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City Administrator’s Report for 6/28/2013

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

Public Works

Wiedenmann & Godfrey Construction has completed the sewer line replacement portion of the project at 85th and Ford to repair a partially collapsed sewer line. The contractor still has to complete the yard restoration in the area.
The Public Works crews are making good progress repairing asphalt in preparation for the asphalt overlay and light weight aggregate seal coat projects. The crews placed 14 tons of asphalt this week.
The White Oak West Line A Sanitary Sewer Project bids are due on Tuesday, July 2 at 2:00 p.m.
Vehicle Maintenance has been busy installing equipment in the new police vehicles. The Police Department received 5 new vehicles this year, 2 Ford sedan vehicles that closely resemble the Taurus and 3 Ford utility vehicles that closely resemble the Explorer. One utility vehicle is in service and one sedan will be in service next week. The remaining vehicles should be in service in two weeks.
Public Affairs and Development
The City of Raytown’s Spring/Summer Newsletter is available at our Website, www.raytown.mo.us. If you would like a printed copy please call 737-6059.
Congratulations to Andy Boyd, Edwina Long, Nancy Lavoie, James McKay and Ray Haydaripoor. They have received certification for Customer Service from the Mid-America Regional Council. The certification requires classroom work as well as a plan of action for their current position.
Police Department

Midwest Underground, the contractor for Verizon Wireless will begin construction activities for the cell tower during the week of July 1st. They should begin moving equipment in on Monday, with activities expected to last approximately 3 weeks. Once Verizon completes their install, Motorola will begin the installation of our radio equipment here.
Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events
July 1 – Municipal Court – 6:00 p.m.
July 2 – Board of Aldermen Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
July 4 – 4th of July Holiday – City Hall Closed

The Annual Shepherd’s Center Garden Tour (home 3 of 5)

The third home on the tour was Linda and Steve Bakken’s on Larson.  The backyard has had extensive stone landscaping and a pond of water lilies.


the wall

the path


water lily


flowers and bug


Weather Alert

There is a severe thunderstorm warning in effect for the metro area until 4pm.

Tragedy in Local Pool

On Tuesday, June 25th at 5:12 pm the Raytown Police and EMS were called to the 7900 block of Ditzler for a 2 year old child that was found in a residential pool not breathing. When they arrived they immediately began CPR and Raytown Paramedics transported the child to a local hospital. Raytown EMS was advised that the child was pronounced dead later that evening at the hospital. Police are still investigating but at this time it appears to be a tragic accident.

Police Blotter for the week ending

Blotter for 6/24/2013

Blotter for 6/25/2013

Blotter for 6/26/2013

Blotter for 6/27/2013

Blotter for 6/28/2013

The Annual Shepherd’s Center Garden Tour (home 2 of 5)

The second home on the tour was Mary and Clarence Yeo’s on Crescent Drive.  An interesting feature is the upside-down fish bowl in the Koi pond. 






The Sunday Funnies (reruns)


Raytown Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast featuring County Legislator Bob Spence

There is timely and interesting information on recent property tax assessments in this video.

City Administrator’s Report for 6/21/2012

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

Public Works

The annual concrete repair program is progressing well. The contractor is 90% complete with the project. The contractor is replacing curb that does not drain correctly or has significant deterioration. The contractor is also replacing sidewalk that has a trip hazard. Locations of the repairs are in areas where the asphalt overlay and light weight aggregate projects will take place later in the summer.
Wiedenmann & Godfrey construction is 80% complete with a sewer line replacement project at 85th and Ford to repair a partially collapsed sewer line.
The Public Works crews are making good progress repairing asphalt in preparation for the asphalt overlay and light weight aggregate seal coat projects. The crews placed 17.5 tons of asphalt this week.
Public Works utilized a specialty contractor to treat sewer lines where tree root intrusion has been an issue. Tree roots are a common cause of damage to sewer lines and leads to collapsed lines, sewer backups, and expensive repairs. Dukes Root Control, Inc. treated several sanitary sewer lines to prevent the growth of tree roots in the sewer lines thereby preserving the integrity of the pipe line and helping to reduce the potential for sewer backups.
Public Works will hold a pre-bid meeting for the White Oak West Line A Sanitary Sewer Project on Monday, June 24, at 2:00 p.m. at City Hall. The bid for the project is due on Tuesday, July 2 at 2:00 p.m.
Public Affairs and Development


GE Power & Water’s Air Filtration business announced that it plans to move 170 positions of the 750-employee division to Overland Park, Kan. The move is tentatively scheduled for late August.
The Air Filtration business no longer requires the large office building on 63rd Street in Raytown, where it has been located for more than 30 years. Therefore, the business explored office buildings around the entire Kansas City metro area for space that better meets the needs of the smaller headquarters’ workforce.
Over recent years, employee growth of the Air Filtration business has shifted away from headquarters in favor of its manufacturing and field locations, in particular in Slater, MO, where the Air Filtration business has grown significantly with the hiring of 100 people in the last year.
Again this year, Raytown Emergency Preparedness is happy to host the Raytown Amateur Radio Club during Field Day. This annual exercise tests amateur radio operators’ ability to communicate using alternative power sources as would occur during a “real-life” disaster such as hurricane, wide-spread tornado damage, etc. This event is open to the public; set up for the event is on Friday, June 21st. The exercise begins at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 22nd extending through Sunday, June 23rd, ending around 1:00 p.m. Feel free to stop by and talk with this fine group of folks. The Radio Club is very cordial and knowledgeable and will welcome a chance to explain processes and procedures to newcomers to amateur radio.
Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events
June 25 – Fire Board Meeting – Station #1 9:00 a.m.

Raytown Schools Update: Law Enforcement Lunches


In an effort to allow law enforcement and local emergency and fire department personnel to familiarize themselves with schools in the Raytown District and to allow students to meet officers and first responders one on one in a positive environment, officers are having lunch with students in buildings. In the attached photo, KC Police Chief Darryl Forte joined students at Little Blue Elementary recently during their lunch period.

Dr. Travis Hux, Assistant Superintendent of Support Services, suggested the visits to local police, emergency, and fire departments who accepted the invitation readily.

“We just know that having kids see the officials in a familiar setting will help them be less intimidated and better understand how much police, fire, and emergency personnel help us. While we never want to have a crisis in a school, just imagine if the first responder you see had also been your lunch buddy?” Hux said.

The schools that have had visits are very glad to see the officers.

“We are happy to welcome Chief Forte,” Little Blue and Fleetridge Summer School Principal Debbie Kingrey said.

The visits began in the spring and will be ongoing.

The Annual Shepherd’s Center Garden Tour (home 1 of 5)

The first home on the tour was Karen and Rex Block’s on Oxford.  Click on a photo to open a larger version of it in a new window.

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A Charter for Raytown news

On June 4, 2013 the City of Raytown received a petition initiative with the question “Shall a commission be chosen to frame a charter?.    Also, on June 4, 2013 and on June 5, 2013 individual petitions were received ordering names be placed on the official ballot for the elected position of Charter Commission Board Member.

The petitions were taken to the Jackson County Election Board for processing.     After the Charter question petition was checked by the Jackson County Election Board, the petition had 268 registered qualified voters who signed the petition.  Additionally, the individual petitions each had the minimum of 36 registered qualified voters which had signed their petitions.

On Friday, June 14, Tammy Brown, Director, Jackson County Election Board confirmed that is was the opinion of their Board Attorney, Brad Constance that the election for the Charter Commission would need to be held at the April 1, 2014 Municipal Election or the November 4, 2014 General Election  

Since receiving this confirmation, petitions have been created for the general public and are available at the City Clerk’s office.  The Charter Commission itself will consist of 13 Charter Commissioners.  The number of names on the ballot is unlimited; however, only the 13 members receiving the majority of the votes will actually be the Charter Commission.

It will be necessary for the Board to establish some rules for this election. The City of Raytown uses the lottery systems for candidate filing, which decides placement on the ballot.

According to the Article VI, Section 19, all necessary expenses of the Commission shall be paid by the City. It will be necessary to establish a budget for the elected Charter Commission.  The Constitution states that the City will pay all “necessary fees” associated with the Charter Commission; however, the Board will need to define “necessary” in order to control expenditures.

JMC Realty and Walmart Cancel Contract

City Administrator Mahesh Sharma announced  at last night’s Board of Aldermen Meeting that JMC Realty, realtor representative for Wal-mart,, acted on a clause in their contract for the land at 62nd Terrace and Blue Ridge to rescind their contract and get back their $5,000 deposit. 

 The letter that was sent by JMC Realty is attached. They did not cite why they had decided to act on the clause to release their deposit but there had been opposition to the building and many conditions for building on the site.

Click on the letter to open a window with an enlarged version. 


The Raytown Arts Council presents “THE SOUND OF MUSIC”

Every week they send me a new photo and get the article re-posted with the added photo. Very clever publicity management. 


The Raytown Arts Council
announces their 2013 Summer Musical

Music by Richard Rodgers        Book & Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

Kelda Glandon  and Ms. Cassy Glandon  
 Tech Staff: Ms.Sally Farrand
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


Tickets will be on sale beginning June 20th, 2013 at the RAYTOWN HY-VEE STORE, 9400 E 350 Hwy (intersection of 350 Hwy & Gregory Blvd.), Raytown, MO, 816-358-9940. Ticket prices are: $8 in advance, $10 at the door, and $5 for children 12 and under.


                        THE CAST:   
Ginger Birch as Maria Rainer; Greg Lane  as Captain von Trapp; Wendy Bross  as The Mother Abbess; Justin Pitts  as Rolf Gruber; Becca Stabno  as Baroness  Elsa Schraeder; David Fast  as Max  Detweiler; Sandee Gamet  as Sister  Margaretta; LeAnn Burris  as Sister Berthe; Patty Moore Armstrong as Sister Sophia; Moe Graenser  as Franz; Sharon Sawaya as Frau Schmidt;  Rosie Smith  as Liesl von Trapp; Brian Locascio  as Friedrich von Trapp; Katie Hulla  as Louisa von Trapp; CJ Miller as Kurt von Trapp; Danielle Dupree  Brigitta von Trapp; Olivia Shackelford  Marta von Trapp; Kassie Sibbit  as Gretl von Trapp
MEN’S CHORUS: Jack Berney, Pete Berney, Alex Phillips, Jake Adamson CHILDREN’S CHORUS: Cody Dupree, Emily Burris,  Emma Stabno, Jessica Reber, Victoria Olson,  Benjamin Schwab, Asia Pisors, Abby Miller, Elisabeth Niblock, Sophia Niblock, Kate Pisors, Leah Pisors, Jonathan Branch, Mary Branch, Katrina Webster, Julia Whisenhunt,  Eleanor Ammerman, &  Rebekah Bottoms.  WOMEN’S CHORUS: Angie Reber,  Etta Carlisle, Shirley Johnson,  Genevieve Serville, Rachel Burris, Susan Lary,   Amethyst Moraine,  Grace Brown,  Paige Teeman, and Hannah Unruh.  


BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF THE SHOW: “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.”

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CAST & CREW: Front row: Kassie Sibbit, Danielle Dupree, Katie Hulla, CJ Mller, Olivia Shackelford. Second Row: Mary Branch, Cody Dupree, Rosie Smith, Ginger Birch, Greg Lane, Becca Stabno, Julia Whisenhunt, Emma Stabno, Jonathan Branch. Third Row: Abby Miller, Jessica Reber, Sharon Sawaya, Etta Carlisle,Leanne Burris, Geneieve Serville, Shirley Johnson, Paige Teeman, Benjamin Schwab, Eleanor Ammerman. Back Row: Laurie  Schwab, Jim DeFries, Sariah Pinick, Rachel Burris, Susan Lary, Jake Adamson, Justin Pitts, Patty Armstrong Moore, Sandee Gamet, Hannah Unruh, Moe Graenser, David Fast, Brian, Kelda Glandon, Cassy  Glandon and Sharon Propst.



(Pictured from left to right) In a scene from the show, Patty Moore Armstrong as Sister Sophia; Sandee Gamet  as Sister  Margaretta; Wendy Bross  as The Mother Abbess and LeAnn Burris  as Sister Berthe discuss the convent’s newest postulate, Maria Rainer.


 (Front to Back) Pictured are the von Trapp Children: Kassie Sibbet,
Olivia Shackelford, CJ Miller, Danielle Dupree, Katie Hulla, Brian Locascio, and Rosie Smith. 




Thursday, June 20th, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Las Chili’s, 6210 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown

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

Our speaker will be Scott Burnett
Jackson County Legislator, 1st District


Jean Peters Baker
Jackson County Prosecutor


President Richard Tush at (816) 356-0003
Vice President Fred Hartwell
(816) 353-4431

Rocket Dog rocks


Rocket Dog is a hotdog stand on the Northeast corner of Raytown Road and 95th Street.  The hotdogs are Nathans on plain or Chicago style poppyseed buns. Above is a Neptune Dog (hashbrown potatoes and bacon) with some spicy musturd added and it is a mighty fine combination. I had to have two to make sure it was not just hunger that made the first one taste so good. Sorry for die hard Chicago fans, but there are no Vienna dogs, sports peppers, or neon green relish. There are a huge number of choices to customize your dog, just not those three. The dogs are big, grilled and cost $3.00 each or $5.00 with a drink and chips. The picture shows my second dog, as I just didn’t take time to snap a shot of my first one.


Police Blotter for the week ending 6/21/2013

Blotter for 6/17/2013

Blotter for 6/18/2013

Blotter for 6/19/2013

Blotter for 6/20/2013

Blotter for 6/21/2013

Summerfest 2013

About a couple minutes into the video is a song by the group Four Fried Chickens and a Coke. This 12 piece R & B group was amazing.  The is a shot of some of the jewelry of Reading FanGirl in the video. You can find her online shop at www.etsy.com/shop/readingfangirl. If you stop by, please tell her you read about it on RaytownOnline.com. 

Herndon Career Center has a new director


The Raytown School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Cheryl Reichert as the new Director of the Herndon Career Center. 

Reichert holds a Bachelors, Masters, and Education Specialist degrees from the University of Missouri in Career and Technical Education-Business, and Marketing Education. Reichert is currently working on her Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Reichert began teaching in the District in 2001.  During her tenure as a Marketing Teacher, she served as a sponsor for Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) and coached track.  In the fall of 2010 she moved into the role of Assistant Principal at Raytown High School.

According to the Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Dr. Steve Shelton, Reichert has a “strong background in Career and Technical Education having served on several committees related to the State DECA Board, District DECA Advisor, and Enhancement Grants.” 

“She envisions Herndon as preparing students to be immediately employable in high demand occupations and/or ready for rigorous college coursework with the understanding that education will be a life-long journey,” Shelton said.

Reichert is a native and current resident of Raytown, Missouri. She attended Raytown Schools for her entire K-12 experience.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and traveling.

The Sunday Funnies (reruns)


Raytown Schools adoption and implement Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support



Sixteen buildings in the Raytown C-2 School District will be honored for their successful adoption and implementation of Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS) during the 8th annual 

Buildings to be honored include: Blue Ridge Elementary, Eastwood Hills Elementary, Fleetridge Elementary, Laurel Hills Elementary, Little Blue Elementary, New Trails Early Learning Center, Norfleet Elementary, Raytown High School, Raytown Middle School, Raytown South High School, Raytown South Middle School, Raytown Success Academy, Robinson Elementary, Southwood Elementary, Spring Valley Elementary, and Westridge Elementary.Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support Summer Training Institute.

Raytown has the highest number of buildings in a single district represented.

“We continue to be impressed with the hard work done by all our schools that have been recognized for their work on building a positive school culture and will continue to support these efforts,” said Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Janie Pyle. 

According to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, “Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support is a systematic approach to creating safer and more effective schools by structuring the learning environment to support the academic and social success of all students.”

The SW-PBS Summer Training Institute will be held at the Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach, Missouri on Wednesday, June 12.

Parks and Rec. Fishing Derby results

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The Prize winners in each age category are:


0-7 age category

Biggest Stringer (4 fish max): Isaac Cutchlow – 69.5” of fish

Second biggest Stringer: Liam Taylor- 51.25” of fish

Biggest Fish: Liam Taylor- 19” catfish


8-15 age category

Biggest Stringer (4 fish max): Aaron Wright – 74.5” of fish

Second biggest Stringer: Elizabeth Holladay – 74” of fish

Biggest Fish: Josh Gardner – 20.75” catfish


16+ age category

Biggest Stringer (4 fish max): Clint Clayton – 75.25” of fish

Second biggest Stringer: Mark Reffit – 73” of fish

Biggest Fish: Jack McNeeley – 23” catfish


The following businesses and organizations deserve special thanks for their support and donation to the event. 


Raytown Rotary Club

Dick Smith Ford

Raytown Lee’s Summit Credit Union

Friends of Raytown Parks & Recreation

Sol-Pro Bass Club

Jim G’s

Doughboys Donuts

Raytown Police Department



City Administrator’s Report for //2012

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

Public Works

The annual concrete repair program is progressing well. The work is over 80% complete. The contractor is replacing curb that does not drain correctly or has significant deterioration. The contractor is also replacing sidewalk that has a trip hazard or has significant deterioration. The location of the repairs is in the areas where the asphalt overlay and light weight aggregate projects will take place later in the summer.

Public Works has assisted the Raytown Chamber of Commerce setting up for Summer Fest by weed eating, spraying weeds, sweeping the surrounding streets and setting up barricades.
Raytown Water Company has finished 99% of the roadway and sidewalk restoration work in the downtown area as part of the water line replacement project. There are a few sidewalks and curbs that still need repair.

Wiedenmann & Godfrey Construction has started a sewer line replacement project at 85th and Ford to repair a partially collapsed sewer line.

The Public Works crews are making good progress repairing asphalt in preparation for the asphalt overlay and light weight aggregate seal coat projects. The crews placed 11.5 tons of asphalt this week.

The Public Works storm sewer crew placed 70 feet of storm pipe at Evanston and Gregory to help with a localized storm drainage concern.


Development & Public Affairs

Andy Boyd, Building Official, Ray Haydaripoor, Neighborhood Services Supervisor, and James McKay, Neighborhood Services Specialist I, completed the Local Government Customer Service Certificate Program. They each had been working on obtaining this certification since last fall.

The Board of Zoning Adjustment met on Thursday, June 13th to consider an application for a variance to the location requirements for chicken coops as specified in Section 1-9.11 of the Raytown Zoning Ordinance. The property to which the application applies is located at 8806 E. 57th Street. The applicants want to install a chicken coop on their property in which four hens will be kept. The chicken coop, regardless of where on the property, can’t be located within 100 feet of a structure that is or may be occupied by humans on an abutting property. After hearing from the applicant and holding a public hearing on the application the Board approved the variance.

Information Technology Services

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.

Board, Committee and Commission Meetings, and Events

June 17 – Municipal Court 6:00 p.m.
June 18 – Board of Aldermen Meeting 7:00 p.m.
June 19 – Municipal Court 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
June 20 – Council on Aging 4:00 p.m.
June 20 – Human Relations Commission 6:00 p.m.
June 21 – Canvassing for COMBAT 11 a.m.

Raytown Fire Board meeting

The Raytown Fire Protection District Board met on June 11th at 9:00 am.  The first 5 minutes of the video has some discussion on the proposed Fire Board take-over of Raytown’s Emergency Medical Services.    The rest of the video mainly focuses on the change over to having the Kansas City Fire Department dispatch Raytown’s Fire Fighters and equipment.