Blue Springs, A Quality City with Quality Government

In This Issue
Businesses Creating a Quality Community
National Night Out Sees Success in 2009
Progress Visible at Adams Dairy Landing
Electronics Recycling, October 3
EDC Bowling Fundraiser, a Win-Win Event
Back to School Safety
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Businesses Creating a Quality Community
Creating a Quality Blue Springs
The City of Blue Springs believes in creating a sustainable and viable environment in order to preserve the community's quality of life.
 
Roadside landscaping is a great way to add to the value of the community. In high traffic areas such as Missouri Highway 7, it provides an aesthetic appeal to the surrounding infrastructure and buildings, and identifies Blue Springs as a growing and vibrant community.
 
Blue Springs would like to recognize the following Highway 7 businesses who have helped keep our community looking vibrant and beautiful:
 
 
 Landscaping at T-Mobile, 7 Highway
Landscaping at T-Mobile,  Highway 7
 
 
  Landscaping at Con Carpet, 7 Highway 
Landscaping at Con Carpet,
Highway 7
 
 
Landscaping along Highway 7 
Landscaping at retail stores
along Highway 7
  
 
 
Landscaping at Metcalf Bank ATM, 7 Highway
Landscaping at
 Metcalf Bank ATM
Highway 7
 
 
Landscaping at KFC, 7 Highway
Landscaping at Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), Highway 7
 
 
Landscaping at Horizon Automotive, 7 Highway 
 Landscaping at Horizon Automotive, Highway 7
 
 
Landscaping at Mirror Image Car Wash, 7 Highway 
Landscaping at Mirror Image
Car Wash, Highway 7
 
 
Landscaping at Southridge Shopping Center, 7 Highway
Landscaping at Southridge Shopping Center, Highway 7
 
 
 
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 Upcoming Events in Blue Springs: 
 
2009 BBQ Blaze Off, September 11 - 12
 
September 5, 2009
Blue Springs Car Cruise Night
5 p.m. to dark
Main Street,
parking between 10th and 12th Streets
Downtown, Blue Springs
 

September 11- 12, 2009
Blue Springs Barbeque
Blaze-Off
Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hidden Valley Park, Blue Springs
  

September 18-20, 2009
Fall Fun Festival
Hours vary each day; Visit bluespringschamber.com
Downtown, Blue Springs, MO
 

October 3, 2009
Electronics Recycling Event
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
first come, first served
Pink Hill Park 2715 NW Park Road
Cars should enter off of Park Road
 

October 24, 2009
"Boo"-Springs Harvest Fest
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Main Street between 10th and 12th Streets
Downtown, Blue Springs, MO
 
 
October 31, 2009
Blue Springs Trick or Treat Street
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Vesper Hall, Blue Springs, MO
 
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.
 
The month of September is a time that symbolizes a number of things in Blue Springs, particularly progress and change. While students are heading back to school to recharge their minds with new skills and subjects, the City is also busy working, doing its best to deliver quality programs and services for our residents.
 
In this issue, we'll take a look at the many activities going on in our community including continued progress at the emerging Adams Dairy Landing retail development, the successful completion of our 11th annual National Night Out Against Crime, infrastructure improvements including new sidewalks and paved streets in several residential areas, and the return of the City's annual electronics recycling event.  
 
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. 
 
National Night Out Sees Success in 2009
 
2009 National Night OutOn Tuesday, August 4, the City of Blue Springs together with the Blue Springs Police Department celebrated its 11th Annual National Night Out Against Crime (NNO) event by stepping into the streets of downtown Blue Springs to take a stand against crime and drug abuse. The free family event, held across from the Public Safety Building at 11th and Smith Street, brought together a gathering of more than 5,000 people including law enforcement, civic groups, neighborhood organizations, and more!
 
This year, in addition to the main event downtown, more than 400 citizens attended satellite events in surrounding neighborhoods including Shiloh, Fox Trail, Waterfield, Woods Chapel Estates, Timbercreek, and Primrose among others.  Over 40 vendors were on display throughout the event including representatives from the Kansas City Metro Tips Hotline, My Info 411, Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, and Missouri State Highway Patrol. Jackson County Executive Michael Sanders was also in attendance, commending residents for their willingness to take an active role in fighting crime in their community. A special thanks goes to the many volunteers, families and city officials who worked so diligently to make this years NNO event the most successful yet.
 
Progress Visible at Adams Dairy Landing
 
Progress at Adams Dairy Landing
Motorists traveling along Adams Dairy Parkway can attest to the considerable movement that has taken place at the Adams Dairy Landing retail development site. Soon, residents will be able to shop at the first retail store at the Landing, Target. Target is one of the major retail anchors at Adams Dairy Landing and is scheduled to open its doors in October 2009. Shortly after the store opens, residents will see additional retail stores occupying the in-line shops adjacent to Target. Some of these stores include Gap, Sally Beauty Supply Store, GameStop, Famous Footwear, Maurices, PETCO and Mattress Firm. Restaurants also expected to locate within the Landing are Chipotle, Arby's and Olive Garden. Stay tuned to the City's website, www.bluespringsgov.com, to learn more about the progress and scheduled store openings at Adams Dairy Landing.   
 
Electronics Recycling Event,
October 3
 
Blue Springs Electronics Recycling Event October 3In 2008, the City of Blue Springs sponsored its first two electronics recycling events and netted more than 117,000 pounds of unwanted electronics including personal computers, printers and TV units.
 
On October 3, 2009, Blue Springs is teaming up with Surplus Exchange of Kansas City to sponsor another event where you can easily recycle electronics, working or non-working, that you no longer need.
 
The event will be from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday October 3, at Pink Hill Park, 1201 NW Park Road in Blue Springs.
 
Charges ranging from $5 to $25 (per item) will apply to recycle computer monitors, televisions, stereos, VCRs, faxes/scanners and printers. Smaller electronics such as keyboards, mice, personal printers, cell phones, pagers, hand-held games and CD players are free to recycle. Citizens will receive specific information on electronics recycling pricing and more event information in a future utility bill.
 
For more information or for items not accepted at the event, call the City's Recycling Hotline at (816) 228-0228 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com/electronics09.
 
EDC Bowling Fundraiser, a
Win-Win Event
 2009 EDC Bowling Challenge 
On August 11, the Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation (EDC) completed its first ever Bowling Challenge, a fundraising event designed to raise money to help retain existing businesses and jobs in Blue Springs, as well as attract new jobs and businesses to the community. Hosted by Lunar Bowl in Blue Springs, the EDC Bowling Challenge turned out a total of 32 bowling teams, netting nearly $7,000 in funds raised during the event. The event not only helped support funding for the Blue Springs EDC, but a portion of this years proceeds was raised for the Blue Springs Education Foundation. Award winners of the night's event included:
 
Highest Individual Score & Most Strikes:   
Jamie Pugh
 
Highest Team Score: Blue Springs School District

Lowest Team Score: Team McDonalds

Most Team Spirit: City of Blue Springs

Congratulations to the Blue Springs EDC for producing a positive event that is sure to be the start of many fun and exciting fundraising events for the EDC in the future.
 
Back to School Safety
  
Back to School Safety in Blue SpringsNow that school is back in session, it's important that motorists exercise caution and good judgment, especially while driving in school zones and residential areas where children are walking to school or waiting for the bus. Here are some good tips for motorists to keep in mind:
  • Obey the speed limit and stop for crossing guards.
  • In a 15 mile per hour school zone, remember passing another vehicle is not allowed regardless of the speed of the other vehicle.
  • Do not park or stop in a bicycle lane.
  • When children are crossing, wait for the crosswalks to be completely clear before proceeding.
  • Remember, it is illegal to pass a school bus that has its red lights flashing and its stop-arm extended. The law allows vehicles to pass a stopped school bus when there is a raised median between lanes of traffic going the opposite direction.

Parents are also encouraged to play a part in the safety of their children this school year by:

  • Reminding children to cross the street safely at crosswalks.
  • Making sure children are properly buckled up while riding in a vehicle, and 
  • Dropping children off at designated drop-off zones only.
 
Blue Springs Magazine Arriving Soon!
  
Blue Springs Magazine Coming Soon!Do you want to know more about what's new and going on in Blue Springs? The Blue Springs Magazine keeps you up-to-date on all the news, events and community developments taking place in the City. The Fall 2009 issue will be mailed to residents' homes during the first week of September, and is now available online. Copies will be available at City Hall and in various locations around the City beginning Tuesday, September 8.
 
For more information about the Blue Springs Magazine visit www.bluespringsgov.com/magazine.
 
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: 
 2009 National Night Out Against Crime  
 
 
 2009 National Night Out Against Crime
 Hundreds of children and families say "no" to crime and drug abuse during the 11th Annual National Night Out Against Crime in Blue Springs.   
 
 
 
      2009 National Night Out Against Crime   
Mayor Ross and District 1 Councilman Lyle Shaver join residents of the Waterfield Neighborhood Association to celebration the 2009 National Night Out. 
      
  
 
2009 National Night Out Against Crime 
    Mayor Carson Ross is interviewed by KMBC Channel 9's Marcus Moore about the 11th Annual National Night Out in Blue Springs.

 
 
 2009 National Night Out Against Crime
 The 2009 National Night Out Against Crime
welcomed several notable guests and dignitaries including
Jackson County Executive Michael Sanders, shown above.
 
 
 
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