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Citizen Police Academy Graduates Third Class
Citizen Survey Results Indicate Progress and Positive Direction
City Receives Award for Engineering Processes
City Finance Staff Goes Green
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"Serendipity"
Dedication Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, June 9
The 2009 Temporary Public Art Exhibit "Serendipity" is now on display at St. Mary's Medical Center in Blue Springs.
 
The exhibit consists of six original artworks, commissioned by the Blue Springs Public Art Commission as part of its ongoing program to bring art to the community. This is the first year the program has partnered with a private enterprise to show the work.
 
Join members of the Public Art Commission, City staff and Blue Springs Elected Officials on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 for the dedication and ribbon cutting of the "Serendipity" exhibit. 
 
The event will be held in the Memorial Garden at St. Mary's Medical Center, with an opening reception at 6:00 p.m., and program at 6:30.
 
The exhibit will be on display at St. Mary's through September 30. For more information about the exhibit, or to view photos of the artworks, visit
 
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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.
 
We will soon enter into a new season, perhaps everyone's favorite season of the year...summer. In Blue Springs, the summer season means the start of many activities for a variety of people. For your family, summer may be the beginning of a much needed family vacation, a time for yard work and home improvements, or a chance for the kids to enjoy a day at the community pool. For our staff here at the City of Blue Springs, summer is the time citizens can look forward to a number of improvements being made in our local neighborhoods, on our city streets and throughout our parks facilities.
 
In the summer, we also celebrate a variety of community festivities including our Blue Springs Concerts in the Park, the Independence (4th of July) holiday, and two local favorites, Blue Springs Downtown Street Flicks and Saturday Night Car Cruises.
 
Here in Blue Springs, we want our citizens to know, that while the seasons continue to change, our commitment to serving you, our residents, will never change. Our goal is to provide you with the highest quality programs and services from street maintenance to Street Flicks. We're here, working for you!
 
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.
 
Citizen Police Academy Graduates Third Class
Citizen Police Academy Members, Class of May 2009On May 20, 2009, the Blue Springs Citizen Police Academy graduated its third class of participants. The Academy members, which included District 2 City Councilman Sissy Reed, completed 9 weeks of training in the "behind the scenes" workings of the Blue Springs Police Department.
 
During the course, students were acclimated to the administration and policies of the Police Department, Police Department facilities and operations, report writing, Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), the Firearms Training System (FATS), vehicle stops and building searches. The class culminated in a graduation ceremony where I (a Class 2 graduate), and Police Chief Wayne McCoy congratulated the students on their commitment, charging them to go and spread the word about what real police duty entails.
 
Once again, I congratulate all the participants of the third Citizen Police Academy graduating class on a job well done.  For more information about the Citizen Police Academy, contact Sergeant Allen Kintz at (816) 228-0177 or visit the Citizen Police Academy Alumni website at
www.bscpa.org.
 
Citizen Survey Results Indicate Progress and Positive Direction
2009 Citizen Survey Reflects Positive Growth
Results of Blue Springs' annual DirectionFinder Citizen Satisfaction Survey are in, and findings reflect significant improvements in citizen satisfaction with City programs and services. According to the most recent survey, which was conducted at the beginning of 2009, Blue Springs residents are pleased with the City overall, particularly in the areas of public safety, code enforcement and the leadership of the city staff and elected officials.
 
Findings from the survey indicate that a majority of residents (78%) are pleased with the quality of the police services and protection of the Blue Springs Police Department, 73% are satisfied with the quality of the City's water and sewer utilities, 79% are pleased with the quality of City parks facilities and 79% are satisfied with the City's primary communication source with residents, the Blue Springs Magazine.
 
Citizens are also satisfied with the overall customer service the City provides its residents through various programs and services. According to the survey, 81% of residents who had utilized City Services in 2008, rated City employees as courteous and polite and indicated employees were easy to contact.
 
During his presentation of the survey results to the City Council on May 18, Chris Tatham of ETC Institute said, "the City has produced significant increases in satisfaction levels compared to both the 2007 and 2006 surveys, with many areas improving by at least 10%."
 
Tatham also noted that of the 87 areas that were assessed in both 2007 and 2009, the City of Blue Springs improved in 74 of those areas. Some of the more significant increases included: 
  • City Municipal Court (+ 20%)
  • Quality of leadership by the City's elected officials (+14%)
  • Responsiveness of police to investigation of criminal offenses (+13%)
  • Quality of new residential development (+13)
  • Public artworks and exhibits throughout the City (+13%)
  • Effectiveness of City Administrator and staff (+12%)

While results reflected significant improvements in several areas, the survey also provided indication where additional focus is warranted. According to the survey, the three major areas that residents thought should receive the most emphasis from the City over the next two years include (1) maintenance of City streets and sidewalks, (2) the flow of traffic and congestion in Blue Springs, and (3) the effectiveness of community planning.
 
In the future we will continue to utilize the annual Citizen Survey as a mechanism to help align citizens' service priorities with the policy goals of our City Council. Again, my thanks to the citizens, staff and City Council of Blue Springs who have made the results of our most recent survey a tremendous success. To view the entire 2008-2009 Citizen Survey, visit
www.bluespringsgov.com/citizensurvey.

 
City Receives Award for Engineering Processes
City Receives Engineering AwardA special congratulations is due to Dr. Oliver DeGrate, Public Works Director and his staff for their recent recognition by the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers - Professional Engineers in Private Practice (MSPE-PEPP).
 
Each year, this professional association awards its prestigious Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) Award to a State or Municipal organization in Missouri that best demonstrates QBS practices in their selection process for engineering services for various infrastructure-related projects.  Through QBS practices, municipalities are required to choose companies based on skill, or experience, rather than price.
 
The City of Blue Springs has been selected as the 2009 recipient for the QBS award due its use of QBS practices in several road and sewer projects in Blue Springs. One of such projects includes the engineering, design and planning work completed for the bond-approved Woods Chapel Road improvement project. The presentation of the award will be made at the MSPE-PEPP's Annual Meeting on June 22 in Branson, Missouri.
 
City Finance Staff Goes Green...Making Streets Clean 
City Staff Adopt-A-StreetEarlier this year, the City re-launched it's Adopt-A-Street program. 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. The program is open to all individuals, businesses and civic groups in Blue Springs, and is a good way to generate public awareness about the importance of improving our local environment.
 
Recently, staff from the City's Finance Department adopted a portion of the North Outer Road, just East of I-70, in front of Lake Remembrance and Gregory O. Grounds Park. The group participated in their first organized litter pick-up day on May 1. Participants included: Rebecca Smith, Allison Hamilton and son Christian, Christy Hessenius and children Kaitlyn and Nolan, Kimberly Emberton and son Jacob, and Tish Bennett.
 
Tish Bennett, coordinator of the Department's Adopt-A-Street efforts hopes to expand the program throughout the entire Department. Tish said the group plans to conduct pick-ups about every 45 days. For more information on how you or your community group can Adopt-A-Street, call (816) 228-0277 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com/cleanstreet.
 
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.
 
News & Events Around the Community: 
 Infrastructure Improvements in Progress
 
 
 
 2009 Street Overlay Program:  Milling on Stoney Brook Lane
 2009 Street Overlay Program: Milling on Stoney Brook Lane
   
 
 
  
  Development in Downtown: Streetscape on Main Street   
Downtown Developments: Streetscape on Main Street
      
  
 
CDBG Funding In Action: New Sidewalk at 9th and Walnut 
    Community Development Funding In Action:
New Sidewalks at 9th and Walnut      
 


 
 Road Improvements at Adams Dairy Landing
 Road Improvements at Adams Dairy Landing
 
 
 
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