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City Administrator’s Report for 4/27/2012

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


Staff in conjunction with EMS Week will be hosting the Community Blood Center’s Blood Drive at the EMS Station on May 23rd from 3:00 to 6:00pm. You may sign up either online at savealifenow.org and use raytownems as the password or contact Kim (737-6030) to schedule an appointment or for any questions. Walk-ins are also welcomed. All persons who attend the blood drive and attempt to donate blood will receive a voucher for “buy one get one free” ticket to Schlitterbahn Water Park.

Parks & Recreation

Super Splash opens on Saturday, May 26th; with cool pools, spine-tingling slides, awesome attractions and tantalizing treats — there’s something for everyone! Even if you just want to soak up the sun or lounge in the shade, there is something for everyone. A place for family and fun, Super Splash is located in the heart of Raytown, and Super Splash won’t break your budget. Early Bird Season Passes are on sale now through May 11th; Family Pass $235.00, Individual Pass $67.50 and Seniors Pass $45.00.


Dispose of your unused or expired prescription medication this weekend from 10:00am to 2:00pm at either the Apple Market (75th St and 350 Hwy) or Blue Ridge Plaza (5210 Blue Ridge Boulevard).

Our neighbors at the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department are offering free personal safety seminars to women on Saturday, April 28th and again on Saturday, May 5th. While the course is free, reservations are still required. Call 816.413.3500 or email angela.mccune@kcpd.org.

Public Works

The Community Cleanup Event will be held on May 5th at the Super Splash Parking lot from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Volunteers are still needed with both community collections and at the collection site. To volunteer, please contact staff at 737-6014 or the Raytown Chamber at 353-8500.

Staff is assisting the design consultant to locate utilities as part of the Streetscape project. The consultant needed more exact information to determine if traffic signal pole foundations would fit as designed without the need to relocate utilities. The storm sewer has been located and excavation is still required to determine the exact location of the fiber optic lines in the area.

Crews completed a repair to a collapsed sanitary sewer line by replacing 30 feet of 8” sanitary sewer main at 10504 57th Terrace and repaired two storm boxes in the 7200 block of Maywood.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

May 1 – Board of Aldermen Meeting; Council Chambers, 7:00pm
May 3 – Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting; CANCELLED
May 5 – City-wide Clean Up Day; Supersplash Parking Lot, 8:00am to 3:00pm

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Raytown Tennis League

The Raytown Parks & Recreation Dept. is starting the adult tennis league, Tuesday May 1, 7pm, at Kenagy Park. The league cost is $45, for the 10 week program. Drinks, tennis balls, and a T-shirt will be provided. Our league director will make a schedule of play, so that all participants will enjoy match play. This is a great social and physical activity for those who like the game, and enjoy good company! Sign up at the Park office, or show up Tuesday night at Kenagy Park, 79th & Raytown Road. For more information about the Raytown tennis program call the Raytown Park Dept. at 358-4100.

Crime Victims’ Rights Week

To commemorate National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Jackson County will take part in a special event from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the KC Live Block in the Power and Light District at 14th and Grand Avenue in Downtown Kansas City.

 Speakers and special guests will include David M. Ketchmark, acting U.S. Attorney, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and Greg Smith, founder of the Kelsey Smith Foundation. The Kansas City Mounted Patrol will be on site and will oversee the memorial walk that will take place at the end of the event. The Crystal Kipper and Ali Kemp Memorial Award will be presented by Ketchmark, and Greg Smith, father of Kelsey Smith, abducted and murdered in June 2007, will be the featured speaker.

 This National Crime Victims’ Rights Week Community Awareness Project is supported by a Victims of Crime Act grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice. VictimNet is a coalition of Kansas City area agencies committed to meeting the needs of crime victims. See more information at www.victimnet.org.


Sutherland Lumber Company wins environmental award

When Sutherland Lumber Company moved into what was previously a 94,900 square foot Walmart building in Raytown, Mo., there were more than1,000 light fixtures hanging from the ceiling, according to Innovative Facilities Solutions sales manager Wayne Schmidt.

After an energy-efficient retrofit project reduced thenumber of fluorescent fixtures to 420, Sutherland received an EnvironmentalStewardship Award from Wisconsin-based power technology company Orion Energy Systems.

The project, carried out by Orion partner Innovative Facilities Solutions, is expected to save the Raytown Sutherland store $32,000 annually in electricity costs and projects to save 376,468 kWh each year. The return on investment for Sutherland is a little more than two years, after which time the savings will become pure profit.

Orion presents ESAs to companies that significantly save energy through lighting retrofit projects like the one Sutherland chose.

“As a family owned company, we are focused on customer care, product selection and employee satisfaction,” said Sutherland store manager Mike Weber. “By replacing the lighting in our store, we have not only created a better shopping and working environment, but are reducing our utility bills and our carbon footprint. We are always mindful of our impact on the environment.”

“We are very pleased about the reduced energy,” added Bob Harmes, assistant manager at the Raytown store. “We try to reduce our footprint while also saving money. Anything to help the environment, while also helping our bottom line.”

Schmidt said despite the significant reduction of light fixtures, the Sutherland store is “much brighter” than it was before the project.

“And the cost to operate them is significantly less,” Schmidt said.

“They’re great,” said Harmes of the lights. “We’re very pleased. The lights are very bright and inviting, and we receive a lot of positive comments about them.”

Sutherland Lumber Company Raytown store manager Mike Weber, left; Sutherland’s head buyer Vern Anderson, center; and Wayne Schmidt, sales manager at Innovative Facilities Solutions pose with the Orion Energy Systems Environmental Stewardship Award plaque. The ESA was presented on March 31 during the Sutherland store’s grand opening.

Raytown Police Department Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

On April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Raytown Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to the parking lots of Blue Ridge Plaza, 5210 Blue Ridge Boulevard, or Apple Market, Raytown Road and E. 350 Highway. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds—188.5 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners. In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds—nearly 500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act, a process that can take as long as 24 months. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Raytown Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

Free Tai Chi at Raytown Parks

The Raytown Parks and Recreation Dept. (5912 Lane, 358-4100) will be offering a free Tai Chi class on Thursday evenings at Colman Park, starting at 6:00 PM, at the north entry way of the park, 59th & Lane Ave. This is a great activity for adults looking for a low impact physical activity that focuses on stretching and breathing. For more information about the upcoming free Tai Chi class, call the Raytown Park Office at 358-4100.

Krogh and Stansbury engagement

Carl Krogh and Kristl Stansbury are extremely excited to announce their engagement! From the moment that we met there was a connection there. We could be 900 miles apart and know what the other was thinking or finish each others sentences. The emptiness that we both felt for so long was gaped and is just something natural rather than something tried! We have 5 beautiful children, Victoria-9, JC-10, Jacob-10, Hailey-12 and Destiny-12 who blend as if they were always meant to be! I don’t know who said fairy tales are only in the movies, but they were wrong! On April 6th, 2013 we will marry our best friends at the Bear Creek Bed & Breakfast in Walnut Shade, Missouri!

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Raytown’s Egg-Extravaganza

Raytown’s 3rd annual Egg-Extravaganza, featuring the famous Mock Bunny, rabbit noses, readings by the Mayor, the dancing Aldermen, and the Run for the Eggs.

Raytown High School’s Camerata choral group Superior

Raytown High School’s Camerata choral group received a Superior “I” rating at state music contest on Saturday, March 31st.

Camerata members are: Alex Accurso, Rachel Anderson, Tyrah Bailey, Andrew Best, Ciera Clark, Audrey Drace, Michael Frojd, Harris Gibson, Julia Hamilton, R. J. Harris, Larry Hernandez, Monica HernandezDiamonte James, Noel Miller, Marcus Patrick, Manuel Pecina, Alsashia Ramirez, Dayton Saling, Evan Steele, Christina Taylor, Carl Von Sirls,Jasmine Ward, Mark Wilkes, and Tristan Young.

Director Susan Hazelrigg said, “In my totally unbiased opinion, they were awesome! I am proud of their efforts.”

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Home Invasion UPDATE part 2


Raytown Police are looking for information of the whereabouts of Lee A. Douglas, a 27 year old Kansas City man.  Douglas has been charged with Robbery, Burglary and Armed Criminal Action by the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office, in connection with the home invasion in Raytown, on 04-11-12.  Douglas was last known to be 6’1” tall, 165 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.  Douglas should be considered armed and dangerous.  Anyone with information of the whereabouts of Douglas should call the Raytown Police Department at 816-737-6020 immediately.

City Administrator’s Report for 4/13/2012

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

Community Development

A public open house on the Central Business District (CBD) Streetscape Design will be held on Monday, April 16th, from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Raytown City Hall. Residents, business owners, and anyone else who is interested in the project are invited to stop by anytime to see the plans that the Steering Committee has developed. The project consultant along city staff will also be available to answer questions about the design and the process for constructing the proposed streetscape improvements. The next Streetscape Steering Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 18th from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at Raytown City Hall. Comments from the public open house will be reviewed and plans finalized so that construction plans for Phase 1 streetscape improvements can then be submitted to the Missouri Department of Transportation for their review and approval. It is anticipated that bids for construction of the Phase 1 improvements will be sought this summer with construction starting by this fall.

Author Christopher B. Leinberger discusses a new approach to urban living in “The Option of Urbanism: Investing in a New American Dream” on Wednesday, April 18th, at 6:30pm at the Central Library (14 W 10th Street) The presentation is part of the library’s What Makes a Great City Series. Admission is free and a reception precedes the event at 6:00pm. RSVP by calling 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage (10th St & Baltimore). The event is co-presented by MARC and KCPT-TV.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the two NSP3 homes that have been constructed at 5420 & 5424 Laurel Avenue (the intersection of Laurel Avenue and 55th Street) will be held on Wednesday, May 2nd from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Congressman Cleaver and officials from the Missouri Department of Economic Development are anticipated to in attendance.

Information Technology

Staff Manager attended technical conference this week with emphasis on cloud technologies and mobile device management. As the progression toward cloud based technology and mobile device applications expands, staff is defining and developing IT infrastructure for the evolution of cloud technologies (private, public, and hybrid) to optimize the business process.

Public Works

The Community Clean-up Event will be held on May 5th at the Super Splash Parking lot from 8:00am to 3:00pm. Cars and small trucks are free again this year; however there is a fee for large trucks and all trailers. Electronics will be accepted again this year by Willey Disposal. Wiley Disposal minimizes costs by recycling a significant portion of the trash by segregating recyclable items at the transfer station. Volunteers are still needed to assist with community collections and assistance at the collection site. To volunteer please call city hall at 737-6014 or the Raytown Chamber at 353-8500

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

April 16 – Park Board Meeting; Park Office, 7:00pm
April 17 – Board of Aldermen Work Session; Council Chambers, 6:00pm
April 17 – Board of Aldermen Meeting; Council Chambers, 7:00pm
April 19 – Council on Aging; Council Conference Room; 4:15pm
April 19 – Human Relations Commission; Council Chambers, 6:00pm 


Home Invasion Update

A Kansas City man has been charged in Wednesday’s armed robbery and home invasion in Raytown, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.

Byron L. Edwards, 23, faces charges of Robbery 1st Degree, Burglary 1st Degree and two counts of Armed Criminal Action.

According to court records, two men – one armed with an AK?47 and another with a handgun – kicked open the front door of a residence in the 8500 block of Everett about 9:30 a.m. and demanded money of the homeowners. After taking cash, they fled the home and a homeowner fired shots at the fleeing vehicle. Police tracked and located the vehicle, marked by bullet holes, at a Kansas City workplace. The operator of the vehicle told police that he had been given $20 to drive two men to commit the robbery.

The robbery remains under investigation.

Prosecutors have requested a $150,000 cash bond for Edwards.


Local author Denise Osborne to be at Raytown Library

Meet one of Raytown’s local authors Denise Osborne at the Raytown Library Saturday April 21st from 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM. Denise will be assisting customers with questions about publishing and writing and she will be open to recommend popular Authors books that you may like to read .Denise has published 6 novels and 7 screenplays. Event is sponsored by Sisters in Crime promoting Women’s Writers in Mystery.


Four Raytown football players picked for All-Star game

Raytown Football RULES


Two football players from Raytown High School and two from Raytown South High School will represent their respective schools in the MO-KAN All-Star Game sponsored by the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches’ Association.

Terrance Hill and Justus McMullen from Raytown High and Jamaal Cox and Jameel Cox from Raytown South will be on the Missouri team.

The game will be held at the Blue Valley District Athletic Complex on June 14, 2012. Ticket information and costs will be available soon.

Raytown Police Pension Board meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Raytown Police Pension Board of Trustees and Mayor Bower’s sub-committee will conduct a “Special” open meeting at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 19, 2012, in the Raytown Police Department Squad Room, located at 10000 East 59th Street, Raytown, MO. The City of Raytown Police Pension proposals for Plan analysis will be discussed.

Homeowner defends his residence from attackers

A Raytown couple was startled at about 9:30 this morning when the door of their home in the 8500 block of Everett burst open and two armed men charged inside. One of the suspects pointed a rifle and the other was armed with a handgun. They demanded that the couple tell them where to find “Robert” and their money. The couple, neither being Robert, were held at gunpoint while one of the suspects briefly searched the residence. When the suspects decided to flee before the police arrived, one homeowner retrieved a pistol and fired shots at them as they left the driveway in a white SUV. The suspect vehicle was last seen by neighbors going west on 85th St. It is not known if either of the suspects was injured. The homeowners reported no injuries.

Police are looking for two black men of about twenty five years of age, armed with a rifle and handgun, driving a white SUV. The first man is about 5’8” to 5’9” tall and 150 lbs., with a neatly trimmed mustache, a short afro-style haircut, a medium to dark complexion and a round face, wearing a ball cap, light colored shirt and dark pants. The second man was lighter complected and described as having “bug-eyes.” He was about 6’0” tall and 165 lbs. with hair cut in a style similar to dreadlocks about 3” long. He was dressed in dark clothing and light colored shoes.

Police ask that anyone with information concerning this, or any other crime, call the TIPS hotline at (816) 474-TIPS (8477) or text “TIP452” and your message to CRIMES (274637).

Raytown High band rated Superior at State contest

The Raytown High School Symphonic Band received a Superior I rating at State Contest on March 30.

Band members are Amanda Stoll, Anthony Gonnello, Audrey Drace, Brandon Williams, Brendon Tran, Carl Von Sirls, Cassandra Mais, Christine Roberts, Corey Prochaska, Courtney Williams, Crista Pinkston, Crosbie Jarrett, Devin Wilmore, DJ Plesser, Hanna Treat, Hannah David, Hunter Delamare, Iwalani Rafaele, Jacob Lockhart, Jake Friebohle, Jessica Aguilera, Joe Straws, Jonathan Stephens, Jonny White, Jordan Jamerson , Joseph McCutcheon, Katie Rock, Ke’ondra Parker, Kiara Bunton, Kris Johnson, and Laura Geeding,

Other members are Leslie Brooks, Logan Anderson, Madison Barrett, Marissa Moore, Matthew Maynard, Michael Frojd, Mikayla Peitsmeyer, Mitchell White, Nicholas Peterson, Rachel Miller, Robby Ledbetter, Sally Farrand, Simone Jones, Stephanie Fox, Toi Moore ,Tristan Young, True McKenna, and Truman Steehn.

Conductor Joe Hill said, “The honest, genuine excitement (about the I rating) was truly wonderful and a reminder of why we love this job.”

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The Y & The ROC host “Pitch, Hit and Run”





 Including Team Championships at Major League Ballparks and the PHR National Finals at the 2012 MLB All-Star Game in Kansas City


PITCH……Throw strikes to a designated target
HIT……Hit from a stationary batting tee for distance and accuracy
RUN…… Sprint from 2nd base to home plate for time

Hosts: The Y and the ROC
Richard C. Green, Sr. Family YMCA and the ROC Recreation and Fitness Center, First Baptist Raytown

Competition Date/Time/Location: April 21st 10:00am-1:00pm at First Baptist Raytown, 10500 E. 350 Hwy Raytown, MO 64138 Must Pre-register at the YMCA prior to April 21st.

Contact: Jose Ruiz 
Healthy Living Director
Richard C. Green, Sr. Family YMCA
(P) 816 356 9622
(E) JoseRuiz@KansasCityYMCA.org

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