Recently Police Chief Lynch submitted a letter to RaytownOnline.com. It met our standards and was published. In some ways it was cryptic, as it was in response to an article in the Raytown Times, that was not published on RaytownOnline.com. The Raytown Times has given permission to reprint their piece on the matter of the Raytown Police Pension Fund.
Raytown is indebted to the Police Pension Fund to the tune of $7.5 million and it could be 20 to 30 years, or more, before that debt is retired, depending on market fluctuations.
A third party hired by the Police Pension Board indicated the fund would have to show a 20 percent return annually to be fully funded, leading city officials to believe that the fund could no longer be sustained. Police Chief Jim Lynch disagreed with that assumption, holding that stock market gains would grow assets and require less contribution from the city.
In January 2014 the Board of Aldermen moved all current sworn officers of the police department into the Missouri Local Government Employees Retirement System (LAGERS) with other city employees. Officers who were vested with at least 10 years of service at the time of the change will continue to draw part of their pensions from the Police Pension Fund and part from LAGERS. The change will have no affect on retired officers, or widows, already drawing pensions.
The Police Pension Fund has been in existence since 1966. The city’s contribution to the fund grew through the years and remained 100 percent funded until 2000. The unfunded liability grew from about $74,000 in 2000 to more than 3.3 million in 2005. It ballooned to $7.5 million by 2014. In that six-year period, 2000-2005, the city ‘s contribution to the fund rose from $110,000 annually, or 6.7 percent of payroll, to nearly $420,000, or 17.8 percent of payroll. By December 2010 the city’s contribution to the pension fund grew to $747,643, or 25.1 percent of payroll, and city officials became worried about its sustainability.
Police officers contributed 3 percent of their pay to the pension fund up until 1999. The Board of Aldermen ended the practice that year, prompted by new rules from the Internal Revenue Service that prevented pension funds from piling up surpluses.
In 2004, a study showed that Raytown police salaries were the lowest of all surrounding departments and a 5.5 percent salary adjustment was enacted. For the next six years the salaries were raised annually by 5.5 percent, thus annually increasing the city’s contribution to police pensions. Those increases put the department into a competitive position among suburban departments.
There is discrepancy in how those raises were enacted, however. Lynch maintains the pay plan was approved by the Board of Aldermen in 2004. Approval by the city could not be found in city records.
The stock market collapse in 2008 immediately reduced the pension fund assets by $1.5 million, thus increasing the city’s contributions even more. Facing a budget bind, the city froze all city employee salaries in 2009, bringing an end to the annual 5.5 percent increases for police. All employees received a 3 percent increase in November 20 14, the first since the recession hit.
Normal retirement for police officers is 55 years of age with 20 years of service. The police department provided the Times a spread sheet showing a range of retiree pensions and the percentages of their pay at the time of retirement. Pension amounts range from $14,376 annually (22 percent of final compensation) to $79,800 (112 percent of final compensation). The lowest was a patrolman who retired early at the age of 46; the highest was a sergeant who worked nine years beyond his retirement age of 55. Pension benefits grow substantially when officers work over 20 years and past the age of 55.
In summary, city leaders felt strongly that the Police Pension Fund could not be sustained while police officials believed it could with improving market conditions. The two sides finally agreed to move police officers to the LAGERS plan, but philosophical differences between the two remain. It is important to realize that during the period from 2000 to 2014, the political landscape changed with new administrators and new elected leaders. All were factors in creating “The Perfect Storm” of controversy over the Police Pension Fund.
From the Raytown Police Dept. : 79th Terr and Arlington will be closed from 9 am to 4 pm today by Water Dept.
Two men connected by Johnson County, Kan., police to an armed robbery and murder of a gun shop owner there earlier this year have now been charged in connection with two Raytown robberies and an assault, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Londro Patterson III, 20, of New Century, KS, faces Attempted Robbery 1st Degree, Assault 1st Degree and two counts of Armed Criminal Action.*
In addition, Hakeem Malik, 18, of New Century, KS, faces Robbery 1st Degree.*
According to court records, Patterson’s charges relate to the robbery and assault of a store employee at the Whiskey Barrel liquor store on Raytown Road in January. During that robbery, one employee was shot. Malik’s charges relate to the robbery in late December 2014 of the Kwik Auto Finance business on Blue Ridge Blvd in Raytown.
Both defendants remain in custody in Johnson County, Kan.
Bold Car Thief’s Identity Sought by Police
Raytown Police are asking the public’s help in identifying a man that stole a car at a gas station in the 8700 block of East 63 Street, Friday morning, 03-20-15. The man was seen entering and driving away in the vehicle, a gray 2008 Nissan Maxima, which was parked in front of the store. The theft happened at about 7:34 AM, while there were several customers in and around the store. The car has not been located.
The man was wearing a black Carhartt-style jacket, yellow shirt, yellow gloves, and a black backpack.
Images of the thief were obtained and released by the police in an effort to identify the man.
Anyone with information about the man, or this crime, is asked to call the TIPS Hotline, at (816) 474-TIPS (8477).
Raytown South High boys’ basketball team beat Grandview 69 to 68 to win the Class 4 District 14 Championship. The game was played at Grain Valley High School on Friday March 6, 2015, where #34 Tyrone Gibbs senior led the team with 47 Points, 15 rebounds, 4 blocks. He hit the game winning free throw and was named player of the game. They advanced to the Class 4 Sectional where they were beat by Bolivar High School in the first round. Raytown South finished the season with 17 wins and 11 losses.
Raytown High School was the Suburban Mid-Seven 2014-2015 Conference Champions but lost to Lee Summit High School in the Class 5 District 14 Championship Game. Raytown finished the season with 19 wins and 9 losses.
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The Raytown Parks and Recreation Board meeting was less than calm on Monday night. Steve Guenther and Jason Greene attended the meeting to discuss the proposed Charter for Raytown. Parks Board members were not happy to find out that under the proposed Charter, they would no longer have the same control over hiring, salaries, and facilities use. Judge Michael Hannah is reported to have ask Jason Greene, what did we ever do to make them write a charter like this. Alderman Greene did not or was not able to answer that question.
From Alderman Aziere who was at the meeting…
I attended the Raytown Park Board Meeting last night because they had questions about the proposed charter and the section on the Park Department. They did not understand why the Park Board had not been personally invited to the meetings when changes in the Park Department were being discussed.
Discussions involving the Park Department requires that the Board of Alderman inform the Park Director. The Charter Commission did not do that.
Jason Green wrote the section on the Park Department. He was questioned why the Park Department was not informed or invited. literally, every member of the Park Board were angered when they were told that it was their job to follow the proceedings of the Commission.
The provision allowing the Alderman to override Park Board Decisions incited more anger. They did not understand what the Park Board had done so badly to cause the commissioners to strip them of their power to run the Park and Recreation Department.
There are two provisions in the Charter outside the section on Park Department that seal control of that department under the power of the Board of Alderman. I am planning to explain that to the Board of Alderman tonight early in the evening.
Kristie Lynn Collins-Delarber Incumbent – Elected ’06, ’09, ‘12 (Bd. Pres. ’09-’10 to the present)
Amy Beth Tittle Incumbent – Elected ’06, ‘09, ‘12 (Bd. VP ’09-’10 to the present) (not present at the meeting)
Thomas Granger Estlund
My name is Ryan Myers, and I am running for Ward 3 Alderman. I have been a part of the Raytown community for 26 years and I am a third-generation graduate of Raytown High School.
Raytown is a great community with great schools that make it a wonderful place to live. I graduated in 2007 from Raytown High School, and hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Kansas State University. I currently work at Shaner Appraisals, a local commercial real estate appraising firm, in which I consult and value commercial real estate. I would like to use my professional background to help revitalize parts of Ward 3, along with the entirety of Raytown. I look forward to implementing a plan for new infrastructure coupled with rejuvenation of existing infrastructure systems within the community.
The average age of Ward 3 voters is 64. Family and community are big parts of my life, and I would like to focus on helping older adults in Raytown by providing transportation and activities for those who may not have any family in the area. I have been blessed to have a very close family that supports me. My grandparents, Paul and Naomi Houk and Robert and Dorotha Myers, have lived six houses apart since the early 1960s in Raytown. Given the aging Raytown population, I believe that the support of our older adults should be coupled with positioning the city to appeal to young professionals and young families to facilitate redevelopment within the community.
I would appreciate your support on April 7th to serve the community of Raytown. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the Raytown community, or if you would like to know more about myself, feel free to contact me at Ryan.Myers816@gmail.com , or at (816) 215-8847. Thank you in advance for your support, as together we can look forward to a brighter future for Raytown.
The Raytown High School Robotics Team’s robot and tool were stolen from a van parked in the driveway of one of the team’s coaches in Independence on the morning of Monday, March 9th, 2015. A computer and toolbox were also stolen from the van. Thieves gained access by breaking out the back window.
The Raytown Democratic Association for Feb. 2015 featured a variety of Candidates for local office.
In the order they appeared.
Thomas Granger Estlund – School Baord
Mary Jane Van Buskirk – Alderman Ward 4
Steve Meyers – Alderman Ward 4
Ryan Myers – Alderman Ward 3
Eric Teeman – Alderman Ward 5
Greg Walters – Alderman Ward 1
Michael McDonough – Mayor
The Raytown School District is proud to announce building-level Teachers of the Year for the 2015-2016 school year. The selected teachers were chosen by their peers and have the opportunity to interview for Raytown School District Teacher of the Year. The winner will be announced at the annual breakfast held on Friday, March 27 where each teacher will be recognized by their principal, peers, and District administration.
Building representatives are as follows: Tina Loman, Blue Ridge Elementary; Michelle Gowans, Eastwood Hills Elementary; Kimberlee Nelson, Fleetridge Elementary; Rachel Hufferd, Laurel Hills Elementary; Angelique Hanning, Little Blue Elementary; Peggy Caton, New Trails Early Learning Center; Kelly Schoolcraft, Norfleet Elementary; Marie Tracy, Northwood School; Geno Ostermeier, Raytown Central Middle School; Blaine Lewis, Raytown High School; Jeri Ricciardi, Raytown Middle School; Brent Martin, Raytown South High School; Heather Reardon, Raytown South Middle School; Hilary Roark, Robinson Elementary; Cecilia Lopez, Southwood Elementary; Candance Lindley, Spring Valley Elementary; and Clarica Tulli, Westridge Elementary.
| STEPHEN H. MAYHEW
Stephen H. Mayhew, 41, Kansas City, MO passed away unexpectedly Feb. 27, 2015. A memorial service will begin at 1 pm, Sat., March 7 at the First United Methodist Church of Independence, 400 West Maple Avenue, Independence, MO 64050 followed by a Celebration of Life Party in the Fellowship Hall of the church. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions made out to: Stephen Mayhew Memorial. Please mail to CACU, 1800 S. Outer Rd, Blue Springs, MO 64015 Attn: Joanne Slone. Stephen was born Dec. 6, 1973 in Kansas City, MO and graduated from Raytown High School in the Class of 1992. He was very active in school with Drama, Theater, Cross Country, Track, Boys State, Honors Society and Key Club. He worked many years for Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions. He had a passion for cooking and entertaining, but most all he loved his daughter Makayla. As an Eagle Scout, he was a Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say and his name was “Brother of Mighty Swift-Flying Bald Eagle.” Stephen was an organ donor which gave many others a second chance to live. He is survived by his daughter Makayla Mayhew; his parents Roger and Claretta Mayhew; brother Rick Mayhew and wife Dawne, all of Kansas City, MO; grandmother Zetta Tannahill; aunt Sue Snow, both of Independence, MO; uncle Allan Tannahill and wife Brenda, Normal, IL and many other family members. Online condolences may be expressed at www.speakschapel.com
Raytown Chief of Police Jim Lynch has announced many successful events and achievements accomplished by the Raytown Police Department, and Department members, over the course of 2014.
During the year 2014, the Raytown Police Department continued in its efforts to enhance its service to the residents of Raytown. Events, programs, and initiatives were held to enhance communication and cooperation with our residents.
Early in 2014, Sergeant Michelle Rogers was promoted to the rank of Captain, making her the first woman to be promoted to the rank of Captain in the Department’s history. Captain Rogers has 25 years of law enforcement experience.
The Raytown Police activated the H.E.A.R. Program in March of 2014, in response to the extremely cold temperature. H.E.A.R. is the Health Emergency Assistance Registry, with the purpose of providing assistance to at-risk residents, who are registered in the program, during times of weather emergencies (including extreme temperatures, hot or cold, and storms.) The service is free to qualifying Raytown residents, which could include the disabled, elderly and frail, or those relying on a health device powered by electricity.
On the night of April 11th, 2014, the Raytown Police Department hosted a virtual ride along, or “tweet-along,” on its Twitter account, @RaytownPD. Viewers “patrolled” with one of Raytown Police’s “Night Squads.” Tweet-alongs offer an opportunity for everyone to get a glimpse into police work. Tweet-alongs are convenient alternatives for those that are unable, or do not wish, to actually ride with an officer.
Twice in 2014, the Police Department hosted Drug Take Back Days, which helped prevent pill abuse and theft by collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for proper disposal.
In April, the Raytown Police Department presented information about Financial Scams and Fraud, and how residents can better identify it. The presentation was given by Cpl. Mike Boessen, a former financial crimes investigator. The free presentation helpedattendees recognize and understand financial scams, how they work, and what people should do if they believe that they have been the victim of a financial scam.
The presentation was held at the Raytown Mid-Continent Public Library.
On May 23rd, 2014, Raytown Police Officers participated in the 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics. The 7.20 mile route began at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 50, 10032 E. 63 Street, Raytown, and ended at the Kansas City Police Department South Patrol Campus, 9701 Marion Park Drive, Kansas City, Missouri. Over the last 30 years, Missouri Law Enforcement agencies have participated in the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), which supports Special Olympics Missouri.
On June 3rd, 2014, 20 people graduated from the Raytown Community Emergency Response Team training, and joined others to form a CERT Team in Raytown. The CERT Program teaches volunteer citizens disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the area in which they live. The training includes basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
The Raytown Police Department hosted a National Night Out event in the summer of 2014. The event generated support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts, as well as strengthened neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. The evening was dedicated to crime prevention and awareness within the community. Theevent allow the public to get an up-close and personal look at Police Cars, Fire Trucks, Ambulances, and Public Works trucks. The event was held at Kenagy Park.
Raytown Police Sergeant Gilbert Anderson completed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Crisis Negotiation Course, held at the FBI Academy, Quantico, Virginia, on September 19th, 2014. The two week, intensive, course, which included hostage, kidnapping, barricade and suicide situations, was presented by the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit. Sgt. Anderson was one of only two domestic officers invited to attend the specialized training, along with international officers and FBI Agents.
Raytown Police Sergeant Michael McDonough, now retired, and a Raytown resident, was the recipient of a 2014 Truman Heartland Community Foundation Outstanding Citizen Award at the Truman Heartland Community Foundation’s Toast To Our Towns Gala on September 6th, 2014, in Kansas City, Missouri. The Outstanding Citizen Award honored area citizens in our communities who, thanks to their service and charitable support, have made significant contributions to the places where we live and work.
Raytown Police Sergeant Michael McDonough (retired) and Detective Shawn Didde were recognized in November of 2014 at the 8th annual “Heroes for Heartland” Law Enforcement banquet, hosted by the Heartland Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, MADD. Det. Didde was recognized for his Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) enforcement work in 2013. While serving in the Uniformed Patrol Division in 2013, as a Patrol Officer, he made over 30 DWI arrests, making the roadways safer for the citizens of Raytown. Sgt. McDonough was recognized for his DWI enforcement work during his 39-year long career serving the citizens of Raytown. Sgt. McDonough served as a Sergeant of the Traffic Unit, and coordinated various traffic-safety initiatives, including sobriety checkpoints, hazardous and aggressive driving grants, and traffic-related training for his fellow officers.
The Raytown Police Department announced the launch of its new website, http://www.raytownpolice.org, in November of 2014. The new website is used to enhance communication, and create partnerships, with the citizens and businesses of Raytown. The website provides information for police and public partnering opportunities, including Citizen Police Academies and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. Career and volunteer opportunities will also be posted as they become available. The website was the result of work by a small group of Department members from different divisions and units of the Department. That small group had a vision to provide a means to quickly and easily exchange important information with Raytown citizens, then turned that vision into a website aimed at improved service. They saved Raytown taxpayers money by developing and building the website themselves, and tailoring it to fit the goals of the Department and to serve its citizens.
The Raytown Police Department is committed to providing and maintaining a safe community by developing strong community partnerships and serving with professionalism, trust, and integrity, in 2015 and beyond.
The National Weather Service has revised the Winter Weather Advisory for Jackson County to from 9:00 pm Saturday to Sunday at 6::00 pm. Snow expectations is now a total accumulation thru Sunday of 2? to 4?.
he National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Jackson County until 6:00 pm Saturday. Snow expectations of a total accumulation thru Sunday of 3″ to 5″.
Thursday, February 26th from 4:00-6:00 PM Westridge Gardens is partnering with the Raytown Artist’s Associations to host an Artist of the Month reception featuring Artist, Sylvia Mooney. At Westridge Ms. Mooney has selected a collection a diverse collection of pieces including a sunrise, flowers, an old mill, and an abstract piece. The art show is open to the public and light refreshments will be served.
The Raytown High School Theatre department will perform Arthur Miller’s The Crucible on February 26, 27, and 28 at the high school.
Set in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, the play is a dramatic re-enactment of the Salem Witch Trials. The play is based on real events, but is not actual history. When the play first appeared on stage in 1953, it was intended to be an allegory about the anti-communist Red Scare and Senator Joseph McCarthy’s congressional hearings.
“I was first drawn to this play when I read it in high school and have been brought back to it several times,” Director Katie Kolster said. “It is a well-written drama that presents a moral dilemma.”
Thursday, February 26th and Friday, February 27th’s performances begin at 7:00 at the Robert B. Atkins Performing Arts Center, 6109 Blue Ridge Blvd. Saturday, Feburary 28th’s performances are at both 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.
According to Kolster, the play will have a different feel for the audience.
“It used to be a tradition at Raytown High that every year, one of the plays would be performed ‘in the round,’ meaning that the audience is seated around the stage. This show will revive that tradition. Forcing the action so close to the audience creates an intimate atmosphere and also heightens the emotional content,” Kolster said.
Due to the limited number of seats available, advance ticket purchase is suggested. Those interested in attending may call the high school at 268-7300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Braden Best and Hanna Treat will portray John and Elizabeth Proctor, Dykota Sprinkle and Amethyst Moraine will portray Giles and Martha Corey. Francis Nurse and Rebecca Nurse will be played by Lia Bowne and Hannah Steele, and Tituba and Sarah Good will be played by Raynesha Green and Gi Gi Willett.
Brooke Griggs, Hope Romero, Leigh Ann Beam, Mosha Clyma, Tina Mathis, Grace Givens, and Iliana Miller will portray The Girls. The People of Salem will be played by Stephen Reynolds, Gabe Sawyer, Jessica Madrid, Jeremiah Paul, and Ashley Dedrickson.
Members of The Court will be portrayed by Zach Kujath, Austin Hardiman, Emeril Hart, Richard Jones, Chris Solomon, and Nathan Holloway.
Zach Thonen is serving as Technical Director and Scenic Designer. Assistant Directors are Emma Drace and Abbie Braly. Stage managers are Leah White, Julianna McCarroll, and Tyler Stanway. The Fly Rail Operator is Leah White and the Lighting Designer and Board Operator is Hannah Wadleigh.
Costume and Hair and Makeup Design are provided by Demetrius Hampton and Melanie Newton respectively. Elizabeth Kujath is the Sound Designer and Board Operator, and Raheem Fielder-Bey and Amethyst Moraine are the Props Designers.
Vinzent Guthrie and the high school Graphic Design class created the poster for the play, and the box office will be managed by Luther Wright and Kayla Lee.
Register Raytown is a non-partisan effort to register voters in Raytown. We will be helping voters get registered on March 1st from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM at the Painters Hall at 9902 East 62nd Street Raytown, MO. A Jackson County Election Board employee has volunteered his time so that your registration will be submitted immediately.
Directions: Take 63rd to Raytown Road (between Fox Drug and the UMB Bank) and turn North to 62nd Street and turn West (left) and it will be right in front of you. The entrance to the meeting room we will be using is in the back.
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