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Mayor's State of the City Address
Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award
Blue Springs Chamber Banquet
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Tax Counter Closes January 31

 City leaders have announced that Blue Springs would discontinue the Jackson County Tax Collection Services at City Hall effective at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31.  The tax counter will no longer be open to receive payments after that date. 

Customers can obtain Jackson County Tax Collection Services at the following locations:

Truman Courthouse | 112 W. Lexington, Suite 114, independence, MO 64050

Jackson County Courthouse | 415 E. 12th Street, Suite 100, Kansas City, MO 64106

You can also go online to make payments by clicking here. 
Piccadilly Gala Ticket Sales Kick-Off Event

Monday, January 30
5:30 - 7 p.m.
America's Community Bank
1100 W Main Street 

You are invited to Downtown Alive's Piccadilly Ticket Sales Kick-off event! 

For one night only, tickets are $45 each and include dinner and admission to the gala. After Monday, January 30, tickets will be $50.

Table sales are also available. For ticket information, contact Pam Wheeler, Downtown Alive! Executive Director, at   816-805-8356.
Mayor's State of the City Address

Thursday, Feb 16
11 a.m. 
Adams Pointe Conference Center

J oin me for my ninth annual State of the City Address!  There are a number of things to be excited about in Blue Springs and I look forward to sharing more about the people and places that contribute to our vibrant community. 

If you would like to attend, you can purchase tickets by calling the Chamber of Commerce at 816-229-8558. The price is $25 for non-members and $20 for Chamber members. 
 April Local Election Ballot
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 is the date for the General Municipal elections. Below is the list of candidates for each District: 

District 1 Councilman
Jerry Kaylor
Jeff Quibell
Scott Casey

District 2 Councilman
Kent Edmondson

District 3 Councilman
Ron Fowler
Tom Echerd

If you have not registered to vote in Jackson County, you can visit City Hall or the   Mid-Continent Public Library (North or South Branch). 
Youth Sports Expo! 

Saturday, Jan. 28
9 a.m. to Noon
Blue Springs Fieldhouse
425 NE Mock Ave

Join Parks & Recreation at the Fieldhouse to see what sports and recreational resources are available within the community. 

At this event you can participate in activities and meet with representatives from various youth sports and recreational organizations. 
 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire winter schedule, click here

Blue Springs Fieldhouse
425 NE Mock Ave
Jan. 28, 10 - 11 a.m.
Open Basketball

Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Parkway
Jan. 28, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Open Swim (restrictions apply; avaialble on full winter schedule)

Dynamic Dance
1901 SW Highway 40
Feb. 4, 11 a.m. to Noon
Dance Class
 City Government of CTV-7
Check out what's new and going on in Blue Springs, 24 hour s 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 im portant to you.
I would like to start by giving my sincerest condolences to Pam Bartow of DataPros for the recent loss of her husband Doug. I appreciate all of the work your family has done for the Blue Springs community. 

In this issue, I wanted to share some details about my upcoming State of the City Address and how excited I am about Blue Springs!  You can also read about the discontinuation of Jackson County Tax collection and which candidates will be on our City's election ballot this April. 

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award

Top Photo: Mayor Carson Ross with Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award; Bottom Photo (from left to right): Kansas Representative Kevin Yoder, NAACP Olathe, KS Chapter President Henry Lyons, Mayor Carson Ross and Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer. 

On January 16, I attended the 13th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Award Dinner presented by the Olathe, KS Chapter of the NAACP. I am pleased to share that I  was the recipient of this year's Legacy Award.  

This award is traditionally given to community members who are living out the legacy of Dr. King, Jr. through positive involvement in the community while making a significant impact. I am honored to be this year's recipient. 
Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce Banquet
From top: Event Emcee Mayor Carson Ross; Joey & Michael Zarillo; Marty Meyers (left) and Ted Meyer; St. Mary's Medical Center CEO Deb Ohnoutka (second from left) and staff. 

On Friday, Jan 20, I had the honor of hosting the 55th Annual Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet at the Adams Pointe Conference Center. 

With a Mardi Gras theme, this event recognized the efforts of local businesses and various community leaders who were nominated for their positive impact on the Blue Springs community. 

Below are the nominees and winners:

Outstanding Citizen of the Year 
Winner:   Ted Meyer of Meyer Music
Nominated:  Marie Benz &  Marty Meyers

Business of the Year 
Winner: St. Mary's Medical Center
Nominated: Adams Dairy Bank,  Bank 21, Sandy's Restaurant, and Salon Adiktd

Connector of the Year 
Joey Zarillo of Jackson County Money Mailer

Congratulations to each of you for your contribution to making Blue Springs an even better place to do business. 
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.