In This Issue
Second How to Open and Grow Your Business in Blue Springs Expo
Spring Recycling Events a Success
Taste of Hy-Vee Junior Chef Competition
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 Blue Springs Farmers' Market Season Kicks Off

 Saturday, May 2

7 a.m. to Noon

Municipal Parking Lot

Downtown Blue Springs

One Block South of 11th & Main Street


The Blue Springs Farmer's market is open from 

7 a.m. to Noon every Saturday until the last week in October, weather permitting.


The Market offers buyers homegrown fruits, veggies, flowers, meats and other grown or made by hand items.


For more information, click here.

Masonic Cornerstone Ceremony
Saturday, May 2
Ceremony begins at 2 p.m.
Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building
1100 S.W.  Smith Street
The Grand Lodge of Missouri, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons in partnership with the Blue Springs Lodge #337 AF & AM will hold a historical
cornerstone ceremony. A cornerstone will be symbolically placed to represent support for the entire structure.
This event is open to lodge members and the public.
For more information, click here.


National Public Works Week Celebration
Thursday, May 14
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Public Works Facility
500 S.E. Sunnyside School Road

Come out to celebrate the hardworking men and women of the Public Works Department  and learn how they maintain the city.
* Demonstrations
*Equipment Displays
*Face Painting
*Free Food
Attendees will have the chance to win prizes submitted from over 20 local and regional companies. 
For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 816-228-0195.

       Citizens Fire Academy III      

The Academy begins

Tuesday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Central Jackson County Fire Protection District Training Center

805 E Jefferson Rd


This is the third Citizens Fire Academy hosted by the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District


The ten week program is open to people 18 and older who live or work within the District boundaries. Some program highlights include:


*equipment handling

*fire prevention

* HazMat training

 *Electric Muscle Stimulation demonstration


Students will be asked to do a voluntary eight hour ride along.


For registration details, please call 816-229-2522.

 Let's Move! Saturdays!

  These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire spring/su mmer schedule,  click here.

Thunderdome Fitness
2401 B SW Highway 40
May 2, 10 a.m. to Noon
 Join us for kids speed and agility clinic; adult weight loss clinic

Centennial Pool Plex "The Blue"
2401 Ashton Drive
May 2, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Join us for open swim

Gage Center
 1101 NW Jefferson
May 9, 11 a.m. to Noon
Join us for Bump City

Rink Ratz
513 SW Keystone Drive
May 9, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Join us for pen roller skating

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


I am happy to share that I have personally taken on new responsibilities on various boards and commissions. I am now the Vice Chairman of the Little Blue Valley Sewer District Board of Trustees, the Missouri Co-Chair of the MARC Total Transportation Policy Committee and a member of the MARC Board of Directors.


As an engaged mayor, I enjoy such opportunities to serve my community at various levels. 


If you're looking for new ways to become informed and more engaged in Blue Springs we feature a few opportunities in this issue. Keep reading to get information about our upcoming Business Expo, the National Public Works Week Celebration, an update on the Public Safety Building and more.


As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.

Second How to Open and Grow Your Business in Blue Springs Expo

On Saturday, May 2 The City of Blue Springs, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation will be hosting the second 'How to Open and Grow a Business in Blue Springs' Expo. It will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mid-Continent Public Library North Branch. Attendees will be entered into a drawing for gift cards and refreshments will be available.


This expo is a great opportunity for current and prospective business owners to meet in one location to discuss their business plan with professional coaches, speak with financial institutions and connect with local resources. During the first expo, held in late March, attendees were able to have their business plans reviewed and talk one-on-one with bankers about business loans and financing.


Since publication of the 'How to Open a Business in Blue Springs' guide in summer 2014, the Chamber, Council and City have hosted 11 discussions throughout Blue Springs. Similar to these discussions, the expo will focus on the information in the guide with the added benefit of representatives from more than 11 Blue Springs businesses and regional organizations.


For more information on the event, please click here


Spring Recycling Events a Success

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event


On Saturday, April 18 the City hosted our annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection event at Pink Hill Park. This program continues to be one of the most successful recycling programs in Blue Springs. 


There were approximately 345 vehicles participating in this year's event. The averaged weight of the waste received at the Blue Springs location was 35,736.52 lbs , making up 91% of the total weight collected on that date!  


Special thanks to all of our volunteers who continue to make this event a success! This event would not have been possible without  you.


If you missed the event or have other materials in need of disposal, click here for more information.


Rx Take Back Program


On Saturday, April 25 the Blue Springs Police Department partnered with both Blue Springs Price Chopper locations to give residents an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.


The total amount collected from this event include seven bags of pills and nine bags of miscellaneous packaged meds. The total package weight was 175.8 pounds! In addition, ten 50 gallon bags of empty pill bottles, over the counter medication and miscellaneous trash was collected and disposed of at the event.


Special thanks to Sgt. Mike Russell and the Blue Springs Police Department, both Price Chopper locations and the Blue Springs VIPs for making this event possible.

Taste of Hy-Vee Junior Chef Competition
Congratulations to the students of Blue Springs High School for winning the top prize in the Blue Springs Hy-Vee  2nd Annual Taste of Hy-Vee Junior Chef Competition.
I had the pleasure of being a judge for this competition, hosted on Wednesday, April 29 at the Blue Springs Hy-Vee. Competing schools included: Blue Springs High School, Blue Springs South High School, Grain Valley High School and Odessa High School. Students were competing for a $200 prize for their school's culinary program along with other prizes.
The food was great and so was my company!  Special thanks to my fellow judges: Tim Stephenson of Community America Credit Union, and Rebeca Swank presenting both the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and Blue Springs Foster Dental Care
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.