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The New Look of!
How to Open a Business in Blue Springs Guide
City Purchase Helps Meet Community Recreation Needs
Fall Edition of the Blue Springs Magazine Now Available
Upcoming Recycling Events
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Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival
       Friday, Sept. 12, Noon to 10 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, Sept.14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Downtown Blue Springs

The Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce proudly presents the 45th annual

 Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival! 


I will once again be riding in one of the largest parades in Eastern Jackson County with the theme of "Rhinestones & Wranglers" on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m.  The parade route begins on Vesper, over to 15th Street to Main to 10th then over to RD Mize where it ends.


Below is a video from our friends at Positively Blue Springs about the upcoming festival. 

PBS Aug. 31, 2014

   To learn more about entertainment schedules or for more information, contact the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce

at (816) 229-8558 or click here.

Rendezvous with Lil' Blue
       Our Friends at Buy Blue Springs are hosting a scavenger hunt called Rendezvous with Lil' Blue! They will be hiding a Lil' Blue plushie in multiple Blue Springs locations over the next few weeks. 

Find Lil' Blue, snap a selfie with him and post it to the  Buy Blue Spring Facebook (click here) page to be entered to win a prize!
2014-15 Proposed Budget

  The 2014-15 Proposed Budget Manual was submitted to City Council on August 1.  This proposed budget, the City's current and past budgets can be viewed by clicking here.

Due to the Missouri Municipal League's Annual Conference, we have cancelled the September 15 City Council Meeting.   

We will be approving the City's budget at the September 3 City Council Meeting.
Farmers Market

  Blue Springs Farmers Market

September 6, 7 a.m. to noon


 11th & Smith Street, Municipal City Parking Lot


The market specializes in home grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats and many other items that are grown or made by hand. 

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Upcoming Parks & Recreation Events

Blue Springs Unity Week 5K

 Saturday, Sept. 6

6:30 a.m. registration, 8 a.m. start

Downtown Blue Springs


Support your favorite team by wearing your school colors! Awards for top male and female finishers in different age groups.

For more information, click here.

Movie in the Park - Lego Movie
Friday, Sept. 19
Activities begin at 7 p.m.
Movie begins at dusk
Rotary Park at Railroad Lake

Blue Springs Parks and Recreation is excited to announce the new Movies in the Park series!  Grab a blanket, a lawn chair, family, and friends, and head to Rotary Park to enjoy a free outdoor movie and popcorn under the stars. 

 Let's Move! Saturdays!

Title Boxing
1821 SW Highway 7 
September 6, 10-11 a.m.
Join us for a morning of kick-boxing for kdis ages 8+ with a signed waiver.
Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy 
September 6, noon to 1 p.m.
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.

Thunder Dome Fitness
2401 B SW Highway 40
September 13, 10-11 a.m.
Join us for Core Fit HIIT.

TaJazz School of Dance
1100 NW Knox
September 13, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Join us for dancing for ages 3-5.

Rink Ratz
513 SW Keystone Drive 
September 13, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Join us for open roller skating.
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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 hope you all enjoyed a fun and safe Labor Day Weekend!


Recently, our City Clerk Kathy Richardson announced her plans to retire this December. Kathy has served her city and community honorably. She is highly regarded for her kindness, professionalism and willingness to always go the extra mile to get the job done.
I want to personally thank Kathy for all that she has done for our community, and for assisting me personally over the years, and wish her best of luck in retirement.


I would like to congratulate Chief McCoy who was chosen as one of several law enforcement executives from across the state to participate in the National Law Enforcement Leadership Institute on Violence Against Women hosted by The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).  During the four-day Institute, Chief McCoy along with the other selected participants, explored innovative approaches for investigating crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking.


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 New Look of!

We are very excited to unveil our newly redesigned website!  The new website has a 'responsive design' that it automatically identifies the type of device being used to visit the website and presents information in the optimum format for that device. 


You may be interested to know that nearly 40 percent of the City's website visitors use mobile devices such as smart phones or tablets! With this new design, users will have the same website experience with any device, on any browser, and from anywhere. 


The new expanded site includes several new features:

  • Request Tracker - With this new tool, users can report specific city-based service requests for issues such as potholes, weed and grass violations and others.
  • "Notify Me" - In this section, users can sign up to be notified by email and/or text when press releases, agendas, minutes and city bids are posted.  One of the most popular items residents sign up for are City Press Releases (located under News Flash.)  This is a great way to stay informed on City news regardless of media coverage.
  • Permit & Application Center - Through the redesign process, the City has moved all of the forms and applications needed to conduct City business to one location, making it easier for users to find the resources they need.
Navigation buttons lead users to learn more about City government, City services, living, visiting, and operating a business in Blue Springs. Social media icons link users to the City's Facebook, Twitter, YouTube pages to help connect the City to our community. 

New features will be added in the coming months to engage residents and businesses, gather public input and participation, and communicate with neighborhoods at a hyper-local level.
How to Open a Business in Blue Springs Guide 

Have you ever wondered how to open your own business in Blue Springs?  Whether you are starting a business to supplement your income, replace a job, or pursue your life-long dream, we want your business to succeed.


The past few years we have worked diligently to improve internal and external processes to better respond to new and existing development opportunities. 


I want everyone to know that the City of Blue Springs is open for business, and that the City, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and Blue Springs Economic Development Council are working together to make the process of starting up a business as easy as possible.

The 'How to Open a Business in Blue Springs' booklet contains a step-by-step guide that includes contact information for quick access to additional information you may need to conduct business in Blue Springs.

The guide focuses on six steps to help entrepreneurs and businesses owners start or relocate a business in Blue Springs. These steps include: Getting Started; Building a Business Plan; Naming, Registering and Organizing Your BusinessChoosing the Right Location for Your Business; City, County, State and Federal Licensing; and What's Next. The guide features 'Pro Tips' and 'Things to Consider' to advise entrepreneurs on areas that can be stumbling blocks in the business development process. 

The guide was developed by the City of Blue Springs, the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation and the Jackson County Economic Development Corporation.

Physical copies of the guide are available at City Hall, the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Blue Springs EDC and both branches of the Blue Springs Mid-Continent Public Library.
City Purchase Helps Meet Community Recreation Needs

The City and the Parks & Recreation Department are currently in the process of purchasing the Sports City complex located at 425 NE Mock Avenue.  The facility will assist in meeting some of our current and long term recreation programming goals and athletic space needs.


This purchase was made possible through a significant donation by Linda Edison, a long-time Blue Springs resident and former Park Commission Chairman.  The remaining budget for the purchase and renovation of the facility will not require the city to issue any voter-approved debt. 


We are extremely grateful to have residents who are willing to step up and make Blue Springs a better community by not only donating time, but contributing financially within our community.  This opportunity would not have been possible without Ms. Edison's generous gift and tremendous heart for Blue Springs.


The Sports City facility is over 76,000 square feet of recreational space that includes soccer fields, basketball courts, batting cages, locker rooms and meeting rooms.


City officials are currently undergoing a due diligence period to ensure the facility has no major structural defects or unforeseen issues.  After the acquisition is completed, the facility will be closed to the public for renovations.  The City will work with SFS Architecture to identify ways to include some of the priorities outlined in citizen surveys and recent strategic plans within the renovated facility.


This new facility helps us meet some of our community needs, but it does not address our deferred park maintenance obligation or funding for future park development as outlined in our strategic plans and citizen surveys.  The City Council, Park Commission and City staff will continue to seek ways to fund needed improvements throughout our parks system.


The City plans to complete purchase of the Sports City facility in late October for $1.9 million dollars.  The facility will be operated by the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department.
Fall Edition of the Blue Springs Magazine Now Available

Do you want to know more about what's new and going on in Blue Springs? The Blue Springs Magazine keeps you up-to-date on all the news, events and community developments taking place in the City. The fall 2014 issue has been mailed to residents' homes and is now available online and at City Hall. 

To view the Blue Springs Magazine, click here.  To view the Activity Guide,  click here.  If you would like to learn more about the Blue Springs Magazine or review past editions, click here.

Upcoming Recycling Events

Paper Shredding Drive-Up Event

Saturday, September 20
9 a.m. to Noon (or until full)
Blue Springs City Hall, 903 W. Main Street

Bring your sensitive documents to this drive-up paper shredding event! Residents are permitted up to four paper grocery bags of documents to be shred on-site. 

Sensitive documents may include old tax returns, processed checks, loan applications, financial reports and papers that include Social Security or credit card account numbers.

All paper collected will be recycled. For more information, call (816) 220-4504.


DEA Rx Take Back Program

September 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Blue Springs Municipal Annex, 1304 W Main Street

 Cosentino's Price Chopper, 1100 S Highway 7 

 Cosentino's Price Chopper, 1305 N Highway 7


Blue Springs Police Department has once again partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and both Blue Springs Price Chopper locations to give residents an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.


Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Due to the drop-off nature of this program, no needles of any kind are accepted.
ALS #IceBucketChallenge


About two weeks ago, many of you challenged me to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association's Ice Bucket Challenge via our Facebook page.   


I accepted your challenges, but due to a touch of illness, I did not perform the ice bath component.  I made a donation to the ALS Association and challenged Mayors Bower, Rhodes & Weir to participate in the challenge.


Lee's Summit Mayor Rhodes completed his challenge and Raytown Mayor Bower invited both Mayor Rhodes and I to give him his ice bath!  


As you can see from the photo - it was VERY COLD!

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.