In This Issue
Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.
Public Safety Building Opening Ceremony
Journagan Community Room Dedication
Fieldhouse Member Benefits
D.A.R.E. Graduation
Be Royal Blood Drive
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City Council Meeting Update

All public City meetings will be held in the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building starting February 1, 2016. 

City Council will now meet at 6 p.m., instead of 6:30 p.m., on the first and third Monday of the month. Click here to view previous meeting minutes and any upcoming agendas. 
America's Got Talent Auditions

Saturday, January 23
Kansas City Convention Center

America's Got Talent (AGT) is coming to Kansas City and auditions are open to all talents and all ages! You can click here to register online.

AGT is a television show,in its 11th season, that features singers, dancers, comedians and other performers of all ages who compete for a cash prize.
Avoiding Tax-Related Identity Theft

Tax-related identity theft  is most common this time of year and occurs when someone uses a stolen Social Security Number (SSN) to file a tax return in order to claim a fraudulent refund. Use the tips below to reduce your chance of becoming a victim. 

* File your tax return early so no one can use your SSN
* Checking your credit report annually
* Do not routinely carry your Social Security card with you
* Don't give out personal information over the phone or through mail unless you have initiated contact
* Protect your personal financial information at home and on your computer

If you have become a victim of tax-related identity theft, contact Blue Springs Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit at 816-228-0178.  

Click here for IRS tax-related identity theft information packets or pick one up at the Municipal Annex through the end of January 2016.  Packets will be available at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building beginning in February 2016.
Parks Master Plan Public Meeting

Thursday, January 21
6:30-8 p.m.
Freshman Center Commons
2103 NW Vesper
The Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department is in the early stages of developing a Parks Master Plan. This plan, along with the City's Comprehensive Plan, will be used to guide long-term development of Parks facilities and will include: 
  • Management of open spaces
  • Recreation opportunities 
  • Programming related to location and natural resources
The planning process will include garnering public input to give Parks the option to more effectively respond to community requests. All of this will be done in conjunction with assessing future needs concerning City parks, recreation areas, open space, and greenways.  

For more information,  click here.
Piccadilly Gala Pre-Sale Event
It's almost time for our Blue Springs Downtown Alive! group to host their third annual Piccadilly Gala, Alive in Wonderland, on March 18, at the Adams Pointe Conference Center.  
Proceeds from this event will help the Downtown Alive! group further their goal of revitalizing Downtown Blue Springs. 
If you have not gotten your ticket, they invite you to their Piccadilly Sales Event on Thursday, January 28 from 5:30-7 p.m. at America's Community Bank. 
Tickets are $45 each during the pre-sale event and include dinner and one drink ticket .   Table sales are also available.   For ticket information, contact Cindy Miller, Downtown Alive! Executive Director at 816-228-2300 or 816-808-7553.
 Let's Move! Saturdays

These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

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

TaJazz School of Dance
1100 NW Knox
January 16, 11 a.m. to Noon
Dance Class, ages 3-5

Rink Ratz
513 SW Keystone Drive
January 16, 7-9 p.m.
Open roller skating

Club 7 Fitness
1241 SW Highway 7
January 23, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Kids Fit Boot Camp, Fitness Activities, Open Gym for Adults

City Government on CTV-7
Check out what's new and going on in Blue Springs, 24 hours a day,  7 days a week by tuning into CTV-7. You can watch Comcast Cable channel 7 or AT&T U-verse Channel 99.

To watch videos of past Blue Springs events, check out the City's YouTube page by clicking here 
City of Blue SpringsNews Happenings
Around Town
A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
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.

2016 has started off with a number of ways for community members to become involved, including participation in the upcoming Parks Master Plan Public Meeting on Thursday, Jan 21. This is a great opportunity to give input to Parks & Recreation staff about how you would like to see the parks in your neighborhood developed. Keep reading for more info. 

In this edition you will also find tips and resources to protect your personal information during this tax season as well as details about the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building and changes to our City Council meetings. 

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.
Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.          
  We as a nation will be celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 18 and City offices will be closed in observance.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day of reflection and remembrance.  I invite you to join me on Sunday, January 17 at the Blue Springs Christian Church during any of the three sessions: 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. I will be at First Christian Church of Blue Springs located at 701 NW 15th Street on Sunday night at 6 p.m. I will have the pleasure of continuing an eleven year tradition as one of the guest speakers for their annual Community Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration.
On that following Monday, January 19, I will be attending the 12th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards with First Lady Eloise Ross. This celebration will honor the memory of Dr. King and the lasting impact of other Civil Rights pioneers.
Congratulations to this year's recipient, Johnson County District Attorney Stephen Howe.
Public Safety Building Opening Ceremony
Thursday, February 4
4 p.m.- Ribbon Cutting
4-6 p.m. Open House
Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building

Come out and join the Mayor, City Council, City Leaders and the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce as we cut the ribbon and open the newly renovated Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building. 

The $23.8 million renovation and expansion project is expected to be completed fall 2015. Once complete, the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building will have nearly 72,000 square feet and will feature a more customer service-oriented design to better serve residents and officers.

This project was made possible by the voter-approved Public Safety Sales Tax of 2011. 
Journagan Community Room Dedication 
Top:  Public Safety Citizens' Advisory Board Chair Tom Echerd; Second Photo: Mayor Carson Ross; Third Row: City Administrator Eric Johnson and Sgt Colbi Lali; Fourth Row: Jeff and Carol Journagan receiving a recognition plaque from Police Chief Wayne McCoy; Bottom Row (left to right): Mayor Ross, Councilmember Susan Culpepper,  Councilmember Dale Carter, Jeff and Carol Journagan, Grant Bowerman, Emil Spears, Jerry Kaylor, Tom Echerd, Patrick Mitchell, City Administrator Eric Johnson, Councilmember Kent Edmondson and Councilmember Ron Fowler.
On Tuesday, January 12 I had the privilege of attending the dedication ceremony for the Journagan Family Community Room, hosted by the Public Safety Citizens' Advisory Board.  This room is located in the newly renovated Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building. 

The Journagan family has made a notable impact in the Blue Springs community, specifically with their donation of tim e and financial support to the   Community and Youth Outreach Unit (CYOU). 

CYOU partners with the Blue Springs School District to provide resources, training and support to students or residents ages 6-17. They also work with community members to host yearly programs such as Shop With a Blue Springs Cop and National Night Out Against Crime 

Special thanks to the Journagan family for their dedication to providing our youth with positive opportunities and making Blue Springs an even better community. 
Fieldhouse Member Benefits

Current and future Fieldhouse members can now enjoy all group exercise classes and the benefits of Kidz Corner as part of their membership package. 

Kidz Corner is a childwatch program that provides games and hands-on activities for children while parents workout or use other Fieldhouse options. Group exercise options include spin studio, aerobics classes and Fitness on Demand courses that allow members to follow along with a virtual instructor by choosing from hundreds of classes on the touch screen kiosk. 

Current members will need to complete a "Member Change Form" to add their child(ren) to their membership.  Click here   for membership information or visit Fieldhouse located at 425 NE Mock Ave to become a member. 
D.A.R.E. Graduation
I would like to  congratulate our recent 2015-2016 D.A.R.E. graduates of St. John LaLande Catholic School.

Thank you to our D.A.R.E. officer Charlie Waites for leading this great program and Sgt. Colby Lalli for his continued participation. Special thanks to Chief McCoy, Deputy Cheif Muenz and third district councilmember Susan Culpepper for coming out to support our graduates. 

Be Royal Blood Drive
All donors receive two FREE tickets to a spring 2016 Kansas City Royals game!
There is no substitute for blood. It has to come from one person in order to give to another. A critical number of voluntary donations are required every day to meet the need for blood in the Blue Springs area. The blood you donate could help save a life of someone in our community.
I urge you to give and make a difference in someone's life! Click here to sign up. 
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.