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In This Issue
Some Key Council Accomplishments in 2008
City Honors Civic Leader
We Need to Hear From You! Public Safety Forum, January 27
City Positions itself for future Financial Changes
2009 Developers Training Workshop
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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
Hello and thank you for joining me for another informative edition of News Happenings Around Town, your one-stop source for City information and news updates, including those items most important to you.
 
This week signified a number of important events not only in our local community, but also in America's history. With the annual celebration and recognition of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. came a number of community celebrations, church services and times for reflection.
 
The following day, all of America stood still to watch the inauguration of this country's first African-American president, a day many Americans perhaps thought, they would never see. And even more incredible, was the feeling of pride that swelled all throughout Blue Springs, as the band members of the Blue Springs High School Golden Regiment Band marched in the historic Inaugural Parade for President Obama.
 
Like Martin Luther King, Jr. and our 44th President of the United States, Barrack Obama, I too have a vision. Not only for Blue Springs as a city, but also for the growth and prosperity of the citizens that call this great community home.
 
Let us all look back on the events of this week and reflect on how far we've come as citizens as well as the challenges that lie before us. The new president will have a very challenging road ahead, as we all may have in 2009. But together, we can continue to look at these challenges as opportunities...times for improvement, correction, reflection and advancement.
 
As always, please continue sharing this timely publication and spreading the word about what's good and going on in the City of Blue Springs.
 
City Honors Civic Leader
City Honors Martin Luther King, Jr.This year a number of events took place around the city and the entire Kansas City metropolitan region in celebration of the life and legacy of the late Martin Luther King, Jr. On Sunday, January 18, I had the privilege of being one of many guest speakers at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at First Christian Church in Blue Springs. With a program theme entitled, "View From the Mountaintop", I shared how overcoming challenges, whether in life, or in one's work, helps to make we as people stronger, and more unified toward achieving a common vision.
 
Martin Luther King Celebration, First Christian ChurchThe following evening, January 19, I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the Olathe Kansas Branch of the NAACP's 5th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy and Scholarship Banquet. Here I had the opportunity to talk about the strength that comes with perseverance and hard work, and that with a determined spirit-anything is possible. Truly, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday has a special meaning for all of us. No matter what color we are or where we are from, we must remember that we are all connected as citizens and must continue to work, live and thrive together as such.
 
We Need to Hear From You! Public Safety Forum, January 27
Blue Springs Police Department
In the last issue of News Happenings Around Town, I informed you of the work and progress currently being made by the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Public safety. As a final reminder, the committee will hold a public forum on Tuesday 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. I encourage all citizens to attend this very important meeting designed to get your feedback and to make your voices heard. For more information, contact City Hall at (816) 228-0110 or visit the City's website at www.bluespringsgov.com.
 
City Positions itself for future Financial Changes
 
During the January 20 City Council meeting, members of City Council were provided a brief overview of the current financial tools being utilized by the City to assist with a variety of financial assessment and planning activities. These tools will allow the City to generate several models and forecasts related to the City's operating budget, and will allow the City to exercise some sound decision making regarding our current and future financial position. While we understand that the financial market appears to be in a volatile state, Blue Springs has positioned itself to look beyond the immediate financial situation, with a key priority being to maintain the level of basic city services that our citizens have learned to expect.
 
2009 Developers Training Workshop2009 Developers Training Workshop
The Blue Springs Community Development Department is pleased to announce its 5th Annual Developers Training Workshop, scheduled for Tuesday February 24, 2009 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at the Adams Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs. This workshop is designed to provide a broad range of information and resources related to economic and community development trends including:
  • Recent development activity and demographics
  • Financial incentives
  • New development plans and codes, and much more!

The preliminary schedule includes a morning breakfast, presentations from the Blue springs Economic Development Corporation (EDC), various City departments, and members of the development community. Registration is just $15.00. To learn more, or to register for this event, call Community Development at (816) 228-0207 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com/dtworkshop.

 
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
 
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