City of Blue Springs

In This Issue
Multi-Family Task Force Assembled for Action
August 5 Special Election on City Bond Proposals
Moreland School Road Closed for Reconstruction
Road Relief on Adams Dairy Parkway
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District 1: Jeanie Lauer
 District 1: Lyle Shaver
District 2: Sissy Reed
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District 3: Ron Fowler
District 3: Sheila Solon
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2008 Bond Proposals 
Known the Issues!
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 system.                         
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 expansion.
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:
  1. Widening and improving Woods Chapel Road
  2. Improving Duncan Road at the Woods Chapel Road/R.D. Mize Road intersection
  3. Extending Moreland School Road to Liggett Road, and
  4. 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. 

City of Blue SpringsNews Happenings
Around Town

A monthly message from your 
Blue Springs Mayor and
City Council
 Mayor Carson Ross
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 source. 
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Multi-Family Task Force Assembled for Action

Last 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 Reconstruction

Moreland School Road Closure

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

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 

Be a Good Neighbor this Fireworks Season!

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 

Blue Springs American Idol David CookI, 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 News Happenings.



Carson Ross, Mayor 

City of Blue Springs

Coming Around the Corner: 

Snapshots of Community Growth & Development
Texas Roadhouse

Sonic at Coronado Place


   Coronado Place  Texas Roadhouse at Coronado Place 

 June 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.
Southridge Shopping Center 
 Southridge Shopping Center
  Site work is well underway at the new Southridge Shopping Center,
located along South 7 Highway across from the Dairy Queen restaurant.

Mirror Image Car Wash 
  Progress 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 design.

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.
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