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2011 Eastern Jackson County Municipal Challenge
Alex's Lemonade Stand
Route 7 Bridge at Big Rock Creek Near Lake Lotawana Closes Soon
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City Furlough Day

Friday, June 17


The City of Blue Springs will observe a citywide furlough day on Friday, June 17. The City will officially be closed except for essential public safety services. 


All city buildings will be closed, including the city-operated state license bureau located at City Hall. Police Headquarters will remain open to support essential public safety services.


For more information, click here.

Public Art Events

"Inspired Visions"
2011 Temporary Exhibit
June 16, 6-8 p.m.
Adams Dairy Landing Shopping Center
1050 NE Coronado Dr.

Join us for the dedication of the "Inspired Visions" 2011 Temporary Art Exhibit sponsored by the Blue Springs Public Art Commission and RED Development.

This event is free and open to the public.

Corks & Canvas

Art & Wine Walk
June 18, 4-8 p.m.
Downtown Blue Springs

Join us for the first annual Corks & Canvas Art & Wine Walk in Downtown Blue Springs.  This free community event will feature over 15 artists and wineries.

Community Events

karate kid (new)

Street Flicks
The Karate Kid (2010)
Saturday, June 24
Activities begin at 7:15 p.m., movie begins at dusk
Downtown Blue Springs

This free event is something the whole family can enjoy!  Bring lawn chairs and blankets, get cozy and relax!

For more information, click here.

Missouri River Flooding Information

 As many of you are aware, the Missouri River is expected to reach flood levels in Kansas City this week. 


A massive sandbagging effort was held last week in Parkville to help prepare for the impending flood waters.  


I wanted to give my personal thanks to the 6 Blue Springs CERT volunteers who helped in the sandbagging efforts. Our thoughts and prayers are with the communities that the flood waters threaten.


The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness. If you are interested in becoming a CERT member, call Sgt. Kintz at (816) 228-0242.


 Although we are a safe distance from the Missouri River's waters, flood waters can still affect us.


Click here to see how KCP&L is also preparing for the rising waters.


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Around Town

A bi-weekly message from your Blue Springs Mayor and City Council
 Mayor Carson Ross
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.


This weekend is packed with things to do here in Blue Springs!  I hope to see you at the Let's Move! Community Summit this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Blue Springs Freshmen Center.  This is a community-wide effort and we need your ideas and input to help build the next generation of healthy citizens.  To learn more about these summits, click here.

This Saturday is also the Corks & Canvas event in downtown Blue Springs from 4-8 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public and feature over 15 local artists.  To learn more about this event, click here.

I would also like to remind you that this Friday the City will observe the second furlough day in the 2011 fiscal year budget.  All non-essential City departments will be closed to the public, but emergency services will still be available.

Congratulations to Christine Cates and the Finance Department for receiving the 2010 Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Award.  The award recognizes entities that achieve a certain standard of excellence in the annual budget document.  The Finance Department has won this award many times, but I wanted to give Christine and her staff the recognition the deserve for a job well done.


The Music in the Park Concert series continues to be very popular.  Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake located at 500 NW Vesper.  These free event concerts series feature a different band every Sunday night from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  To see the complete 2011 concert lineup,  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.

Let's Move! Community Summits
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Let's Move! Community Summits

Saturday, June 18 and Saturday, July 9 

8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Blue Springs School District Freshman Center 

2103 NW Vesper, Blue Springs, MO 64105 


I wrote about this event in the last newsletter, but I would like to invite you again to attend the two citizen-led summits on June 18 and July 9. These summits are free and open to the public and are facilitated by StandUp Blue Springs.


The Let's Move! Blue Springs initiative is following a plan outlined by Dave Wright, President of StandUp Blue Springs, for engaging citizens of Blue Springs to develop and implement innovative ideas for improving the health of the children throughout the community. At the completion of these summits, a prioritized list of projects linked to the Let's Move! goals, teams committed to seeing these projects through, as well as a plan for implementing the projects will be in place.  


I talk a lot about civic engagement and this is your chance to get involved!  Pre-registration is encouraged to make sure there are enough printed materials for everyone. To register, call the StandUp Blue Springs office at (816) 478-4500 or follow this link and fill out the form.

2011 Eastern Jackson County Municipal Challenge
2011 Municipal Challenge
Top: Mayor Carson Ross shooting for gold! Bottom: Raytown Mayor David Bower, Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross, Grandview Mayor Steve Dennis, Oak Grove Mayor Mark Fulks, Grain Valley Mayor Pro Tem Bob Headley, Lee's Summit Mayor Randy Rhodes

To show my personal dedication to an active lifestyle, I challenged mayors from Independence, Lee's Summit, Grandview, Oak Grove, Grain Valley and Raytown to a friendly game of M-A-Y-O-R, similar to H-O-R-S-E


The basketball challenge was on Saturday, June 11 at the Wilbur Young Park basketball courts and were part of the Eastern Jackson County Municipal Challenge.


Saturday was a beautiful day for a game of M-A-Y-O-R, and I thank Mayors Bower, Dennis, Fulks, Rhodes and Mayor Pro Tem Headley for joining me on the court.  Thank you to Councilman Dale Carter for emceeing the challenge!


Congratulations to gold medalist Grandview Mayor Steve Dennis, silver medalist Oak Grove Mayor Mark Fulks and I brought the bronze medal back to Blue Springs!


The Municipal Challenge grew out of a desire for Eastern Jackson County municipalities to create an event that would promote employee health, wellness and camaraderie along with a little competition though Olympic-style games.  


The games began on June 3 and continue through June 18 on various days and locations located throughout Eastern Jackson County.  Each city will earn points based on employee participation as well as how teams place in the competition.  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.


If you would like to see more photos from the M-A-Y-O-R challenge, click here!

Alex's Lemonade Stand


On Friday, June 3, I was honored to be able to join Dr. Mark Moser from Cockerell & McIntosh Pediatrics at their Alex's Lemonade Stand at the Blue Springs HyVee.


Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) shares the vision of their founder and creator, Alexandra "Alex" Scott.  Her vision was to find a cure for all children with cancer.


When Alex, who was diagnosed with childhood cancer just before her first birthday, was four, she told her parents she wanted to set up a front-yard lemonade stand. Her plan: to give the money to doctors to help them find a cure. Her first "Alex's Lemonade Stand" raised an astonishing $2,000 in one day. 


To learn more about Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, click here.

Route 7 Bridge at Big Rock Creek Near Lake Lotawana Closes Soon


The Route 7 bridge near Lake Lotawana will close for rehabilitation around June 20, weather permitting.


The bridge is expected to re-open by mid-August. Traffic will detour to other state routes until the structure reopens.The bridge, built in 1969 carries about 6,700 vehicles each day and is among 10 in Jackson County that are being repaired or replaced this year as part of the Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program.


MoDOT also is replacing bridges, decks or making other structural improvements to bridges in Independence, south Kansas City, Raytown and Greenwood in Jackson County this year. Some of these bridges have been or will be closed to through traffic for up to 60 days sometime this year to allow the contractor to complete work quickly. The closures detour traffic to nearby routes, affecting school bus, emergency service and postal routes.


These bridges are among more than 800 statewide that are being repaired, redecked or replaced through MoDOT's Safe & Sound Bridge Improvement Program.  Most of Missouri's worst bridges will be fixed through this accelerated program, including more than 145 in the eight-county Kansas City District. This year alone, MoDOT will fix more than 70 bridges and complete all scheduled Safe & Sound bridges by the end of 2012.


To view a detour map of this MoDot closure, click here.  For more information about this or any other MoDOT project, please visit MoDOT's Website 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.