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Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting
Honoring Dr. Oliver De Grate III.
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Woods Chapel Road Phase II Ribbon Cutting

Friday, Dec 11,  2 p.m.
Good Shepherd Christian Church
111 SW Woods Chapel Road

Please join the City of Blue Springs as we celebrate substantial completion o f Phase II of the Woods Chapel Road Reconstruction Project. 

 This project dramatically streamlined rush hour congestion, better serves our existing businesses, and creates a beautiful western gateway into Blue Springs.
Parks & Recreation Update
The Fieldhouse Facebook Page

Blue Springs Parks & Recreation has made keeping up with the Fieldhouse even simpler. 

The new Fieldhouse Facebook page allows you to subscribe to events to receive updates, view schedule changes and you can check-in to let others know you're there! get the most current updates about Fieldhouse happenings. 

Along the Path Episode 8

You can now vie w Episode 8 of Blue Springs Along the Path on the City's website. Click here to learn more about the Parks Master Plan and the exclusive 3D technology found at the Fieldhouse. 
Councilmember Service Anniversary
On Monday, Dec. 7, I had the pleasure of presenting 5 year service pins to 
District 1 Councilmembers Dale Carter 
and Jeff Quibell (who is celebrating 7 years of service) and District 2 Councilman Chris Lievsay. 

I would like to thank each of these Councilmembers for their dedication to Blue Springs!  
April 2016 Elections
Residents interested in running for office to become either a Councilman or Mayor of Blue Springs can pick up application packets from City Hall.

The following terms expire in April 2016: 
Mayor - Carson Ross 
Councilmember District 1 - Dale Carter  
Councilmember District 2 - Chris Lievsay 
Councilmember District 3 - Susan Culpepper

The dates for candidate filing are Tuesday, December 15 through Tuesday, January 19.  There are no term limits in Blue Springs.  

 For more information about current councilmembers click here. For questions about filing, call 816-228-0110.
SAFE Lifetime Membership Award
On Sunday, December 6 the Blue Springs Police Department received
 the Surviving Spouse and Family Endowment Fund (SAFE)
Lifetime Membership Award.

Presented by the KC Crime Commissionthis award provides 
immediate and possibly long term financial support to the spouses, children and/or dependent parents of those who are killed in the line of duty
Property Tax
Blood Donors Urgently Needed
blood drive
On Monday, Dec 7 the Greater Kansas City Community Blood Center (CBC) announced a blood emergency--a shortage on blood available to donate.

Blood donors of all types are urged to donate and can click here or call 1-877-468-6844 to find a convenient date and location to give.

The entire donation process takes less than an hour, and a single donation can be used to save multiple lives.  First-time donors are welcome.
Blue Springs Champions

2015 State Champions

I would like to give a big congratulations to our Blue Springs South High School Jaguars football team for their Nov 27 win, clinching the title of 2015 State Champions.

The football team had went into the Championship game after an undefeated season and beat the Christian Brothers Cadets   with a score of 37-28. 

Great work bringing the trophy back to Blue Springs!
 Let's Move! Saturdays

These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire fall schedule, click here.

ThunderDome Athletics
2505 SW Highway 40, Ste. C
December 12, 10-11 a.m..
Kids speed & agility clinic, Ages 8+

Rink Ratz
513 SW Keystone Drive
December 12, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Open Roller Skating

Gage Center
2505 SW Highway 40, Ste. C
December 19, 10:30 a.m. to Noon.
Somersault with Santa

Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy
Open swim with adult photo ID. Kids 5 & under must have a parent in the pool. Parents must supervise kids for the duration of the event
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 one-stop source for city information and news updates, including those items most important to you.
December is a busy month here in Blue Springs! In this edition, you can read more about what's going on around town including the ribbon cutting for Woods Chapel Phase II, what's new on CTV-7 and the accomplishments of our Blue Springs School District students. 

The Christmas holiday will be here shortly and I wish you and your family a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.   
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
Top: Mayor Ross and Joe Haney. Second Row: Emcee Pete Grigsby, Mayor Ross speaking Third row: Cordill-Mason Elementary School 4th & 5th Grade Extra Curricular Choir. Fourth Row:Sunny Pointe Elementary Choir. Fifth Row: Daniel Young Elementary School Choir. Sixth Row: Councilmembers and Mayor in front of the switch. Seventh Row: Friends and family gathered at City Hall. Eighth Row: Lit Christmas tree and fireworks. 

On Tuesday, December 1 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 4th & 5th Grade Extracurricular Choir, Daniel Young 5th Grade Elementary Choir and the Sunny Pointe Elementary Choir.  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 council members Jeff Quibell, Kent Edmondson, Susan Culpepper and Chris Lievsay,with his wife and children, for helping me flip the switch to light the Christmas tree this year.
This year, guests again had the opportunity to record holiday greetings after the lighting ceremony. If you missed the tree lighting or did not catch your greeting on-air, you can view the full video below. Greetings will be aired on CTV-7 from now until January 1.  For more pictures from this event, click here

Honoring Dr. Oliver De Grate III
First row: Mayor Carson Ross greeting the family and guests. Second Row: Mo. Representatives Jeanie Lauer and Sheila Solon greeting attendees. Third Row: MoDot District Engineer Dan Niec, Oliver De Grate III memorial bridge with sign in place. Fourth row: De Grate family and Mayor Ross with sign. 
On Monday, November 30 at 2 p.m., the De Grate family, City of Blue Springs and MoDOT hosted a ceremony to rename and dedicate the diverging diamond bridge at the intersection of Woods Chapel Road and I-70 in memory of the late Public Works Director Dr. Oliver De Grate III.

Various community members shared kind words and fond memories about Dr. De Grate includ ing Missouri Representatives Jeanie Lauer and Sheila Solon, of Districts 54 and 55 respectively, as well as MoDot District Engineer Dan Niec. 

It was an honor to dedicate this bridge in recognition of Oliver's commitment to improving the quality of life in Blue Springs. For more photos, click here
City Government on CTV-7
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Check out what's new and going on in Blue Springs, 24 hours a day,  7 days a week by tuning into CTV-7. You can watch Comcast Cable channel 7 or AT&T U-verse Channel 99.

If you want to catch up on videos of past Blue Springs events, check out the City's YouTube page by 

If you want to catch up on videos of past Blue Springs events, check out the City's YouTube 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 of 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.