Spring/Summer Code Tips
Below are some tips residents can use to make sure their property is maintained as we enter summer.
1. RESIDENT LAWNS
Lawns should not exceed 8 inches in height. Eradicate any poison ivy on your residential property.
2. TREE LIMBS
Limbs that overhang the sidewalk or street must be
trimmed. Call Public Works at (816) 220-0121 if you have questions about limbs in the rights-of-way of streets.
3. BRUSH PILES
Brush piles must be removed and properly disposed. Open burning is not permitted within City limits.
4. TRASH CONTAINERS
Trash for pick up should be placed no further than 5 feet from the home. Curbside pick up is prohibited. All trash must be contained at all times.
Codes information is available 24/7 online. Click here to read more.
Alzheimer's Association Donation
On Saturday, June 13 Councilman Edmonson, three City of Blue Springs employees and myself competed against the City of Grain Valley in a "Rib Relay" to raise money for the charity of our choice.
Though our team did not win, I am proud to say that as the runner up, we were able to raise $300 to the Alzheimer's Association thanks to a monetary donation by Texas Roadhouse on our behalf.
Motorist Alert: Road Closures
As of June 24, Smith Street at the intersections of 11th & 12th Streets will be closed as crews continue work on the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building. 11th Street will be closed to south-bound traffic after Smith Street.
This is a temporary closures and should last for approximately four months, weather pending. The following businesses will remain open during the road closure and customers can park in the Municipal Parking Lot:
America's Community Bank drive-thru
- Looks of Sheer Elegance Beauty Salon
- BlueSprings Farmer's Market
Friday, June 26
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Burrus Old Mill Skate Park
112 N.W. Woods Chapel Road
Registration is still open for this event!
For an $11 fee, participants can enter one of three categories for 2015 bragging rights:
- Beginners (10 years old & under)
- Intermediate (18 months experience or more)
- Expert (more than two years experience)
Preregistration is recommended but participants can sign up the day of. Helmets and signed waivers are required.
Special thanks to Elks Lodge #2509 for partnering with Blue Springs Parks & Recreation to sponsor this event.
This event is free to watch so be sure to tell your family and friends to come cheer you on. For more information,
The Blue Springs Economic Development Council ( BSEDC) is now accepting applications for the 2015 EMPOWER Business Awards.
Launched in 2014, the EMPOWER Business Awards gives area businesses and residents a chance to nominate their choice of local companies and individuals they believe best "empowers" a growing Blue Springs. You can even nominate yourself!To complete the nomination process click here to complete the form and send the completed form to Teresa Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to show your support of this new award, there are sponsorship opportunities available. For more information, please contact Teresa at (816)-228-0208.
St. Mary's Farmers' Market
St. Mary's Medical Center
201 N.W. RD Mize Road
The Farmers' Market is returning to
and will offer fresh garden produce from Beckner's Orchard of Lexington, Mo.
Debit cards and cash accepted.
Chamber Education Foundation
I am proud to share that the 2015 Dancing with the Chamber Stars event, hosted by the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, raised $6,400.01 for the Blue Springs Education Foundation which will fund the Chambers Scholarship Program.
Thank you to everyone who voted. Your contribution has made a difference!
Let's Move! Saturdays!
These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.
To view the entire spring/su
June 27, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Tumbling & Tap, ages 2-5 (potty trained, please)
513 S.W. Keystone Drive
July 11, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Open roller skating.
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It is officially summer and as the temperature rises there is even more ways to enjoy outdoors Blue Springs.
Come out this Saturday to cheer on a healthy competition between Team USA Women's Softball and Team KC at our own Hidden Valley Sports Complex. If you would rather participate in an activity, then you can register for our Skateboard Competition this Friday. Read on to find out more about each event.
I hope to see you at the city's annual Red, White and Blue Springs! Our annual fireworks display is free and open to the public with live music sponsored by Country 94.1 KFKF-FM. When shooting your own fireworks, be neighborly by keeping our community clean and safe: discharge fireworks only during the allotted time and pick up debris from discharged fireworks.
As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.
Employee Liquor Permitting Improvements
An amendment to the city Code of Ordinances now provides a more efficient process to obtain a city Employee Liquor Permit.
This update means:
- This city will no longer issue temporary permits and will honor all current permits until they expire.
- both the renewal and application process from paper forms and in-person classes to online training.
The training is offered through the State of Missouri Alcohol Responsibility Training (SMART) program. SMART is an interactive, web-based course available 24/7 and free of charge to people who own or work for any Missouri establishment licensed to sell alcohol. Click here to access the SMART program and create an account.
After completing the online training program with a score of 100%, applicants simply bring the following items to the Blue Springs Police Department, Records Unit located in the Municipal Annex, 1304 W. Main Street:
- a copy of the SMART certificate
- a completed Blue Springs Employee Liquor Permit Application
- proof of identification.
Click here for more information.
Hosting Team USA
On Saturday, June 27 Blue Springs will be hosting Team USA Women's National Softball as they play Team KC in an exhibition-style game at our own Hidden Valley Sports Complex.
Team KC is made up of 24 players and six of them are from our two area high schools. From Blue Springs High School:
- Alexis Reid, Pitcher
- Darian Frost, Catcher
- Erin Keeney, first base/third base
- Lonnie Groves, shortstop
- Madison Sykes, third base/shortstop.
From Blue Springs South High School:
- Makenzie Musgrove, base/shortstop.
Team USA is a women's softball team and a member of the Amateur Softball Association (ASA), the only softball association recognized by the US Olympic Committee. Each year, the Women's US National teams go on the road for a series of exhibition games and I am honored that they have chosen to come to Blue Springs.
This exhibition game provides an excellent opportunity for our own Blue Springs players to showcase their skills.
Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at kcmetroasa.com. Tickets must be picked up in the Will Call area on Field 7. Pick up times:
- June 25: 4-8 p.m.
- June 26: Noon to 7 p.m.
- June 27 (Day of event): 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
July 4th Celebration
Each year community members celebrate the day of our nation's independence with families and loved ones. For me, it's a time to honor those who have given their life so that we could have our freedom. A popular aspect of this celebration is the use of fireworks.
You may not know that fireworks sales in Blue Springs are unique as all licensed vendors are nonprofit organizations in our community. During a four-day sales period, these vendors are able to help fund their community programs throughout the year. To see a list of the 15 licensed nonprofit organizations, click here.
Legal fireworks discharge hours within city limits are July 1-3, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and July 4, 10 a.m. to Midnight. Discharge of bottle rockets or aerial luminaries is prohibited.
The Police Department will increase street patrol and law enforcement measures over the weekend to make sure residents are complying with the City's Fireworks Ordinance.
To report fireworks violations:
- Call Police Dispatch at (816) 228-0151
- Text-A-Tip; text BSPD plus your message, including location to Crimes (274637)
I encourage you to "Be a Good Neighbor" this holiday by being mindful of your Blue Springs neighbors, the environment and the appearance of our community. Please dispose of all debris after discharging fireworks. We need everyone's help to keep our community operating as a clean, safe and enjoyable place to live and celebrate.
Red, White & Blue Springs:
I hope to see you at the City's Fireworks Display on Saturday, July 4 at Blue Springs High School, 2000 N.W. Ashton Drive. This show is free and open to the public! Country 94.1 KFKF's Debbie Erikson will be headlining the show! Country artist Jackson Gulick will kick off the free show at 7:30 p.m. - gates will open at 6 p.m. The fireworks display begins around 9:45 p.m.
LEADership Blue Springs Class Graduation
Each year since 1991, the Chamber has solicited nominations from areas businesses, professional groups, and high schools to take part in a unique, hands-on learning experience. Once a month for a nine moth period, participants attend a session at a local or regional organization to learn more about the Blue Springs community.
The theme of this year's graduating class was "Spring into Action" with a focus on giving back to local businesses and organizations through volunteer work. Some of their efforts included restoration projects at Vesper Hall, Burr Oak Woods and the Blue Springs Historical Society.
Congratulations to the following 2014-2015 LEADership Blue Springs graduates!
Thank you for making a conscious effort to improve the Blue Springs Community.
Bike Racks in Downtown Blue Springs
I am constantly amazed by the generosity of our business owners here in Blue Spring.
This spring, the Bike Stop designed and fabricated 15 custom-designed bike racks for the downtown corridor.
These racks are valued at $4,350 and were donated in partnership with Downtown Alive!
Parks crews will be installing these new bike racks over the next few weeks. I invite to visit downtown and check them out!
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.
Carson Ross, Mayor
City of Blue Springs