City of Blue Springs

In This Issue
Public Safety Advisory Committee Seeks Citizen Input
City Secures Federal Grant for Disc Golf Course
Telecommunications Task Force Seeking Volunteers
City, EDC, MU Announce Plans for Innovation Park
Golden Regiment Band, Going to the White House
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Some Key City Council
Accomplishments in 2008 
Blue Springs City Council
  • More than 100 acres of new park land in south area acquired
  • Ordinance amending smoking regulations, limiting smoking in certain areas of the City approved
  • Special election for the issuance of bonds for sewer and street improvement projects approved
  • Redevelopment of north area, Blue Springs Hotel Group approved
  • Approximately 44 acres for Oaks at Woods Chapel retail development approved
  • Approximately $16 million for street improvements approved for the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) fiscal year 2008-09 to 2013-2014
  • New multi-family development requirements and standards approved
  • Property Maintenance Code (PMC) requirements including 1-year "pilot" Minor Home Repair Program (MHRP) adopted

Want to see more year-in-accomplishments for 2008?

 Go to the Winter 2009 issue of the Blue Springs Magazine.

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City of Blue SpringsNews Happenings
Around Town

A monthly message from your 
Blue Springs Mayor and
City Council
Greetings! 
 Mayor Carson Ross
Happy New Year, and thank you for joining me for the first edition of News Happenings Around Town for 2009.
 
In 2008, we created this newsletter to be your one-stop source for City information and news updates, including those items most important to you. This year, we will continue to bring you the latest in news happening around our city, and hope that you will continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about what's good and going on in the City of Blue Springs.
 
In this issue, we'll look at some of the many positive activities already taking place just days into the New Year including recently awarded grant funds for a significant recreation project, the continued progress of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Public Safety and the successful launch of an exciting new development project and regional partnership in Blue Springs.
 
Public Safety Advisory Committee Seeks Citizen Input
Blue Springs Police DepartmentIn 2008, several exciting activities took place to heighten our public safety efforts in Blue Springs. In September, I formed the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Public safety to accomplish a number of objectives such as evaluating short-term and long-term public safety resource needs and to identify best practices in law enforcement for our Police Department. Now in 2009, this committee needs the help of our citizens to continue in its work. The committee will hold a public forum on January 27 at 6:30 p.m. during which time citizens are invited to offer their suggestions, strategies and questions as to how to improve and expand law enforcement services in Blue Springs. The public forum is open to all members of the community, and will be held at the Public Safety Building on 1100 SW Smith Street. For more information, contact City Hall at (816) 228-0110.
 
City Secures Federal Grant for Disc Golf Course
Disc Golf Course
After approximately twenty years of having a disc golf course in the plans for Young Park in Blue Springs, the City and several key partners have helped turn those plans into reality. The City of Blue Springs was recently awarded a Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant to support the construction of a disc golf course in Blue Springs.
 
This effort was certainly a collaborative one, involving not only the City and the Parks and Recreation Department, but also members of the community. The Quality of Life committee of the Renew the Blue Citizen Visioning Group, the Stand Up Blue Springs Citizens Committee, the Blue Springs School District, the Blue Springs Rotary Club and the Kansas City Disc Golf Association worked jointly to develop a new course layout, assemble a budget, secure City funds for the project and submit the grant for matching funds.
 
My thanks and congratulations go to the many individuals who worked tirelessly to make this project happen for the city. For more information about the actual grant awarded and next steps regarding this project visit www.bluespringsgov.com or call (816) 228-0137.
 
Telecommunications Task Force Seeking Volunteers
Cell Phone Tower in Blue Springs
As the world of telecommunications continues to advance, Blue Springs continues to examine industry best practices in incorporating new technologies, like the efficient placement of cell phone towers, within its city limits. The examination of cell phone tower placement, including how to best co-locate multiple carriers, functionality, and progressive tower design strategies continues to be a priority for our City Council.
 
Accordingly, we have created the Telecommunications Ordinance Task Force, chaired by District 1 Councilman Lyle Shaver. The goal of this task force is to continue to engage in the research and discussion required to establish a quality city ordinance that regulates the process of cell phone tower placement within the city. The task force hopes to hold its first meeting in the next few months. Those citizens wanting to get involved or volunteer to be a part of the task force are asked to contact the Blue Springs City Clerk at (816) 228-0110.
 
City, EDC, MU Announce Plans for Innovation ParkMissouri Innovation Park at Blue Springs
At the close of 2008, the City of Blue Springs and the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announced its plans to develop the Missouri Innovation Park at Blue Springs. The Innovation Park will encompass approximately 500 acres and will serve as a science and technology based center anchored by the University of Missouri (MU). The project is expected to be a focal point for technology based-innovation, research and commercial opportunities in Western Missouri. MU is a long-term partner in this development, which will result in significant job opportunities throughout Blue Springs and the entire region. I am very excited about this project and the many opportunities it will bring to our community. To learn more about the Innovation Park project visit the EDC's website at www.bluespringsedc.com.

 Key Partners, Missouri Innovation Park
 
Key Partners, Missouri Innovation Park
 
Brien Starner, Blue Springs EDC and Mayor Carson Ross of Blue Springs
 
 
Golden Regiment Band,
Going to the White House
 
Blue Springs High School Golden Regiment Marching Band
 
In 2008 Blue Springs became locally and nationally known for a number of its prominent figures and activities. From David Cook to the talented athletic teams, bands and student scholars of the Blue Springs School District - our community has truly become one to be reckoned with; The Blue Springs High School Golden Regiment Band is certainly no exception. 
 
Band Members Receive News of Inaugural InvitationIn December, I had the privilege of joining Golden Regiment Band Director Tim Allshouse to learn of the special surprise invitation to play at the inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama in Washington D.C. The Golden Regiment will be the only marching band from Missouri to play and one of 47 bands nationwide at the inaugural event on January 20. January has already turned out to be a busy month for the Golden Regiment as it most recently returned from a performance in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California on New Year's Day. Congratulations to Blue Springs High School, and our entire community for this momentous accomplishment!
 
Blue Springs Magazine, Winter edition Now Available!Blue Springs Magazine Winter 2009
Do you want to know more about what's new and going on in Blue Springs? The Blue Springs Magazine keeps you up-to-date on all the news, events and community developments taking place in the City. The winter 2009 issue has been mailed to residents' homes, and is now available online, at City Hall and in various locations around the City.
 
This issue is our special community issue in which we take a look back at some of the accomplishments made in city government. Also included are information updates from the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Blue Springs School District and the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District.
If you have not received or would like to request your complimentary copy of this timely news publication, email City Communications at communications@bluespringsgov.com.
 
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
 

New Businesses along Highway 7

 
 
New Businesses along Highway 7
       
 
Blue Springs welcomes new businesses along the Highway 7 corridor.

 
 
  
    New Businesses at Coronado Place
 
 
     New Businesses at Coronado Place 
 
New businesses at Coronado Place. 
 
 
 Development at Adams Dairy Landing
 
 
Development at Adams Dairy Landing 
 
 
Development progresses at Adams Dairy Landing.
 
Our
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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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