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Congressman Sam Graves Visit
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Blue Springs April Election Ballot Set
The April 8, 2014 General Election Ballot is set!  On the ballot will be:


 Upon legal review, we discovered that the authorizing chapter of the Missouri State Statutes concerning local parks sales tax has a 12-month moratorium between ballot initiatives.  

I would like to thank the Parks Commission for all of their hard work putting together a revised Parks Sales Tax Initiative to address the needs in our parks system. We will continue to monitor area sales tax proposals and look to bring a Parks Sales Tax Initiative in front of the voters again in the future.

Just a reminder that you must be registered to vote by March 12, 2014 to vote in the April 8 election.  You can register to vote at City Hall, your local library branch or click here to visit the Jackson County Election Board's website for more locations. 

Upcoming Parks & Recreation Events

Mother/Son & Daddy/Daughter Valentine Dances

Vesper Hall

400 NW Vesper Street   

Mother/Son Valentine Dance Friday, February 7 6-9 p.m.  

Daddy/Daughter Valentine Dance Saturday, February 8 6-9 p.m.

 Boys ages 4 and older and their mothers and girls ages 4 and older, along with their fathers 

are invited to an evening of entertainment, DJ music, dancing, and a full-course dinner. 

Professional pictures to commemorate the event will be available for an additional cost. 

Tickets are $20 per person, contact Parks & Recreation at (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.

 Let's Move! Saturdays!

Club 7 Fitness
1241 SW Highway 7
February 1, 9-11 a.m.
Join us for Kids Fit Boot Camp, fitness activities and open gym for adults.

Dynamic Dance
1901 SW Highway 40
February 8, 11 a.m. to Noon
Join us for a morning of Hip Hop dancing.
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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.

Brrrrr.....  it has been blistery cold here in Blue Springs over the last few weeks.  From early weather reports, we could be in for more snow soon.  For the most up-to-date information about our snow removal process, make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.  For our Facebook friends, make sure that when you like us, mark the "Get Notifications" option to ensure that you see all of our posts.   


I would like to congratulate our very own Community Development Director Scott Allen on receiving his Masters Degree diploma from Penn State University in Community and Economic Development.  Congratulations Scott!


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.

Piccadilly Sales Event
As many of you know, our Blue Springs Downtown Alive! group will be hosting their first annual Piccadilly Gala, A Hollywood Affair, on March 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Adams Pointe Conference Center.


Proceeds from this event will help the Downtown Alive! group further their goal of revitalizing Downtown Blue Springs.  I have often said that great things happen when communities come together and there is no better example than the rejuvenation efforts in our downtown.  


If you have not gotten your ticket yet, they invite you to their Piccadilly Sales Event this Thursday, January 30 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Brewers Sports Bar & Grill in Downtown Blue Springs.
Tickets are $50 each and include dinner and one drink ticket.  Table sales are also available.  For ticket information, contact Cindy Miller at (816) 228-2300.


At the January 21, City Council meeting, we were given a update about the Public Safety Building Renovation project.  As you may remember, one of the components of the Public Safety Sales Tax was the expansion of the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building.  City staff has been working throughout most of 2013 on this project and construction will begin this April.


As you can imagine, this project has a lot of moving pieces and will involve vacating the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building during construction.  This allows us to reduce the overall cost of the project and speed up the construction process.


A few quick project highlights include:

  • Removal of the downtown water tower.  The design team tried to incorporate the existing water tower into the building expansion project, but ultimately the space requirements and project goals made it clear that the water tower could not be incorporated.  The downtown water tower is not necessary for fire suppression or water supply.  As the City's water system has grown, additional transmission mains have been added to the system providing pathways to deliver water throughout the downtown area.  The City's water supply system was tested last fall with and without the tower in operation.  The pressure and flow differences were negligible and did not impact the City's water supply.  The City has over 12 million gallons of storage capacity in the remaining tanks and towers.
  • Municipal Court/Clerks and Police Records will be moving to the City-owned Lumberyard property located on Main Street between the railroad tracks and 14th Street.
  • City Council and City Planning Commission meetings will be moved to Vesper Hall.

I will be updating you about the project along the way and the Summer Blue Springs Magazine will have complete details about the project and the temporary moves that go along with the project.  


To see the presentation on the Public Safety Building Expansion, click here.   To see the presentation given at the City Council Meeting, click here.

Congressman Sam Graves Visit
Top:  Ed "Doc" Golden (center) poses for a photo with his framed Congressional Resolution pertaining to his military service.  Mayor Ross (left) presented Golden with the Congressional Resolution that Congressman Sam Graves read into the record.  Second Photo: Mayor Ross introduces Congressman Sam Graves.  Third & Fourth Photo:  Congressman Sam Graves addresses a group of veterans about current congressional priorities. 

On Wednesday, January 22, Congressman Sam Graves visited Blue Springs to speak directly to local veterans about the issues they consider important as part of his Veterans Advisory Councils.  


This event was open to all veterans and served as a good forum for veterans to have their questions and concerns addressed directly from their elected officials.

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.