The Raytown Charter Commission met on Monday, Sept. 9th. The most significant portion was changes to the position of Police Chief. That portion is in part two of the video, which starts right after a short break in the meeting.
The following is from the minutes of the meeting. Minutes that will not be reviewed and approved until next meeting. This text pertains to the requirements in the charter for the office of Chief of Police.
Ted Bowman reads 6.1a. Janet Emerson motions to approve. Michael McDonough
seconds. The motion passes 9?3. Those in favor are Ted Bowman, Susan Dolan, Janet
Emerson, Lisa Emerson, Jason Greene, Steve Guenther, Sandra Hartwell, Michael
McDonough, and Mark Moore; those against are Jim Aziere, Charlotte Melson, and
Mary Jane Van Buskirk.
6.1 Eligibility, Election and Term
a) Eligibility for Office.
i. Candidates for Chief of Police shall have established
primary residency in the City for at least two (2) years immediately preceding the election. The Chief of Police shall be
a qualified voter of the City and shall remain a primary resident
and qualified voter of the City during the entirety of their
ii. No person shall be elected or appointed to the office of
Chief of Police who is not a citizen of the United States or who
is in arrears for any unpaid taxes or who is guilty of forfeiture
or defalcation during the entirety of their term.
iii. No person shall be elected Chief of Police who has been
convicted of any felony in any State, convicted of any crime of
moral turpitude in any court within the United States, or who has
been denied a license as a police officer by any State’s board or
commission of police officer standards or training.
iv. No person shall be elected Chief of Police who is unable to
meet the licensing requirements for a peace officer of a county
of the first classification as set forth in Missouri Revised
v. Candidates for the Chief of Police shall possess a bachelors,
or higher, degree from an accredited college or university in a
field reasonably related to public administration or criminal
justice; or demonstrate an equivalent combination of training and
experience which provides comparable knowledge, abilities, and
vi. Candidates for the Chief of Police shall also possess:
1. Considerable knowledge of the principles of modern police
administration and police methods;
2. Considerable knowledge of the principles and accepted good
practices and procedures as applied to patrol, traffic control,
criminal investigation, and crime prevention;
3. Knowledge of the standards by which the quality of police
service is evaluated and the use of police records and their
application to police administration;
4. Knowledge of the types and uses of the weapons, automotive
equipment, and the equipment used for communications, personal
safety, and digital information management in modern police work;
5. Knowledge of the functions of federal, state, and local
jurisdictions and authorities as they relate to police work; and
6. An ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with other city officials, state, county, and
federal authorities, civic leaders, and the general public.
vii. The Chief of Police shall maintain these conditions of
eligibility throughout their term of office or shall forfeit that
• Ted Bowman reads 6.1b and c. Janet Emerson motions to approve. Jim Aziere seconds.
The motion passes 11?1. Those in favor are Jim Aziere, Ted Bowman, Susan Dolan, Janet
Emerson, Lisa Emerson, Jason Greene, Steve Guenther, Sandra Hartwell, Michael
McDonough, Charlotte Melson, and Mark Moore; against is Mary Jane Van Buskirk.
b) Training Requirements i. Any person who is elected to their first term as Chief of
Police shall, within six months of such election cause to be
filed with the City Clerk proof that they have successfully
completed the certification requirements pursuant to Missouri
Revised Statutes. If the newly elected Chief of Police is unable
to complete the appropriate training program as required by
Missouri Revised Statutes within six months due to such course of
training not being available, an extension may be granted until
such a course becomes available.
ii. The Chief of Police will maintain a current peace officer
license as is required of any Missouri peace officer of a county
of the first classification including all of the required
c) Election and Term. At a regular municipal election, two
(2) years following the election of the Mayor, the Chief of
Police shall be elected by the qualified voters of the City at
large to serve a four (4) year term (as provided in Article …
“A Day on the Trail” at Rice-Tremonti Home
includes an old-fashioned ice cream social
The Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home will hold “A Day on the Trail” open house on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2-6 p.m. Visitors can enjoy an afternoon of old-fashioned fun on the lawn of the 1844 farmhouse and landmark on the Santa Fe Trail including an ice-cream social, which will begin at 4 p.m. Genuine homemade ice cream will be scooped up during the afternoon, along with beverages and other goodies.
“We want our neighbors and friends to come out for a sociable time with each other and to enjoy this historic treasure that has been preserved in our community,” said Barb Schlapia, president of the Friends of Rice-Tremonti.
In addition to desserts and snacks, a group of historic re-enactors will attend and show how life on the 19th century frontier was really lived. Live music is planned along with activities for kids. Some seating is available but attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
“We want to show the public how our group has advanced in preserving this historic home and to challenge them to help us with our ongoing projects,” Schlapia said.
Currently, the Friends are in the process of having all the wood-frame sash windows restored or rebuilt as necessary. The first phase of the three-phase project is tentatively scheduled to be completed by the end of September. And as with any 170-year-old wooden house, there are plenty of projects ahead including replacing rotted wood on the exterior.
Tours of the historic home will be conducted at times throughout the day.
There is no charge for admittance to the property, however, donations are greatly appreciated. The Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home is a not-for-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization dedicated to the preservation of the house. All money raised goes toward that process.
A fire broke out just before 1:00 pm today in a restroom at Raytown Senior High School. The students were evacuated and the school day ended early. At present there are conflicting reports on whether it was in one or two restrooms. There are no reports yet of any injuries.
Thursday September 18: 4 PM to 8 PM
Friday September 19: 9 AM to 5 PM
Saturday September 20: 9 AM to 1 PM
(sack sale $5 a sack)
Hundreds of books available at the amazing low price of
hardbacks $1.00 paperbacks 50 cents
A sack lunch will be available for you to buy on Saturday. Cancelled
Backed goods and drinks will be sold instead of the sack lunch while supplies last.
Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd.
(across from Blue Ridge Elementary School)
You will find a box in the Beatitudes Room for your donations for the sale. Don’t miss this wonderful event. Please share this information with your friends and neighbors. If you have never been, you will be amazed at the selection and number of books. All proceeds go to help Shepherd’s Center
Mark your calendars for Bark in the Park event on Saturday, September 13, at 9:00 a.m. in Kenagy Park. This awesome, family-friendly event provides a howling good time for you and your furry family members.
Bark in the Park
First Baptist Raytown’s Bark in the Park is a FREE event and offers something for the entire family, including the four-legged members. We’ll have activities, contests, training, and more for your furry loved ones.
Volunteers are always needed for this event partnering Hope Network, Raytown Parks and Recreation, and First Baptist Raytown. To volunteer, contact Carmen Kraus or click here.
5K Dog Jog
The 5K Dog Jog has been canceled.
Raytown Police Sergeant Michael McDonough, a Raytown resident, was the recipient of a 2014 Truman Heartland Community Foundation Outstanding Citizen Award Saturday night. Sgt. McDonough was honored at the Truman Heartland Community Foundation’s Toast To Our Towns Gala on September 6th, 2014, in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Outstanding Citizen Award honors 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.
Michael “Mike” McDonough moved to Raytown from the old Westport area of Kansas City in November of 1963. Mike has remained in the same neighborhood since moving to Raytown.
Mike first started working for the City of Raytown in the Street Department. In August 1975, Mike started his police career as a district patrol officer, later becoming a detective, a fire investigator, and has been the Sergeant over the Detention Unit, Investigations and Traffic, where he currently serves. He has worked in almost every facet of police work.
Mike most recently was elected to the Raytown Charter Commission, where he has joined other Commissioners in writing, and later proposing, a Charter for the City of Raytown.
Mike is the Secretary of the Raytown Police Benefit Fund. During his tenure, the Fund has been involved in many fundraising events. Mike has been instrumental in raising money for the last ten years with the Raytown Police Golf Tournament. In the last ten years, over $100,000.00 has been raised for local charities including Hope House, Raytown Emergency Assistance Program (REAP), Raytown Educational Foundation, Shriner’s Hospital, and Truman Heartland Community Foundation.
Mike is a past Board Member of the Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home and REAP, and remains very involved with REAP’s events and efforts.
Mike also participated with Youth Friends for the Raytown School District. He read to students at Southwood School for many years. He also volunteer his time coaching soccer, baseball and Scouting.
On Sunday September 7th
at approximately 5:30 PM, Raytown police were sent to the 8600 block of Stark on a disturbance involving a gun. When officers arrived they found a woman with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to her hip. The woman was examined by Raytown Paramedics and refused to be taken to a hospital. The other person involved was not at the scene but is a known person. Detectives were called to the scene and the investigation continues.
My dog is miss her name is abby she is a yorkie shih tzu mix . She was last seen near raytown south high. Please contact me if you have seen her. We want her back home no questions asked
Mayor Carson Ross, Blue Springs and Mayor Randy Rhodes, Lees Summit provided the ice and water for Mayor Bower’s ALS Challenge.
City Administrator’s Report
FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator
Development & Public Affairs
The City’s Webpage now provides monthly new businesses in Raytown. This will allow our residents to see who is coming into the City to do business. It is on the left – hand side of the Website. You can find July New Businesses at http://bit.ly/XPfYk4 .
Brenda Gustafson, Public Information Officer attended a NeighborWorks Training Institute August 17 through August 22. A scholarship was provided for Ms. Gustafson from the Builders Development Corporation. In that training she became certified in Financing Community Economic Development Projects, Community Leadership Development and Neighborhood Association and Development.
The Fall/Winter Newsletter has been sent to the printer and we anticipate it being delivered to all households in the Raytown School District the first week of September. It will also be available on our Website sometime next week. This edition’s theme is Take Pride! Get Involved! We want to encourage everyone to get involved with something in the City. It helps build our community.
Engage Raytown continues to bring in some good feedback to questions posted. This week we posted a new question which asks participants – “What question would you like to see on Engage Raytown?”
Two upcoming Raytown events are:
Bark in the Park
The City of Raytown will be partnering with Raytown-Gregory Animal Hospital to provide low cost microchips, rabies vaccines and City pet licenses. Good for September 13 only and exclusively for Raytown residents. For more information please call 816-737-6014, or email email@example.com .
Raytown Arts and Music Festival – September 27
This free event will have artists from every discipline and a wide variety of music including our headliners Brewer & Shipley. Information for the event is available on the Parks and Recreation Website at www.raytownparks.com .
The senior housing project, Willow Bend on Blue Ridge is almost completely roughed in. Now they will start on the interiors of the housing units.
A Request for Proposal (RFP) for Veterinary Services will be let out the first week of September. The bid will include boarding, impoundment, adoptions and miscellaneous services. There will be a pre-submittal meeting announced at a later date.
Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events
September 8 – Municipal Court – 6:00 p.m.
September 9 – Raytown Charter Commission – 6:30 p.m.
September 10 – Municipal Court – 8:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m.
ONE-ON-ONE BEGINNING INTERNET CLASS FOR SENIORS
Thursdays at 11:00
Sign-up for one hour of hands-on basic internet instruction. This one-on-one instruction offers very beginning instruction for those who want to learn about the computer. Learn how to use a mouse and keyboard. Also, learn about various browser tools you can use in searching the internet. Available by appointment only. For adults.
- September 10, 2014, Wednesday at 10:00 AM
- Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program, Intermediate
- This three-week program is a continuation of the arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program, Beginning, with additional and slightly more complex movements. Participants should have completed the Beginning class before enrolling in this one.
- (For adults) Registration is required.
Blotter for 9/2/2014
Blotter for 9/3/2014
Blotter for 9/4/2014 is missing from both the sent emails and the Raytown Police blog, no explanation has been given
Blotter for 9/5/2014
Huge Garage Sale at Wynn Twins School of Dance/Dancin’ 2 Wynn, 3 blocks east of 79th and Raytown Road, on Saturday, September 6 from 8:00 to 4:00 and Sunday, September 7 from 8:00 to 2:00. Multiple families, tons of items. Come support a local institution. Cash and carry only.
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
• Boxed Meals
• Canned Soup
• Peanut Butter
Please be aware:
• No Expired Items
• No Damaged Items
• No Glass, Plastic, or Cardboard
• No Open Packages
& No Non-Nutritious Items Such as
Candy, Chips, Etc.
• Ramen Noodles (And Other
Multi-Pack Items) Will Be Accepted
at a Value of 4 Packages = $1
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 Jackson County Election Board received a request from Greg Walters to investigate your voter registration regarding your residency. As discussed with you this morning, I will turn over all the paperwork you gave us to our Board’s attorneys.
We will advise you of the outcome.
Robert C. ( Bob ) Nichols, Jr.
Director of Elections
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?
Creamer Residency Complaint
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
RaytownOnline.com thanks Fox 4 for providing this following embedded video.
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.