Raytown current weather conditions

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Weather Forecast

Wednesday 50%
High 89° / Low 74°
Showers and thunderstorms late. Lows overnight in the mid 70s.
Partly Cloudy
Thursday 10%
High 91° / Low 75°
Partly Cloudy
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 91F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.
Friday 10%
High 90° / Low 73°
A mainly sunny sky. High near 90F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Saturday 10%
High 90° / Low 70°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy. High near 90F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph.
Sunday 10%
High 89° / Low 70°
Mostly sunny skies. High 89F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Monday 50%
High 83° / Low 66°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Mixed clouds and sun with scattered thunderstorms. High 83F. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Chance of Rain
Tuesday 80%
High 72° / Low 59°
Chance of Rain
Variable clouds with showers and scattered thunderstorms. High 72F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

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Editorial: Should city employees be required to live in Raytown?

Beth Linn has done a remarkable job over the last two years as Raytown’s Director of Community Development, bringing new economic development opportunities to Raytown. The 2nd video in the Board of Aldermen post for 5/3/2011 will give you an idea of how much has been done and is scheduled to be completed. She has recently tendered her resignation to take the position of City Administrator of Edgerton, Kansas.

Beth is an excellent example of why a residency requirement for Raytown city employees is a flawed idea. Beth lives in Shawnee and it would have been very difficult for her to move, since her husband is a fireman in Shawnee. Raytown and most cities require 1st responders to live close enough to respond quickly, and that rule makes sense. Fire, crime, and injury require a fast response time; however, no one is going to die if it takes the Budget Director 30 minutes to get to work.

Times have changed…in many households, the husband and wife both work; people don’t stay in the same job for 20 or 30 years; children get attached to their schools; and, in the current housing market, relocation can create a real financial hardship.  Limiting our city’s talent pool to only those individuals who are willing and able to move to Raytown would reduce our choices and may result in a higher percentage of  applicants without roots or adequate experience. The quality of someone’s job performance is much more dependent on skills, experience, and character than on residency.

Thanks to Beth for her efforts on behalf of Raytown, and we wish her luck in her new position!

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