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Chance of a Thunderstorm
Tuesday 50%
High 90° / Low 72°
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Partly cloudy with afternoon showers or thunderstorms. High near 90F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
Chance of a Thunderstorm
Wednesday 40%
High 88° / Low 74°
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Variable clouds with thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon. High 88F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Partly Cloudy
Thursday 20%
High 97° / Low 74°
Partly Cloudy
Sunshine and clouds mixed. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 97F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Friday 20%
High 95° / Low 70°
Partly Cloudy
Partly cloudy skies. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High around 95F. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph.
Clear
Saturday 10%
High 94° / Low 70°
Clear
Mainly sunny. High 94F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Sunday 10%
High 93° / Low 72°
Partly Cloudy
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 93F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Monday 20%
High 93° / Low 72°
Partly Cloudy
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 93F. Winds E 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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