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Outstanding Civic Leader Award
Blue Springs Police Department Public Comment Period
2015 Overlay Program Update
Art Honoring Our Veterans
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New Businesses in Blue Springs

Power Plus Cleaning Systems
2401 C West U.S. Highway 40

Junk Appeal
1201 N.W. Woods Chapel Road

Certified Transmission
527 Highway 7

I am always glad to welcome new businesses to Blue Springs and it's great to have you both in our community!

Movies in the Park!
Friday, July 24
Rotary Park
Activities start at 7:30 .m.
Movie starts at dusk

Bring your family and enjoy a relaxing evening outdoors with a free movie: Paddington!   The m ovie will be projected onto a giant inflatable screen and popcorn will be served. Event starts at 7:30 p.m.


For more information about upcoming Parks & Recreation events,like our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information about events including rescheduling and cancellations. 

Business Resource Guide

Starting and growing your business in Blue Springs has gotten even easier! 

The City has partnered with the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Council, the Missouri Extension Program and Mid-Continent Public Library to provide numerous resources for budding and current business owners. Now available online, is th e Business Resource Guide ! This guide provides a comprehensive list of business resources and upcoming events geared toward business start-up and growth. 

 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.

Lunar Bowl
2001 N.W. Highway 7
July 25, Noon to 2 p.m.
 One free game of bowling, clean tennis shoes required

Gage Center
1101 N.W. Jefferson
Aug. 1, 11 a.m. to Noone
Bump City

Dynamic Dance
 1901 S.W. Highway 40
Aug. 8, 11 a.m. to Noon
Dance Class
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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 would like to invite each resident to the annual Budget Work Session held at the Municipal Annex located at 1100 S.W. Smith Street. This is an opportunity for community members to sit in on a meeting me and some (or all) of the City Council as we discuss the proposed City budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. 

The following week, on August 17, the Blue Springs Police Department will be receiving public comment in regards to their CALEA accreditation. Please keep reading for more information. We want to hear your voice!

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

Outstanding Civic Leader Award

On Thursday, July 16, Blue Springs hosted the 2015 Missouri Municipal League West Gate Civic Leadership Banquet. This banquet is hosted each year by various Missouri municipalities who meet in a select city to honor exceptional civic leaders in from their communities. 

It was my pleasure to not only host this great event but to present Blue Springs' 2015 Outstanding Civic Leader award to our own Tom Echerd for all of his hard work as the Chairman of the Public Safety Citizens' Advisory Board

In this position, Tom has dedicated countless hours to promoting and planning the Public Safety Sales Tax initiative. Tom worked with others to distribute campaign literature and spoke to voters about the need for the Public Safety Sales Tax, contributing to its approval by voters in 2011. Since then, the sales tax has been used to upgrade the Police Department headquarters, improve police technology and toward the addition of officers and support personnel. 

Thank you Tom for all that you have done for the Blue Springs community! 
Blue Springs Police Department Public Comment Period

At 5:30 p.m. on Monday, August 17, the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will be holding a public hearing at the Central Jackson County Fire District (CJCFD) training facility. This public hearing is part of the process the Blue Springs Police Department takes every three years to gain national accreditation. 

Community members will have the opportunity to submit comments in three ways:

In person: Come to the CJCJFD facility and make comments. Speaking time is monitored and limited to three minutes. 

By phone: Call the Blue Springs Police Department at   (816) 228-0100  on August 17 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. to speak to CALEA assessors who will be in the Police Department on that date.  Comments are limited to ten minutes and must address the Department's ability to comply with CALEA standards. 

In writing: Submit written comments about the Department's ability to comply with CALEA standards to:   The Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA),  13575 Heathcote Blvd. Suite 320,  Gainesville, VA 20155

Your sincere input is welcome! Please reach out to the Blue Springs Police Department at (816) 228-0100 if you have any questions.
2015 Overlay Program Update
Th e 2015 Overlay Program is is well underway.   The top photos show curb repairs and new ADA ramps along R.D. Mize.

A noteworthy part of the 2015 Overlay Program was the resurfacing of South Avenue.  Increased traffic due to the relocation of the US Post Office accelerated the deterioration of South Avenue.  

By addressing the street's condition as a part of the 2015 Overlay Program, we were able to save a significant amount of taxpayer dollars  in comparison to a stand-alone street project.
Art Honoring Our Veterans
You may notice a beautiful, new addition to the exterior of the American Legion post 499 when heading North on S.W. 7 Highway. The painting of the American flag, or "Old Glory", was done by American artist Scott LoBaido who had made it his mission to travel to each of the fifty states to create such works of art in an effort to promote patriotism and celebrate our veterans. Post 499 was selected by Scott and is the only location bearing his 2015 Old Glory mural in Missouri. 

As a former veteran, I am honored that our City was chosen to house such a stunning piece of art.  Thank you, Scott! 
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.