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White Oak Plaza Demolition
Out-of-State Motor Vehicle Sales Tax
Civic Leadership Award Winners
Eastern Metro Municipal Challenge
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Pokemon GO! Meet Up

Wednesday, Aug 3
6-7:30 p.m.
Howard L Brown Public Safety Building
1100 SW Smith St

CALLING ALL TRAINERS! Come chat and catch (Pokemon) with the Blue Springs Police Department during the third meeting of their new Face to Face program. 

This meeting will focus on Pokemon GO safety tips and will be followed by a Pokemon GO scavenger hunt with BSPD in downtown Blue Springs. You can meet district police officers, visit downtown Pokestops with lures and enjoy refreshments along the way. 
White Oak Plaza Demolition

I am happy to share that demolition has started on the  White Oak Shopping Plaza! This area has long been identified as an area for redevelopment and residents can look forward to a newly developed White Oak Marketplace that will feature a Cosentino's Price Chopper, attached retail space, restaurant sites and a multi-family senior  residential  facility. 
Gl owing Night Ride
Saturday, August 13
8 p.m. Registration & Activites
9 p.m. Start Time
Blue Springs Fieldhosue 
425 NE Mock Ave

Registration is still open for this annual, family-friendly event! Pricing is $25 if registered by August 1; this will include a t-shirt. Registration after August 1 is $30 and a t-shirt is not guaranteed.
Click here to register.

Participants can decorate their bike and/or themselves with glow sticks, lights, LED's and anything else their  imagination can conjure up! Prizes will be awarded for Most Excessive Use of Lights on Bike and Most Excessive Use of Lights on Cyclist.  

The route starts and ends at the Fieldhouse. The family route, newly added, is 7 miles long and the cyclist route is 13.2 miles/ double loop 26 miles. Riders of all ages welcome; there will be refreshments, music and raffle prizes at the end of the route. 

All routes are marked, volunteers will be stationed at major turn points, and police will assist with the crossover on busy intersections. Front lights and helmets are required.
Proposed City Budget Work Session

Wednesday, Aug 10
6 p.m.
Journagan Community Room
Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building 
1100 SW Smith St

The 2016-17 Proposed Budget Manual will be submitted to City Council on August 1.  
Following that presentation, a public meeting will be held to allow community members the chance to ask questions about the proposed budget. 

This proposed budget, the City's current and past budgets can be viewed by clicking here.
 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire summer schedul e,  click here .

Gage Center
1101 NW Jefferson
July 30, 11 a.m. to Noon
Bump City

Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Pkwy
July 30, Noon to 3 p.m.
Open Swim 
Adult photo ID required, Kids 5 & under must have a parent in the pool. Parents must supervise kids for the duration of the event. 

Dynamic Dance
1901 SW Highway 40 
Aug 6, 11 a.m. to Noon
Dance class with guest choreographers

 City Government of CTV-7
Check out what's new and going on in Blue Springs, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by tuning into CTV-7 on Comcast Cable channel 7 or AT&T U-verse Channel 99.

To watch videos of past Blue Springs events, check out the City's YouTube page by  clicking here.
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 important to you.

I encourage each of you to exercise your right to vote next week during the August 2 elections. I am a strong supporter of our community members using their voice to make our community better. Keep reading for more information about our Out-of-State Motor Vehicle Sales Tax ballot initiative.

You can also read more about the White Oak Plaza demolition and learn about upcoming events in our City. 

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.
Out-of-State Motor Vehicle Sales Tax

Next Tuesday, August 2, Blue Springs voters will be asked whether or not to discontinue the collection of the city's sales tax on motor vehicles, trailers, boats and outboard motors purchased from out-of-state dealers.

The City's portion of the sales tax is 2% of an item's purchase price. The total annual revenue loss to the City, if the taxes are discontinued, is estimated at $339,000.

Please view this short video for more information about this sales tax initiative and how it will affect Blue Springs. You can also see more details on our website by clicking here . 
Civic Leadership Award Winners

This July, Blue Springs hosted the 2016  Missouri Municipal League West Gate Civic Leadership Banquet. This banquet is hosted each year by  various Missouri municipalities who meet in a select city to honor exceptional civic leaders in from their communities. 
It was my pleasure to not only host this great event but to present Blue Springs' 2016 Outstanding Civic Leader award to Chairman of the Blue Springs Human Relations Committee( HRC) Kynette Campbell and Vice Chairman Gino Bueno. 

The HRC is made up of seven community members from diverse backgrounds appointed by the Mayor and City Council to foster the improvement and shall serve staggered terms of 3 years each.

During their current tenure on the commission, Kynette and Geno have met with neighboring HRC's in both Kansas and Missouri to exchange ideas and plan future collaborative events. They, along with the other commissioners, have also taken diversity training, completed our Citizen's Police Academy course and met with our officers to discuss improving interactions with various segments of our community. 

Thank you Kynetter and Geno for all that each of you have done for the Blue Springs community!
Eastern Metro Municipal Challenge

This week, I participated in the sixth annual Mayor's HotShot Basketball Challenge with fellow mayors from Grain Valley, Oak Grove, Raymore and Raytown to celebrate the opening games of the Eastern Jackson County Municipal Challenge. There was a new addition to our Eastern Metro Municipal Challenge, with our City Administrator Eric Johnson challenging fellow City Administrators from Grain Valley, Oak Grove and Raymore to their inaugural City Administrators' Hotshot Basketball Competition. 

This annual challenge allows city employees from neighboring communities to come together for fun, wellness and fellowship. The city with the highest number of points at the end of the two-week competition will win a trophy which will remain in that city until the next year's competition.
Congratulations are in order for our City Administrator Eric Johnson who brought home the gold medal for the Adminstrator's Hotshot Challenge! I did not bring home the gold this year but I did medal with the bronze, earning points for our City. Congratulations to first place winner Kris Turnbow, Mayor of Raymore!
Special thanks to  Councilman Dale Carter for being the event MC and to our commenter Buddy Young. I would also like to thank Blue Springs High School for providing my cool basketball gear and Blue Springs South High School for making sure our City administrator looked cool for his gold-medal win. 

Click here for more photos. 
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.