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 District 1 Town Hall Meeting 


Thursday, September 26

 6:30 p.m.

Pointe of Hope Church

1215 NW Highway 7


District 1 Councilmen Dale Carter and Jeff Quibell will host a Town Hall Meeting to talk with community members about city government issues. 


The councilmen will provide information about the Dedicated Parks Sales Tax Initiative, field questions from residents and facilitate dialog about district priorities. 

Refreshments will be available at this meeting. For more information about the town hall meetings, email Councilman Dale Carter or Councilman Jeff Quibell.

 Dentistry from the Heart by Foster Dental Care

September 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Foster Dental Care

2150 NW South Outer Road


Foster Dental Care is teaming up with Dentistry From the Heart to offer
FREE Dentistry for our community.


Services Performed Include:
Cleanings, Fillings & Extractions


All treatment is first-come, first-served, adults only; be sure to bring state ID & a list of any medications & health information.  Information Line: (816) 463-9529


To volunteer or donate supplies/services for the event, email

 National Night Out Against Crime

October 1, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Downtown Blue Springs


The Blue Springs Police Department's Community and Youth Outreach Unit are sponsoring their fifteenth annual National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Main and 15th Street in downtown Blue Springs. This free family event brings together residents, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials for an evening focused on crime prevention and safety.

Councilman Dale Carter, Blue Springs native and morning show co-host for Country 94.1, KFKF will emcee the event's main stage. Entertainment includes an appearance from KC Wolf from 6-7:30 p.m., a magic exhibition by former mayor Steve Steiner, and dancers from TaJazz School of Dance.

Among the participating organizations are: Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, Crime Stoppers/TIPS Hotline, Blue Springs Police Department STAT Team, Lee's Summit Underwater Rescue & Recovery Team, Missouri Department of Transportation and many more.

Special thanks to the Blue Springs National Night Out sponsors: Target, UMB Bank, Price Chopper, Rancho Grande Cantina, Sonic, Wing Stop, Blue Springs Ford, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, Blue Springs Downtown Alive!, Blue Springs Family YMCA, Panera Bread, Blue Springs McDonald's, Odd Fellows, Blue Springs 8 Theater, Kennedy's Custom Jewelers, the Courtyard by Marriott, Blue Springs and the Hil
ton Garden Inn, Independence, Mo.
For more information, click here.

 Cpl. Michael E. Webster Memorial Blood Drive

October 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

7415 SW Cpl M E Webster Memorial Pkwy (Highway 40)

(816) 229-9118


On October 2, 1993, Cpl. Webster was killed by a drunk driver while he was making a routine traffic stop. This year marks the 20th anniversary blood drive in his honor.

CJCFPD will be a host site at their Training Facility, 4715 SW Cpl M E Webster Memorial Pkwy, Blue Springs, Missouri. To make an appointment, call (816) 229-9118.

Multiple locations are available throughout Missouri. Please visit for info about this year's drive.


 Constitution Week


Did you know that there is a Constitution Week?  Each year, we celebrate the framing of our Nation by observing one week in September as Constitution Week.

This year's Constitution Week was September 15-21, in honor of the 226th anniversary of the drafting of the Constitution of the United States by the Constitutional Convention.

The above photo was taken when I met with members of the Daughters of the American Revolution to present the Constitution Week proclamation.

 Mayor's Community Prayer Breakfast

Thursday, October 31

6:30 a.m.
Adam's Pointe Conference Center
Tickets are $18 per person, $165 per table of 10


I invite you to join me at my annual prayer breakfast.  Our key note speaker is Joplin Missouri's Superintendent of Schools Dr. C.J. Huff who led his community in an amazing effort to rebuild.  The Joplin community is currently transforming their disastrous tragedy into their finest hour.

To reserve your tickets, call Judy Q at (816) 228-8888 or click here.

 National Night Out Against Crime

 Tuesday, October 1
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Downtown Blue Springs

I invite your family to join us as we celebrate the 15th Annual National Night Out (NNO) event in Blue Springs!

Hundreds of families, elected officials and neighboring businesses will be stepping out in the streets of downtown Blue Springs on October 1 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. to take a stand against crime and drug abuse.
Mac from the Missouri Mavericks will be here from 6-7:30 p.m. and we will have refreshment, give aways and games!

 Let's Move! Saturdays!

  Dynamic Dance
1901 SW Highway 40
September 28, 11 a.m. to noon
Join us for a dance technique session.

   Action Martial Arts
September 28, 1-2:30 p.m.
Join us for kids boxing and cross training.  Ages 7-13, capacity 25.  Register at (816) 224-4105.

TaJazz School of Dance
October 5, 10-11 a.m.
Join us for morning of dance.

Centennial Pool-Plex - The Blue
October 5, noon to 2 p.m.
Join us for an open swim session.

Watson Rolladium
October 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Join us for an open roller skating session.
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I was honored last week at the annual Missouri Municipal League's annual conference with a Certified Municipal Official designation by the Municipal Governance Institute.  This designation is awarded to elected officials that successfully complete specialized training offered through the Missouri Municipal League.  To learn more about Missouri Municipal League, click here.


Just a reminder that District 1 Councilmen Carter & Quibell will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Pointe of Hope Church.  They will be discussing the Parks Sales Tax Initiative on the November 5 ballot.  For more information about the initiative, click here.
As you may remember, September is National Preparedness Month.  Our Friends at CJCEMA are conducting a Preparedness Contest.  This week's question is: This week's question is: It's Hunger Games time! How long can you live on what is inside your kitchen right now without power. Can you feed yourself and your family for three days with no power, no fridge and no freezer? What about your pets - do you have enough for them? Let us know!   Send your answers to by 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 28, 2013 to be entered into this week's drawing.    


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Woods Chapel Road Update

Diverging Diamond Interchange


Last night, crews closed the Woods Chapel Road Interchange and worked overnight to convert the intersection into a diverging diamond interchange. Work included removal of the old striping, signals and signage and then installing all of the necessary traffic control for the new configuration.

Early this morning the intersection was unveiled to motorists. Traffic this morning moved along smoothly without major incident. MoDOT will be making signal adjustments throughout the week and individual lane closures may still occur as crews complete work on the project. The contractor still has center island improvements, fence installation, traffic signal programming, sign installation, lane striping and landscape work to complete.

I would like to thank crews for their hard work to improve this intersection and for keeping the closures to a minimum.


For more information about the Diverging Diamond Interchange, click here.

Top Photo: Mayor Carson Ross presenting the Proclamation.  Second Photo: Mayor Carson Ross visits with Councilman Dale Carter at the event.  Middle Photo: Dynamic Dance performs for the crowd.  Fourth Photo: An event participant scales the obstacle course at the Gage Center.  Bottom Photo: Inside the Bump City at the Gage Center.

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of presenting a Proclamation celebrating the second anniversary of Let's Move! Saturdays.  I was joined by District 1 Councilman Dale Carter as we helped Let's Move! Saturdays celebrate in style at the Gage Center.


This program has been wildly successful here in Blue Springs.  What you may not know is that it is operated on almost a full volunteer basis.  The businesses donate their time and facility, local volunteers and StandUp Blue Springs coordinate the events and Cockrell & McIntosh Pediatrics donates funds to print the calendar of events.  The City of Blue Springs helps to promote these events.  


To see the 2013 Fall Let's Move! Blue Springs Calendar of Events, click here.

Cordill-Mason School Walking Trail Ribbon Cutting


On Friday, September 20, I joined Tandem Paving, Blue Springs School District Superintendent Dr. Paul Kinder, Cordill-Mason staff, PTA members and Cordill-Mason Cougars to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the new CME Cougar Track.  


This project was envisioned by the Cordill-Mason PTA and became a reality thanks to the generosity of Tandem Paving.

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.