From Sept. 8th to the 13th the library will accept food donations to pay off fines. Bring undamaged and unexpired boxed or canned non-perishable food items to any MCPL location to payoff your overdue fines and help out your local community. Each single food item will count as $1 off existing overdue fines or replacement card charges, up to $10
• Canned Meat, Fruit, or Vegetables
Residency requirements for the city manager was one of the topics covered in this meeting.
I was present at the Raytown polls on election day for the August primary. While there, I noticed Alderman Joe Creamer engaged in a long conversation with an election judge. I talked to Creamer afterwards and he stated that the Jackson County Election Board initially did not have a record of his residency. Eventually, the problem was cleared up and Creamer was allowed to vote.
Alderman Creamer contacted me several days later to tell me he was sending letters about his problem at the polls to the editors of Raytown’s print media as well to Raytown Online. He indicated that the source of the problem was a complaint from former Alderman Greg Walters, who was using Creamer’s upcoming divorce to challenge Creamer’s right to claim his home as his legal residence.
Prior to publishing Creamer’s letter on August 22nd, I asked for additional documentation. Creamer forwarded me a copy of this email he received from the Jackson County Election Board:
The next step in my investigation was to verify Creamer’s copy of the email with the election board. The election board not only verified the validity of the email, at my request, they also provided me with a copy of Walter’s complaint letter. Click HERE to download a PDF version of the letter or scroll down in the article.
The next step in verifying Creamer’s story was checking Walter’s blog, where I read the following statement: “Raytown City Hall sources tell us that Ward 1 Alderman Joe Creamer is being investigated by Jackson County Election Board officials on questions of his residency.”
I will leave it to the readers to decide why Mr. Walters cited City Hall as the source of an investigation that he appears to have instigated.
Next, I obtained a copy of the divorce papers Mr. Walters referred to in his letter to the election board from Alderman Creamer. Creamer provided me with a copy and you can click HERE to download a PDF version of the relevant pages, or scroll down to the bottom of this article.
From the divorce document, it is clear that Alderman Creamer lists the home he owns in Ward 1 as his permanent residence. The document also lists a temporary address in Raytown, but outside Ward 1, as his residence while the divorce is concluded.
The Jackson County Election Board ruled in Alderman Creamer’s favor, allowing him to vote based on his permanent, home address in Ward 1, Raytown. Is this a case of a Raytown elected official breaking the rules by sleeping somewhere besides his home while a divorce proceeds, or it a case of a political adversary taking advantage of Creamer’s marital problems to make more trouble for him?
The man found dead by Raytown Police in the area of 69th and Hunter on Tuesday Morning, 08-26-2014, around 2:30 a.m. has been identified as Patterson Jennings of Raytown. An autopsy determined he died from a gunshot wound. There are no persons of interest in custody at this time. An investigation of the incident is underway and ongoing.
If you have any information please call 816-474-TIPS
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Raytown’s Public Works Director, Andy Noll has resigned. All that is known at this time is that Mr. Noll submitted his resignation to City Manager Sharma in person.
Raytown Police were called to the area of 69th and Hunter on Tuesday Morning, 03-26-2014, around 2:30 a.m. on a reported man unconscious in the street. Shortly after the police arrived it was determined the man, in his 30’s was dead and the cause was suspicious. There are no persons of interest in custody at this time. An investigation of the incident is underway and ongoing.
If you have any information please call 816-747-TIPS.
The National Weather Service has again issued a Heat Advisory that is in effect until 8:00 pm tomorrow (8/23) due to high heat and humidity. Please take cooling precautions during the day.
It’s with great regret that I have to come to the people of Raytown about my personal life but there are people who feel it necessary to make issue of what is going on.
In the last year I have been separated from my wife and am currently in divorce proceedings. I am unable to maintain residency at my legal address because of issues that I prefer not to get into at this time. My legal residence is still 8808 E 66th st according to state statute. There is also legal opinion to back that. It is my intent to maintain residency at the above address after the divorce is final.
On August 5th I went to the polls as always to vote only to discover my name had been pulled from the voting rolls based on an investigation a former Alderman had requested be done by the board of elections. The poll worker called the headquarters to speak with an election official who conferred with legal counsel while I waited. It was determined at the time that I should be allowed be allowed to cast a ballot as I was displaced through things that were not in my control. I went to the board of election on Friday August 8th to prove my legal residency, along with documentation to show why I do not reside in my legal residence as well as divorce papers that list the house as the place where I intend to reside. There will be a formal hearing within the next week with legal counsel from the board of elections to prove my legal residence.
When I was unable no longer to stay at my residence I went to former Alderman Greg Walters as a man and expressed what was going on I asked this him to keep my personal affairs out of the political arena and asked him to not use this as a political football. I expressed to Greg that if he had any question or concerns to please contact me and I would be happy to answer any questions. Rather than respect my request he chose to bring light to what is going on in my life.
Through all of what has gone on in my life I have worked hard to maintain a professional attitude and have continued to serve the people of Raytown in the capacity I was elected to. I don’t take the position lightly and intend to continue working not only for the residents of Ward 1 but for all of the people of Raytown.
My divorce court date is August 25th and I do hope to have everything resolved by then and soon after be reunited with my home. I miss my neighborhood as well as my neighbors and soon hope to be able to stand in the driveway and be able to visit with whomever passes by.
If anyone should have any questions in regards to what is going on please contact me at 816-517-4773. I will be glad to answer any questions as well as provide proof of what I have just written about.
Sincerely Alderman Joe Creamer
The National Weather Service has issued a heat warning from 1:00pm today (8/21) to 8:00 pm tomorrow (8/22)
RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION
Thursday, August 21st, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown
Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!
Our speakers will be
State Representative, 28 District
Michael McDonough announced Friday, 08-15-14, his intention to run for Mayor of the City of Raytown. Michael McDonough is dedicated to fostering an environment of cooperation within the City of Raytown. He is committed to working alongside citizens and businesses to meet important community goals. For decades, Michael has served the public, his own neighbors, with integrity and dedication, in both public safety and local charity service, and is committed to our community’s progress. The election will be held in April of 2015.
Michael, a nearly life-long resident, has achieved many accomplishments throughout his personal and professional life. He was most recently honored to be named the Truman Heartland Foundation 2014 Raytown Outstanding Citizen of the Year. As stated by the Truman Heartland Foundation’s press release announcing the honor, that recognition is reserved for those community members that have “used their skills, abilities, and positions to promote the wellbeing of their communities and the people that live in them. While the avenue towards change may be varied among them, all the honorees are united by a common goal, to improve the lives of their fellow citizens, and a common desire to help improve and enrich the communities of Eastern Jackson County.”
He donates his personal time to many charitable organizations and serves on the Board of Directors for Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP,) the Raytown Police Benefit Fund, and was elected to a position on the Raytown Charter Commission. He was also involved at Southwood Elementary School for seven years in the Youth Friends Program.
His other accomplishments include having been an EMT with training in Emergency Care of Wounded Police Officers, Scouting, Coaching youth sports, and assisting other organizations with fundraising events. He has received the Officer of the Year Award, twice, a Lifesaving Award from the Metropolitan Chiefs and Sheriffs Association, the James Schneider Award from the Raytown Fire Protection District, the Life Saving Star from Raytown Emergency Medical Services, as well as several Quality Contribution Certificates from the Raytown C-2 School District.
Michael McDonough has lived in Raytown for the past 51 years. He grew up in Raytown, went through school here and graduated from Raytown South High School in 1973. He enjoys living in Raytown because of the great people that live here. They are so giving and helpful to one another, and just like him, are proud of this community. Although this town is surrounded by Kansas City, it has continued to keep its small town feel.
He has served as a police officer for the Raytown Police Department since 1975. Prior to that, he worked for a year in the City Street Department, while attending community college. His passion has been, and always will be, serving the citizens of the City of Raytown. He has been serving his community for the last 40 years, and will continue to do so. He continues to live in Raytown because of the people, and his love for this community.
It is that dedication and commitment to our community that has led Michael McDonough to decide to run for Mayor of the City of Raytown in the April 2015 election. Michael would be honored to continue his service to the citizens of Raytown by leading the City of Raytown with a spirit of cooperation and progress.
The third annual Raytown Police Safety Fair was well attended. Police, Fire, Public Works, EMS, and the local ham radio club were some of the organizations with equipment on display and personnel to answer questions. An added bonus was a free hotdog, chips, cookie and a soft drink. It should be noted that while the Police Chief’s car looks fast, Chief Lynch opted for a 6 cylinder, gas saving model. A wise choice, since he is probably not called to do high-speed chases.
Here are a couple of photos and a quick video of the event.
The 8th meeting of the Charter Commission proceeded at a better pace than previous meetings. One of the few delays was the debate over the use of the word “right” as it pertained to what an alderman could do. Lisa Emerson prefered the word ‘”privilege.” Both terms seem out-of-place in a document defining our city government structure. The words power and duty are better fitted to defining the role of elected officials.
The following videos are best viewed full screen in 720 mode.
The Raytown Charter Commission will meet at City Hall at 6:3 pm. The meetings are open to the public.
The turnout may have been a little low due to events at the stadium, but those that were able to fight their way through the traffic enjoyed excellent food and drink at the Four Points by Sheraton. The Raytown Chamber of Commerce holds monthly after-hours networking events and this was one of the tastiest this year.
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