City of Blue Springs

In This Issue
Some Key Council Accomplishments in 2008
City Approves New Programs and Services for 2009
Bike and Pedestrian Trail Project, on the Move!
Citizens Honored at Annual Chamber Banquet
Blue Springs Takes a Step toward Street Safety
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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 welcome to 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.
 
As we are now into the second month of the New Year, we can see how things are constantly changing in our national economy, our American government and even in our local community here in Blue Springs. These times have proven to be challenging not only for Blue Springs, but also for a number of communities and local governments all over the nation.
 
As your Mayor, citizens can rest assured that City has not only prepared for such challenges, but continues to engage in anticipatory planning for the future and things yet to come. While the market is changing, citizens can be confident in knowing that your local city government is working for you. Our main goal has always been and will continue to be focused on maintaining the level of basic city services that our citizens need and expect.
 
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 Approves New Programs and Services for 2009
2009 Street Overlay Program ApprovedDuring the Tuesday February 16 meeting of the Blue Springs City Council, Council members heard and approved several items related to a number of annual city services and community improvement projects. Items include:
 
Approval of 2 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) projects:
Installation of 58 new street lighting units along Main street from Highway 7 to 15th Street, and
 
2009 Sidewalk Infill Project in which new sidewalks will be constructed on the west side of 10th Street from Walnut to South Avenue, east side of 9th Street from Walnut to Jones, and a portion of roadway along the north side of Kingsridge Drive 
 
Approval of 2009 Street Overlay Program:
The 2009 street rehabilitation and overlay program will consist of milling, patching and overlay on approximately 15 miles of residential collector streets in Blue Springs.
 
Each council district will receive five miles of street overlay. Streets qualifying for overlay are prioritized by City staff, based on several different factors including but not limited to: age of street, condition, amount of local traffic use, and last overlay completed on the street.
 
This project is designed to address residents' roadway concerns and is a part of the City's commitment to improve the quality of streets throughout Blue Springs. The 2009 program is a project approved in the Capital Improvements Program (CIP) fiscal year 2008-09 to 2013-2014, which will yield a total of 75 miles of completed overlay over the 5-year period.

Approval of annual service agreements for mowing services for City sites and rights-of-ways:
This will help in maintaining the beautification and visual upkeep of city streets. 
 
Approval of 2009 temporary art exhibit, "Serendipity":
Presented by the Blue Springs Public Art Commission, "Serendipity" will be the fourth temporary exhibition of art in Blue Springs. The exhibit will open in April 2009 and run thru September of 2009.
 
This year's exhibit will be very unique, as it is the first year the Art Commission has partnered with a local business entity (St. Mary's Medical Center) to house the temporary exhibit on a private business site. Look for more information about the exhibit to come soon, including featured artists and pieces, on the City's website at www.bluespringsgov.com/art.
 
Other projects and services approved at Tuesday's meeting included annual maintenance and service at Centennial Pool-Plex and the Bike and Pedestrian Trail Project. See the next article for more information on this long-awaited recreation amenity for Blue Springs.
 
Bike and Pedestrian Trail Project,
on the Move!Bike and Pedestrian Trails Project Approved
In 1992, the City began its planning efforts to complete a combined bike route and trail plan for Blue Springs. Supported by the Out of the Blue into the Future Visioning Plan of 1998 and a number of subsequent annual Citizen Survey Reports, the plan identified the potential for 24.5 miles of bike routes and 29.1 miles of trails throughout the City.
 
In 2000, the City received a bike/trail grant from the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) for a little more than $500,000. The City Council then matched the grant with $500,000 in designated funds, making total funding for the project more than $1 million.
 
After more than 10 years of plan development and complex decision making, the vision for the Bike and Pedestrian Trail project has come to fruition, as it was approved by City Council during Tuesday's meeting. Next steps for the project with include all required land work necessary to get the bike and pedestrian trails under construction.
 
Many thanks are owed to Parks and Recreation Director Roscoe Righter for his many years of labor and planning to get this project underway. For more information or to view the entire Bike and Pedestrian Trail project presentation go to www.bluespringsgov.com/trails.
 
Citizens Honored
at Annual Chamber Banquet
Steve Steiner, 2008 Outstanding Citizen of the YearLast month, the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce held its 2009 Annual Chamber banquet. Each year, the Chamber organizes the event to celebrate its organizational achievements from the previous year, and present its goals for performance and service excellence for the year to come. A special 'congratulations' is due to the following honorees from this year's recognition celebration: 
 
Steve Steiner: 2008 Outstanding Citizen of the Year
Bill Wrisinger: 2008 Business Person of the Year
Side Pockets: 2008 Outstanding Business of the Year
Christine Smailys: 2008 Chamber Connector of the Year
 
Congratulations once again to all the 2008 Chamber award nominees and winners.
 
Blue Springs Takes a Step toward Blue Springs Automated Traffic Control SystemStreet Safety
February 19 marked the first day Blue Springs street crews rolled out its new portable automated traffic control system. The system provides a significant safety advantage for crews and motorists alike.
 
The new device was used for a majority of the day as crews closed a single lane of traffic on 10th Street north of 40 Highway. The closure was necessary for workers to complete repairs to two large water main breaks.

The signal, with advanced warning signs, remained operational without failure during the lane closure. In the event that motorists attempted to circumvent the signal, or go around the signal - which often happens with roadway flagmen, a loud horn sounds at the vehicle from the signal.
 
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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