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State of the City Address
2013 City Council
Comprehensive Plan Update Visioning Meeting
Citizen Satisfaction Survey Results
Construction Around Town Update
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 District 2 Town Hall Meeting

   Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m.

First United Methodist Church

301 SW Woods Chapel Road  

 

District 2 Councilmen Kent Edmondson and Chris Lievsay will host a town hall meeting to talk with community members about city government issues.

 

The councilmen will provide updates on the Woods Chapel Road project and the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building expansion. Attendees will learn about the Vesper Road sidewalk project and are encouraged to dialog with councilmen about district priorities.

 Water Quality Report

  2013 Water Quality Report

  

The 2012 Water Quality Report is available for your review.  This report is intended to provide you with important information about your
drinking water and the efforts made to provide safe drinking water. 
 

 

To see the report, click here.

 Household Hazardous Waste and Rx Take Back Events Very Successful!

  Household Hazardous Waste Event

 

On Saturday, April 20 the City hosted the Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection event at Pink Hill Park. This program continues to be one of the most successful recycling programs in Blue Springs. There was a 400 car limit, but we were able to accommodate approximately 439 cars at our event. We had more than 100 cars compared to the 2012 event.   

 

Rx Take Back Event

  

I am excited to report that on April

27, we had over 180 residents drop off over 280 pounds of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs!

  

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.  

 

Thank you so much to the volunteers and City staff that helped coordinate, publicize and operate these events!

 12th Annual Fallen Officer Memorial Service

  Fallen Officer Memorial Service

Friday, May 17, 3 p.m.

Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, Multi-Purpose Room

 

 The Blue Springs Police Department will host its 11th annual "Fallen Officer" Memorial Service at the multi-purpose room of the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building located at 1100 SW Smith Street in Blue Springs. 

 

The event is part of the National Police Memorial Week, which officially runs from May 12-18.  In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.  

 

This year's theme is "A Fallen Badge Still Shines" with Doctor Bill Cowling as the guest speaker.

 

Please join us as we honor the Officers and their families who have given everything to keep us safe.

 Summer Camp

  June 3 - August 2

Baumgardener Park

2401 NW Ashton Drive

 

 Calling all kids ages 5-12! Join us for summer camp!

Campers will go on safaris, play fun games, conduct exciting science experiments, explore nature, try out new sports and make new friends. Campers can be registered for individual weeks or for the entire summer.

 

For more information, click here or call (816) 028-0266.

Upcoming Events

  

 
 Car Cruise
May 10, 6 p.m. to dark
Downtown Blue Springs
 
Cruises and back and better than ever thanks to our cosponsors Mid-America Mustangers and Blue Springs Ford. They will be held the second Friday of the month, April through August, from 6 p.m. until dark. 
 
Located in Downtown Blue Springs on Main Street between 10th & 12th Streets, come out and enjoy the sight of Custom Vehicles, Custom Cars, Muscle Cars, Trucks, and Hot Rods! 
 

  

Farmers Market

 Saturday, May 11

Saturday, May 18

 

 
 
Fishing Derby
May 18, 9-11 a.m.
Registration begins 
at 8:30 a.m.
Rotary Park at Railroad Lake
600 NW Vesper

Time to get out those fishing poles!  This derby is geared toward children ages 5-14.  The lake will be stocked with catfish, sunfish and blue gill fish.  This free event is co-sponsored with the Blue Springs Sunset and Lake Lotawana Optimist Clubs.

Be sure to bring your fishing pole and bait!  For more information, call (816) 228-0137.

 
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 Let's Move! Saturdays!



Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy
May 11, noon to 3 p.m.
Join us for an open swim session

Watson Rolladium
513 SW Keystone Drive
May 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Join us for open rollerskating

  Gage Center
1101 NW Jefferson
May 18, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Join us for Bump City and Swimming

 Action Martial Arts
May 18, 1-2:30 p.m.
Join us for kids kick boxing and cross training.  Ages 7-13, capacity 25.  You must register at (816) 224-4105.

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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.

 

Spring has finally sprung and there are a lot of great activities to in Blue Springs.  Click here to visit the City's calendar to see all of the upcoming community events in Blue Springs.

 

Do you tweet?  We do!  The City will be hosting two tweet-a-longs soon and I encourage you to join in the fun.  On Friday, we will be tweeting a ride-a-long with one of our Blue Springs Police officers and on Tuesday, we will be live tweeting from our Comprehensive Plan Update Visioning Event.  The City's Twitter handle is @BlueSpringsGov and I hope to see you in the twitterverse!

 

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
 

I was honored to give my State of the City Address at last month's Chamber of Commerce luncheon.  As you may remember, my speech had to be rescheduled as a result of inclement weather.

 

This year's address appropriately titled, "Take a Look Around," discussed the City's major priorities and talked about a few projects on our horizon.  I focused on how we continue to move forward by being innovative, seeking resident input, and strengthening local and regional partnerships to achieve exciting things in our near and long term future. 

 

A few highlights from my presentation include:

If you missed that luncheon, but would like to see a video of the presentation, click here. If you would like to see a copy of my speech, click here.

 

If you would like to see an archive of past State of the City Addresses, click here.

2013 City Council
Top Left: 2013 City Council; Top Right: Mayor Ross presents a proclamation to Grant Bowerman thanking for his service as a Councilman for District 3; Bottom Left: Councilman Dale Carter taking his oath of office; Bottom Center: Councilman Chris Lievsay taking his oath of office; Bottom Right: Councilman Susan Culpepper taking her oath of office.

At the April 15 City Council Meeting, Councilmen-elect Carter, Lievsay and Culpepper took their oaths of office.  Also at this meeting, the council elected a new Mayor Pro Tem. I want to thank Councilman Jeff Quibell for his term as Mayor Pro Tem and congratulate Councilman Dale Carter on his new appointment!

 

To learn more about the City Council, click here.

 

I invite you to participate in a community visioning kick-off event for the City's Comprehensive Plan Update on Tuesday, May 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at the Adams Pointe Conference Center, 1400 NE Coronado Dr., Blue Springs, Mo.  Those unable to attend in person are encouraged to participate in the City's tweet-a-long via the City's Twitter account (@BlueSpringsGov) by using the hashtag #planupdate.

 

We are currently in the process of updating the City's Comprehensive Plan and Unified Development Code. Last adopted in 2003, the Comprehensive Plan looks toward the future of the community and is used to identify the vision, principles, and values that will guide the growth of Blue Springs.  Similarly the City's Unified Development Code includes zoning and design requirements that need to be updated in conjunction with the Comprehensive Plan.  Through this update process, we plan to enhance the clarity of our codes and simplify the development process in accordance with the vision, principles and values of the Comprehensive Plan.

 

The Comprehensive Plan Update will generally address the following elements, among others that are brought up in the plan process:

  • Overall community vision
  • Neighborhoods
  • Economic Development
  • Transportation
  • Health
  • Environment 

The update process is expected to take 6-9 months and will feature multiple public input opportunities.  As the committee sets the schedule for future meetings those dates and times will be posted on the City of Blue Springs' website.

 

All meetings related to the Blue Springs Comprehensive Plan Update are open to the public and I encourage you attend.

 

For more information, visit www.bluespringsgov.com/compplanupdate or call (816) 228-0207 or send a note to compplanupdate@bluespringsgov.com.

 

Results of Blue Springs' annual DirectionFinder Citizen Satisfaction Survey are in, and findings reflect significant improvements in citizen satisfaction with City programs and services! According to the most recent survey, conducted during the Winter of 2013, Blue Springs residents are pleased with the City overall, particularly in the areas of public safety, city maintenance, city communications, parks facilities, leadership from elected officials and city administration, and the quality of customer service from city staff.

Findings from the survey indicate that a majority of residents (81%) are pleased with the quality of the police services and protection of the Blue Springs Police Department, 78% are satisfied with the quality of the City's water and sewer utilities, 81% are pleased with the quality of City parks facilities and 87% are satisfied with the City's primary communication source with residents, the Blue Springs Magazine. 

The survey reports that 83% of residents feel that commercial areas in Blue Springs are better than they were 5 years ago, 81% of residents are satisfied with the overall quality of shopping opportunities in the city and that 90% of residents want the City to take proactive measures to encourage existing and new business redevelopment along major business corridors in Blue Springs.

Some of the more significant increases include:
  • Effectiveness of community planning (+8%)
  • Maintenance of major City streets (+8%)
  • Availability of bicycle lanes (+8%)
  • Effectiveness of the City Administrator and staff (+7%)
  • Types of new commercial/retail redevelopment in the City (+7%)
  • Maintenance of City streets and sidewalks (+6%)
  • How well the City is planning for future growth (+6%)
  • Effectiveness of City communication with the public (+6%)
While results reflected significant improvements in several areas, the survey also provided indication where additional focus is warranted. According to the survey, the three major areas that residents thought should receive the most emphasis from the City over the next two years include maintenance of City streets, sidewalks and the flow of traffic and congestion in Blue Springs.

To see the full report of the 2013 citizen survey results, click here.  To see the ETC presentation to the City Council, click here and fast-forward to the 13 minute marker.

Vesper Sidewalk CDBG Project - Identified as a Community Development Block Grant Program project, construction on this new sidewalk is substantially complete.  This new sidewalk provides a safe walking path along Vesper Street between Highway 7 and 10th Street. 




Woods Chapel Road, Phase 1
  • New signal light installation continues at Woods Chapel and the South Outer Road.
  • Rock veneer has been delivered and will be installed on the walls near Pizza Hut at the southeast corner of I-70.
  • Concrete paving installation continues on the I-70 north side off-ramps and bridge abutments.
  • Crews have started the fine grading, installation of the permanent fence, soil preparation for seed and sod south of Castle Drive.
  • Brick masons have finished with all the columns south of Castle Drive.
  • Crews have established traffic control at Kingsridge Drive and intersection reconstruction has started.
  • Crews are installing edging, mulch and plant material for landscaping throughout the project, as the weather permits.
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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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.