy rains washed the leaves from the home owner’s yard to the street. The leaves were washed down the street to its lowest point, blocking a storm drain on the east side of the street.
Other alarmed home owners were concerned when they saw the result of the blocked drain. The street
flooded, the water slowly inching its way into yards. Heavier rains would
have forced the water up to houses along the street, causing basements to
New Street Surface for Raytown?
If anything was abundantly clear in the last election it is that Raytowners want the streets in front of their homes maintained properly by the city.
An answer may be coming from the city this year. A new re-surfacing method is being looked at by city officials. The process uses a thick layer of undercoat that is placed on the street. The substance fills cracks and self-levels uneven surfaces. The street is then overlaid with another material that hardens and holds the new surface in place.
City officials have a working sample of the street re-surfacing method. Jeff Vance, owner of Vance Brothers, located just out of Raytown, re-surfaced a street located between Tires Plus and Dominoes Pizza near 350 Highway and Gregory Boulevard. The street was in terrible shape. The finished surface looks like asphalt and wears from traffic the same as asphalt.
Mayor Michael McDonough told the Raytown Report he intends to send a report on how the surface performs to a Committee of the Board for review.
Raytown residents made it clear in the last election they were unhappy with the “tar and gravel” method being used to re-surface streets in neighborhoods.
If there was one topic that came up regularly in the recent election, it had to do with the absence of a recycling center in Raytown. Nearly all of the candidates expressed their support for re-starting the City’s Recycling program.
City officials are expected to look at recycling programs offered by local trash haulers and the possibly re-opening a permanent Recycling Center in Raytown. The upside to the Recycling Center is that it does not cost the users any additional fees. Most trash haulers charge an extra fee to collect recyclables.
Perhaps a partnership with the School District, which has had recycling bins on its property, may be a solution. Graduating students are required to perform public service project to graduate from Raytown.
This solution would be two fold. Students could earn their credit for public service. Raytowners who wish to participate will have a place to take their recyclables.
RANDY BATTAGLER OWES THE
COMMUNITY AN APOLOGY
One of the first rules of journalism is to keep the public informed of what is going on in the community.
Randy Battagler through the Raytown Times broke that rule. He did so in such a way that the Raytown Times became the focus of the election.
In short, he and his paper went “rogue”.
He allowed his paper to be used by letter writers to publish stories that crossed the line in accusations that bordered on libel. Worse, he used his editorial pen to support statements that simply were not true.
Were there illegal meetings of the City Council with the Fire Department? No, there were not.
Was Super Splash USA closed by the Raytown Board of Aldermen? No, it was not. It was closed by the Park Board. For those who may not know, the Park Board is a separate governing body from the Board of Aldermen – with their own budget, their own revenue stream, and, most importantly, they have their own authority to open and close the swimming pool and manage the parks.
Battagler fraudulently printed comments to a questionnaire from candidates for office. Two candidates, Bonnaye Mims and Greg Walters, never received the questionnaire. Battagler took verbiage from their brochures to make it appear they were responding!
Ward 2 Alderman Jason Greene specifically asked Battagler for a copy of the questionnaire. Battagler responded by printing in his paper that Greene had not returned the questionnaire.
Greene personally told us he never received the survey.
Everyone who reports the news desires one thing . . . it is called credibility. Why Battagler has traded credibility for a newspaper that can honestly trace its roots back to Lee Gray and John Colt is a puzzle we will never understand.
All I know is he has damaged the fabric that makes Raytown a community.
Thank You! BY GREG WALTERS
I wanted to thank the many supporters who encouraged and supported me in the April 4th Election. As it turned out, we fell 24 votes short. I went back and did a comparison of previous campaigns. Since there are other races I have participated in, one committeeman race (I won). One Jackson County race (I lost) and three Charter Commission races (two wins / one loss) I threw them into the mix as well.
The results are interesting. Twelve wins / six losses.
If I were playing baseball I would own a .667 percentage batting average!
Thank you to all who supported me on April 4th.
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