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2008 State of the City Address
Annual Prayer Breakfast, a Community Success
2008 Citizens Police Academy Completed
City to Dedicate New Playground
MU Extension Moves to Downtown
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Be sure to view the Mayor's 2008 State of the City Address in its entirety.
 
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 this edition of News Happenings Around Town.
 
This time of year has a special meaning for each one of us. For some it's the joy of getting together with friends and loved ones that we haven't seen for quite some time. For others, it's the good food and fond memories that are shared around the dinner table. Whatever your favorite holiday activities include, let's all remember how fortunate we are to live in a country as great as the United States of America, and even more importantly, what a wonderful community we have here in Blue Springs.
 
As Mayor, I can speak on behalf of our staff and City Council, to thank you, the citizens, our friends and supporters, for the many things we've accomplished and continue to achieve here in our City.
 
In this special issue on News Happenings, I'll provide a recap of the many highlights presented during my 2008 State of the City address to the members and staff of the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce.
 
We'll also take a look at some of my favorite community traditions we have here in Blue Springs around this time of year including the Community Services League Spirit of Caring Concert, the Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting, the arrival of the Holiday Express Santa Train, and a special playground dedication event at Blue Springs Park.
 
Notes from the 2008 State of the City Address

2008 State of the City

On Thursday, November 20, I had the distinct privilege of giving my first annual State of the City Address at the Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon. This year's address took a very distinctive approach to highlighting the City's progress in a number of areas, using elements of music, photography and design to tell the story of our community.
 
During the address, which was appropriately titled, "When Citizens Speak" I discussed the following five priorities set by our citizens for city government and how we've worked diligently over the last year to address them:
 
  1. Infrastructure: Improvements to traffic flow
  2. Maintenance of city streets
  3. Community development and planning
  4. Quality of Police
  5. Enforcement of building and property maintenance
Improvement to traffic flow / Maintenance of Streets
The city overlaid approximately 25 miles of streets during 2007-2008. Motorists who have driven around our city have probably noticed new asphalt in several neighborhoods throughout all the three districts of the City. Additionally, the City is committed to overlaying a total of 75 miles of roadway over a 5-year period.
 
Community Development and Planning
Upon my election in April, many citizens voiced their concerns to me about the quality and pace of multi-family development in Blue Springs. Responding to these concerns, I set out to create the Multi-Family Development Task Force, Co-Chaired by District 3 Councilman Sheila Solon. The Multi-Family Development Task Force completed its work last month, making recommendations to City Council which were adopted on November 10. These recommendations have been incorporated into the City's current codes on multi-family development.
 
Quality of Police
Several new exciting activities have taken place to heighten our public safety efforts over the last year. The City has budgeted for four new officer positions to be added in 2009 in order to continue meeting citizens' needs to increase police visibility in their neighborhoods.
 
In my address, I spoke specifically about the City's new Citizens Police Academy which just recently graduated its first class. See the article bellow, "2008 Citizens Police Academy Completed" to see pictures and read more about the 2008 graduating class.
 
Enforcement of building and property maintenance
The City's new Property Maintenance Code (PMC) and 1-year pilot Minor Home Repair Program (MHRP) are just two examples of how the City has responded to addressing citizens' concerns around code enforcement issues. Both the PMC and the MHRP took effect on November 3, 2008.
 
Throughout my address, I revisited the theme "When Citizens Speak" to emphasize the commitment level of our staff, elected officials and your Mayor, to listen and respond to those city service needs most important to our residents.
 
Finally, I asked those present to repeat after me, "U Betcha' I Believe N Blue Springs!" My challenge to them is the same challenge I have for you today. Do you believe in Blue Springs? I encourage all of you to believe in where we've been, where we're going, and that when citizens speak, we will continue working with them to make progress in the future.
 
To view the full 2008 State of the City address, visit www.bluespringsgov.com/soc2008.
 
Annual Prayer Breakfast, a Community Success
2008 Community Prayer Breakfast
November 7 marked yet another successful Community Prayer Breakfast, organized by the Blue Springs Christian Business Men's Committee. This year's keynote speaker was Dan Meers, the man behind KC Wolfe. Meers talked about his strong faith and the fortune we have to live in a country protected by the men and women of our armed forces. All Korean War Veterans in attendance were recognized and awarded a commemorative Mayor's Medal of Valor. Many thanks to this year's planning committee, our guest speaker, the Korean War veterans and our community members who participated in this significant event.
 
2008 Citizens Police Academy Completed 2008 Citizens Police Academy
The first graduating class of the Blue Springs Citizens Police Academy has successfully completed its 9-week program. Participants in this year's program were engaged in a number of activities related to public safety including:
 
  • learning more about the operations of the Police Department
  • police reporting
  • Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)
  • the firing range, and
  • the Blue Springs K-9 unit

Included in this year's participants were two of our very own elected officials, Councilman Jeanie Lauer of District 1 and Councilman Kent Edmondson of District 2. I encourage all of you to learn more about the Citizens Police Academy and consider joining the waiting list for the 2009 Academy scheduled to begin in January. For more information, contact Sgt. Allen Kintz at (816) 228-0178.

2008 Citizens Police Academy

 2008 Citizens Police Academy
 
2008 Citizens Police Academy
 
 
City to Dedicate New Playground, November 22
New Playground to be installed at Blue Springs ParkTomorrow, November 22, the Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department will dedicate its newest and most unique playground at Blue Springs Park, 2204 SW South Avenue Blue Springs, MO  64015.  The dedication event begins at 2:00 p.m., is open to the public and will include a short ceremony highlighting the significance of the new equipment. The new playground unit, designed by Game Time Playcore, is referred to as an "Exer-Playground" which allows children to engage in exercise and fitness activities while playing on the equipment.
 
We are pleased at the addition of this equipment to one of our parks as it speaks to our City's commitment to help combat childhood obesity and promote childhood wellness in our community. Additionally, the playground is unique to Blue Springs in that it's the only one of its kind in the entire parks system and it is funded by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Be sure to come out tomorrow, and bring the kids to explore the city's newest recreational and fitness opportunity!
 
MU Extension Moves to Downtown Blue Springs
 
University of Missouri Extension
 
 
 
 
 
For years, citizens, elected officials and staff of Blue Springs have been focused on the revitalization and business growth in the downtown area. On December 2, 2008, the University of Missouri Extension office, formally located on the North Outer Road, will relocate its satellite office to downtown Blue Springs. The office will officially re-open on December 3 and will be located at 1106 W. Main Street, in the heart of our downtown. The office will utilize a space of about 6,000 square feet and will offer a number of course options including child-care training, health and wellness lectures and child behavior seminars. I am pleased that of all the places the Extension office considered, they've chosen to locate right here, in our downtown district.
 
Holiday Activities in Blue Springs
Holiday Activities in Blue Springs
Be sure to make note of these upcoming dates this holiday season:
 
Blue Springs Historical Society Christmas Homes Tour
November 28, 2008: Candlelight Tour - 5 to 9 p.m.
November 29, 2008: Homes Tour  - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Downtown, Blue Springs
 
Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting
December 2, 2008: Begins at 5:30 p.m.
Live Countdown to Tree Lighting between 6:15 and 6:20 p.m.
Downtown, Blue Springs (in front of City Hall)
 
Community Services League 10th Annual Spirit of Caring Concert
December 7, 2008: Begins at 2:00 p.m.
Blue Springs High School Performing Arts Center
 
Blue Springs Holiday Express Santa Train
December 10, 2008: Estimated arrival at 4:00 p.m. (Kids activities from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.)
Downtown Blue Springs  
 
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
 

Hotel Revitalization Project

       Revitalization continues on several motels along the North Outer Road in Blue Springs.
 
 
  
    Rendering of Adams Dairy Landing Project
 
These renderings were presented at the November 17 City Council Meeting by RED Development Company. Picture illustrates the quality lifestyle component to come with the new Adams Dairy Landing.
 
 
 
 Ariel Photo of Adams Dairy Landing
 
Pad sites under development. Confirmed tenants include Target, Kohl's and Lowe's.
 
 
 
 
Completed Roadwork at Coronado Drive
 
Completed roadwork at Coronado Drive.
 
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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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