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 Farewell, Steve Willman
On Tuesday, July 11 City Administrator Eric Johnson, City staff and community members wished Parks & Recreation Operations Manager Steve Willman farewell as he began his retirement after close to 20 years of service with the City. 

Over the course of Steve's career, he contributed to countless projects throughout the City including the passage of the first ever Parks Sales Tax in Blue Springs, the Blue Springs Fieldhouse and securing the permanent location of the Veteran's Way Memorial in Pink Hill Park. 

Steve has also been an instrumental staff liaison and member of the Public Art Commission. His dedication and enthusiasm for the Commission has led to a boom of public art displays that residents can enjoy in every corner of the City.

Thank you Steve for your dedication to Blue Springs and the lasting, positive impact you have made. Enjoy retirement! 
 CJCFPD Chief Fire Executive Jeff Grote

Congratulations to Chief Fire Executive Jeff Grote who was sworn in for the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District in late June. 

Chief Grote will replace former Chief Steve Westermann who served Eastern Jackson County for 45 years. 
 Community Blood Drive

blood drive

Monday, August 14
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
1100 SW Smith St
Journagan Family Community Room 

The Community Blood Center needs 500 donors a day to meet the needs of area hospitals and supplies have a limited shelf life. Red blood cells last for 42 days and platelets last for five days if they are not transfered to a patient in need.

I f you are able to donate, please take advantage of this opportunity to help by giving the  gift of life! To make an appointment click here and enter sponsor code: bluesprings. For additional information, contact Kim Nakahodo at 816-655-0497.
Chamber Channel

Our friends over at the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce have begun a new Vlog series!  Check out the first video above and be sure to check out their Chamber Channel page for new videos about local Blue Springs Businesses.
 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public.

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

Dynamic Dance
1901 SW Hwy 40
July 15, 11 a.m. to Noon
Dance Class

Rink Ratz
513 SW Keystone Drive
July 15, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Open roller skating

Mid-Continent Public Library
2220 S. 7 hwy
July 22, 10 - 11 a.m.
Interactive story time
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 am pleased to share that Blue Springs is still a City on the Move and on the Right Track! I recently had the pleasure of helping cutting the ribbon for Blue Springs' St. Luke's Multispecialty Clinic and you can read more about its opening in this edition. 

You can also keep reading and join me in wishing farewell to Parks & Recreation Operations Manager Steve Willman and welcoming the new Chief Fire Executive of the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District. 

Finally, I encourage those who are able to consider donating blood at the City's annual blood drive this August. Each unit collected can save a life! 

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs. 
St. Luke's Multispecialty Clinic Ribbon Cutting

From top left: Mayor Carson Ross, Saint Luke's Health System President and CEO Melinda L. Estes, M.D.; Saint Luke's Health System Senior Vice President of Hospital Operations Julie Quirin, Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City Director of Spiritual Wellness Rev. Marshall Scott; Saint Luke's Health System, System Director - Planning and Retail Services Taylor Warwick

On Thursday, July 6, I had the pleasure speaking at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new St. Luke's Multispecialty Clinic located at 600 N.E. Adams Dairy Parkway. I was joined by Councilmen Jerry Kaylor, Susan Culpepper and Ron Fowler; St. Luke's Hospital leadership, the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and community members for this celebratory event. 

The groundbreaking ceremony for this location took place in May of 2016 and a little over one year later construction has been completed on this beautiful two-story, 36,000-square-foot facility. With this clinic located in Blue Springs, our community members will have easier access to treatment and streamlined care including access to  urgent care, lab, imaging, primary care and pharmacy as well as access to multiple Saint Luke's specialists. 

We welcome St. Luke's to the Blue Springs community!
Development in Blue Springs

1310 NW 7 Hwy is the home of a new Scooter's Coffee House. It is located across the street from Dunkin Donuts and will include the same service as the location on South 7 Hwy. 

If you want to grab a bite to eat, you can visit the new Nana's Cafe located at 2650 Mo. Hwy 7. This farm-to-table restaurant officially opened on Monday and they serve hot breakfast and lunch.
Middle Ground Coffee  has opened in their new location on 1400 W. Main Street. Take the time to stop by and grab a cup of coffee or tea!  
 City Government on CTV-7
POV Episode 12
POV Episode 12
Check out what's new and going on in Blue Springs, 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.