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Lake Remembrance Opens For Boating
Blue Springs Flag Football Team Honored With Proclamation
"You Drink & Drive ... You Lose"
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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.

This time of year is always exciting with students heading back to school and the beginning of fall sports.

Congratulations the teachers, volunteers and administrators who have worked hard to earn nine consecutive years of Accreditation with Distinction, making the Blue Springs School District one of the top eight school districts in the state of Missouri.

A quality education is extremely important to give our children an opportunity to succeed as adults.

As the 2010-11 school year kicks off, I would like to remind everyone to use caution while driving and be alert to the presence of students.

I wish our students, our teachers and the families we serve the very best as you begin this new school year.

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.
Lake Remembrance Opens For Boating

The City of Blue Springs is proud to announce that Lake Remembrance is open for small personal boats for fishing or pleasure. Lake Remembrance, located in Gregory O. Grounds Park, is a 54-surface-acre lake and has been available for fishing by shoreline or from a fishing dock for the past few years.

The boat ramp is not open to public use, those interested in using a boat may carry or portage boats from the parking lot into the lake. Small boats, such as John boats, v-bottom, canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, sail boats, and inflated boats may be used. No gas powered motors or gas tanks in boats are permitted; trolling motors (electric powered motors) are allowed.

Boating on the lake is only allowed during daylight hours. Vehicles with trailers must be park on Jefferson Street and not in the parking lot since the lot is not designed to accommodate trailer parking. Boats must be removed daily from the lake. Personal Flotation Devices are recommended and swimming in the lake is not permitted.

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Blue Springs Flag Football Team Honored With Proclamation

On Monday, August 16, I had the honor of recognizing the Blue Springs Flag Football Team for their victory in the 2010 Special Olympics USA National Games in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The team was named the 2010 Special Olympics Flag Football National Champions on July 22 becoming the first team ever to bring home the gold medal.

Congratulations again to Joe Sewell, Brent Roberts Raffa Rulon, Bernard Hill, Andrew Shaffer, Brian Snow, Jimmy Greenwood, Jaron Ray and Arthur Murphry, as well as Coaches Nick Alexander, Joe Malone, Cathy Rice and Mark Haleyand.
"You Drink & Drive ... You Lose"

Between Friday, Aug. 20 and Monday, Sept. 6, the Blue Springs Police Department will be cracking down on impaired drivers during the "You Drink & Drive...You Lose", statewide campaign. Enforcement efforts will be increased and will focus on reducing deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired drivers.
Is it worth it? Consider some of the consequences if you choose to drive while intoxicated:

  • Your first conviction could result in up to a $500.00 fine and a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail, as well as, your license will be suspended for 30 days followed by a 60-day suspension if a hardship license is not obtained.
  • A second conviction results in a $1,000 fine, a yearlong revocation of your license and up to a year in jail. You will also be required to install an ignition interlock system on your vehicle, preventing your car from starting when you have alcohol on your breath.
  • Third and following convictions can be penalized with up to a $5,000 fine, a 10-year license denial, and/or up to seven years in jail.
  • If you cause a fatal crash while intoxicated you could be charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, a felony resulting in up to seven years of jail time, a $5,000 fine or both.
  • Insurance coverage will be difficult to find and if you do the rate will be significantly higher.
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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.