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City Administrator’s Report for 9/30/2011

City Administrator’s Report
FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator


Community Development

In the week of September 19, 2011 Neighborhood Services had 48 counts of animal control activities; 12 animal impoundments, 13 responses to an animal running at large, 12 dead animals (typically wild animals; raccoon, possum and deer), 3 bite cases, 5 trap settings, 1 injured animal, 1 barking dog, and 1 animal welfare investigation. For the same week Neighborhood Services also performed 172 property maintenance and tall grass and weed inspections and abatement duties. Neighborhood Services continues to perform sign sweeps in conjunction with Building Inspection and Public Works Right-of-Way Inspector resulting in 67 signs removed from the right-of-ways during the weekly sign sweep.

In advance of beginning demolition work, Block & Company has had all utilities turned off to the property on which the former BP Amoco is located at Raytown Road and westbound Highway 350. While the demolition permit has not yet been issued, as of today, staff anticipates the contractor applying for a demolition permit the first week of October.

The RFP for Central Business District Streetscape Design Services was released on Wednesday, September 28th. Community Development along with Public Works will be holding a pre-submittal meeting at 10:00am on October 11th with proposals being due by 2:00pm on October 19th. It is anticipated that the proposed contract will be submitted for consideration to the Board of Aldermen by the December 6th meeting. Designs will need to be completed by early March 2012 for submission to the Federal Highway Administration for their review and approval, prior to the city receiving bids for construction of the first phase of the streetscape improvements next spring.

Public Works

Crews completed the replacement of a storm sewer pipe along 61st Street adjacent Raytown High School; continue large asphalt patching operations in advance of the asphalt overlay and LWA seal program; milled 200 square yards of asphalt street and installed 22 tons of asphalt deep patch at the Spring Valley Road & 83rd Terrace area prior to the Light Weight Aggregate Seal program; installed 2 tons of pothole catch-up; conducted routine sign & signal replacement and maintenance; at the Public Works building have installed fence and shelves, painted as required, installed air compressor, moved traffic equipment and supplies from storage trailer to “sign” room, and are installing miscelanious items in office and shop.

The pavement marking contractor has completed paint restriping work within the city.

The original concrete curb/sidewalk contractor is finished with all of their allotted areas, crews will be working with them to complete the dirt backfill, seeding, asphalt patching, cleanup, etc.

The second concrete curb/sidewalk contractor is making good progress in all of their allotted areas. They will complete the work along Raytown Road/Trafficway by Monday ahead of the paving contractor.

The asphalt overlay contractor is scheduled to begin work the week of Monday, October 3rd and will prepare and pave Raytown Road / Raytown Trafficway first, using the ½ inch Ultra-Thin Bonded Surfacing. All other 2” mill and overlay streets will be milled the next week and then paved the week after.

The LWA seal program is still on hold and scheduled to begin after the second concrete curb/sidewalk contractor has completed their concrete work.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

October 5 – IHOP Ribbon Cutting; 350 Hwy & Raytown Road, 9:00am
October 6 – Planning and Zoning Commission; Council Chambers, 7:00pm

Living History Conversations with Centenarian Roberta Bonnewitz

The “cast” of our living history, which was local historian Roberta Bonnewitz (center) interviewing, from left, George Rhoades (Dave Wurth) early Raytown Surveyor, Jesse Barnes (Bob Gilham) owner of the Barnes Enclosure, site of Cave Spring, Archibald Rice (Mickey O’Neal), and William Ray (Leigh Elmore), blacksmith.

Ribbon Cutting at the new IHOP

There will be a ribbon cutting at the new IHOP on Wednesday, Oct. 5th. The location is 350 Highway and Raytown Road and the time is 9:00am.  After the ribbon cutting ceremony, there will be a free short stack of pancakes for those present.

Unpaid sewer bills = No Water

249 Raytown residents had their water cut off recently for unpaid city sewer bills. NBCactionNews.com has a story on this and are nice enough to provide the code to imbed their video on websites and blogs. Here it is courtesy of nbcactionnews.com.

Bluejay Pride Marching Band to Host Festival

On Saturday, October 8, the Bluejay Pride Marching Band will host the Raytown Marching Festival at Raytown High School, 6019 Blue Ridge Blvd. At least 13 marching bands will compete, including: Raytown South, Lee’s Summit West, Grandview, Shawnee Mission Northwest and other local schools, as well as bands from Sedalia and Ozark. The Festival kicks off at 10:00 a.m. with drumline and color guard competition in the gymnasium. The field competition follows at Chittwood Stadium at 1:40 p.m. with performances every 20 minutes. Tickets are available at either venue for $5.00 for the entire competition. Children 5 and under free. Concessions, including Sheridan’s Frozen Custard, will be available throughout the Festival.

 The Bluejay Pride Marching Band is one of 12 bands selected nationally to participate in the BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans on January 9, 2012. Various fundraising efforts are underway to offset expenses for the trip. The band’s current field show, Pyramids of Egypt, recently won 7th place out of 30 shows at the prestigious Webbstock Marching Festival. We invite all Raytown residents to be loud and proud in their support of these fine, young musicians.



Golfers needed to fill out charity tournament teams

Could you post an update about the tournament at Raytown On-line? It is only about 2 weeks away! We still have a limited number of player spots open. There are several teams looking for 1 or 2 golfers to fill out their four-some. Also, hole sponsors are always encouraged. The tournament will commence at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 16, 2011 @ Teetering Rocks Executive Links.

Note: There will also be a sock drive at the Tournament. All are welcome to drop off any size and any color-socks! We hope to fill up the back of a pick-up truck! Drop off anytime from Noon to 6 p.m. on October 16, 2011; at the Golf Course.


Charity Golf Tournament for Blair’s Foster Socks

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PEO Chapter KH – Neighborhood Garage Sale

PEO Chapter KH will be participating in the Glen Lake neighborhood garage sale this weekend. Unless marked otherwise, all items will be sold for $1.00.

Friday, 9/30 and Saturday, 10/1

8 AM – 5 PM

5772 Cottage Avenue, KCMO

Future Blue Jays watch some Raytown High football

Photos from Friday night’s game, where elementary school kids from RHS feeder schools (Blue Ridge, Norfleet, Little Blue, Eastwood Hills, Laurel Hills and Fleetridge) were given coloring sheets at school last week of a Blue Jay that they could color and then they would get into Friday night’s game with their parents for free, they’d get to welcome the players onto the field before the game and they received a free hot dog from the concession stand.

Story and Photos courtesy of Susan L. Marple

Police Blotter for the week ending 9/30/2011

Blotter for 9/26/2011

Blotter for 9/27/2011

Blotter for 9/28/2011

Blotter for 9/29/2011

Blotter for 9/30/2011

Selected Incidents

Location : 6700 block Blue Ridge Bv
Synopsis : Officer’s responded to a robbery.

Location : 8500 block JAMES A REED RD
Synopsis : Raytown Officers were dispatched to a reported shots fired call. A male with a gun was located and arrested for unlawful use of a firearm.

Classification CITY, ASSAULTS
Location : 8800 block E 73 ST
Synopsis : Raytown Officers responded to a reported assault. While conducting their investigation, the reporting party assaulted one of the Officers. The known suspect was taken into custody.

Classification CITY, ASSAULTS
Location : 9700 block E 79th St
Synopsis : Officers responded to a fight in progress at Kenagy Park, where it was reported that 100-150 kids were fighting. The callers advised some had bats and others had firearms and shots had been fired

City Administrator’s Report for 9/23/2011

City Administrator’s Report
FROM: Mahesh Sharma, City Administrator

Community Development

Animal Control impounded 56 animals during the month of August. Of those animals impounded during August, 14 were released back to their owner, 11 were adopted and 31 were euthanized. For this fiscal year (beginning November 1, 2010) a total of 355 animals have been impounded, 102 impounded animals have been returned to their owners, 105 have been adopted and 148 have been euthanized. The year to date total is approximately 25% less than the total number of animals impounded last year.

An application to rezone vacant land located between 63rd Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard east of Blue Ridge Elementary School has been submitted to the Community Development Department. The application proposes rezoning the property from Planned Low Density Residential (R-1-P) to Planned Neighborhood Commercial (NC). A site plan for the proposed rezoning has also been submitted which as described in the submitted application proposes construction of a one story commercial retail building. The site plan is currently under review by city staff for compliance with the city’s adopted codes and regulations. The rezoning application is tentatively scheduled to come before the Planning & Zoning Commission on November 3, 2011 and to the Board of Aldermen on November 15th and December 6th.

A public meeting will be held on the Jackson County Commuter Corridors Alternative Analysis (JCCCAA) on Tuesday, September 27th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Enovation Center located at 201 N. Forest in Independence. The JCCCAA is developing and reviewing alternative transit options for two corridors in Jackson County, which include the Rock Island Rail corridor through Raytown. The JCCCAA will consider different corridor alignments and transit options at the public meeting for your review and comment. The ultimate purpose of the JCCCAA is to review the alternative transit options for the two corridors and then adopt a locally (regionally) preferred alternative (LPA) for the Kansas City region. Adoption of the LPA will then position the Kansas City region to submit applications to the Federal government for design and construction funding for these corridors. Additional information on the JCCCAA can be found by clicking http://kcsmartmoves.org/projects/jacksoncounty.aspx.

Public Works

Andy Noll and Tony Mesa attended the APWA National Congress in Denver this past week. The National Congress is a great opportunity to receive training and view equipment and services for public works on the exhibit floor. Asphalt reheating equipment, work order software, and pavement grinding equipment were of specific interest this year. All of the items would help staff be more effective and efficient. As an example the asphalt reheating equipment would allow staff to perform permanent repairs year round and possibly reduce expenses. Training sessions attended included winter roadway clearing performance, sustainability in snow removal and fleet operations, strategic planning, energy efficient street lighting, federal highway funding, alternative fueled vehicles, funding alternative fuel vehicles, operations manual creation, and ADA compliance.

Staff continues to move items into the renovated building and office staff now has operational phone and data communications. It will be several weeks before the move is complete and an open house to celebrate the completion of the project is in the planning stage.

The pavement marking contractor has 95% of the paint restriping work within the city completed, only 67th Street from Raytown Road to Woodson Road is yet to be completed.

Staff continues large asphalt patching operations in advance of the asphalt overlay and LWA seal program. The asphalt overlay program is scheduled to begin next week and the LWA seal program to begin in October.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

Sept 28 – Budget Hearings; Council Chambers, 7:00pm
Sept 29 – Budget Hearings; Council Chambers, 7:00pm


The Sunday Funnies

Board of Aldermen meeting on 9/20/2011

Board of Aldermen work session on 9/20/2011

Raytown Fire Board meeting on Sept. 12th 2011

Have you ever wondered what happens at a Raytown Fire District board meeting? Raytown Online takes you there in this video.

Ellen Boecker passes away on Sept. 19th

Ellen F. (Ditsch) Boecker, 73, of Raytown, MO passed away September 19, 2011. Visitation will be from 6 – 8 PM Friday, September 23rd at McGilley & Sheil Chapel. Rosary will begin at 9:30 AM Saturday, September 24th, followed by the funeral Mass at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 8812 E. Gregory, Raytown, MO. Inurnment to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Ellen leaves behind her husband, Paul, & 2 children, Jim Boecker of Menomonie, WI and Anna Yates of Chesterfield, MO along with 5 grandchildren & many friends. Ellen held various part-time jobs while raising her children & worked full time for 16 years at Rediscover.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society & will be directed to research of cholangiocarcinoma. Condolences may be left at www.mcgilleysheil.com

Raytown has lost a very good person who worked hard for the community. She had a pleasant nature and had the ability to get people of differing views to talk to each other, instead of yelling at each other. That is a rare skill.

“The deep pain that is felt at the death of every friendly soul arises from the feeling that there is in every individual something which is inexpressible, peculiar to him alone, and is, therefore, absolutely and irretrievably lost”.  ~Arthur Schopenhauer


Open Houses Scheduled To Discuss Future Mass Transit Options in Jackson County


Dan Ferguson, Jackson County, Missouri, Public Information Officer, 816/881-3271 
Tom Gerend, Mid-America Regional Council, Assistant Transportation Director, 816/701-8303

Open Houses Scheduled To Discuss Future Mass Transit Options in Jackson County

In an effort to gain public input on how to best enhance transit service in the Kansas City metropolitan area, the Project Partnership Team for the Jackson County Commuter Corridors Alternatives Analysis (JCCCAA) will host several opportunities for community comment over the course of the next week.

The purpose of each event is to discuss transportation needs along the I-70 and Rock Island corridors and to seek public input on transit options under consideration.

The first opportunity is an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2011. The open house will take place at the Independence Regional Ennovation Center, 201 North Forest Avenue, Independence, Missouri.

Short presentations will be given at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. to update the public on the alternatives analysis process, which is a necessary step in applying for and receiving federal transportation dollars to help construct new transit systems.

To complement this formal open house, additional opportunities for comment will be available to the public. The project boards from the open house will be displayed at key locations in the corridors from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Project partnership and consultant team staff will be on hand to answer questions from 5 to 7 p.m. These meetings will take place according to the following schedule.

September 28, 2011
Mid-Continent Library
6131 Raytown Road
Raytown, Missouri

September 29, 2011
Union Station
30 West Pershing Road
Kansas City, Missouri

Last December, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded a competitive grant of $1.8 million to the project partnership team in order to study a regional transit system. The grant funds are being used to conduct this alternatives analysis along the I-70 and Rock Island commuter corridors as well as a recently completed study that identified a preferred route and use of streetcars for a starter line in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

The partnership team includes Jackson County, Missouri, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) and Mid-America Regional Council (MARC). The partners hired a consultant team led by Parsons Brinckerhoff. Also on the team are Olsson Associates, TranSystems, Taliaferro & Browne, KOA and Shockey Consulting Services.

Future open houses will be held in other Jackson County communities in November 2011, January 2012 and March 2012. Dates, times and locations for those events will be announced as soon as they are available.

For materials and updates on the commuter corridors Alternatives Analysis as well as other regional studies, visit MARC’s SmartMoves website at:


Please notify MARC at (816) 474-4240 at least 48 hours in advance if you require special accommodations to attend this meeting (i.e., qualified interpreter, large print, reader, hearing assistance).

Police Blotter for the week ending 9/23/2011

Blotter for 9/19/2011

Blotter for 9/20/2011

Blotter for 9/21/2011

Blotter for 9/22/2011

Blotter for 9/23/2011

3 Robbed at Gun Point While Walking in Raytown

Raytown Police responded in the 5800 block of Kentucky, last Saturday evening (09/17/11) at 8:46 p.m. to investigate a report of a robbery. Five suspect’s approached the victims as they were walking the neighborhood near 59th and Kentucky Ave. They confronted the three victims, and one of the suspects displayed a handgun demanding they hand over their property. After taking money, cell phone and wallet, the suspects left west on 59th Street. No shots were fired and one minor injury was reported. Only three of the suspects could be vaguely described. All three wore “hoodies” and baggy clothes. The first suspect was a black man, about 5’10 or 11” tall, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt; second suspect was described as a black man, about 5’1o” tall or shorter, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt; and the third suspect was described as a black man, about 6’01” tall, wearing an orange hooded sweatshirt.

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

Public Meeting Open House – Jackson County Commuter Corridors Alternatives Analysis

Please find below information on an upcoming public meeting for the Jackson County Commuter Corridors Alternative Analysis (JCCCAA) on Tuesday, September 27th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Ennovation Center located at 201 N. Forest in Independence. The JCCCAA is developing and reviewing alternative transit options for two corridors in Jackson County. One corridor extends from downtown Kansas City, Missouri east and then southeasterly along the Rock Island Rail line through Raytown, Lee’s Summit and ultimately to Pleasant Hill while the other corridor extends from downtown Kansas City, Missouri east through Independence and Blue Springs to Grain Valley.

 Different corridor alignments and modes of transit will be presented at the public meeting for your review and comment. The ultimate purpose of the JCCCAA is to review the alternative transit options for the two corridors and then adopt a locally (regionally) preferred alternative (LPA) for the Kansas City region. Adoption of the LPA will then position the Kansas City region to submit applications to the Federal government for design and construction funding for these corridors. Additional information on the JCCCAA can be found by clicking http://kcsmartmoves.org/projects/jacksoncounty.aspx.

 Please plan to attend this meeting if you are able, as the adopted LPA will have an impact on the future of Rock Island corridor through Raytown and the future of Raytown.

From Vicki Turnbow – Raytown Chamber of Commerce

Click HERE for the flier


Driver totals Raytown City Hall Sign

Later Saturday night a driver did not stop in time and totalled Raytown’s City Hall sign and did a good job off taking out some of the berm behind it. If you look closely after clicking on the 2nd picture to magnify it, you will see the skid marks leading up to the curb.

UPDATE: There was a DWI arrest that coincides with the case number and location for this accident.

Board of Aldermen Agenda for 9/20/2011

SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
7:00 P.M.

Pledge Of Allegiance
Roll Call
Public Comments
Communication from the Mayor
Communication from the City Administrator
Committee Reports



All matters listed under the Consent Agenda are considered to be routine by the Board of Aldermen and will be enacted by one motion without separate discussion or debate. The Mayor or a member of the Board of Aldermen may request that any item be removed from the consent agenda. If there is no objection by the remaining members of the board, such item will be removed from the consent agenda and considered separately. If there is an objection, the item may only be removed by a motion and vote of the board.

Approval of the Regular September 6, 2011 Board of Aldermen meeting minutes.


2. Public Hearing: A public hearing to establish the 2011 Property Tax Levies.


3. FIRST Reading: Bill No. 6270, Section XVI. AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 23-132 OF THE CITY CODE RELATING TO SNOW EMERGENCY REGULATIONS. Point of Contact: Andy Noll, Public Works Director.




Free Ice Cream Social and Living History Conversations with Centenarian Roberta Bonnewitz

The Friends of the Rice Tremonti Home will host a free ice cream social and living history presentation from 4-6 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25 at the historic house, 8801 E. 66th St. in Raytown. The event is meant to recognize Raytown’s official historian, Roberta Bonnewitz, who turned 100 years old this year. Mrs. Bonnewitz and Rice-Tremonti volunteers will portray some of the area’s original settlers as they reflect on the events that transpired in their frontier community during the year 1849, the height of the California Gold Rush. In 1849 thousands of travelers along with their animals, wagons and worldly possessions passed through “Ray’s Town” on their way to California and Oregon. Individuals being portrayed include Archibald and Sally Rice, Coffee Rice, William Ray, Jesse Barnes and George Rhoades, all residents of the frontier community that would someday become Raytown, Mo.

The public is invited to come and enjoy free ice cream on the lawn of the 1844 Rice-Tremonti Home while meeting these historic figures. The house will be open for tours.

Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

Contact: Leigh Elmore 816-333-3586


The Sunday Funnies

Board of Aldermen meeting on 9/6/2011

Raytown Board of Aldermen  meeting on 09/06/2011. This includes Pledge Of Allegiance, Roll Call, Proclamation recognizing Patriot Day, Swearing in of Police Officer Melvin Norrington, Proclamation recognizing Ben and Barbara Carmack as Truman Heartland Co-Outstanding Citizens of the Year. It also includes public comments.

Raytown Board of Aldermen meeting on 09/06/2011 part 2. This includes Communication from the Mayor, Communication from the City Administrator, Committee Reports and the consent agenda.

Raytown Board of Aldermen  meeting on 09/06/2011 part 3 of 3. This includes the legislative portion of the meeting, but not the consent agenda.

Board of Aldermen work session on 9/6/2011

This video features discussion of Wildwood Lake