Happy Fourth of July to all of our readers . . . from Greg and Paul
The top portion of the original draft document written by Thomas Jefferson, with additions-deletions by John Adams and Benjamin Franklin.
Paul's Rant! BY PAUL LIVIUS
Another Fourth of July is upon us. This year’s celebration in Raytown is unique. Some members of the Board of Aldermen wanted to extend the number of days fireworks could be legally shot off in Raytown. The majority of the Board voted to amend the ordinance cutting the days for legal shooting back to the Fourth of July and the Fifth of July should the Fourth be rained out.
At this point, the Board had yet to finalize the amended. One alderman shared with Greg that and amendment may be forthcoming adding the Fifth of July only if the Fourth of July is rained out. Sounds like a fair compromise.
We have nothing against shooting off of fireworks to celebrate our nation’s Declaration of Independence. But we do believe, as the picture at the head my article depicts, that people should be mindful and courteous in their celebration.
This does not just go for combat veterans and dogs. As one guest speaker pointed out during Public Comments of the last Board of Aldermen, of her neighbors had an autistic child who terrified of the loud explosions of fireworks.
Celebration is fine, but it is also important to be good neighbors.
Park Board Deserves
an “A” for Effort
an “A” for Effort
Speaking of Fireworks . . . the Raytown Park Board has shown that it listens to area residents. In fact, this year they did more than listen.
At the last meeting of the Board of Aldermen Raytown Park Board President Chris Rathbone told the public the Park Board was willing to pay extra for the service of the Raytown Police Department. During Public Comments he said the Park Board had decided to ask police to assign an officer to patrol those parks where the illegal shooting of fireworks is a frequent problem.
Park Board members have long complained that Coleman Park, located at 59th and Lane Streets, is a major concern as regards the illegal shooting of fireworks.
According to Park Board sources, the clean-up of Coleman Park after the Independence holiday is a massive undertaking.
Rathbone said the Park Board was willing to pay the salary, overtime and any other expenses incurred for the service of a patrol officer.
He met with Chief of Police, Jim Lynch, to pass on the offer and request. Lynch told him no officers were available. Rathbone said Lynch did not elaborate on the request.