Raytown Police closed the streets around 71st Terrace and Blue Ridge Blvd. in the Gregory Heights neighborhood while Raytown Firefighters began door-to-door evacuations in response to broken gas main. The call to the 911 Center came in at about 1:44 p.m. reporting that someone in the neighborhood had broken through a gas main while trying to work on a sewer pipe. The sound and smell of escaping natural gas filled the air as the first officers arrived at the scene. Workers from the gas company have already arrived to begin work on the leak, while the Fire and Police Departments divert traffic from the area. The cause of the accident has not been determined and the caller’s report to the 911 Center has not yet been confirmed. The roads, including Blue Ridge Blvd., remain closed as of 2:15 p.m.
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May 17 2013
Apr 30 2013
This video includes the previous public comment section. Due to size considerations, the resolution has been reduced.
Apr 26 2013
The volunteers and staff at Lakeside Nature Center want to show you what’s outside your backdoor for Earth Day. Science and fun are intermingled in a delightful day for all ages on Saturday, April 27th from 10 am to 3 pm at the Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 E Gregory Blvd in Kansas City, MO. Join us to learn about Missouri’s urban wildlife. StoneLion’s award-winning puppet shows at 11 am and 1 pm will entertain and delight all ages. Other activities will include:Live animal presentations throughout the dayCrafts kids can take home
Face painting, kid tattoos and other activities
The event, puppet shows and all activities are free and open to the public. For more information, call Lakeside Nature Center at (816) 513-8960.
Apr 19 2013
Public Water Supply District No. 2 and the Raytown Police Department Sponsor Drug Take-Back Event -April 27, 2013!Posted by Michael Downing in City Government, Events, Police & Crime, Water District #2
Public Water Supply District No. 2 of Jackson County, Missouri & the Raytown Police Department is sponsoring a Prescription Drug Take-Back Event on April 27, 2013, at Apple Market on 75th & Raytown Road and the City Hall Parking Lot at 10000 E 59th Street.
The public may drop off outdated prescription drugs from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
The Missouri Rural Water Association (MRWA) is working in conjunction with drinking water utilities around the State of Missouri in an attempt to lessen the environmental impact of these pharmaceuticals.
National research indicates that 46 million Americans consume water contaminated with prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Missouri was one of 24 states where water samples from underground aquifers were tested and found to contain pharmaceuticals.
Concern about the possible human health effects of these drugs is behind the counter-offensive launched by your local water utility and the MRWA. “The way to reverse the trend is to eliminate contaminating our drinking water sources by properly disposing of pharmaceutical drugs”, says MRWA Management Circuit Rider, Larry VanGilder.
But who’s contaminating drinking water sources? You might be surprised to learn that you could be unintentionally fouling the waters! If you dispose of prescription drugs by throwing them into a trashcan or flushing them down the toilet, your actions could be having an adverse effect on the environment.
Solid waste thrown into trash receptacles eventually makes its way into a landfill, where these pills and other medicines can leach into the ground. From there, they can contaminate underground aquifers, which provide drinking water for communities and individuals.
With each flush, the toilet sends waste into either a private septic tank or a centralized wastewater collection system. The septic tank, like the landfill, potentially allows medications to contaminate ground water sources. The centralized wastewater system returns its treated water back to receiving streams and tributaries. These treatment facilities are unable, with today’s technology, to remove pharmaceuticals from water.
The only way to properly dispose of unused drugs is to incinerate them. This is the task of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. Collection sites, with the help of local law enforcement, deliver these waste products to the proper authorities for disposal.
During the last event held September 29, 2012, 17,208 pounds of pharmaceutical drugs were collected in Missouri. All pharmaceutical drugs collected were taken to a DEA facility and incinerated.
“Having these drug take back events on a regular basis each year provides the people of Missouri the opportunity to properly dispose of unwanted pharmaceuticals and greatly contribute to preserving the quality of water bodies we all enjoy and depend on for our basic needs and for recreation,” says Larry VanGilder, Management Circuit Rider for MRWA.
Public Water Supply District No. 2, the Raytown Police Department and the MRWA encourage you to take part in the April 27th Prescription Drug Take-Back Event!
Larry VanGilder, Management Circuit Rider
Or… your local drinking water utility representative:
Patrick Ertz at (816) 353-5550 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apr 13 2013
The Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scouts Troops in Raytown, Missouri in cooperation with Raytown BMX are sponsoring a Bike Rodeo and BMX Party on Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. All boys ages 7 to 15 and their families are invited to attend. The Raytown BMX track is located at 12605 Frost Road, Kansas City, Mo.64138.
There is no cost to attend and there will be food, games, and fun for the whole family. Boys are encouraged to bring their family and must bring their own bike and helmet to participate in the rodeo and ride the BMX track. There will also be drawings for free door prizes.
For more information on the event contact Michele Sipes at 816-353-9427 or at email@example.com.
The Heart of America Council, Boy Scouts of America serves 19 counties in and around the Kansas City metropolitan area and serves over 35,000 young people through more than 1,100 Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews, and Explorer posts. If you would like more information about Scouting in Kansas City please call (816) 942-9333 or visit www.hoac-bsa.org.
Apr 09 2013
Over 50 high school students from Raytown South High School have worked for the past 2 months putting together their production of FAME! Please join us this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7pm for their production. This is a great show for families and children. Tickets are $5 in advance or $7 at the door. For box office and ticketing information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apr 05 2013
The YMCA of Greater Kansas City senior leadership led by CEO David Byrd as well as the City of Raytown senior leadership led by Mayor David Bower last met on Friday, March 22, to continue conversations regarding possible solutions to financing and sustaining the operations of the YMCA in Raytown.
Charitable donations, membership dues and program revenue have not generated enough to pay for the Richard C. Green, Sr. Family YMCA’s operational and capital expenses. As a result, the Y is in a long-term deficit financial situation for the center, and the Richard C. Green, Sr. Family YMCA will close on April 12, 2013.
City residents and the Y reached out to the City of Raytown for assistance to keep the Richard C. Green, Sr. Family YMCA open. Both the Y and the city have presented possible solutions for consideration.
The last two meetings involved the Y’s and the city’s chief financial officers to explore the costs and the realistic financial options.
The reality for all of the options presented is that neither the City of Raytown nor the YMCA of Greater Kansas City have the finances to cover the needs at this time.
The city asked for a six-month extension to give them time to explore presenting an issue on the ballot for the residents’ vote. Both parties agreed that a favorable vote is not guaranteed.
The YMCA of Greater Kansas City can’t extend the closing without a guarantee of financial support because it does not have the dollars to support the losses that continue to grow as membership declines.
The financial commitment needed to keep the 8th Street, Independence and Richard C. Green YMCAs open varies for each facility because of differences in the size of the facilities, deferred maintenance costs, amenities at the facilities, amount of staff needed to run the facility, and the amount of deficits in membership and program revenue.
For example, Richard C. Green YMCA operational expenses exceed that of the 8th Street YMCA because of the amount of membership and program subsidy needed to overcome deficits in membership and program revenue, the larger staff team needed and the cost of operating the indoor pool.
At this time, there is not an agreed upon resolution to keep the Richard C. Green YMCA open, and the Y believes we have exhausted all possibilities for a joint resolution.
Next steps for the YMCA include securing community space to offer programming to the Raytown community and moving forward with selling the building.
Raytown’s response below
YMCA Final Offer to Raytown
YMCA Negotiations Started With Non-negotiable Base Requirements
Raytown, MO?The City of Raytown recently met with YMCA officials to see if we could agree upon a way to temporarily keep the Y open after they abruptly announced that they would be closing the Richard C. Green facility on April 12. In a recent press release from the YMCA, they write that Raytown had not offered any proposal or financial support. This statement is very misleading. It is important for our community to understand what the city was offered by the Y and how the negotiations were handled.
At the March 22 meeting, the YMCA brought three non-negotiable issues to the table that had to be addressed before any proposals from the city would be entertained. These issues were:
1) Address long term sustainability for operations. The Y indicated that our citizens had not supported the Y to date.
The city was requesting six months to see what our citizens were willing and wanting to do with this facility. We were given one week to determine this. That is not enough time to put together a feasible, fiscally responsible plan. We would not even be able to put it to a vote of the citizenry that quickly. The family of Richard C. Green gave the land to the Y, our citizens donated thousands of dollars as evidenced by a plaque within the Y and the city has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into the facility and grounds. To indicate that they have not been supported is a troubling statement.
2) Address a means to take care of current and future deferred maintenance.
The city was told that the millions of dollars in deferred maintenance was non-negotiable. This is an expense that the city had no part in making, the decision to let the facility go this far without maintenance was made by the Y. We would entertain future maintenance decisions but to be able to come up with $2.1 million in deferred maintenances was unreasonable.
3) Covering any losses the Y incurred for the next five (5) years.
Every meeting that we had with the Y this dollar amount changed. First it was $18,500 per month, then it went to nearly $40,000 per month and this last offer asked for $323, 844/ year or more based memberships, and was guaranteed for the next five years. This amounts to a blank check. We as overseers take our responsibility of the use and promise of use of the taxpayers money very seriously. This would not be fiscally prudent.
Their requirements was that the City had to agree to all of these terms by the March 28th Y Board Meeting. David Byrd, YMCA President indicated that he would be unwilling to take any proposal we came up with to his board for consideration if these were not addressed. They were asked what amount of money that the Y was willing to offer and they indicated none. The city had already indicated that we could not meet these requirements without some consideration from the Y by way of a time extension any proposal or offer from the city would be moot. At that point, the city’s hands were tied.
Attached to this release is the proposal document that the YMCA brought to the March 22 meeting. We regret that the city was not given the opportunity or time to see what our citizens could approve. They deserved better.
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Below is the document referred to. To see a larger version of the image, click on it.
Apr 01 2013
KC Metro Men’s Chorus Performance
to Benefit Shepherd’s Center of Raytown
Sunday, April 14, 3 pm
The Kansas City Metro Men’s Chorus will perform a selection of inspiring music for your enjoyment. The mission of the 85 voice choir is to praise God through music and give to those in need. A free-will offering will benefit older adults in the community through SCR programs and services.
An afternoon of music you don’t want to miss. Bring a friend (or two) and fill the sanctuary! Refreshments following the performance.
Mayor Bower read a rabbit tale to the children at the library
The Hunt for Eggs and more
Here are some of the first photos from the 4th annual Egg-Extravaganza. More photos and video to come.
Mar 28 2013
Ward I Alderman – Richard Tush, Josh Greene
Ward II Alderman – Jim Hamliton
Ward III Alderman – Janet Emerson, Chris Merrill, Mark Moore, Christine White
Ward IV Alderman – Rita Bennet, Bill Van Buskirk
Ward V Alderman – Steve Mock
Raytown School Board – Rick Thode, Bobbie Saulsberry, Ken Grist
Raytown Marshal – Jim Lynch
Raytown Municipal Judge – Traci Fann
Candidates that did not show up are not listed in the headings, but are shown as absent in each introduction screen
All of this group of videos may be viewed in HD resolution and full screen mode
Mar 27 2013
Jason Curry the man behind Raytown’s tech company sCOMM donated a device that assists in communicating with the hearing impaired to the Raytown Police Dept. A device Jason Curry invented and manufactures, called the UbiDuo.
Mar 19 2013
Mar 15 2013
Mayor David Bower delivered his State of Raytown speech Thursday at 1st Baptist Church. The click HERE for the final version in Word doc format, or just watch the video which includes a glowing introduction and photos of some of the crowd attending the event. The fare was pure Southern comfort, guaranteed to make you full and content, and raise you blood sugar and cholesterol to the roof. The crowd was friendly and deep into conversing with each other before and after the event.
This video may be watched in full screen high definition mode.
Mar 14 2013
MEETING LOCATION CHANGED
RQS Superintendent Addresses YMCA Closing, March 14, 6:00pm
Raytown Quality Schools Superintendent Dr. Allan Markley asks that you join him Thursday evening to discuss the closing next month of Raytown’s Richard C. Green Sr. Family YMCA.
Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 6:00pm
Raytown South High School auditorium due to anticipated large numbers of attendees
What Can the Community Do?
Pam Clark and Phyllis Goforth report to the Board of Aldermen on the Egg-stravaganza