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Fourth of July
Missouri Main Street Connection Recognition
Officer Waites' Retirement
Blood Drive
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N2 Specific Plan Summary Review
Tuesday, July 19
5-7 p.m.
Sinclair's Restuarant 
1402 NW 7 Highway

Community Development is inviting the community to review and discuss the summary findings for the N2 Specific Plan.

The summary findings will include feedback from the public meetings held in late April 2016 as well as data gathered from the Area Assessments.

If you cannot make either meeting, stop by the Community Development Department at City Hall and chat with us. Otherwise, you can always contact staff directly (Jim Holley or Karen Findora), leave your comments on Facebook or mention us on Twitter @bluespringsgov
Music in the Park

Doghouse Daddies
(Swingin' Blues)

Sunday, July 17
6-8 p.m.
Rotary Park
600 N.W. Vesper Street

 Grab a lawn chair and join us each Sunday in Rotary Park to enjoy FREE live music from various artists and genres including guitar blues, rock edge country, classic rock and more. 
Click here to see a full concert list.
MARC Fair Housing Meeting
Wednesday, July 20
6-8 p.m.
Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building 
Journagen Family Community Room
1100 SW Smith St

Blue Springs is participating in a new study lead by the Mid-Ameirica Regional Council (MARC) to determine how to help our residents access housing that meets their needs. 

All community members are invited to chat with the Community Development Department about difficulties they may have faced when obtaining housing. 

For more information on the MARC study, click here
 Downtown Streetscape 
You may notice something different the next time you visit the Downtown corridor. If you look up, you will see six new patriotic banners along main street. You will also notice the addition of two new benches in Central Park Central Park for community members to enjoy .

 Each of these additions are part of the overall mission Downtown Alive! has to enhance downtown Blue Springs. I appreciate their work that makes our community so vibrant. 

 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire summer schedul e,  click here .

Dynamic Dance
1901 SW Highway 40
July 16, 11 a.m. to Noon
Dance Class

Blue Springs BMX Track
2715 NW Park Drive
July 23, 8-10 a.m.
Bike Racing
For rules and rainout information call 816-866-3963

Club 7 Fitness
1241 SW Highway 7
July 23, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Kids Fit Boot Camp, fitness activities, open gym for adults

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 on e-stop source for city information and news updates, including those items most important to you.

I hope everyone had a safe and fun Fourth of July. I want to thank those residents who were "Good Neighbors" and observed the hours that fireworks are legally allowed and disposed of the fireworks debris afterwards. 

Keep reading to find out how you can give input to enhance your community with one of the two public meetings our City will be hosting in the week ahead.
Finally, I encourage those who are able to consider donating blood at the City's annual blood drive. Last year we were able to collect 35 units of life-saving blood because of your donations! 

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.
Fourth of July
Top photo (left to right): District 1 Council Members Jeff Quibell and Dale Carter with Mayor Carson Ross; Bottom Photo: Community members enjoying the live concert

Special thanks to all who were able to come out and enjoy our annual Red, White and Blue Springs event. This year we had a great show thanks to County 94.1 KFKF-FM who presented artist Jake Worthington (as seen on The Voice) and 6 Degrees West and  St. Mary's Medical Center who helped sponsor this event.  

Concert guests and residents from all over Blue Springs enjoyed the fireworks display began around 9:30 p.m.  Special thanks to all of our sponsors for helping us continue this great tradition.
Missouri Main Street Connection Recognition 

I am happy to share that the City of Blue Springs has two projects in the semi-finalist category for the Missouri Main Street  Evening of Excellence Dinner and Awards Ceremony.  The nominations are:

  • "Outstanding New Development Project"- Nomination for Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building
  • "Creating Creative Place"- Nomination for the Public Art Project  

Special thanks to Downtown Alive! for submitting the nominations and shining a light on our rich downtown area. Winners will be announced during the dinner on Thursday, July 28th.  
Officer Charlie Waites' Retirement 

Blue Springs Police Officer Charlie Waites retired this July following 40 years of service in our community. 

For the past 16 years, Officer Waites has been the primary D.A.R.E. officer and as the "Dean of D.A.R.E."he has been able to positively impact the lives of more than 16,000 youth. During his time with the City, Officer Waites has received several honors including the Medal of Valor along with several lifesaving awards.

I would like to thank officers Waites for all of his contributions and for making Blue Springs a better place to live. 
City of Blue Springs Blood Drive

Each presenting  donor will receive a Royals t-shirt!  There is no substitute for blood. It has to come from one person in order to give to another. A critical number of voluntary donations are required every day to meet the need for blood in the Blue Springs area. The blood you donate could help save a life of someone in our community. 

I urge you to give and make a difference in someone's life! Click here to sign up and use sponsor code BSCITY or email to register. 
 City Government of 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 on 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.
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.