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Raytown’s Joyce Downing featured in University of Central Missouri’s “Today” magazine

An article titled, “Looking Out for Others”, focuses on Raytown resident Joyce Downing’s work with children and education.  To read the full article click HERE.  (note this link has been updated to point to the archived issue)

Police Blotter for the week ending 9/3/2010

Blotter for 8/30/2010

Blotter for 8/31/2010

Blotter for 9/1/2010

Blotter for 9/2/2010

Blotter for 9/3/2010

The Sunday Funnies

Wesley B. Binder homicide TIPS reward increased

A fundraising at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church raised an additional $1,635  bringing the total possible reward to $6,135 for information leading to an arrest.

Mr. Binder was found in his driveway at 60th Terr. and Hunter Ave in Raytown on December 9, 2009. The  case has not been solved.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers Greater Kansas City TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS (8477).

Timothy Morris, of Raytown, enlists in National Guard

Timothy Morris, of Raytown, recently enlisted in the Missouri Army National Guard and will serve with the Delta Battery, 1-129th Field Artillery in Independence. 

In October, Morris will report to Fort Benning, Ga. for his Basic Combat Training. He will later receive training at Fort Sill, Okla. to become a cannon crewmember.

 “I joined the National Guard for the service to my country, tradition and benefits,” said Morris. “After finishing my training, I plan to apply for officer candidate school.”

 Upon enlistment, Morris will earn over $500 a month in GI Bill benefits plus 100 percent college tuition assistance.

 In 2002, Morris graduated from Calvary Christian High School in Nevada and in 2009 graduated from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan. He is currently employed with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansa City.

 Morris is the son Mike and Betty Morris of Moundville.

 For more information about the Missouri National Guard, please call 1-800-GoGuard or visit www.moguard.com.

Vacant house catches fire

Fire broke out early Monday afternoon (Aug. 23rd) in a vacant house on the Southeast corner of 62nd Terr and Blue Ridge Cutoff. There was major smoke and water damage, but not significant structural damage. It has not been determined yet if this was a case of arson.

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Volleyball at Raytown Parks

The Raytown Parks and Recreation Dept. (5912 Lane, 358-4100)  will be offering 5th, 6th, & 7th grade girls volleyball on Thursday  nights.   The league will run for 9 weeks and will cost $55 per person.  The start of the winter volleyball season will be September 16th.  This league will be played at Robinson Elementary at 67th and Woodson.  This is a great recreational level league for girls looking for a fun, but not too competitive, activity, to learn the sport of volleyball and give the girls a leg up on getting experience before trying out for the middle school sponsored team.  All coaches will be trained by Parks staff.  For more information about the upcoming volleyball league, call the Raytown Park Office at 358-4100.

Police Blotter for the week ending 8/27/2010

Blotter for 8/23/2010

Blotter for 8/24/2010

Blotter for 8/25/2010

Blotter for 8/26/2010

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The Sunday Funnies

One Way – Wrong Way – On Willow

Residents on and around Willow Ave from 70th Terr to 71st Terr came to City Hall and voiced their displeasure about the change of Willow to a one way street flowing North.  A common complaint was that it forced many of them to us Raytown Road to get to destinations that in the past they had been able to reach without making a left turn onto a major (read busy) street.  The residents of the affected area aired their views for 24 minutes.  The most common suggestion was to alter the direction of the street to flow South. 

The reason for the change is that Willow is barely as wide as a alley, not wide enough for two cars to go by each other without one or both using part of someones yard to drive on.   

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Police Officers Mathew Ingram and Richard Krefft sworn in

From the Police Blotter – Car Jacking in Raytown

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Raytown Finance Dept. receives an award


Action Requested: Board of Aldermen approval of the Blue Ridge Sidewalk Project low bid of Miller Paving & Construction, LLC of $514,488.43.

 Recommendation: Staff recommends approval as submitted.

 Analysis: The Public Works Department received 8 bids that were opened on Tuesday,

January 26, 2010. Miller Paving & Construction, LLC is the lowest and best bidder at

$514,488.43 and is being recommended for approval. This project will include construction of new sidewalks, ADA ramps, curbs, and other miscellaneous work. This project is currently funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act through MoDOT for $514,488.43. This project was initially funded through ARRA for $250,000.00. The City of Raytown received two increases in funding to allow construction of the base bid and all four alternates.

Leath & Sons Inc. was the apparent low bidder, but MoDOT rejected their Bid due to their bid submittal not having the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise forms filled out within the required three-day window. Therefore, the City of Raytown is required to go with the second low bidder who submitted all of the required paperwork.

The project has been approved by the Municipal Committee at the February 9, 2010 meeting but was reviewed at a lower expenditure level of $288,629.71. The ability to award the project was delayed due to the delay in MoDOT concurrence. In the time since the delay more funding has been made available to the city that makes it possible to construct all of the sidewalk that was designed.

The City was prevented from awarding the project until it received MoDOT concurrence and approval of the all funding amendments. The first funding amendment has been approved and the second funding amendment for the project is on the agenda for the second reading for final approval. MoDOT concurrence was received on July 15, 2010. Notice to Proceed with Miller Paving & Construction, LLC will be issued after the required preconstruction meeting has been held.

Alternatives: Do not award the project and do not construct the sidewalk

Board of Aldermen agenda for 8/17/2010

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Police Blotter for the week ending 8/20/2010

Blotter for 8/16/2010

Blotter for 8/17/2010

Blotter for 8/18/2010

Blotter for 8/19/2010

Congressman Cleaver Meets with School Superintendents in Raytown

Congressman Cleaver Meets with School Superintendents Regarding New Money for Teachers Meeting will examine plans for federal dollars allocated through H.R. 1586  

 Congressman Cleaver will meet with all Public School District Superintendents of Missouri’s Fifth District to discuss the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act. As you know, last week the President signed H.R. 1586 into law. The legislation will save or create 319,000 jobs, including 161,000 teacher jobs, and also discourages American corporations from shipping jobs overseas.

The legislation includes $10 billion to save teacher jobs and $16.1 billion in health assistance to the states. The bill is completely paid for.   

Under the bill, Missouri will receive an estimated $189 million in emergency education funding.  It is estimated that 3,300 Missouri teacher jobs would be saved by this funding.
The legislation uses the same formula to distribute the education funds to states as was used in the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund under the Recovery Act. The formula allocates funds based on each state’s relative population of individuals ages 5 to 24 and of each state’s share of the total population. Governors will distribute funds to districts using the state’s primary funding formulae for K-12 education or each district’s share of Title I. Once the bill is enacted, Governors will be required to tell local school districts which formula they plan to use to allocate the funds to ensure districts can plan immediately to hire back staff.  

WHO: Congressman Cleaver, II and Missouri Fifth District Superintendents

WHAT: Meeting to discuss new federal money for teachers

WHEN: 11:00 am, August 18, 2010

WHERE: Raytown School District Building, Board Room, 6608 Raytown Road, Raytown, MO 64133

The Sunday Funnies

Former Raytown Alderman Harry Wessley dies

Harry E. Wessley, 78, Appleton City, Mo., died Aug. 11, 2010. Visitation 1 to 2 p.m., memorial service 2 p.m. Mon., Trinity United Methodist Church. Memorials Trinity UMC or Family Love Fund. Second memorial service 7 p.m. Tues., Faith Presbyterian Church, Raytown. Arr.: Hill & Son F.H., (660) 476-2135.

Assault and robbery in South Raytown

From the Raytown Police daily blotter.

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Click here for an article on the robbery in the Pitch

Baptist Temple opens a new childrens wing

The new building was designed for the children’s ministry specifically and features slides at the entrances, a movie theater, sports room, art room, and many rooms for younger children. The foyer connects to old foyer of the main building and features a coffee shop and sitting area.

It is a work of modern architecture at its best and was engineered in a detailed manner for children specifically.

Aldermen set to vote on zoning change in Ward I

The Board will vote to chenge 2.1 acres of low density housing to high density housing on a plot of land on the Easty side of Blue Ridge Elementary School. The proposal would put 24 townhouses on the site.

Board of Aldermen agenda for 8/10/2010

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Raytown’s Charla Roberts makes the KMBC news

Channel 9 interviews Charla Roberts about her work with the Shepherd Center’s, Meals on Wheels program.


Police Blotter for the week ending 8/13/2010

Blotter for 8/9/2010

Blotter for 8/10/2010

Blotter for 8/12/2010

Blotter for 8/13/2010