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Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce celebrates 50 years of service
New Water Department online payment portal
City wins Historic Preservation Grant
Vital Heart Community Program
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Open Your Heart to Main Street

Downtown Blue Springs is hosting the "Open your Heart to Main Street" event on Tuesday, February 7 from 5-8 p.m. at Christine's Salon at Highway 7 and Main Street.  
 
This event hopes to raise women's heart health awareness and celebrate the National Women's Heart Health Month.  

Upcoming events

 
Boys and Girls ages 4 and older along with their mother or father are invited to an evening of entertainment, dancing and a full-course dinner.  

For more information on this event, call (816) 228-0238.

 Let's Move! Saturdays!


Watson Rolladium
 
513 SW Keystone Drive
February 4
1:30-4 p.m and 7-9 p.m.
$2 for ages 5 and up - includes skate rental, free drink and open skate.  Ages 4 and under are free

Club 7 Fitness
1241 SW Highway 7
February 11, 8-10 a.m.
Fitness activities 

Police Department Assessment Team Public Hearing

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Tuesday, February 7
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Jackson County Fire District's Training Facility
4715 W. Highway 40
 
Assessors from the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will conduct a public hearing as part of the Blue Springs Police Department's process to gain national accreditation. Public comments will be taken at this hearing.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the public are invited to offer comments to the assessors by calling (816) 228-0174 on February 7, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. 

Winter Resources

Blue Springs Snow Removal

  Snow Removal
The Snow Removal Hotline number is (816) 228-0295.  If you would like to learn more about the City's Snow Removal Program, click here.
 
Potholes
To report a pothole, call the Pothole Hotline at (816) 228-0291 and leave the exact location of the hole, the nearest cross street and your name and phone number so we can contact you if we have problems locating the pothole.
 
To learn more about the City's Pothole Repair Program, click here.
 
Power Outages
If you are experiencing a power outage in your area, call 1 (888) 544-4852.  To learn more about KCP&L's Winter Storm Program, click here. 
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Around Town

A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
Greetings!  
 Mayor Carson Ross
Hello and welcome to News Happenings Around Town, your one-stop source for City information and news updates, including those items most important to you.
 
February is Black History Month.  Black History Month actually started as Negro History Week in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson. Since 1976, it is celebrated annually in the United States of America and Canada. Black History Month is also referred to as African-American History Month.

The goal of Black History Month is to educate the American people about African-Americans' cultural backgrounds and achievements.  I encourage you to visit one of the Blue Springs Mid-Continental Public Libraries to learn more about this vital part of American culture.  

 

Assessors from the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will conduct a public hearing as part of the Blue Springs Police Department's process to gain national accreditation.  I encourage you to attend this hearing or call in with your comments about our police department.  To learn more about this event, click here.

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about what's good and going on in the City of Blue Springs.
 
Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce celebrates 50 years of service
Left:  Mayor Ross presents Blue Springs Chamber Chair Donna Best with a proclamation celebrating the Chamber's 50 year anniversary.  Right:  The Blue Springs Chamber cut the ribbon on their recently remodeled building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2012 is going to be a big year for the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce.  Not only are they celebrating their 50th year anniversary, but they have a revamped building and logo.

 

I was honored to present Donna Best, 2012 Chair of the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, a proclamation declaring January 27, 2012 Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce Day at their annual banquet.  I would also like to congratulate the Chamber's 2012 award winners:  Ralph Habben, Connector of the Year; The Village Gardens, Business of the Year; Rachel Hummel, Business Person of the Year; and our very own Roscoe Righter, Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

 

I want to thank the Blue Springs Chamber for they have done for our community in the last 50 years and wish them another 50 years of success.  

 

If you are interested in learning more about the Chamber, click here.

New Water Department online payment portal

 

 

 

The City has been awarded a grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for a Historic Survey of buildings in Downtown Blue Springs.  This $12,000 grant will be used to for a historic consultant to conduct a review of the structures in the general area of Main and Walnut Street from Highway 7 to 15th Street.  

 

I want to thank the Blue Springs Historical Preservation Commission and the Blue Springs Historical Society for their hard work on this thorough application process.  

 

To learn more information about the Historical Preservation Commission, click here.

Vital Heart Community Program

 

 

 

The Central Jackson County Fire Protection District (CJC) is initiating a comprehensive community Automated Electrical Defibrillation (AED) program entitled Vital Heart. The Vital Heart program will feature a comprehensive one stop access point to purchase AED's, public education for heart attack and stroke awareness, and community CPR and first aid training for citizens and businesses located in Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Lake Tapawingo, and other areas served by the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District.

 

Sudden cardiac death happens when a person's heart stops beating for a variety of reasons. Regardless of cause, if CPR is not immediately performed, brain death will begin to occur in about four to six minutes. The American Heart Association reports that sudden cardiac arrest victims who receive immediate CPR and a shock from an AED within three to five minutes have survival rates as high as seventy-four percent.


The American Heart Association recently introduced a new CPR program which emphasizes hands only chest compressions. This new technique, called "Hands Only", eliminates the mouth to mouth ventilation and, hopefully, the hesitance to do CPR. As part of the Vital Heart Program, CJC and its partners, are offering training on CPR, HeartSaver CPR and AED, First Aid and Friends and Family classes at their training center.  To see a list of these classes, click here.


CJC wants residents to call 911 and be able to properly perform chest compressions until EMS responders arrive on scene.  

 

To learn more about the Vital Heart Program, click here.

I hope you have found this issue of News Happenings Around Town to be both informative and timely for your City information needs. Is there anything we missed? Do you have questions about any of the articles from this issue? Share your thoughts with me and the City Council by calling City Hall at (816) 228-0110. Know that we truly value your time and support for our City and hope you join us for the next issue of News Happenings
 
Sincerely, 
 Ross sig
Carson Ross, Mayor
City of Blue Springs
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Mission 
The City of Blue Springs is a unique community where families, visitors and businesses share a special quality of life and an abundant spirit of community closeness and cooperation. 

 

Our number one goal is to ensure that our residents, visitors and patrons receive quality customer service and attention with every program and service the City provides. Just as you stand by a community that strives to meet your family's needs, we promise to do our best to meet these needs and anticipate what's best for you and our community, to the best of our ability.