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Special Holiday Events in Blue Springs
Notes from 2009 State of the City Address
Blue Springs One of "Best Places" to Raise a Family
Annual Prayer Breakfast Sees Success
Police Advisory Board Seeks Public Input
Citizens See Proposed Road Improvements First Hand
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FEATURE:
 
Special
Holiday Events in
Blue Springs
 
Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting, December 1
 
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Mayor's Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

City Hall - 903 W Main Street
Event begins at 5:30 p.m., Lighting at approximately 6:15 p.m.
Free Cookies and Hot Chocolate; Community Performers and Appearances by Santa and Ms. Claus
 
Saturday,
December 5, 2009
Blue Springs'
Breakfast with Santa

Vesper Hall- 400 NW Vesper Drive
Event begins at 9:00 a.m., $8.00 per person, Age 1 and under are free
Breakfast and holiday crafts; surprise visit be Santa; call Blue Springs Parks and Recreation to register, (816) 228-0137.
 
 
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Annual Spirit of Caring Concert
Blue Springs South High School - 1200 Adams Dairy Parkway
Event begins at 2:00 p.m., $4.00 Admission, tickets available at the door
Benefit concert for Community Services League; Variety of musical performances and decorated Christmas tree raffle
 

Saturday,
December 11, 2009
Holiday Lights Tour
Tour bus meets at City Hall - 903 W Main Street
6:30 to 9:30 p.m., $18.00 per rider, cost includes beverages and snacks
Tour the lights of the Kansas City area. Board a deluxe motor coach and travel to Longview Farm, the Country Club Plaza, Crown Center and Chicago Street. Must register by December 4. Call Blue Springs Parks and Recreation to Register (816) 228-0137.
 

Monday,
December 14, 2009
Holiday Express Train in Blue Springs
Main Street Railroad Track - Downtown Blue Springs
Train arrives at 4:00 p.m.; Free and open to the public
Activities and crafts; meet Santa on the train 
 
  
 
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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 reflect on the recently celebrated Thanksgiving holiday, it's important that we remember why this time of year is so meaningful for so many of us. For some, it's the joy of getting together with friends and loved ones that we haven't seen for quite some time. For others, it's the good food and fond memories that are shared around the dinner table. Whatever your favorite holiday activities include, let's all remember how fortunate we are to live in a country as great as the United States of America, and even more importantly, what a wonderful community we have here in Blue Springs.
 
In this issue, we'll discuss some important activities that recently took place in the City including my 2009 State of the City address, which was delivered at the monthly Blue Springs Chamber Luncheon on November 19, the success of the 2009 Annual Community Prayer Breakfast, an informative community open-house for proposed road improvements to Woods Chapel Road and a special BusinessWeek announcement naming Blue Springs one of the best places in the nation to raise a family.
 
We'll also take a look at some exciting holiday festivities soon to come including our annual Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting and the Blue Springs Holiday Express Train.
 
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.
Notes from 2009 State of the City Address
 
2009 State of the CityOn Thursday, November 19, I had the distinct privilege of giving my second annual State of the City Address at the Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon. This year's address took a very distinctive approach to highlighting the City's progress in a number of areas, using elements of music, photography and design to tell the story of our community.
 
During the address, which was appropriately titled, "I Look to You" I discussed how the City has continued to work to address the following five priorities set by our citizens for city government and how we have seen tremendous accomplishments in these areas in the last year:

  1. Infrastructure: Improvements to traffic flow
  2. Maintenance of city streets
  3. Community development and planning
  4. Quality of Police
  5. Enforcement of building and property maintenance
In each of these five areas, I indicated that despite some challenges, we continue to stay the course, listening and responding to citizens needs for a quality city government.

Throughout the address, I revisited the theme "I Look To You" to emphasize that although we have seen tremendous accomplishments in these areas, we have not yet arrived, and there is still more work to be done.
 
In 2009 and into 2010, I look to our City Council, City Boards and Commissions, City Staff, and most importantly, our citizens to facilitate new opportunities for growth and improvement here in our community. 

To view the full 2009 State of the City address, visit www.bluespringsgov.com/soc2009.
Blue Springs One of "Best Places" to Raise a Family
 
Blue Springs, Great Place to Raise a Family!Earlier this month the City of Blue Springs was named to BusinessWeek Magazine's "Best Places to Raise Your Kids" list, which ranked America's top cities for raising a family in 2010. Blue Springs, which was the only city in Missouri to make the list this year, was ranked 26th out of a total of 51 cities recognized. Runners up for Missouri included Lee's Summit (2nd) and Joplin (3rd). Each year, BusinessWeek (a national news magazine) partners with an independent evaluation consultant to select one town and two runners-up for each of the 50 states. The selections were limited to towns that have at least 45,000 residents and a median income of between $40,000 and $125,000.
 
In the report, Blue Springs was recognized for its low cost of living, nationally-recognized schools, low crime rates, parks, hiking trails, and a central location among other things. We are extremely proud of this accomplishment and are fortunate to have many great local partners and citizens who helped position us for this recognition.  I was proud to highlight this recent news during my annual State of the City address this month, emphasizing that this award places a national spotlight on Blue Springs and validates the efforts of our elected officials, staff and surrounding community partners to make our City an attractive place to live.
 
Find more information about BusinessWeek's "Best Places to Raise Kids" list at http://www.businessweek.com/.
Annual Prayer Breakfast Honoring Women Veterans, Sees Success
 Annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast 2009 
November 6, 2009 marked yet another successful Community Prayer Breakfast, organized by the Blue Springs Christian Business Men's Committee. This year's keynote speaker was Mr. Paul Coffman, former member of the Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers. Coffman talked about his strong faith, the importance of family, and the fortune we have to live in a country protected by the men and women of our armed forces. All women veterans in attendance were recognized and awarded a commemorative Mayor's Medal of Valor. Many thanks to this year's planning committee, our guest speaker, women veterans from all America's armed forces, and our community members who participated in this significant event.
Police Advisory Board Seeks Public Input
 
Public Safety Advisory Board
On November 17, the Blue Springs Police Department (BSPD) and the Blue Springs Public Safety Citizens' Advisory Board hosted a public form to discuss a series of issues related to public safety in Blue Springs. The public forum, took place at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, and was the second public meeting to be hosted by the Board in efforts to increase citizen-police partnerships in the community. Advisory Board Chairman, Chris Lievsay presided at the forum and walked those present through a number of public safety discussion questions including:
  • Do you feel the Blue Springs Police Department is providing adequate resources for Public Safety within the school district?
  • Is the visibility of Blue Springs Police Officers in your neighborhood improving?
  • Animal Control: Are the Animal Control Ordinances within the City of Blue Springs adequate?
  • What areas of Animal Control can be improved?
  • Are there any other issues or topics related to Public Safety that should be addressed by the Blue Springs Public Safety Citizens Advisory Board?
Citizens who attended were given the opportunity to openly discuss these and other issues and commended the Board for their proactive efforts to keep citizens informed and involved in Blue Springs' public safety.
 
I too applaud the Board's efforts and want to reiterate how important it is for the community to remain involved in these types of efforts. It is through our citizens' partnership with the Blue Springs Police Department that we will be able to create and maintain the safest community possible.
Citizens See Proposed Road Improvements First Hand
  
Woods Chapel Public MeetingsAlso in November, citizens from across the community gathered for two open house-style public meetings to review plans for Woods Chapel Road improvements from I-10 to south of Briarwood Drive. Both meetings, which were hosted by the City of Blue Springs, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the project team TransSystems, provided citizens the opportunity to see preliminary plans first hand which included renderings and a virtual driver simulation of the proposed interchange enhancements.
 
The improvements to the Woods Chapel interchange are both long awaited and are indicative of a community that is focused on progress and change. In 2008, our voters overwhelmingly approved two bond issues for street and sewer improvements. Question 2 authorized the issuance of $28 million in general obligation "No Tax Increase" bonds for selected road and intersection improvements, including enhancements along the Woods Chapel Road Corridor.
 
Through this project, citizens can rest assured that the Mayor and City Council have heard your concerns for a safer, less congested Woods Chapel Road, and we are listening; setting plans in place to better meet your transportation needs.
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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