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COVID-19 and Blue Springs
Blue Springs Prepares for Jackson County Stay at Home Order
Jackson County has issued a Stay at Home Order effective 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, March 24, requiring residents to stay-at-home except for essential needs. The intent of this order is to ensure the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The City of Blue Springs falls under the jurisdiction of the Jackson County Public Health State of Emergency, therefore, the  Stay At Home Order implemented by Jackson County Executive Frank White applies to residents and businesses in Blue Springs.

There are exceptions for travel to meet basic needs and to provide essential services. Jackson County has provided a list of  Frequently Asked Questions  to help guide residents through this process. Residents may call Jackson County Health Department for additional questions at 816-881-1391.
City Facilities Closed Until At Least April 24
During this time, the City of Blue Springs will continue to provide vital City Services while modifying staff hours to follow the most current Centers For Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. City Hall and all City facilities, including the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, 1100 SW Smith Street; Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper St; The Fieldhouse, 425 NE Mock Ave; and Public Works Operations, 500 SE Sunnyside School Rd will remain closed to the public until April 24.

City phones will still be active and we encourage residents to call 816-228-0110 or use our website  to determine the appropriate email or phone number to contact each department directly.

Police Department staff will continue to perform normal operations, but the Public Safety Building will be closed to the public. Call 911 for emergencies and (816) 228-0151 for non-emergency police services.

Building Inspections and Land Use Permits
The City is expanding its efforts to help protect residents from the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and has temporarily suspended in person services at all City Hall facilities. Building permits and land use applications can now be submitted electronically, via mail, or dropped off at City Hall. Please follow the instructions to assist you in submitting your proposal or for resubmitting documents. You may also submit select permits and license applications by visiting our  Citizens Self Service Portal. 

Backflow Preventer Inspection Due Date Extension
In an effort to protect the health of the community by preventing the spread of COVID-19, the City of Blue Springs will grant an extension until May 30, 2020 for backflow preventer inspections that are located inside businesses or homes. All inspections for outside devices will be due as scheduled.
For more information, call City of Blue Springs Public Works Operations Division at (816) 228-0195.

Water Non-Payment Shut-Offs Suspended
The City understands water is critical to the health and safety of our residents and is ensuring Utility customers have uninterrupted access to water and sewer utility services. Therefore, the City has decided to suspend the implementation of Water/Sewer Utility shut-offs for nonpayment during this time.

Municipal Court
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 through April 30, 2020, all dockets are postponed/continued to a later date to assist in eliminating the spread of the new strain of coronavirus. The Blue Springs Municipal Court office will remain staffed during this time. All prisoner arraignments will continue as usual via video conferencing. The Court staff will be working with both Judges to set cases appropriately and notify all attorneys and defendants of the new dates as soon as possible.

Vesper Hall
Effective Monday, March 16, Vesper Hall will be closed until April 24. Vesper Hall is utilized by a population that is considered “high risk” when it comes to COVID-19 and the City wants to ensure the continued health and safety of our senior residents. At this time the senior home meal delivery service will continue, however, our drivers will be taking additional precautions recommended by the Mid-America Regional Council to ensure the safety of our volunteers and patrons during deliveries.

In accordance with Jackson County Stay At Home Order and the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations, the City of Blue Springs will be closing all playgrounds at City Parks until at least April 24, 2020.

City Parks and trails will remain open and available for biking and walking for the physical and mental health of our community. When using these amenities, please use the social distancing guidelines recommended by the CDC and make sure there is at least 6 feet between you and other patrons. If you are showing any symptoms, please stay home and refrain from using park amenities during this time. Park water fountains and restrooms are closed.

The Adams Pointe Golf Course is closed and all Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Programs are suspended until further notice.

April 7 Municipal Election Postponed to June 2, 2020
Pursuant to Governor Mike Parson’s Executive Order declaring a state of emergency in response to COVID-19, Governor Parson ordered all Missouri municipal elections previously scheduled for April 7, 2020, to be postponed to June 2, 2020.

“Given the growing concern surrounding COVID-19 and the large number of people elections attract, postponing Missouri’s municipal elections is a necessary step to help combat the spread of the virus and protect the health and safety of Missouri voters,” Governor Parson said. “Postponing an election is not easy, but we are all in this together. We are thankful to Secretary Ashcroft and our 116 election authorities for their leadership, cooperation, and commitment to doing what is best for their communities during this time.”

A message from the Community Services League
"The Community Services League is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday and we are here to serve all residents. We know people are having very difficult times right now and may not even know about us because they have never been in a position to need assistance. We want to ensure all of our community that we are here to help you. There are no requirements during this time at all, just come to our offices on the days we are are open and we will ensure you have the food and necessities to get through this difficult time."

Melodie Chrisman
Blue Springs Community Services League Site Manager
200 SW 10th Street
Blue Springs, MO 64015
Community News
Mayor gives 2019 State of the City Address
Council adopts changes to City’s Sign Code
The Blue Springs City Council recently adopted a new sign code with numerous changes. Over the last year, a Sign Code Task Force made up of business and community members, met to review the City’s Code of Ordinances regarding signage in the City of Blue Springs. The task force was charged with updating the sign code to balance the current interests of businesses and residents of Blue Springs and to align the code with recent changes to sign law due to state and federal court decisions.

Roanoke Dr from Adams Dairy Pkwy to Falcon Wood Dr begins March 30
The City of Blue Springs is alerting motorists of a road closure at Roanoke Drive from Adams Dairy Parkway to Falcon Wood Drive starting on Monday, March 30 for roadway reconstruction.
Traffic traveling on Roanoke Drive should detour via Porter Road and Duncan Road.

This section of Roanoke Drive between Adams Dairy Parkway and Falcon Wood Drive will be reconstructed. Radmacher Brothers Excavating Co. Inc. has been selected as contractor on this project. The road will be closed for three months, weather permitting.

For more information on this project, call City of Blue Springs Public Works Engineering Division at (816) 228-0121.
Resident Tips & Tricks
Don't Flush That!
Hey Blue Springs, I know we're all a little worried about toilet paper right now. But as a reminder, only human waste and toilet paper should ever be flushed down the toilet. Even items that are marked "flushable" should not be flushed and could cause clogged pipes and other major issues to our sewer system.
Contact Your City Councilmember:
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Carson Ross, Mayor 
City of Blue Springs