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Planning & Zoning Commission meeting on Wal-Mart part 1 of 2

This video includes the previous public comment section. Due to size considerations, the resolution has been reduced.

Raytown students rated superior in Missouri State contests

raytown_schoolsA number of music students in the Raytown School District recently received Superior I ratings in state music contests.

Orchestra members from Raytown High School who received Superior ratings as soloists and ensembles were: Larry Hernandez, Hannah Scheerer, and Skylar Thompson. Amy Sadler is their conductor.

Band members from Raytown High School who received Superior ratings as soloists and in ensembles were: Logan Anderson, Audrey Drace, Crosbie Jarrett, Cassy Mais, Joseph McCutcheon, Rachel Miller, Nick Peterson, Crista Pinkston, Katie Rock, and Jonny White. Joseph Hill is their director.

Band members from Raytown south High School who received Superior ratings as soloists and in ensembles were: Deja Higgins, Brandon Jones, Michael Keightley, Kalayna Lollar, Brian Lollman, Tucker Ruark, Elisha Ruhman, Patrick Torello, and Kole Waters. Michelle Dake is their director.

Vocal music students from Raytown High School receiving a Superior rating were: Brandon Baker, Zaniya Bass, Ciera Clark, Christina Cunningham, Hunter Delamare, Audrey Drace, Larry Hernandez, Erin Kelly, and Marcus Patrick. Susan Hazelrigg is their director.

Public comments on the proposed new Wal-Mart

The Board of Zoning Adjustment met last Thursday (April 25th, 2013) and the main topic of discussion was the proposed Wal-Mart to be located in the area North of 63rd Street commonly known as the Green Space.  The meeting lasted well over 4 hours. This video is of the first round of public comments. 


Outgoing Aldermen honored

Outgoing Aldermen ParDue, Hamilton & White Honored for their service

Police Blotter for the week ending 5/3/2013



Blotter for 4/29/2013

Blotter for 4/30/2013

Blotter for 5/1/2013

Blotter for 5/2/2013

Blotter for 5/3/2013

City Administrator’s Report for 4/26/2013

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

Public Works

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is conducting an environmental study of
I-70 in Jackson County. The study is a Second Tier Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the future I-70 from the Paseo interchange to the Blue Ridge Cutoff interchange. Public Works is participating in the Community Advisory Group to provide input and review of the suggested improvements.
Currently three Alternatives are under Consideration:
1) No-build: maintenance activities as needed and projects that are already committed;
2) Geometric Improvements: incorporates the No-Build Alternative with improvements aimed at improving the engineering issues in the corridor, such as short ramp lengths, tight curves and weave areas;
3) Interchange Consolidations: incorporates the Geometric Improvements Alternative and consolidates some closely spaced interchanges.
Please visit www.metroI70.com for more information and to provide comments. The comments received will be a major factor in determining the preferred alternative that will be presented summer/fall.

Development & Public Affairs

The Planning and Zoning Commission met on April 25, 2013 to consider the rezoning application for the proposed Wal-Mart project. Presentations were made by the developers and the public comments were provided. At the conclusion of the meeting, the commission decided to continue discussion on the proposed rezoning to May 2, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. The application is scheduled to come before the Board of Aldermen on May 21, 2013.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

April 27 – National Prescription Drug Take Back Day 10:00 a.m.
May 2 – Senior Expo 9:00 a.m.
May 2 – Planning and Zoning Commission 7:00 p.m.

The Sunday Funnies (reruns)


RAC to hold Auditions for THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Music by Richard Rodgers        Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse


Performance Dates & Location: July 19-20, 2013 @ 7:30 p.m.
Sunday Matinee: July 21, 2013 @ 2 p.m.
Robert B. Atkin Performing Arts Center @ Raytown High School
6019 Blue Ridge Blvd,   Raytown, MO 64133

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 7-9:00 p.m.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 from 7-9:00 p.m.
Callbacks will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 9:30-noon
@ Good Shepherd Community of Christ
4341 Blue Ridge Blvd  Kansas City, MO 64133-2026
(Directions: From I-70 take exit 11. Head east on 40 Highway about 0.1 miles. Take the entrance ramp to Blue Ridge Boulevard. Follow Blue Ridge Blvd 0.2 miles to the church. The church is on the left (east) side of the road. Entrance to the parking lot is just before the church.)

   Main Characters: Maria Rainer, a postulant at Nonnberg Abbey; Captain Georg von Trapp; The Mother Abbess, the head of Nonnberg Abbey; Rolf Gruber, the 17-year-old Nazi delivery boy who is in love with Liesl; Elsa Schraeder, “wealthy and sophisticated” and Captain von Trapp’s would-be fiancée; Max Detweiler, Captain von Trapp’s friend, a music agent and producer; Sister Bertha, the Mistress of Novices; Sister Margaretta, the Mistress of Postulants; Sister Sophia, a sister at the Abbey; Franz, Captain von Trapp’s butler; Frau Schmidt, Captain von Trapp’s housekeeper; THE CHILDREN: Liesl von Trapp, age 16; Friedrich von Trapp, age 14; Louisa von Trapp, age 13; Kurt von Trapp, age 11; Brigitta von Trapp, age 10; Marta von Trapp, age 7; and Gretl von Trapp, age 5, the youngest child.

    Open auditions for all parts will include singing, dancing and readings from the script. Please bring 16 measures of a prepared song to perform for your vocal audition. An accompanist will be provided for the auditions. Please do not select a song from the show,  and bring a list of rehearsal conflicts. Please be prepared to perform a basic movement/dance audition by wearing appropriate shoes and comfortable clothes. Our audition form is available on line. Please bring 2 copies of the completed form to auditions with you. You may also fill out an audition form on site.

“The Sound of Music,” set in pre-WWII Austria, is based on the romantic true story of Maria von Trapp, an aspiring nun who leaves the abbey to become a governess for the widower Captain von Trapp’s seven children and finds herself falling in love with her employer and questioning her religious calling. It premiered on Broadway in 1959, where it broke box-office records and won the Tony Award for Best Musical. The 1965 film version won the Best Picture Oscar. Today it is an evergreen classic — as popular in opera houses and outdoor amphitheaters as it is in high school auditoriums. “The Sound of Music” features a libretto by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse and a score by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics) that includes “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Edelweiss,” and “So Long, Farewell.”

For more information:

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Vote to appoint Christine White to BZA postponed


This resolution was originally part of the consent agenda, which is meant to package up a lot of items that are routine and voted on in mass. Alderman Steve Mock moved that this item be taken off the consent agenda and moved to the legislative portion of the meeting.  

This video is the debate and vote on a motion later in the legislative portion of the meeting to postpone consideration of former Alderman White until the next meeting of the Board of Aldermen. The final vote was 8 to postpone and 2 to not postpone. The two aldermen voting not to postpone were Melson and Ertz. 


Elected official swearing in to office

The audio on this is extremely poor quality.  

Vacant business fire closes 350 Highway

A fire at what use to be a small car dealership on 350 Highway caused the Westbound lane of the highway to be closed from about 5:00 am to 6:45 am today.  Other news media seemed confused and gave the address as the 11120 block of Blue Parkway.  If they took out the work block and changed Blue Parkway to 350 Highway they would have gotten the story right for the location. The building was reported to be a home, when it was converted to a car dealership well over a decade ago. The property has been vacant for years. 

Pre-fire archive photo of the business

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Raytown lawyer pleads guilty to fraud

Raytown attorney Kent Desselle, 62, pleaded guilty to bank fraud and  bankruptcy fraud.  Desselle took money from a bank account created for  donations for a playground in memory of Sam and Lindsey Porter. The two children murdered in 2004 by their father, Dan Porter.  While some of the media are labeling Desselle a Raytown lawyer, RaytownOnline considers him an Independence lawyer, as that is where his practise was based. 

For more on this click HERE to read a Kansas City Star article.


New information on the proposed Walmart

Checking for an agenda for the upcoming Zoning and Planing meeting revealed that the latest version is now “1G” and that there was a wealth of other information available. Normally I prefer to have information easily viewed in the center column, but in this case the information is so extensive, it would push every other story off the front page. 

Here is the new version of the proposed store. Click on the image once to open a new window with a large version. Click on this larger version to see a huge version of the plan.




Click HERE for the staff report on this proposal.

Click HERE for the rezoning application. 

Click HERE for the perspective store images.

Click HERE for the proposed design standards.

Click HERE for the latest letters from the lawyer for the developer.

Click HERE for the downtown Raytown streetscape master plan.


A letter concerning the Proposed Walmart store

The Raytown community may get a Walmart grocery store in the green space. There will be a special meeting this Thursday, April 25 of the  Planning and Zoning Commission at 7:00 p.m. at city hall and sources say that the Walmart store will be on the agenda.  Below is a copy of correspondence concerning changes that have been requested on the planned store. There is also a image of the newest (to our knowledge) version of the plan,”Version 1F”.  You can click on any of the images to get a larger version or you can click HERE to get all images in a PDF format.





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City Administrator’s Report for 4/19/2012

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

Information Technology
Information Technology Services has completed the acquisition, installation and configuration of new servers and hardware designated for document management, code enforcement, citizen services and finance business applications. Data migration of current business databases and processes are currently underway.

Request for service included; 35 computers, 2 telephones, 2 government channels, 1 door lock, and 1 website update. The network, server, telephone, government channel, electronic security doors and website are at optimum functionality.

Public Works
Public Works in cooperation with Midwest Public Risk hosted a testing and evaluation event in Raytown for new sewer inspection technology. Employees from Gladstone, Belton and Grain Valley attended the session. The new technology utilizes sound waves to determine if pipes are clean and open. The technology performed well and staff will continue to evaluate the usefulness and cost effectiveness of the technology.
Public Works staff spent much of the week monitoring storm inlets for blockages and drainage issues. Staff assisted the Missouri Department of Transportation in clearing a storm sewer blockage at 350 Highway and Maple Avenue. The location has been the source of repeated after-hours callouts. Through the cooperation of both entities the source of the problem was identified and fixed which should eliminate the frequent call-outs to the location.

Raytown Police Department continues to prepare for the communications tower installation behind City Hall and the related radio upgrades. The radio equipment for all the remote sites has been installed. The equipment for the consoles in the Dispatch Center have arrived and are currently being stored at Commenco. There has been a delay in moving forward with this project due to the fact that Verizon is waiting to receive the “go-ahead” from the State authorities concerning clearance on historic site review.

Construction of the tower should start in July.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events
April 23 – Fire Board Meeting – Station #1 9:00 a.m.
April 25 – Special Planning and Zoning Commission 7:00 p.m.

Police Blotter for the week ending 4/26/2013

Blotter for 4/22/2013

Blotter for 4/23/2013

Blotter for 4/24/2013

Blotter for 4/25/2013

Blotter for 4/26/2013

Raytown High School student paper receives All-Missouri rating


The Raytown High School student paper Rayflector received All-Missouri from the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA).

All-Missouri is the highest rating awarded to high school newspapers in the state of Missouri.

 “This is our first honor since 2000,” Raytown High English Teacher and Rayflector sponsor Lauri Davidson said.  “The students worked really hard to raise the standards for the paper.


Weekend House Fire

Late Sunday night a family living in the 10600 block of 79th Terrace smelled smoke and called 911.  No one was injured and the fire damage was controlled.  More on this when the Fire District does a press release.

Photos courtesy of Larry Edwards

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REAP Fundraiser BBQ

The Raytown food bank (Raytown Emergency Assistance Program) is having a Fundraising BBQ this coming Saturday. Please come out for a good cause. 

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Earth Day at Lakeside Nature Center

The volunteers and staff at Lakeside Nature Center want to show you what’s outside your backdoor for Earth Day.  Science and fun are intermingled in a delightful day for all ages on Saturday, April 27th from 10 am to 3 pm at the Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 E Gregory Blvd in Kansas City, MO.  Join us to learn about Missouri’s urban wildlife.  StoneLion’s award-winning puppet shows at 11 am and 1 pm will entertain and delight all ages.  Other activities will include:Live animal presentations throughout the dayCrafts kids can take home

Face painting, kid tattoos and other activities

The event, puppet shows and all activities are free and open to the public.  For more information, call Lakeside Nature Center at (816) 513-8960.

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The Sunday Funnies (reruns)


Public Water Supply District No. 2 and the Raytown Police Department Sponsor Drug Take-Back Event -April 27, 2013!

 WATER DISTRICT 2 LOGOPublic Water Supply District No. 2 of Jackson County, Missouri & the Raytown Police Department is sponsoring a Prescription Drug Take-Back Event on April 27, 2013, at Apple Market on 75th & Raytown Road and the City Hall Parking Lot at 10000 E 59th Street.

 The public may drop off outdated prescription drugs from 10:00 AM to  2:00 PM.

 The Missouri Rural Water Association (MRWA) is working in conjunction with drinking water utilities around the State of Missouri in an attempt to lessen the environmental impact of these pharmaceuticals.  

 National research indicates that 46 million Americans consume water contaminated with prescription and over-the-counter drugs.  Missouri was one of 24 states where water samples from underground aquifers were tested and found to contain pharmaceuticals. 

 Concern about the possible human health effects of these drugs is behind the counter-offensive launched by your local water utility and the MRWA.  “The way to reverse the trend is to eliminate contaminating our drinking water sources by properly disposing of pharmaceutical drugs”, says MRWA Management Circuit Rider, Larry VanGilder. 

 But who’s contaminating drinking water sources?  You might be surprised to learn that you could be unintentionally fouling the waters!  If you dispose of prescription drugs by throwing them into a trashcan or flushing them down the toilet, your actions could be having an adverse effect on the environment. 

 Solid waste thrown into trash receptacles eventually makes its way into a landfill, where these pills and other medicines can leach into the ground.  From there, they can contaminate underground aquifers, which provide drinking water for communities and individuals.

  With each flush, the toilet sends waste into either a private septic tank or a centralized wastewater collection system.  The septic tank, like the landfill, potentially allows medications to contaminate ground water sources.  The centralized wastewater system returns its treated water back to receiving streams and tributaries.  These treatment facilities are unable, with today’s technology, to remove pharmaceuticals from water.

  The only way to properly dispose of unused drugs is to incinerate them.  This is the task of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency.  Collection sites, with the help of local law enforcement, deliver these waste products to the proper authorities for disposal.

  During the last event held September 29, 2012, 17,208 pounds of pharmaceutical drugs were collected in Missouri.  All pharmaceutical drugs collected were taken to a DEA facility and incinerated.

  “Having these drug take back events on a regular basis each year provides the people of Missouri the opportunity to properly dispose of unwanted pharmaceuticals and greatly contribute to preserving the quality of water bodies we all enjoy and depend on for our basic needs and for recreation,” says Larry VanGilder, Management Circuit Rider for MRWA.

 Public Water Supply District No. 2, the Raytown Police Department and the MRWA encourage you to take part in the April 27th Prescription Drug Take-Back Event!


Larry VanGilder, Management Circuit Rider
Missouri Rural Water Association
417-337-1999 (cell)

 Or… your local drinking water utility representative:

 Patrick Ertz at  (816) 353-5550 or by email: pwsd2@pwsd2.org.


Teen caught on video in a store break-in

A series of businesses where broken into North of Raytown last weekend.  Raytown had a similar series of break-ins a couple weeks prior to this series. The similarities are multiple locations in a short period of time by teenagers. Click HERE to view the article on the first set of break-ins. 

Below is a video from KMBC Channel 9 that has a very good image of an obvious teenager inside one of the businesses. 

Thomas Cole, CEcD Awarded Recertification in Economic Development Designation

Thomas A. Cole, Economic Development Administrator for the City of Raytown, MO has been awarded re-certification by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) effective April 15, 2013. Tom first achieved the Certified Economic Developer designation in 2001 and was among the first in the state of Missouri to receive the designation.  CEcD recertification, required every three years, was awarded to Tom who met demanding requirements for continuing education and service to the profession. With twenty years of economic development experience, Tom has been instrumental in spurring over $1 billion of new capital investment and the creation/retention of nearly 12,000 jobs.

 The designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) is a highly recognized national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to professional growth.  Tom first earned certification by passing a rigorous three-part, two-day examination, testing his knowledge, proficiency and judgment in the key areas of economic development

 As highly skilled economic development practitioners, Tom and 1150 other Certified Economic Developers work with public officials, business leaders and community members to create and retain high-quality jobs, establish economic vibrancy, and improve quality of life for the people they serve.

About IEDC:

The International Economic Development Council is the premier independent non-profit, non-partisan membership and research organization devoted exclusively to the field of economic development.  IEDC assists economic development professionals in creating high-quality jobs, developing vibrant communities and improving the quality of life in their regions.  Serving more than 4,100 members, IEDC represents the largest network of economic development professionals in the world.  IEDC provides a diverse range of services including conferences, certification, professional development, publications, research, advisory services, and public policy tracking. Visit http://www.iedconline.org to learn more