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Raytown BOA public comments 9/21/2010

Raytown Board of Aldermen public comments 9/21/2010. Rental property regulation and other topics.

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Wendy’s Facelift in progress

Lightning Strikes Raytown Online

This weeks news has been delayed due to damaged equipment. Temporary substitutes are in place and Raytown Online will start having new content again.

Police Blotter for the week ending 10/1/2010

Blotter for 9/27/2010

Blotter for 9/28/2010

Blotter for 9/29/2010

Blotter for 10/1/2010

3 car accident on 350 Highway

Westbound traffic was delayed around morning rush hour on 350 Highway by a 3 car accident.

Proclamation recognizing “Welcome Home, Vietnam Veterans, Welcome Home” Week

Shepherd Center Book Sale

Shepherd Center’s anual book sale will be this Friday and Saturday Sept. 24-25 at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6429 Blue Ridge Blvd.

Raytown Police Officers Benefit Fund holds a golf Tournament for REAP

The Raytown Police Officers Benefit Fund  Benefit Golf Tournament for REAP on Friday, September 24 at the Teetering Rocks Golf Course,  12040 E 86th St in Raytown, MO 64138. 

Registration is at 11:30 a.m. and the tournament will start at 1:00 p.m. The format for the tourneyment is four-man scramble. The cost is $75.00 per player and covers 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, drinks and a dinner reception. 

For more information call Mike McDonough at 816-737-6025.

Raytown Student named National Merit Semifinalist

Trey E. Sprick, who attends Raytown South High School, was named a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship program.  Trey is eligible to go on to the next round of competition for a share of the over $36 million in college scholarships.

Missouri National Guard welcomes more Soldiers

 EVENT: 1141st Engineer Company Welcome Home Ceremony

DATE/TIME: Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m.

LOCATION: Army National Guard Armory, 7600 Ozark Rd.,

Kansas City, Mo. 64129

 The Missouri National Guard will welcome home an additional 20-plus Soldiers in Joplin’s 203rd Engineer Battalion and Kansas City’s 1141st Engineer Company (Sapper) at two ceremonies on Saturday, Sept. 25.

The Soldiers, arriving at the later date due to a training commitment – Warrior Leadership Course, will be honored in brief ceremonies five days following welcome home ceremonies held for the main group.

The Soldiers deployed to support Overseas Contingency Operations in just over a year ago. While overseas, its missions included clearing roads of improvised explosive devices, construction of bridges for advancing coalition forces and counter-mobility operations by way of building and improving base fortifications.

Of the unit’s five companies, three deployed, including its headquarters company of Joplin, its forward support company of Joplin and Neosho, and its sapper company of Kansas City.

The 203rd commanded, controlled and supported three sapper companies in Afghanistan — its own 1141st Engineer Company of Kansas City, the 211th Engineer Company of South Dakota and the 810th Engineer Company of Georgia. The unit reported to the 372nd Engineer Brigade of the Army Reserves from Minnesota, under the 82nd Airborne Division.

The battalion is commanded by Lt. Col. Anthony Adrian of Columbia. The 1141st sappers are commanded by Capt. Brian Sayer of Richland.

Family, friends, community and media are encouraged to welcome the Citizen-Soldiers. For media coordination in Joplin, please RSVP with Ann Keyes at 417-766-2778 or ann.keyes@us.army.mil.

For coordination in Kansas City, please RSVP with Jennifer Archdekin at 816-262-2893 or jennifer.archdekin@us.army.mil.

For more information about this advisory, please contact Ann Keyes at (417) 766-2778 or ann.keyes@us.army.mil.

Board of Aldermen agenda for 9/21/2010

Click here for the agenda

Police Blotter for the week ending 9/24/2010

Blotter for 9/20/2010

Blotter for 9/21/2010

Blotter for 9/22/2010

Blotter for 9/23/2010

Blotter for 9/24/2010

5 year old found wandering streets Monday at 6am

A 5 year old boy was found by a Raytown Police officer at 87th and Elm Monday Sept. 13th.  The boy did not speak English, so a KCMO Spanish speaking officer was called in.

For more on this story goto KCTV5 and the Kansas City Star.

The Sunday Funnies

Pumpkins on Parade

Raytown Three Trails Kiwanis

News Release for Raytown Online September 6-10

Pumpkins on Parade – Release # 1

The Raytown Three Trails Kiwanis Club and Cave Spring Park are very excited to invite you to participate in the 1st Annual Pumpkins on Parade community event.  We’re looking for businesses, youth groups, organizations and schools to join us on October 23, 2010 from 4:30 to 9:00 p.m.  at Cave Spring Park.  As you walk the trails, you’ll “ooh” and “aah” over the carved pumpkins tucked along the path, in the trees, and on rock ledges.  As you return from your walk through the woods, you’ll be welcomed with games for the kids and the aroma of freshly made kettle corn, cotton candy, hot dogs and cider.

Your business, school, or organization can participate by being a Great Pumpkin Sponsor, a Pumpkin Carver, or both!  Great Pumpkin Sponsors – For a $100 donation Great Pumpkin Sponsors will be listed on the trail map given to all participants and you will have a pumpkin carved by graphic artists with your business logo prominently displayed at the beginning of the trail.  Pumpkin Carvers – As a Pumpkin Carver, you conjure up your creativity and carve a pumpkin for the trail.  Your group will be listed on the trail map and your pumpkins are easily located as viewers wander the trails.  If you’re participating as a business, you can provide your own pumpkins or purchase them at Cave Spring Park on Saturday, October 16th.  If you are a not-for-profit group, you may pick up donated pumpkins at Cave Spring Park on Saturday, October 16th.  Individual Pumpkin Carver entries are also available.

Please join us as we look forward to a wonderful opportunity for our community to celebrate fall, fun, fellowship, family and the natural beauty of our own Cave Spring Park.  Invite your family and friends.

Sponsorship and entry forms can be downloaded at www.raytownkiwanisclub.org or www.cavespring.org.  For more information contact:  Elaine Schulze at 816-356-1625 or Mary Lee Skitek at 816-353-8491.

The Missouri Army National Guard unit coming home

EVENT: 1141st  Engineer Company Welcome Home Ceremony
DATE/TIME:  Monday, Sept. 20, 6 p.m.
LOCATION:  Army National Guard Armory, 7600 Ozark Rd., Kansas City, Mo.

The Missouri Army National Guard is holding a welcome home
ceremony for the 1141st Engineer Company (Sappers) at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept.
20 at the National Guard armory in Kansas City.

The 1141st has spent a year in Afghanistan supporting military operations
against insurgents and conducting combat engineering operations. They cleared
routes of improvised explosive devices and built and improved base and
defensive position fortifications. The sappers also supported infantry units
in direct fire situations.

The 1141st served under the commanded of Capt. Brian Sayer, of Richland.

Sappers are combat engineers who advance with the front-line infantry. They
have fought in every war in American history. Their mission can vary between
clearing land mines and bridge building, to supporting infantry units in
direct combat operations.

The community and media are invited and encouraged to attend the ceremony.

Letter to the Editor from Alderman Joe Creamer

On September 21st the Raytown Board of Alderman will be having a study session to look at the possibility of regulating rental in the City of Raytown. When I brought this forward a couple of years ago I was looking at this as a way to preserve our neighborhoods within the city. We have statistics that are about three years old that indicate that twenty five percent of the property in our community is rental. I realize that there is no community in this country that is without rental property, it is not my goal to make this a rental free community.

The goal I had when I brought this forward is to make sure that these properties are maintained at a high level. I have always expressed that I want to be able to drive down the street and not be able to tell the difference between owner occupied, rental or vacant properties. In recent years we have seen a loss not a gain in propertiy values, I ask you why is that?

I recently was asked by someone what is driving me and I told them this story. When I was growing up I had a youth pastor that came to the area from Indiana, he chose to move to Raytown. Many years later I asked him why he chose Raytown to set his roots, the answer I got is what is pushing me. This gentleman told me that he narrowed it down to Raytown and Lees Summit, he said that he picked Raytown because they had better property value.

I am not trying to say that rental is what caused this decline in value, I am saying that it is a piece of the pie. I owe it the the people of Raytown who have chosen this city over other cities, people who have made an investment in Raytown, people who have chosen to make this their home.

The statistics I shown you are three years old, how many rental properties are there since then. If you are interest in this topic I invite you to come out and express to the board you opinion. If you do not come out and speak that night during public comments the board will never know. I can tell you this there will be people there that are interested in their rental property, they will drive to Raytown that night to express their opinion and the they will go home to the town they chose to live in.

We all need to come together to make this community a stronger place. I hope to see you at City Hall on Tuesday, September 21st at seven o’clock.

Alderman Joe Creamer

Reports of gunshots

There are reports of the occupants of two cars firing shots at each other on Tuesday, September 14th and 9:30 pm. The location for this was 87th and James A Reed Road.

This report has not been verified by the Raytown Police Dept. at this time.

Former Raytown resident stabs Penn Valley Dean

Casey Brezik, a 22 year old former Raytown Resident, stabbed the Penn Valley JUCO Dean of Instruction in the neck. For more on this story from the Kansas City Star click HERE.


The intended target for the attack was to be Governor Jay Nixon.  For more on this from the Kansas City Star, click HERE.

Armored car robbery loot found in Raytown

Deangelo Colston and Gerald Jones are charged with robbing and armored car courier outside of the Bank of America aty 31st and Main. The loot and a gun were found hidden in a Raytown home in the 5300 block of Ditzler Ave.  The search was done as part of a joint effort by the Raytown Police Swat Team, the  FBI and KCMOPD.  

More on this can be found at the Kansas City Star by clicking HERE.

Police Blotter for the week ending 9/17/2010

Blotter for 9/13/2010

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Blotter for 9/15/2010

Blotter for 9/16/2010

Blotter for 9/17/2010

Public comments and Alderman discussion about Willow Ave being made one-way (part 5)

Public comments and Alderman discussion about Willow Ave being made one-way (part 4)

Public comments and Alderman discussion about Willow Ave being made one-way (part 3)

Wesley Bryan Binder’s family still seeking answers

The Kansas City Star has a major article on Wesley Bryan Binder, his murder and the effect it has had on his family. You can read it by clicking    HERE