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Gators spotted in Independence

It was actually a concrete yard ornament that the Independence Police Department took seriously and shot a few times in someones back yard.  Thank goodness Raytown requires eye examinations for it’s sworn (gun toting) officers.

To see more on this click HERE for a FOX 4 report.

Police Blotter for the week ending 6/3/2011

Blotter for 5/31/2011

Blotter for 6/1/2011

Blotter for 6/2/2011

Blotter for 6/3/2011

Editorial: Should city employees be required to live in Raytown?

Beth Linn has done a remarkable job over the last two years as Raytown’s Director of Community Development, bringing new economic development opportunities to Raytown. The 2nd video in the Board of Aldermen post for 5/3/2011 will give you an idea of how much has been done and is scheduled to be completed. She has recently tendered her resignation to take the position of City Administrator of Edgerton, Kansas.

Beth is an excellent example of why a residency requirement for Raytown city employees is a flawed idea. Beth lives in Shawnee and it would have been very difficult for her to move, since her husband is a fireman in Shawnee. Raytown and most cities require 1st responders to live close enough to respond quickly, and that rule makes sense. Fire, crime, and injury require a fast response time; however, no one is going to die if it takes the Budget Director 30 minutes to get to work.

Times have changed…in many households, the husband and wife both work; people don’t stay in the same job for 20 or 30 years; children get attached to their schools; and, in the current housing market, relocation can create a real financial hardship.  Limiting our city’s talent pool to only those individuals who are willing and able to move to Raytown would reduce our choices and may result in a higher percentage of  applicants without roots or adequate experience. The quality of someone’s job performance is much more dependent on skills, experience, and character than on residency.

Thanks to Beth for her efforts on behalf of Raytown, and we wish her luck in her new position!

The Sunday Funnies

City Administrator’s Report for 5/27/2011

City Administrator’s Report


FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator

Beth Linn has tendered her resignation with the City of Raytown; she has taken a position with the City of Edgerton, Kansas as their City Administrator. Beth has been a part of the Senior Staff for over the past two plus years and instrumental in all of the City’s successes. Beth’s last day is scheduled for June 24th.

City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 30th, in observance of Memorial Day.

Community Development
The following is an excerpt and the latest report from the Coordinator in Joplin on the progress with regard to building inspections;

As of 1900 hours on May 26, 2011, SAVE Volunteers were able to evaluate over 750 structures today at a rate of 50 to 100 structures per team today. Structures included residential, medical care facilities and multi-story structures. The teams began on West 31st Terrace where all buildings were tagged green. In the badly damaged areas (almost 100% red card) teams are evaluating approximately 20 structures per hour. In the lightly damaged areas (almost 100% green) teams are averaging 11 structures per hour.

UPDATE: May 27th, Building Official Andy Boyd was deployed by the State of Missouri SAVE coalition which is composed of building inspectors from around the State of Missouri to assist in disaster relief situations like the Joplin tornado. He is anticipated to be in Joplin Friday through Sunday performing structural inspections in the disaster area with teams from around the state.

Public Works
The Wade Wilson Building renovations project continues with work on the rear wall framework & siding going up. The electricians are hanging the lights, and the HVAC and guttering are partially installed.

Blue Ridge Sidewalks Project – Miller Paving has completed all the concrete sidewalks along Blue Ridge Blvd/Cutoff. The only work remaining is for the subcontractor to place the traffic markings.

Annual Concrete Project – Solid Construction Solutions is in the process of executing the contracts and obtaining the construction bonds.

White Oak West Line A Sanitary Sewer Improvements (along 83rd Street from Raytown Rd. to Spring Valley Rd.) – Staff is in the process of the first step of easement acquisition; that being the mailing out of Letters of Intent to each of the 27 property owners and include easement information and forms. After this, an appraisal company will make contact with each owner to begin negotiations to obtain the easements.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events
June 2 – Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting; Council Chambers, 7:00 p.m.

Raytown’s Community Development Director leaving

Beth Linn is leaving her job as the Community Development Director for the City of Raytown and taking a job as the City Administrator of Edgerton Kansas.

For more on this story click HERE to read the Gardner EDGE’s coverage.

Police Blotter for the week ending 5/27/2011

Blotter for 5/23/2011

Blotter for 5/24/2011

Blotter for 5/25/2011

Blotter for 5/26/2011

Blotter for 5/27/2011

Raytown Board of Aldermen meeting on 5/17/2011

The video in this post is done at a medium quality instead of high upload quality used in the past. It often takes over 4 hours to process and another 4 hours to upload a 2 hour Board of Aldermen meeting. This change cuts that time in half and may also result in a reducing delays viewing the video by readers with slower Internet connections. Please email me feedback on if the quality is acceptable.

Part 1
A Proclamation recognizing May 15-21 as Public Works Week
A Proclamation recognizing May 15-21 as Emergency Medical Services Week
A Presentation of the Special Sales Tax Citizen Review Committee Report Card – Jim Schaap Chair
Public Comments
Communication from the City Administrator
Committee Reports

Part 2 covers agenda items 1 though 3. Item #1 was moved from the consent agenda to the regular agenda and had a good bit of debate.

Part 3 cover agenda item #4 the 350 highway bike trail and the discussion was long and heated at times.


Part 4 covers items 5 though 8 on the agenda.

The Sunday Funnies

Lady Jays soccer

Game date 5- 16-11 District

Congratulation to the 2011 Lady Jays soccer team for a great season with a record of 20 – 5 – 1 this is a new season high for wins. The Lady Jays were defeat in the semi-finals of district by Lee’s Summit North 3 – 2 with our dynamic duo of Remi Mays and Jessica Herrman getting a goal each. This is a group of ladies with only 3 seniors leaving and a bunch of real talent players returning next year. Kudos to Coach Burriss and Megan Evans for molding this team. Jessica Herrman set a new scoring record of 48 goals breaking the old record of 38 by Jessica Leslie class of 2000. There are not many teams that had what I have been calling the dynamic duo as juniors these two combined to score a total of 80 points, Jessica 48 and Remi 32 and when you add or super senior Paige Staples with her 22 goals you have a scoring machine that combined for 102 points for the season. This was a season to remember and my thanks for some real exciting soccer for Raytown.

UFOs near Raytown

There have been a lot of UFO reports in the Kansas City area over the last two months. One major siting  was close to Raytown just East of 435 near Gregory Blvd.

To read a more detailed account is online at Examiner.com. Click HERE to go to the Examiner article.

City Administrator’s Report for 5/20/2011

City Administrator’s Report


FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator

Parks & Recreation
The Raytown Fishing Derby will be Saturday, June 11th, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Kenagy Park and the event is free and open to all Raytown residents.

Public Works
The Wade Wilson Building renovations project continues with the work on the rear exterior wall and interior electrical, plumbing and painting work. The contractor has finished power washing the south side of the building which revealed that the building was once “Nichols Welding Co.” as visible once some of the paint was removed.

Miller Paving has nearly completed the sidewalk project along Blue Ridge Boulevard. Signage and pavement marking is all that remains to be completed.

Asphalt crews have started work in advance of the light weight aggregate seal program. The crews are repairing potholes, large cracks and other pavement defects to provide a smooth surface in advance of the seal treatment application later this summer.

Storm Sewer crews have focused on storm sewer ditch maintenance and has nearly completed ditching at 82nd and Ditzler and has started at 87th Street and Ash.

Current cost of fuel has fluctuated some with diesel dropping recently; the current cost is $3.38 for unleaded and $3.20 for diesel.

The Missouri Public Service Commission approved a rate increase for KCP&L in the old Aquilla territory. The increase granted by the Public Service Commission was $59.4 Million as compared to the request of $97.9 Million that KCP&L originally requested. The rate increase will be effective as of June 4, 2011. The rate increases were not equal between the two areas served by KCP&L; L&P area is the old St. Joseph Power and Light, MPS is the area that serves Raytown. The MPS tariffs have increased 6% which is much less than the requested 15.2% increase.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events
May 24 – Fire Board Meeting; Station 1, 9:00am
May 31 – Board Goal Setting Session; Station 1 Training Center; 6:00 p.m.

Attempted Robbery in Tavern Parking Lot

Police responded to a local tavern in the 6300 block of Raytown Road, Tuesday (05-17-11) night, at about 11:54 pm, in regard to an attempted robbery. A few people were standing in the parking lot when they were approached by a black male with a handgun. The suspect demanded money, but the group refused and confronted the male. The suspect ran away and there was no loss suffered by the group. No injuries were reported. The male was described as a black male, in his 20’s, about 6 foot tall, last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

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

Police Blotter for the week ending 5/20/2011

Blotter for 5/16/2011

Blotter for 5/17/2011

Blotter for 5/18/2011

Blotter for 5/19/2011

Blotter for 5/20/2011

Board of Aldermen agenda for 5/17/2011

Click here for the agenda

Two Injured in Head On Car Crash

Raytown Police responded to a report of a Motor Vehicle Accident, involving injuries, in the 9100 block of East 87 Street, today (05/15/2011,) at approximately 1:03 p.m. The crash involved two vehicles that appeared to have struck each other head on. Each vehicle was occupied by a driver only. The drivers were extricated and were transported to area hospitals. The drivers were conscious but the severity of the injuries is unknown at this time. Accident investigators responded to the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

The Sunday Funnies

Janice Edwards, gone but not forgotten

Janice Edwards, 63, passed away at the home  in the presence of her family on May 12, 2011.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at Journey Foursquare Church, 9301 E 87th St, Raytown, MO 64138. Burial at Floral Hills Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Floral Hills Funeral Home.

Janice was a graduate of Southeast High School and was an active member of the Royal Ridge Chapter of the ABWA.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Larry; and their daughter, April Edwards; extended family members Anthony, Sky and Brandy; and the family dogs Brutus, Angel, Maggie and Duke, who’s a real Momma’s boy.

Contributions may be directed to Journey Foursquare Church. Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.dwnewcomers.com (Arrangements:  D.W. Newcomer’s Sons Floral Hills Chapel, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., KCMO 64133, 816-353-1218)


The halftime photo in the article on the Raytown Police vs Firemen basketball game did not happen at that event. That photo was from Jerome Barnes annual banquet for the athletes and their families that are part of Our Lady of Lourdes sports programs.

Fund Raiser BMX Race

Arson Believed Involved in Raytown Car Fires

Raytown Police and Fire officials were called to two different vehicle fires early last Wednesday morning (05-11-2011). At about 3:30 in the morning emergency responders were called to the 6500 block of Hadley, to investigate a report of a vehicle on fire. When they got there they discovered a pickup truck with a fire in the bed and some kind of liquid dripping out of that bed. The fire was extinguished quickly. About an hour later that same morning, at 4:35 A.M., responders were called to the 5700 block of Lane, where another vehicle was reported on fire. When Police Officers arrived they found the owner of the pickup truck extinguishing the fire in the bed of that truck with a garden hose. The owner reported that he was awakened from his sleep by a glow in his driveway. When he looked outside he discovered that his truck was on fire. The fire was extinguished by the home owner. Fire investigators have ruled the two fires suspicious. Police and fire investigators are both working on the cases. No injuries were reported in either case.

If anyone has any information about this or any other crime they are being asked to call the TIPS hotline at 474-TIPS, (474-8477).

Raytown Senior Expo photos

Board of Aldermen meeting for 5/3/2011

Proclamations, public comments (none), and the Mayor reports on Raytown Clean Up Day.

A Proclamation recognizing Roberta Bonnewitz’s 100th Birthday
A Proclamation recognizing May as Older American Month
A Proclamation recognizing May as Bike Month
A Proclamation recognizing May 1-7 as Local Government Week in Missouri

Economic Development Quarterly Update by Tom Cole, Economic Development Administrator

The legislative part of the meeting.

Ball Bat Wielding Robber Hits Convenience Store

Last Monday, May 9th (05/09/2011) around 10:34 pm, Raytown Officers were sent to a convenience store in the 6000 block of Blue Ridge Boulevard to investigate a report of a robbery. The clerk told the officers that 2 black men came into the store with bandana’s covering their faces and threatened him with a ball bat. The clerk surrendered some cash and both men fled through the front door. One suspect is described as about 6 feet tall wearing a dark colored hooded jacket, white t-shirt and dark baggy jeans. The other suspect welding the bat was a little shorter than the first man, wearing a faded black t-shirt, dark jeans, and black tennis shoes. That man was described to be in his 20’s. No injuries were reported.

If anyone has any information on this or any other crime, please contact the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS (474-8477).

Raytown Police vs Raytown Firemen basketball

Raytown Police vs Raytown Firemen basketball game to benefit REAP (Raytown Emergancy Assistance Program). The Game was played at Our Lady of Lourdes Gym. The final total was $346 raised for REAP.

(Spoiler Alert, the final score is at the bottom of this post)

Halftime Entertainment

Group Photo courtesy of Andrew Finkelstein

Final Score
Police 52 Firemen 38