Into Blue Springs
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
Blue Springs Elected Officials
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.
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.
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
Council Delays Consideration of Transfer Station
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
Springs Officer uses D.A.R.E. to create positive youth
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.
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.
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.
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
you again Officer Waites for your continued commitment
and service to the students and schools of our
Your Calendars - Household Hazardous Waste Event,
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
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.
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
Rotary Raffle this Saturday
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
For more information about the raffle,
contact Rotary President, David Witt at
Upcoming City Events
these dates and more on the City's website at www.bluespringsgov.com!
14, 2008: Planning
20, 2008: Blue
Springs Parks and Recreation - Family Week
21, 2008: City
Council Meeting; Installation of Mayor and City
27, 2008: Blue
Springs Parks and Recreation - Pepsi Pitch, Hit