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 Mayor's Kettle Challenge


Last week, I along with five other Eastern Jackson County Mayors, joined the Mayor's Kettle Challenge to see which City can raise the most for the Salvation Army. 


First Lady Eloise and I rang the bell at Wal-Mart on Friday, December 7 for the noon hour.  It was great being able to see so many people give to a great cause.


To help tip the scale in Blue Spring's favor, I donated a $500 check from the Mayor's Charitable Fund.  Thank you to all of the Council Members and Staff that helped ring the bell on Friday!  


We have not gotten the results from the challenge yet, but I will keep you updated as soon as we are notified.

 Plaza Heights Christian Academy


Thank you so much to the Senior class of Plaza Heights Christian Academy for inviting me to visit.  


First Lady Eloise and I had a great time visiting you.

Holiday Recycling Programs


 Strand Light Recycling


Bring your unwanted strand lights to the Pink Hill Park Recycling Center  during normal hours of operation.  The Pink Hill Park Recycling Center is located at 2725 NW Park Road and is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Christmas Tree Recycling

December 26 through January 9
Pink Hill Park
2715 Park Road
West Parking Lot

  This free recycling program is open to residents who would like to dispose of their used Christmas trees in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.  Commercial vendors may also participate for a nominal fee.

Simply drop off your tree in the designated tree drop-off area in Pink Hill Park's west parking lot.

For more information, call (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.


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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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.


The Christmas holiday is quickly approaching and I wish you and your family a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you are looking to get into the holiday spirit, you can listen to commercial-free holiday music on BSSD radio by clicking here  


December is a busy month here in Blue Springs.  Below you can catch up on the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting, Shop with a Blue Springs Cop and several other holiday related events around town.  Make sure to visit the Chicago Street Lights display by former Mayor Steve Steiner as this is the last year of this long-standing Blue Springs tradition.


I invite you to "Buy Blue Springs" if possible and keep your dollars in our community.  To learn more about shopping local, click here.  


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.
Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting
Top to Bottom: First Bible Baptist Church Choir; Cordill Mason 4th & 5th Grade Extra Curricular Choir directed by Robin Stockdell; Daniel Young Elementary Choir directed by Debby Gray; Mayor Carson Ross and his little helpers Celia, Lydia, David & Maria Allen who helped Mayor Ross flip the switch!; Fireworks flash as the Mayor's Christmas tree is lit.


I would like to thank Pete Grigsby from the Blue Springs School District and Chuck Johnson for joining me, and a special thanks to Celia, Lydia, David, Maria, Natalie and Scott Allen for helping me flip the switch to light the Christmas Tree this year.

This year's event was made possible thanks to: the Mayor's Christmas Tree Committee, Blue Springs Business Association, Price Chopper, VFW Post #6603, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, Greg Comer, Former Mayor Steve Steiner, Kevin Browning, Boy Scouts Troop #763, Volunteers in Police Services, Ben's Lawn & Garden, Downtown Alive  and the Blue Springs Art League.
Shop with a Blue Springs Cop
Top to Bottom: Group photo at Target; Target opens its doors for our event; Captain Morton and his 'helper'; Officer David Brotherton, Shop with a Blue Springs Cop program manager with his 'helper.'


On Saturday, December 1 at the Target store in the Adams Dairy Landing shopping center, the Police Department and members of the Blue Springs Citizen's Police Academy Alumni Association participated in the third annual 'Shop with a Blue Springs Cop' event.


This event partnered 30 Blue Springs School District students with 30 Blue Springs Police Officers.  This program is an opportunity for at-risk children to socialize with officers in a positive atmosphere and reinforce that police officers are friends in the community.


This event really showcases what a dynamic and wonderful community we have here in Blue Springs.  Thank you again to all the event sponsors and volunteers that helped make this event possible.


To see photos from this event, click here and to see a video from this event, click here.

Winter Edition of the Blue Springs Magazine now available 


Do you want to know more about what's new and going on in Blue Springs? The Blue Springs Magazine keeps you up-to-date on all the news, events and community developments taking place in the City. The winter 2013 issue has been mailed to residents' homes, and is now available online and at City Hall. 

This issue is our special community issue in which we take a look back at some of the accomplishments made in city government. Also included are information updates from the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Blue Springs School District and the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District.

Also featured are our 2012 "My Blue Springs" Photo contest winners! Congratulations to our winners: Michael Freeman, Over All Winner; Sara Adams, Youth Category (second year running!); Kelsey Cragg, Adult Category; Gerald White, Senior Category. Thank you again to everyone who entered. To see the photo contest winners and entries, click here.  


To view the Blue Springs Magazine, click here.  To view the Activity Guide, click here.  If you would like to learn more about the Blue Springs Magazine or review past editions, 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.