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Programming/CodeRED Signup Event

Saturday, June 2
10 a.m. to noon
Price Chopper North
1100 NW Highway 7
The Central Jackson County Emergency Management Agency is teaming up with KCTV 5 Chief Meteorologist Chris Suhan to host a weather radio programming/CodeRED signup event.
Bring in your weather radio (or purchase one at the event) and have it programmed to our area so you can keep upto date with the latest weather alerts for Jackson County.

CodeRED signup information and weather safety information will also be available.  To learn more about CodeRED, click here.

 Blue Springs 

Kids Triathlon

June 16
Body Marking starts at 
6:15 a.m. and 
events start at 7:30 a.m.
1300 SE Adams Dairy PKWY

We are proud to announce the first Blue Springs Kids Triathlon on June 16, 2012.  This triathlon has three age divisions. To register, click here!

The triathlon is broken down into three separate age brackets.

Tri for Tots (ages 4-5)
Ages 6-10
Ages 11-14

For more information, click here.

 Around Town

On May 10, I presented a $500 check to Mary Potter and former mayor Steve Steiner for the  'Save the Depot' project from the privately donated Mayor's Community Fund.
If you would like to learn more about the 'Save the Depot' project, visit the Blue Springs Historical Society's website by clicking here.
At the May 21 Council Meeting, the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce presented the 2012 Blue Springs Leadership Class to the council.
This class hosted the Cinco De Mayo Health & Wellness Fiesta earlier this month at the Blue Springs High School.
This program aims to develop a
leadership pool for the present and future of our community.  
To learn more about the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, click here.
I wanted to give a big thanks to Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Quibell for performing some Mayoral duties while I spent time visiting family in California. 

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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.

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 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. 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.
'Render Honors' program for Veterans Way Memorial



As you may have heard, the group that brought The Wall to Blue Springs is working on a permanent memorial to identify the location where "The Wall That Heals" was exhibited in 2010 at Pink Hill Park.  This site will be dedicated to the sacrifice, the courage and the valor of all veterans who served in the United States armed forces.  


Being that next weekend is Memorial Day, featuring the Veterans Way Memorial 'Render Honors' program seems appropriate.  This 'adopt-a-tree' style program allows you to purchase one of the 24 flowering trees along the memorial trail to honor a loved one.


Trees are on a first-come basis and include a personalized black granite plaque with personal information about the honoree.  Living veterans are also invited to participate in this program and updates to life events can be made at a future date.  


The 'Render Honors' program is tax deductible and donations for program participation are set at $400 a tree.  


To participate or for more information, call (816) 655-0490 or send an email by clicking here.

Memorial Day Weekend Events
Centennial Pool-Plex


Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the swim season at The Blue - Blue Springs Centennial Pool-Plex!  The pool, located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive, is now managed by the Blue Springs School District and has received several upgrades.  The pool will be opening daily beginning Saturday, May 26 from noon to 7:30 p.m.


Pool passes can be purchased at the Blue Springs High School or online.  To purchase pool pass tickets or for more information, click here.



concert at the park


On Sunday, May 27, the Music in the Park Concert series returns to Rotary Park located at 500 NW Vesper!  The concert series starts out with a double-header concert featuring The Mighty Moe Joes! (Top 40) from 4-6 p.m. then The Candymakers (Blues) follow from 6:30-8:30 p.m. 


This free event concert series features a different band every Sunday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  To see the complete 2012 concert lineup, click here.  

Development Update


On May 16, I joined Ecto President John Rose and Vice President Ed Lawrence as they broke ground on an expansion of its headquarters here in Blue Springs. The expansion project will add 2,500 square-foot addition to accommodate future growth.  Ecto is an 18-year-old company providing chemical and pesticide formulation, registration and research services for pharmaceutical and animal health companies.


Ecto has a special meaning to me as it all started when I met someone in their organization while getting my tires serviced on Big Red.  We are excited that Ecto no only calls Blue Springs home, but is expanding its business here as well.  This event was co-hosted by the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation.  




Development continues to progress at Adams Dairy Landing.  TJ-Maxx and Home Goods are open and Ross Dress For Less will be opening soon (top photo.)  I am also proud to announce that Charming Charlie's is now open (bottom photo.)




Construction on Woods Chapel Road is in full swing.  Utility Companies have been working this week to relocate lines to make room for the widening phase of the project.


Please note that speed limit has been lowered to 25 miles per hour and that fines will be doubled in the construction zone.  We want to ensure that this project is safe for both commuters and workers.


To learn more about the Woods Chapel Road project, click 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.