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Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting
Spirit of Caring Concert.
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Did you know that th e City has 16 boards & commissions  in addition to the City Council ?  The City has added a few new oversight committees recently, including the new Economic Development Council

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City Hall Holiday Hours

City of Blue Springs offices and Municipal Court will be closed in observance of the Christmas and New Year's Day Holidays. Below is the holiday schedule for various City locations. 

Public Safety staff will continue to perform normal operations, but the Police Department offices will be closed to the public in observation of the holiday.  Call 911 for emergencies and 816-225-0151 for non-emergency police services.

Please note, Blue Springs Water Services and Municipal Court customers can access the City's online pay portal 24-hours a day, seven days a week via the City's website

City Hall
Monday 12/26 : Closed
Monday 1/2: Closed

Vesper Hall 
Monday 12/26: Closed
Monday 1/2: Closed

Saturday 12/24: 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sunday 12/25: Closed
Saturday 12/31: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday 1/1: Closed
New Year's Eve at Vesper

Saturday, Dec 31
7:30 - 11 p.m.
Vesper Hall
400 NW Vesper St. 

Come dressed in business casual or holiday attire and enjoy DJ music, dancing, food, card & board games along with all the holiday traditions. 

Price is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, contact Vesper Hall at 816-228-0181.
Theft Prevention

Our friends at the Blue Springs Police Department have shared some tips to protect you this holiday season while you  shop for loved ones.
  • Take only the credit cards and cash you need.
  • There is safety in numbers. Take a friend with you to shop.
  • If children are shopping with you, do not let them go alone into restrooms or fitting rooms.
  • Park in well-lit, busy areas as close to the door as you can.
For more theft prevention tips and other helpful hints, click here .  
 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire fall schedul e,  click here .

Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Prkwy
Dec. 10, Noon to 3 p.m.
Open swim, restrictions apply

GAGE Center 
1101 NW Jefferson
Dec. 17, 11 a.m. to Noon
Customer Appreciation Day, Somersault with Santa

Rink Ratz 
513 SW Keystone Drive
Dec. 17, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Open Roller Skating

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 those items most im portant to you.
It's hard to believe that the Christmas holiday is less than 10 days away! I want to wish you and your family a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If you want to get into the holiday spirit, you can listen to commercial-free holiday music on BSSD radio by  clicking here.   
Below you can catch up on the Mayor's Christmas tree lighting event and see our City's holiday hours. 

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.
Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting

On Tuesday, December 6 hundreds of Blue Springs residents joined me to light the Mayor's Christmas tree outside of City Hall. 
We enjoyed a few cheery tunes from Cordill-Mason Elementary Cougar Choir, Franklin Smith Elementary Treble Makers and Sunny Pointe Elementary Puma Pride Singers.  Families enjoyed visiting Mr. and Mrs. Clause and attendees had the chance to meet area mascots. 
I would like to thank Pete Grigsby from the Blue Springs School District for joining me and a special thanks to Kim Nakahodo, Assistant to the Blue Springs City Administrator, and her family for helping me flip the switch to light this year's Christmas tree. We were also joined this year by KMBC who shared in our celebration after the tree was lit. Big thanks to them for coming out!  Finally, I want to recognize council members Dale Carter, Kent Edmondson, Susan Culpepper and Chris Lievsay,with his wife and children, who joined me this year. 
You can also view the performance in its entirety below:

Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting
Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting

  For more pictures from this event, click here .
Spirit of Caring Concert

Melodie Chrisman (left) and Mayor Carson Ross (right)

On Sunday, December 4, I had the opportunity to emcee for the 18th Annual Blue Springs Spirit of Caring Concert at Blue Springs High School to benefit the  Community Services League - Blue Springs.  

Attendees had the chance to enjoy Blue Springs Elementary School choirs, soloists, bands, ensembles and more! We also heard a few words from Melodie Chrisman, CSL- Blue Springs Site Manager.

Even better, all  proceeds from this event benefited the CSL-Blue Springs Office and their efforts to provide necessary care items, emergency assistance and economic stability coaching to community members in need. 
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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
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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.