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Downtown Post Office Appeal Letter
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Tri-County Water Authority Question
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   Daylight Saving Time is this weekend and it's time to 'Spring Forward!' I also encourage you to change the batteries in your smoke, carbon monoxide detectors, and weather radios!

Don't forget to test these devices after replacing the batteries to make sure they are in good working order. While you are at it, it's also a great time to review, discuss and practice your family emergency plans.

St. Pat's Day Parade  

'Shortest and Smallest' 

St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 16, 9 a.m.
The Soda Fountain
1112 W Main Street
The parade route starts at the Soda Fountain/Flower Shop and crosses the street to the Keg.  Pre-parade festivities begin at 8 a.m. with coffee and donuts.

 Storm Spotter Classes


March 18, 7 p.m.

Blue Springs High School

Performing Arts Building

2000 Ashton Drive, Blue Springs


CJCEMA in cooperation with the Blue Springs School District is hosting the National Weather Service Severe Weather Spotters Class for Jackson County. 


This free community class will be facilitated by a National Weather Service Meteorologist from the Pleasant Hill location. 


Participants will walk away from the class with a better understanding of severe weather, what to look for, and enhance individual/family preparedness for severe weather.

We are anticipating this to be a very popular class so please arrive early.

Upcoming Events

Historic Chicago & Alton Depot Fundraiser Bluegrass Concert
March 8, 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church Auditorium
15th & Main Street

Tickets are $10 for adults, $25 for a family.  For more information, call (816) 797-4870. 
Blue Springs Art Show
March 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 10, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Vesper Hall
400 NW Vesper Street
Come and support local art here in Blue Springs.  This free art show features over 100 entries.

 Winter Resources

Blue Springs snow plow
 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.

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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.


After a particularly harsh February, warmer weather is a welcome change of pace. Blue Springs received back-to-back snow storms in February and I wanted to give the fine men and women who clean and maintain our streets during these storms a public "Thank You!" I have received many emails and phone calls from Blue Springs residents complimenting our crews on a job well done.


As a result of the snow storms, my annual State of the City address has been rescheduled to Monday, April 15 at the Adams Pointe Conference Center.  This address is held at the Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon.  My theme this year is 'Take a Look Around.'  If you are unable to make the address this year, we will be recording the presentation, airing it on CTV-7 and making it available to the City's website.  As soon as it is available, I will share the web page links so you can see all of the good things happening here in Blue Springs.   


I would like to call your attention to three Blue Springs officers for their heroic actions during a recent house fire.  Officer Emberton, Murphy and Sidenstick were first on scene during a house fire and rescued three people trapped by flames.  If you missed the story on KSHB, click here.  Thank you for all of your efforts and we are proud to have you serving our community.


I hope to see you at the upcoming Downtown Alive! Chili Lunch Fundraiser on March 18.  This event is a great way to both support Downtown Alive! and to meet great people from across 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.

Downtown Post Office Appeal Letter

On Wednesday, January 6, the City received the official intent to close letter from the USPS for the downtown location.  If you would like to see a copy of the letter, click here.


We have submitted our formal letter of appeal, and await a reply from the USPS.  If you would like to see a copy of my letter of appeal, click here.

You may remember that at the City Council meeting on December 3, 2012, Russ Rainey, real estate specialist and project manager for the U.S. Postal Service, discussed the plans to close the downtown post office branch in Blue Springs, moving all operations to the Blue Springs annex.  
If you missed that meeting, but would like to see the presentation, click here.  The presentation starts around the 8 minute marker. 
Upcoming events


Downtown Alive! Chili Lunch Fundraiser
March 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Student Life Center, 1301 W Main Street


Help Downtown Alive in their effort to revitalize Downtown Blue Springs!


Ticket are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.  This event includes chili, drink and a dessert; carry out and drive-thru available.


Ticket are available at any downtown merchant or at the Parks & Recreation Counter at City Hall.  For more information, call (816) 220-1233.
Tuesday, March 12 from 7-8 p.m.
Mid-Continent Library, Blue Springs South Branch
2220 S Highway 7, Blue Springs 


The Central Jackson County Emergency Management Agency (CJCEMA) is offering a free community preparedness class. This presentation will cover what disasters are most likely to happen in our area, how emergency response works in our region, and what steps you can do to better prepare your family for disasters.
Community Center Feasibility Study Update


On February 19, 2013 the third public meeting for the feasibility study was held at the Blue Springs City Council Meeting. Residents were given a presentation that incorporated the survey findings and feedback from the previous two public meetings. 

The presentation included possible service areas, amenities, programming, budget and potential community center locations.

To see the PowerPoint presentation from the meeting, click here.

To learn more about the Feasibility Study, click here.


Tri-County Water Authority Question


Ballot Language
On April 2, 2013, voters in Blue Springs will be presented the following ballot question:
Shall the City of Blue Springs, Missouri, be authorized to enter into a water purchase contract with Tri-County Water Authority for the purpose of providing water and water services to the City, the cost of said water and water services to be paid solely from the revenues derived from the operation of its combined waterworks sewerage system, including all future extensions and improvements thereto?


Question Details

If approved, The City of Blue Springs would be allowed to enter into a contract to purchase water directly from Tri-County Water Authority.  This contract would also allow Blue Springs to pursue representation on the Tri-County Water Authority Board with voting rights.

This contract would allow Blue Springs to have input on future Tri-County Water Authority operating budgets and infrastructure improvements.

State Statutes require that the City of Blue Springs gain voter approval before entering into this contract.


The City of Blue Springs currently purchases water from three sources: The City of Independence, The City of Grain Valley and the City of Kansas City.   

The City of Grain Valley purchases their water from Tri-County Water Authority.

Financial Impact to Residents
Approval or failure of this ballot issue has no direct financial impact to residents. 

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.