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 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

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Saturday, April 21
8 a.m. to noon
Pink Hill Park
2725 NW Park Road

 

This event continues to be one of the most successful recycling programs in Blue Springs.  Materials collected include antifreeze, batteries, motor oil and paint ONLY.
 
This event is free and open to Blue Springs residents and participating Household Hazardous Waste communities.  This event will accept the first 420 vehicles.
 
Last year's event drew 438 vehicles and collected a total 56,787 pounds of hazardous waste of which approximately 87% came from homes within Blue Springs.   

Volunteers are needed for this event.  If you would like to participate or have questions, call (816) 220-4504.  For more information on similar events throughout the metro, click here.

 Upcoming Events

Blue Springs Historical Society's 36th Annual Dinner
April 17, 6 p.m.
The Masonic Hall
308 SW Main Street

Mayor Ross will be speaking about the importance of the Depot and historian Barbara Hughes will speak about the 'real William Quantrill.'  This event will also feature a silent auction.  

Tickets are $15 and include dinner.  For more information, call (816) 797-4870.




Arbor Day 2012 Celebration & Arbor Walk
April 19
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Displays and literature on proper care of our urban forest.
12:30 p.m.
Arbor Day Proclamation from Mayor Ross followed by a group walk/tour of the Arbor Walk
Rotary Park at Railroad Lake
400 NW Vesper

Join us for an arbor walk and learn how to care for various trees.  Free Bur Oak tree seedlings courtesy of the Missouri Department of Conservation while they last!




Aquafina Pitch, Hit 
and Run
Sunday, April 22, 1 p.m.
American Legion Baseball Complex
275 NE Brizendine Road

This event is free for boys and girls ages 7-14 to encourage youth participation in baseball.

For more information call (816) 228-0137.




 Let's Move! Saturdays!


April 14, 8-10 a.m.
Fitness Activities

Blue Springs Family YMCA
April 21
11 a.m. to noon, family class
noon to 5 p.m., open swim
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Around Town

A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
Greetings!  
 
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 would like to personally thank Blue Springs residents for re-electing me as mayor.  I'm proud of what we have accomplished together and look forward to serving another four years.  I wish my mayoral opponent candidate Michael Freeman well.

 

Building upon our past successes, we will continue to invest in our community, maintain our financial strength and provide opportunities for all. Our best years are to come and thank you for your support.  

 

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.
 
2012 Street Overlay Project

 

The Street Overlay Project is currently in its fifth year and the program will overlay 15 miles ($2.3 million) this spring/summer.  

 

In the past 4 years of the program, 86 miles of streets have been resurfaced here in Blue Springs.


To see the 2012 overlay map, click here.

  

To see a map showing the entire Street Overlay Project for the past five years, click here.  Sections of Adams Dairy Parkway are colored in green to show that they were funded by ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) monies.  

Veterans Way Memorial

 

 

In 2010, Blue Springs hosted "The Wall That Heals" traveling replica exhibit of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial located in Washington, DC. Over 50,000 people visited the Blue Springs exhibition. We had over 50,000 visitors to the memorial and gave recognition to over 2,000 Vietnam veterans for their service to the nation.   

 
To commemorate this extraordinary event, the entrance to Pink Hill Park where "The Wall That Heals" was exhibited was named "Veterans Way."

  

The steering committee that brought The Wall to Blue Springs is working on a permanent memorial to identify the location where "The Wall That Heals" was exhibited in 2010.  This site will be dedicated to the sacrifice, the courage and the valor of all veterans who served in the United States armed forces.  

 

The memorial will feature a granite pedestal with a sculpture entitled "Restless Recovery."  The plaza will feature armed forces emblems and plaques showing major donors to the memorial. 

 

The dedication of the memorial will be October 2, 2012.  For more information or to get involved, click here or call (816) 655-0490.

Popular Financial Annual Report

 

 

Have you ever wondered how the City spends your tax dollars?  The City has published its annual Budget Manual and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) both online and in print for years, but these documents can be overwhelming and challenging to follow.

 

We are pleased to announce that we have published our first Popular Annual Financial Report.  This document is a brief summary of the City's CAFR.  The purpose of this information is to inform you of the City's financial activity. 

 

This information does not replace the CAFR; it is meant as a supplement to provide a better understanding of the City's overall financial condition in a concise, easy-to-read format.

 

The report provides information on the City's financial position concerning investments, revenues, expenses, and net assets of Blue Springs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011.  

 

To see the PAFR report, click here.  To see the City's current budget, 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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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.