City of Blue Springs

In This Issue
2008 "Citizens of the Year"
Police Department Offers Citizens' Academy
Park Land Acquisition in South Blue Springs
R.D. Mize to Reopen
Blue Springs Gets F.I.T.
Activities around the Corner
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Blue Springs Honors
2008 "Citizens of the Year" 
 
It is my pleasure to announce the 2008 recipients of the "Citizens of the Year" award are Blue Springs residents Susan Culpepper and Dr. Mark and Cheryl Mozer. This prestigious mayoral award celebrates the work of outstanding business and civic leaders and their contributions to the improvement of their communities.
 
Susan Culpepper, 2008 Citizen of the Year
 

Susan Culpepper has served as a member of the Blue Springs Planning Commission for the last 16 years and has spent numerous hours in and around the development community. She has helped to facilitate numerous public meetings related to a number of redevelopment projects in the City.

 

Additionally, Susan has had an extensive hand, as a Planning Commissioner, in the tremendous growth and development that has taken place across the community. 
 

 
Dr. Mark and Cheryl Mozer, 2008 Citizens of the Year
 

Dr. Mark and Cheryl Mozer are perhaps most notably known for their years of volunteer work and community services to raise money to fight childhood cancer.

 

Founders of the first "Alex's Lemonade Stand" in Kansas City, the Mozers spend nearly 500 hours each year organizing lemonade stands across the entire Kansas City metro area. The Blue Springs Hy-Vee stand, at which the Mozers volunteer every summer, has consistently performed better than most stands in the metro.

 

I would like to personally congratulate Susan, Mark and Cheryl for all they have done and continue to do in our community and applaud their faithfulness to continue making this City great.

 

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City Voters Pass 2008 Bond Election Issues

 
The City of Blue Springs would like to thank citizens for their votes and support of the two bond questions which passed during the August 5 General Election.
 
With the approval of these two questions the City will now be able to complete planned sewer and street improvements for the City.
 
To learn more about the approved bond questions - Question 1: Sewer Improvements and Question 2: Street Improvements, visit www.bluespringsgov.com/bond08
 
City of Blue SpringsNews Happenings
Around Town

A monthly message from your 
Blue Springs Mayor and
City Council
Greetings! 
 Mayor Carson Ross
Hello and welcome to the first fall issue of News Happenings Around Town, your one-stop monthly source for City information and news updates, including those items most important to you.
 
While summer has nearly come to a close, the City of Blue Springs has several up and coming activities and events that are sure to be enjoyable for the entire family. Progress is certainly moving across the City as development projects such as Adams Dairy Landing are in full swing, and the acquisition of new land in southern Blue Springs means positive growth in the City's southern corridor.
 

In this issue, we will recognize some very important people in our community who have recently been bestowed with the honor of "2008 Citizens of the Year." We will learn more about the newest citizen engagement initiative of our Blue Springs Police Department; and we'll also take a look at how some members of our community are working to keep our City F.I.T.!

Be sure 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.

 
Police Department Offers Citizens' Academy

Sgt. Allen Kintz, Crime Prevention

Recently announced, the Blue Springs Police Department will host its first Citizens' Police Academy beginning Wednesday, September 10th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The academy is a "hands-on" citizen academy, where participants will be involved in various simulated situations including processing crime scenes, conducting car stops, and performing building searches. Participants will have the opportunity to be involved in firearms training at the firing range and the Fire Arms Training System (FATS) at the Western Missouri Regional Police Academy.
 

I, along with City staff, are very excited about this new program. We believe the Citizens' Academy will be an excellent opportunity for residents of Blue Springs to learn first hand some of the realities of police work and expose them to our great Blue Springs Police Department personnel.

 

Due to the overwhelming citizen response to the Citizens' Academy, this year's program is full. To learn more about the 2009 Citizens' Academy, contact Sergeant Allen Kintz, Crime Prevention Supervisor at 816-228-0178 or send an e-mail directly to the police department at police@bluespringsgov.com.

 
Park Land Acquisition in South Blue Springs
Last week, City staff also released a media advisory regarding the City's acquisition of two park land sites in south Blue Springs totaling approximately 101 acres. The first site consists of 75.24 acres just north of Colbern Road, south of Mason School Road, and west of Shrout Road. The smaller site is a 25.81 acres site north of Wyatt Road and west of Missouri 7 Highway, next to the Missouri Department of Conservation property. The planned future extension of 12th Street to the south will adjoin the east side of the future park.
 

The City Council and I are very excited about this recent acquisition and its potential to provide additional recreation opportunities for residents living in this area. Currently there are no funds allocated to provide for design or construction of the newly purchased land, however, some of the projected uses will include youth & adult football fields, practice sports fields, a skateboard park, playgrounds, a second dog park, shelters, trails, sport courts and other features that will be determined during future master planning processes.

I would like to offer a special thanks to Roscoe Righter, Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Director and City Attorney Bob McDonald for all their hard work on the activities required to get this process completed.

 
R.D. Mize to Reopen, Coronado will Close for Construction

Roadwork at R.D. Mize Road

In January of this year, R.D. Mize Road, east of Adams Dairy Parkway, was closed for reconstruction in preparation of the Adams Dairy Landing retail development project. Eight months later, the roadwork on R.D. Mize is now completed and the road is ready to be reopened to the public. In order to complete the next portion of the roadway construction project, Coronado Drive east of Adams Dairy Parkway is scheduled to close to all traffic Wednesday, September 10, 2008 for reconstruction, weather permitting. This roadway will also be widened in order to meet the future Adams Dairy Landing development.
 
Truck traffic will be detoured to 40 Highway but local traffic will be able use the new R.D. Mize Road and drive through the Golf Course and Marriott parking lot to get back on to Coronado Drive. Construction is expected to last several months.
 
For questions or additional information, contact the Blue Springs Engineering Department at (816) 228-0121.
 
Blue Springs Gets F.I.T.!
As we all know, health and wellness are very important pieces to improving our quality and length of life, especially for our children. Members across our community have also recognized the importance of good health and have joined together to form the Blue Springs F.I.T. Challenge, scheduled to kick off on September 20th.

Blue Springs F.I.T.

The F.I.T. Challenge was created by members of the Renew the Blue Citizen Visioning Group and St. Mary's Medical Center with the goal of focusing on a variety of family health issues including childhood obesity, in addition to helping make Blue Springs the most fit city in the country in a way that is fun and simple to implement into everyday life.  With this event, Blue Springs F.I.T. will increase awareness and provide tools for our community to make healthy choices about food and physical activity. The event is totally free and will have many options for people of all ages to get healthy food choice information, physical activity choices, freebies and more.  For more information or to get involved with Blue Springs F.I.T. visit www.bluespringsfit.org.
 
Activities around the Corner

Barbeque Blaze-Off

The month of September marks the beginning of several fun and exciting activities that have become familiar family traditions in the City of Blue Springs:
 
Blue Springs Barbeque Blaze-Off
Today marks the opening of the 25th Annual Blue Springs Barbeque Blaze-Off, a state championship barbeque contest that takes place annually the first weekend after Labor Day. The event takes place September 5-6, 2008 at the Hidden Valley Park Sports Complex in Blue Springs, Missouri. Today's activities will begin at 5:00 p.m. and run through 11:00 p.m. Saturday's activities include the popular "Buck-a-Bone" Contestant Sample Sales and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 

Sponsored by the Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department and Blue Springs Harley Davidson, the Blaze-Off is the third oldest contest in the four-state area of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska, behind only the American Royal and the Kansas Barbeque State Championship contests. Helping to commemorate its 25th year, the Barbeque Blaze-Off will be featured on the new Web TV series, Rach to the Rescue, an "around the world" cooking show produced by the makers of the famous daytime television talk show,The Rachel Ray Show.
 
Blue Springs Fall Fun Fest
Blue Springs Chamber Fall Fun FestThe 38th annual Blue Springs Fall Fun Fest kicks off on Friday September 12th and runs through Sunday, September 14th. As always, this Chamber of Commerce sponsored festival takes place downtown and truly has something for everyone from a petting zoo and performance stage to the traditional favorites including Timmy Burgers and Bingo. The festival will also include one of our citizens' favorite attractions, the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival Parade which takes place at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 13th. Be sure to bring the entire family for a time of fun, food and festivities. 

 
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
 

BR Carpet Store, North Outer Road

       Future Home of BR Carpet store, located along the North Outer Road in Blue Springs.
 
 

  
Southridge Shopping Center 
  
   Southridge Shopping Center is still on course for development.
 
 

 
 
  Demolition at Copperleaf Village
  
Demolition at the Copperleaf Village Retail Center shows progress in motion.
 
 
 
 
Adams Dairy Landing/Coronado Place Development

          

Veterans Honored by Council

National Tire and Battery at Coronado Place is near completion.
 
 
Roadwork at R.D. Mize and Adams Dairy Parkway
 
Roadwork at R.D.Mize Road and Adams Dairy Parkway.
R.D.Mize Road, east of Adams Dairy Parkway to reopen on Wednesday, September 10.
 
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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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