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Drug Takeback Event.
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How To Open And Grow Your Business Presentation
Friday, May 6,  2-3 p.m. 
Mid-Continent Public Library North Branch
850 NW Hunter Drive

The expo will focus on the information presented in the 'How to Open a Business in Blue Springs'  guide. Attendees will be able to ask questions and receive feedback specific to their situations. 
Park Master Plan Public Meeting
Thursday, May 12,  6:30-8:30 p.m.
Blue Springs Freshman Center
2103 NW Vesper Street 

Blue Springs' Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting their second public meeting for community input on the creation of the Parks Master Plan.

  Data from the citizens surveys completed earlier this year along with additional findings will be reported at the meeting to allow residents the chance to comment on the information and share their ideas.

The Parks Master Plan process will evaluate the needs and desires of the community to determine future recreational and open space options. To assist with this process, the City has retained the consulting team of GreenPlay, LLC, a national parks, recreation, and open space consulting firm. Expected completion of the Parks Master Plan is set for October 2016.

15th Annual Fallen Officer Memorial Service
Friday May 13,  3 p.m.
Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building
1100 SW Smith Street 

The Blue Springs Police Department will host its 15th annual "Fallen Officer" Memorial Service at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building.

  The event is part of the National Police Memorial Week, which officially runs from May 11-16.  In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. 
Please join us as we honor the Officers and their families who have given everything to keep us safe. 
National Public Works Week Celebration
Thursday, May 19,  5-8 p.m.
Public Works Facility
500 S.E. Sunnyside School Road

Come out to celebrate the hardworking men and women of the Public Works Department  and learn how they maintain the city.
* Demonstrations
*Equipment Displays
*Face Painting
*Free Food
Attendees will have the chance to win prizes.   
For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 816-228-0195.  
Weather on the Road
Friday, May 6,  4-6 p.m.
Pink Hill Park
2715 NW Park Drive

Join KSHB-TV Chief Meteorologist Gary Lezak and Sunny the Weather Dog this Friday at Pink Hill Park. The first 141 people will be able to play games and enjoy picnic style cuisine.   
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Sunday, May 8,  10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Adams Pointe Conference Center
1400 NE Coronado Drive

 Enjoy brunch with loved ones this Mother's Day.  Adults eat for  $21.95 plus tax and 15% service charge.  Children ages 4-10 eat for $10.95 plus tax and 15% service charge; children 3 and under eat for free. 

Call 816-228-8100 for reservations.
 Let's Move! Saturdays
These events are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To view the entire summer schedul e,  click here .

Club 7 Fitness
1241 SW Highway 7
May 7, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Kids Fit Boot Camp, Fitness Activities
Open Gym for adults

TaJazz School of Dance
1100 NW Knox
May 14, 11 a.m. to Noon
Mother-daughter dance & exercise, ages 3+

Centennial 'The Blue'
2401 NW Ashton Drive
May 14, Noon to 3 p.m.
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. 
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To watch videos of past Blue Springs events, check out the City's YouTube page by clicking here.
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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.

There are a few other ways to become informed about Blue Springs including our annual Public Works Week celebration and the upcoming Ho w To Open and Grow Your Business presentation this Friday.  Finally, I would like to invite you to Pink Hill Park this Friday at 4 p.m. as KSHB Chief Meteorologist Gary Lezak and Sunny the Weather Dog join us for their Weather on the Road.

Keep reading for more information about these events.  Also, we have posted the April 2016 Public Safety Sales Tax Report to our website.  To view all of the reports, click here.

As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about the good things in the City of Blue Springs.
Neighborhood Public Forum

On April 27 and 28, Community Development held two public forums on the development of Specific Area Plans for the City's Comprehensive Plan. 

Residents, business owners and community members were invited to give input on the N2 neighborhood which spans from the space  east of NW Highway 7 and north of Interstate 70. More than 30 attendees provided feedback and insight to their hopes for future development in and around their neighborhood. 

There are eight Specific Area Plans being created   in conjunction with the policies, goals, and targets of the city-wide Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2015. To date, the City has completed three of the eight area plans. To learn more about the Comprehensive Plan, click here.
Crime Stoppers
On Thursday, April 21 the Blue Springs Police Department was recognized by Crime Stoppers for BSPD's support of their efforts to reduce crime. Both the Patrol and Investigations Unit received a certificate of appreciation during Crime Stopper's 20th Annual Awards program. 

Crime Stoppers allows the public  to report crime anonymously by calling 816-474-TIPS. For more information, click here
Drug Takeback Event 

On Saturday, April 30  The Blue Springs Police Department partnered with both Blue Springs Cosentino's Price Choppers to give residents an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. This service was free and anonymous, no questions asked.
The total amount collected from this event include more than 20 boxes of unwanted/ unused prescription drugs with a total weigh of 895 pounds!
Special thanks to Sgt. Mike Russell and the Blue Springs Police Department, both Price Chopper locations an d the Blue Springs VIPs for making this event possible.

If you were unable to make this event, you can drop off expired medication in MedReturn drop-off box located inside of the front lobby of the Howard. L. Brown Public Safety Building.  

Andy's Frozen Custard's developer has lengthened the current median on Highway 7 to provide dedicated lanes for north and southbound traffic. This was done after results from  a traffic study done during the planning and permitting process showed numerous accidents in the area and worsening traffic congestion. 

Expected completion is set for spring 2016. 

St. John LaLande Tour

On Friday, April 22 I was joined by 3rd Grade students from St. John LaLande.  This class was learning about local government and stopped by City Hall to talk to me about what I do as Mayor and take a quick tour.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Who knows?  A future Mayor of Blue Springs might be in this photo with me!
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.