In This Issue
Dedicated Parks Sales Tax Initiative
Woods Chapel Road Ribbon Cutting
Pumpkin Playoffs
Downtown Alive! Update
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Upcoming Events


Trick or Treat on Main Street

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


This event gives 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! 


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.    

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.

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Blue Springs Cop

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 "My Blue Springs" 

Photo Contest

We are proud to announce the fourth annual 'My Blue Springs' Photo Contest! Pictures can include cityscapes, wildlife, events, parks and community life here in Blue Springs.

There will be one winner in each age category and one over all winner. Winners will be published in the Blue Springs Winter 2014 Magazine. 


To learn the contest rules or for more information, click here.  To see all the photos that were submitted in the 2012 contest, click here.

 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.

 Business News

Blue Springs Community 

Business Showcase

Tuesday, November 12

6-8 p.m.
Blue Springs High School
2000 NW Ashton Drive
Come explore new opportunities,
make connections or find your next
dream job. The Blue Springs
Community Business Showcase will
provide resources on internships and
training on how to further your
career!  This event is free and open to the public.
 Eastern Jackson County 
Retail PitchOn 
Tuesday, November 19, 6-8 p.m. 
Hilton Garden Inn
19677 East Jackson Drive

Twenty start-up retail businesses across Eastern Jackson County will showcase their business to a diverse audience including mentors, investors, and members of the general public. Entrepreneurs will 'PitchOn' their business to event judges for the chance to present at the grand finale. 
This event is open to the public and retailers will provide discounts, samples, and/or door prizes.
 Buy Blue Springs 
Winter Wow Contest
It is always tempting to shop outside of Blue Springs.  The Buy Blue Springs program encourages to think about where your purchases are made and make a conscious decision to invest in your community.  
Buy Blue Springs is currently running a Winter Wow Contest with over $250 in giftcards and prizes!  

Entering is easy, just click here and enter your email address to win!

 Let's Move! Saturdays!

  Club 7 Fitness
1241 SW Highway 7
October 26, 9-11 a.m.
Join us for a Kids Fit Boot Camp, fitness activities and open gym for adults.

   Adams Pointe Golf Course
October 26, 2-4 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon of golf.  Free range balls and beginner instruction.

Blue Springs Family YMCA
October 26, 4:30-8 p.m.
Join us for the Monster Mash Dash 5K and Kids Fun Run, Halloween activities, open swim, carnival games, yoga and Body Pump.

Watson Rolladium
November 2, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Join us for an open skate session.
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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.
October is a very busy month here in Blue Springs!  The City has many events for you and the whole family to enjoy so make sure you mark your calendars!  Speaking of important dates, Election Day is Tuesday, November 5 - be sure to get out and VOTE!
The Public Safety Advisory Board has posted their regularly scheduled report to the City's Web site so you can track expenditures related to the Public Safety Sales Tax.  To see the reports, 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.

Dedicated Parks Sales Tax Initiative


I put this information in my last newsletter, but I decided to run it again just to make sure you are informed on this initiative.  On Nov. 5, the City of Blue Springs, Missouri will present a question on the General Election ballot for your consideration.  To see a video about the initiative, click here.

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.

For more information about the initiative, click here.


On Wednesday, October 23, we cut the ribbon on Phase I of the Woods Chapel Road Reconstruction Project! 


This project addresses long-identified traffic flow concerns in past citizen visioning sessions and our annual Citizen Satisfaction Surveys.  I'm not sure if you have driven through the reconstructed Woods Chapel Road corridor yet, but the new design dramatically streamlined rush hour congestion, better serves our existing businesses and creates a beautiful western gateway into Blue Springs.


This infrastructure investment has also spurred new business interest to locate along the re-developing Woods Chapel Corridor. In August 2012, the concept plan for the Oaks at Woods Chapel was approved unanimously by the City Council and the first tenant, CVS, opened in August 2013.


Construction on Phase I of the Woods Chapel Road Project began in April 2012 with a project cost of approximately thirteen million dollars. The City saved over ten million dollars by incorporating a diverging diamond interchange into the project design which repurposes the existing bridge over I-70. Over 30,000 vehicles travel through the Woods Chapel Road corridor daily.


Phase II of the Woods Chapel Road Reconstruction Project is currently undergoing utility relocations and is expected to be under construction throughout 2014 with substantial completion in the spring of 2015.

Pumpkin Playoffs


I am competing Jackson County's Pumpkin Playoffs to benefit the Community Services League of Blue Springs

Team Blue Springs' pumpkins were carved by Rose Anne Reule and Pete Ramirez (pictured above.)  Their decorated/carved pumpkins will be on display at the Jackson County Historic Truman Courthouse on Independence Square starting Tuesday, October 22. 


Voting to select the public's favorite pumpkin will begin that Tuesday at noon and conclude four days later at noon on Saturday, October 26. The ballot box is located in the first-floor lobby of the Jackson County Historic Truman Courthouse.

I hope you will take the time and vote for Team Blue Springs' pumpkins!  For more information about the contest
, click here.

Downtown Alive! Update


America's Community Bank Restoration Project

On Tuesday, October 15, I along with America's Community Bank President Wes Condron kicked off the America's Community Bank restoration project with an Aluminum Fa�ade Removal Celebration!

We had a good sized group gathered to watch us pull the first piece of aluminum fa�ade off the exterior revealing the original brick beneath. The crowd joined in as we held a balloon release to celebrate the beginning of this historic project.   

The America's Community Bank building was originally constructed around 1890 and the current aluminum fa�ade was installed over the original brick exterior in the late 1960's.

The America's Community Bank building restoration and renovation project was partially funded through the City's Downtown Fa�ade Renovation Program.  This program provides financial resources to improve the aesthetic character of the City's downtown buildings in conjunction with Downtown Alive's mission to revitalize the downtown district.


Check out our Facebook page for more photos by clicking here!




Downtown Alive! Banners

New Downtown Alive! banners were installed along Main Street.  These banners really pop and I invite you to check them out if you attend the Trick or Treat Main Street event this weekend!


To see more photos, visit the Downtown Alive! Facebook 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 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.