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"March with the Mayor" and Let's Move! Update
Spring/Summer Edition of the Blue Springs Magazine now available
Arbor Day "Tree-Ching!
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Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Event
Saturday, April 16
8 a.m. to noon
Pink Hill Park

This event is free and open to the public and is limited to the first 300 cars so come early!

This event will accept antifreeze, batteries, oil, paint, pesticides, household cleaners and other household chemicals and solvents.

For more information, click here.


Easter Egg-stravaganza


Saturday, April 16
10 a.m. to noon
Rotary Park at Railroad Lake

Ages 2-8 


This free annual event is co-sponsored by the Blue Springs Rotary Club.  Activities include a train ride, bounce house, play structures and face painting.  

The egg hunt begins at 11 a.m.  Bring your camera for photos with the Easter Bunny and the characters from The Wizard of Oz.


For more information, call Parks & Recreation at (816) 228-0137.

Commuter Lot

Commuter Lot Event


Tuesday, April 26

6-8 a.m.

The Missouri Department of Transportation's commuter lot, located between the east and westbound lanes of Route 40, just west of the MoDOT Special Operations Building located at 2000 West US 40 Highway.


This special event is hosted by MoDot to showcase their new commuter lot that is open to the public at no cost.  This facility has 98 parking spaces in a well-lit, paved lot including two dedicated handicap accessible spaces. 


For more information on this event, call Kerri Lewis at (816) 607-2151

Pothole Season

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 that we may contact you if we have problems locating the hole.

  To learn more about the City's Pothole Repair Program, click here. 
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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.

Last week municipal elections were held throughout the metro area, including Blue Springs. The approval of the dedicated Public Safety Sales Tax Initiative on the April 5 ballot was absolutely critical to the safety and future of our community.


The City Council and I want to personally thank all the Blue Springs residents that voted in this defining election for our community.  We thank you for your trust in our stewardship of your dollars.  Our men and women in our Police Department thank you for giving them the appropriate tools to keep them safe and effective as they protect us each day.


I would like to thank all the candidates who participated in this year's municipal elections.  Congratulations to Jeff Quibell, District 1 Councilman-elect and to Councilman Kent Edmondson and Councilman Ron Fowler on their re-elections.   All elected officials will be officially sworn into their positions at the April 18, City Council meeting. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.  


Again, I would like to thank all the elected officials and outgoing member of the City Council, James May for offering their time and commitment to serving our city.

This weekend is a busy weekend here in Blue Springs.  Click here to visit the City's calendar to see all of the community events this weekend.

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.

"March with the Mayor" and Let's Move! Update
March with the Mayor


On Friday, March 25, I was joined by Kansas City Chiefs mascot, KC Wolf and over 200 participants and students from Plaza Heights Christian Academy and St. John LaLande Catholic School for a refreshing 30-minute walk through the streets of downtown Blue Springs. 


I would like to give a special thank you to all of the community partners who set up booths with information on services and upcoming wellness events throughout Blue Springs during the event.  Thank you again to Sheryl Morgan, Assistant City Clerk for coordinating this community event.  


The "March" served as the kick-off event for the Let's Move! Blue Springs initiative that will be coordinated by citizen-driven organization, StandUp Blue Springs.  On April 1, nearly 40 key business, civic and community leaders were brought together and identified more than 50 existing programs and services that could be enhanced or expanded to meet the Let's Move! goals.  


Upcoming public summits are scheduled Saturday, June 18 and Saturday, July 9 in the Blue Springs School District Freshman Center Commons from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Registration is required.  


For more information or to register for the Let's Move! Blue Springs citizen summits, click here or contact the StandUp office at (816) 478-4500.  


The City of Blue Springs has developed a Calendar of Events for the Let's Move! initiate on the City's Web site.  To view events, click here.  If you would like to submit an event for this community calendar, send information to


If you would like to learn more about the Let's Move! Blue Springs initiative, click here.

Spring/Summer Edition of the Blue Springs Magazine now available
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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 spring/summer 2011 issue has been mailed to residents' homes, and is now available online and at City Hall.  


With this issue, we are announcing a few new sections. The "By the Numbers"section will spotlight interesting facts about different departments every issue. This section gives readers a glimpse into the day-to-day operations of the featureddepartments. I am also proud to announce the Community Photo and Calendar section. This section features resident-submitted photos and an at-a-glance calendar of City-sponsored events.


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.


Arbor Day "Tree-Ching!"

Have you ever wondered how much a tree is worth? You know that trees are great, but what if you could assign a dollar value to an individual tree?  

Join us on April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for an Arbor Day Walk at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake to learn about the value and benefits of urban forests.

Year-round price tags will be placed on trees in Rotary Park showing their value using the National Tree Benefit Calculator. This calculator uses each tree's location, species and size to estimate the monetary benefit it provides each year by managing storm water, improving air quality and reducing energy usage.

For more information, 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.