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New Restaurant opening soon

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A new restaurant is about two weeks from opening in Raytown. The Home Skillet is located on the East side of Blue Ridge Blvd, just 1/2 block North of 63rd Street. The layout of the location is very similar to the previous 5K restaurant at that location. The main difference is that the previous office in the back has been converted to an isolated smoking section, resulting in about 35% more seating. The menu selection are mainly home style comfort food.  

Click HERE to view the proposed menu the owners are considering. 

 

Weather Report from Raytown Public Works

Public Works is now expecting significant sleet and some freezing drizzle and rain for the remainder of the winter event.  The snow is now expected to fall in the northern reaches of the metro.

Public Works has applied salt to all streets and is monitoring conditions to determine when it will be necessary to retreat.  We will have to retreat the roads to prevent a buildup of sleet and ice over the evening hours and early morning of Saturday.  We do not expect much need for snow plows during this event but will have to salt the roadways several times.

Be watchful for slick areas if you are getting out during the event.

 Andy Noll, P.E.

Weather Warnings

Freezing drizzle this afternoon and evening.  Possible 2″ to 5″ snow later until Sat. morning.

News on the proposals for the Green Space

In an open letter to the Mayor and the Board of Aldermen, Economic Development Administrator Tom Cole, CEcD discusses the downtown redevelopment. 


 

Many have asked about the status of the Downtown Redevelopment Project.  As such, please accept this as a brief update on the process.

The development process is lengthy, but I believe Flaherty & Collins will deliver a full/final proposal demonstrating all of the development costs (construction, design, engineering, etc) near the end of the first quarter of 2014.  Once those numbers have been established, I also anticipate having a full understanding of the finances they bring to the table in addition to the remaining gap that they would request the City to assist in filling.  This is typical of most large development projects.

We met with them last week and they are beginning to complete their due diligence on the property.  I also anticipate that our Joint Review Committee (Planning, Zoning, Codes, Public Works, Fire, etc) will meet with their team in the coming weeks to assure all parties understand the design guidelines and the process for developing in downtown Raytown.

In regard to incentives and rumors…at this point, we simply don’t know as we have yet to receive the real economics of the project.  Regardless, an evaluation of the incentives and the cost/benefit to the City for the project will be completed by a third party (unbiased) source once all of the data has been received.  The third party will likely either be Integra Realty Resources or Springsted.  They will do a thorough analysis and if there is not a tangible benefit to the City, we will either encourage the developer to reconfigure the project in a manner that is more beneficial to the City or simply dismiss the project all together.

In the Request for Proposal, we identified a number of incentives that are available under Missouri State Statutes.  Among them were Community Improvement Districts, Tax Increment Financing (the project area is within an existing, but unactivated TIF area), Chapter 353 and perhaps, if warranted, donation of the property.  It is critical to note that NONE of those items are guaranteed and that the Board of Aldermen has the ability to deny/dismiss any or all of them.

Again, until we know the values and economics of the project, the incentives really hold no value at this time.

Some have specifically asked about the workings of Chapter 353…if utilized in this case, the developer would pay property taxes on the real property value (the land), but not on the improvements to the property (the new construction) for a period of 10-25 years depending on the total investment.  The project area is also within a Chapter 353 designated area that I believe was approved in 2006/7.

I cannot stress enough that none of this is solidified or even in current negotiation.  The City HAS NOT offered a financial proposal to the developer and we will not offer a proposal to the developer until/unless we receive a full understanding of the economics of the proposed development.  In the event a positive cost/benefit is returned, and a third party deems it appropriate and positive to assist in filling a “financial gap,” I am only interested in assisting with the gap and not an excessive outlay of funds for an unnecessary duration.

Basically, I want to see a real shift in the economics and appeal of our downtown and the project before us has the potential to do that…of course, it all comes down to economics and we’re waiting for the numbers to be presented.

In regard to tenants, there currently are none as any potential tenant would also want to fully understand the economics of the development prior to expressing any level of interest.  I know there is concern in the community that Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market may come back.  Flaherty-Collins has never completed a project with Wal-Mart and they do not have a relationship with Wal-Mart.  I suppose stranger things have happened, but I would be quite surprised if the Neighborhood Market expressed any level of interest in again pursuing the same property. 

Decorated Raytown Police K-9 Dies

On Wednesday, 01-29-2014, retired Raytown Police K-9 “Aik” was euthanized at a Raytown veterinarian clinic, due to deteriorating health.

Aik von der Berger-Ranch, “Aik,” a German Shepherd, was born on November 2nd, 2001, in Jena, Germany, in a litter of 9 pups. In March of 2003, he came to the United States to begin his training as a Police K-9. Aik was trained in narcotic detection, building search, obedience, aggression control, and article search.

Aik began his service with the Raytown Police Department on August 27, 2003. The next day, Aik and his handler, Michael Klein, assisted the Jackson County Drug Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Drug Enforcement Agency, in detecting 185 pounds of Marijuana, which was hidden in a crate of items bound for Kansas City. The Marijuana had an estimated street value of $120,000.

Aik worked alongside patrol officers in Raytown and surrounding cities and counties. He assisted many city, state, and federal agencies, including schools, with narcotics detections and other duties. He participated in many public demonstrations within Raytown and across the Kansas City metro area.

Aik received the Raytown Police Department’s Distinguished Service Award in December of 2006, in recognition of his performance above and beyond his duties.

K-9 Handler Michael Klein retained possession of Aik, when he was decommissioned from department service in February of 2010, which was customary.

Aik was surrounded by friends and family when he died.

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Water companies in Raytown working together

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Pictured are two crews working on a busted water main near 350 Highway. What is unusual is that the crews are from both water companies in Raytown working together to restore service.  Water District #2 came out to help Raytown Water Company repair a frozen main break. 

The Raytown High Jaywalker Dance Teams Competition Results

The Raytown High School Jaywalker dance team recently competed in the Lee’s Summit North Invitational. In their best finish in recent years, the team took 3rd place in the Jazz Division and 2nd place in Hip Hop Division.

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Pictured from left to right are Kristina Smith, Abbie Braly, Gracie Little, Emily Johnson (captain), Ashley Young, Lydia Arduser, Nikki Mathison, Emma Drace, Abby Wilson, Bailey Shaw, J’mia Cheadle, and Savanna Jackson (secretary).

The squad is coached by Christi Lamb and Mallory Peacher, Raytown High School graduates.

Raytown High School debate results

The Raytown High School Varsity Speech and Debate team Blue Jays attended the Springfield Parkview Tournament on January 24 and 25th. Top finishers for RHS were Emma Givens, who reached Semifinals of Dramatic Interpretation, Claire Robinson, who advanced to the Supersession of Student Congress, and Tamela Hill, who finished 4th place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. 

The novice debaters competed at TrumanHigh School.  Top finishers were:  Sebastian Mann, 7th place, Evalynn Lomax, 8th place, and Joshua Beary, 9th place all in Lincoln Douglas Debate; Shekinah Carr with Aarnisha Howard, 3rd place, Marissa Knorr with Zuri Martinez, 4th place, and Doyne Dodd with Jalessa Tayltor, 7th place, all in Public Forum Debate; Jordan Atkins with Israel Hanke, 2nd place in policy debate; Romeo Bagunu, 4th place in Storytelling, and Braden Best, 1st place in Humorous Interpretation.

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The Talking Blue Jays are coached by Mark Harris.

Police Blotter for the week ending 1/31/2014

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Raytown dog saves family from fire

The family dog alerted his family to a fire just after 2:00 am Sunday morning in the 6700 block of Ralston. The family was able to escape to the roof and then with the help of a neighbor’s ladder made it to safety. unfortunately the family dog was not able to escape the blaze.  The cause of the fire is suspected to be a fireplace in the living room.


From the Raytown Fire District

Family Dog a Hero

 
Raytown Fire Protection District
Press Release
Family Dog a Hero During Early Morning Raytown Residence Fire
 
PIO Assigned: Matt Mace, Interim Fire Chief
Follow up Info: Matt Mace 816-875-9746
Date: 1/26/14
Location: 6701 Ralston
Time of the call: 02:16
First Unit on the scene: Raytown Pumper 51
Number of Units: 7
Number of Firefighters: 32
Property Loss/Damage: $165,000
Contents Loss: Unknown
  
Additional information:
A mother and her 13 year old daughter escaped injury at 2:16 this morning after the family dog awakened them to smoke and fire in their house.  The residents escaped out a second floor window due to the heavy smoke and fire blocking the stairway. A neighbor awoken by their yells for help assisted them off the roof with a ladder before fire units arrived.
Upon arrival crews reported heavy fire and smoke showing and all occupants were out of the structure.  The high winds complicated the extinguishment of the fire and at one point forced firefighters to withdrawal from the house and use aerial apparatus to knock down the fire from the exterior. It is believed that the fire originated around the area of the living room fireplace and spread  throughout to the interior.  The family did have working smoke alarms.
 
The family dog which alerted them was not able to escape and perished in the fire. 
 
“The family was extremely lucky. First, their dog woke them, then the neighbor responding so quickly to rescue them from the roof.” Interim Fire Chief Matt Mace
 
  The American Red Cross assisted the family with housing, food, and counseling information. 
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For more on this click HERE to read a Kansas City Star article on the fire.
 

 

Michael Taylor scheduled to be executed

The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that Michael Taylor will we executed on February  26th.  Michael Taylor and Roderick Nunley were convicted of the 1989 abduction, rape and murder  of 15-year-old Ann Harrison. 

For more on this click HERE for a KMBC 9  article. 

City Administrator’s Report for 1/24/2014

City Administrator’s Report FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator

Public Works
 
Engineering:
 
The White Oak West Line A sanitary sewer construction project along 83rd Street from Raytown Road to Spring Valley Road continues in the 83rd Street & Elm area. The boring contractor continues to bore underneath the creek south of 83rd Street.
 
Missouri Gas Energy began relocating their gas mains in the Gregory Heights subdivision this week. This work is planned to last through the spring. MGE is relocating all of their gas mains from the back yard rear easement to the front yard right-of-way.
 
Google Fiber submitted their Right-of-Way permit applications for work within Raytown from the end of January to the middle of March, weather permitting. This work will cover approximately 75% of Raytown. A map depicting this area of Google Fiber construction will be placed on the City’s website next week. This work will not include connecting homes to their internet and television service yet; this will come later in the year.
 
Street Division:
 
Asphalt crew placed cold patch asphalt in potholes on the main roads. Storm sewer crew cleaned inlet throats of debris from 74 storm boxes.
 
Crews removed traffic signal mast arm at 63rd & Woodson and they are now fixing the wiring and making necessary repairs to the signal unit. Public Works hopes to get this flashing red light signal back up and in operation by the end of next week.
 
Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events
 
January 27 – Municipal Court – 6:00 p.m.
January 27 – Legislative Committee Meeting – 6:00 p.m.

Breakfast with the Beasts at Lakeside Nature Center

The volunteers and staff at LakesideNatureCenter would like to invite you to have Breakfast with the Beasts.  On Saturday, February 8th from 10am to 2pm, you’ll meet some of the beasts living in our own backyards and learn what they like for breakfast.  Kids can eat with their favorite beast — skunk, raccoon, squirrel, lizard and more, all portrayed by our volunteers.  The $5.00 fee per child includes breakfast and a photo with a favorite beast – adults are free.

Other activities will include:

Live animal presentations throughout the day

Crafts kids can take home 

Face-painting, kid tattoos and more… 

For more information, call LakesideNatureCenter at (816) 513-8960.

 

Lakeside Nature Center is owned and operated by Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation

The Sunday Funnies (reruns)

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State Senate bill on student transfers

Political press releases and/or newsletters are not the normal fare for RaytownOnline.com. This email newsletter from State Senator LeVota has a portion in it relevant to  the transferring of student out of student from Kansas City Public Schools and into Raytown Schools.  The portion concerning transfers follows as well as a link to a web version of the entire email. 


 

Fixing the Student Transfer Issue
The issue with the most focus in the Senate is the efforts to clarify an existing state law that allows students in unaccredited public school districts to transfer to a nearby accredited district of their choice.  Despite the fact that this policy adds uncertainty and insecurity for all school districts involved, the Missouri Supreme Court has issued rulings upholding the law.  In the wake of those rulings, many students in unaccredited districts have transferred to other schools, which highlights the need for the General Assembly to finally address the issue to stop the anticipated problems.

That is why I filed Senate Bill 624. The bill allows school districts to establish policies that outline class sizes and student-to-teacher ratios.  Once a district establishes a desirable class size and student-to-teacher ratio, districts will not be required to accept transfer students from unaccredited school districts if the move would violate the class size and student-to-teacher ratio.

This bill addresses the student transfer issue in a way that helps both the accredited and unaccredited school districts.  It is unfair to overwhelm accredited districts with transferring students. On the other hand, it’s also unfair to turn students away if the district has the room to accommodate them.

Senate Bill 624 also prohibits the State School Board from classifying a school district as unaccredited or reclassifying a district’s accreditation to provisional if a vacancy exists on the board for the congressional district where the school is located.


To read the entire newsletter click HERE.

 

HEALTHY VENDING IN THE WORKPLACE

The Mid-America Regional Council has partnered with the three local public health departments serving Jackson County, Kansas City Health Department, the Independence Health Department and the Jackson County Health Department, to address policy and environmental change around chronic disease prevention. A Leadership Team provides community input and oversight for the program.

With funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Building a Healthier Jackson County, a five-year grant program, addresses tobacco-free living, active living, healthy eating, increased use of high-impact quality preventative services and a safe and supportive built environment.

The Mid-America Coalition on Health Care issued the Healthy Vending Resource Guide in September 2012. The goal is to help employers and other organizations with vending machines in their buildings understand the value of increasing the availability and affordability of healthful foods. The guide offers helpful information on how to implement healthy vending to increase the number of businesses and organizations implementing healthier vending options. 

Employers in eastern Jackson County have an opportunity to partner with the Jackson County Health Department on this project.  One goal is to increase the availability and affordability of healthful foods and beverages in workplaces and community organizations. Another goal is to create an environment that supports healthy lifestyles, prevents obesity and improves the health of employees and the general public.

Please contact the Jackson County Health Department at (816) 404-8429 if you would like a copy of the Healthy Vending in the Workplace Guide, and/or if you want to partner with us on this initiative.

You can download the guide in PDF format by clicking HERE

 

Weather Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory from 9:00 pm tonight untill 11:00 am Thursday. Possible wind chill temperatures -15 to -28 F.

 

 

Friends of Rice-Tremonti elects a new board of directors

The new Board of Director of Friends of Rice-Tremonti were elected into office Jan. 15,2014.  They are as follows:.
President                Barb Schlapia
Vice-President         Leigh Elmore
Treasurer                 David Wurth
Secretary                 Marilyn Fleming
Corr. Secretary        Vi Guinn
 
The Board will be holding a planning session instead of the normal February meeting in order to determine future projects for the Home.

Westridge Gardens to Host a Raytown Artist of the Month Series in 2014

Thursday, January 30th from 4:00-6:00 PM Westridge Gardens is partnering with the Raytown Artist’s Associations to host the inaugural Artist of the Month reception featuring Artist, Dawn C. Thomas. The community is invited, at no charge, to come and enjoy refreshments, meet the artist, view the art, and possibly purchase a piece for home. The last Thursday of each month the reception will feature a different artist from the Raytown Artist’s Association.  The receptions are an unique opportunity for the community meet the artist, see a variety of different styles of art and subject matters. 

About the Artist:

Ms. Thomas has been painting for over 40 years. She studies with several nationally known watercolor artists annually. Her prize-winning work has been exhibited in area Art Show’s and Festivals in Kansas and Missouri; She has won many local and state awards.

Ms. Thomas has a Master’s Degree in Art and taught high school art for 40 years. She has authored and published five books for art teachers. Since retirement in 2009, her work has been selected for National Juried shows across the USA. In addition, she also is known for large indoor and outdoor murals.

“My subject matter is primarily floral and landscapes. The Architecture and culture of the Southwest has intrigued me. Like a magnet, I visit and paint in Taos, New Mexico yearly. My trademark vivid colors, strong emphasis on light and shadow, and unusual viewpoints help enhance the subjects I choose. Never without ideas, I’m always experimenting and evolving.” Inspiration comes from everywhere.

Ms. Thomas holds memberships in the MO, AL, TX, IL, and Red River Watercolor Societies. Currently, she is the President of the Raytown Artist’s Association and a member of the Lee’s Summit Art Group. Her paintings can be seen at Image Gallery in Overland Park, Gott Art in Lee’s Summit, and St. Luke’s East.

The artwork that is changed out at the beginning of the month at Westridge Gardens is located in living room and the front hallway.  Anyone who is unable to attend the reception is encouraged to come out anytime through out the month. Each piece of artwork is accompanied by a small card noting the artist’s name, the work’s title, the purchase price, and the artist’s contact information. Each of these exquisite pieces is for sale, and anyone interested in purchasing a piece or two should contact each artist directly. Again, we love the Raytown Artist’s Association for choosing us to show off the great works of their amazing artists.

 For over twenty years, Westridge Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has been dedicated to serving patients in Raytown, Missouri while specializing in short term rehabilitation to home and extended care nursing services. At Westridge Gardens, we believe the only way to serve our residents and their families is with a standard of excellence second to none. Westridge Gardens is committed to the highest standards of excellence, and welcomes the opportunity to serve the residents of the Raytown area in the future. Westridge Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a Tutera Senior Living Community.

School Board and Charter candidate filing closes

Filings for the Raytown Board of Education closed at 5:00 pm. Three incumbents were the only candidates to file. 

Rick Moore
Terry E. Landers
Jerome Barnes

There are 22 candidates filed for the 13 Raytown City Charter Commission. 

Joe Burton
Janet Emerson
Lisa Emerson
Jason Greene
Mark Moore
Chris Rathbone
Robbie Tubbs
Susan Thorsen
Jim Aziere
Richard Koop
Steve Guenther
Greg Walters
Charlotte Melson
Susan Dolan
Sandra Wood-Hartwell
Ted Bowman
Michael McDonough
Mary Jane Van Buskirk
David McCauley
Witty Wittman
Matthew Cushman
Jerome Barnes

Ballot order will be determined by a lottery to be held at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in the Council Chambers at Raytown City Hall.

Raytown vs Raytown South results

The Raytown High School boys basketball team defeated Raytown South boys basketball team 69 to 59, Monday at the Sprint Center. 

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Friends of Rice-Tremonti Home honored by Jackson County Historical Society

The Jackson County Historical honored Friends of Rice-Tremonti Home January 16, 2014 at its 55th Annual Meeting and Awards Program.  Leigh Elmore, past President along with other members were there to accept the Award which was given for:

Bringing Living History to Life

Partnership with JCHS for “Blood & Ashes”

150th Anniversary Re-enactment of General Order No. 11

The event was held last year at the Pre-Civil was home in Raytown, and was attended by many local residents. 

 

Also honored at the same event was Raytown’s own Ralph Monaco II, for Historical Book of the Year

Scattered to the Four Winds: General Order No. 11 and Martial Law in Jackson County, Missouri, 1863.

Raytown Teen Competes in Star Search Competition

Fifteen year old Alex Haywood, a Raytown resident, made it to the second round of the Variety Children’s Charity’s Star Search competition. Haywood sings a song about not letting circumstances hold you down to his 11-year-old sister, Dándra Haywood who is a special ed student at Raytown Middle School. Haywood’s band, The Selfless Remain, is a competition to be one of the top 10 bands to perform at the Alamo Drafthouse on February 23.

Haywood’s friend, 16-year-old Sammy Noel wrote “Circumstances” and dedicated the song to kids with disabilities. Noel is part of the band composed of four Lee Summit teens with Haywood as the lead singer. The song was professionally recorded at Destiny Audio in Independence, the music video shot at Lake Jacomo and produced by Lee Summit-based Combustible Media Productions. The video has had over 2,000 views since it was posted on January 12, 2014.

The band entered the song in the Variety Children’s Charity of Kansas City’s Star Search competition. The band is asking residents to vote with a $1 donation towards the charity that benefits children with disabilities. “I really liked the song because it shows how my sister feels so I put my heart into it,” says Haywood.

To vote on the video, go online to http://varietyshowkc.org/vote-today/. Voting ends February 14 at 11:59pm. If The Selfless Remains garners enough votes, they will go onto the next round of performing at Alamo Drafthouse on February 23rd.

Town Hall meeting on proposed farmers market

Access Farmers Market held a Town Hall meeting to inform the community about their proposed farmers market for May of 2014.  The proposed location is in the 6200 block of Raytown Road, just West of  what is often refered to as the Green Space.   RaytownOnline.com recorded the meeting and has broken it into three video segments.  The meeting was held in a Raytown Public Works building at 6417 Raytown Road.  Putting together these videos took longer than anticipated, but the information is still relevant and RaytownOnline.com believes that a farmers market would be a good addition to the community.