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Waste Disposal Task Force
Domestic Violence initiative receives a $400,000 grant
Girls on the Run
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Join Councilman Kent Edmondson and Councilman Chris Lievsay for a series of District 2 town hall meetings.

November 11
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce
1000 W Main Street
Blue Springs, MO

November 18
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Central Jackson County Fire Protection District Training Facility
4715 SW US 40 HWY
Blue Springs, MO

To find out what council district you live in, click here.

For more information, contact Councilman Kent Edmondson or Councilman Chris Lievsay.
Shop with a Blue Springs Cop
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The Blue Springs Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association is partnering with the Blue Springs Police Department for their first annual "Shop With a Blue Springs Cop" event on December 18, 2010.

The program was designed to build positive relationships between police officers and children in our community.
The Blue Springs Citizens Police Academy will host a fundraiser on November 12, 2010.

Spaghetti Dinner
4-6 p.m. or 6-8 p.m.

Colonial Hills Community of Christ

3539 SW 7 HWY
Blue Springs, MO

Tickets are $5 per person.

Call Officer Brotherton at (816) 935-6770 if you would like to purchase tickets or volunteer for either of these events!
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.

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. Daylight savings time is fast approaching and winter is around the corner.

In this issue, we'll take a look at some of recent and upcoming activities, letting you know how the City is striving to continue to meet your needs as residents of Blue Springs.

I hope you will take advantage of some of the great fall activities in our community. I wish you and your family a safe and happy halloween.

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.
Waste Disposal Task Force


On October 21, I offically announced the Waste Disposal Task Force to advise the council on refuse and recycling solutions. This Task Force was formed to develop recommendations and support community benefits detailed by Alice Fuerst, Solid Waste Management Commission Chairperson, at the August 16 City Council meeting. These objectives include:
  • Lower disposal costs for residents
  • Reduce road maintenance costs
  • Save landfill space through increased recycling

The members of the Waste Disposal Task Force are:

  • Lyle Shaver, Chairman, former Councilman District 1
  • Dale Carter, Councilman District 1
  • Chris Lievsay, Councilman District 2
  • Grant Bowerman, Councilman District 3
  • Chad Tipton, Solid Waste Management Commissioner
  • Byron Craddolph, Solid Waste Management Commissioner
  • Maureen York, EnviroStar Waste Service, Inc.
  • Paul Howe, Deffenbaugh Industries, Inc.
  • Bill Landrum, The Vespers Home Owners Association
  • Bert West, Park Avenue Home Owners Association
  • Robert Fasl, Renew The Blue
  • Lara Vermillion, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce
Waste Disposal Task Force meetings will be open to the public and the agendas will be posted to the City's website.

The Waste Disposal Task Force will present their recommendations to the City Council by November 2011. Recommendations would need to be approved by the City Council and, if recommended by the task force, a two-year notification process for city contracted trash and recycling services would then need to be authorized.

I encourage you to send any questions or concerns to the task force at For more information on the task force, click here.
Domestic Violence initiative receives a $400,000 grant
domestic violence poster

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I am proud to announce that a $400,000 federal grant was awarded to the City of Blue Springs and Hope House this month to help develop and strengthen effective responses to violence against women.

Congratulations to the Blue Springs Police Department and Hope House for their work on securing this grant so that we will have the necessary resources to more effectively deal with domestic violence incidents in Blue Springs.

For more information on the grant, click here.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run
On the Monday, October 18 council meeting, I had the pleasure of giving Coach Angela Cahill and a few Girls on The Run participants a proclamation recognizing their annual 5K run/walk on November 13 in Blue Springs this year.

The goal of the program is to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development. All of which are accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and community.

I am honored to be the official starter of the 5K run/walk event that begins at 8 a.m. at the corner of 9th and Main Street in Downtown Blue Springs. This race is open to all so I hope to see you there!

For more information on the Girls on The Run event, 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.