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Bond Projects Continuing Forward
Property Maintenance Code Update
City Receives National Roadside Award
Missouri Metro Mayors' Caucus
Students Learn about City Services on City Hall Tour
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D.A.R.E. As I See It!
Written by Officer
Charlie Waites, BSPD
 
Blue Springs D.A.R.E. Program 
When I was first introduced to the D.A.R.E. program, I was skeptical about whether or not it really worked. Once I began working with our students, it didn't take long before I realized I had been given an opportunity of a lifetime in a new role of law enforcement where only 2% of police officers get to work with our youth.  Being able to teach the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program to our kids has been a true blessing for me.  Our kids are tomorrow's future and I tell them that their future starts right now.
 
As I talk to our kids, I make sure I listen to their words and concerns, and attempt to understand what's on their mind.  I share in their sincerity and I feel their joy when they are happy or excited. I also feel their sorrow when they are worried or sad. 
 
Essentially, this program is about taking time to have an old fashion heart-to-heart discussion on a level that children can understand. These kids are fantastic and I truly care about their success in life.  
 
As I look out across the classroom, I wonder to myself if one of these 5th graders might be the person that grows up and finds a cure for cancer.  I wonder if there is a future president among them.  I wonder if there is a future Nobel Peace Price winner in the midst.  I see future doctors, nurses, engineers, ministers, lawyers, teachers, firefighters, and yes, maybe a future D.A.R.E. officer sitting right there in my class.
 
What's more, the children I teach are very intelligent and they have a number of questions about many different things that go on throughout our society each day.  D.A.R.E. is about teaching kids to resist drugs and violence, but it is also about reinforcing values and boundaries that children learn at home and in school.  If you haven't had a heart-to-heart with your child, I encourage all parents to take time out of their busy schedules and give them that "one-on-one" personal attention they really look forward to having. You will never regret it.  
 
Occasionally I come across an article criticizing the D.A.R.E. program, or hear someone ask, "Does D.A.R.E. work?"  A b s o l u t e l y!  2008 marks the 25th anniversary for D.A.R.E.  D.A.R.E. is taught in 350,000 classrooms each year and it is currently being offered in all 50 states, in addition to several foreign countries.  I have been teaching D.A.R.E. for 10 years now.  I continue to come in contact with D.A.R.E. graduates who stop by the Youth Outreach Unit to say "hello", and encounter former students at department stores, Blue Springs' parks, and on our local streets.  Many of these D.A.R.E. alumni still carry their D.A.R.E. ID card they received whenever they were pupils in the program.  What's most rewarding is when these same graduates tell me they are focused in doing positive things in their lives and in their communities and plan to always be drug free.
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 me for another edition of News Happenings Around Town, your one-stop source for City information and news updates, including those items most important to you.
 
Like the very landscape of our community, the weather is changing daily. Looking around at the many activities in our city, the weather serves as a reminder that autumn is a time of harvest, a time when much work is done to plan and prepare for better things to come.
 
Similar to the work of a harvester, the City of Blue Springs is engaged in its own time of harvest as it undergoes several important transitions in the community. Some of these include the initiation of the City's first property maintenance code, movement on the recently approved city bond projects, and the near-completion of the Police Department's first Citizen Police Academy.
 
In this issue, we'll take a look at some of these recent and upcoming activities, letting you know how the City is striving harder every day to continue meeting your needs as residents of our community.

Please continue sharing this timely e-news publication with family members, friends and colleagues, spreading the word about what's good and going on in the City of Blue Springs.
 
Bond Projects Continuing Forward
Approved City Bond Project, Woods Chapel Road
Residents can rest assured that progress on the approved city bond projects for sewer and street improvements will soon be underway. During the City Council meeting on Monday, October 20, Council members approved approximately $4.9 million in engineering and construction contracts for services related to the projects including:
  • The design of the Duncan Road intersection at Woods Chapel Road, north of I-70
  • Engineering and design services for the Woods Chapel Road component of the project, and
  • Construction management services for the Sni-A-Bar wastewater treatment plant

I would like to thank the Council for their consideration and approval of these important contracts related to the continued progress of the voter-approved bond projects. I encourage all citizens to continue watching the City's website and future City Council meetings to learn more about additional activities taking place related to these projects.

 
City Receives update on Property Maintenance Code and Minor Home Repair Program
Blue Springs Property Maintenance Code
Also at Monday night's meeting, the City Council received an update from Community Development Director, Scott Allen on the City's first Property Maintenance Code (PMC), and Minor Home Repair Program (MHRP). The MHRP will utilize approximately $75,000 to enable qualified homeowners to apply for as much as $5,000 to make minor repairs to their home. Specifically, these funds are designed to help eligible recipients keep their residential properties in compliance with the City's new Property Maintenance Code. The MHRP will begin accepting applications on November 3, 2008, which also marks the effective date of the new Property Maintenance Code. For more information about either the new Code or the MHRP, contact Community Development at (816) 228-0142 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com.
 
City Receives National Roadside National Roadside Vegetation Management AwardAward
The City of Blue Springs was recently honored as the winner of the 2008 National
Roadside Vegetation Management award, a prestigious recognition given by the National Roadside Vegetation Management Association (NRVMA) The NRVMA, a twenty-five year old association, awards only one award annually in each of the four following categories; cities, counties, states ,and universities. The City of Blue Springs was nominated for this award by staff from the District IV office of the Missouri Department of Transportation located in Lee's Summit, Missouri. In the award submission, Blue Springs was nominated for its many projects, agreements, improvements, and maintenance practices along Federal Interstate, State highways, and City streets.  Craig Naler, Superintendent of Parks & Buildings accepted the award and made a presentation on the City's behalf during the NRVMA national meeting in Branson, Missouri. I would like to thank Parks & Recreation Director Roscoe Righter, and all our Parks and Maintenance staff who continue to work so diligently to maintain our award-wining roadsides and community infrastructure.
 
Missouri Metro Mayors' CaucusMissouri Metro Mayors' Caucus
This morning at our own City Hall, I had the privilege of chairing the first executive committee meeting for the Missouri Metro Mayors' Caucus, a regional initiative comprised of more than 60 mayors from various cities and townships across the 4-county region of Missouri. This caucus, representing members from Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platt counties, is designed to connect the leadership priorities of municipalities across the region. Additionally, a core priority of the Caucus is to achieve consensus among the Mayors involved regarding important policy issues that may have a significant impact on the state and federal levels of government. The group's next meeting will be held on January 9 and will focus on the issue of regional recycling. Continue watching my newsletter each month to learn of any new activities or movement taking place within this initiative.
 
Students Learn about City Services on City Hall Tour
Students Visit City HallA group of Blue Springs High School students were treated to a tour of the Blue Springs City Offices yesterday as a part of a life skills class. During their trip, I had the opportunity to welcome them to City Hall before they continue on to view the License Bureau, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Administration Offices and the Water Department counter. Guided by their City tour guides Randy Cooper of Parks & Recreation and Merideth Parrish of City Communications, the students also visited the Blue Springs Police Department where they learned about various Police services and functions. Sargent Allan Kintz took students through the booking procedures during an arrest and also provided a look into the role of the Community and Youth Outreach Unit (C.Y.O.U.). My thanks go to Randy, Merideth and Sgt. Kintz for their willingness to provide this important learning opportunity for our local high school students. If you would like more information about Blue Springs City government, or to schedule a tour of City Hall, contact the Blue Springs City Communications office at (816) 655-0497.
 
Community Prayer Breakfast, November 7
Community Prayer Breakfast
The Blue Springs Community Prayer Breakfast will be held on November 7, 2008 at the Adams Pointe Conference Center at the Courtyard by Marriott, 1500 NE Coronado Drive.  Sponsored by the Christian Business Men's Committee, this year's Prayer Breakfast will be from 6:30 - 8:00 a.m. with breakfast starting at 6:00 a.m. The keynote speaker is Dan Meers, better known to area residents as KC Wolf with the Kansas City Chiefs organization. Korean War Veterans in attendance will be recognized and awarded a commemorative Mayor's Medal of Valor. Tickets are available for $15.00 and can be purchased by calling (816) 224-1364 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.; or you may call Judy Qualkinbush at (816) 228-8888.  I invite you to join us on November 7 for this very special community event.  
 
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
 

Southridge Shopping Center

       Southridge Shopping Center on South 7 Highway is near completion and soon to be ready for tenants.
 
 

  
    Panda Express, Coronado Place
 
Panda Express is the next retail shop to be completed at Coronado Place. 
 

Sitework at Adams Dairy Landing
 
Level ground and visible pad sites are signs that progress is taking place
at Adams Dairy Landing.
 
Our
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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