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Raytown High School Bluejay Marching Pride band news

The Raytown High School Bluejay Marching Pride band attended their last festival of the season on October 29 at the University of Central Missouri Festival of Champions. The band placed 3rd in class in preliminary competition and qualified to perform in finals for the first time ever. The band finished 9th in finals competition out of a total of 25 bands attended. In the indoor competition the drum line finished 1st in class and 4th overall out of 15 groups. Also in indoor competition the Color Guard finished 1st in class and 2nd overall out of 12 groups.

 The band is led by Joseph Hill and assistants Mike Doney, Lacie Glenn, and Kelly Schoolcraft.

Board of Aldermen agenda for 11/1/2011

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Web Packet

Work Session Agenda

Work Session Web Packet

There will be a 6:00pm work session this week.


City Administrator’s Report for 10/28/2011

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

Administration / Economic Development
On Tuesday, October 25th, the Mayor and City Administrator attended a meeting with officials from Jackson County, regarding Transit Oriented Development (TOD), Economic Development and Smart Growth via the regional rail project.

On Tuesday, October 25th, the City Administrator Mahesh gave a presentation to the Raytown Rotary Club concerning the City’s 2011 – 2012 Budget.

On Wednesday, October 26th, the Economic Development Administrator updated the Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce on the progress of various development projects at their monthly luncheon.

Information Technology
Jackson County tax-collection data system and Ascend database will be back on-line with the 2011 taxes calculated on Monday October 31.

Community Development
Neighborhood Services had 72 cases in Municipal Court on Wednesday, October 19th, with 32 cases relating to property maintenance violations with unlicensed vehicles and parking on the grass accounting for 15 cases. There were also 11 cases involving grass and weed violations and 12 animal control cases. The remaining 2 cases related to properties not being registered with the city as vacant or abandoned. 25 of the cases resulted in persons being found guilty of the applicable violation, 28 persons did not appear for court, which resulted in issuance of arrest warrants for them, 13 cases were continued to a future court date, and 6 cases were dismissed.

Staff will be participating in meetings the Raytown Main Street Association will be holding with business and property owners to discuss various types of streetscape improvements that other cities have made and what may occur in the Raytown Central Business District. Additionally Staff will provide information on regional discussions relating to possible development of transit and bicycle/pedestrian trail along the Rock Island corridor. The meetings are scheduled for November 1st and November 3rd, from 7:30am to 8:30am and from 5:00pm to 6:00pm at the Fraternal Order of Police Building (corner 63rd St and Blue Ridge Blvd).

Public Works
Crews placed 11 tons of Asphalt in Spring Valley and Willow & 70th Terrace area; performed routine sign and signal replacement/maintenance; corrected pedestrian light assemblies; and removed/installed “Snow Route” signs to reflect updated ordinance.

The concrete curb/sidewalk contractor has 3 areas remaining to complete the concrete work. The asphalt overlay contractor has completed all of the paving. Their striping subcontractor has completed all of their work except for the bike path symbols on 59th Street, as well as the parking lot striping at the EMS facility. The LWA seal program contractor has completed all of the paving. They are still in the process of clean-up, sweeping, and vacuuming the loose chips.

The 350 Highway Bicycle/Pedestrian Trail consulting team will deliver preliminary engineered drawings next week.

The 86th Terrace & Evanston sanitary sewer contractor has completed a little more than half of the sanitary sewer main replacement.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events
November 1 – Board of Aldermen Work Session; Council Chambers, 6:00pm
November 1 – Board of Aldermen Meeting; Council Chambers, 7:00pm


Raytown South Makes Playoffs, Home Game Nov. 2nd

Raytown South 8   Central St. Joseph 0

Raytown South scored a touchdown early and made the 2 point conversion to put on the board the only scoring to take place in a cold and rainy game. There were some exciting plays after that, but nothing lead to a change in the score.

The Raytown South football team has made the Missouri State High School Activities Association playoffs. They will host Central St. Joseph for the first round game this Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00 PM.  The winner of the game will advance to play Staley. Staley is 10-0 for the season and that record earned them a  bye for the first round.

Ok here is the game in a more complete format and without the anoying commercials


The Sunday Funnies

Tribute to Veterans

Special Election Tuesday November 8th


Notice is hereby given to the registered qualified voters of Jackson County, Missouri, that the Jackson County Legislature has called a Special Election, pursuant to Ordinance Number 4334, to be held in said County on Tuesday, November 8, 2011. The polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.

The official ballot will be substantially in the following form:


Shall a retail sales tax of one-eighth of one percent (1/8%) be levied and collected for the benefit of the Kansas City Zoological District, which shall be created and consist of the county of Jackson and the counties of Cass, Clay, and/or Platte, if approved by such other county’s voters, for the support of zoological activities within the district?



Raytown Voting locations

Precinct Address
1,2,2A Raytown Library 6131 Raytown Rd
3,5 Our Lady of Lourdes Church 7045 Blue Ridge Blvd
3A,4 St Matthew’s Episcopal Church 9349 E 65th St
6,7,16 Raytown High School 6019 Blue Ridge Blvd
8 River Christian Fellowship Community 6400 Woodson Rd Campus
9,9A,10,11 First Baptist Church of Raytown 10500 E State Route 350
12,13 First United Methodist Church-Raytown 5413 Blue Ridge Cut Off
14,15 Raytown City Hall 10000 E 59th St
17,18,19 Spring Valley Baptist Church 8801 E 79th St
20,21,22,22A First Baptist Church of Raytown 10500 E State Route 350
23,26,27 Raytown South High 8211 Sterling Ave
24,25,28 Faith Presbyterian Church 8301 James A Reed Rd

Apartment Complex may have water shut off

The water may be turned off at Amber Glen Apartment Complex due to unpaid bills.  According to Fox 4, the apartment complex owner owes the city $21,000. The article refers to it as an unpaid water, but since the city does not sell water and does have the power to have the utilities cut off water service for unpaid sewer bills, it is probably an unpaid $21,000 sewer bill. Given that there are 80 units in the complex, that means the bill has not been paid for 8 or 9 months.

We would like to thank Fox 4 News for providing the code to embed the following  video of their report.


Fall Soup and Craft Days at Rice-Tremonti

Fall Soup and Craft Days at the Rice-Tremonti Farm Home, 66th and Blue Ridge, 11am-4pm Nov. 5th and 6th.  Bring family and friends for a delicious lunch of homemade soups, cornbread, dessert and beverage.  Adult meal $6.  Children under 12 yrs. $3.  Local crafters will have holiday and home decor crafts for sale.  One of our most popular fundraisers!
www.rice-tremonti.com.  816-734-5137 for more information.

69-year-old Raytown man charged with assault

On 10-26-2011 at approximately 1444 hours, Officers of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department were dispatched to 7800 E. US 40 Hwy, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri in regard to an outside disturbance. Upon arrival officers made contact with Victim #1 who stated he observed a male later identified as Charles C. Buczinski, W/M, 09-22-1942, breaking out the windows of his son’s vehicle, a 2001 Red Chevrolet Suburban. Victim #1 stated he attempted to confront Buezinski and Buezinski started hitting him with a baseball bat. Officers located Buczinski at the scene where they took him into custody without further incident. Officers further observed a baseball bat and major damage to the above mentioned vehicle.

Buzinski admitted he broke out the windows of a Red Chevrolet Suburban, but denied striking anyone with the baseball bat.


Raytown South Theatre department to perform Dreamgirls

The Raytown South High School Theatre department will have Dreamgirls, a musical, on stage November 3, 4 and 5 at 7:00. The musical is set during a time when rhythm and blues were blending with other style of popular music, creating a new American sound. It takes a close look at the behind the scenes reality of the entertainment industry and the business end of music in that era, and follows the development of music all the way into the disco era.

The roles of Deena will be played by Mamie McIntyre, the role of Lorrell, by Anita Wells, and the role of Effie by Precious White. The role of Marty will be played by Andre Hardin, the role of Jimmy Early by Chester McIntyre, the role of Curtis by Titus Lauderdale, and the role of C.C. by Je’an Whitley.

Director Kristy Hensley is excited about the opportunity to bring the musical, which takes watchers from listening to and screaming for Elvis and the Beatles, to dancing to the boy and girl bands of the era, to the stage at South.

“We have talented vocalists and actors who will do well in this production,” Hensley said.

Those in attendance can expect to hear musical numbers reminiscent of The Supremes, The Marvelettes, The Temptations, and The Shirelles, and can expect to see some great dancing additionally.

Tickets will be $7 or $4 for students with a school ID.

Bluejay Pride Marching Band keeps on Winning

The Raytown High School Bluejay Pride Marching Band has assembled a streak of successful contests during their fall marching season. The 90 member unit began competition on September 24.

At the Webbstock Marching Festival in Webb City, Missouri, the band was 3rd in class 5A Red in preliminary competition and 7th over all after Finals competition (29 bands total). This is the second time in four years the band has placed in finals.

On October 11th they competed at the Missouri Western Tournament of Champions in St. Joseph, Missouri. They were 2nd in class 2A , with 5 classes total divided by band size. There was no finals division in the St. Joseph competition.

On October 22 the band competed in the Odessa Marching Invitational. In the indoor competition the color guard finished 1st in class and 3rd overall out of nine groups. Also in indoor competition, the drum line finished 1st in class and 1st overall out of eight groups.

In the field show the band finished 2nd in class and 2nd overall out of 14 bands, continuing to improve as they reach the end of their season. They will compete on October 29 at the Festival of Champions at the University of Central Missouri.

The band is under the direction of Joseph Hill.

Kansas City Police sergeant returns to duty

A Kansas City police sergeant has returned to duty after being suspended for about 5 months.  It is unclear whether the case of the stolen $7,500 is over or ongoing.

Click HERE to read the KCTV5 report on this story.

Previous RaytownOnline story on this topic.

The KCMO Police Sergeant and the $7,500 Theft

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May 13th a off duty Kansas City Mo Police Sergeant checked out a patrol car and drove it to this area of Raytown, the dead end of 64th Terr off of Elm Street.  He may have been off duty, but he was in full uniform.

A resident of Raytown stated that while the sergeant waited outside, another man who arrived at the same time went inside and took $7,500 from him. The $7,500 was to pay for a car, but there was no car and no car title. He also stated that he followed both the person who took the money and the sergeant back to a Kansas City MO Police Station and that when he confronted them, the sergeant made a threat to his life.

The Raytown resident then filed a complaint with the Raytown Police Department.  At this time neither the Kansas City Mo. nor the RaytownPolice Department will comment on the case, both stating that the investigation is ongoing.

Opinion: Whatever the fact of the theft are, the residents of Raytown deserve an explanation about what a KCMO PD sergeant is doing coming into Raytown in uniform and in a patrol car on an off duty day.  That explanation needs to come from the KCMO PD, since it is there man and their patrol car and the sergeant in question is still on active duty.  

For more on this story check out the KCStar, WDAF and KCTV5 stories.


The KCPD Sergeant has been suspended and the FBI is looking into the case.

For more on this update, click HERE to read the KCTV5 article.

Raytown and Raytown South to change conferences?

The Examiner reports that due to declining enrollment, Raytown High School and Raytown South High School will be going from the Suburban Middle 7 conference to the Suburban Small 6 conference.

To Read the Examiner story click HERE.

Smokers Take Care

A recent leaf fire in a ditch on Elm Street could have spread if not noticed quickly. If you smoke outdoors, make sure you take care to insure the cigarette or cigar you finish doesn’t end up starting a fire.

This is RaytownOnline’s first 3D video. If you have almost any type 3D equipment for your TV, Xbox, or even left over glasses from a movie, you can watch it in 3D, just select the option in the YouTube player. If you do not have the accesories or don’t care, just turn off 3D.

ACT College Readiness Workshop

Raytown Schools will host an ACT College Readiness Workshop on October 25 beginning at 8:30 and running until 12:00 at the Raytown Schools Education and Conference Center at 10750 E. 350 Highway. Approximately 100 area school administrators and teachers will attend. The purpose of the workshop is to examine education strategies to help students with college acclimation and academic success, and to help students obtain higher ACT scores. Because this is not an actual test-taking activity, cameras and other electronic media are welcome. Success on the ACT is one of several indicators in local districts’ Annual Performance Reports, and this is an outreach effort with ACT presenters.


Contact Cathy Allie @ 816-268-7024 or 816-335-5446 for more information.

Police Blotter for the week ending 10/28/2011

Blotter for 10/24/2011

Blotter for 10/25/2011

Blotter for 10/26/2011

Success Academy Students open “Success Surplus” Store

Pictured are Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education Dr. Steve Shelton, with student managers Ciera Edmonds and Skyler Shields.






 Students at the Raytown Success Academy recently opened “Success Surplus”, a reward store for students.

The store has in stock such items as pencils and paper and other school supplies, furry stuffed animals, beverages, and morning breakfast items. Students who earn “Surplus Bucks” for good academics, behavior, and citizenship can shop at “Success Surplus” at pre-determined times throughout the day.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony, student organizers thanked those who had helped clean and organize the space, teachers who believed in the idea, and the initial stock holder, Dr. Mark Bickelhaupt, principal of Raytown Success Academy, who provided some of the items for the opening.

Teacher Wanda Willis believes that ownership in the store will help students capture a sense of belonging and help them with interpersonal skills as well.

“I am really proud of them and the way they (students) have approached this whole idea of a store. Our staff here bought into the idea of having kids ‘own and operate’ this store, and it has given the students a purpose and a connection,” Willis said.

The plans for profits are to buy new items and turn over the stock, just like a real retail outlet.

“We will use math skills to keep the books and creative skills to advertise our business,” Student Ciera Edmonds said. “We have been working really hard for this grand opening and we are excited about what students can buy. Business is not easy!”

Contact wanda.willis@raytownschools.org for more information.

“Soup’s On” in Ivanhoe’s Fellowship Hall

“Soup’s On” in Ivanhoe’s Fellowship Hall, 6512 Woodson Road. Many of the good cooks from the congregation will be bringing their favorite soup, chili, and chowder creations for all to share. The cost? $5.00 per person which includes drinks and desserts.

 Come on in, look around, enjoy yourself, and see neighbors you may not have seen during the hot summer. Anyone needing more information can call Ivanhoe’s office, 816 353 LOVE (5683).

Ivanhoe United Church of Christ is hosting a Soup Buffet on Saturday, October 29, from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

The Sunday Funnies

City Administrator’s Report for 10/21/2011

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


Community Development
Ten proposals were received in response to the city’s Request for Proposals for downtown streetscape design services. Community Development and Public Works Department’s staffs have begun reviewing the proposals and will presented the recommended proposal to the Board of Aldermen for consideration later this year.

Economic Development
On Wednesday, Tom Cole and John Benson provided a presentation detailing Raytown’s approach to comprehensive planning and economic development to the Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association. The representatives from Raytown were invited by the Missouri APA as other planning agencies have become aware of our recent success of launching several redevelopment projects despite the current economic challenges.

Public Works
Staff completed nearly 100 miles of street sweeping this week. The goal is to keep leaves from plugging the storm sewer inlets and to keep pollutants from the roadway out of the storm sewer system. This effort is required to maintain compliance with the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit issued by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System or MS4 permit process is managed by the EPA and Missouri Department of Natural Resources as required by the Clean Water Act.

The asphalt overlay on Raytown Road was completed this week. The overlay was to be a ½” thick which would have resulted in a reasonable ride over manholes and water valves however the actual thickness varied significantly and some manholes and water valves are now significantly below the finished roadway surface to cause a rough ride. Public works will now evaluate the manholes and water valves and determine if adjustment rings are available to smooth the ride at the worst locations. It is imperative that the manhole lids and water valve rings are at or below the finished roadway surface or during winter weather the snow plows will damage the manhole lids or water valve rings.

Superior Bowen will be working on Saturday, October 22nd, in an effort to finish the asphalt overlay project during the good weather.

Vance Brothers started the Light Weight Aggregate seal project this week. The contractor started with some sporadic work in areas that a double coat was deemed appropriate to ensure a good seal to the road. All roadways that receive the coating next week will be sealed the entire width of the existing asphalt.

Black and McDonald finished the installation of new energy efficient street light fixtures this week which replaced existing cobra head street light fixtures with new LED light fixtures. The lights replaced are at intersections of roadways and along Blue Ridge Boulevard from the North city limits to 63rd Street and further east on 63rd Street to Blue Ridge Cutoff and also in the front parking lot of city hall. A grant funded all of the costs of the project. The project includes other municipalities in the metropolitan area, KCP&L and MARC. The goal of the project is to reduce energy consumption of street lighting.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events
October 25 – Fire Board Meeting; Station 1, 9:00am



Thursday, October 20th, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway., Raytown

Come early at 6:00 PM to dine and make new friends!

Geoff Jolley from Congressman Cleaver’s Office and Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp will be speaking at this month’s meeting.


Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp demonstrates software that monitors and protects children using the internet. This software is free to Jackson County residents from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Dept. 

Raytown Police and the Jackson County Traffic Safety Task Force to conduct DWI Saturation Patrol

Raytown Police, working along with members of the Jackson County Traffic Safety Task Force, will be operating a DWI saturation patrol sometime over the next couple of weeks. The saturation patrol will be targeting those drivers that are operating motor vehicles on the roadways of Raytown, and surrounding areas, in an impaired condition. This patrol will also focus on Hazardous Moving violators. This enforcement is aimed at reducing fatality and injury crashes in the Raytown area caused by impaired and hazardous driving. If you have been drinking, please use a designated driver. Impaired driving is one of the most common violent crimes, randomly killing or injuring someone in Missouri every 1.6 hours. Help us keep the motoring public safe.

Buckle up. Drive Safely and Don’t drive while impaired.

Fire at vacant house probably accidental

At around 2:30 P.M. last Friday (10/14/2011) police and fire department officials were called to the 5400 block of Hardy on a reported grass fire. When they got there they found that the fire had spread to a detached garage. The house at that address was vacant. The fire did not spread to the house. There were no reported injuries. A police report was made when it was suspected that the cause might be suspicious. However, on Tuesday (10-18-2011) police report that the cause was likely accidental.

Raytown Parks Board meeting on 10/17/2011

The audio in these videos has been enhanced to compensate for the lack of individual participant microphones.  The end result is that the words are significantly more understandable, but it does introduce some artificiality to the voice quality and occasionally artifacts that are sounds that have also been amplified unintentionally. 

Part 1 Opening of the meeting up to, but not including the discussion with Mayor Bower an the proposed Memo of Understanding between the Board of Aldermen and the Park Board.

Part 2 The discussion with Mayor Bower an the proposed Memo of Understanding between the Board of Aldermen and the Park Board.

Part 3 The main areas covered in the third and final part of the meeting were repair or redoing of the skate park and the recently submitted to the Board of Aldermen Parks budget. Mayor Bower participated in this discussion.