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Steve Mock Memorial Tree and Monument Dedication

October 18, 2016, 6:30 PM, Raytown City Hall

The City of Raytown will host a dedication ceremony to commemorate the life and civic leadership of Alderman Steve Mock who passed away earlier this summer.

The ceremony will occur with the Mock family and City leaders on the east lawn of Raytown City Hall near the staff entrance to the building. Please join us as we dedicate a tree and monument in his honor.

Aldereman Steve Mock and Clarice Titus

Aldereman Steve Mock and Clarice Titus

Rice-Tremonti Lawn party

Rice-Tremonti Lawn party: Ice cream, live music, Buffalo Soldiers and crafts

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The Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home will hold an old-fashioned lawn party on the grounds of the Rice-Tremonti Home on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2-6 p.m. The 1844 era farmhouse is located at 8801 E. 66st St. in Raytown. Admission is free for the afternoon event and ice cream will be served and homemade jams and bread will be for sale.

Three Americana/Folk music acts are on the schedule. The Shortleaf Band will play at 2 p.m.; the duo of Betse & Clarke will perform at 3:30 p.m. and Kelly Hunt will play at 4:30 p.m. Each group will evoke the sounds of yesteryear in contemporary stylings. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, sit back and enjoy the entertainment.

In addition, historic re-enactors of the Kansas City-Leavenworth area chapter of the National 9th and 10th (Horse) Cavalry Association, or Buffalo Soldiers, will be present to explain how African-American cavalry soldiers played a big role in “taming the West” in the 19th century. The Buffalo Soldiers were members of the 10th Cavalry formed at Fort Leavenworth in 1866. They protected settlers during the westward expansion. Members of the group will be present throughout the afternoon and will give a talk at 3:30 p.m.

A talented group of crafters will sell their hand-made wares to attendees. Participating crafters include: Beyond Scentsations, soy candles and wax melts; Serendipity Dish, unique towel sets for kids; Revamp By Lady Dunn, one of a kind jewelry; Hum-A-Long Ranch, alpaca wool goods; Cassie’s K-9 Bakery, homemade dog treats; Designs By Downing, quilts, children’s bibs and aprons; Soapnotica, handmade soaps and lotions made to pamper you and your skin and Ailina Jewelry, handmade jewelry of stones, crystal, glass and metal beads. More are expected to sign up. No fees for crafters!

Of course, the Friends of Rice-Tremonti will serve homemade ice cream to cap off a fun afternoon outdoors. Yes, it’s all  free, but donations are always welcome as the not-for-profit group is responsible for all upkeep and preservation costs of maintaining this 172-year-old westward trails and Civil War landmark. Tours of the house and Aunt Sophie’s cabin will be held during the afternoon.

For more information contact Leigh Elmore, president of the Friends of the Rice-Tremonti Home Assn., 816-510-8179.

Missouri House District 28 Candidate Forum

The League of Women Voters and the Raytown Chamber of Commerce held a candidates forum for the Missouri House 28th District earlier this week.  All six candidates were in attendance.  RaytownOnline.com made a video recording of the forum.  Due to the closeness of the election, to save time, the normal amount of editing to pretty up the footage has not been done. There is about 10 minutes where the view is only the moderator at the podium, when the preferred view would be the candidates. This is at almost the end of the video and the reason is simple, I made a mistake during the file transfer process and did not catch it before the originals were deleted from the camera.  Everything is there, just some of it is not the preferred view.

 

HY-Vee Health Fair

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Raytown High School’s fall musical, Oklahoma! opens

You Cain’t Say No to Oklahoma!

“There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow,” sings Curly as the audience gets their first glimpse of Oklahoma!, the first musical of the 2015-2016 school year produced by the Raytown High School Theatre and Music Departments, running Nov. 19-21. Oklahoma! is a lively and hilarious musical that premiered on Broadway on March 31, 1943, and has won numerous awards, including the Olivier awards for Outstanding Musical Production, Best Set Design, and Best Theatre Choreographer.

The show is set in early 1900’s Oklahoma, before it was made the 46th member of the Union, and follows the story of Laurey, Curly, and their friends as the Box Social approaches. Featuring songs such as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “Kansas City,” “Cain’t Say No,” “Out of My Dreams,” and “Oklahoma!,” this show is full of musical numbers to remember.

The main cast includes Zach Kujath as Curly McLain, Emma Drace as Laurey Williams, Julianna McCarroll as Aunt Eller, Caleb McCarroll as Jud Fry, Raynesha Green as Ado Annie, Braden Best as Will Parker, Israel Hanke as Ali Hakim, and Richard Jones as Andrew Carnes.

The Raytown High School theatre, under the direction of Mrs. Katie Kolster, continues its season with The Odd Couple showing Feb. 25-27, 2016, and Hairspray, April 14-16, 2016. Tickets are available for purchase at the box office before and after school, or before the performance. To receive the advanced rate, one may also email Kathleen.kolster@raytownschools.org to reserve.

Students: $5. General Admission: $7 in advance/reserved, $8 at the door.

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Special Musical Guest Val Fagan at Blue Ridge United Methodist Church Sunday

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Val will be joining BRUMC for the 10:00 a.m. worship service. 5055 Blue Ridge Boulevard, KCMO, 64133.

Benefit Concert for REAP honoring Al Brown

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Raytown Farmer’s Market to finish season with a Bang

October 31st will be the last day for this seasons Raytown Farmers Market. The plan to have a Harvest Festival, with Arts and Crafts for kids , Face Painting, and a photo booth,  It is located at 6210 Raytown Road, across the street from the library.  On my last visit I noticed some nice produce and some very soft alpaca hats.

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Finger Puppets

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Alpaca hats, knitted and also felted versions, a lot softer than wool.

vegies and jewelry

Produce and jam from Pepper Berries Urban Farm

Raytown Democratic Association Monthly Meeting

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION

MEETING NOTICE

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown
Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!

 

Our speaker will belevotaPaul LeVota
MO State Senator 11th District

Thank you for helping to keep MO Blue

Contact

President Richard Tush (816) 356-0003
Vice President Fred Hartwell (816) 353-4431

August 20th

Mike McDonough
Raytown Mayor

 

September 17th

Bonnaye Mims
MO State Representative 27th District

Tom McDonald
MO State Representative 28th District

 

HOLD THE DATE

Saturday July 25th 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
RDA Annual Picnic


BONUS Picture

County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker Tweeting a photo of the audience  at the last Raytown Democratic Association meeting

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Tornado Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until midnight for Jackson County Mo.

Raytown is specifically mentioned on the NWS website ….

 

Event: Tornado Warning
Alert:
...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY 
UNTIL 700 PM CDT... 
 
AT 636 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 
WAS LOCATED NEAR RAYTOWN...AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 15 MPH. 
HAZARD...TORNADO AND GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL. 
SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED ROTATION. 
IMPACT...FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT 
SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. DAMAGE 
TO ROOFS...WINDOWS AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE DAMAGE IS 
LIKELY. 
LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... 
BLUE SPRINGS...LAKE TAPAWINGO AND UNITY VILLAGE. 
THIS WILL IMPACT THE FOLLOWING INTERSTATES... 
I-70 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 11 AND 21. 
I-470 BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 7 AND 16. 
TORNADO...RADAR INDICATED 
HAIL...1.75IN
Instructions: TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME…A VEHICLE OR OUTDOORS…MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.
Target Area:
Jackson

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION MEETING

RAYTOWN DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION
MEETING NOTICE
Thursday, June 18th, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown
Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!

Our speaker will be

Jean Peters Baker
Jackson County Prosecutor

Thank you for helping to keep MO Blue

Contact

President Richard Tush (816) 356-0003
Vice President Fred Hartwell (816) 353-4431

July 16th

Paul LeVota
MO State Senator 11th District

HOLD THE DATE

Saturday July 25th 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
RDA Annual Picnic


Raytown Mayor Mike McDonough and Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders at the last RDA meeting.

Sanders gave a presentation on the prospects for Light Rail in Jackson County by using idle railroad lines. Exec Sanders explained the unique advantage Jackson County and Raytown have given much of the route can be implemented on existing right-of-ways that the railroads have already agreed to sell at a fraction of what it would cost to develop for public transit from scratch. McDonough and Sanders 1024

Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 27 & 28, 2015

radio_tower“Who ya’ gonna call? YOUR RAYTOWN Radio Hams!”

Public Demo of Emergency Communications June 27 & 28, 2015

Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. These radio operators, often called “hams” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station. Your Town’s “hams” will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities this weekend.

Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America including the California wildfires, winter storms, tornadoes and other events world-wide. When trouble is brewing, Amateur Radio’s people are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications. On the weekend of June 27-28, the public will have a chance to meet and talk with Raytown ham radio operators and see for themselves what the Amateur Radio Service is about as hams across the USA will be holding public demonstrations of emergency communications abilities

This annual event, called “Field Day” is the climax of the week-long “Amateur Radio Week” sponsored by the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Using only emergency power supplies, ham operators will construct emergency stations in parks, shopping malls, schools and backyards around the country. Their slogan, “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, internet or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis. More than 35,000 amateur radio operators across the country participated in last year’s event.

“The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications,” said Allen Pitts of the ARRL. “From the earthquake and tsunami in Japan to tornadoes in Missouri, ham radio provided the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of the events. Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available. We need nothing between us but air.”

The Raytown Amateur Radio Club will be demonstrating Amateur Radio at 10000 E 59th Street Raytown,Mo (behind Raytown City Hall) on June 27 & 28. They invite the public to come and see ham radio’s new capabilities and learn how to get their own FCC radio
license before the next disaster strikes.

Amateur Radio is growing in the US. There are now over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world. Tln·ough the ARRL’s Amateur Radio Emergency Services program, ham volunteers provide both emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies and non-emergency community services too, all for free.

To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to www.emergency-radio.org. The public is most cordially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams. See what modern Amateur Radio can do. They can even help you get on the air!

Raytown has Water

The water main break was repaired sometime before 4:00 pm.  The break was a little West of Harvard on 59th St. Here are some photos of the break and the repair efforts.

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THE RICE-TREMONTI HOME Bi-Annual Garage Sale

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THE RICE-TREMONTI HOME
Bi-Annual Garage Sale

Being held at Raytown REAP
9300 East 75th Street
June 4 and 5 from 8-5
June 6 from 8-12

If you have items to donate they may be dropped off the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the sale.
If you have donations and are unable to drop them off please call:

Leigh Elmore     816-333-3586
Phyllis Miller    816-353-2338

All proceeds from this event will go towards the ongoing preservation of this 1844 homestead.
Canned goods would also be appreciated for REAP for allowing us to use the facility.  See you there!

THE RICE-TREMONTI HOME Summer Tours

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THE RICE-TREMONTI HOME

Summer Tours

     8801 East 66th Street
Raytown, MO 64133

Come and visit us this summer.  This historic 1844 home and cabin will be open on
Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 p.m.

You will be surprised by all of the changes taking place.

Raytown High School Theatre will perform Moon Over Buffalo

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The Raytown High School Theatre department will perform Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo on April 16, 17 and 18 at the high school.

Set in Buffalo, New York in the 1950s, Moon Over Buffalo is a high energy comedy. The plot involves a family of actors trying to put on a play for a big movie director, Frank Capra. Throughout the show, identities are confused, actors are misplaced, and bringing Murphy’s Law to life, anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

“As the director of this wild show, I have really enjoyed watching these actors grow and use their comedic talents to tell such a fun story,” Director Katie Kolster said.

Performances begin at 7:00 at the Robert B. Atkins Performing Arts Center, 6109 Blue Ridge Blvd. Tickets are $5 for students. Adult tickets are $7 in advance or $8 at the door. Due to the limited number of seats available, advance ticket purchase is suggested. Those interested in attending may call the high school at 268-7300 or email kathleen.kolster@raytownschools.org to RSVP.

ANNUAL EGG-EXTRAVAGANZA 2015 –Gathering the eggs

The turnout this year was very large. Nice weather may have had something to do with that. Hear is a short video of one of the age groups gathering plastic eggs, stuffed with candy.

ANNUAL EGG-EXTRAVAGANZA 2015 –The Parade

ANNUAL EGG-EXTRAVAGANZA 2015 – Mayor Bower reads a story to the children

ANNUAL EGG-EXTRAVAGANZA 2015 – the photos

There will be more photos and also video from the event. It is a work in progress. I wanted to post something besides Raytown Politics for a change.


 

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Bunny and Friend in the Library

 

Mayor Bower with his favorite book

Mayor Bower with his favorite book

Clydesdales Pulling the Honey Wagon

Clydesdales Pulling the Honey Wagon

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marching white tigers at play

 

From the Car Show
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City Administrator’s Report for //2014

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

Administration
Just a reminder that the Board of Alderman meeting has been moved from April 7 to April 14, 7 p.m. at City Hall due to the General Municipal Election.

If you missed the Mayor and Alderman Candidate Forum, you can view it on our YouTube account at youtube.com/cityofraytown.

Finance Department
The department is finalizing agreements that will allow the City to accept online payments in the near future.
The Sales Tax Oversight Committee will meet April 21, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.

Development and Public Affair
The April 2 ribbon cutting at 53rd and Hedges was a success. It was so great to have Congressman Emanuel Cleaver help us open two more homes in our Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The homes will be available to tour at an open house on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free food and drink while supplies last.

On April 9 at City Hall, the Council on Aging will be holding a safety driving course with AARP. You will learn defensive driving techniques, proven safety strategies, new traffic laws and rules plus there are no tests to pass. $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. The course runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Please bring a sack lunch, drinks will be provided. Registration is required by calling 767-0103.

The City of Raytown’s newsletter has received a national award from the National Association of Government Communicators. They indicated that the newsletter was eye-catching and succeeds beautifully in helping keep citizens informed about city activities and opportunities, encouraging dialog and responding to concerns about government transparency. Another judge indicated that it has a clean and attractive look with great use of color, font sizes and page layout that work together to boost the effectiveness. The award will be presented to the City in June at the National Award Ceremony in Memphis, Tennessee.
The City’s Mobile App is now live. If you put in our Website address, www.raytown.mo.us it will take you to a mobile friendly app.

Parks Department
Public Forum for Parks and Recreations Master Plan will be held April 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the REAP Conference Room.

Public Works
Just a heads up that work will begin at 79th and Elm in the next 2 or 3 weeks. Road closures are being planned to occur for a few hours at a time….exact days and times will be posted later as the contractor requests. Some days only one lane will be open for use. Here is an explanation of the City’s Street Maintenance Program.

Street Maintenance Program Costs
The City of Raytown maintains 331 lane miles. We use the transportation sales tax and some City revenue to pay to upkeep our streets. Over the last five (5) years the City has spent $833,600 per year for this service. These costs also include sidewalk and curb repair, striping as well as handicap ramps which is a federal law requirement under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). We have to be in compliance with this law.

Let’s say you purchase a new car. You know in 10 years you may be able to afford to buy a new one, but you cannot expect your car to go that long without some repair. So, you do repairs to extend the life of your car until you can afford to purchase a new one. Or, you could ignore the repairs until it quits running or until you have the money to purchase a new car. Not a reasonable choice.

This is what the City faces when it comes to street maintenance. We’d love to have new streets, and be able to do overlays. But, the reality is the City cannot afford it. So, we use a seal that extends the life of the street until we can afford to do the mill and overlay.

To understand the numbers you need to know how the Public Works Department determines costs. A lane mile is a unit of measurement used by Public Works Departments for determining progress of maintenance programs. One lane mile is the width of one lane (12 feet) by one mile (5,280 feet). If you have a two lane street then that would be two lane miles. A turn lane also counts as a lane mile. The two tools the City of Raytown uses are Lightweight Aggregate Seal and Mill and Overlay. The cost per lane mile and life cycle of each tool is:

Cost per Lane Mile Life/Treatment
Lightweight Aggregate $21,542/Lane Mile 7 to 10 years
Mill and Overlay $66,176/Lane Mile 10 to 15 years

If all of the maintenance program funds from the last five years had been spent on Mill and Overlay, the treatment would have covered 50 lane miles, only 15% of all lane miles in five years. In one year we would be able to cover about three percent of all streets or 10 lane miles.

If we go back to our car example, the life cycle of a car is similar to the life cycle of a mill and overlay street which is about 10 to 15 years. Only doing Mill and Overlay would force us to expect a life cycle of a street to be 33 years. We can’t wait 33 years to treat our streets; therefore, the mixed approach is needed.

In the last five years, we have been able to complete Lightweight Aggregate on 70 lane miles and Mill and Overlay on 40 miles, in total 110 lane miles have been treated, or 33% of all the roads in Raytown using both tools. It is prudent to use the most appropriate tool at the proper time. Using the Lightweight Aggregate treatment stretches the life of the street and allows us to keep our roads in a manageable condition.

The City understands that the Lightweight Aggregate is not the first choice of our residents but we hope that this explanation will help you understand the decisions we face in developing a fiscally responsible street maintenance program.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events
April 06 – Municipal Court – 6:00 p.m.
April 07 – General Municipal Election
April 08 – Municipal Court – 8:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m

 

Blighted property now has two new energy efficient homes

Congressman Cleaver was present for the ribbon cutting and open house for two new homes in Raytown. The land previously contained two lots that the City had considered blighted. The new homes were constructed by Builders Development Corporation (BDC) and funding was provided through a Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 (NSP#) grant the City of Raytown received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. There are no local funds required by the City to participate in the program.

Using the NSP grant funding Builders Development Corporation purchases vacant and foreclosed properties to renovate or reconstruct on the properties and then sells the homes to qualified families. The program is part of the American Recover and Reinvestment Act also known as the Recovery Act was enacted to create jobs and promote invest and consumer spending during the recession. The monies made go back into the program to purchase more properties to further stimulate growth in the City and revitalization of a neighborhood.

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II – Missouri’s Fifth District, said “It is so satisfying to see homes built that will provide this neighborhood a new sense of excitement while also providing needed jobs to make the homes a reality. These homes will breath new life into this neighborhood turning blight into beauty and houses into hope.”

The BDC is also in the process of renovating a home that had been abandoned at 85th & Elm and is currently identifying other properties to acquire/reconstruct in Raytown.

 

 

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The Kitchen

 

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Congressman Cleaver flanked by four members of the Raytown Booard of Aldermen

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Alderman Melson cuts the ribbon

 

 

Annual Egg-Extravaganza On April 4, 2015

On Saturday, April 4, the Raytown Main Street Association will present the Annual Egg-Extravaganza in Downtown Raytown. Kicking off the festivities at 10:00 a.m. in front of the green space at 62nd St will be the Vintage Car and Truck show. At 11:00 a.m. children and adults alike will want to look for the Easter Bunny as the Raytown Community Parade sets off from City Hall, 10000 East 59 St. This year the parade promises some egg-xtra special entrants, including Clydesdale horses, and the chance to enter a raffle for the goodies inside our giant Easter Egg! Everyone in the community is encouraged not only to attend but also to participate! Online registrations for Parade entries and Vendor booths will be available on March 3. Check the Main Street Association website (www.raytownmainstreet.org) or Facebook page for the links or to print off a form. Parade entry forms will also be available at Clark’s Appliances, 9715 E. 63 St, or you may register at 10am at City Hall the day of the Parade. Parade entries are $20.00 and Vendor booths are $35/ $50 for booths with electricity. All vendor fees are tax-deductible as allowed by law since Main Street Association is a 501c3.

Once the parade reaches the green space, children are invited to enjoy story time with the Mayor inside the Mid-Continent Public Library, 6131 Raytown Road. There will be games, face painting, and other interests for the older kids to enjoy until the Free Community Egg Hunt begins at 1pm. The Easter Bunny will be on hand to preside over the great hunt, which is a favorite of children and parents alike every year. Make sure to take some time to shop the vendor booths, grab some lunch, and watch the Dachshund Dash and Dog Costume Contest too; right before or after the Egg Hunt is a great time to do so.

As if all of this wasn’t enough, the Beautiful Baby Contest will kick off at the Egg-Extravaganza; it is slated to run through May 9 at the Farmer’s Market. To enter, proud parents and grandparents need a current 5×7 photo of the baby with baby’s name and parents name printed on back of photo.  Contest is open to babies 1-24 months. There is a $20.00 Registration Fee for each entry.  1st place winner will receive a gift basket plus $100.  2nd and 3rd place winners will receive gift baskets. A “vote” is .25 cents.

For more information about Egg-Extravaganza, to order a child’s limited edition Egg-Extravaganza 2015 T-shirt, to download entry forms, or to register a parade entry or vendor booth online, please visit our website at www.raytownmainstreet.org. To donate unopened bags of individually wrapped candy for the Egg Hunt, visit local businesses including Advanced EyeCare and Westlake Hardware. For information on candy collection sites at local churches, call Pam at 816-356-0505.

You can also follow and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/raytownmainstreet.

Consultant faults charter & denies endorsement

This article originally ran in the Raytown Times and is reprinted here with their permission


The proposed City Charter has several policy issues that could become problematic for the city. particularly in the working relationships between the Mayor, Board of Aldermen and the City Administrator, Gary Markenson, former executive director of the Missouri Municipal League and now a consultant to cities. said yesterday (Tuesday, March 3 1).

At the Charter Commission’s request, Markenson met with the commissioners early on as they sought advice on charter preparation. After the draft was printed, Commission Chairman Sieve Guenther provided Markenson a copy of the charter and asked him to review it and provide an endorsement. Markenson said he could not endorse it and pointed out to Guenther several key problems.

The Charter has essentially gutted the position of Mayor, stripping the office of all administrative duties and leaving the mayor to handle ceremonial duties, Markenson noted. It also presents a wall between the Mayor and the City Administrator, placing more power with the Board of Aldermen.

The Charter states: ‘The Mayor shall be recognized as head of the City government for all legal and ceremonial purposes;  shall have no administrative duties beyond serving as Board of Aldermen Chairman.”

The Charter also provides for an elected Municipal Judge. but states that the judge, “Need not reside within the City.”

” I don ‘I know of any city in this state that allows an elected official to live outside the city.” Markenson said. ” It seems inconsistent to require the City Administrator to live within the city when an elected judge is not required to.”

Markenson noted that the Charter specifies that “the Park Board may make and adopt such bylaws, rules, and regulations for the guidance and for the operation of the parks. Such rules shall be  adopted into the City code or ordinances upon approval by the Board of Aldermen.”

“Does that mean the city has to rule on every little rule and regulation the Park Board comes up with?” he asked rhetorically.  “It seems that could cause major conflict between the Park
Board and Aldermen. It paves the way for conflict.”

Markenson pointed out several other faults. but praised the Charter Commissioners for their diligence in preparing the document. “They worked really hard,” he said.

 


That concludes the Raytown Times article.  Below is video of Markenson’s presentation at the second Charter Commission meeting.

RAYTOWN MAYORAL CANDIDATE FORUM Video