City of Blue Springs

In This Issue
Orientation for New Board Members
City Council Considers 2009 CDBG Action Plan
2009 Fallen Officer Ceremony
Signs Installed - Hometown of David Cook!
City PIO Receives Regional Award
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Announcing "Serendipity"
2009 Public Art Exhibit 
The Blue Springs Public Art Commission proudly presents "Serendipity", a temporary public art exhibit featuring six orginal artworks.

Be prepared to have an unexpected surprise this year when you come and view the art display located on the campus of St. Mary's Medical Center at, 201 NW R.D. Mize Rd, Blue Springs, Mo.

This setting marks the first time that the Blue Springs Public Art Commission has partnered with a private enterprise to locate the annual exhibit.

See "The Tumbleweeds" and "From East of Here" by renowned Connecticut artist Karl Saliter.
Enjoy unique cast glass art entitled "The Visit" by Dutch Schulze, who has roots in Blue Springs but now lives in Oregon.
Marvel at the whimsical works of Juniper Tangpuz, Kansas City artist, in his "Crane's Bill" and "Mountain Owl's Clover."
And, have unexpected joy when you see "Subdued Radiance" by Iowa artist Beth Nybeck.
City of Blue SpringsNews Happenings
Around Town

A monthly message from your 
Blue Springs Mayor and
City Council
 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.
When I consider the work that is currently going on in our community, I can think of just one word to describe it, and that word is "progress".
Over the last year, Blue Springs has continued to thrive in many ways. From the efforts of our Police Department, which works hard to make our neighborhoods safe, to our Public Works Division which is committed to providing clean, safe streets for our motorists, we have an amazing team of city staff and elected officials that are constantly working for you.
Over the next few months citizens can look forward to many more signs of progress including:
  • Additional work and development at Adams Dairy Landing,
  • Road improvements to various residential streets,
  • Regular quality of life activities and events through our Parks and Recreation Department, and
  • Various community enhancements such as new sidewalks in some of our residential areas

In the near future, citizens will also have the opportunity to learn the results from our 2008 annual Citizen Survey which is designed to gain residents' feedback on the many performance areas including programs and services the City has to offer. In this issue of News Happenings Around Town, we'll take a look at how some of these programs are working for you today, and how we will continue to offer services that meet your needs. 
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.

Orientation for New Board Members and Appointees
New Board Member Orientation May 5On Tuesday May 5, I had the privilege of hosting the City's first welcome and orientation for new Board/Commission members and appointees. The morning event was held at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, and provided new members an opportunity to be introduced to one another, as well as to members of City staff and City Council. New appointees were also given their oath of office during the orientation. Again, I'd like to welcome our new Board/Commission members and appointees, and offer my thanks to City staff for coordinating this important event.
City Council Considers 2009 CDBG Action Plan
2009-2010 CDBG Annual Action PlanThis week, members of the City Council received a presentation regarding the 2009-2010 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Annual Action Plan.
This plan, which is developed and administered by the City's Community Development Department, describes how the City intends to utilize CDBG funding from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Each year, the City is granted CDBG funding to provide public infrastructure improvements in areas that are in the most need.
The CDBG Action Plan describes how the City will work to "Create Suitable Living Environments", making neighborhood improvements and enhancements in the core of the city. Projects proposed for this year's Action Plan include new and improved sidewalks in the City's downtown corridor, as well as additional funds to support the continuation of the City's Minor Home Repair Program.
Council members were also provided information about the City's recent award for an Energy Efficiency Block Grant, which is a part of the Federal Recover Act instituted by President Obama. Look for additional information regarding the 2009-2010 CDGB Annual Action Plan and several other community development funding opportunities to come in the near future.
2009 Fallen Officer Ceremony
BSPD Memorial Service on May 15It is my honor to invite the citizens of Blue Springs and surrounding areas to join members of our Blue Springs Police Department on Friday May 15, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. as they honor those who have fallen while working in the line of duty.
The 8th Annual Blue Springs Police Department Memorial Service will take place at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building at 1100 SW Smith Street in Blue Springs. This event is always a moving experience, honoring the ultimate sacrifice of those officers who gave of themselves, for the safety of us all. Again, this event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Blue Springs Police Department at (816) 228-0164.
David Cook Hometown Signs InstalledSigns Installed - Hometown of David Cook! 
You may recall, that exactly one year ago, the City was filled with high excitement, celebration and anticipation for the return of our hometown hero and then American Idol finalist, David Cook.
Following that monumental day on May 9, 2008, the City received hundreds of calls from fans, friends and the media regarding possible recognition efforts for the American Idol sensation. I am pleased to announce that since that day one year ago, much has happened, and the City now has a visible marker recognizing David Cook.
Last month, City crews installed two city limit signs designating Blue Springs, Missouri as the "Hometown of David Cook, American Idol 2008". The signs are located along both the east-bound and west-bound roadways of Interstate-70 at the Blue Springs City limits. On April 22, I had the distinct pleasure of presenting David with a replicated version of the signs during a media-exclusive pre-concert event.
My congratulations to David for all his success and his continued effort to be a positive leader and rolemodel for the youth in our community and around the world.
City PIO Receives Regional AwardMerideth Parrish, Blue Springs PIO 
A special congratulations is due to Merideth Parrish, City Public Information Officer. Merideth was recently notified that she was selected unanimously by the MPA (Masters of Public Administration) faculty as the winner of the 2009 Stanley Fisher Memorial Award from Park University.
The Stanley Fisher Memorial Awards are given for outstanding graduate students of Public Administration and are presented annually to students who have shown interest in public administration beyond their classroom work, have performed exceptionally well in public administration courses, and have applied insight of public administration to their campus activities.
Merideth completed her Masters of Public Administration degree in December 2008. Merideth will be recognized at the Hauptmann School's Annual Graduation Dinner tonight, May 8, as well as the Greater Kansas City ASPA annual awards dinner later this month. Again, congratulations, this honor is well deserved!
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

Carson Ross, Mayor 
City of Blue Springs
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.
News & Events Around the Community: 
Blue Springs Welcomes South African Visitors from the
International Rotary Club Leadership Exchange
 South African Business Leaders Visit Blue Springs
City Hosts First Welcome and Orientation Reception for New Board/Commission Members and Appointees
  Welcome and Orientation Reception for New Board Members 
City Mayors and Local Leaders Take A Step Against Trash at the
2009 No MOre Trash! Earth Day Bash at Bass Pro Shop

No MOre Trash! Bash 2009, Bass Pro Shop 

Mayor Ross Honors Blue Springs Families during
Jackson County Family Week 2009
 Mayor Ross Celebrates Jackson County Family Week
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