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MECA KC Challenge
Metropolitan Community College Centennial Celebration
Fieldhouse Opening Date
Upcoming DEA Rx Take Back Program Event
Downtown Alive! Revitalization
Enjoying The Taste of Blue Springs.
The Amazing Challenge.
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Developers Workshop
Tuesday, September 29
7:30 a.m. to Noon
Central Jackson County Fire Protection District Training Facility
Join the Community Development Department for a free breakfast workshop and Q&A as they discuss the upcoming changes that will be implemented to our City's development planning documents.
 To review the documents that will be discussed, click here.
Outstanding Citizen Award
I am proud to announce that the 2015
Truman Heartland Community Foundation Outstanding Citizen Award recipient is Blue Springs resident Linda Landahl Edison.  Linda was recognized at the Toast to Our Towns Gala on September 12.
A Blue Springs residents for many years, Linda has proudly taught for the Blue Springs School District for 39 years and served the community as a member of the Park Commission for over 20 years. Her actions helped shape the Parks and Recreation Department, bringing positive change and constant improvement, including City bond initiatives and the Vesper Hall accreditation and re-accreditation processes.
Downtown Blue Springs Happenings 

46th Annual Fall Fun Festival
Friday, September 18 - Sunday, September 20
FREE admission
Come out and enjoy tasty food options, a carnival and one of the largest parades in Eastern Jackson County. Click here for more information.
17th Annual National Night Out Against Crime
Tuesday, October 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
FREE community event
Bring the family to learn about police operations and general public safety information. You can also enjoy a performance from KFKF's Debbie Erickson.
You're Invited! 
Let's Move!
Let's Move! Saturdays 4th Birthday Celebration
Saturday, September 26
1-4 p.m.
Rink Ratz Skate Rink
513 S.W. Keystone Dr
Come out for an afternoon of free fun and fitness!
Some activities you can participate in at this event include:

Open Skating


Air-Brush Tattoos

Face Painting



  This program has been a success in Blue Springs thanks to the donation of time, space and staff from local businesses. Special thanks to StandUp Blue Springs, who coordinate the events. 
2015 Street Overlay Program

The City's Street Overlay Program is an annual effort to repave streets and make concrete repair to existing curbs and sidewalks. Over the past  eight years, more than 131.5 miles of streets have been resurfaced and installation of ADA compliant ramps and repairs have been integrated into the program.

In 2015 alone, 14 miles of overlay, sidewalk and curb repair were completed.

All of this is done to provide safe walkable paths throughout Blue Springs corridors , improving the aesthetics of our city and meeting federal requirements for overall safety.

For more information about the program, click here .
H.R.C. Fair

Helping Residents Connect
Sunday, Oct 4
2-5 p.m.
Vesper Hall

Join us for the inaugural H.R.C. Fair hosted
by the Human Relations Commission!

Come connect with your friends and
neighbors at this family-friendly event, and
learn about the rich cultural histories of our community. There will be food, entertainment, information and more! 
Fortitude III Dedication
Wednesday, September 30
10 a.m.
Blue Springs School District Administrative Center
 Blue Springs Public Art Commission and the Blue Springs School District will dedicate the art piece "Fortitude III" at the District's Administrative Center.
This piece will was previously featured in the City's 2013 Evolve exhibit and is based on the mathematical and botanical concepts devised by 13 th century mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci. This piece is unique as it shows how artistic expression can visualize mathematical principles found in naturally occurring patterns.
Dance Party

Square Dancing
The Second Friday of Each Month
7:30-10 p.m.
Vesper Hall
$5 at the door 
Join other intermediate to advanced square dancers at this monthly party. Enjoy great music and calls by Jay Krebbs.  
 Let's Move! Saturdays!
  These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire fall schedule, click here.

Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy
September 19, Noon to 3 p.m.
Open swim with adult photo ID. Kids 5 & under must have parent in the pool. Parents must supervise kids for the duration of the event.

TaJazz School of Dance
1100 NW Knox
September 26, 11 a.m. to Noon
Dance Class, ages 3-5

Let's Move! Saturdays Fourth Birthday Party!
Rink Ratz, 513 SW Keystone Drive
September 26, 1-4 p.m.
Free fun and fitness

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The 2015-2016 Proposed Budget Manual was reviewed at the first public hearing on September 9 and will be reviewed for approval on Wednesday, September 23. To view the City's Proposed Budget, click here.

There are a number of events coming up in Blue Springs to be excited about. This Friday, September 18, we kick off our 46th annual Fall Fun Fest in Downtown Blue Springs. Bring the family and enjoy unique food vendors, live performances and more for this three day event.

I hope you can all make it out to Let's Move! Saturday's FOURTH birthday party on September 26. This party will be at Rink Ratz,513 Keystone Drive from 1-4 p.m. with plenty of fun and free activities for attendees!  

Keep reading to learn more about what's happening in Blue Springs including the upcoming Developers Workshop and the Fieldhouse opening date.

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.
MECA KC Challenge
Mayor Ross speaking, Team #6- first place, Team #11- second place, Team #5- third place.
On Friday, September 11 I had the unique opportunity to speak to 72 high school students from Blue Springs High School and Blue Springs South High School for the MECA KC Challenge.

MECA stands for Most Entrepreneurial City in America and this challenge exposes students to entrepreneurship through real-world experiences in a one day workshop. The focus of the workshop was to provide students a chance to learn the foundation of entrepreneurship and gain valuable perspective on Kansas City's startup community. This knowledge was then applied by the students in realistic team challenges.

This workshop was coordinated and executed by the Center of Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development (CEED).

I believe this was a fun and engaging way to prepare our students for a bright future and I enjoyed being a part of it.
Metropolitan Community College Centennial Celebration
On Tuesday, September 8 I had the pleasure of attending the Centennial celebration of the Metropolitan Community College (MCC) system.

MCC is a major public education provider with five campuses throughout the Greater Kansas City area including two near-by locations  MCC- Blue River and MCC-Longview  . They serve a combined total of 37,000 students annually and are recognized as one of the premier colleges in the nation.
I wish them continued success moving forward!
Missouri's Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Blue Springs School District teacher Linda Glasgow on receiving the title of Missouri's Teacher of the Year for 2015. 

Linda is a third-grade teacher at John Nowlin Elementary School and was honored during a surprise assembly On Wednesday, September 16 for her positive impact on students and her notable leadership skills. 

Each year the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education aims to recognize the contributions of the classroom teacher and their influence in the lives of the children they teach. 

Thank you, Linda for your hard work and dedication. 
Fieldhouse Opening Date

The finishing touches are being put in place at the Blue Springs Fieldhouse and the opening date for the general public is set for Monday, September 28!

Fieldhouse hours of operation are as follows:
   Monday-Thursday 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m
 Friday 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
 Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If you have not signed up for membership or would like to tour the facility, you can do so in-person at 425 N.E. Mock Ave from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Community members can also look forward to a  Grand Opening Celebration on October 2-3. More information to come! 
This Fieldhouse will offer 76,000-square-feet of indoor recreational space including a state-of-the-art fitness center, group exercise and child watch options.
Upcoming DEA Rx Take Back Program Event
The Blue Springs Police Department has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the annual Drug Take Back Program event. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 26 residents can safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs and have the opportunity to reduce the threat of drug abuse in the community.

Drop off locations:
Cosentino's Price Chopper: 1305 N. Highway 7

Cosentino's Price Chopper: 1100 S. Highway 7

Blue Springs Municipal Annex: 1304 W. Main Street
This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Due to the drop-off nature of this program, no needles of any kind are accepted.
Downtown Alive! Streetscape Improvement Dedication

On Thursday, September 3, Downtown Alive hosted a celebration ceremony to dedicate the installation of custom-designed bike racks, public benches, recycling/waste receptacles and speaker system in the downtown district. 

These improvements located along Main Street are a collaborative, multi-faceted partnership involving the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, the City of Blue Springs and Blue Springs Downtown Alive!

The custom-designed bike racks were hand-crafted by John Pennington and The Bike Stop staff, and were donated to Downtown Alive! with a value of $4,350. The public benches and recycling/waste receptacles were purchased by donations made to Downtown Alive! and introduced a recycling option to downtown visitors. One of the public benches has a special meaning as it was purchased with donations made in remembrance of Michael Wilcher, son of Jane and Mike Semrau, owners of Print Graphics.

If you haven't done so already, I invite you to check them out this weekend during the Fall Fun Festival in Downtown Blue Springs!
Enjoying The Taste of Blue Springs

It was a great turnout for the first annual  Taste of Blue Springs event!

Twenty plus restaurants participated and brought delicious samples for visitors to try. Attendees also had the chance to enter raffle for prizes. 
A number of canned goods were collecte d to support the Blue Springs  Community Services LeagueƂ  and funds raised will help with future efforts of the  Blue Springs Historical Society .

The Amazing Challenge

Slots are still open for the Blue Springs Amazing Challenge! This event will be held at Wilbur Young Park on Saturday, October 10 starting at 9 a.m. Registration is $40 per person and must be completed by September 28 and can be done by clicking here. 

Grab a teammate and work together as you race
through several mental and physical challenges. This event will be held at Wilbur Young Park on Saturday, October 10 starting at 9 a.m. 

You can sign up for the adult division or the adult/youth division but youth must be at least 8 years old and accompanied by an adult, 18+. 

All participants receive a commemorative t-shirt, custom finisher's medal, and breakfast!

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
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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.