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Thunderstorm
Monday 100%
High 68° / Low 31°
Thunderstorm
Late night thunderstorms. Lows overnight in the low 30s.
Chance of Rain
Tuesday 90%
High 44° / Low 21°
Chance of Rain
Showers likely along with a possible rumble of thunder in the morning, then cloudy skies late. Morning high of 44F with temps falling to near freezing. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
Mostly Cloudy
Wednesday 0%
High 36° / Low 27°
Mostly Cloudy
A mix of clouds and sun in the morning followed by cloudy skies during the afternoon. High 36F. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph.
Ice Pellets
Thursday 70%
High 41° / Low 34°
Ice Pellets
Light freezing rain in the morning changing to rain showers in the afternoon. High 41F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precip 70%.
Mostly Cloudy
Friday 20%
High 52° / Low 37°
Mostly Cloudy
Considerable cloudiness. High 52F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Chance of Rain
Saturday 50%
High 42° / Low 29°
Chance of Rain
Overcast with rain showers at times. High 42F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Clear
Sunday 10%
High 51° / Low 38°
Clear
Plentiful sunshine. High 51F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

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HOW NOT TO GET A CITY CHARTER PASSED (part 2)

Part 2 of the series on learning from the past…or…don’t do the same thing again and expect a different result.

Be fiscally responsible; otherwise it not only wastes money., it can also undermine the effort to get a charter passed.

The 2005 charter attempt resulted in about $60,000 in legal bills. That was 6 times the amount budgeted by the city and almost 10 times what the last charter for a fourth class city in Missouri cost. Fortunately the City negotiated a major portion of that away.  How can this mistake be avoided in the future? 

1. Don’t involve legal counsel until decisions must be made concerning the end result, and write the Charter in plain English.

2. Do not have a $240 an hour lawyer present at every official and some unofficial meetings of the members of the committee. 

3. Do not allow members of the commission to call up the a firm and run up billable hours unless the committee as a body has specifically authorized the expenditure in advance.

4. Do not take the position that because Missouri law does not limit the expenditures of a Charter Commission, it is the City’s obligation to pay that amount without question.

Four members of the 2005 Charter Commission are running for the 2014 Commission.  Fairness dictates that it be reported how many hours each of these four were linked to in the 2005 bills from the law firm. 

Aziere 0 hours for $0

Wittman 0 hours  for $0

Hartwell 0 hours for $0

Walters 43.5 hours for $10,440

In fairness to Greg Walters, many  of the 43.5 hours were not his alone. The law firm would list 2 or more conferences with Charter Commissioners and give a combined total billable hours for those calls. 

Click HERE to see a scanned copy of the portions of the invoices from the law firm that have the hours and who they were talking to or what they were doing.

Click HERE for a RaytownOnline.com video of the last 2005 Charter meeting that has some discussion of the legal costs.

 

 

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