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March 7, 2008

 Insight Into Blue Springs

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Spring is certainly on its way, and Blue Springs is certainly showing signs all around that progress, development and change is well in motion. Welcome to another issue of the Insight newsletter. I appreciate your continued support of our city and the many initiatives that our staff and City Council continue to bring forth that undoubtedly make our community great. In this issue, we'll look at the recent activity of City Council regarding south area development projects, the City's first ever Electronics Recycling Event, and the redevelopment plans of a local Blue Springs dealership which his certainly been a flagstaff in our community.

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In This Issue
Recycling Event - Great Success
Chapman Farms Projects Passed
Property Maintenance Code Education Forums
Plans for Blue Springs Ford
Horton Hometown Challenge
Student Goes "Girl Scout Gold"
City's Electronics Recycling Event - Great Success
Electronics Recycling Event

Last Saturday, more than 20 volunteers from City staff, City Council and members of the R3 Technologies group participated in the City's first ever, Electronics Recycling Event at Pink Hill Park in Blue Springs. The event produced more than 700 cars, 80 tons of electronics or 4 semi-trucks for recycling, and the overwhelming support of Blue Springs residents and neighboring communities. All I can say is, "Whew"! I worked through the entire event and I mean WORKED. I would like to offer my many thanks to everyone for helping to make our city a more "green-friendly", clean place to live; Special thanks to my fellow City officials Councilman Jeff Quibell and Planning Commissioner George Abbott, as well as the students from Blue Springs High School who also participated in the heavy lifting. Congratulations once again to everyone for achieving such a successful event.

Chapman Farms Projects Passed by City Council


Chapman FarmsOn Monday, March 3, the City Council reviewed and approved the newest development proposals for Chapman Farms that will essentially act as the main retail hub and centerpoint for the south area development. These developments represent a variety of beautiful projects including restaurants, retail establishments and row homes that are sure to be of great appeal to our City's current and potential resident base.

Property Maintenance Code Education Forums

On Wednesday, March 5, City staff from the Community Development Department, joined by Councilmen Lyle Shaver and Jeff Quibell hosted a public education forum to discuss a proposed Property Maintenance Code for the City of Blue Springs. These meetings serve as an excellent opportunity for residents to learn more about the proposed code, ask questions and make recommendations on how the code can best serve our community.


The next public education forum will be held on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at the Howard L. Brown Multipurpose Room from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. All who are able, are encouraged to attend.

Blue Springs Ford Moves Forward with Redevelopment Plans



Blue Springs FordAlso approved at Monday's City Council meeting were site redevelopment plans for the former Blue Springs Marina facility located along the South Outer Road of Interstate 70. As you may recall, the Blue Springs Marina relocated across the highway, to the North Outer Road in January. Plans for the former Marina include a complete demolition and rebuilding to create expanded building space for the Blue Springs Ford Dealership. Plans were are also approved Monday night to improve the Blue Springs Ford used car lot located at 40 Highway and 19th Street.

Horton Hometown Challenge Comes to Blue Springs


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Many of you may remember the story of Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who from your early childhood days. Well the Horton Hears You Hometown Challenge has come to Blue Springs, and will feature special guests including the Mayor of "Who-Ville" himself.


Families, children and Horton-fans of Blue Springs are invited to come out to SportsCity located at 425 NE Mock Avenue in Blue Springs, tomorrow March 8 at 8:00 a.m. to participate in the challenge. Participates will be asked to proclaim as loudly as they can "WE ARE HERE!" Should Blue Springs win the "Who-Challenge", participants will be invited to a private screening of the new movie Horton Hears a Who and will meet a member of the film's cast.


Following the challenge, participants can also take part in carnival games and entertainment with the members of "Who-Ville". Good luck to all of you attending tomorrow's challenge - go Blue Springs!


Blue Springs High School Student Goes "Girl Scout Gold"

Girl Scout Katie KucharskiEarlier this week, I learned of a local Blue Springs High School Student by the name of Katie Kucharski who has started a discount clothing store at her school, which once began as meager coat drive to offer a helping hand to those less fortunate. Katie has worked tireless at developing the store with help from the A+ Coordinator and Intervention Specialist at Blue Springs High School. As a Girl Scout, Katie thought the clothing store would be a great idea by which to earn the "Gold Award" which is the Girl Scout's highest honor. I would like to congratulate Katie for all her success and her commitment to helping those in need.


To view the Fox 4 news story on Katie Kucharski, click on Katie's picture to the right or visit the link below:




Your Servant,

Steve Steiner, Blue Springs Mayor
City of Blue Springs,
ssteiner@bluespringsgov.com - 816.228.0110
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