In This Issue
License Bureau Office Closing
2014 State of the City Address
Celebrating Judge Jack
Freshman Center
All Star Award
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 Jeff Quibell     
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  Susan Culpepper  
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 Prime Healthcare Services

On February 14, the sale of the Blue Springs St. Mary's Medical Center to Prime Healthcare Services became final

With this transition, we welcome to the Blue Springs community a new Regional Chief Financial Officer-Debra L. Cartwright, CPA, FACHE, FHFMA. Cartwright has years of experience including service as the CFO in Kansas for the past eight years.

St. Pat's Day Parade      

38th annual 'Shortest and Smallest' St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 17, 9 a.m.

The Soda Fountain

1112 W Main Street

The parade route starts at the Soda Fountain and ends across the street to the Keg.  Pre-parade festivities begin at 8 a.m. with coffee and donuts. 

    Piccadilly Gala                   


The Downtown Alive! Ladies in ParaDice Piccadilly Gala is fast approaching.


You still have the opportunity to support this group and their efforts to revitalize downtown Blue Springs.


Tickets are $50 each and include dinner and one drink ticket. Table sales are also available. For ticket information, conta ct Niki Fatout-Waltonen at (816)-863-5555.


Business License Renewal Deadline

 Another friendly reminder to our Blue Springs business owners that this Saturday, March 1, is the deadline to submit the annual business license application, payment and accompanying documents.


If you have any questions about the process, click here.  

Congratulations Councilmember Quibell!
I would like to congratulate 1st District Councilmember Jeff Quibell and his wife Wanda on becoming grandparents on February 11.

As someone who has been blessed with seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, I am sure the Quibells will enjoy this new addition to the family.

Lifestyle Transformation
I recently attended the Chamber of Commerce's Ribbon Cutting for Blue Springs Lifestyle Transformation.

 Welcome to Blue Springs!
Storm Spotter Class    
Prepare for spring with this course hosted by the National Weather Service. You will have the chance to learn the signs of severe weather and gain a better understanding of how to react.
When:  Tuesday, March 3
Where: Crown Point Church
5950 North East Lakewood Way
Lee's Summit, MO 64064
Blue Springs Chamber Stars



We have several City teams participating in this year's Dancing with the Chamber Stars event!

This event helps fund the Blue Springs Chamber's  Scholarship Program !


 Det. Cody Smith and Jennifer Dachenhausen

Chili Fundraiser

Saturday, March 21st

Police Annex

1304 W Main St

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

$5 donation per bowl 

Ben McCabe and Jessica Kellerman

General donations mailed or dropped off to Blue Springs Family Eyecare

900 W. Main Street

Blue Springs, Mo 64015


For a complete list of participants, click here.

Winter Resources
Blue Springs snow plow
Snow Removal
The Snow Removal Hotline number is (816) 228-0295. If you would like to learn more about the City's Snow Removal Program, click here.

To report a pothole, call the Pothole Hotline at (816) 228-0291 and leave the exact location of the hole, the nearest cross street, your name and phone number so we can contact you if we have problems locating the pothole.

To learn more about the City's Pothole Repair Program, click here.

Power Outages 
If you are experiencing a power outage in your area, call KCP&L  at 1 (888) 544-4852. To learn more about KCP&L's Winter Storm Program, click here.

 Let's Move! Saturdays!

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

To view the entire winter schedule,  click here.

Gage Center
 1101 NW Jefferson
February 28, 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Join us: Bump City, martial arts
TaJazz School of Dance
1100 NW Knox
February 28, Noon -1 p.m.
Join us: Creative movement and acrobats, ages 2-5
Thunderdome Fitness
2401 B SW Highway 40
March 7, 10 a.m. to Noon
 Join us: Kids speed and agility clinic; adult weight loss clinic

Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy
March 7, Noon to 3 p.m.
 Join us: Open swim with adult photo ID. Kids 5 and under must have a parent in the pool. Parents must supervise kids for the duration of the event  

**The Centennial Pool Plex "The Blue" event for April 25 has been cancelled. Our summer calendar will be available soon with updates.**
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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. 


A special thank you to the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and our Economic Development Corporation for hosting my seventh annual State of the City Address. This year's theme is "We're On the Right Track" and it was a pleasure to highlight our 2014 accomplishments and our plans for 2015.


I would also  like to inform residents that this Friday, our Missouri Department of Revenue License Bureau will be closing at noon. Please continue reading to see more information and some upcoming community events.


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.

License Bureau Office Closing

Our Missouri Department of Revenue License Bureau Office, located in City Hall, will discontinue operation at noon on Friday, February 27. The new office will open March 23 at 2402 SW Missouri Highway 7.


In October 2014, City leaders announced they would not pursue a renewal of the Missouri Department of Revenue License Bureau contract. The original contract expired on February 11, but was extended at the state's request to February 27.


Until the new office opens, customers can obtain Missouri Department of Revenue services at the following nearby locations:

  • Lee's Summit Office: 196A NW Oldham Parkway, Lee's Summit, MO 64081, (816) 524-8003
  • Independence Office: 16643 E 23rd St., Independence, MO 64055, (816) 252-7557
  • Sugar Creek Office: 521 S Sterling Ave., Sugar Creek, MO 64054, (816) 836-9191
  • Raytown Office: 6138 Raytown Trafficway, Raytown, MO 64133, (816) 737-1100

For more information about the Missouri Department of Revenue License Bureau call (573) 751-8222. 

2014 State of the City Address


I was honored to give my seventh annual State of the City Address last week at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon.  


I feel this year's theme, "We're on the Right Track" fit perfectly and it allowed me to highlight the teamwork of our community members in making Blue Springs a great place to live, work and grow!


I focused on how we continue to move forward by being innovative, priority development and strengthening local and regional partnerships to achieve exciting things in our near and long term future. 


A few highlights from my presentation include:

  • Public Safety Sales Tax

  • Blue Springs Fieldhouse

  • Downtown Revitalization

  • On the Horizon

If you missed the luncheon, we will be loading a video of my presentation to the City's YouTube channel.  If you would like to see a copy of my speech, click here.


For an archive of past State of the City Addresses, click here. 

Celebrating Judge Jack

Congratulations to Judge John Jack on his 35 years of service as Blue Springs Municipal Court Judge.

Judge Jack, nicknamed by collegues as "JJ", is known for his sense of humor, enjoyable stories and lively personality. His tireless service and genuine concern for his staff and all that enter his courtroom is appreciated!

Freshman Center: Connecting the Community

This January, students from the Blue Springs School District's Freshman Center got to know 30 senior citizens, many of them Vesper Hall patrons, as a part of their Literature and Composition writing project. Students used this opportunity to create mini-memoirs detailing the lives and experiences of the senior citizens that they later presented to them.


This is the first project of this kind for the Freshman Center and presented a chance to build a relationship between two unique generations. Thanks to the Freshman Center staff and our own Parks and Recreation Vesper Hall staff for initiating this opportunity. It is great to see residents exploring new ways to connect in Blue Springs!


Human Relations Commission Logo Contest


The deadline for th e Human Relations Commission Logo contest is less than one month away.


I believe this contest is a great opportunity for aspiring and established artists to show their creative skills and create a lasting representation of our City's effort to promote opportunity, growth and conversations among and people of all cultural backgrounds.


The logo should be email ed to no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 16, 2015.
For more detailed submission specifications please click here.


I look forward to seeing all of the creative submissions!

Thank You!

I want to give a big THANK YOU to all the readers of the Mayor's 'News Happenings Around Town'. Thanks to you, this e-newsletter has again won the Constant Contact All Star Award. This is our fourth year in a row!

This award is given to the top 10% of Constant Contact's customer base for frequency of e-newsletters, high open and click through rates and social media shares.

This would not have been possible without you, so thank you for helping us win this prestigious award.

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.