In This Issue
A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Community Center Meetings
Woods Chapel Road Update
Downtown Historic Survey Kick-off Meeting
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Minor Home Repair Program

2013 Youth 

Sports, Recreation 

& Wellness Expo

 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.

Imagemakers 2013 Members Photography Exhibit and Sale   

February 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

February 17, noon to 4 p.m.

February 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

February 24, noon to 4 p.m. 

Blue Springs Arts Council

White Oak Plaza

SW Corner of Highway 7 & Highway 40

 

Join the Imagemakers Photo Club and the Blue Springs Arts Council for their annual members Photography Exhibit and Sale.

 April Ballot Set

City of Blue Springs
Filing for the April 2013 ballot has closed.  Below are the candidates running for the open council seats.
 
District 1
 Dale Carter
Preston Smith
 
District 2
 Chris Lievsay
 
District 3
 Susan Culpepper
Michael Freeman
 

Also on the ballot will be: 

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?

 
The last day to register to vote for the April election is March 6.  You can register to vote at City Hall, the local libraries or click here
to download a voter registration application.

Upcoming Events

  
Blue Springs Dog Park Fundraiser
February 2, 5:30-7 p.m.
Vesper Hall
400 NE Vesper Street

Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under and children 3 and under are free.  Meal Deals also available.  Activities include dinner, a silent auction and prize raffles.

For more information, call (816) 228-0238. 
 
 
Mother/Son Valentine Dance
February 8, 6-9 p.m.
Vesper Hall
 
Father/Son Valentine Dance
February 9, 6-9 p.m.
Vesper Hall
 
Boys and Girls ages 4 and up are invited to an evening with their guest to an evening of dining and dancing.
 
Price is $20 per person and reservations can be made by calling (816) 228-0137.

 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.

 

Potholes
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
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.

 

In this issue, I wanted to highlight the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Blue Springs and keep you up to date on the Community Center Feasibility Study progress.   

 

Congratulations to Councilman Jeff Quibell who was recently appointed Vice Chair of the National Information Technology & Communications Policy Committee for the National League of Cities.

 

Also, the Citizen Satisfaction Surveys should be mailed out in the next week.  This survey helps us develop strategies and policies that affect a wide range of City services, including public safety, parks and recreation, basic services, and others.  If you do receive one of these surveys, please know that your response allows City leaders to identify and address the many opportunities and challenges facing the community.

 

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.
A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luter King

 

A celebration in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on Sunday, January 20 at 6 p.m. at First Christian Church, 701 NW 15th Street in Blue Springs. 

I have the honor of giving the welcoming address at this fantastic event. L. Henderson Bell, pastor of the Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church will be the keynote speaker celebrating the combination of Martin Luther King's message of hope with our own hope for the future. The theme for this year's celebration is "Our World His Dream * Freedom."

Please join us for this inspiring evening presented by Capernaum Baptist Church, Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, First Christian Church, First United Methodist Church, Grace Unlimited Baptist Church, Heartland Church, Holy Hill Baptist Church, and Woods Chapel United Methodist Church.

For more information about this celebration, contact the First Christian Church at 229-8400.
Community Center Meetings

 

On December 11, 2012 the first public meeting for the feasibility study was held at the Blue Springs Freshman Center.  Residents were given a brief presentation by the meeting facilitators and given the opportunity to prioritize possible community center amenities via a multi-voting process approach.

Amenity cards were provided to provide construction cost and details to aid residents with their community center priorities. Participants were encouraged to fill out comment cards so the steering committee could capture all questions and comments about a potential community center.

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



On January 8, 2013 the second public meeting for the feasibility study was held at the Blue Springs Freshman Center.  Residents were given a presentation that incorporated the survey findings and feedback from the December 2012 meeting. 

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

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

We are still in the Feasibility Study process with the final report due to the City Council on Monday, April 1.  To see a list of upcoming meetings, click here.  To learn more about the Feasibility Study process, click here.
 
If you have any questions or concerns about the community center study, call the Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 228-0137.
Woods Chapel Road Update
 

 

Even though the weather has become more seasonable recently, work continues on the Woods Chapel Road project.  

 

Right now, crews are working on:

  • Driveway placement for the Rainbow Center, Valley View Shops and Las Playas.
  • KCP&L are placing street light bases and installing wiring around the I-70 interchange
  • Decorative retaining walls are being installed in the southeast section of the I-70 corridor
  • I-70 ramp construction.

Please take caution as you move through this area as work crews may be making adjustments.  As always, please note the the speed limit along Woods Chapel Road has been reduced to 25 miles per hour and that fines will be doubled in the construction zone.  We want to ensure that is project is safe for both motorists and workers.

Downtown Historic Survey Kick-off Meeting 
 

I invite you to join us as we host a kick-off meeting for our Downtown Historic Survey on Wednesday, January 23 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, 1100 SW Smith Street, Blue Springs, Mo.


The Historic Preservation Commission will oversee this survey effort with the assistance of a professional consultant, Rosin Preservation, LLC. Over the next few months, the project team will be conducting in-depth archival research and fieldwork to document historic properties including taking photographs of the building's exterior and documenting physical condition and alterations. The survey area will concentrate on structures from Highway 7 to 19th Street and Main to Walnut Streets.

The survey and inventory work plays a critical role in historic preservation. This research will provide the city with a record of its historical development, as well as help identify potential historic resources and/or historic districts within the survey area.

The City received a service-based grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, State Historic Preservation Office to update its existing inventory and survey for the first time since 1986.

If you have any questions, concerns or if you would like to share any information such as historic photographs or maps, please contact Michael Peterman, principal planner at (816) 228-0142. 
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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Mission 
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.