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A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Join us for Wednesday One O'clock Walks kick-off event!
James L. May to be appointed to vacant City Council Seat
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Blue Springs Dog Park Fundraiser
January 15, 5-7 p.m.
Vesper Hall
400 NE Vesper Street

Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children 3-12 and children 2 and under are free.

Activities include dinner, demonstrations by the Missouri Search & Rescue K-9 Unit, a silent auction and prize raffles.
For more information, call (816) 228-0238.

Youth Sports & Recreation Expo
Jan. 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Adams Pointe Conference Center
1400 NE Coronado Dr.

For more information, call (816) 228-0238.

Did you know?

In 2010 from opening day in July through December 30, the Blue Springs Recycling Center:

  • Had 3,690 visitors
  • Collected 33.22 tons of recyclable materials
  • Collected more cardboard than any other material
  • Averaged a total of 19.9 pounds of recycling per visitor
  • Collects and average of 991.6 pounds of recyclable materials per day open

For more information, about the Pink Hill Park Recycling Center, click here. 

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Around Town

A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
 Mayor Carson Ross
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.

In this issue, I wanted to highlight the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Blue Springs and announce some exciting news about our W.O.W program.  Also, if you haven't disposed of your Christmas tree yet, think about disposing of your tree at Pink Hill Park until January 16th.

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.

A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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A celebration in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on Sunday, January 16 at 6 p.m. at First Christian Church, 701 NW 15th Street in Blue Springs. 


I have the honor of giving the welcoming address at this fantastic event.  Dr. Rodney Hammer, Executive Director of the Blue River-Kansas City Baptist Association will be the focal speaker celebrating the combination of Martin Luther King's message of hope with our own hope for the future.  The theme for this year's celebration is "Education and Celebration of the Beloved Community." 


Please join us for this inspiring evening presented by Holy Hill Baptist Church, Heartland Church, Capernaum Baptist Church, Grace Unlimited Baptist Church, Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, St John LaLande Catholic Church and First Christian Church. 


For more information about this celebration, contact the First Christian Church at 229-8400.












Join us for Wednesday One O'clock Walks kick-off event!

I am proud to announce that the Blue Springs Family YMCA has generously offered use of their indoor track for the Wednesday One O'clock Walks (W.O.W) program.  This new partnership means that the W.O.W. program can begin earlier than the scheduled April launch!


The Blue Springs Family YMCA and I invite you to join us for a the W.O.W. kick-off on January 19, 1 p.m. at the Blue Springs Family YMCA, 1300 Adams Dairy Parkway in Blue Springs.  This free event is open to the public. 


I invite you to make this a weekly commitment with us.  This free program is open to anyone and meets weekly at the Blue Springs YMCA on Wednesdays from 1-2 p.m.  All you need to do is show up and bring your walking shoes!


W.O.W. began in 2009 by the Blue Springs Employees' Biggest Loser Challenge as a way for participants to get together for light exercise over a late lunch hour and discuss the weight loss efforts and successes and has since expanded to a weekly community event during the Spring and Summer at the outdoor track at St. Mary's Hospital. 


The event is sponsored by the Blue Springs Family YMCA, Blue Springs Employees' Biggest Loser Wellness Challenge and the Blue Springs Families in Training (F.I.T).  For information about the walks, call Sheryl Morgan at (816) 655-0495.

James L. May to be appointed to vacant City Council Seat 

I am proud to be the Mayor of a City where there are so many good people to choose from in making appointments to Boards and Commissions. Now, I am charged with appointing someone to fill the vacancy of Councilman Jeanie Lauer who is one of our State Representatives in Jefferson City.


I gave much thought and consideration to many capable people in choosing a replacement; however, I could only choose one.  I will be nominating James L. May, real estate broker for Zuvers Real Estate Services and a sitting Planning Commissioner. I will present his nomination of May at the January 18, 2011 City Council meeting for confirmation by the City Council. 


May has been a resident of Blue Springs for over 25 years and served as a planner in the Out of the Blue, into the Future Citizen Visioning Process.  He is also a member of the Blue Springs Citizens Academy Alumni Association.


May was appointed to the City's Planning Commission in 2008 for a four year term. James also serves as an alternate Planning Commission Representative for the City's Board of Zoning Adjustment.  If confirmed to the Council, May would step down from his Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustment positions to assume the City Council seat.


May holds a bachelor's degree in Math and Social Sciences from San Diego State University. May served two tours in Viet Nam and completed four years of service in the United States Navy.  He has been married to his wife, Maxine for over 32 years and they have two children and three grandchildren.

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
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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.