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State of the City Address
Piccadilly Gala
Text to 9-1-1
CERT Training
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St. Pat's Day Parade
39th Annual 'Shortest and Smallest' St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 17, 9 a.m. 
The Soda Fountain
1112 W Main Street

The parade route starts at the Soda Fountain and ends across the street to the Keg.  Pre-parade festivities begin at 8 a.m. with coffee and donut
Business License Renewal
Another friendly reminder to our Blue Springs business owners that Monday, February 29, is the deadline to submit the annual business license application, payment and accompanying documents.
If you have any questions about the process,  click here.
Family Camp-In
  March 4-5, 7 p.m. - 7:30 a.m. 
Blue Springs Fieldhouse
425 N.E. Mock Ave
Ages 6+, $10 per person

Join Parks & Recreation for an indoor camp-in! 

Camp inside the Fieldhouse from Friday night through Saturday morning and enjoy after-hours access to the basketball courts and turf field, a bounce house, a movie on the big screen and more! Evening snacks and a light breakfast will be provided. 

Click hereto register. Registration must be received by Friday, February 26.
 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire winter/spring schedule, click here.

Gage Center
1101 NW Jefferson
February 27, 11 a.m. to Noon
Bump City

Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy
February 27, Noon to 3 p.m.
Open Swim with adult photo ID Kids 5 and under must have a parent in the pool. Parents must supervise for the duration of the event

ThunderDome Athletics 
2505 SW Highway 40, Ste. C
March 5, 10 - 11 a.m.
Kids speed & agility clinic, Ages 8+
City Government on CTV-7
Check out what's new and going on in Blue Springs, 24 hours a day,  7 days a week by tuning into CTV-7. You can watch Comcast Cable channel 7 or AT&T U-verse Channel 99.

To watch videos of past Blue Springs events, check out the City's YouTube page by clicking here 
City of Blue SpringsNews Happenings
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.

A special thank you to the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and our Economic Development Corporation for hosting my eighth annual State of the City Address. This year's theme is "Ain't No Stoppin' us Now" and it was a pleasure to highlight our 2015 accomplishments and our plans for 2016.
Keep reading to find out about upcoming events around Blue Springs including our annual Piccadilly Gala and the first indoor Camp-In to be housed in the new Fieldhouse.  

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.
2015 State of the City Address
I was honored to give my eighth annual State of the City Address last week at the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce luncheon.  
This year's theme, "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now!" fit perfectly and it allowed me to highlight our award-winning City and the continued dedication of our employees and community members in making Blue Springs a great place to live, work and grow!
I focused on how we will use Placemaking to create spaces for people to come together as we move forward in 2016 and shared some development projects we have planned for this year.  
Below is a list of videos from my presentation:  
If you missed the luncheon, we will be loading a video of my presentation to the City's YouTube channel.  If you would like to see a copy of my speech,  click here .
For an archive of past State of the City Addresses , click here  .
Piccadilly Gala
The Alive! in Wonderland Piccadilly Gala is fast approaching.  You still have the opportunity to support Downtown Alive! during this annual event and their efforts to revitalize downtown Blue Springs.
Tickets are $50 each and include dinner and one drink ticket. Table sales are also available. For ticket information, contact Cindy Miller, Downtown Alive! Executive Director at 816-228-2300 or 816-808-7553.
Text to 9-1-1
As of Friday, February 19 the text to 9-1-1 service has been made available to nine counties in the Greater Kansas City area including Jackson County. This new service allows individuals to text 911 in an emergency situation. 

Calling is still the best way to reach 9-1-1 because it allows emergency operators the chance to collect vital information more quickly, however; there are certain situations when making a phone call may not be possible. 

For more information, click here
CERT Training
Blue Springs' Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is now accepting applications for training classes. 

Class participants undergo an 8-week training program in disaster preparedness and basic emergency response skills. This training is no cost to residents of Blue Sprins, Grain Valley and Lake Tapawingo. Participants will be taught by personnel from the Blue Springs Police Department and the  Central Jackson County Fire Protection District. 

For more information about the CERT program and the prerequisites for the course please contact Blue Springs Police Sgt. Allen Kintz by calling 816-228-0178 or emailing
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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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.