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Annual Business License Renewal
Fieldhouse Update
Piccadilly Gala Pre-Sale Event
Public Safety Building Progress
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Storm Spotter Class 
The Emergency Managers of Eastern Jackson County are proud to host the Severe Storm Weather Training, presented by the National Weather Service of Pleasant Hill, MO.

Participants will be taught how to safely identify significant weather situations respond to  them and communicate with others about said weather events.


WHEN: 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2015

WHERE: Crown Pointe Church

5950 NE Lakewood Way

Lee's Summit, MO   
   St. Jude Dream Home Groundbreaking   I am excited to share that the St. Jude Dream Home will again be located here in Blue Springs! On Tuesday, January 27 we had the groundbreaking ceremony at the Shores of Chapman Farms development.

This home is being built by Summit Custom Homes and boasts of more than 4,000-square-feet of space. It is modeled after the Templeton plan and is a two story home with five bedrooms and five bathrooms. It also boasts of an optional sixth bedroom on the main floor.


The Dream Home Giveaway is an annual raffle-based fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.  Tickets will go on sale June 1st and the home will be given away to the winner on October 18.


For more information, about the St. Jude Dream Home, click here.

Text-A-Tip Anonymous

Help keep our community safe!

The Blue Springs Police Department has the Text-A-Tip option available where you can anonymously text crime tips.


Steps to Use:

  • Text "BSPD plus your message" to CRIMES (274637)

  • After the first message is received from a tipster receipt of a tipster's 1st incoming message, the system will auto-reply with a confirmation containing their unique Tip ID

  • To submit follow-up information, the tipster simply replies - Nothing else is needed.

  • All communications are conducted anonymously between the tipster and the Police Department

Always refer and adhere to state laws regarding texting while operating a motor vehicle.

 Legacy Award Celebration
First Lady Eloise and I attended the 11th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Awards on Monday, January 19. 
We met up with Raytown Mayor David Bower and his wife Mary.  It was a pleasure to see them and so many other leaders celebrating  Leawood, Kansas Mayor Peggy Dunn on her acceptance of this year's Legacy Award.
Student Liaisons: Human Relations Commission 


I am pleased to share that  on Thursday, January 20, the Blue Springs Human Relations Commission welcomed two student representatives to act as their student liaisons.


Joining the commission are Arianna (Ari) Koch of Blue Springs High School and Josilyn (Josie) White of Blue Springs South High School. 


Thank you Arianna and Josilyn for taking the opportunity to  contribute to an organization that so closely affects the Blue Springs Community!


I would also like to remind residents that the commission's logo contest is still open and submissions can be entered until March 16. Click here for more information.

 Let's Move! Saturdays!

TaJazz School of Dance
 1100 NW Knox
January 31, 10-11 a.m.
Join us: Musical theater, ages 6+
Dynamic Dance
1901 SW Highway 40
February 7, 11 a.m. to Noon
Join us: Hip Hop

Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy
February 7, Noon to 3 p.m.
 Join us for 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  
       D.A.R.E. Graduates

Congratulations to our other recent D.A.R.E. graduates of James Walker and Thomas Ultican Elementary, Plaza Heights Christian Academy and Timothy Lutheran School.


Your hard work in the D.A.R.E. program has empowered you with the knowledge of good decision making skills to lead a safe and healthy life!

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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.

Congratulations to Blue Springs' own Village Garden for winning the WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award´┐Ż 2015.  This award, given to the top five percent of local wedding professionals, is determined solely from reviews and surveys of newlyweds and their experience working with Village Garden.


Also, I want to congratulate the Blue Springs School District for their recent accomplishments.  To see a quick BSSD TV video highlighting this accomplishment, click here.


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

Annual Business License Renewal

A friendly reminder to our Blue Springs business owners that March 1, 2015 is the deadline to submit the annual business license application, payment and accompanying documents.


As a result of the extra due diligence performed by City staff to verify state licenses and proper insurance, a new $25 contractors fee has been implemented for plumbers, mechanical, HVAC and electrical contractors.

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


Thank you to all of the new and current Blue Springs business owners and your continued contribution to our community.  If you have any questions about the business license renewal process, please click here.

Fieldhouse Update 

Work on the Blue Springs Fieldhouse is showing significant changes since it was purchased by the City this past August.


Crews have started removing the wiring from the former bar area and throughout the ceiling. These teams have also removed the soccer turf along with the glass and wood walls surrounding the field. In an effort to conserve/reduce waste, all glass was kept to be used in the new fitness area and on the south soccer field. The 100 wood wall sections, measuring 4 foot by 8 foot, were given to the Habitat for Humanity.


All pieces that can be recycled are being sorted including components from the walls, windows and doors of the office area.


The recent good weather has helped us stay on track and we plan to start construction in March with a scheduled completion date of late summer 2015. 

Blue Springs School District Ranks High


Congratulations to our Blue Springs R-IV School District for their Niche ranking as 2nd in the Kansas City area and 5th in the State of Missouri!


More than 8,000 school districts in the nation were ranked by students based on factors including academics, teachers, resources and facilities to name a few. Keep up the exceptional work!

Piccadilly Gala Pre-Sale Event

It's almost time for our Blue Springs Downtown Alive! group to host their second annual Piccadilly Gala, Ladies in ParaDice, on March 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Adams Pointe Conference Center.  


Proceeds from this event will help the Downtown Alive! group further their goal of revitalizing Downtown Blue Springs. 


If you have not gotten your ticket, they invite you to their Piccadilly Sales Event on Thursday, February 5 from 5:30-7 p.m. this Thursday, January 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Brewers Sports Bar & Grill in Downtown Blue Springs.


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

We are well into the third and final phase of the Public Safety Sales Tax Initiative and the updates to the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building are progressing well.


Partial installation of the electrical and plumbing is underway and the drywall and taping is almost complete. After the roof is in place it will allow for more activity on the site through the winter weather.


We are still looking at late fall for a completion date.

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.