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Answering the Call for Wagstaff.
Parks Maintenance Sales Tax Approved by Voters
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 Household Hazardous Waste Program
Saturday, April 22
8 a.m. to Noon (or first 300 cars)
Pink Hill Park
2715 NW Park Dr

 Materials collected this year include automotive fluid, batteries, household cleaners, lawn and garden products, pesticides, paints and related products. Residential waste ONLY.    
 Rx Drug Take Back Event 
Saturday, April 29
10 a.m. to Noon

Blue Springs Police Department
1100 SW Smith Street 

Cosentino's Price Chopper
1100 S Highway 7

Cosentino's Price Chopper
1305 N Highway 7

The Blue Springs Police Department has partnered with both Blue Springs Price Chopper locations to give residents the chance to rid their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. 

This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Due to the drop-off nature of this program, no needles are accepted.    
 Walk to Fight Suicide
Saturday, May 6
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Blue Springs South High School 
1200 SE Adams Dairy Parkway

Both the Blue Springs South and Blue Springs High School Breakfast Clubs will host a fundraising walk to support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and their efforts on the local and national level to educate people about suicide prevention through advocacy programs. Check-in is at 11 a.m., the walk begins at noon and is set to end at 1 p.m. 

 To register and to donate, please  click here. You can also follow the event on Facebook by clicking here
 Guns and Roses Fundraiser
Saturday, May 6
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
American Legion Post 499
499 S Highway 7

Join the Blue Springs Citizen's Police Academy (BSCPA) Alumni Association for shopping, food and fun. There will be more than 25 booths set up. This event is open to the public and will include contests, a fashion show, raffle items and more. 

If you would like to volunteer for this event please click here to email Amanda of BSCPA.
 Honoring Those Who Served
Honoring Those Who Served 2017
Honoring Those Who Served 2017

If you weren't able to attend, here is a video from this year's Honoring Those Who Served event!  
 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public.

To view the entire winter schedule, click here

TaJazz School of Dance
1100 NW Knox
April 22, 11 a.m. to Noon
Ballet/Jazz, Ages 6-10

Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy
April 22, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Open swim with adult photo ID. Kids 5 and under must have aparent in the pool. Parents must supervise kids for the duration of the event.

ThunderDome Athletics
2505 SW Highway 40, Ste C.
April 29, 1- 2 p.m.
Ninja Warrior Training
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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 on e-stop source for City information and news updates including information that's im portant to you.

I want to thank each of you for going out to vote on April 4! Keep reading to learn about when we'll be moving forward with the 5-Year Dedicated Parks Maintenance Sales Tax and to learn about our current City Council. 

There are a number of events to help you start your spring cleaning this month including the upcoming Household Hazardous Waste collection this Saturday and the Drug Take Back event on April 29. Keep reading to learn more about how you can take advantage of these opportunities and other happenings in our City. 

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

On Sunday, April 9, Blue Springs Police Officer Keegan Hughes ran 26.2 miles in full uniform around the Blue Springs High School track to raise more than $16,000 for Independence Police Officer Wagstaff's Answering the Call fund at the Greater KC Public Safety Credit Union.
Officer Keegan was joined by Central Jackson County Fire Protection District Captain Jason Chamberlain, Independence Officer Luis Virgil, Blue Springs Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association volunteers      and fellow officers and emergency services from across the metro.
The Answering the Call fund is a 501(c)3 charity and all donations are tax deductible. Wagstaff's family will receive 100% off all money donated.    If you would like to donate, visit any of the Greater KC Public Safety Credit Union branch locations.  Check the Independence Police Facebook page for updates about Officer Wagstaff's health. 

To see photos from the event, click here.  Special thanks to Zack Cobb for use of his photos. 
Parks Maintenance Sales Tax Approved by Voters

On Tuesday, April 4 Blue Springs residents voted in favor of a 5-Year Dedicated Parks Maintenance Sales Tax to provide funding for local parks.  The new tax rate will be implemented on October 1, 2017. 

Words from Blue Springs Parks Director Dennnis Dovel (left) and community member Bill Essmann
Words from Blue Springs Parks Director Dennnis Dovel (left) and community member Bill Essmann.
The proposed 5-year dedicated parks maintenance sales tax initiative will be funded by residents and non-residents making retail purchases in Blue Springs. The ½ cent sales tax adds 25 cents for every $50 spent in Blue Springs and will raise approximately $3 million dollars annually. Revenues from the dedicated parks sales tax are only to be used for deferred parks maintenance and renovation purposes.
Development In Blue Springs

The New MOD Pizza will be having their grand opening at noon this Saturday, April 22!  L ocated at 1112 NE Coronado Drive in the Adams Dairy Landing Shopping Center, t his restaurant has a dine-in option and serves artisan-style pizza and salad.

To learn more about the City's development news, please visit our website by clicking here
2017 Council Oath of Office
 From Top Left: Mayor Carson Ross and former Councilmember Jeff Quibell receiving a plaque thanking him for his servce; Mayor Ross, Councilman Ron Fowler and City Administrator Eric Johnson as Ron receives his 25-year service pin and clock; City Clerk Sheryl Morgan administering the Oath of Office to District 1 Councilman Jerry Kaylor; City Clerk Sheryl Morgan administering the Oath of Office to District 2 Councilman Kent Edmondson; City Clerk Sheryl Morgan administering the Oath of Office to District 3 Councilman Ron Fowler; Group photo of current Blue Springs City Council and Mayor. 

On Monday, April 17, I had the honor to be a part of our 2017 City Council Oath of Office ceremony. Congratulations to District 1 Councilman Jerry Kaylor, District 2 Councilman Kent Edmondson and District 3 Councilman Ron Fowler. This year marks the first term for Councilman Kaylor, fourth consecutive term for Councilman Edmondson, the tenth consecutive term for Councilman Fowler. 

We started off the evening by recognizing Councilman Fowler for 25 years of dedicated service to the City of Blue Springs. I was happy to present him with an engraved clock and a 25-year service pin. 

Next I got to share my sincere thanks and present a proclamation to former Councilman Jeff Quibell whose term ended this April. Jeff is a long time Blue Springs resident and business owner who has been dedicated to redeveloping important community centers like the Fieldhouse and the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building.  It was a pleasure to serve our Blue Springs community with him. 

Special thanks to City Clerk Sheryl Morgan for administering the Oath of Office.  I look forward to working with the current City Council to keep our City on the move and on the right track. 
 Blue Springs POV Episode 10
Blue Springs POV Episode 10
Blue Springs POV Episode 10
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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 of our City and hope you join us for the next issue of News Happenings
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