City of Blue Springs

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Weekly Feature with Chief McCoy
Bond Campaign Committee in Motion
Woods Chapel TIF Approved
Blue Springs CIP Approved
Parkway Place Development
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WEEKLY FEATURE
 
A Successful
Holiday Celebration
 
Written by
Chief Wayne McCoy
Blue Springs Police 
 
Cheif Wayne McCoy Blue Springs Police
The 2008 July 4th holiday has come to a close, with a successful education and enforcement effort by the City of Blue Springs. 
 
Thanks to the increased publicity generated by the Mayor's special mailing, the community more actively participated in notifying the police department when violations occurred. 
 
During the 10-day period from June 27, 2008 through July 6, 2008, BSPD responded to 233 fireworks calls, with over half of them being handled by the special enforcement team that worked directly on enforcing city fireworks laws. 
 
During the enforcement period, there were two seizures of illegal bottle rockets and three charges filed regarding fireworks violations.  The special enforcement team also made arrests for several other public safety violations.
 
Overall, my personal observation is that fireworks activity in general appeared to be reduced in 2008 from previous years; this is likely because of a combination of factors that include the economic climate, city education initiative, Mayoral publication and a willingness of Blue Springs citizens to act in a responsible way. 
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Looking for a Fun Activity for the Family this Friday night?
 
Come to Blue Springs Street Flicks for fun activities and free movies at 12th and Main in Downtown Blue Springs!
 
June 20:
 
The Wizard of Oz
 
 
July 18:
 
Shrek the Third
 
 
August 15:
 
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
 
Call (816) 228-0137 for more information. 
 
City of Blue SpringsNews Happenings
Around Town

A monthly message from your 
Blue Springs Mayor and
City Council
Greetings! 
 Mayor Carson Ross
Hello and thank you for joining for me another edition of News Happenings Around Town, your one-stop monthly source for City information and news updates, including those items most important to you.
 
Now that the July 4th holiday has come and gone, I want to extend a warm "Thank you" to all our citizens for making this year's city-wide observance of the Independence holiday one of the most successful and safe holidays in the City of Blue Springs. Over the course of the four-day holiday weekend, I heard little concerns expressed by citizens, which means the members of our community truly came together, being mindful and considerate of others when participating in their own fireworks and holiday celebrations.
 
In this week's issue, we will hear from Police Chief Wayne McCoy, who will provide a brief summary of the increased fireworks education and public safety efforts exercised in the City this year.  I will also share some important updates regarding recent City Council actions that are sure to have an immediate, positive impact on the landscape of our community and provide future benefits for our residents.
 
Remember to share this issue of News Happenings with family members, friends and colleagues, spreading the word about what's good and going on in the City of Blue Springs.
 
Progress Update: Bond Campaign Committee in Motion
This past week members of the Blue Springs "Making Blue Springs Better" Political Action Committee (PAC) met to continue developing educational and promotional strategies for the upcoming August 5th ballot issues. The committee has already raised over $10,000 and will be utilizing these funds in support of producing educational materials, such as community signs and information mailers to inform citizens about the importance of the two bond issues.
 
 
I encourage all citizens to visit the City's newly launched bond education website at www.bluespringsgov.com/bond08
 for more information about the two bond proposals: Question 1 - Sewer Improvements and Question 2 - Street Improvements. The website goes into great detail about why the City is proposing these two issues for voter consideration on August 5th, and also provides a number of graphics including maps of the anticipated street improvement projects.
 
Council Action Part 1: Woods Chapel TIF Approved
Residents have always heard that progress is around the corner in our thriving community, now they can point to the recent activity of the City Council as a testimony of this progress. On Monday July 7, members of City Council approved the Woods Chapel Tax Increment Financing (TIF) plan and contract, which established the initial development plans for the new Oaks at Woods Chapel development. Earlier in the meeting the Oaks at Woods Chapel was rezoned from general business and low density multi-family to general business zoning only.
 
The approved plan is structured into three phases. Phase 1 is approximately 56,000 square feet of retail space, Phase 2 involves approximately 92,000 square feet of retail shops including a grocery store or anchor tenant, and Phase 3 designates approximately 5,800 square feet for a banking establishment. The plan calls for project costs of $36.9 million, with nearly $9 million of those costs being paid for by the TIF and a special Capital Improvements District (CID) incentive. 
 
After discussion, the City Council agreed to award 50% of the TIF and CID incentives during Phase 1 of the project, with the remainder of the incentive being released when Phase 2 of the project is completed. The development plan also calls for road improvements along the west side of Woods Chapel between I-70 and Valley View drive.
 
With this action, we want citizens to know their concerns and needs for development and infrastructure improvements along Woods Chapel have been heard. More so now than ever, it is the City Council's goal to partner with the development community to bring much needed improvements to the corridor.
 
Council Action Part 2: Blue Springs CIP Approved
Blue Springs CIP Approved
Also approved at Monday's City Council meeting was the City's Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for 2008-2009 through 2013-2014. The CIP is designed to act as a comprehensive planning tool providing the Council with direction on future City funding and improvement priorities.
 
Highlights of the plan include:
  • $2.5 million for residential street rehabilitation
  • $350,000 for Hidden Valley Park driveway improvements and
  • $225,000 for new downtown sidewalks
 
Parkway Place Development
Parkway Place Development
We are excited to see the first new proposed office buildings in several years for Adams Dairy Parkway.
Parkway Place will utilize approximately 15 acres of land for mixed used development on the west side of Adams Dairy Parkway and just south of R.D. Mize Road. The proposed project, which will be heard by the Blue Springs Planning Commission on July 14, will consist of seven lots supporting approximately 100,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and office space. It's certainly exciting to see another sign of development in the Adams Dairy corridor.
 
Summer Activities in Blue Springs
There's nothing better to do in the summer than exploring all the fun, family activities the City of Blue Springs has to offer. Be sure to bring your friends and family and join several of our community members at these City-sponsored events and activities:
 
Blue Springs Street Flicks
Friday, July 18, Activities for Kids at 7:15 p.m. Movie begins at dusk
Downtown Blue Springs (12th and Main Street)
Featuring "Shrek the Third"
 
Blue Springs Car Cruise Nights
Saturday, August 2, 5:00 p.m. to dark
Downtown Blue Springs
(West Main Street between 10th and 12th Streets)
 
Blue Springs Mighty Mud Volleyball Tournament
Saturday, August 2, begins at 8:00 a.m.
Hidden Valley Park
 
For more information about upcoming calendar items or City events, visit
www.bluespringsgov.com/events.
 
I hope you have found this issue of News Happenings Around Town to be both informative and timely for your City information needs. Is there anything we missed? Do you have questions about any of the articles from this issue? Share your thoughts with me and the City Council by calling City Hall at (816) 228-0110. Know that we truly value your time and support for our City and hope you join us for the next issue of News Happenings. 
 
Sincerely,
 

Carson Ross, Mayor 
City of Blue Springs
 

Coming Around the Corner: 

Snapshots of Community Growth & Development
 

Garden City Bank

       The new Garden City Bank is now open for business, located in the Blue Springs south development area near Chapman Farms.
 
 

  
Eagles Ridge  
 
 
 Eagles Ridge
 
  New homes are currently under development at the Eagles Ridge subdivision in south Blue Springs. This development is also located near the Chapman Farms development area.
 

 
  Jimmy John's Sandwhich Shop
  
A new restaurant, Jimmy John's will soon be coming to Blue Springs. The new shop will be located in the new retail complex just south of the Parker Center strip mall and across from Copperleaf Village on 7 Highway.
 
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