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Public Safety Building Renovation and Expansion
A Hollywood Affair
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St. Pats Day Parade

'Shortest and Smallest' 

St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 17, 9 a.m.
The Soda Fountain
1112 W Main Street


The parade route starts at the Soda Fountain/Flower Shop and crosses the street to the Keg.  Pre-parade festivities begin at 8 a.m. with coffee and donuts.
Town Hall Meeting

Senator Will Kraus

Town Hall Meeting

March 18, 7-8 p.m.
Central Jackson County Fire Protection District's Training Facility
4715 W Highway 40


Join Sen. Will Kraus for a Town Hall Meeting about legislative priorities.

Mayor's State of the City Address

 My annual State of the City Address was featured at the Chamber of Commerce's February luncheon.  


My theme this year was 'Much Accomplished, Much To Do.'  


If you were unable to attend the luncheon, we will soon be airing it on CTV-7 and loading it to the City's YouTube Channel.  


Right now, you can review a copy of the presentation and speech by clicking here.

 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.


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.

 Let's Move! Saturdays!

Gage Center
1101 NW Jefferson
March 15, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Join us for a morning in Bump City.

Action Martial Arts
2416 S Highway 7
March 15, 1-2:30 p.m.
Join us for kickboxing and cross training for kids 7-13.  Pre-registration required, class size limited to 25.
Club 7 Fitness
1241 SW Highway 7
March 22, 9-11 a.m.
Join us for Kids Fit Boot Camp, fitness activities, and open gym for adults.
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Around Town
A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
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.


Many of you have contacted me about bringing Google Fiber to Blue Springs. We have reached out to Google Fiber multiple times to express our desire to bring their services here to Blue Springs.
Currently, Google Fiber is focusing their energy and resources on engineering, designing, and building out fiber network communities currently under contracts. Google is fully aware of our desire to partner with them and when the time is right for Google to expand into our city, we will welcome them with open arms. We encourage you to reach out to Google and let them know that you would like to become a customer of their service. (Click here for more information)


Long-time Deputy City Administrator Todd Pelham recently announced his resignation. Todd served the City and the Blue Springs community exceptionally well and his enthusiasm, work ethic, and passion for public administration will surely be missed and we wish him well in his future endeavors.
I also want to call attention to the fact the the City Council and Planning Commission Meetings will be moved to the Municipal Annex beginning in April.  As a result of these temporary moves, these meetings will not be live broadcast, but an audio recording of the meetings will be posted to the City's Web site.
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.
Public Safety Building Renovation and Expansion

Construction on the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building Renovation and Expansion Project will begin, weather pending, on March 27 with the removal of the downtown water tower.


Police Administration, Community & Youth Outreach Unit, Staff Services and Operations Bureau staff are moving to their temporary office spaces this week. Additional Police functions will move the week of March 16-22 and the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building will be vacated by March 26.


Project Details:

  • Downtown Water Tower - On March 27-28, portions of SW Smith & SW 11th Street will be closed as a result of the removal of the downtown water tower.
  • Police Services - The Community & Youth Outreach Unit has moved to the Paul Consiglio Education Center, 1504 NW Jefferson Street, Blue Springs, Mo. Police Department staff will be located in offices at City Hall and the GE Building located at 321 AA Highway. To locate specific police services, residents are asked to call the non-emergency dispatch phone number (816) 228-0151. If you are experiencing an emergency, dial 911.
  • Municipal Court, Court Clerk and Records Unit - Municipal Court, Court Clerk and Records Unit will be closed to the public beginning March 24 and will reopen in their new location at the Municipal Annex, 1304 W Main Street, Blue Springs, Mo. on March 27.
  • Public Meetings - City Council, Planning Commission and other public meetings will be moved to the Municipal Annex, 1304 W Main Street, Blue Springs, Mo. The first City Council meeting at the Municipal Annex will be on April 7 and the first Planning Commission meeting will be April 14. As a result of this relocation, City Council and Planning Commissions will not be live broadcast, but an audio recording of the meetings will be posted to the City's Web site.
  • KCATA #170-Blue Springs Express - Beginning March 26, the 11th & Smith stop of the #170-Blue Springs Express will no longer be available. KCATA commuters are asked to use alternative stops including White Oak Plaza, the North Ridge Park & Ride and the Woods Chapel Road Park & Ride locations. For more information, visit
  • Blue Springs Farmers Market - Beginning May 1, the Blue Springs Farmers Market will be located in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church of Blue Springs, 1405 W. Main Street during construction of the City's expanded public parking lot.

The approximately $22 million renovation and expansion project is expected to be completed Summer 2015. Once complete, the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building will have nearly 72,000 square feet and will feature a more customer service-oriented design to better serve residents and officers. This project was made possible by the voter-approved Public Safety Sales Tax.


To see the presentation on the Public Safety Building Expansion, click here.  

A Hollywood Affair - Piccadilly Gala
 Top to Bottom: Piccadilly Gala Co-Chairs Deanna Gilbert and Dana Showalter; Mayor Carson Ross presenting a donation check to Downtown Alive! President Cindy Miller; Event Masters of Ceremony Matt Marble and Dan Sundberg; Piccadilly Gala Leading Ladies
I was honored to be part of Downtown Alive's first annual Piccadilly Gala, A Hollywood Affair, on March 6 at the Adams Pointe Conference Center.


They had a packed house and from where I was sitting, everyone had a great time!  I had the pleasure of presenting Downtown Alive!'s President, Cindy Miller with a $500 check from my privately-funded Mayor's Charitable Fund.  Proceeds from this event will help the Downtown Alive! group further their goal of revitalizing Downtown Blue Springs.  
Great things happen when communities come together and there is no better example than the rejuvenation efforts in our downtown.  
I invite you to browse through photos taken during the event by Jenni B Photography by clicking here or by Gary Showalter by clicking here.   
I would also like to give warm welcome to the new Executive Director of Downtown Alive!, Melissa Cavanaugh!  Melissa will be opening an official Downtown Alive! office soon, thanks to the generous donation of an office space by Vickie Jack. 
To learn more about Downtown Alive!, click here.
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.