What to Expect from News Happenings...
You will find this publication to be efficiently
organized, finding exactly what you need and want to
know each time a new issue hits your email inbox.
Some of the regular highlights you'll find in each
bi-monthly issue include:
Updates on community infrastructure
Answers to commonly asked questions or issues
expressed by citizens
"Councilman's Corner" - a one-on-one information
update from Blue Springs City Councilmen
Information on new policy changes and other special
projects going on in the City, and
"Coming Around the Corner" - snapshots of community
growth and development
Together with the latest City events and
activities information, this publication will certainly be
something you won't want to keep to yourself.
Known the Issues
2008 Bond Proposals
Bond Issue 1: By approving a $35
million dollar bond for sewer treatment plant expansion,
the City will be able to complete mandatory EPA and
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regulations for a
more efficient and compliant sewer treatment
The regulations must be achieved by 2009. With the $35
million dollar bond, the City will be able to borrow
money through a low-interest state fund, so that no
increases in sewer rates will be necessary to repay the
$35 million in revenue bonds for the sewer plant
Should voters approve the $35 million dollar
bond proposal in August, the City will save a projected
$12 million dollars over the 20-year financing period in
which the plant expansion will be paid for.
Bond Issue 2: Through the approval of a
$28 million dollar bond, the City will be able to
complete a number of road improvement projects,
particularly those in long-standing demand for
completion by residents:
Widening and improving Woods Chapel Road
Improving Duncan Road at the Woods Chapel Road/R.D.
Mize Road intersection
Extending Moreland School Road to Liggett Road, and
Improving the Colbern Road and Highway intersection
To continue building positive support and
public awareness around the special election bond issues,
members of City Council and I are working to recruit
volunteers to participate in a bond education action
committee. Look for additional information to come from
both City staff and the committee on these two important
ballot issues in the immediate future.
A monthly message
Welcome to our newest e-newsletter publication, News
Happenings Around Town, your one-stop monthly
source for City information and news updates, including
those items most important to you.
News Happenings Around Town has been designed
to be unlike any other e-news publication you've
received in the past. As your mayor, it is my goal to
provide you with information and news happenings that
are both timely and relevant, coming directly from the
I encourage you to share News Happenings with
family members, friends and colleagues, spreading the
word about what's good and going on in the City of Blue
Springs. To sign up, go to the "Join Our Mailing List"
button directly to left of this message.
Multi-Family Task Force Assembled for Action
week (May 29th) marked the first meeting of the Blue
Springs Multi-Family Task Force, a strategic planning
workgroup appointed to examine multi-family development in
the City. The Task Force consists of now 4 leadership
positions - Councilman Sheila Solon, Task Force Chair,
Michael Parker of Parker Construction, David Brouse,
Director of Elementary Education for the Blue Springs
School District and newest member, George Abbott, longtime
member of the Blue Springs Planning Commission.
The Task Force has been charged with establishing
strategic planning goals including analysis of
multi-family housing data, examination of safety issues,
and census data, and making recommendations for possible
updates to the City's development codes. The next meeting
of the group will be on June 12th at 4:00 p.m. at City
Hall. I encourage all of you are interested to come and be
a part of this important initiative for the City.
August 5 Special Election on City Bond Proposals
On August 5, 2008, the City of Blue Springs will present
two very significant ballot issues to voters. Both items
include two "NO TAX INCREASE" bond
proposals, the first one for expansion of City sewer
treatment facilities and the second for the completion
of existing road improvement projects. It's important
that residents have a good understanding of what these
ballot issues will mean for the City and its citizens,
should the bond proposals be passed by voters in August.
Be sure to check out the "Know the Issues"
feature in the left column of this newsletter to get an
overview of the two bond proposals.
Portion of Moreland School Road Closed for
On Monday, the City closed a portion of Moreland School
road, east of Adams Dairy Parkway to Taylor for
approximately one month. The scheduled road closure will
allow developers of the Parkway Estates subdivision to
reconstruct the roadway, improving its safety by
lowering the hill and increasing sight distance for
motorists. Commuters are advised to follow the
appropriate detour signs in this area, regaining access
to Moreland School Road using Ryan Road and Taylor Road.
The City's Public Works Department has also been working
with the developers in order to minimize any
interruption to adjacent property owners this work may
cause. I'd like to thank all of our residents for their
cooperation and patience during the completion of
another important infrastructure project.
Road Relief on Adams Dairy Parkway
For the past few weeks, residents and visitors of Blue
Springs have voiced their concerns to me and members of
City Council regarding the poor roadway conditions along
Adams Dairy Parkway. I am happy to report that due to
the diligent work and follow through of City staff
residents will soon be able to see relief from these
problematic road conditions. Blue Springs has reached an
agreement with the developer of the Adams Dairy Landing
retail development project to incorporate additional
improvements to Adams Dairy Parkway between R.D. Mize
Road and U.S. 40 Highway. When this construction period
gets underway, deteriorated curbs will be replaced and
the road will be cold milled and overlaid to provide a
new driving surface for motorists. We anticipate these
improvements to be completed by fall 2008.
Gearing up Fireworks Season in Blue Springs
The 2008 Independence Day holiday will be upon us before
we know it. This time of year is particularly unique for
our City as Blue Springs is one of the few remaining
cities in the metropolitan area that still permits the
discharging or detonating of fireworks within city
limits. In order to make sure all our families and
friends have a safe Independence Day celebration this
year, the City will continue its "Be a Good
Neighbor" fireworks education campaign.
This campaign is designed to increase citizen awareness
for fireworks safety and educate our entire community
about the City's rules and regulations regarding
fireworks. Look for additional information about this
year's Good Neighbor campaign
to come in the next issue of my newsletter, as well as
in future communications from the City.
Honoring a Hometown Hero
along with city staff have received numerous requests from
citizens and the media regarding possible recognition
efforts the City is considering for our very own American
Idol, David Cook. Staff from our City Communications
Division and Public Works Department are in the process of
researching a variety of options, including a road sign by
which to provide permanent recognition for David Cook.
Know that we will continue to research all possible
options, bringing any confirmed ideas to the public's
attention as such decisions become available.
I hope you have found this, the first issue of
News Happenings Around Town to be both
informative and timely for your City information
needs. We truly value your time and support for our
City and hope you join us for the next issue of
Carson Ross, Mayor
City of Blue Springs
Coming Around the Corner:
Snapshots of Community Growth & Development
9 will mark the grand opening for Texas Roadhouse, the first
of many new restaurants scheduled to open as a part of the
Coronado Place and Adams Dairy Landing developments. Other
food venues planned for the Coronado site include Sonic, Taco
Bell and Panda Express.
work is well underway at the new Southridge Shopping Center,
located along South 7 Highway across from the Dairy Queen
is taking place at the Mirror Image Car Wash at the Mall at
Fall Creek in South Blue Springs. Mirror Image will provide
a unique landscape to the current layout at the Mall with
its all-brick exterior and atypical car wash building
The City of Blue Springs is a unique community where families,
visitors and businesses share a special quality of life and an
abundant spirit of community closeness and cooperation.
Our number one goal is to ensure that our residents, visitors
and patrons receive quality customer service and attention with
every program and service the City provides. Just as you stand
by a community that strives to meet your family's needs, we
promise to do our best to meet these needs and anticipate what's
best for you and our community, to the best of our ability.