In This Issue
Parks & Recreation Director Announces Retirement
City Council Update
CAPAcity Proclamation
"Inspired Visions" 2011 Temporary Exhibit
Household Hazardous Waste Event a Great Success!
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Community Events
Car Cruise Night
Saturday, May 7
5 p.m. to dark
Downtown Blue Springs

Classic car cruise night is back!  Join us for this free event in Downtown Blue Springs.

For more information, click here.


Blue Springs Farmers Market


Saturday, May 7
7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
11th & Main
Downtown Blue Springs

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fishing derby

Fishing Derby


Saturday, May 14

8:30-11 a.m.

Rotary Park at Railroad Lake


Ages 5-14. 


Time to get out those fishing poles! The lake will be stocked with catfish, sunfish and blue gill. This free event is sponsored by the Blue Springs Sunset and Lake Lotawana Optimist Clubs.


For more information on this event, click here.



Pooches on the Parkway


Sunday, May 15

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

1200 SE Adams Dairy Parkway


Ages 5-14. 


The Sixth Annual Pooches on the Parkway, sponsored by RUFF and Blue Springs Park and Recreation, hopes to raise funds to benefit the Blue Springs off-leash dog park. All funds will go to purchase additional amenities for the new dog park.


For more information on this event, click here.

Beware of con artists

BSPD Patch
With Spring storms, comes home improvement or storm damage repair scams.  
Frauds of this nature fall into three basic types, fraudulent "free" inspections, willing home-owner participants and take the money and run.
If you are contacted by anyone proposing any of the type of activities please do not get involved with them. Refuse to do business with them and call your the police department as soon as possible.  
For more information about home repair schemes, contact Blue Springs Crime Prevention Officer Doug Heishman or Sgt. Allen Kintz at 816-228-0178.  
For more information about home improvement scams, 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.

Spring has sprung and there are a lot of great activities to this weekend here in Blue Springs. Downtown Blue Springs will be "alive" with activities on Saturday as the Farmers Market hosts its grand opening event and the first Car Cruise of the season will be on Saturday night. Click here to visit the City's calendar to see all of the upcoming community events in Blue Springs.


I was honored to speak at the Blue Springs Historical Society's 35th Annual Dinner on April 19.  The event was held at the Masonic Hall in Downtown Blue Springs and the keynote speaker was Greg Higginbotham who presented an overview of the Civil War from 1861-65.  The Historical Society is dedicated to preserving, promoting and fostering appreciation of the history of Blue Springs, Missouri.  To learn more about the society, click here.


Blue Springs long-time Parks & Recreation Director
Roscoe Righter recently announced his plans to retire in September of this year.  I personally want to thank him for all of his work in creating a strong and vibrant Parks & Recreation Department for our community.

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.

Parks & Recreation Director Announces Retirement


Roscoe Righter, CPRP, Director of Parks and Recreation for the past thirty-two years, announced his plans to retire in September.  He will continue to work on projects, goals and assist the City with the departments' transition. 


Roscoe started his career with the City of Blue Springs on February 5, 1979 as the City's first Parks Director, being hired by Fred Siems, the first City Administrator.  The two worked toward establishing a formal department in the early 1980's as the City grew from approximately 20,000 people to its current population of 53,000. There were nine parks consisting of 167 acres of land; today there are nineteen parks consisting of 816 acres of land.   


Roscoe has been involved in the development of Hidden Valley Park, Centennial Pool, dog park, disc golf course, Adams Pointe Golf Club, the bike routes and trails, Gregory Grounds Park and the many public art projects throughout Blue Springs.


We have been very fortunate to have someone of Roscoe's caliber leading our Parks & Recreation Department.  He's leaving a legacy in Blue Springs that our community can be proud of and enjoy. 


To learn more about Blue Springs' Parks and Recreation Department, click here. 

City Council Update
2011 council


At the April 18 Council Meeting, the City Clerk, Kathy Richardson administered the Oath of Office to Councilmembers Jeff Quibell, Kent Edmondson and Ron Fowler.   I also took this opportunity to presented a proclamation to Councilman James May for offering his time and commitment to serving our city.


If you would like to learn more about your City Council, click here.


At the May 2 City Council Meeting, we heard a presentation from the newly formed Downtown Alive group detailing their application process for the Missouri Main Street Connection program.  This program operates under the Missouri Department of Economic Development and provides revitalization training and mentoring to enhance the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of historic downtown business districts in Missouri.  This group will be applying for this opportunity in the coming months.  To learn more about this program, click here.


If you missed either of these City Council Meetings, webcasts are archived and available online by clicking here. 

CAPAcity Proclamation 
Capa Signing


On Friday, April 29, I joined Mayors Don Reimal, Randy Rhoads, David Bower and Stan Salva in signing an official Proclamation of CAPAcity to help recognize and support CAPA, the Child Abuse Prevention Association.  Congressman Emanuel Cleaver was the speaker at this historic Eastern Jackson County Betterment Council luncheon event.


Following a rigorous application and review process that began in 2009, the Child Abuse Prevention Association, based in Independence and serving Jackson County and surrounding areas, recently secured official accreditation from the Council on Accreditation.  


To earn the endorsement, CAPA had to demonstrate best practice standards across 38 areas, including administration, fundraising, governance, programs, service and education. COA's philosophy regards accreditation as a "catalyst for change that builds on an organization's strengths and helps it achieve better results in all areas." 


To learn more about CAPA, click here

"Inspired Visions" 2011 Temporary Exhibit

















Have you seen the 2011 Blue Springs Art Commission temporary public art exhibit yet?  The "Inspired Visions" exhibit features four original artworks at the the Adams Dairy Landing Shopping Center. conveniently located at the southeast corner of Interstate 70 and Adams Dairy Parkway. 


Experience "Duel Aspriation" by Nebraska artist Jake Balcom. Jump for joy and join the kinetic spirit of "Celebrate" by Missouri artist Mark LeMair.  See the grace and beauty of the "Arabian" by Iowa artist Victoria Reed.  And, enjoy the colorful and whimsical "Bag" by Michigan artist Lois Teicher.


The exhibition will be on display until September 30.


To learn more about the exhibit, click here.

Household Hazardous Waste Event a Great Success!

On Saturday, April 16 the City hosted its annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection event at Pink Hill Park.  Blue Springs joined the Mid-America Regional Council's HHW program in 1999 and has recycled approximately 548,495 pounds of household hazardous waste.  


Approximately 439 cars attended the event and materials collected include antifreeze, batteries, oil, paint, pesticides, household cleaners and other household chemicals and solvents. This program continues to be one of the most successful recycling programs in Blue Springs.


I would like to thank Alice Fuerst, Chairperson of the Solid Waste Management Commission, and members Sally Bell and George Abbott for their leadership in making this event a success.  I also want to thank all the volunteers and City staff without which the event would not have been nearly as successful as it was. 


If you missed the event and have materials that you would like to dispose of there are several other events available.  Saturday, April 30 Grain Valley will host a collection event.  


For more information on this and other similar events throughout the metro, 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.