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Chicago and Alton Train Depot's New Home
Did someone say Pickleball?
Woods Chapel Road Progress
2012 Corks & Canvas Event
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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.


I hope everyone had a safe and fun Fourth of July.  I want to thank those residents who were "Good Neighbors" and observed the hours that fireworks are legally allowed and disposed of the fireworks debris afterwards.  There is still time to be a "Good Neighbor" and properly dispose of fireworks debris if you have neglected to do so over the holiday.


It has been very hot here in Blue Springs and we are still in a burn ban.  This ban applies to all outside or open fires, except residential barbecuing.  
We opened Vesper Hall as a Cooling Center in response to the excessive heat warning for Jackson County issued by the National Weather Service.  Heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer.  Please be sure to pay special attention to senior citizens, young children, those with health or breathing problems and outdoor pets. 


The Jackson County Charter Review Task Force is holding a public hearing on July 11, 5 p.m. at the Downtown Kansas City Courtroom to receive input on Term Limits, Campaign Finance and Filing for Office.  For more information about the county charter review process, click here.
Speaking of items for your review, the 2012-13 Draft Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Annual Action Plan is available for review.  This plan describes the specific items for the CDBG funding this coming fiscal year.  To view the report, click here.  If you would like to comment on the plan, contact the Community Development Department at (816) 228-0207.


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.

Chicago and Alton Train Depot's New Home
Top: The Chicago and Alton Train Depot turning from Main Street onto 11th Street. Middle: The Depot entering Central Park. 
Bottom Left: Rep. Jeanie Lauer presenting a resolution to Mary Potter for the Depot. Bottom Right: Mary Potter presenting the first rent check ($1) for the Depot in Central Park.


On June 29, the Chicago and Alton Train Depot was moved to its new home in Central Park.  The quarter-mile move was performed by Patton Building and House Moving Inc, of Kansas.  For those who were unable to attend, you can see a video of the move by clicking here.  To see more photos of the move, click here.


After the move a short ceremony was conducted by Mary Potter, president of the Blue Springs Historical Society.  Rep. Jeanie Lauer presented a resolution and I accepted the first rent check for the Depot.  You may remember that the annual rent will be one dollar for the Depot's space in Central Park.


If you get a chance, I invite you to visit Central Park, located at the corner of Walnut and 10th Street.  The Depot has been moved onto the concrete pad and is ready to begin the renovation process.  This process will require the hard work of many volunteers and the Historical Society could use all the help they can get!  To learn more about the Historical Society, click here.

Did someone say Pickleball?


We have marked one of the tennis courts at Rotary Park to accommodate Pickleball!  


So what is Pickleball?  Pickleball is a racquet sport which combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. The sport is played on a court with the same dimensions as a doubles badminton court. The game is played with a hard paddle and a polymer wiffle ball.


To learn more about Pickleball, click here.

Woods Chapel Road Progress
2012 Corks & Canvas Event


On June 23, the Downtown Alive! group hosted their second annual Corks & Canvas event.  This event continues to grow in popularity and is an excellent way to invite people to our growing downtown.  


The event drew more than 600 visitors and next year's date has been set for June 22, 2013.  To see more photos of this event, click 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
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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.