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
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 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.
Thank you Blue Springs!
City Voters Pass 2008 Bond
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
A monthly message
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
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
Police Department Offers Citizens' Academy
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Activities around the Corner
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 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
Blue Springs Fall Fun Fest
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
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
Carson Ross, Mayor
City of Blue Springs
Coming Around the Corner:
Snapshots of Community Growth & Development
Home of BR Carpet store, located along the North Outer Road in
Shopping Center is still on course for development.
Demolition at the Copperleaf Village Retail Center shows
progress in motion.
Adams Dairy Landing/Coronado Place
National Tire and Battery at Coronado Place is near completion.
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.
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.