Councilman Holman Sees Bright Future for Raymore

“I’m excited about what is lined up for Raymore,” said Councilman Jay Holman, who recently took a few minutes to talk about his role in the city government.
Holman, a twenty-four year resident of Cass County, currently works for the Union Pacific Railroad as a special investigator. When asked what drew him into local politics, he said he had a long time interest in government. It was such a strong interest in fact that he earned a degree in political science. Holman began his journey into the Raymore government scene by serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission. “That sounded like a learning opportunity for me,” said Holman. He would continue in that capacity for five and half years. “It was fascinating to learn about how the city works and all the little details.”
After leaving Planning and Zoning due to redistricting of the area based on the 2010 census, Holman served two years on the Parks Board. When a Councilman seat came open, he applied to fill the position until the next election. He was not chosen, but decided to run for the seat at the next election.
“I certainly felt at that point I was qualified. I felt like I understood the process. I understood what the city had been doing and what direction it was taking.” In April of 2014, the people of Ward 3 agreed and elected Holman to the City Council.
“I think growth is inevitable,” said Holman describing the future of the city. He should know the signs having been here to see it grow from a tiny town of four thousand to the substantial city of twenty thousand. “I really feel we are on the precipice of our next big growth spurt and that being mainly from the changing of 71 Highway to I49. The economy has turned around and we have a huge economic opportunity with the growth of the interchange [North Cass Pkwy/I49] and potentially out east. So it’s coming and I think people are going to see some really good things from the city. I want to be part of that. I want to hand small victories back to the citizens of Raymore, we are going to give more of them more frequently.”
Working with seven other Councilmembers and the Mayor can have its challenges because everyone comes to the table with different backgrounds, mindsets, and goals. “There is always the possibility of gridlock with the Council. I am really excited about what the Council has done in the past few months. Even though we disagree on points, we are accomplishing things,” declared Holman.
One of the best decisions Holman feels the Council has made to date is the selection of Jim Feuerborn as City Manager. “I think the man is brilliant and that he has our best interest at heart. He is a strong member of the community and thank God we were smart enough to choose him. He is a fantastic person and I hope he stays with us as long as he can and will.”
Of course one of the hot topics right now is the Civic Center. The surveys were given and gathered and now it is up to the Council to determine the best direction to take based on that information. “The tendency is to envision a High Blue Wellness, but that is not feasible for us. Instead, we focused on program elements identified in the surveys. Ours [Civic Center] may be in multiple locations. The reason being that we are fiscally conservative and good stewards of the taxpayer’s money. I really think that is going to be a better product for our city.”
Three elements that Holman has emphasized are transportation, economic development, and parks and rec amenities. “The paint striper, I was excited about that from the beginning. I have to give Jim Feuerborn credit for finding the funding in the budget for that. We are going to go from every two years [of striping] by contract to every year for city streets and every six months for 58 Hwy. If I get nothing else accomplished, I’m happy about that because it’s going to make a difference and it makes our streets look sharper. The hiring of our new Parks Director will be another key.”
There are many things that make Raymore a great place to live, but Holman was emphatic about one particular element. “We have people who genuinely care about their neighbors. I guess you could say that we have a sense of community here.”
Holman’s demeanor as well his words make it clear that he truly cares about Raymore and its residents and he is certainly excited about the future of Raymore.


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