In This Issue
March With the Mayor
City Board or Commission Openings
Telecommunicators Appreciation Celebration
Ribbon Cutting for The Parkway Senior Living Showroom
Dancing With the Chamber Stars
Citizen's Police Academy Graduates
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Shop & Share Contest

Join in the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce Shop & Share contest for a chance to win a $50 American Express gift card and more! 

 

To enter, simply share a photo and note by emailing shopandshare@bluespringschamber.com and mentioning why you like to shop at a particular Blue Springs business . The contest runs from April 1 through May 31 and the winners will be announced on June 1.

 Arbor Day Celebration

 Wednesday, April 22

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

City Hall

903 W. Main Street 

 

Come out and learn about planting and caring for trees in celebration of Arbor Day with hands-on demonstrations from Parks & Recreation Department staff. This event is free.

Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program
householdwaste
April 18
8 a.m. to Noon (or first 300 cars)
Pink Hill Park
2715 N.W. Park Drive
 
Come out to this free event to properly dispose of residential waste. Materials collected this year include: automotive
fluids, batteries, household cleaners, lawn and garden products, pesticides, paints and related products -
residential waste only.

This event is open to Blue Springs residents.

 

 

Rx Take Back Program
 
Saturday, April 25
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Blue Springs Municipal Annex
1304 W. Main Street

Cosentino's Price Chopper
1100 S. Highway 7

Cosentino's Price Chopper
1305 N. Highway 7

Come out to any of the three locations above to properly dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
This service is FREE and anonymous, no questions asked.
Recycling Opportunities

Pink Hill Park Recycling Center
2725 N.W. Park Road, Blue Springs
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Items accepted at this location  include: paper, shredded paper, newspapers and magazines, cardboard, paperboard & brown paper bags, plastics #1, #2-7 (containers), aluminum cans, steel/tin food cans, and glass jars and bottles.

 

 

 

Eastern Jackson County Yard Waste Collection Center
37910 E. Pink Hill Road, Oak Grove
Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 
This is an new facility that allows residents to recycle grass clippings, leaves, brush and limbs for a nominal fee.


For fee information, click here.

 

Golden Regiment Roast!

 Please join the Blue Springs Historical Society for their Roast of Dr. Tim Allshouse, current director of the Blue Springs High School Golden Regiment Marching Band and former Director Doug Watts. 

 

Sunday, April 26

Courtyard by Marriot

Doors open at 6:30

Dinner Served at 7:00 pm

 

Ticket prices are as follows: 

Golden Regiment Members, Alumni & Parents

$40 Single Ticket

$75 Includes Book (best value)

$750 Table of 10 + 10 books

 

General Ticket Prices

$70 Single Ticket

$90 Includes book (best value)

$900 Table of 10 + 10 books

 

Order tickets online at www.bluespringshistory.org or call 816-224-8979

       Sanitary Sewer System Smoke Testing


Public Works is in the process of conducting smoke testing of our sanitary sewer systems.

The smoke is non-toxic, non-staining, has no odor, white to gray in color, creates no fire hazard, and is not harmful to pets. The smoke should not enter your building unless you have defective plumbing or dried up drain traps.

For more information, click here.
       City Hall Tour
  On Tuesday, April 14 a group of third graders from St. John LaLande Catholic School came by to visit me during their tour of City Hall.
 
They had a chance to learn about some of our city operations while touring the building and we got to talk about my time in local and regional government.

 

It is always a pleasure seeing students take an interest in their local government!

 Let's Move! Saturdays!

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

To view the entire spring/su mmer schedule,  click here.

Thunderdome Fitness
2401 B SW Highway 40
May 2, 10 a.m. to Noon
 Join us for kids speed and agility clinic; adult weight loss clinic

Centennial Pool Plex "The Blue"
2401 Ashton Drive
May 2, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Join us for open swim

Gage Center
 1101 NW Jefferson
May 9, 11 a.m. to Noon
Join us for Bump City

Rink Ratz
513 SW Keystone Drive
May 9, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Join us for pen roller skating

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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.

 

It's time for spring cleaning and we can all start by helping our environment by recycling.

 

There are a variety of green resources for you to use  including a recycling facility, two mobile disposal events and a yard waste facility. You can read more about them in this issue.

 

Other happenings you can read about include the current Buy Blue Springs contest run by Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, an update on the work of our dedicated Downtown Alive! committee and the outstanding work of our own Blue Springs dispatch.

 

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.

March With the Mayor

I want to thank everyone that joined me last Friday for my annual March with the Mayor event! The weather was beautiful and we had a good turnout. I would like to give a special 'shout out' to my new friend Simon Beebe who helped me lead the march.

 

Thank you to Rachel Uptergrove for coordinating this event! I also want to thank the ladies of Midwest Public Risk for leading the warm up, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Blue Springs Police Department, Blue Springs School District, Blue Springs High School JROTC, Sons of the American Revolution, Blue Springs Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), Blue Springs City Councilmembers, Thomas Ultican Elementary School and Plaza Heights Christian Academy.

 

If you missed the march, but would like to see more photos of the event, click here to check out the City's Facebook page.
City Board or Commission Openings
I would like to invite all Blue Springs residents to submit applications to volunteer for service on a City board or commission.

 

Our city has fourteen boards and commissions and many of them currently have vacancies to fill. Each board or commission holds regular public meetings and is made up of volunteers from within the community who serve without compensation and on a term basis. They provide recommendations to the Mayor and City Council regarding actions and policies that shape municipal government, city departments and the community. Some aspects addressed include but are not limited to: economic retention and growth, public safety, parks and recreation and human relations throughout the City.

 

Creating an opportunity for residents to become and remain engaged in their city has always been one of my passions. For those residents interested in giving back to the community by serving on a board or commission, click here to download an application or contact the City Clerk's office at 816-228-0111. 

Telecommunicators Appreciation Celebration

 

I am pleased to announce that Blue Springs police department dispatcher Teri Sandlin will be recognized at the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) 18th annual Telecommunications Appreciation Celebration on Friday, April 17.  

 

Teri will be presented with the Outstanding Individual Performance in a Critical Incident Award for her stellar handling of an emergency call in 2014. Blue Springs Chief of Police Wayne McCoy and Captain Jim Snyder, bureau commander, will also be in attendance as she accepts this award.


 

Congratulations to Teri on her recognition and I appreciate the hard work of all our dispatchers!

Ribbon Cutting for The Parkway Senior Living Showroom

On Wednesday, April 15, the Blue Springs and Lee's Summit Chambers hosted a joint ribbon cutting for the new The Parkway Senior Living Showroom located inside the Stewart Title Building, 700 NE R.D. Mize Road.  

The showroom features a model of what the independent living units will offer at The Parkway.  This new facility will offer a continuum of care system to residents and will be open soon.

Dancing With the Chamber Stars

Please come out for a day of dancing and entertainment for the annual Dancing With the Chamber Stars event on Thursday, May 21 hosted by the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce.

 

Each team is competing to become champion by raising the most money through votes. This year, the City of Blue Springs has five employees in the competition:  

 

Parks & Recreation: Pam Buck 

2nd District Councilmember: Kent Edmondson

Blue Springs Police Department: Jennifer Dachenhausen

Blue Springs Police Department: Chad Smith

City Engineer: Ben McCabe

 

To view a complete list of participating teams, click here.

  

One dollar equals one vote and donations can be made online by clicking here. Simply click on one of the names in red then click "vote here" to donate. You can also donate at the event and you can give more than once!

Reservations are required. Tickets are $370 for a table of 10 or $30 per person. To make a reservation contact the Chamber at 816-229-8558 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

Citizen's Police Academy Graduates
Blue Springs Police Department

On Tuesday, March 24 I had the pleasure to attend the graduation of the Blue Springs Citizen 's Police Academy Class 19.

Prior to graduation, students completed nine courses that provide an in-depth look at how law enforcement in the community operates and covered topics such as crime scene investigation, firearms training and crime prevention. This graduating class was the first to see the department's newest K9 Royal in action and were audience to his first public demonstration.


 

Congratulations, graduates!

A New Look Around Downtown

 
You may have noticed a new look throughout our downtown corridor.

The members of Blue Springs Downtown Alive! and their various partners have been working diligently to beautify the area and they have recently added four new benches and four new recycling/trash receptacles with a value of $6,100.00 to downtown.
 
Their efforts continue to make Blue Springs an even better place to live, work and grow!
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
 
Sincerely,
 
 Ross sig
Carson Ross, Mayor
City of Blue Springs
Our
Mission 
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.