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City Administrator’s Report – April 29, 2011

 FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator



th, from 9:00am to 12:00 noon, at 11924 E. 47th Street. All paper items accepted. Staples, paper clips, and cardboard boxes will be shredded, but please no food, plastic bags, wood or glass. Event is compliments of McGilley & Sheil Chapel.


The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has conferred the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to the City of Raytown for the third consecutive year.

Public Works

The Wade Wilson building renovations project reached a major milestone this week; all interior masonry work is complete. The electrical, plumbing and HVAC are the next items that should be completed. All of the window frames have been installed but some have plywood instead of glass installed, this has been done in areas where other construction work poses a significant risk of breaking the glass. Work on the new entry vestibule is expected to start next week dependent upon the weather.

Miller Paving has is working on the last portion of sidewalk on the east side of Blue Ridge Cutoff just north of 55

The contractor has failed to execute the annual pavement maintenance program contract. Staff has been in discussions with the contractor to execute the contract and has even offered two time extensions, for execution of said contract. Now that the time extensions have expired, staff will recommend awarding the contract to the next bidder at the May 10

Crews have been preparing for this Saturday’s clean-up event to be held at the Super Splash parking lot, beginning at 8:00am and running through to 3:00pm. With the waving of fees and a favorable weather forecast, staff expects an increase in utilization. Volunteers are still needed and will be highly appreciated.

The street sweeper rehabilitation is complete, staff tested the sweeper yesterday and is pleased with the results and now has fully recognized the previous poor performance of the equipment.

The cost of fuel is a concern for everyone including the city. The current cost of fuel for the city this week is $3.36 for unleaded and $3.55 for diesel which is up from the first week in April by $0.22 per gallon for unleaded and $0.14 per gallon for diesel.

th Street. Project should be complete within a couple of weeks. th Municipal Committee and at the May 17th Board of Aldermen meetings.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

April 29 – Legislative Forum; School District Board Room, 4:30pm
April 30 – Raytown Clean-up Day; Super Splash Parking Lot, 8:00am – 3:00pm
May 3 – Board of Aldermen Meeting; Council Chambers 7:00pm
May 5 – Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting; Council Chambers, 7:00pm
May 6 – Senior Expo; Council Chambers, 9:00am – 12:00 noon

Business Robbed by Threat of Physical Violence

Raytown Police responded to a report of a Robbery at a business in the 9300 block of East 350 Hwy., last Thursday (04/28/2011) evening at approximately 9:40 p.m. The suspect approached the clerk and threatened to punch the clerk if the clerk did not give the suspect merchandise and currency. After receiving the items, the suspect left the area on foot. The clerk was not struck, no injuries were reported and no weapon was seen. The suspect was described as a black male, about 6’1” tall, wearing a baseball cap, black hooded jacket, white tee shirt, black shorts and white shoes.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the TIPS Hotline, 816-474-TIPS.

Aldon Smith picked in the 1st round of NFL Draft

Former Raytown High School football player was picked 7th in the 1st round of the draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Smith has the distinction of being the highest ranking draft pick for the metro area in 20 years.

Raytown High School performing Romeo and Juliet

Raytown High School will be preforming “Romeo and Juliet” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Arbor Day celebration

3 PM Friday at Westridge Elementary School (8500 E 77th St.), the Raytown Tree Board will be celebrating Arbor Day.  Please check in at the school office on arrival.

Argument at Restaurant Results in Car Chase and Accusation of Robbery

Police took a report early Saturday morning (04/23/2011) that was classified as an attempted robbery of a fast food restaurant at MO 350 Hwy. and Hunter. Apparently, an argument broke out among customers in the parking lot when one car bumped another in the drive through line. The occupants of the front car got out and a disturbance ensued. The manager then ordered the disputants to leave the property. One of the customers got angry, and demanded his money back from the restaurant. When that customer was again ordered off of the property, he tried to crawl through the drive through window, knocking things out of the way and fighting with employees in what employees believed was an attempt to get at the cash register drawer. At the sound of approaching police sirens, the customer returned to vehicle and fled the scene on MO 350 Hwy. An Officer located the suspect vehicle just east of the city limits and tried to stop it. The driver led police on a circuitous, high-speed chase during the early morning hours that ended near Cleveland Ave. and Blue Parkway in Kansas City, MO. The 20 year-old Kansas City man was arrested for outstanding warrants and license violations. Requests for charges stemming from the car chase or incident at the restaurant will be presented to a prosecutor. No injuries were reported.

Special School Board Meeting

TYPE: Special Board Meeting
DATE: 4/25/2011 TIME: 5:30 PM CODE:
LOCATION: Raytown Quality Schools – 6608 Raytown Road

Call to Order

1.1 Call to Order Info

Discussion Items

2.1 Formative Student Data Review and Professional Development Review Info


3.1 Adjournment Action

Police Blotter for the week ending 4/29/2011

Blotter for 4/25/2011

Blotter for 4/26/2011

Blotter for 4/27/2011

Blotter for 4/28/2011

Blotter for 4/29/2011

Egg Hunt 2011 The HUNT!!

The Egg Hunt was sponsered by
Blue Ridge Methodist Church
Kansas City Baptist Temple
Raytown Christian Church
The River (also a church)

The Rabbit in Action

Egg Hunt 2011 Mayor Bower reads to the children

The age old question of whether it is a duck or a rabbit is explored by Mayor Bower and his many young advisers are the Raytown Branch of the Public Library.

Egg Hunt 2011 Car Show Photos

Clicking on a car will increase its size and dispay additional information on the car. So far only Bob Hiller has sent me more details about his car. Clicking again will increase the size even more and clicking a 3rd time on the image increases it to the maximum online size. Even larger versions are available to the owners on request.

Raytown South Faculty defeat the Raytown Police Dept. in Basketball

The game play was better the 67 to 34 win by Raytown South would lead you to believe. Both teams added a lot more 3 point shots this year with a decent percentage of success. The main weakness for both teams was ball handling, especially attempting to many behind the back passes that were seldom caught by the intended target.

The referees for the game were recently elected Raytown School Board member Jerome Barnes, his son Jerome Barnes II, and the newest addition to a family tradition of refereeing and umpiring Jeremi Barnes.

Raytown Board of Aldermen 4/19/2011 meeting

Part 1
Invocation – Rev. Dawn Weeks, Raytown Christian Church
Pledge Of Allegiance – Boy Scout Troop #285
A Proclamation thanking Alderman Joe Creamer for serving as Mayor Pro Tem
Roll Call
Public Comments
Dawn Weeks
Raytown Main Street (Phillis, Pam and Steve)
Communication from the Mayor
Communication from the City Administrator
Committee Reports
Consent agenda
Agenda items 1-3

Part 2 start with item #4 on the old board agenda and concludes witht the swearing in of the newly elected board member.

Part 3 after the interruption for picture taking. This covers items in the newly elected board agenda and the appointment of a Board President (Mayor ProTem). Jim Aziere wins the vote and is the new Mayor ProTem for the Board of Aldermen.

Board of Aldermen agenda for 4/19/2011

Click here for the agenda

Police Blotter for the week ending 4/22/2011

Blotter for 4/18/2011

Blotter for 4/19/2011

Blotter for 4/20/2011

Blotter for 4/21/2011

Blotter for 4/22/2011

The Sunday Funnies

Cops vs Raytown South Faculty

Raytown Board of Aldermen 4/12/2011 meeting

Includes public comments, the 2009-2010 audit report. and the swearing in of Officer Mike Reagan.

Consent agenda through item 8 on the agenda.

Item nine on the agenda through adjournment.

Person Barricaded in Residence

Raytown, Missouri– Raytown Police responded to a call of shots fired in the 5500 block of Sterling Thursday, 04-14-11, at about 1:40 P.M. Police had prior contact with the resident there and they were concerned. The man barricaded himself in the house when Police tried to talk to him. The Raytown Police SWAT team and the Raytown Police Hostage Negotiation team were called to the scene. The United States Marshals Service also came to the scene and told Police they had a warrant to arrest the man for a Federal parole violation. Negotiators talked to the man and convinced him to leave the house and surrender to SWAT Officers. The incident ended peacefully without injury. The SWAT Team found the man’s family safe inside the house. The United States Marshal Service took custody of the man. His name has not been released.

Cosentino’s Apple Market robbers indicted


KANSAS CITY, Mo. B Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that additional charges have been filed against three defendants for their roles in a string of armed grocery store robberies.

Jeremiah Kraushaar, 31, of Bethany, Mo., and Javon Turner, 35, and Finis Richardson, 35, both of Kansas City, Mo., were charged in a 13-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City. Today’s superseding indictment replaces a Jan. 4, 2011, indictment and includes additional charges.

Today’s indictment alleges that Kraushaar, Turner and Richardson participated in a conspiracy to rob five grocery stores from Sept. 1, 2010, to Dec. 19, 2010.

In addition to the conspiracy, Kraushaar and Turner are charged together in five separate counts of robbing Thriftway Store, 1616 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, Mo., on Sept. 13, 2010; Cosentino’s Apple Market, 7506 Raytown Rd., Raytown, Mo., on Oct. 3, 2010; Hy-Vee Store, 1104 S. 25th St., Bethany, Mo., on Oct. 14, 2010; Patricia’s Food Store, 1212 W. 40 Hwy., Odessa, Mo., on Oct. 22, 2010; and Apple Market Grocery Store, 1215 E. Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd., Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 2, 2010.

Kraushaar and Turner are also charged together in five separate counts of brandishing firearms during those grocery store robberies.

Kraushaar, Turner and Richardson are charged together with one count of being felons in possession of firearms. The indictment alleges that the defendants, who each have been convicted of a prior felony, were in possession of a Glock .40-caliber pistol, an Essex Arms .45-caliber pistol, and a Sears, Roebuck and Company .410 shotgun.

Turner is also charged with a second count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The indictment alleges that Turner was in possession of a Norinco SKS 7.62 x 39 rifle.

The two firearms counts were the only charges contained in the original indictment.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, multiple law enforcement agencies have been investigating a series of grocery store robberies across northwest Missouri. Certain common characteristics of the robberies were captured by the stores= surveillance cameras, including the robbers entering the stores in the early morning when employees were opening the business, forcibly restraining employees with zip-ties, and using walkie-talkies and cellular phones during the robberies.

After law enforcement released footage from the surveillance video of the Oct. 3, 2010, robbery of the Apple Market in Raytown, an anonymous tip to the 474-TIPS hot line led police to Turner and authorities began conducting surveillance, the affidavit stated. The defendants were arrested following a high-speed pursuit on Dec. 19, 2010.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney D. Michael Green.  It is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department; the Independence, Mo., Police Department; the Wichita, Kan., Police Department; the Odessa, Mo., Police Department; and the Raytown, Mo., Police Department.

Phillips cautioned that the charges contained in this indictment are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

Project Ceasefire

Project Ceasefire, launched in October 1999, is a cooperative initiative by federal and local law enforcement and the Kansas City Crime Commission that targets for federal prosecution persons who unlawfully use or possess firearms.

Delivery Driver Robbed Outside of Business

Raytown, Missouri – Raytown Police responded to a business located in the 8900 block of 350 Highway Wednesday, 04-13-11, at about 3:15 A.M. A delivery driver had called to report being robbed of his wallet at gunpoint in the parking lot of the business. The suspect then fled on foot east on 350 Highway, with the victim’s wallet. The victim described the suspect as a black man, about 6’0 tall, and slender build, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. No shots were fired, and no injuries were reported.

Raytown unemployment still 10.8%

Fox4 gave Raytown a mention, but not a happy one. In an segment on unemployment they cited statistics that have Kansas City at 11% and Raytown at 10.8% unemployed.

Click HERE to view the WDAF article.

2nd Annual Egg-Extravaganza

Easter Egg Hunt

College Prep Workshop

While this is not in the Raytown area, many residents attend this church and the workshop is open to all student. This may be useful to many of the Raytown School Districts students.