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 National Night Out Against Crime a huge success!


I hope you were able to join us at National Night Out Against Crime on October 1.  We had beautiful weather and a great turn out.  Special thanks to Councilman Dale Carter who emceed the event's main stage. 

Among the participating organizations are: Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, Crime Stoppers/TIPS Hotline, Blue Springs Police Department STAT Team, Lee's Summit Underwater Rescue & Recovery Team, Missouri Department of Transportation and many more.

Special thanks to the Blue Springs National Night Out sponsors: Target, UMB Bank, Price Chopper, Rancho Grande Cantina, Sonic, Wing Stop, Blue Springs Ford, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, Blue Springs Downtown Alive!, Blue Springs Family YMCA, Panera Bread, Blue Springs McDonald's, Odd Fellows, Blue Springs 8 Theater, Kennedy's Custom Jewelers, the Courtyard by Marriott, Blue Springs and the Hil
ton Garden Inn, Independence, Mo.
To see more photos, click here.

 Dentistry from the Heart by Foster Dental Care


Foster Dental Care teamed up with Dentistry From the Heart on September 28 to provide over 170 free dental services to the Blue Springs Community.


I stopped by to personally thank Dr. Foster for his outstanding commitment to the Blue Springs community.  Thank you again!

 Mayor's Community Prayer Breakfast

Thursday, October 31

6:30 a.m.
Adam's Pointe Conference Center
Tickets are $18 per person, $165 per table of 10


I invite you to join me at my annual prayer breakfast.  Our key note speaker is Joplin Missouri's Superintendent of Schools Dr. C.J. Huff who led his community in an amazing effort to rebuild.  The Joplin community is currently transforming their disastrous tragedy into their finest hour.

To reserve your tickets, call Judy Q at (816) 228-8888 or click here.

 Let's Move! Saturdays!

  Title Boxing
1821 SW Highway 7
October 12, 10-11 a.m.
Join us for boxing activities; ages 8 and up.  Signed waiver required.

   Blue Springs Family YMCA
October 12, noon to 3 p.m.
Join us for an open swim party.

Gage Center
October 19, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Join us for a morning at Bump City.

Metro East Tennis Center
October 19, 2:30-4 p.m.
Join us for tennis activities.
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The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cooler. Daylight savings time is fast approaching (Nov. 3) so don't forget that when you turn your clocks back to check those batteries in your smoke detectors!  It's hard to believe that we will soon be preparing for thanksgiving festivities and getting out the winter coats.    
There are several important dates coming up so make sure you mark your calendars!  Election day is November 5 and there are several great City events coming up soon.


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.

Dedicated Parks Sales Tax Initiative


On Nov. 5, the City of Blue Springs, Missouri will present a question on the General Election ballot for your consideration. I want to make sure you are properly equipped with information about this initiative before casting your vote on Nov. 5.   To see a video about the initiative, click here.


In November 2012, the City Council and Park Commission kicked off a feasibility study for a new community center/natatorium. The study examined options related to size, amenities, programming and community support. To see more about the Community Center Feasibility Report, click here.

In conjunction with the feasibility study, the Park Commission directed staff to conduct a parks assessment report of our parks system. This comprehensive audit reviewed and cataloged the condition of not only the parks, but the playgrounds, shelters, ball fields, trails and equipment of our public spaces. The process identified over 15 million dollars in deferred maintenance and infrastructure issues in our parks system.   To see the 2013 Parks Assessment Report, click here.

At the June 17, 2013 City Council Meeting, the Parks Commission recommended a dedicated Parks Sales Tax to address the deferred maintenance issues found in the parks assessment report, construct a new community center, and fund future park land development and program expansion. The board reviewed the City's existing sales tax rate, best practices of other metro cities and the City's capital and operating needs before giving this recommendation.


Deferred Park Maintenance


Proposed Projects Include: 

  • Fund an Annual Trail Repair Program
  • Repairs at Hidden Valley Sports Complex
  • Shelter replacement at Pink Hill Park
  • Replacing the smaller playground at Rotary Park
  • Repairing the tennis courts at Baumgardner Park

View a complete project work list with cost estimates, click here.


Community Center


The proposed initiative will fund the construction and operation of a Community Center.  The proposed Community Center amenities include:

  • Indoor Aquatics Center with a leisure pool, lap pool, therapy pool, lazy river, water slides and water spray play structure
  • Indoor basketball/volleyball courts and a walking/running track
  • Meeting, event, class and community rooms
  • Indoor stage/performing arts space
  • Children's indoor playground
  • Teen center


Future Park Land Development and Program Expansion


The proposed expansions include: 

  • Complete the Gregory O. Grounds Park trail loop
  • Develop existing park land
  • Expand senior programming
  • Support performing and visual arts
  • Develop a scholarship fund for parks programming and community center membership  

To see a map of the undeveloped parks in Blue Springs, click here.


Initiative Oversight

Revenues from the proposed parks sales tax are only to be used for parks purposes. The tax cannot be used for other General Fund programs or services. This proposed funding would not replace current General Fund allocations for parks.

The Parks Commission, made up of Blue Springs citizens, will be charged with oversight of the tax. If approved, the Parks Commission will make regularly scheduled reports to the City Council on spending of funds collected by the tax and report on performance goals. These reports would be posted to the City's Web site for review.

Ballot Question # 2 Language

The question proposed to voters on the Nov. 5 ballot is:

Shall the City of Blue Springs, Missouri, impose a sales tax of one-half of one percent (1/2 of 1%) for the purpose of providing funds for local parks for the City, including but not limited to, the construction of a community recreation center, park maintenance, park operations and park development, including the retirement of indebtedness relating to local parks?

Financial Impact to Residents

This initiative will be funded by residents and non-residents making retail purchases within Blue Springs. This initiative will not affect the price of gasoline in Blue Springs.

The � cent sales tax adds 25 cents for every $50 spent in Blue Springs and would raise approximately $3 million dollars annually. The current sales tax rate is 7.975% and if the tax is approved by voters, our tax rate will be 8.475%.  


For more information about the initiative, click here.


E-Cycling Event

Saturday, October 12

8 a.m. to noon

Pointe of Hope Church, 1215 NW Highway 7


The 2013 Electronics Recycling Event is open to all residents and businesses from Blue Springs and surrounding areas. Participants must enter from the south along NW Jefferson Street; no entry will be allowed from Highway 7.

Accepted items include anything with a power cord or battery including but not limited to appliances, computers and components, DVD players, cameras, audio equipment, cables and power cords, lead-acid and rechargeable batteries. Televisions are also accepted, but require a fee for proper disposal. Televisions 27" and under are $15 and televisions 27" and up are $35. Not accepted items include Compact Disks, DVDs, tapes, alkaline batteries, office furniture, thermostats, light bulbs, smoke detectors and alarms.

For specific item questions, call Lauren Gowdy at (816) 220-4504. This event is presented by the City of Blue Springs Community Development Department. 



 Trick or Treat on Main Street

Kids (10 and under) can trick-or-treat and enjoy safe activities at Vesper Hall on Halloween.  Be sure to wear your costume!  This event is co-sponsored by the Sunset Optimist Club of Blue Springs.



DEA Drug Take Back Event

 Saturday, October 26. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Blue Springs Police Department

1100 SW Smith Street

(This location will also accept sharps and needles)


Consentino's Price Chopper, 1100 S Highway 7

Consentino's Price Chopper, 1305 N Highway 7


The Blue Springs Police Department has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and both Blue Springs Price Chopper locations to give residents an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 





 Blue Springs 5K Family Fun Run

 Saturday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m.

 Downtown Blue Springs


Join us for our second annual Blue Springs 5K Family Fun Run on November 2!   The run/walk will start and finish at City Hall, 903 W. Main Street. 


Participants will receive T-shirt with race logo, and chip timing.  Awards for the top male and female finishers in different age groups. A Kids Dash event will take place after the 5K for ages 3-7, and 8-12.  All finishing participants will receive a ribbon.   

Register by October 25 to guarantee a T-shirt.  Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and race begins at 8 a.m. 


For registration fees and information, click here.

Missouri's Walk To School Day


On Wednesday, October 9, I joined children, parents and administrators from the Blue Springs School District and State Sen. Will Kraus, as we walked to school on Missouri's Walk to School Day.  


We had a beautiful walk to Thomas Ultican Elementary School and I enjoyed chatting with the students along the way.  To see more photos, click here.

JAG TV's New Set


I am often a guest on JAG TV and I wanted to show off their new set!  Special thanks to the JAG TV sponsors for helping these students get a professional-style broadcast desk.  


Blue Springs South's JAG TV is a weekly produced TV Newscast broadcasted every Friday at Blue Springs South High School, then re-broadcasted daily on BSSD TV.  These students, and Jag TV, are part of a Video Production & Broadcasting class in which many areas of TV communications are taught. Students experience shooting, editing video, interviewing, writing, covering stories, doing LIVE TV updates & news anchoring.


To see the debut episode of the new set, 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.