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Bill Essmann and Eleanor Frasier awarded the Civic Leadership Award
2011 National Night Out
First anniversary of the Recycling Center at Pink Hill Park
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Community Paper Shredding Event

paper shredding
July 30, 9-11 a.m.
10th & Main Street
Downtown Blue Springs


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

All paper collected will be recycled.    


This event is sponsored by the City of Blue Springs and the Blue Springs Solid Waste Management Commission in cooperation with the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and Blue Springs Downtown Alive! group.   

Community Events

Splash Party

Radio Disney

Splash Party!


Saturday, July 30

3-4:30 p.m.

Centennial Pool Plex

2401 NW Ashton Drive


Join Radio Disney at Centennial pool for fun and prizes!  This event is powered by Adams Dairy Landing. 


Car Cruise Night 


Saturday, August 6

5 p.m. to dark

Downtown Blue Springs


Music in the Park

Sunday, July 31
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Loose Change (Variety)
Rotary Park at Railroad Lake

August, July 7
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Nace Brothers (Americana)
Rotary Park at Railroad Lake


This free concert series features a different band every Sunday night. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and food or drink. Concessions are also available.  

To see the full concert schedule, click here.

Excessive Heat

We have opened Vesper Hall as a Cooling Center when a excessive heat warning for Jackson County is issued by the National Weather Service. 

Blue Springs residents can find refuge from the extreme heat at Vesper Hall during normal operating hours of Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday/Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

To see other Jackson County Cooling centers, click here or contact the United Way at 2-1-1 and receive a list of near-by cooling stations by providing your zip code.   

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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.
The heat wave continues here in in Blue Springs and around the Midwest.  Just a reminder that we have opened Vesper Hall as a Cooling Center.  Click here to see a complete list of Jackson County Cooling Centers and please be sure to pay special attention to senior citizens, young children, those with health or breathing problems and outdoor pets. 


We have been working hard on the Public Safety Sales Tax Initiative approved by voters in April.  The Public Safety Advisory Board, made up of Blue Springs residents, is charged with oversight of the sales tax.  You can view the first report by this oversight committee by clicking here.


We will be hosting a City Auction on July 30 at Pink Hill Park, 1400 NW Park Road.  The doors open at 8 a.m. and the auction starts at 10 p.m.  This is an inside auction of seized or unclaimed property.  Just about everything is on the block, including bicycles, lawn mowers, DVD players, video games and tools.  For more information, click here.


The Music in the Park Concert series continues to be very popular.  Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake located at 500 NW Vesper.  These free event concerts series feature a different band every Sunday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  To see the complete 2011 concert lineup,  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.

Bill Essmann and Eleanor Frasier awarded the Civic Leadership Award
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I am proud to announce that the 2011 Missouri Municipal League Westgate Division's recipients of the "Civic Leadership Award" were Blue Springs residents, Bill Essmann and Eleanor Frasier.

The Civic Leadership Award celebrates the work of outstanding business and civic leaders and their contributions to the improvement of their communities. 


Essmann and Frasier were honored at the Missouri Municipal League's Civic Leadership Awards Dinner on Thursday, July 21, 2011 at the Adams Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs, Missouri.


Bill has been active in the community since moving to Blue Springs in 1994, serving on several boards and commissions. In February 2011, Mayor Ross appointed Bill as the Committee Chairperson for the Blue Springs Public Safety Sales Tax Campaign. Essmann's determination was key in the committee's successfully passage of the April 2011 election campaign for a sales tax for Public Safety in Blue Springs. 


Bill was able to recruit over 100 volunteers and lead a grass-roots campaign including speakers' bureaus, phone banks, letters, articles and signage. Through the committee's efforts, the Public Safety Sales Tax passed nearly a 70 percent approval rating. Special thanks to Tom Echerd, Maureen Johnson, Chris Henning, and Melodie Chrisman for their especially hard work and hours of dedication to the campaign and to their city.


For the past 23 years, Eleanor has been a powerful community leader. Eleanor's first love is public art and she was the charter member of the Arts Advocates Committee which became the Blue Springs Public Art Commission. The Commission is responsible for the 33 pieces of public art enjoyed by the Blue Springs community.


For the past two years, Eleanor guided Blue Springs into the national spotlight with her work on The Wall That Heals - Blue Springs. Through her relentless passion for the Vietnam Veterans in our community and her desire to give them the "Welcome Home" they deserved, Eleanor spearheaded the most successful The Wall That Heals event in the history of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.


I was honored to recognize Bill and Eleanor for their amazing commitment of service and the contributions they have made to the City of Blue Springs. It is with gratitude that I extend this honor for their dedication to Blue Springs and helping to make our City one of progress and promise.

2011 National Night Out
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I hope to see all of you at the 13th Annual National Night Out in Blue Springs on August 2 from 6-9 p.m. in Downtown Blue Springs. This free family event brings together residents, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials for an evening focused on crime prevention and safety.


Among the participating organizations are: Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, Lee's Summit Underwater Rescue and Recovery Team, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, CodeRED, Let's Move! Blue Springs and many more.


Councilman Dale Carter, Blue Springs native and morning show co-host for Country 94.1, KFKF will emcee the event's main stage. Entertainment includes a magic exhibition by former Mayor Steve Steiner, a musical performance by the Holy Hill Baptist Church Youth Choir and dancers from TaJazz School of Dance.


Special thanks to Blue Springs National Night Out sponsors: Target, UMB Bank, Price Chopper, Sonic, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, Kennedy's Custom Jewelers, 3 Suns Cruise and Tours, Kleinschmidt's Western Store, Blue Springs Fitness, China One, Panera Bread, Texas Roadhouse, Rancho Grande, Family YMCA Blue Springs, Union Station, 1 Bible Baptist Church, The Cake Pan and Lamar's Donuts.


For additional information about the Blue Springs National Night Out Against Crime event including scheduled vendors and performances, click here.

First anniversary of the Recycling Center at Pink Hill Park
Van of Recycling

WOW! Look at all of those plastic bottles!

This week marks the one-year anniversary of the Pink Hill Park Recycling Center.  The center has been very successful in its first year!  The total number of pound collected in the first year:

  • Paper              122,560
  • Cardboard        72,600
  • Glass               58,660
  • Steel               15,160
  • PET # Plastic    15,400

In the past year, we have diverted 313,060 pounds of recyclable material from the landfill!!


The Pink Hill Recycling Center is the first of its kind in Blue Springs.  The center was made possible due to several resident-lead strategic planning initiatives, city support and grant funding.

For more information about the Pink Hill Park Recycling Center, click here.

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.