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Downtown Post Office Notification
Are You Prepared for a Disaster?
Veterans Way Memorial Update
Construction Around Town
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 Shop with a Blue Springs Cop Thank You

Last week, Councilman Dale Carter presented Joe Jennings with a plaque thanking him and Rancho Grande Cantina catering the fundraising dinner for the program in November 2012. 


Joe Jennings and Rancho Grande Cantina went above and beyond expectations to help make this event a huge success.  Everyone that attended the dinner raved about the delicious food.  


Thank you again to Rancho Grande Cantina for your generosity to the Shop with a Blue Springs Cop Program!

Pink Hill Park Recycling Center Report

Imagemakers 2013 Members Photography Exhibit and Sale   

February 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

February 17, noon to 4 p.m.

February 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

February 24, noon to 4 p.m. 

Blue Springs Arts Council

White Oak Plaza

SW Corner of Highway 7 & Highway 40


Join the Imagemakers Photo Club and the Blue Springs Arts Council for their annual members Photography Exhibit and Sale.

 Storm Spotter Classes


March 18, 7 p.m.

Blue Springs High School

Performing Arts Building

2000 Ashton Drive, Blue Springs


CJCEMA in cooperation with the Blue Springs School District is hosting the National Weather Service Severe Weather Spotters Class for Jackson County. 


This free community class will be facilitated by a National Weather Service Meteorologist from the Pleasant Hill location. 


Participants will walk away from the class with a better understanding of severe weather, what to look for, and enhance individual/family preparedness for severe weather.

We are anticipating this to be a very popular class so please arrive early.

Upcoming Events

Historic Chicago & Alton Depot Fundraiser Bluegrass Concert
March 8, 7 p.m.
First Baptist Church Auditorium
15th & Main Street

Tickets are $10 for adults, $25 for a family.  For more information, call (816) 797-4870. 
Downtown Alive! Chili Lunch Fundraiser
March 18, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Student Life Center
1301 W Main Street
Help Downtown Alive in their effort to revitalize Downtown Blue Springs!
Ticket a
re $8 in advance and $10 at the door.  This event includes chili, drink and a dessert; carry out and drive thru available.
Ticket are available at any downtown merchant or at the Parks & Recreation Counter at City Hall.  For more information, call (816) 220-1233.
March with the Mayor
March 29, noon
Downtown Blue Springs
Join me for a one mile walk through historic downtown Blue Springs!

 Winter Resources

Blue Springs snow plow
 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 we can contact you if we have problems locating the pothole.


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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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.


I invite you to attend my annual State of the City address on Thursday, February 21 at the Adams Pointe Conference Center.  This address is held at the Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon.  My theme this year is 'Take a Look Around.'  If you are unable to make the address this year, we will be recording the presentation, airing it on CTV-7 and making it available to the City's website.  As soon as it is available, I will share the web page links so you can see all of the good things happening here in Blue Springs.


Also, I would like to invite you to the Tuesday, February 19 City Council Meeting to see a Community Center Feasibility Study update.  The City Council will be given a brief presentation on the feasibility study and public comment will be taken. 


Lastly, if you attended the Daddy/Daughter Dance last weekend at Vesper Hall, the Kansas City Star also attended and you can see pictures of the dance by clicking 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.
Downtown Post Office Notification

On Wednesday, January 6, the City received the official intent to close letter from the USPS for the downtown location.  If you would like to see a copy of the letter, click here.


We are preparing our formal letter of appeal, but if you would like your voice to be heard, write a letter to:

Vice President, Facilities c/o Russ Rainey
Facilities Office
7500 E 53rd Ave., Rm 1108
Denver, CO 80266-9918

You may remember that at the City Council meeting on December 3, 2012, Russ Rainey, real estate specialist and project manager for the U.S. Postal Service, discussed the plans to close the downtown post office branch in Blue Springs, moving all operations to the Blue Springs annex.  
If you missed that meeting, but would like to see the presentation, click here.  The presentation starts around the 8 minute marker. 
Are You Prepared for a Disaster?


Disasters can happen anytime and anywhere. When disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond. In a large-scale disaster, local officials and relief workers will not be able to reach everyone immediately. Help could come in hours, or it may take days. Will your family be ready?


The Central Jackson County Emergency Management Agency (CJCEMA) is offering a series of free community preparedness classes throughout Blue Springs, Grain Valley and Lake Tapawingo.


These presentations will cover what disasters are most likely to happen in our area, how emergency response works in our region, and what steps you can do to better prepare your family for disasters.  


Class Schedule:

  • Tuesday, February 19 from 7-8 p.m., Mid-Continent Library, Blue Springs North Branch, 850 NW Hunter Drive, Blue Springs
  • Tuesday, March 5 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Lake Tapawingo Club House, 244 Dockside Drive, Lake Tapawingo
  • Tuesday, March 12 from 7-8 p.m., Mid-Continent Library, Blue Springs South Branch, 2220 S Highway 7, Blue Springs
  • Tuesday, March 26 from 7-8 p.m., Grain Valley City Hall, Board Chambers, 711 S Main Street, Grain Valley

As we head into severe weather season, I invite you to attend one of these free community classes and meet your local emergency management team.   Click here to visit the CJCEMA Facebook page or click here to visit their Twitter page.

Veterans Way Memorial Update


Construction Update

This week, the military seals were installed on the Veterans Way Memorial seat wall.  This area will allow visitors a space to sit and reflect during their stay at the memorial site.  Construction is going well and I look forward to seeing you at the dedication on April 2. 

Chairman of Quanta Services, Inc. Contributes $20,000

to Veterans Way Memorial


Quanta Services, Inc., of Houston, Texas, has made a donation of $10,000 to the Veterans Way Memorial and John R. Colson, Executive Chairman of Quanta Services, donated an additional personal check of $10,000.   John's parents, Gene and Clarice Colson, farmed the land that later became Pink Hill Park where the Veterans Way Memorial will be located.  


Upon learning of the Veterans Way Memorial, Colson said, "I'm glad to help fund a permanent memorial to honor our veterans, and to have it placed in the area where I once lived is especially humbling.  I am honored that my donation will enhance this amazing memorial."


I am proud of the accomplishments of a Blue Springs resident who first learned his work ethic on the family farm and then used his knowledge and experience to form a world-wide enterprise.  The committee welcomes John Colson's generous donation to help honor veterans who served our nation.
Construction Around Town

Have you noticed the pipes stockpiled at the Gregory O. Ground Park recently?  These pipes are for the Jefferson Road water main project that completes the transmission main from the ground storage tank on Tyer Road to the transmission main on Adams Dairy Parkway.


Please use caution around this active construction zone as there will be single lane closures to accommodate construction equipment.





We have been getting several inquires about the pad to the west of Olive Garden in the Adams Dairy Landing Shopping area.   Construction has begun on a two-tenant building with one of the tenants being a Sleep Number store.  The second tenant has not been confirmed.





The Woods Chapel Road project is moving forward with work that can be completed in colder temperatures.  Decorative red concrete has been installed in the center mediums and black rail has been installed on top of the wall at Little General and McDonalds.


KCP&L is hard at work installing street light bases and pulling wire.  Street lights along the west side of Woods Chapel Road, south of Valley View Road are working.  


As always, please note the the speed limit along Woods Chapel Road has been reduced to 25 miles per hour and that fines will be doubled in the construction zone.  We want to ensure that is project is safe for both motorists and workers.

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.