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2016 State of the City Address
Nixle Community Information System
Missouri House of Representatives Resolution
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Business License Renewal
A friendly reminder to our Blue Springs business owners that Tuesday, February 28, is the deadline to submit the annual business license application, payment and accompanying documents.

Please note that if you submitting documents in person, you will need to go to the Community Development building at 903 W. Main Street. The building is locate d directly behind City Hall. 

If you have any questions about the process , click here.
Construction in Blue Springs

Blue Springs is a City on the Move and I am excited about the ongoing development in our community. Read below for a list of current and future development projects: 
 Popeye's Chicken (open now!)
727 NW Highway 7

Kneaders Bakery & Cafe
800 NE Coronado Dr. 

Dollar General 
1800 SW Highway 40

Scooters Coffee
1310 NW Highway 7

MOD Pizza
1112 NE Coronado Dr.

Colonial Gardens
27610 SE Wyatt Rd.

HyVee Cocina Mexicana
625 SW Highway 40
 April Local Election Ballot
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 is the date for the General Municipal elections. You can click here to see a sample ballot.

If you have not registered to vote in Jackson County, you can visit City Hall or the   Mid-Continent Public Library (North or South Branch). 
 Piccadilly Gala
Friday, March 10
6 p.m.
Adams Pointe Conference Center
The Gypsy Prom Piccadilly Gala is fast approaching. You still have the opportunity to support  Downtown Alive!  in their efforts to revitalize downtown Blue Springs. 

Tickets are $50 each and include dinner and admission to the gala. Table sales are also available. For ticket information, contact Pam Wheeler, Downtown Alive! Executive Director, at  816-805-8356.

 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire winter schedule, click here

GAGE Center
1101 NW Jefferson
Feb. 25, 11 a.m. to Noon
Bump City/ Dragon Ninja

ThunderDome Athletics
2505 SW Highway 40, Ste. C
Feb. 25, 1-2 p.m.
Ninja Warrior Training

TaJazz School of Dance
1100 NW Knox
March 4, 11 a.m. to Noon
Tiny tot Tumbling (ages 3-5)

"The Blue" Centennial Pool
2401 NW Ashton Dr.
March 4, 1-4 p.m.
Open Swim with adult photo ID.  Kids 5 and under must have parent in the pool. Parents must supervise kids for the duration of the event. 
 City Government Channel CTV-7
Check out what's new and going on in Blue Springs, 24/7  by tuning into CTV-7 on Comcast Cable channel 7 or AT&T U-verse Channel 99.

To watch videos of past Blue Springs events, check out the City's YouTube page by  clicking here
City of Blue SpringsNews Happenings
Around Town
A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
Hello and welcome to News Happenings Around Town, your on e-stop source for city information and news updates including information that's im portant to you.
A special thank you to the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Blue Springs Rotary Club for hosting my ninth annual State of the City Address. This year's theme is "EXCITED!" and it was a pleasure to highlight our 2016 accomplishments and share our plans for 2017. 

I encourage each of you to continue reading to learn more about the Nixle Community Information System and how it affects residents receiving emergency communication. You can also learn about purchasing tickets for the upcoming Downtown Alive! Piccadilly Gala.

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs. 
2016 State of the City Address
Second Photo: Mayor Carson Ross addressing the crowd at his 9th Annual State of the City Address; Third Photo: All EMPOWER Award Winners and Nominees

I was honored to give my ninth annual State of the City Address last week at the Blue Springs Chamber Luncheon. Special thanks to the Blue Springs Rotary Club for sponsoring this event. 

This year's theme was appropriately titled "EXCITED!" because I am excited about wh at our City has accomplished and where we are going in 2017. I again had the opportunity to thank our dedicated employees, business owners and community partners for making Blue Springs a great place to live, work and grow! 

I also focused on how working together will allow our City to continue to move forward in development and to address necessary maintenance issues in our neighborhood parks.   

Finally, we did something new this year and I was pleased to present the Economic Development Council EMPOWER Awards at the luncheon. Congratulations again to the following winners:
  • Entrepreneur Winner - Shauna Pearson, Middle Ground Coffee
  • Start Up Winner - Casey Green, Blue Springs Travel
  • Small Business Winner - Shaun Thomas, Genesis Environmental Solutions
  • Large Business Winner - Cosentino's Price Chopper
  • Civic Leader Winner - Dr. Annette Seago, Blue Springs School District
If you would like to view the videos shown at my presentation, please see the list below: 
If you missed the luncheon, we will be loading a video of my entire presentation to t he City's YouTube channel. Click here to see a copy of my speech and click here t o see more photos. 
Nixle Community Information System 

In mid-February, the Central Jackson County Emergency Management Agency (CJCEMA) contracted with Everbridge Nixle to provide real-time, relevant emergency and community information. Effective Wednesday, March 1, 2017 the current CodeRED Emergency Alert System will no longer be active. Individuals who wish to continue receiving emergency alerts will need to register with Nixle. You can signup by clicking here or text your zip code (ex: 64015) to 888777.

Nixle is an opt-in service that notifies users about various emergency or community events including:
  • Emergency Alerts
  • Advisories
  • Day-to-Day Community Specific Information
  • City or Community Event Updates
  • Localized Traffic Updates
This service is free and is available to all Blue Springs,  Grain Valley, Lake Tapawingo and unincorporated Jackson County residents covered in the  Central Jackson County Fire Protection District. 
Missouri House of Representatives Resolution 
From left to right: Representative Glen Kolkmeyer, Representative Jeanie Lauer, Mayor Carson Ross & Wife Eloise Ross (center), Representative Dan Stacy(back), Representative Donna Pfautsch and Representative Alan Green. 

On Wednesday, February 15, in recognition of Black History Month, I was presented with a resolution by Missouri House Representatives Dan Stacy and Jeanie Lauer for being a Distinguished African-American who has made a difference through their work. 

It has been my pleasure to serve as a member of government for more than thirty years and I look forward to many more years of service. 
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 of 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.