News Happenings Around Town
A monthly message from your Mayor and City Council
Mayor's Message
'Tis the season for giving, and that's just what we've been doing here at the City of Blue Springs. I am so proud of our Blue Springs Police Department who not only helped 30 local children shop for their loved ones at the annual Shop with a Blue Springs Cop event on Nov. 8, they also collected more than 121 pair of footwear and work boots to be donated to the Community Service League as a part of Project Blue Line Boots. You can see more about both events below.

As we come to a close on 2018, I'd like to reflect on the wonderful accomplishments we've had as a City. We saw several new businesses open their doors including East Forty Brewery, an expansion of Colonial Gardens with a new agro-tourism concept, the addition of Orschlen’s Farm and Home, the redevelopment of Aldi, two new restaurants – First Watch and IHOP, and much more!

In early 2018, Faurecia, a global manufacturer of automotive interior parts, announced it was making Blue Springs its home. The company is in the process of construction on a 250,000 square-foot production facility that would create more than 300 new jobs once it opens later in 2019.

There are so many more wonderful things happening in our City, and I can’t wait to tell you all about them at my annual State of the City Address on Feb. 21, 2019.

First Lady Eloise and I along with the City Council and Staff wish each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope it is filled with peace, love and joy.
Out and About
Mayor's Christmas Lighting
On December 4, I had the pleasure of hosting the Annual Mayor's Christmas Lighting. This year our very own Blue Springs Super Hero, Brecken Simmons of Brecken's Lemonade Stand, and Blue Springs Police Officer Keegan Hughes helped me flip the switch on the lights to the Public Safety Building at 1100 SW Smith Street. The event included Pete Grigsby as our emcee and a special visit from the Big Guy himself - Santa Claus!
Thank you to everyone who helped plan this event and make it a success. Next year, we'll be hosting this event back over at City Hall once the renovations are completed in early 2019.
Shop with a Blue Springs Cop
Early in the morning on Saturday, December 8 our Blue Springs Police Officers, volunteers, and 30 special young people gathered at the Blue Springs Target for the Annual Shop with a Blue Springs Cop event. The children were able to select gifts for their family members with the help from a BSPD officer. This is one of my favorite events and we are so fortunate to have a community that comes together to help each other.
Project Blue Line Boots
On November 30, The Blue Springs Police Department donated 121 pairs of footwear (boots, shoes, etc.), 14 coats, gloves, and stocking caps to the Community Service League as a part of Project Blue Line Boots. Learn more about this project.
Community News
Mayor Carson Ross appoints City Prosecuting Attorney
BLUE SPRINGS, MO. – Mayor Carson Ross has announced the appointment of Tracey Chappell-Vick as the City’s Prosecuting Attorney.

“After a thorough selection process, I am pleased to announce that Tracey emerged as the top candidate,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “Tracey has more than 20 years of experience in the legal field and I am confident that she will do a great job representing the City of Blue Springs.”

“I am excited that I get the historic opportunity to appoint the first female to this important City position, and to also further the diversity of our organization,” Ross added.

City hosts Time Capsule Reburial and
Re-dedication Ceremony Jan. 10
The City of Blue Springs will host a Rededication and Reburial Ceremony of the 1976 Time Capsule at 11 a.m. on January 10, 2019 at City Hall, 903 W. Main Street.

The Time Capsule, which was originally buried in front of City Hall at the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration, recently had to be removed during the ongoing construction of the City Hall renovation process. The capsule was preserved and unopened during this time. Now that most of the outdoor site work has been completed, the Time Capsule will be reburied in front of City Hall on the Main Street side in a special ceremony on January 10. Additionally, a smaller 2019 Time Capsule will be placed in the ground as a special surprise to the future Blue Springs citizens of 2076.

Reminder: City Office Holiday Closings
City of Blue Springs, Mo. offices, Municipal Court and Vesper Hall will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24 in observance of Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday and Tuesday, Jan. 1 in observation of New Year's Day.

The Blue Springs Fieldhouse holiday hours will be 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24 and Monday, Dec. 31. The facility will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday, Jan. 1. Vesper Hall will be open on New Year’s Eve from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and it will be closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Public Safety staff will continue to perform normal operations but the Police Department offices will be closed to the public. Call 911 for emergencies and 816-228-0151 for non-emergency police services.

Blue Springs Water Services and Municipal Court customers can access the City’s online pay portal 24-hours a day, seven days a week via the City’s website
My Blue Springs Photo Contest Winners Announced
BLUE SPRINGS, MO. – The City of Blue Springs announced the winners of the 2018 My Blue Springs Photo Contest.
Out of 43 total entries from residents of all ages, the City Communications Team has selected the following winners:
Spotlight on Development
South Branch Library Renovations Complete
The Blue Springs South Branch, which temporarily closed for renovations on June 11, reopened on Monday, December 10, 2018. 

The public is invited to join branch staff, MCPL leadership, and local officials to “turn the page” in a special rededication ceremony on Friday, January 11, at 9:00 a.m., starting a new chapter in the history of Blue Springs South Branch.

A brief ceremony will be followed by light refreshments. Everyone in attendance will receive a fine forgiveness token worth up to $10 off fines and select fees.

What's Happening in Blue Springs
Chipping of the Green
Resident Tips & Tricks
Snow Plow Safety
  • When driving behind a snow plow truck, be sure you stay at least 50 feet back. Do not tailgate or try to pass.

  • Never build tunnels or snow forts near the street. The weight of the snow coming off of the snow plows can collapse the tunnels or forts and harm people playing inside.

  • Move vehicles off the street whenever possible. Parked cars can obstruct snow removal operations and leave snow packed areas after they are moved.

Blue Springs Point Of View

Check out what's new and going on in Blue Springs by watching the monthly Blue Springs Point of View (POV) episodes. You can also stay informed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by tuning into CTV-7 on Comcast Cable channel 7 or AT&T U-verse Channel 99.

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