April 11, 2008

 Insight Into Blue Springs


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Welcome once again to my Insight newsletter. This past week has been a very busy time in Blue Springs, during which a number of new changes have taken place. In this issue, we will recognize the candidates who participated in the 2008 city elections, highlighting when the elected will officially take office, discuss an important decision made with the proposed Evergreen transfer station, and recognize a member of the City's staff working to make a positive difference in the lives of our Blue Springs' youth.    

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In This Issue
Congratulations Blue Springs Elected Officials
Council Delays Consideration of Transfer Station
Officer uses D.A.R.E. to create positive youth
Household Hazardous Waste Event, April 19
Next Week is Family Week!
Annual Rotary Raffle this Saturday
Congratulations Blue Springs Elected Officials

This past week municipal elections were held throughout the metro area, including Blue Springs.  On behalf of our entire community, I would like to thank all the candidates who participated in this year's municipal elections.


Congratulations' goes out to Carson Ross, Mayor-elect; Jeanie Lauer, District 1 Councilman-elect; Kent Edmondson, District 2 Councilman-elect; and Ron Fowler, District 3 Councilman-elect. On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to speak with Mayor-elect Carson Ross, offering my full support in assisting with his transition to Mayor of Blue Springs.


All elected officials will be officially installed and sworn into their positions at the April 21, City Council meeting. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Again, I would like to personally thank all the elected officials, both incoming and outgoing members of City Council, Jeff Quibell & Joe Stubblefield, that have offered their time and commitment to serving our city.

City Council Delays Consideration of Transfer Station

On Monday April 7, I, with our Council's support recommended that the City Council continue the public hearing of the proposed Evergreen transfer/recycling station until both Blue Springs and Independence gather enough information about the project. Specifically, this delay will allow the Council to gain a better of understanding of what's being proposed and how it could potentially affect the environment, quality of life and residents residing around the area in which the station is being proposed. The hearing will be postponed until the June 2, 2008 meeting of the City Council. I recommend all our residents keep a close eye on the City's website, continue doing their own research about recycling stations, as well as keep in touch with their respective City Council members in order to learn more about the proposed project.

Blue Springs Officer uses D.A.R.E. to create positive youth

Officer Charlie WaitesOfficer Charlie Waites is not your typical police officer. As a D.A.R.E. instructor working in the Blue Springs School District, Officer Waits works with dozens of students every day, hoping to encourage them to make wise decisions like saying no to drugs and alcohol use. Being a D.A.R.E. instructor means Officer Waites work's long hours and teaches a multitude of safety and education concepts including how to resist unnecessary dangers and violence.


Personally, I have always said that I will be forever indebted to Officer Waites for his role in reviving my interest in the hobby of magic.  During my first year as mayor, Officer Waites invited me to speak at a series of D.A.R.E. graduations.  It was at these events that I decided to pull out some of my old magic tricks to use as object lessons.  Since that time I have used my magic to perform in over 200 different events, including school assemblies, Eagle Scout Presentations, Street Flix, Cub Pack Banquets, Children's Church events, City Theatre performances, and various other events.  In two weeks I will be representing the Blue Springs Rotary Club and performing at the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce's 6th Annual Administrative Assistant's Day Luncheon. 


I even have a magic website with links to my videos currently on YouTube!  Should you wish, feel free to check out the mayorsmagic.com site and video links. More importantly, please take some time this week and read the article written by Officer Waits in the Examiner Newspaper. 




Thank you again Officer Waites for your continued commitment and service to the students and schools of our community!

Mark Your Calendars - Household Hazardous Waste Event, April 19

Household Hazardous Waste EventBe sure to gather your old automotive fluids, batteries, motor oils and paints and bring them to the 2008 Household Hazardous Waste Event on Saturday, April 19 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The waste recycling event will take place once again at Pink Hill Park in Blue Springs. Cars entering the event should enter off of Pink Hill Road. Please note, this event will only accept items as noted above and will be limited to 300 cars. This is a first come first serve event. Other household hazardous wastes may be taken to permanent household hazardous waste centers throughout the Kansas City and Lee's Summit area by appointment, and at any time for no charge. To learn more about this year's event, or how to dispose of household hazardous wastes throughout the year, visit the City's website at www.bluespringsgov.com/hhwaste.

Next Week is Family Week!

Jackson County, which includes the greater Kansas City Metro area, is a community with strong family values. In April of each year, Jackson County recommits its residents to the importance of family life through Family Week. Through the efforts of numerous volunteers and enthusiastic support from businesses, schools, and churches, the celebration begins. Family Week is filled with "Family Time" incentives, a Sacred Sunday Music Festival, "Family of the Year" recognition, bank "Family History" contest, and a community decorated with family life. A weekly Monday Family Night runs all year long. Jackson County is serious in it's commitment to families.


Family Week 2008


This coming Monday and Tuesday, I will be visiting 7-8 area schools and acknowledging the winners of the Family Week Essay Contest.  On Tuesday evening I will be doing some of my magic at the "Family of the Year" reception.  This will be the fourth year that I have participated in the event.  Be sure and check out their website for more information. 



Annual Rotary Raffle this Saturday
The Blue Springs Rotary Club will hold its annual Car Raffle this coming Saturday evening.  The raffle is the primary fundraising event for the club which has participated in awarding hundreds of scholarships to our local high school students through the years.  The club also has partnered with our Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department on several projects, including helping to develop Rotary/Railroad Park.  For more information about the raffle, contact Rotary President, David Witt at 863-9488.
Other Upcoming City Events

Find these dates and more on the City's website at www.bluespringsgov.com!

  • April 14, 2008:  Planning Commission Meeting




  • April 20, 2008:  Blue Springs Parks and Recreation - Family Week Scavenger Hunt



  • April 21, 2008:  City Council Meeting; Installation of Mayor and City Council


  • April 27, 2008:  Blue Springs Parks and Recreation - Pepsi Pitch, Hit and Run!




Your Servant,

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