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Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting
Shop with a Blue Springs Cop
Dennis Dovel named as new Director of Parks and Recreation
Winter Edition of the Blue Springs Magazine now available
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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.
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. 

KCP&L LED Streetlight Survey

KCP&L has installed four LED Streetlights in Blue Springs.  They are located at SW Moreland School Road and SW 10th Street; NE Duncan Road and NE Waterfield; NW 19th Street and Ashton; and Valley View Road and NW Delwood Drive.
KCP&L is looking for your opinion on these new LED lights.  To learn more about the program or to take the survey, click here.

10 years of Public Service to Blue Springs

Last week, I was presented with my 10 year service pin by City Administrator Eric Johnson.  I previously served as Alderman from 1981-86 and again from 1987-89.  I was elected Mayor in 2008. When you add the years up, I have had the honor of serving Blue Springs for over 10 years.
At the same gathering, we celebrated my birthday.... but I won't tell you how many years those add up to other than one corner of the cake had 6 candles and the other corner had 5 candles.

"Chipping of the Green" Christmas Tree Recycling Program

December 26 through January 9
Pink Hill Park
2715 Park Road
West Parking Lot

  This free recycling program is open to residents who would like to dispose of their used Christmas trees in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.  Commercial vendors may also participate for a nominal fee.

Simply drop off your tree in the designated tree drop-off area in Pink Hill Park's west parking lot.

Please remove all tinsel and ornaments from the tree.  These trees will be chipped into mulch and used as fertilizer in Blue Springs Parks this spring.

For more information, call (816) 228-0137.

 Community Services League Donation

I had the privilege of presenting a $1,000 check to Debbie Benner from the Community Services League from the
donated Mayor's Charitable Fund.  
The Community Services League currently has a matching grant so our donation will be doubled to $2,000!
I want to thank the Community Services League for all the good work they have done and congratulate them on 95 years of service!
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Around Town

A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
 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.
I was honored to give my State of the City Address at last month's Chamber of Commerce luncheon.  This year's address appropriately titled, "Where Do We Go From Here," discussed where we have been, where we are now and how the City can continue to move forward by being innovative, seeking resident input, and strengthening local and regional partnerships to achieve exciting things in our near and long term future. 
If you missed that luncheon, but would like to see the presentation, click here.  This year's address featured three seperate video updates that can be viewed individually. Click here to see the Bond Update video. Click here to see the Downtown Alive video. Click here to see the Ecomonic Development Corporation and University of Missouri video.


The Christmas holiday is this week and I wish you and your family a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you are looking to get into the holiday spirit, you can listen to commercial-free holiday music on BSSD radio by clicking 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.
Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting
Mayor's Christmas Tree
Top: William Bryant Choir directed by Devin Ceperley, Middle: Mayor Carson Ross with Marygrace, Samuel and Elijah Starner lighting the tree, Bottom: City Hall with the Mayor's Christmas tree




























First Bible Baptist Church Choir, Michaelah Burns, William Bryant Choir and Cordill Mason's 4th & 5th Grade Extra Curricular Choir entertained the audience with their melodic programs.

I would like to thank Pete Grigsby from the Blue Springs School District and Chuck Johnson for joining me, and a special thanks to Marygrace, Samuel and Elijah Starner for helping me flip the switch to light the Christmas Tree this year.

This year's event was made possible thanks to: the Mayor's Christmas Tree Committee, Blue Springs Business Association, Price Chopper North, Price Chopper South, VFW Post #6603, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, Greg Comer, Chuck Johnson, Sharon Stewart, Boy Scouts Troup #763, Volunteers in Police Services, Bens' Lawn & Garden, Cindy Miller and the Blue Springs Art League.
Shop with a Blue Springs Cop
Shop with a Blue Springs Cop
Top: Mayor Ross welcoming program participants, Middle: Group shot in Target, Bottom: Officer Brotherton, Shop with a Blue Springs Cop program manager with shopping guests





















































On Saturday, December 17 at the Target store in the Adams Dairy Landing shopping center, I had the pleasure of joining the Blue Springs Police Department and members of the Blue Springs Citizen's Police Academy Alumni Association for the second annual 'Shop with a Blue Springs Cop' event.


This event partnered 30 Blue Springs School District students with 30 Blue Springs Police Officers.  This program is an opportunity for at-risk children to socialize with officers in a positive atmosphere and reinforce that police officers are friends in the community.


This event really showcases what a dynamic and wonderful community we have here in Blue Springs.  Thank you again to all the event sponsors and volunteers that helped make this event possible.


For more information about this event, click here.

Dennis Dovel named as new Director of Parks and Recreation




Dennis Dovel has been named as the new Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Blue Springs.  Steve Willman, operations manager, has been serving as interim director since Roscoe Righter retired in September 2011.


Dennis comes to us from the City of Liberty, Mo. and will be joining us on January 17.  Over the course of his 23 year parks and recreation career, Dovel has served as the Sports Complex Manager for the City of Liberty, Mo., the Superintendant of Recreation for Jackson County, Mo., and held various recreation program coordinator roles.


I look forward to Dennis joining our team in January!




Do you want to know more about what's new and going on in Blue Springs? The Blue Springs Magazine keeps you up-to-date on all the news, events and community developments taking place in the City. The winter 2012 issue has been mailed to residents' homes, and is now available online and at City Hall. 

This issue is our special community issue in which we take a look back at some of the accomplishments made in city government. Also included are information updates from the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Blue Springs School District and the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District.

Also featured are our 2011 "My Blue Springs" Photo contest winners! Congratulations to our winners: Wallie Winholtz, Over All Winner; Sara Adams, Youth Category; Tina Rehfeldt, Adult Category; Shirl Quick, Senior Category. Thank you again to everyone who entered. To see the photo contest winners and entries, click here.  


To view the Blue Springs Magazine, click here.  To view the Activity Guide, click here.  If you would like to learn more about the Blue Springs Magazine or review past editions, 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
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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.