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State of the City Address
Blue Springs officers honored with Gold Award for Valor
Winter Resources
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Buy Blue Springs Week
Friday, November 26 to Friday, December 5

When you Buy Blue Springs,your dollars are kept in the local economy and have three times the impact as dollars spent outside of Blue Springs. When shopping at businesses in Blue Springs, you simultaneously create jobs and fund more city & county services through sales tax.
These tax dollars are used to invest in neighborhood improvement projects, police, fire and ambulance services as well as cultural arts, parks and libraries.
To learn more about Buy Blue Springs, click here.
Notice of Election Filing
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The City of Blue Springs will be holding an election for the purpose of electing the following:

Councilman - District 1 Councilman - District 2 Councilman - District 3

The Councilman position is a three-year term.

Declaration of Candidacy Forms and instructions for filing procedures are available office of the City Clerk beginning December 1, 2010.

Candidates may file during normal business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday) starting at 8 a.m., Tuesday, December 14, 2010 and ending at 5 p.m., Tuesday, January 18, 2011, in the office of the City Clerk, City Hall, 903 West Main Street, Blue Springs, Missouri.

For more information, click here.

Shop with a Blue Springs Cop
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The Blue Springs Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association is partnering with the Blue Springs Police Department for their first annual "Shop With a Blue Springs Cop" event on December 18, 2010.

The program is designed to build positive relationships between police officers and children in our community.
Call Officer Brotherton at (816) 935-6770 if you would like to donate or volunteer for this event!
First Time Home Buyer Program
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Grants under the First Time Home Buyer Program will be issued in the maximum amount of $3,000 and will be available to households that meet the established income limits to be used for:
  • Up to 50% of the required down payment
  • Reasonable closing costs normally associated with the purchase of a home
  • A combination of the above, not to exceed $3,000.

Grants are awarded on a first-come first-served basis.

Application packets are available at the Community Development Department at the Blue Springs City Hall Annex, 904 W. Main St. or on the Blue Springs website at www.bluespringsgov.com/fthb.


For more information, call Michael Peterman, Community Development Department Principal Planner at (816) 228-0142 or email him by clicking here.
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Around Town

A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
Greetings!
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.

The Thanksgiving holiday is this week and I wish you and your family a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. First Lady Eloise and I are blessed to have our daughter, granddaughter and great-grandson Jayden from California joining us for Thanksgiving this year.

Thanksgiving means many things to many people, for some it's the joy of getting together with friends and loved ones that we haven't seen for quite some time. For others, it's the good food and fond memories that are shared around the dinner table.

Whatever your favorite holiday activities include, let's all remember how fortunate we are to live in a country as great as the United States of America, and even more importantly, what a wonderful community we have here in Blue Springs.

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.
State of the City Address

Mayor Ross - State of the City

On November 18, I delivered my annual State of the City address at the Chamber of Commerce's monthly lunch meeting.

This year's theme "We're on the Move," represents how I feel about the City's progress this year. It's been an exciting and busy year here in Blue Springs, we are a city "On the Move!"

Highlights from my presentation include:
The Wall That Heals Executive Committee
(From Back Left to Forward Right) Dr. Annette Seago, Eleanor Frasier, Dr. Carolyn Gordanier, Mayor Carson Ross, Warren Parker, John Groves, Roscoe Righter, Dale Walkup, Kim Nakahodo, Michael Gromalley, Kent Egy (Not pictured: Paul Ray, George Scarborough, Lori Moon and Michelle Vega)

I also took the opportunity to recognize The Wall That Heal's Executive Committee with the Mayor's Medal of Valor for going above and beyond the call of duty. The Wall That Heals - Blue Springs would not have been the success it was without their outstanding efforts.

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Mayor Carson Ross receiving the Army Valorous Unit Citation Award from Warren Parker

I was surprised at the end of my speech by Warren Parker who had received my Unit Citation Award from the U.S. Army for my service in the Vietnam War. My Unit was honored with the Army Valorous Unit Citation Award which is the second highest unit decoration that can be bestowed upon a U.S. Army Unit and is considered the unit equivalent of the Silver Star. I was touched and honored by this presentation.

In 2010, Blue Springs was a City "On the Move" and I look forward to serving you as Mayor in 2011.


If you missed my State of the City address and would like to see the Powerpoint slide show, click here.

Blue Springs officers honored with Gold Award for Valor
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(Left to Right) Officer Cody Smith, Officer Brandon Claxton, Sgt. Don Rapp
Blue Springs Police Department officers Brandon Claxton, Cody Smith and Sgt. Don Rapp earned the Gold Award for Valor, the highest honor a police officer can receive.

They were recently honored at the 39th annual Awards for Valor luncheon at Argosy Casino in Riverside.

Sgt. Don Rapp and officers Brandon Claxton and Cody Smith were honored for an incident involving a gunman who had just shot a man in March 2009. The gunman fired at Claxton, but missed and Claxton fired back. The gunman later raised his gun at Rapp and Smith, who fired and injured the gunman.

These officers put themselves in harms way to help protect our community and I thank them for their service to Blue Springs. I am proud of our outstanding officers in the Police Department and congratulations again to Officers Brandon Claxton, Cody Smith and Sgt. Don Rapp on a job well done.
Winter Resources
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Snow Removal
The Blue Springs Public Works Department maintains a 24-hour state of readiness from mid-November to mid-April for inclement weather. Last year, City staff logged over 4,000 hours for snow removal alone! I wanted to thank them again for their hard work and dedication.

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.

Potholes
As we head into winter, I am often asked why potholes are so bad this time of year. During the winter, the water under the pavement freezes, then thaws (contracting and expanding). This freeze/thaw cycle can cause the pavement to crack so that it deteriorates quickly under the weight of traffic, and then streets can seem to break out in potholes overnight.

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.

It is the policy of Public Works to repair every reported pothole on City maintained streets within two business days of receiving notification of a pothole. In the fiscal year of 2009-10, the Public Works Department filled over 9,000 potholes in Blue Springs!

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

Power Outages
Winter storms can also cause power outages in the Blue Springs community. KCP&L would like to remind customers that safety is the number one priority for our crews and customers. Please remember to stay away from downed trees and power lines. Always assume a downed line is energized.

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.
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,
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Carson Ross, Mayor
City of Blue Springs
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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.