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Feasibility Study for a potential Community Center Begins
Police Department News
Children's Mercy East Dedication
Woods Chapel Road Update
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Blue Springs 5K Family Fun Run

 Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 p.m.

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Join us for our first annual Blue Springs 5K Family Fun Run on November 10!   The run/walk will start and finish at City Hall, 903 W. Main Street. 

 

Participants will receive T-shirt with race logo, and chip timing.  Awards for the top male and female finishers in different age groups. A Kids Dash event will take place after the 5K for ages 3-7, and 8-12.  All finishing participants will recieve a ribbon. 


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

 

It's hard to believe that we are already in November and that in just a few weeks, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with friends and family. 

 

November 11 is Veterans Day and I would like to thank the veterans in our community for their service to our country.  Speaking of veterans, The Veterans Way Memorial is making significant progress and I will have updated photos in my next newsletter. 

 

Downtown Blue Springs welcomed hundreds of costumed visitors for Trick or Treat Main Street on October 27.  This year's event featured an expanded parade and costume contest.  To see pictures from this event, check out the photo album on the City's Facebook page by clicking here 

 
I would like to say a special "Thank You" to Rancho Grande for catering the Shop with a Blue Springs Cop fundraiser dinner last weekend.  Proceeds from that event will help sponsor the 30 Blue Springs School District students participating in the Shop with a Blue Springs Cop event this December.  If you would like to get involved in this event, contact Officer Brotherton at (816) 935-6770.
 
Also, mark your calendars!  I hope to see everyone at my annual Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting event on December 4 from 5:30-7 p.m. 

 

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.
Feasibility Study for a potential Community Center Begins
 

This week, the City Council and Park Commission have kicked off a feasibility study for a new community center with aquatics here in Blue Springs. 

 

This study, featuring numerous opportunities for public input, will examine options related to size, amenities, programming and community support. A final report, expected in April, will also include a market analysis, construction cost estimates, projected operating expenses and potential facility locations.

 

Long identified as a desired asset by the Park Commission, Renew the Blue visioning group, and numerous other stakeholders, a community recreation and aquatic center has taken a back seat to other more pressing priorities with our infrastructure and public safety needs.  With these items being addressed and plans implemented, we can now turn our attention to quality of life priorities and needs.

 

This project is something I discussed during my State of the City Address last year that still holds true today; exploring a community center is a priority in my second term as mayor. I encourage everyone to get involved and help us determine what kind of community center would be best for Blue Springs.

 

The Parks Department will be conducting a statistically valid survey and a series of public meetings to provide residents with the opportunity to weigh in on a potential community center. An Open House is scheduled in December and intended to gather input from residents focusing on the community's "hopes, dreams and costs."

 

For more information on the feasibility study or other issues related to a potential community center, contact Dennis Dovel, Director of Parks & Recreation at (816) 228-0265, send a note by clicking here or click here to read the press release.

Police Department News
Chief Wayne McCoy (right) welcoming the Deputy Police Chief Bob Munez (left) on his first day of service.

New Deputy Police Chief Bob Munez

I would like to welcome Bob Muenz, the first Deputy Police Chief of Blue Springs. His first day was Monday, November 5 and I hope you join me in welcoming him into our organization.

 

Muenz has 20 years of law enforcement experience and has served as the Police Chief of Oak Grove, Mo., for over 13 years.  The Deputy Chief position was created as part of the voter-approved Dedicated Public Safety Sales Tax initiative in 2011.   

 

Public Safety Citizens Advisory Board Annual Forum

The Blue Springs Public Safety Citizens Advisory Board would like your input at the police department's fourth annual public forum on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, at 6 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building Multi-purpose room, 1100 SW Smith Street in Blue Springs, and is a great opportunity for you to express your opinions on public safety in Blue Springs.  

The public forum will begin with the building project presentation from Burns and McDonnell with time for questions.  Additional topics include: 

  • The Blue Springs Police Department's Traffic Control Unit has made a concerted effort to reduce speeding violations in areas where accidents frequently occur, such as school zones and other areas in response to citizen's requests. What concerns do you have regarding the enforcement of traffic ordinances in our community? What suggestions do you have?
  • What changes in coverage or services provided by our Animal Control Unit would you like to see?
  • What other services related to public safety would you like the Blue Springs Police Department provide or help coordinate?  

Public Safety Sales Tax Initiative Report

Speaking of the Public Safety Sales Tax Initiative, the Advisory Board has just published their October report for your review.  To see the October report, click here.  To see an archive of past reports, click here.  

 

For more information about the 2011 Public Safety Sales Tax Initiative, click here.  For more information about the Blue Springs Public Safety Citizens Advisory Board, click here.

Children's Mercy East Dedication
Mayor Carson Ross giving remarks at the Children's Mercy East dedication with Independence Mayor Don Reimal looking on.

 

On October 18, a ribbon cutting event was held for the new Children's Mercy East outpatient and urgent care clinic in Independence. This new 55,000-square-foot building located at 20300 E. Valley View Parkway includes laboratory and radiology services and 20 exam rooms for outpatient visits. 

  
Although this facility is located in Independence, this is a regional resource for the Eastern Jackson County community.  To reflect that, I was invited to join Independence Mayor Don Reimal and Lee's Summit Mayor Randy Rhoads to help dedicate this facility with Dr. Randall O'Donnell, President and CEO of Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics.
 
This facility is designed and equipped especially for kids and features several specialty clinics including cardiology; ear, nose and throat; endocrinology; gastroenterology; hearing and speech; neurology; orthopedics; rehabilitation medicine; sports medicine and urgent care.
The Mader Urgent Care Center is open from noon to 10 p.m. seven days a week.  For more information about this facility, click here.
Woods Chapel Road Update

 

Construction on Woods Chapel Road continues to progress thanks to the great weather we continue to have this year.  Below are a few items to watch for the next time you travel on Woods Chapel Road.

 

Duncan Road Closure

Duncan Rd is scheduled to be closed for road reconstruction, just east of Woods Chapel Road, on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 7:00 am for one month, weather permitting.  Traffic will be detoured onto Saunders Rd and Jefferson St.

To see a detour map, click here.

 

South Outer Road Closure

South Outer Rd is scheduled to be closed for road reconstruction, just east of Woods Chapel Road, on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 5:00 am for two weeks, weather permitting.  Traffic will be detoured onto NW 22nd St, NW Ashton Dr, and NW Kingsridge Dr.

 

To see a detour map, click here.

 

Traffic Shift 

Northbound traffic has been shifted to the west side of the island between I-70 and Valleyview Rd. This will cause some delays for motorists and a new learning curve for all of us.  Please take caution as you move through this area as work crews may be making adjustments.

  

Park & Ride Lot

On November 12, the Park & Ride lot located north of the I-70 and Woods Chapel Road interchange will be closing permanently.  The new Park & Ride lot is located south of the I-70 interchange on Woods Chapel Road, next to McDonalds.  The new lot features a paved lot and street lights.

 

New NW 36th Street

The new NW 36th Street is open between Valley View Road and Carl Felt Drive.

 

As always, please note the the speed limit along Woods Chapel Road has been reduced to 25 miles per hour and that fines will be doubled in the construction zone.  We want to ensure that is project is safe for both motorists and workers.

 

To see more about this project, 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
 
Sincerely, 
 Ross sig
Carson Ross, Mayor
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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.