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The Proposed 2017-2018 FY Budget
Solar Eclipse
Certified Public Finance Officer Recognition
Back to School Safety
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 Officers Down 5K and Community Day

Sunday, August 26
8 a.m. to Noon
Blue Springs High
2000 NW Ashton Drive 

Community members are invited to register for the Officers Down 5K. This nationwide event is to recognize officers who put their lives on the line daily to keep our communities safe and honor those who have fallen in the line of duty. The day will include a 5k run walk, a kids fun run, and a community day where we will have vendors, police cars, STAT, and K9 Demos among other things. 

Click here to register for this event. Please note you must register no later than August 13 if you would like to get an event day dri-fit t-shirt. To stay updated about the event, join the Facebook event page by clicking here. 

This event is being held in partnership with the Blue Springs Police Department and the Blue Springs School District Department of Public Safety
 Paper Shredding Event 

Saturday, August 26
9 a.m. to Noon (or until full)
903 W. Main Street
City Hall (exterior)

Blue Springs residents can properly dispose of sensitive documents at this drive-up paper shredding event! Residents are permitted up to 4 grocery bags per person and the event will run until the truck is full. 

All paper collected will be recycled; dry, clean paper only. Please do not bring binders or binder clips (small paper clips and staples are okay).

If you have non-sensitive documents, they can be recycled at the Pink Hill Park Recycling Center during open hours. 
 Public Hearing of the Budget
Wednesday, Sept 6
6 p.m.
Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building
1 100 SW Smith Street

The Proposed 2017-18 Fiscal Year Budget is available online for review. This meeting is open to the public and will be held in the council chambers. 

The second reading and adoption is scheduled for September 18. 
 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public.

To view the entire spring/summer schedule, click here.

GAGE Center
1101 NW Jefferson
Aug. 26, 11 a.m. to Noon
bump City/ Dragon Ninja

Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Parkway
Aug 26, Noon to 3 p.m.
Open swim with adult photo ID. Kids 5 and under must have a parent in the pool; parents must supervise children for the duration of the event. 
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 information that's im portant to you.

I would like to thank each resident who joined us during our Facebook LIVE Town Hall Meeting either in-person or online. Your input on community happenings and the Proposed 2017-18 Fiscal Year Budget is appreciated. Keep reading to learn about the upcoming public hearing of the budget. 

This weekend, residents can safely dispose of their paper documents during the City's annual paper shredding event held outside of City Hall. After safely recycling documents, residents and community members are welcome to support o ur own Officer Keegan of the Blue Springs Police Department as he runs in the Officer Down 5K this Saturday. 

Congratulations to the Blue Springs Historical Society on a successful Taste of Blue Springs last weekend!    Finally, residents can end the weekend by enjoying this summer's last Music in the Park performance at 6 p.m. on Sunday Aug 27  in Rotary Park.

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs. 
Facebook LIVE Town Hall Meeting 

On Tuesday, August 22 the City held a Facebook LIVE Town Hall meeting at Cordill-Mason Elementary School. On the panel, I was joined by District 1 Councilmember and Mayor Pro Tem Dale Carter, District 2 Councilmember Chris Lievsay and District 3 Councilmember Susan Culpepper and Director of Parks & Recreation Dennis Dovel.  District 1 Councilman Jerry Kaylor and District 2 Councilman Kent Edmondson were also in attendance --- District 3 Councilman Ron Fowler was unable to attend due to the Public Safety Advisory Board Meeting, but was able to follow along online.  Topics addressed included the implementation of the approved 5-Year Dedicated Parks Maintenance Sales Tax, development around town and dialog about district priorities.

If you were unable to make the meeting , you can view it in its entirety above  If you would like to contact your councilmember directly, click here
Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21 the City of Blue Springs was in line to view a rare solar eclipse and it was an awe inspiring experience. For 55 seconds, Blue Springs experienced totality which is a moment when the sun was completely covered by the moon. 
Certified Public Finance Officer Recognition

On Monday, August 21, I had the privilege to recognize Director of Finance Karen Van Winkle for obtaining the designation of Certified Public Finance Officer.  The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) awards this designation to individuals that have demonstrated their knowledge of public finance by passing five examinations covering the major disciplines within public finance. 

There are 690 individuals that have attained this professional designation and Karen in one of 15 individuals within the State of Missouri to hold this honor. Great work, Karen!
Back to School Safety

Students are back in school so please be on the look out for pedestrians and student drivers.  We each play a part in the safety of our students so watch for students walking to schools and slow down when entering a school zone.  Finally, make sure you and your child know and obey all traffic safety rules.  
 Keep Up With Blue Springs Happenings
Blue Springs POV Episode 13
Blue Springs POV Episode 13
Check out what's new and going on in Blue Springs by watching the monthly Blue Springs Point of View (POV) episodes. You can also stay informed 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.