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Featured Article: Celebrate Earth Day and Adopt-A-Street
2009 Street Rehabilitation Program
Welcome Panera Bread!
City Welcomes First In-House Legal Counsel
Chamber to Host Identity Theft Lunch & Learn
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Feature Article:
 
Celebrate Earth Day and
Adopt-A-Street
 
Don't Be a Litterbug, Adopt a Street!
On April 22, 2009, communities around the world will be celebrating the 39th anniversary of Earth Day, a day in which we are encouraged to recognize the efforts of those who work to care for our environment, our streets and our local communities.
 
You too can participate in the celebration of Earth Day by choosing to Adopt-A-Street here in Blue Springs. 
 
Adopt-A-Street is a fun, volunteer-based program designed to preserve the cleanliness of Blue Springs' streets and to help keep these areas free of litter and trash.
 
City Streets Superintendent, Kyle Gordanier, will be on site in the lobby of City Hall on Earth Day (April 22) from 8:00 am to 11:00 a.m. to register groups and individuals for the Adopt-A-Street program, and to provide additional information as to how the program works.
 
For more information about adopting a street in your neighborhood, call Kyle at (816) 228-0195. 

 
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.
 
Everyday, as I drive through our City, taking in signs of new growth, development and community improvements, I can't help but think 'what a great time to be a citizen of Blue Springs!' As I get more involved with the various activities and groups that gather around the city, I realize that we're a community of great connectivity and opportunity.
 
Many of the positive things we see happening around us would not have been possible, had it not been for good community leadership. Citizen groups like Renew the Blue, Stand Up Blue Springs, Blue Springs F.I.T., the Blue Springs Rotary Club and the Blue Springs Roundtable (among others) are working hard everyday to ensure citizens stay connected, informed and engaged in the ongoing activities of their community.
 
Yes, now is a good time to be a citizen of Blue Springs, and an even better time to get involved in your community's affairs. Learn more about how you can get involved in various citizen engagement groups by going to www.bluespringsgov.com.
 
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.
 
2009 Street Rehabilitation Program 
2009 Street Overlay Program to Begin SoonThe City of Blue Springs will soon begin its 2009 street rehabilitation program which involves milling, patching and overlay on approximately 15 miles of residential streets in Blue Springs, 5 miles in each City Council District. The 2009 street program is administered by the City's Engineering Department and will be executed jointly with contractor, Superior Bowen Asphalt Company of Kansas City, Missouri.
 
Each year the City identifies capital improvement projects such as street maintenance and rehabilitation through its Capital Improvements Program (CIP). This year's CIP again identified street rehabilitation as a key priority of both the City Council and the residents of our community.
 
The 2009 street program is a reflection of the City's efforts to respond to these priorities with visible action and results. The project map for the 2009 street program indicates which streets are scheduled for maintenance this year, barring any unforeseen circumstances. This map can be viewed through the City's website at www.bluespringsgov.com/09streets.
 
Welcome Panera Bread!
Panera Bread Grand Opening!Last week, I was joined by a number of citizens, neighboring business leaders and city staff for the grand opening of Blue Springs' newest business, Panera Bread on Coronado Drive. Those present gathered for some morning refreshments and a tour of the new facility, followed by remarks from the store's management team and myself. In the spirit of welcoming the new store to the City, we also had the tasteful experience of breaking bread, as opposed to the traditional ribbon cutting. On behalf of the entire City, I'd like to welcome Panera Bread, and all the new businesses that have recently joined us here in Blue Springs.
 
City Welcomes First In-House
Legal CounselCity Attorney, Bob McDonald
On Monday, April 1, city staff welcomed Bob McDonald as the first full-time City Attorney for the City of Blue Springs.  Previously, Mr. McDonald served as the Blue Springs City Attorney for more than 25 years under his private practice.
 
Mr. McDonald is steadily getting acclimated to his new office location, which is located in the lower level of City Hall, adjacent to the Finance Department. We are excited to have Bob as a permanent member of our team, and will continue to make him feel at home here at City Hall. It is once again my pleasure to welcome a familiar face, Bob McDonald.
 
Chamber to Host Identity Theft 
Lunch & Learn Identity and Business Theft, April 16
On April 16, 2009 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce will host a discussion on Identity and Business Theft facilitated by our own, Sargent Allen Kintz, Crime Prevention Manager for the Blue Springs Police Department.  Attendees will be provided with information on protecting both their business and consumers from the risks of identify theft. The cost of the seminar, including lunch is $10.00.  Reservations are due by April 14th.  Be sure to call the Chamber office at (816) 229-8558 or email the Chamber at bschamber@bluespringschamber.com to register for this important crime prevention training opportunity. 
 
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
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.
 
Events Around the Community: 
 
 Mayor Ross' First Annual "March with the Mayor" (Part II)
April 3, 2009 
 
 March with the Mayor, April 3
 
Mayor Ross with Friends of Daniel Young Elementary
 
 
 
 
March with the Mayor, April 3
 
Marching with Friends and Community Leaders
 
 
 
March with the Mayor, April 3
 
Preparing to March, Discussing the Importance of Exercise
 
 
 
March with the Mayor, April 3
 
Leading our Community, to better health and fitness!
 

 
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