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2011 City Employee Biggest Loser Competition

Last week, I congratulated David Johnson and Raquel Stark for winning the 4th Annual Blue Springs Employee's Biggest Loser Competition.  Raquel lost a whopping 14.36% and David lost 10.94% of their body weight!


Congratulations to second place winners, Tish Bennett and Steve Moore; and third place winners, Allison Hamilton and Roscoe Righter.


The competition was 16-weeks long and open to all City Employees.  


As a group, participants lost just under 200 pounds or 6.05% of their combined body weight.  This is the highest loss percentage in the program's history!


Congratulations again to all the participants!

Fallen Officer Memorial Service

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Friday, May 20, 3 p.m.
Howard L. Brown 
Public Safety Building
1100 SW Smith Street
Blue Springs, MO

I hope that you will join us for the 10th Annual Blue Springs Police Department's Fallen Officer Memorial Service.  

The speaker will be Colonel Don "Doc" Ballard, U.S. Army, ret., Medical Service Corps, 3BN, Marines, Vietnam.

As always, this will be a truly moving experience as we honor those who have sacrificed for our safety.
Community Events
Let's Move!
National Kids to Parks Day and Story Time in the Park
Saturday, May 14
11 a.m.
Rotary Park, Shelter #1
600 NW Vesper Hall

Join the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department and the Blue Springs South Mid-Continent Public Library for an afternoon of fun!  Activities will include a reading of "My World of Color" to celebrate Armed Forces Day, a bounce house, crafts, fishing booth, rhymes and songs!  Bring a blanket for story time.

For more information on Let's Move! Blue Springs, click here.

The Visit 

Dedication of "The Visit"


Thursday, May 26
6:30-7:30 p.m.
St. Mary's Lobby
201 NW R.D. Mize Rd.

Join us as we dedicate "The Visit" at its new permanent home at St. Mary's Medical Center.

For more information on "The Visit," click here.

City Furlough Day

Friday, June 17


The City of Blue Springs will observe a citywide furlough day on Friday, June 17. The City will officially be closed except for essential public safety services. 


All city buildings will be closed, including the city-operated state license bureau located at City Hall. Police Headquarters will remain open to support essential public safety services.


For more information, click here.

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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.

This time of year is always exciting with students celebrating graduations and families gearing up for vacations.  


I will have the honor of being the keynote speaker at the Blue River Metropolitan Community College commencement ceremony on Friday, May 20.  I look forward to sharing my story and encouraging graduates to continue to reach for excellence. 


Memorial Day weekend is almost upon us.  It's a time for us to thank those who have given their lives for this great nation.  This weekend is when we enjoy family, food, friends, fun and freedom.  I wish you all a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.


I want to send my condolences to the family of Councilman Grant Bowerman.  Councilman Bowerman's father recently passed away and I want him to know that his father will be missed.  


I speak often about civic engagement and I want to remind everyone that our Boards, Commissions and Task Forces consist of Blue Springs residents that volunteer their time to serve our community.  These meetings are open to the public and I encourage you to get involved. Great communities don't just happen, they are the result of hard work, extraordinary citizens and partnerships between public and private entities for the betterment of Blue Springs.  To learn more about your Boards, Commissions and Task Forces, 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.

Construction Around Town
Colbern & 7 HWY


There has been quite a bit of construction happening around Blue Springs lately.  Construction has begun on the Colbern Road & Highway 7 intersection.  This project is part of the Bond Improvements Bond Initiative voted on by Blue Springs residents in 2008.  This project will widen Highway 7 adding turn lanes, center islands and provide signal improvements.  For more information about the Bond Improvements, click here



Construction is in full swing at the new home of HyVee located at Highway 7 & Highway 40.  This store is slated to open in early 2012. 



The old Sinclair gas station located just north of the I-70 interchange on Highway 7 has been cleared to make room for a new QuikTrip convenience store that will built on this location soon.

Memorial Day Weekend Events 
Centennial Pool-Plex


On Saturday, May 28 from 12:30-7 p.m. we invite you to join us at the kick-off event for the Centennial Pool-Plex!  The pool, located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive, will be free to the public for this one-day event.  To purchase pool pass tickets to the Centennial Pool-Plex, call (816) 228-0137.


concert at the park 

On Sunday, May 29, the Music in the Park Concert series returns to Rotary Park located at 500 NW Vesper!  This free event concert series features a different band every Sunday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  To see the complete 2011 concert lineup, click here.

Copper Thieves Strike Hidden Valley Park
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On Monday, May 16, City employees discovered copper thieves had caused significant property damage to the lights at Hidden Valley Park.  This kind of theft is not victim-less, it impacts the City and the community as a whole.


Cases of copper theft at public facilities are on the rise in the metro.  If you know anything about this incident, call police dispatch at (816) 228-0151.  You can also send information anonymously to the Text-A-TIP number by texting "BSPD" plus your message to 274637 or by calling the Tips Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.


For more information about this theft, click here.

Local Government Week

As many of you know, I am President of the Missouri Municipal League, an organization dedicated to developing a sense of unity and cooperation between cities, towns and villages in Missouri.  


On Tuesday, May 3, I joined mayors from all over Missouri for the first annual Mayor's Breakfast in Jefferson City, Mo., to celebrate Local Government Week.


The aim of Local Government Week is to raise awareness of what local government does for us on a daily basis and how you can get involved in your community.  I recently wrote an article for the Kansas City Star about this topic and you can read it by clicking here.


If you would like to learn more about the Missouri Municipal League, click here.  If you would like to learn more about YOUR Blue Springs government, click here or become a fan on Facebook by clicking here or follow us on Twitter 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 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.