City of Blue Springs

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Blue Springs featured in MML Magazine
City Council Approves Annual Budget
Recent Mayoral Elections and Appointments
Mayor's Advisory Committee on Public Safety
Pooches in the Pool
Blue Springs F.I.T.
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Featured Article:
 
Blue Springs, feature city in MML Magazine 
 
MML Features Blue Springs
 
Each month, the Missouri Municipal League publishes a magazine called The Review, which provides information about the current activities, best practices and policy decisions of local governments in Missouri.
 
I am pleased to announce that Blue Springs holds the distinction of being featured in the MML magazine for September 2008. The City has been profiled in The Review magazine many times before, this however, is the City's first time as a cover-story feature.
 
The feature includes a special insert written by Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President, Brien Starner on how Blue Springs is "Creating a Blue Print for Success". To view the MML feature on Blue Springs, visit www.bluespringsgov.com/
mmlfeature.
City of Blue SpringsNews Happenings
Around Town

A monthly message from your 
Blue Springs Mayor and
City Council
Greetings! 
 Mayor Carson Ross
Welcome to 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.
 
As always, Blue Springs is bustling with signs of positive activity, growth, and citizen engagement. As I drive around the community, I can see a number of things that attest to such progress. In virtually every corridor of the City the pace of economic development is steady and growing. The men and women of our Police Force are visibly active and involved, both in the community's streets and neighborhoods, working to keep the City safe; and our parks and recreational facilities are busy with committed staff members who strive to provide the best quality of life experience for our residents.
 
In this issue, I will highlight a number of these features, as well as discuss some of the recent activities conducted by your Mayor and the City Council including the approval of the City's 2008-2009 annual budget, and the creation of a new mayoral Advisory Committee on Public Safety.
 
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.
 
City Council Approves
2008-09 Approved City BudgetAnnual Budget
On Monday, September 15, the City Council approved the Blue Springs annual budget for fiscal year 2008-2009. The City's total budget for 2008-2009 is approximately $51.9 million and includes a General Fund balance of $4.7 million. Highlights of this year's approved budget include:
 
Maintenance of City Streets
- $2.5 million dollars is appropriated for residential street overlay.  This is the second year of a five-year program, to reach the policy goal of overlaying 75 miles of residential streets in five years.  The budget also includes $350,000 to replace pavement at the popular Hidden Valley Park.

Public Safety - Four new patrol officers, and one part-time property evidence custodian are funded in this approved budget to help address the visibility of police in our neighborhoods, and improve the efficiency of our police property unit.

Enforcement of Building and Property Maintenance Codes - $75,000 is included to implement a "pilot" Minor Home Repair Program which will help assist eligible low income residents with resources to help maintain their properties and address violations of the recently adopted Property Maintenance Code.  Additional resources are also budgeted to expand the City's mowing program in major traffic corridors to help improve the overall appearance and image of the City.

Many thanks are deserved by our Director of Finance Christine Cates, Budget Analyst Lori Turner, and all the Finance staff for their work and dedication on producing this important financial document for the city. Visit www.bluespringsgov.com/budget to learn more about the budget approved for 2008-2009.
 
Recent Mayoral Elections and Appointments
In the past few months, I have had the honor of being elected and appointed to a number of municipal boards and committees across Missouri. During the 2008 Missouri Municipal League (MML) Annual Conference in Springfield Missouri, I was elected to the MML Board of Directors for the second time around. I served on the MML Board in the 1980's during my service as a member of the Blue Springs Board of Aldermen. In July, I also had the privilege of being appointed to the MML Resolutions Committee, a 29-member body whose objective is to assist in the development of Missouri Municipal legislative policy.
 
Participating in several new regional duties as well, I have been elected to serve as an Alternate on the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Board of Directors and as Co-Chair of the Eastern Jackson County Betterment Council with fellow Mayor, Don Reimal of Independence, Missouri.
 
I am truly honored to be able to serve on these valuable state and regional boards. Further, I look forward to being able to work alongside some of my fellow public servants in local government and hope that together, we can continue making significant progress not only for Blue Springs, but for the state of Missouri.
 
Mayor's Advisory Committee on Public Safety
As one of the final orders of business during Monday's City Council meeting, I made a special announcement about my newest initiative to get citizens involved in the policy and planning discussions around public safety in our community.
 
This initiative, also known as the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Public Safety is a volunteer based committee representing a diverse group of citizens and disciplines.
 
Members of the Advisory Committee on Public Safety include:
 
Emil Spears - Mr. Spears will serve as the Chairman of this Committee.  He is a lifelong resident of Blue Springs, former Blue Springs City Councilman, and former reserve police officer.  

Veronon Scoville III - Mr. Scoville is a former Missouri State Representative and currently serves as an Associate Circuit Court Judge in the 16th Circuit Court - Division 28.  

Greg Washington - is a local Blue Springs resident, member of the Clergy, and former police officer of the Blue Springs Police Department.  

Dixie Flynn - Ms. Flynn is a current Blue Springs resident and a former Jackson County Legislator and Blue Springs City Councilman. 

The mission of the Advisory Committee on Public Safetyincludes several objectives such as evaluating short-term and long term public safety resource needs, and identifying best practices in law enforcement to be utilized by the Blue Springs Police Department.

It is my belief that the Advisory Committee on Public Safety, working very closely with the Police Chief, City Administrator, and other members of the Police Department will develop many timely and relevant recommendations to best position the Police Department for successful programs and services for today and into the future. Be sure to keep watching my newsletter and the City's website for more information about the Committee's work and future activities.

 
Pooches in the Pool, September 20Blue Springs
Pooches in the Pool
Tomorrow, September 20 will mark the opening of two new events in Blue Springs. The first is Blue Springs Pooches in the Pool, sponsored by the Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department. Coined after the Department's famous Pooches on the Parkway, this event is a dog swim day to benefit the Blue Springs off-leash dog park.  During the event, unleashed dogs will be able to swim and play in the fenced outdoor pool area at Centennial Pool-Plex, 2401 NW Ashton Drive in Blue Springs. All dogs must have current vaccinations and wear a collar at all times. Leashes are required outside the fenced area. Walk in registration will be accepted up to a maximum of 100 dogs. Be sure to call Blue Springs Parks and Recreation at (816) 228-0137 for more information.
 
Don't forget about Blue Springs F.I.T.!
Blue Springs F.I.T., September 20Finally, be sure to join me, city staff and the members of Blue Springs F.I.T., tomorrow, September 20th from 12pm to 4pm at Vesper Stadium for the F.I.T. Challenge Kick-off. In the last issues of News Happenings we learned how fitness is important for many reasons - to lengthen out life expectancy, to keep our children active and healthy, and most importantly to improve our overall health and wellness. Again, the event is free to the public and will be full of fun and physical activities for the entire family. My thanks go out to all the sponsors and future participants of this year's F.I.T. event. Can't wait to see you there! For more information or to get involved with Blue Springs F.I.T. visit www.bluespringsfit.org.
 
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
 

       One of many hotels being revitalized as part of the "Blue Springs Hotel Group" redevelopment project along NW Jefferson Street in Blue Springs.
 
 

  
    Mirror Image Car Wash Now Open
 
Mirror Image Car Wash on South 7 Highway is now open.
 
 

RD Mize Now Open
 
Site work continues at the Adams Dairy Landing development. R.D. Mize Road, 
east of Adams Dairy Parkway, is now open to public access, 

  

Site work at Adams Dairy Landing  
Foundations are soon to be laid at Adams Dairy Landing.
 
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Mission 
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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