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City Honored With American Planning Association Award
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Franklin Smith Elementary Visit
On September 22, I visited Franklin Smith Elementary School.
I really enjoyed spending time with Ms. McCauley's Third Grade class.
Thank you again for having me!
For more information about the Blue Springs School District, click here.
Moreland School Road to Liggett Road Extension Update
Last month we celebrated the completion of Moreland School Road to Liggett Road Extension Bond project with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Over 3,500 cars use the extension daily - what a success!!!
The extension of Moreland School Road to Liggett Road is the first project completed in a series of 2008 voter-approved bond issues.
For additional information on the 2008 Bond issues, click here.
Electronics Recycling Event
On October 9, the City completed another successfully Electronic Recycling event. Over two truck loads of electronics were recycled from approximately 200 cars.
The success of this event underscores how important recycling is to our community.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered to make the 2010 Electronics Recycling event a huge success!

For more recycling information, call the Blue Springs Recycling Hotline at (816) 228-0228 or click here.
Upcoming Events
October 30
Harvest Fest
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Main Street,
between 10th and 12th Streets
Downtown, Blue Springs
October 31
Trick-or-Treat Street
6-8 p.m.
Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper Drive, Blue Springs
For more information, call (816) 228-0137.
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Around Town

A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
Mayor Carson Ross
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 summer has now come and gone and we will soon be preparing for thanksgiving festivities and getting out the winter coats.
I have received many compliments about our City and The Wall That Heals event. It was wonderful to see our community come together and give Vietnam Veterans the homecoming they deserve.
Here is a sample of the response we have received: "Just wanted to let you know how proud I was of the Blue Springs community, the police department, the parks department, and all the volunteers who made the Wall that Heals such a great success. The city and citizens really stepped up and made it all possible and I was very humbled as I know many other veterans were. I saw a lot of tears but also a lot of pride and joy. So thank you for all that you did and thank you to all the people who made the event possible, please pass on to them my thanks and gratitude for a job "well done."
Thank you again to the sponsors and hundreds of volunteers who helped make this event possible.

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.
The Wall That Heals Recap
Top: A family looks up a name on The Wall; Center Left: I had the honor of presenting a Blue Springs Welcome Home medal to Jan Scruggs, founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund; Center Right: I welcomed Congressman Ike Skelton to Blue Springs; On October 3, we honored Vietnamese soliders that fought with us in Vietnam.
The Wall That Heals - Blue Springs event held in Pink Hill Park from September 30 - October 3 was a success! During the four exhibit days, over 50,000 people gathered in Pink Hill Park to remember loved ones, share their experiences with others and learn more about the Vietnam War era.

The event registered over 2,000 Vietnam Veterans for their choice of a commemorative medal, lapel pin or patch to thank them for their service to our country. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs registered over 160 new veterans for benefits and the "Put a Face With a Name" campaign collected 123 photos during the event. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund collected $10,651.73 at The Wall That Heals - Blue Springs event, the highest amount collected in a host city to date!

Blue Springs was honored to host The Wall That Heals; we set a new standard by giving each Vietnam Veteran a Commemorative Medal. Thank you to the many sponsors and hundreds of volunteers who helped make this event possible!
Mayor Carson Ross and Orlando Gallardo
Mayor Carson Ross and Orlando Gallardo
I was extremely pleased to have Orlando Gallardo, a member of my unit in Vietnam travel from Columbus, Georgia to support me on Saturday. Gallardo retired from the Army as a Command Sergeant Major.

For more information about The Wall That Heals - Blue Springs, click here.
City Honored With American Planning Association Award
Jim Holley and Scott Allen accepting the award
apa award 2010
The City of Blue Springs, Mo., has been recognized for outstanding work in the field of planning by the Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association. The Community Development Department received recognition for the Blue Springs Recycling Program at the Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association Annual Conference on Thursday, October 7, 2010.

Selected as the Special Community Initiative Award winner, the recycling program was recognized for its quality, effectiveness and future expansion plans.
This program was developed with guidance from The Solid Waste Management Commission, the Blue Community Visioning/Quality of Life Key Performance Area task force, the Mid-America Regional Council Solid Waste Management District, feedback from the resident survey data and a cooperative planning effort between the Mayor, City Council members and City staff.
Congratulations to the Community Development Department for winning this award and promoting the sustainability in Blue Springs!

For more information on recycling in Blue Springs, click here.
Blue Springs Has Talent!

The Blue Springs Historical Society is hosted their 2nd Annual Blue Springs Has Talent at their school district partner, Thomas Ultican Elementary School.

I was honored to serve as both MC and performer. Other acts included: former Mayor and Magician Steve Steiner; the Blue Springs City Council; ELVIS; a ballet dancer and various musical acts.
This event raises awareness of the Historical Society and the Blue Springs community. For more information on the Blue Springs Historical Society, 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.
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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.