A flu or a flu like infection has hit the Raytown Schools hard. One school reported about 1/3 the students and staff were home sick. The plan is to close the schools on Monday, January 30th and disinfect the schools and busses.
for more information on this click HERE to read a KC Star report.
City Administrator’s Report
The Planning & Zoning Commission will meet February 2nd to consider a rezoning application to rezone vacant property located at 9109 E. 63rd Street from Planned High Density Residential (RP-3) to Planned Neighborhood Commercial (NC-P). The rezoning is being sought for the purpose of allowing a retail store to be constructed on the property. The Commission will also consider a conditional use permit application that seeks to increase the number of children allowed to be cared for at a day care located at 9140 Highway 350 from 44 to 48. It is anticipated that both applications will come before the Board of Aldermen on February 14th and February 21st for the Board’s consideration.
A third house has been acquired through the NSP3 grant and located at 5428 Sterling Avenue. According to the City’s Housing Specialist, Builders Development Corporation, due to the structural condition of the existing house it will be demolished and a new home will be constructed on the property. The previous two homes under construction are located on the northwest corner of 55th Street and Laurel Avenue.
The next meeting of the First Suburbs Coalition will be held February 10th at 8:00 a.m. at the Grandview Community Center, 13500 Byars Road. The agenda will include a review of the First Suburbs Coalition video as well as a presentation of new demographic data on Raytown and the first suburbs as well as what the data means for first suburb communities. There will also be updates and discussions of the corridor planning work going on through Creating Sustainable Places, which includes the Rock Island corridor through Raytown and the new initiative to develop a sustainable code framework and conduct development code audits in eight first suburb communities. If you would care to attend please contact John Benson.
The energy efficiency efforts undertaken by the city have resulted in significant savings. Staff has compared the cost to operate the traffic signals between December 2010 and December 2011 and realized a 7% savings. The savings would have been greater but a rate increase for electricity took affect during the year. Staff attributes the savings to replacing incandescent light bulbs in traffic signals with LED light sources and with replacing street lights with the new LED street lights. The new LED street lights were provided free of charge to the city as part of a grant project that the city has pursued.
The recently renovated public works facility has provided a functional facility for the crews and is also significantly more energy efficient. The public works facility utility costs were 59% less this year than the same month last year for a savings of $1,300. Granted the heating demand was 18% less this year compared to last year but the 59% savings far exceeded the lower demand.
The Department in cooperation with the Parks and Recreation received mowing bids this week. The city received 10 bids this year compared to 2 bidders received last year. The bids received will save the city money this year as 66% of the areas mowed will cost less to mow this year compared to last year. The remaining 34% will cost the exact same amount to mow this year compared to last year. This is a good example of how cooperation and combining efforts can save the city money.
Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events
February 2 – Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting; Council Chambers, 7:00 p.m.
Readers may have noticed the site down for short periods of time recently. This is due to the following.
1. I moved the location the site is hosted. 3 times the cost, but about 20 times the hardware speed. I share a server with 20 times fewer other sites.
2. I have added caching which resulted in the site loading in 2/3 the time.
3. There were module conflicts that slowed loading and caused error messages.
In plain English, the site is on a faster computer, a speedup program has been added, and the software has been tuned up. We have gone from a maximum load time in the past of about 30 seconds to a load time of 5 to 8 seconds.
Due to a possible gas leak, Eastbound Gregory is closed at this time. When reading this, be sure to take into account that this was posted on Tuesday, Jan. 24th and about Noon. The situation will probably be resolved soon.
From September 13 – October 15, students in elementary, middle school and junior high entered the “Bag Your Favorite Book” contest by designing an original cover of a book. Nine area students, one per grade from kindergarten through eighth grade were selected as winners. Ryan won an artist set, and the Robinson library got a check for $500. Anna’s class will also get a party hosted by Price Chopper.
Over 8,000 entries were received from the Greater Kansas City area.
Mark Loughry is the newly hired Finance Director for Raytown. He has taken steps to sue the city of Basehor for his firing in September. The amount in question is $500,000.
Form more on this story click HERE to read the Tonganoxie Mirror’s story on this topic.
The Raytown and Raytown South Speech and Debate Teams competed on January 20 and 21 and the Truman and Oak Park tournaments.
Top finishers for Raytown High School at Truman in the novice tournament were Adriana Albor and Derek Baska with a 2-1 record.
At Oak Park, the Varsity team finished in 6th place. Top finishers were Blake Shepheard, 6th in Student Congress, and Jeffri McIntosh, 4th place in Student Congress. Claire Robinson was named the outstanding Presiding Officer. Jackson Bonifield and Claire Robinson finished 4th in Policy Debate, and in Samatha Causey finished 4th in Lincoln Douglas debate. The Talking Blue Jays are coached by Mark Harris.
Raytown South competed only at the Truman portion of the tournament. The following won awards: Jamel Peterson, 1st place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; Dara Britton, 1st place in Current Events Speaking; Chester McIntyre, 1st place in Poetry Reading; and Briana Wesley, 2nd place in Poetry Reading and 2nd place Children’s Storytelling.
Additionally, McIntyre and Hannah Unruh, earned 3rd place in Duo Interpretation; Jasmine Farmer, earned 3rd place in Current Events Speaking; Kesha Gordon, earned 3rd place in Original Oratory; and Leeann Williams, earned 3rd place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
Final results include Matt Van Ross, 4th place in Children’s Storytelling; Unruh, 5th place in Prose Reading; Brandon Jones, 5th place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and 5th place Current Events Speaking; and Kaulic Williams, 6th place in Student Congress. Raytown South is coached by Matt Good.
State Senator Victor Callahan addresses the Raytown Democratic Association on the subject of the future of the KCMO School District and the effects on Raytown.
The Raytown South and Raytown High School Debate teams participated at the Liberty and Liberty North Tournaments on January 13 and 14.
Raytown South took 4th place of 46 teams. Individual winners were Garrett Poorman, 2nd in Varsity United States Extemporaneous Speaking; Joseph Bennett and Joseph Summers, 3rd place in Champion Public Forum Debate; Ethan Wilkins, 4th in Regular Lincoln-Douglas Debate; and Faith Orie-Okpewho, 4th in Regular Lincoln-Douglas Debate and 6th Varsity Original Oratory.
Additionally, Joseph Summers, was 5th in Varsity United States Extemporaneous Speaking; David Dempsey and Jonathon Wright, were 5th in Novice Duo Interpretation; Suzi Hamilton and Bryson Kenworthy, were 6th in Varsity Duo Interpretation; Joseph Bennett, was 6th in Varsity Humorous Interpretation; and DaeShawn Webb, was 8th in Varsity Prose Reading.
For the Raytown High School team, top finishers were Josh Ethridge, who was undefeated in the Championship division of Lincoln-Douglas to finish in first place, and Claire Robinson, who finished 7th in Student Congress.
In the junior varsity competition, the top Raytown High School finisher was Carl Hayter Sirls, with a 4th place finish in Dramatic Interpretation.
Raytown Police were called regarding a street robbery that occurred at the 5300 block of Ash, Sunday (01-15-12,) night, just before 9:00 P.M. The three victims told the officers that, while walking on the street, a silver van stopped nearby and three black men exited. They were approached by the men, who were armed with guns. The men took phones and money from the victims. The men and van fled the area. The men, 17-20 years old, were described as:
Anyone with information about this crime, or any other, is asked to contact the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (474-8477.)
The Raytown School District hired an energy consultant whose recommended changes resulted in a $500,000 annual savings in energy cost for the district.
For more on this story click HERE to read the NBCActionNews article.
Thank you NBC Action News for providing the embedding code for this video.
This fire occurred at 04:57 in the living room of the residence, the occupant Donald Sherrow 85, utilized a medical alert device to alert 911. The occupant stated his home was on fire and he was unable to get out of the residence. At 05:01 Raytown Police were on the scene and unable to gain entry due to the severity of the fire. AT 05:03 Engine One arrived on the scene ad found heavy fire and smoke ventilating from the front of the structure.
Firefighters quickly extinguished the initial fire while additional Firefighters made access inside the residence and began to search for the occupant.
The occupant was located in an adjacent room and was unconscious. Once the occupant was removed from the structure Raytown EMS attempted to resuscitate him and continued this effort enroute to a local hospital where Donald Sherrow was pronounce dead.
Fire companies remained on scene for several hours mopping up while, Fire Investigators were called to the scene where the cause is officially listed as undetermined and the area or origin is the living room in the area around a recliner.
The home did have working smoke detectors, and these had been recently replace by family members.
The home was turned over to Code Enforcement due to the homes weakened supporting structural members.
FROM: Tom Cole, CEcD – Interim City Administrator
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multi -Cultural Celebration Service
Pastor Ron Lindsay from Concord Fortress of Hope will be the keynote speaker, accompanied by the Concord Choir. Raytown Mayor David Bower, community leaders, Raytown school choirs and others will participate. Come celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of unity and reconciliation. Let’s pass it on!
Sunday, Jan. 15th at 3:00 P.M. 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd. • Raytown, MO 64133 at Blue Ridge Presbyterian
The Raytown Police Department will conduct a press conference at noon today to address questions about the officer involved shooting yesterday afternoon. The conference will be held at the Raytown Fire Department Headquarters at 6020 Raytown Tfwy. The contact telephone number for the Police Public Information Unit is (816) 286-4893.