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City Blood Drive

blood drive
Friday, July 1
12:30-3:30 p.m.
1100 SW Smith
Downtown Blue Springs

The City of Blue Springs ig co-hosting a blood drive with the Community Blood Center in downtown Blue Springs.
The Blood Vessel will be in the parking lot across from the Public Safety Building.
All registered donors will receive a t-shirt!
Sign up today by clicking here and entering BSCITY as the sponsor code.  You can also sing up by sending an email here.

Community Events

Car Cruise
Saturday, June 4
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.

Music in the Park

Sunday, July 3
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Midnight Review (Variety)
Rotary Park at Railroad Lake

Sunday, July 10
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Vantage Point (Top 40)
Rotary Park at Railroad Lake


This free concert series features a different band every Sunday night. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and food or drink. Concessions are also available.  

To see the full concert schedule, click here.
City Fireworks Display

Monday, July 4
Gates open at 7:30 p.m.
Loose Change will play from 8-9:30 p.m.
Fireworks display begins around 9:30 p.m.
Peve Stadium
2000 NW Ashton Drive


The City of Blue Springs proudly presents the Fireworks Program at Peve Stadium.  Watching a professional fireworks display is a safe way to enjoy the holiday - and it's free!

On Display at 

City Hall

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"Growing Our Communities Together" Missouri Municipal League Quilt
July 5-8
City Hall
903 W. Main Street

As many of you know, I am the President of the Missouri Municipal League.  
I am honored that Blue Springs will be hosting the traveling "Growing Our Communities Together" Quilt, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Missouri Municipal League.

This queen-sized, custom designed quilt will be on display in the front lobby of City Hall from July 5-8.


The quilt was created by Thomas Farnam, a 32-year-old craftsman who lives in Creve Coeur, Mo.  The design represents two predominant and equally important landscapes within our state - urban and rural.
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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.
Fourth of July weekend is almost upon us.  This time of year is particularly unique for our City as Blue Springs is one of the few remaining cities in the metropolitan area that still permits the discharging or detonating of fireworks within city limits.


In order to make sure all our families and friends have a safe Independence Day celebration this year, we are continuing our "Be a Good Neighbor" fireworks education campaign. For more information, click here.

I hope to see you at the final Let's Move! Community Summit next Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Blue Springs Freshmen Center.  This is a community-wide effort and we need your ideas and input to help build the next generation of healthy citizens.  To learn more about these summits, click here.


The Music in the Park Concert series continues to be very popular.  Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake located at 500 NW Vesper.  These free event concerts series feature a different band every Sunday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  To see the complete 2011 concert lineup,  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.

July 4th Celebration



















The within of July holiday means many things to many people.  For me, it's a time to honor those who have given their life so that we could have our freedom.  It's also a time for families to gather together and celebrate our independence.  This tradition also involves a very popular American pastime... fireworks.  


You may not know that fireworks sales in Blue Springs are unique as all licensed vendors are nonprofit organizations in our community.   Sales from this 4-day period help fund their community programs throughout the year. To see a list of the 18 licensed nonprofit organizations, click here.

Hours of fireworks discharge within city limits are July 1-3, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and July 4, 10 a.m. to Midnight.  The Police Department will increase street patrol and law enforcement measures over the weekend to make sure residents are complying with the City's Fireworks Ordinance


I encourage you to "Be a Good Neighbor."  Being a Good Neighbor means being mindful of your Blue Springs neighbors, the environment and the appearance of our community - disposing of all debris after discharging fireworks. We need everyone's help to keep our community operating as a clean, safe and enjoyable place to live and celebrate. 


I hope to see you at the City's Fireworks Display on Monday, July 4 at Peve Stadium, 2000 NW Ashton Drive.  The Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and Loose Change will play from 8-9:30 p.m.  The fireworks display begins around 9:30 p.m.

Let's Move! Community Summit
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 Let's Move! Community Summit

Saturday, July 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Blue Springs School District Freshman Center 

2103 NW Vesper, Blue Springs, MO 64105 


I wrote about this event in the last newsletter, but I would like to invite you again to attend the last citizen-led summit on Saturday, July 9. These summits are free and open to the public and are facilitated by StandUp Blue Springs.


Summit participants will prioritize more than 150 ideas generated in the June summit.  At least 10 ideas will be carried forward for planning and implementation.  As ideas are implemented, additional ideas from the list and new ideas will be addressed by the Let's Move! workgroups.  


The Let's Move! Blue Springs initiative is following a plan outlined by Dave Wright, President of StandUp Blue Springs, for engaging citizens of Blue Springs to develop and implement innovative ideas for improving the health of the children throughout the community. At the completion of these summits, a prioritized list of projects linked to the Let's Move! goals, teams committed to seeing these projects through, as well as a plan for implementing the projects will be in place.  


I talk a lot about civic engagement and this is your chance to get involved!  Pre-rregistration is encouraged to make sure there are enough printed materials for everyone. To register, call the StandUp Blue Springs office at (816) 478-4500 or follow this link and fill out the form.

Blue Springs brings home the GOLD!
Mayor Carson Ross and Sheryl Morgan holding the Eastern Jackson County Municipal Challenge traveling plaque.

I am proud to announce that Blue Springs won the Eastern Jackson County Municipal Challenge!!  Congratulations to all of the municipal employees that competed in the tournament and a special congratulations to Team Blue Springs!


I want to thank Sheryl Morgan for all of her work to help make this event possible.  Sheryl recently left the City for another opportunity, but I want to recognize her work to help Blue Springs bring home the Gold.


The Municipal Challenge grew out of a desire for Eastern Jackson County municipalities to create an event that would promote employee health, wellness and camaraderie along with a little competition though Olympic-style games. 


The traveling plaque will be on display in the Blue Springs City Hall until next year's competition when Team Blue Springs will defend the championship!

For your review


Draft versions of the 2011-2012 Annual Action Plan and the 2011-2016 Consolidated Plan now available online


The draft versions of the 2011-2012 Annual Action Plan and the Draft 2011-2016 Consolidated Plan for review and public comment.


The Annual Action Plan describes the specific Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) activities that the city will undertake in each fiscal program year of the 5-Year Consolidated Plan. The 5-Year Consolidated Plan covers the period of 2011-2016 and provides the framework for the planning process used by Blue Springs as required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 


To learn more about these plans, click here.


2010 Water Quality Report


Have you ever wondered what is in the water you drink?  We take great pride in providing water service that continuously meets or exceeds all state and federal regulatory requirements. We understand how important your water services are to you and your family.


To view the 2010 Annual Water Quality Report, 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.