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Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting
Shop With A Blue Springs Cop
Comprehensive Plan Update
Winter Edition of the Blue Springs Magazine now available
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Franklin Smith Elementary School Visit

Blue Springs Police Department Awards

I would like to extend my congratulations to the recipients of the 2013 Awards of Valor from the 

Kansas City Metro Chiefs & Sheriff's Association.

Congratulations to 

Lt. John Kingsolver, Officer Alex McIntyre, Officer Steve Emberton, Officer Sarah Murphy, Lisa

Sidenstick (former Blue Springs Police Department officer now with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department.) 


Officers Emberton, Murphy and

Sidenstick received a Bronze Award for their rescue of residents from a fire; Lt. Kingsolver and  

Officer McIntyre received Lifesaving Awards in separate incidents.

12th Annual Blue Springs Police Department Awards Banquet

On Thursday, December 12, the Blue Springs Police Department hosted their 12th Annual Blue Springs Police Department Awards Banquet. 

Congratulations to:
Jerry Kaylor, Volunteer of the Year
Tammy Kunkel, Civilian of the Year
Kelly Caster, Officer of the Year
Jeff Sargent, Supervisor of the Year

Life Saving Awards were awarded to:

Steve Decker

Jeff Sargent

Ben McRae

Steve Emberton

Sara Murphy

John Kingsolver

Alex McIntyre

Randal Francis

Robert Unruh- 2


 I would like to repeat what Chief McCoy says about the awards, 

Congratulations to everyone who was recognized, but remember that these awards would not have been possible without everyone's support and teamwork.


Thank you again for your service to our community!

Girls on the Run Woods Chapel Park Clean Up!

Upcoming Holiday Events

Strand Light Recycling Program

November 17, 2013 through January 26, 2014

Pink Hill Park Recycling Center 2725 NW Park Road

 Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Do you have a pile of broken or unwanted strand lights?  Are you upgrading your traditional strand lights with energy-efficient LED lights?  This holiday season, don't throw out your old strand lights - recycle them!


We are teaming up with Southeast Enterprises to offer residents the opportunity to recycle their broke or unwanted strand lights at no cost.


For more information about this program, click here.


tree recycling

Christmas Tree Recycling Program

 Dec. 26 through Jan. 18

 Pink Hill Park


 This free program is a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of your Christmas tree. Commercial vendors may also participate for a fee. Drop off location is Pink Hill Park. 


Don't throw all of those Christmas cardboard boxes away, recycle them! Make plans to drop off your Christmas Tree and your cardboard boxes at the same time! Contact the Parks & Recreation Office for more information.




Holiday Classic Music

BSSD Radio

Now until January 1


 Are you craving the sounds of classic holiday music - commercial FREE?  Our friends at BSSD Radio will be playing "The Classic Sounds of Christmas" non-sop through January 1st.


Click here to learn more!

 New Pay-by-Phone Service

(816) 228-0220

 Did you know that Blue Springs water and sewer utility customers now have the convenience of paying their bill 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phone using an interactive voice response system?


Pay-By-Phone payments can be made by calling (816) 228-0220. Customers will need to have their Utility Bill Account Number located in the upper right hand corner of their bill to process payment.  Blue Springs utility customers will have the option of paying by credit or debit card.   


The Pay-By-Phone program joins other payment options the City offers such as online bill pay, Automatic Bill Payment Plan, the drop-off box located at City Hall or in person at our payment counter.


If your services have been disconnected or at risk of being disconnected, please call the Utility Billing and Collection Division at (816) 228-0134 during business hours with your verification number.

Municipal Court Temporary Hours

The Blue Springs Municipal Court office hours will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. due to staff shortages. The office will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on days evening court is scheduled.


Municipal Court customers can lookup violations by citation number, driver's license number, social security number or vehicle information and pay fines 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by clicking here


Municipal Court also has a payment drop box located in the lobby of the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building located at 1100 SW Smith Street, Blue Springs, Mo.

 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.

 Let's Move! Saturdays!

Gage Center
1101 NW Jefferson
December 21, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Join us for a Somersaulting With Santa.

Club 7 Fitness
1241 SW Highway 7
December 28, 9-11 a.m.
Join us for Kids Fit Boot Camp, fitness activities and open gym for adults.

Action Martial Arts
1241 SW Highway 7
December 28, 1-2:30 p.m.
Join us for kids kickboxing and cross training for kids ages 7-13, limit 25 participants.  Register by calling (816) 224-4105.
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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.

The Christmas holiday is quickly approaching and I wish you and your family a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you are looking to get into the holiday spirit, you can listen to commercial-free holiday music on BSSD radio by clicking here  


December is a busy month here in Blue Springs.  Below you can catch up on the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting, Shop with a Blue Springs Cop and several other holiday related events around town.  


I invite you to "Buy Blue Springs" if possible and keep your dollars in our community.  To learn more about shopping local, click here.  


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.


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.

Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting
Top to Bottom: First Methodist Church of Blue Springs; Event Emcee Pete Grigsby, Mayor Carson Ross and Joe Haney; Cordill Mason 4th & 5th Grade Extra Curricular Choir directed by Robin Stockdell; John Nowlin Girl Scout Choir directed by Denise McCain; Mayor Carson Ross with Seth Porter, Haiden Cooper, Mac from the Missouri Mavericks, Logan Dovel and Pete Grigsby; Fireworks flash as the Mayor's Christmas tree is lit.; Daniel Young Elementary Choir directed by Debby Gray
I would like to thank Pete Grigsby from the Blue Springs School District and Chuck Johnson for joining me, and a special thanks to Haiden Cooper, Logan Dovel and Seth Porter for helping me flip the switch to light the Christmas Tree this year.


This year's event was made possible thanks to: the Mayor's Christmas Tree Committee, Cosentino's Price Chopper, VFW Post #6603, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, America's Community Bank, Three Pigs BBQ, Former Mayor Steve Steiner, Warren Hintz, Jerry Kaylor, Boy Scouts Troop #763, Volunteers in Police Services, Downtown Alive and the Blue Springs Art League.
Top to Bottom: Group photo at Target; Mayor Ross and First Lady Eloise pose for a photo with a program participant; "Doc" Golden pushed his 'helper' and is joined by program volunteers; Officer David Brotherton, Shop with a Blue Springs Cop program manager with his 'helper' and assistant; VIPS volunteers join Councilman Kent Edmondson and Councilman Chris Lievsay; Sgt. Rapp poses with a photo with his 'helper' and volunteers.

On Saturday, December 14 at the Target store in the Adams Dairy Landing shopping center, the Police Department and members of the Blue Springs Citizen's Police Academy Alumni Association participated in the fourth annual 'Shop with a Blue Springs Cop' event.  This event was hosted by Target as part of their Heroes and Helpers Program.


This event partnered 30 Blue Springs School District students with 30 Blue Springs Police Officers.  This program is an opportunity for at-risk children to socialize with officers in a positive atmosphere and reinforce that police officers are friends in the community.


This event really showcases what a dynamic and wonderful community we have here in Blue Springs.  Thank you again to all the event sponsors and volunteers that helped make this event possible.  


To see photos from this event, click here.

Comprehensive Plan Update
Top:  Photo from a public meeting to discuss the Specific Area Plans.  Bottom:  This map is part of the updated Comprehensive Plan and the plan will detail unique facets associated with individual specific areas.

 The 2013 Comprehensive Plan Update is on the move. The vision, goals and targets are nearing completion for inclusion in the framework of the plan. Chapters are currently being prepared for the final draft of the plan.

The City has held a series of public meetings in the north, central and southern sections of Blue Springs. These meetings focused on specific area plans within each section to identify context, opportunities and constraints of those individual areas.

City staff are moving towards putting the final touches on the updated Comprehensive Plan and preparing for the final public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council presentations.

It is NOT too late for you to provide your comments! Let us know how you would like to see your community grow. Click here to take a quick survey!  
Winter Edition of the Blue Springs Magazine now available

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 winter 2014 issue has been mailed to residents' homes, and is now available online. 

This issue is our special community issue in which we take a look back at some of the accomplishments made in city government. Also included are updates from the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Blue Springs School District and the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District.

Featured are our 2013 edition are our "My Blue Springs" Photo contest winners! Congratulations to: Kristi Branstetter, Over All Winner; Mackenzie Walls, Youth Category; Chris Mancini, Adult Category; Diana Hughes, Senior Category. Thank you again to everyone who entered. To see the photo contest winners and entries, click here.  


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.

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.