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Fall Fun Festival
Woods Chapel Road Construction prompts Walnut Street Intersection Closure
2014 Truman Heartland Community Foundation Outstanding Citizen Award Winners
Preventative Sanitary Sewer Maintenance
Right-of-Way Landscaping
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Upcoming 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.


Cpl. Michael E. Webster

Memorial Blood Drive

October 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

7415 SW Cpl M E Webster Memorial Pkwy (Highway 40)


On October 2, 1993, Cpl. Webster was killed by a drunk driver while he was making a routine traffic stop. This year marks the 20th anniversary blood drive in his honor. 

CJCFPD will be a host site at their Training Facility, 4715 SW Cpl M E Webster Memorial Pkwy, Blue Springs, Missouri. To make an appointment, click here and enter the sponsor code CJCFPD.
New Parking Lots
        Top: Central Park Parking Lot; Middle:  Municipal Parking Lot; Bottom: 12th Street Parking Lot
St. Jude Block Party
      Sunday, October 5, Noon to 5 p.m.
St. Jude Dream Home
8808 SE 1st Street

You're invited to a St. Jude Block Party! Bring the family and enjoy food trucks, music, a special visit by Elsa from Frozen, and more! 

While at the block party, visit the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway house for your free tour of the home and sign up FREE to win a $10,000 shopping spree courtesy of Crowley Furniture. 
National Night Out Against Crime
      Tuesday, October 7
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Downtown Blue Springs

I invite your family to join us as we celebrate the 16th Annual National Night Out (NNO) event in Blue Springs!

Hundreds of families, elected officials and neighboring businesses will be stepping out in the streets of downtown Blue Springs on October 7 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. to take a stand against crime and drug abuse.


Come join us for refreshments, entertainment, give aways and games!
Farmers Market

  Blue Springs Farmers Market

September 20, 7 a.m. to noon

September 27, 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. 

Upcoming Parks & Recreation Events


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. 

Blue Springs Amazing Challenge
Saturday, October 4
Activities begin at 9 a.m.

Sign up for the first Blue Springs Amazing Challenge! Teams of 2 get clues and race through several mental and physical challenges. Less than an intense run but more than a scavenger hunt, this race is sure to have something for everyone. All participants get a custom finishers medal, t-shirt, and breakfast from Chris Cakes! 


There is an adult only division and an adult/youth division! Click here for more information or to register.

 Let's Move! Saturdays!

Club 7 Fitness
1241 SW Highway 7 
September 20, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Join us for a morning of Kids Fit Boot Camp, fitness activities and open gym for adults.
Let's Move! Saturdays 
3rd Birthday Party!
Gage Center
1101 NW Jefferson 
September 20, 1-4 p.m.
Join us for a birthday party at the Gage Center!

Dynamic Dance
1901 SW Highway 40
September 27, 11 a.m. to noon
Join us a morning of jazz dance.

Action Martial Arts
2419 S Highway 7
September 27, Noon to 1 p.m.
Join us for a morning of children's self defense and awareness workout for kids ages 5-11.  Class is limited to the first 25 people, please register at (816) 224-4105.

9 Round
1412 SW Highway 7 
September 27, 1-2 p.m.
Join us for kickboxing activities.
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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.


It is with a heavy heart that I announce that retired Detective (and current part-time evidence tech) Troy Pharr passed away from natural causes earlier this month.  Detective Pharr served the Blue Springs Police Department for over 30 years and will be greatly missed. 


I hope you can all make it out to Let's Move! Saturday's THIRD birthday at the Gage Center, 1101 NW Jefferson from 1-4 p.m.!  This program has been wildly successful here in Blue Springs. What you may not know is that it is operated on almost a full volunteer basis. The businesses donate their time and facility, local volunteers, StandUp Blue Springs coordinate the events and the City of Blue Springs helps to promote these events.  To see the Fall 2014 schedule, click here.


September is also Library Card Sign-up Month!  Did you know you can download and read books directly onto your tablet computers?  For more information about the library,  click here.

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.

Fall Fun Festival


It was great seeing everyone who came to the 42nd Annual Fall Fun Festival on September 12, 13 & 14 in Downtown Blue Springs.

I was joined by the First Lady Eloise, 1st District Councilman Dale Carter and his wife Lisa, 2nd District Councilman Chris Lievsay, his wife Grace and his son Benjamin and 3rd District Councilman Susan Culpepper. Thank you again to Mike Hilker, Emil Spears, Gary & Eileen Payne, David & Christina Mitchell, Donald Wilkey, Doug & Chloe Fitzpatrick and Pam Buck for providing the cars, chauffeuring and coordinating the cars for the parade.

I want to thank the vendors, merchants, volunteers and businesses involved in helping to make this year's Fall Fun Festival a huge success! Special thanks goes to the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this event and I look forward to seeing you next year!

For more photos from Fall Fun Festival, click here.  For more information on the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce,

click here.

Woods Chapel Road Construction prompts Walnut Street Intersection Closure

We are alerting motorists that Walnut Street at the intersection of Woods Chapel Road is now closed and will remain closed for approximately 3 months, weather pending. This closure will allow for the construction of a roundabout on Woods Chapel Road at Walnut Street.


West-bound Walnut Street traffic will be detoured north on 15th Street and west on NW Vesper Street to Woods Chapel Road. To access Walnut Street from Woods Chapel Road motorist will be detoured east on NW Vesper Street and south on 15th Street to Walnut Street.


Woods Chapel Road will remain open throughout the course of the project but motorists should expect construction-related delays. Old Mill Park will remain open to the public, but closed to motorists during construction. For both the safety of construction workers and drivers, we urge commuters to be cautious in work zones.


To see a bigger map of the detour route, click here and go to the second page.  For more information, contact the Public Works Engineering Division at (816) 228-0121 or Amino Brothers Company, Inc. at (913) 334-2330.

2014 Truman Heartland Community Foundation Outstanding Citizen Award Winners

I am proud to announce that the 2014 Truman Heartland Community Foundation Outstanding Citizen Award recipients are Blue Springs residents Ted and Betty Meyer.

The Outstanding Citizen Award honors area citizens in our communities who, thanks to their service and charitable support, have made significant contributions to the places where we live and work.   

The Meyers were honored at the Truman Heartland Community Foundation's 'Toast To Our Towns' Gala on September 6, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Ted and Betty Meyer have been active in and supportive of the community of Blue Springs since they moved here as newlyweds in 1961. Betty, who began teaching music in 1960 in the Blue Springs School District, and Ted, who taught in the Kansas City Public Schools, chose Blue Springs as their new home where they wanted to raise their family.

Their dream was to open a music store; that goal was realized when Meyer Music was opened on March 5, 1966. Today, 48 years later, Meyer Music is still a family business serving the greater Blue Springs community; two additional stores in Overland Park, KS, and Kansas City North were opened in succeeding years. Three of the Meyer children, Tom, Mike, and Mitzi Meyer Phelan, work in the business, and the fourth, Julie Meyer Anwander, is currently a teacher in the Blue Springs School District.
Preventative Sanitary Sewer Maintenance

Last week, during a routine cleaning and closed-circuit television inspection of our sanitary sewer mains, crews noticed a crack in an older section of piping. This technology allows our crews to be alerted to a problem before the pipe ruptures and causes a sewer main break. Our crew replaced the defective portion of pipe before it cause any challenges to our residents.

Right-of-Way Landscaping



You may have noticed that the City's Right-of-Way corridors are sporting some new landscaping.


The City recently formed a new Right-of-Way crew and their hard work is really starting to show results in our downtown, Woods Chapel, Adams Dairy and Highways 7& 40 corridors.


I would like to thank not only our hard-working crews, but send a special THANK YOU to the Independence Lowes for their generous donation of over 25 pallets of mulch to our Parks Department.  This mulch was used along our Right-of-Ways and has really improved the look of our main corridors. 

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.