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Truman Heartland Community Foundation Citizens of the Year
National Preparedness Month
Woods Chapel Road Update
9-1-1 Sign Project
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 Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival 

Friday, September 13

Noon to 10 p.m.


Saturday, September 14

10 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Sunday, September 15

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Downtown Blue Springs

 District 1 Town Hall Meeting 


Thursday, September 26

 6:30 p.m.

Pointe of Hope Church

1215 NW Highway 7


District 1 Councilmen Dale Carter and Jeff Quibell will host a Town Hall Meeting to talk with community members about city government issues. 


The councilmen will provide information about the Dedicated Parks Sales Tax Initiative, field questions from residents and facilitate dialog about district priorities. 

Refreshments will be available at this meeting. For more information about the town hall meetings, email Councilman Dale Carter or Councilman Jeff Quibell.

 Let's Move! Saturdays Happy Birthday Party! 

September 21, 1-4 p.m.

Gage Center

1101 NW Jefferson


Wow!  Has it been two years already?  Join Let's Move! Saturdays as they celebrate two years at the Gage Center!


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 and StandUp Blue Springs coordinate the events and Cockrell & McIntosh Pediatrics donates funds to print the calendar of events.  The City of Blue Springs helps to promote these events.  


To see the 2013 Fall Let's Move! Blue Springs Calendar of Events, click here.


This group is always in need of volunteers to keep the program going.  If you would like to donate your time or services to the program, click here.

 Dentistry from the Heart by Foster Dental Care

September 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Foster Dental Care

2150 NW South Outer Road


Foster Dental Care is teaming up with Dentistry From the Heart to offer
FREE Dentistry for our community.


Services Performed Include:
Cleanings, Fillings & Extractions


All treatment is first-come, first-served, adults only; be sure to bring state ID & a list of any medications & health information.  Information Line: (816) 463-9529


To volunteer or donate supplies/services for the event, email

 Mayor's Community Prayer Breakfast

Thursday, October 31

6:30 a.m.
Adam's Pointe Conference Center
Tickets are $18 per person, $165 per table of 10


I invite you to join me at my annual prayer breakfast.  Our key note speaker is Joplin Missouri's Superintendent of Schools Dr. C.J. Huff who led his community in an amazing effort to rebuild.  The Joplin community is currently transforming their disastrous tragedy into their finest hour.

To reserve your tickets, call Judy Q at (816) 228-8888 or click here.

 National Night Out Against Crime

 Tuesday, October 1
5:30-8:30 p.m.
Downtown Blue Springs

I invite your family to join us as we celebrate the 15th 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 1 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. to take a stand against crime and drug abuse.
Mac from the Missouri Mavericks will be here from 6-7:30 p.m. and we will have refreshment, give aways and games!

 Let's Move! Saturdays!

  Title Boxing
1821 SW Highway 7
September 14, 10-11 a.m.
Join us for boxing activities!  Kids 8 years old and up with signed waiver.

   Club 7 Fitness
September 21, 9-11 a.m.
Join us for a Kids Fit Boot Camp, fitness activities and open gym for adults.

Gage Center
September 21, 1-4 p.m.
Join us for a Happy Birthday Party!
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It is with a heavy heart that I announce that retired Captain Tony Modrell passed away from natural causes on Tuesday, September 3.  Captain Modrell served the Blue Springs Police Department for almost 40 years and will be greatly missed.  
September is Library Card Sign-up Month and the Mid-Continent Library will be at City Hall a few times this month to help people sign up for cards.  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.

From Left to Right:  Councilman Chris Lievsay, former mayor Steve Steiner, Dale Walkup and Mayor Carson Ross.  Special thanks to Councilman Chris Lievsay for the photo!

I am proud to announce that the 2013 Truman Heartland Community Foundation Outstanding Citizen Award recipients are Blue Springs residents, former mayor Steve Steiner and Dale Walkup.

The Outstanding Citizen Award honors area citizens in our communities who, thanks to their service and charitable support, have made signific

ant contributions to the places where we live and work. 


Steve Steiner and Dale Walkup are extraordinary residents that enable positive growth and community partnerships here in Blue Springs.  It was my pleasure to honor them at the Truman Heartland Community Foundation's 'Toast To Our Towns' Gala on September 7, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri.


Thank you again to former mayor Steve Steiner and Dale Walkup for your contributions to our community and for helping to make our City one of progress and promise.

National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month and our Friends over at Central Jackson County Emergency Management Agency (CJCEMA) are conducting a Preparedness Contest.


Each week, CJCEMA will ask a preparedness question via their social media sites.  They will be raffling off one Midland Weather Radio to each week to people that enter the contest.


This week's question is: If a disaster happened during the day and your house were compromised, do you have an alternative family meeting place? Assume all cell phone towers are out of service, does your family know where you would meet them? Remember, this alternative meeting place is AWAY from your house..... do you have one?


Send your answers to by 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 7, 2013 to be entered into this week's drawing.  


I encourage you to follow CJCEMA on Facebook and Twitter to find out about future contest questions or for more information on Emergency Management in our area.

Woods Chapel Road Update

Woods Chapel Road Update


Right now, crews are working on:

  • Concrete paving on the approach ramps and installing red concretes in the islands.
  • Barrier walls at both ends of the bridge deck.
  • Sodding along I-70 ramps and other areas.


Woods Chapel Road Bridge and I-70 Interchange Closure  


The City in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Transportation

will close Woods Chapel Road over I-70 between South Outer Road and Jefferson Street including the ramps connecting Woods Chapel to I-70 on Tuesday, September 24 at 9 p.m.   The roadway will reopen as a diverging diamond interchange on Wednesday, September 25 at 5 a.m.  


Northbound traffic on Woods Chapel Road will be detoured to South Outer Road and then to Highway 7.  Southbound traffic on Wood Chapel Road will be detoured to Jefferson Street and also to Highway 7.  The ramps to and from I-70 to Woods Chapel Road will be closed to motorists.


"We are very excited that the Diverging Diamond Interchange will be opening soon," said Mayor Carson Ross.  "That being said, we will all need to learn how to navigate through a new traffic pattern.  Please give yourselves a few extra minutes for your first commute through the newly configured intersection." 


By Wednesday morning, traffic on Woods Chapel Road at I-70 will be switched to a diverging diamond with new pavement striping and a new traffic configuration.  As part of the continuing work on the new interchange, westbound and eastbound I-70 will be reduced to one lane under the Woods Chapel Road Bridge from 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 25, to 5 a.m. Thursday, September 26, to install pedestrian fencing for the new sidewalk across the bridge.  In addition, one lane of southbound Woods Chapel Road across the bridge will be closed for this work.  If necessary, work will continue again Thursday night into Friday morning, September 27.


For more information about the Diverging Diamond Interchange, click here.

9-1-1 Sign Project


In an emergency, every minute is precious. This is especially true when you have an emergency that requires 9-1-1 response.  Being able to relay to a 9-1-1 operator your exact location can shave minutes off their response time.


A recent Eagle Scout Candidate project aimed to help 9-1-1 callers be able to relay their exact locations on City trails by installing trail markers along the trail at Lake Remembrance in Gregory O. Grounds Park.


Eagle Scout Candidate Aaron Gernetzke approached the City's Community Development Department with the idea of adding signs to the trail for safety.  Aaron found out about the program through the Mid-America Regional Council's work for regional Trail Safety initiated by the City of Lenexa, KS.


Aaron worked with the City's Community Development Department to survey, grid identify and locate potential sign post sites.  The City's Public Works Sign Shop then designed and fabricated the trail signs. 


Aaron with help from his Scout Troop installed the signs around Lake Remembrance.  The signs are placed in areas they can be easily seen and identified.  Each sign is for a specific grid point on a map and are double-sided. 


Special thanks to Aaron Gernetzke, Gail Porter and Richard Edmisson for their help to make this project a reality.  I am pleased to congratulate Aaron for completing all of the requirements for Eagle Scout.  We are thankful for all of your hard work on this project and we appreciate you helping to make Blue Springs that much safer!

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.