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High Five Tour
Public Works Week Celebration
Chamber Lip Sync Battle
Honoring our History
Honoring our Heroes on Hallowed Ground
DARE Graduation
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Community Services League Birthday Bash 
Saturday, June 11
9:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Paradise Park Attractions
Prices Vary 

Join the Community Services League for their all day birthday bash as they celebrate 100 years of service! Enjoy a picnic on the lawn, park attractions and a benefit concert with performance by Drew Six and the Soul Plains Drifters.

 Ticket Pricing:
Concert & Picnic $25
Unlimited Access to Paradise Park attractions: $28 ($4 savings)
Concert, Picnic and unlimited access to Paradise Park attractions: $40 

Tickets prices are per person (including children). You can purchase your tickets by clicking here

All proceeds go toward helping children and families in need across Eastern Jackson County. 

Open House Celebration!
Friday, June 17
Noon to 2 p.m.
Blue Springs Location
200 SW 10th Street 

You are invited to the Blue Springs CSL 100 Year Celebration Open House event on Friday, June 17.  Take a look around the Blue Springs office, enjoy a few refreshments and learn how this office serves our community.
Corks & Canvas
Art & Wine Walk 

Saturday, June 4
10 4 p.m.
Downtown Blue Springs 

Memorial Day Honor March

It was an honor to host the VFW Post 6603's Memorial Day Parade as they marched down Main Street to the Blue Springs Cemetery. 

Special thanks to resident Randy Hanson for capturing the bottom photo. 

Department of Labor Overtime Pay Ruling Information Session

Friday, June 10
Noon to 1 p.m. - Bring Your Own Lunch
Speaker Jim Holland of Fisher & Phillips
CJC Fire District Training Facility
4715 E US Highway 40

This meeting will be hosted by the Blue Springs Chamber to provide you with information abut the proposed regulations from the Department of Labor on overtime pay.

This event is free and you do not have to be a Chamber member to attend. Please let the Chamber know you will be attending by calling 816-229-8558. 

To read more about the proposed change to overtime pay, click here. To see the event flyer, click here
Upcoming Parks & Recreation Events
Movies in the Park 
Friday, June 3
7:30 p.m.- Activities
Movie at Dusk

Music in the Park

Nick Schnebelen Band 
June 5
6-8 p.m.
600 N.W. Vesper St
Rotary Park 

 Grab a lawn chair and join us each Sunday in Rotary Park to enjoy FREE live music from various artists and genres including guita blues, rock edge country, classic rock and more. 
Music in the Park runs from May through August.   
 2015 Water Quality Report
Residents can review the 2015 Water Quality Report online by clicking here. 

This report is intended to provide important information about our City's drinking water and the efforts made to provide safe drinking water. 

For a paper report, please call 816-228-0195.

 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire summer schedul e,  click here .

Blue Springs BMX Track
2715 NW Park Drive 
June 4, 8-10 a.m.
Bike Racing
For rules and rainout information call 816-866-3963 

Gage Center
1101 NW Jefferson
June 11, 11 a.m. to Noon
Bump City

Rink Ratz
513 SW Keystone Drive
June 11, 7-9 p.m.
Open roller skating

City Government on CTV-7
Blue Springs POV Episode 4
Blue Springs POV Episode 4
Check out what's new and going on in Blue Springs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by tuning into CTV-7 on Comcast Cable channel 7 or AT&T U-verse Channel 99.

To watch videos of past Blue Springs events, check out the City's YouTube page by clicking here .
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 on e-stop source for city information and news updates, including those items most important to you.

I am happy to share that Blue Springs' population is on the move! The Census population estimates show we have 54,148 residents; this is a continued upward growth path with a 575 person increase from July 2014 to July 2015. 

With all of these new residents, it's a good thing there is plenty to do in our City! This weekend you can take the family to enjoy a free Movie in the Park this Friday followed by Corks & Canvas in our Downtown area on Saturday Morning. Keep reading to learn more about what's going on in Blue Springs.

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.
 High Five Tour
On Saturday, May 28 I had to chance to sign the High Five Tour car during its stop at  Blue Springs Ford; I was joined by District 2 Councilman Kent Edmondson  (second photo, right).  This is the 7th annual High Five Tour and it provides an opportunity for millions of Americans to show their  support and say "thank you" to the thousands of military families who have made sacrifices for our freedom. 

I am happy to say that the High Five vehicle wasn't the only mustang out and about on Saturday; I was also joined by the Blue Springs D.A.R.E. Mustang! Special thanks to Officer Bill Ely for helping with the escort and VIPS Volunteer and Public Safety Citizens Advisory Board Member Jerry Kaylor (second photo, left) for driving the Blue Springs DARE Mustang.  I would also like to thank Officer Bates and Royal for joining us at the event. 
Public Works Week Celebration 

On Thursday, May 19 our City's Public Works Department celebrated National Public Works Week (NPWW) with community members through demonstrations, equipment displays, refreshments and prizes. 

As another part of the NPWW celebration our Blue Springs Concrete Crew was recognized for their work by the  American Public Works Association (APWA). Congratulations to Supervisor Corey Alford and his team: (left to right) Mike Howard, Jeremy Manning, Dalton France and James Mead!

It's great to see others recognizing the awesome work of our City employees.  
Chamber Lip Sync Battle 

On Thursday, May 19 the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce hosted their first Lip Sync Battle at Adams Pointe Conference Center. I had the opportunity to judge this event along with Rebeca Swank of Foster Dental, Representative Jeanie Lauer of District 32 and Nick Bender of KMBC Channel 9

We enjoyed performances from eight teams who covered a range of music styles including pop, hip-hop and musicals. In the end, the Community Division trophy went to Ic, Ic Bayby and the High School Division trophy went to the  Blue Springs South Forensics Team: "The 90's Kids."  

That being said, each team is a winner for helping the Chamber raise more than $10,000 for the Chamber High School Scholarship Fund! 

Click here to see the tweets and photos taken during the battle!  
Honoring our History
Blue Springs Downtown Alive! has partnered with the Blue Springs School District to create four paintings honoring our City's History. 

The first piece of art is a mural representing a serene image of the old Adams Dairy Farm and it will be displayed at the Inklings' Books & Coffee Shoppe later this summer. 

These paintings will be displayed at downtown businesses until fall 2016. 
Honoring our Heroes on Hallowed Ground

On Saturday, May 21 I had the opportunity to speak at the Honoring our Heroes on Hallowed Ground program hosted in part by the Blue Springs Chapter of the Missouri Daughters of the American Revolution partnered with other chapters in the West Central District. This event was a commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War and included greetings from myself and fellow Vietnam Veterans Mayor Bill Kolas of Higginsville, Mo and Mayor Jerry Brown of Lexington, Mo. 

All Vietnam veterans or their families were presented with a commemorative lapel pin by the distinguished mayors, as well as a copy of the Presidential Proclamation and certificate from Blue Springs and Lafayette-Lexington DAR Chapters in recognition of their valor, sacrifice, and service.
DARE Graduation
D.A.R.E. graduation at Lucy Franklin (left) and James Lewis (right)

I would like to congratulate our recent 2016-2017 D.A.R.E. graduates from James Lewis Elementary and Lucy Franklin Elementary. 

Thank you to our D.A.R.E. officer Charlie Waites for leading this great program and Sgt. Colby Lalli for his continued participation.
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.