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Open Your Heart to Main Street in Recognition to Women's Heart Awareness Month

February 9, 5-8 p.m.

Downtown Blue Springs


Rediscover Main Street with prize drawings, chocolate & wine samples, Valentine's Day gift ideas, giveaways & samples, and free health information.   


Participating businesses are from 7th and Main to 15th and Main and will be designated with red balloons.  St. Mary's Medical Center will be providing health screenings.  


For information call 229-8724 and ask for Christine.



Court Hour Changes


The Blue Springs Municipal Court office hours have temporarily changed to Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this has caused, but appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.


Upcoming events
Rape Aggression Defense Systems Class
March 7-28
CJCFPD Education Center
4175 US 40 HWY
The Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department is offering "Rape Aggression Defense Systems Training", (RAD) for women 15 years of age and older.  
This national training program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques will be taught by the Blue Springs Police certified RAD instructors.  Students will be provided with self-defense options for all levels of physical ability.  Both physical and non-physical options, as well as insight into the attacker's mind-set, will be provided.
For more information on any of these events, call (816) 228-0238.
Winter Resources
Snow Removal
The Snow Removal Hotline number is (816) 228-0295.  If you would like to learn more about the City's Snow Removal Program, click here.
To report a pothole, call the Pothole Hotline at (816) 228-0291 and leave the exact location of the hole, the nearest cross street, and your name and phone number so that we may contact you if we have problems locating the hole.

  To learn more about the City's Pothole Repair Program, click here.
Power Outages
If you are experiencing a power outage in your area, call 1 (888) 544-4852.  To learn more about KCP&L's Winter Storm Program, 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.

February is Black History Month.  Black History Month actually started as Negro History Week in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson. Since 1976, it is celebrated annually in the United States of America and Canada. Black History Month is also referred to as African-American History Month.

The goal of Black History Month is to educate the American people about African-Americans' cultural backgrounds and achievements.  I encourage you to visit one of the Blue Springs Mid-Continental Public Libraries to learn more about this vital part of American culture.

I would like to take a moment to welcome aboard Ginger Duhon, who will be serving on the Planning Commission.  Duhon will be filling the vacancy left by James May, who was appointed to fill the City Council District 1 seat.  To learn more about the Planning Commission, click here.

This weekend I will be doing one of my favorite things, welcoming new businesses to Blue Springs.  I hope to see you at Michael's in Adam's Dairy Landing on Sunday at 9:45 a.m. as I help cut the ribbon at their Grand Opening.

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.

2011 Blizzard Response
Blue Springs snow plow


On February 1, the National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for the Blue Springs area.  


As the storm progressed the Central Jackson County Emergency Management Agency (CJCEMA) was activated.  The CJCEMA consists of the cities of Blue Springs, Lake Tapawingo, Grain Valley, the surrounding unincorporated areas of Eastern Jackson County and the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District (CJCFPD.)  The mission of this agency is to support and coordinate emergency management efforts to ensure that Central Jackson County is prepared to protect against, plan for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made hazards.


Blue Springs official snow accumulation from the storm was over 12 inches with snow drifts over 18 inches deep.  When snow reaches these depths, the snow removal process becomes more challenging.


Our snow removal teams worked around the clock putting in over 2,200 man hours during our response to the storm.  I wanted to give these fine men and women who clean and maintain our streets during these storms  a public "THANK YOU!!"  I received many emails and phone calls from Blue Springs residents complimenting our crews on a job well done during this severe storm.  These kind of storms are not common in our area and they did an outstanding job during a difficult blizzard. 


If you have any photos of the "Blizzard of 2011" we would love to see them!  Send your photos to


The CJCFPD would like to remind residents that if you have a fire hydrant on your property, take a few minutes and clean the snow away from it so it can be found easily in an emergency.


To keep up with our snow removal process while a storm is in progress, follow our Twitter feed by clicking here, or become a fan of the City's Facebook page by clicking hereDuring the last few storms, we have made it a priority to keep you updated on our snow response via our social media sites.

Volunteers In Police Services Presentation
VIPs check presentation

VIPS members presented a check to Mayor Carson Ross for the 2010 assessed value of VIPS service to the Blue Springs community. In 2010, VIPS members logged a total of 3,829.25 hours of service that was valued by the Department of Labor at $67,360.91!

At the February 7th City Council Meeting, Sergeant Allen Kintz gave an update on the Volunteers in Police Service or VIPS program. 


The VIPS program began in May of 2008 as a natural progression from the former Non Commissioned Officer Program. This core group of the VIPS Program consisted of 10 people and ranged in age from 17 to 64. The VIPS program currently has 22 volunteers on staff.  So far, VIPS members have logged 7,863.5 hours of service since the program began! 

Duties include database management, teaching training classes, crisis response and assisting Animal Control. VIPS members also assist at community events such as the Fall Fun Festival, DWI Checkpoint operations and National Night Out Against Crime. 

If you are interested in joining the VIPS Program or would like more information, contact Sgt. Allen Kintz or Ed "Doc" Golden at (816) 228-0178 or click here.


Thank you again to all the VIPS members that help our Police Department provide superior service to Blue Springs!


The Blue Springs Police Department is know for its excellence.  In 2010, we received over 150 unsolicited compliments from residents on a job well done.  Thank you again to all the men and women that make up the Blue Springs Police Department on your commitment to our community.

Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet
2010 Chamber Banquet

First Lady Eloise and Mayor Carson Ross; Outstanding Citizen Award winners Scott Fullerton and Dr. Eleanor Frasier

On January 28th, the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet at the Adams Pointe Conference Center.  Sponsors of the event were UMB Bank and Hy-Vee Food & Drug Store.  This event not only honors community members but celebrates business in Blue Springs.


During the event, Ryan Fry, Cochran, Oswald & Roam, was thanked for his work as the 2010 Chair of the Board.  Jennifer Splittorff, The Vernon Company, was welcomed as 2011 Chair of the Board.  The theme for 2011, Business is Great was announced by Splittorff.  Quoting Winston Churchill, Splittorff said, "Attitude is a LITTLE thing that makes a BIG difference!  Why is Business Great in Blue Springs?  ...Because Blue Springs is Great!"


The following people and companies received awards for outstanding work and dedication to the community.  Congratulations everyone!  


First Ever Distinguished Member Award

Meyer Music

Ted and Betty Meyer

Honored for 40+ years of continuous membership with the Chamber  


Outstanding Citizen Award

Dr. Eleanor Frasier and 

Scott Fullerton, Fullerton & Company, LLC, CPA's  


Business of the Year

Hy-Vee Food & Drug Store

Steve Mokosak, store manager

Business Person of the Year

Christine Smailys

Christine's Salon at 7 and Main

Connector of the Year

Gary Showalter

In Style by Design 


To learn more about the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, 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.