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Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Arkansas Traveler Certificate
Keeping our Roads and Water Clean
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 Spirit of Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 10
2 p.m.
Blue Springs South High School

Looking for something to do as a family to celebrate Christmas AND help out those in need?  Join me for the Spirit of Christmas Concert on Sunday!  This event features local talent and all proceeds benefit the Community Services League.
 Theft Prevention

Our friends at the Blue Springs Police Department have shared some tips to protect you this holiday season while you  shop for loved ones.
  • Take only the credit cards and cash you need.
  • There is safety in numbers. Take a friend with you to shop.
  • If children are shopping with you, do not let them go alone into restrooms or fitting rooms.
  • Park in well-lit, busy areas as close to the door as you can.
For more theft prevention tips and other helpful hints, click here.
Missouri  Delegation

While attending the National League of Cities conference in November, I was joined by many fellow Missouri officials during the Annual Business Meeting.

These conferences are key as they showcase real-world collaborative solutions to issues facing local government.
Holiday Hours

City of Blue Springs offices and Municipal Court will be closed in observance of the Christmas and New Year's Day Holidays. Below is the holiday schedule for various City locations. 

Public Safety staff will continue to perform normal operations, but the Police Department offices will be closed to the public in observation of the holiday.  Call 911 for emergencies and 816-228-0151 for non-emergency police services.

Please note, Blue Springs Water Services and Municipal Court customers can access the City's online pay portal 24-hours a day, seven days a week via the City's website

City Hall & Vesper Hall
Monday 12/25 : Closed
Monday 1/1: Closed

Sunday 12/24: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday 12/25: Closed
Sunday 12/31: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday 1/1: Closed
 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public.

To view the entire fall/winter schedule,   click here.

TaJazz School of Dance
1100 NW Knox
Dec. 9, 9-10 a.m.
Dance and Tumbling, ages 3-6

Inkling's Books and Coffee Shoppe
1101 W Main Street
Dec. 9, 11 a.m. to Noon
Interactive Story Time, 8+ years old

Let's Move! Gage Center
1101 NW Jefferson
Dec. 16, 11 a.m. to Noon
Somersault with Santa

Rink Ratz
513 SW Keystone Drive
Dec. 23, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Open Roller Skating
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Around Town
A monthly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
Hello and welcome to News Happenings Around Town, your on e-stop source for city information and news updates, including those items most im portant to you.
It's hard to believe that the Christmas holiday is only a few weeks away! I want to wish you and your family a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you want to get into the holiday spirit, you can listen to commercial-free holiday music on BSSD radio by  clicking here.   
Below you can catch up on the Mayor's Christmas tree lighting event and see our City's holiday hours. 

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.
Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Top Left: Mayor Carson Ross welcomes the crowd.  Top Right:  Event Emcee Pete Grigsby announces the musical guests.  Second Row: Cordill-Mason Cougar Chior directed by Robin Stockdell.  Middle:  Franklin Smith Treble Makers directed by Julie Phillips. Fourth Row:  Sunny Pointe Puma Pride Singers directed by Amber Mainard. Bottom Left:  Mayor Carson Ross joined by the Johnson Family.  Bottom Right: 2017 Mayor's Christmas Tree. 

On Tuesday, December 5 hundreds of Blue Springs residents joined me to light the Mayor's Christmas tree outside of City Hall. 
We enjoyed a few cheery tunes from Cordill-Mason Elementary Cougar Choir, Franklin Smith Elementary Treble Makers and Sunny Pointe Elementary Puma Pride Singers.  Families enjoyed visiting Mr. and Mrs. Clause and attendees had the chance to meet area mascots. 
I would like to thank Pete Grigsby from the Blue Springs School District and Joe Haney for joining me and a special thanks to the Johnson family for helping me flip the switch to light this year's Christmas tree. We were also joined this year by KMBC who shared in our celebration after the tree was lit. I also want to recognize council members Dale Carter, Jerry Kaylor, Kent Edmondson, Chris Lievsay and Susan Culpepper who joined me this year. 

Finally, I would like to thank the many volunteers who helped make this event possible including the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting Committee: Randy Cooper, Derek Mayden, Kim Nakahodo, David Watson, Pam Buck, Dylan Gibson, Christie West, Councilman Jerry Kaylor & VIPS, Donna Best of First American Title, Joe Haney and Cindy Miller, Councilman Kent Edmondson, Chuck Johnston, and Jerri Willingham and the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce.

For more photos from the event, click here.  We will be loading a video of the entire concert onto the City's YouTube channel on Friday. 
Arkansas Traveler Certificate

On Monday, November 20, I was awarded the Arkansas Traveler Certificate by fellow Arkansas native Jackson County Undersheriff Hugh Mills.  This certificate is given to out-of-state persons who have contributed to the progress, enjoyment or well-being of the State of Arkansas or to her people.  I am incredibly honored to receive this certificate and I would like to thank Hugh Mills for presenting me with this honor.
Keeping our Roads and Water Clean

Each year Public Works responds to numerous complaints of clogged  catch basins and roads littered with yard debris. These calls generally  peak during the fall as leaves and other plant debris start to pile up.

The debris causes problems for neighborhoods by clogging stormwater basins which increases the chances of flooding in the streets creating hazards for motorists. Yard waste can also be harmful for the environment; any material deposited in the street eventually finds its way into the stormwater and this polluted water runs into storm drains and empties into neighboring rivers and lakes.

The best way to keep our neighborhoods clean, motorists safe and protect our waterways is to clean up and properly dispose of debris from yard work.
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 of our City and hope you join us for the next issue of News Happenings
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Carson Ross, Mayor
City of Blue Springs
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.