News Happenings Around Town
A monthly message from your Mayor and City Council
Mayor's Message
Hello Blue Springs! We've officially entered fall, which means we're also getting fall weather. I hope you have enjoyed the last several weeks as much as I have. We have had so many great events this season and there is much more to come right around the corner.

Over the last month, I've had the pleasure of attending great community-wide events like the Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival and the Annual National Night Out Against Crime. These two are always a favorite of mine, as they showcase our great community and people.

I hope you enjoy this edition of News Happenings Around Town. As you can see, Blue Springs is continuing to be a City "On the Move and On the Right Track!"
Out and About
Cosentino Family Named
Blue Springs Citizens of the Year!
I am proud to announce that I had the privilege to select the Cosentino Family as the Blue Springs Citizen of the Year. The Cosentino's were honored at the Truman Heartland Community Foundation's Annual Toast of Our Town Gala on September 29.

Since the first Blue Springs Cosentino’s Price Chopper opened, the Cosentino Family has been a supportive and generous community partner for the City of Blue Springs. And in 2017, the Cosentino’s opened a second Price Chopper location in Blue Springs and with it, a transformation of one of the most blighted areas of the City at U.S. 40 and M-7 highways into the White Oak Marketplace that is quickly becoming one of the crown jewels of our City.  

The Cosentino’s commitment to community can be seen in more than just their brick and mortar locations. They make it their mission to give back to the communities they serve. There are so many examples of this family’s generosity. They provide support to countless local organizations, school districts, public services, and community events with donations and fundraising activities – including providing food and beverages each year for the annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting among other activities that directly support the Blue Springs community. Additionally, the family has set up a Cosentino’s Charity Foundation, which raises money to provide food products to churches and food pantries in the areas.

We are so lucky to have the Cosentino Family as a long-standing, generous and dedicated community partner in Blue Springs and in the greater Kansas City area.
Downtown Main Street Organization celebrates groundbreaking of Gateway project
On September 20, Councilmember Susan Culpepper and myself had the great opportunity of helping Downtown Alive! break the ground for the first Downtown Gateway Monument coming off of Hwy 7 on Main Street. This project is funded entirely through private donations. We look forward to seeing this monument go up to introduce others to our great downtown area.
Another successful Fall Fun Festival!
It was another successful Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival this year. We had perfect weather for the parade and large crowds throughout the festival weekend.
Mayor Carson Ross
Dale Carter - District 1 Councilman
Susan Culpepper - Mayor Pro Ten and District 3 Councilmember
Jerry Kaylor - District 1 Councilmember
Ron Fowler and family - District 3 Councilmember
Chris Lievsay and family - District 2 Councilmember
2018 National Night Out
On Tuesday, Oct. 2 our community came together to celebrate the 2018 National Night Out Against Crime. I am honored to be a part of this event and I want to thank all of our partners, sponsors and volunteers for once again, making this event a successful night of family fun for our community. Head on over to our Facebook page for more photos of the event.
City News
City Adopts Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Budget
On September 24, 2018, the City Council unanimously adopted the FY 2018-19 annual budget of $69,971,102 effective October 1, 2018. The Proposed 2018-19 Fiscal Year Budget is available online at

The proposed budget represents the City’s continued effort to provide residents with high value municipal services in a fiscally responsible manner that is in alignment with the 2015 Strategic Plan Framework and the 2014 Citizen Survey. The City is currently conducting the 2018 Citizen Survey and those results will be included in next year’s budget. The City’s budget includes areas where new revenue sources will allow the City to address deferred maintenance in the City’s Parks system and other areas where operational expenditures must be reduced due to areas of minimal revenue growth.

Police Department receives 3rd CALEA accreditation
The City of Blue Springs is proud to announce that the Blue Springs Police Department has been awarded national reaccreditation for its continued compliance with national standards for policing by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

“It is important for our department and our community to achieve national accreditation,” said Blue Springs Police Chief Bob Muenz. “National accreditation was identified as a strategic goal by the City Council in 2015 and we have we continued to meet that goal as a priority for our department. Thanks to the hard work of our employees and accreditation manager Teri Sandlin, achieving this goal has become a reality.”

Police Department promotes Edwards to Deputy Chief, Keating to Sergeant
Deputy Chief Stacey Edwards was officially sworn in at the Oct. 1 Blue Springs City Council meeting. And Kenneth Keating was officially made Sergeant at his badge pinning ceremony on Oct. 5.
Missouri Municipal League Elects Blue Springs City Councilman, Chris Lievsay as President
On Sept. 18, the Missouri Municipal League elected City of Blue Springs Councilman, Chris Lievsay as President during the annual conference in Branson, Missouri.

Lievsay has served on the Blue Springs City Council as the District 2 representative since 2010. Having called Blue Springs home for most of his life, Lievsay earned his associate degree at the Metropolitan Community Colleges, went on to complete his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Business Administration at Columbia College. He also earned a Master of Education from WGU-Missouri.

Still time to enter the My Blue Springs Photo Contest
Submit your best Blue Springs Photos for the My Blue Springs Photo contest by October 31. For a complete list of contest rules and categories, click here .
Spotlight on Development
New Aldi's celebrated Grand Opening Oct. 11
Aldi has officially re-opened in Blue Springs. The store celebrated the "Grand Re-Opening" with a Ribbon Cutting on Oct. 11. The previous store was completely rebuilt to include a new layout and upgraded finishes.

What's Happening in Blue Springs
October 15: Downtown Chili Lunch Annual Fundraiser
Monday, October 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pizza Shoppe, 1105 W. Main Street.

Hosted by Downtown Alive!
October 27 - Spooky Springs
Put on your favorite costume and join us for a night of family fun! Enjoy a SPOOKY HAYRIDE through the woods where you might see some creepy characters lurking about! Have some s'mores at a bonfire with hot drinks, games, face painting and of course trick or treat as you visit with costumed characters and more! This year a hotdog and chip dinner will be included for all the hungry little ghouls and goblins! One food and hayride ticket per paid admission. 

When: Saturday, October 27, 2018
5 - 8 P.M.

Where: Adam's Pointe Golf Course

Price: $8 Per Person Preregister by Friday, October 19th 
$10 Per Person at the Gate

Walk-ups are still available the day of the event, but pre-registration is highly suggested by Friday, Oct. 19, 2018.

Hosted by Blue Springs Parks and Recreation
October 27 - Trick or Treat Main Street
Hosted by Downtown Alive!
October 27 - DEA Drug Takeback Day
Hosted by the Blue Springs Police Department and the City of Blue Springs

November 2 - Community Prayer Breakfast
6:30 a.m. | Adams Pointe Conference Center
Tickets are $20 each or $185 per table. For ticket information, contact Rebeca Swank c/o Foster Dental Care at 816-228-6988.

Hosted by Mayor Carson Ross.
Resident Tips & Tricks
Disconnect and drain your garden hoses before temperatures drop
Before freezing temperatures strike, it’s important to disconnect and drain your outdoor hoses. This allows the water to drain from the pipe so an overnight freeze doesn’t burst the faucet or the pipe it’s connected to.
Got yard waste?
The Eastern Jackson County Yard Waste Collection Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday from April to November.

Contact Your City Councilmember:
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Carson Ross, Mayor 
City of Blue Springs