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"There is More Still To Do"
Let It Snow
Public Information Officer Leaves for Federal Job
Citizen Police Academy Begins Fifth Class
20th Annual Chipping of the Green
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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.
It is my sincere hope that your holiday season was safe, and filled with opportunities to be with loved ones and share some of the blessings that we all enjoy. 
In this issue, I wanted to highlight the upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. celebration in Blue Springs and recognize the work of some outstanding public servants that have and will continue to provide outstanding City services to our citizens.  Also, if you haven't disposed of your Christmas tree yet, think about disposing of your tree at Pink Hill Park until January 17th.   
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. 

 "There is More Still To Do" - A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.
City Honors Martin Luther King, Jr.A celebration in honor of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held on Sunday, January 17 at 6:00 p.m. at First Christian Church, 701 NW 15th Street in Blue Springs.  Rev. Wallace Hartsfield Sr. will be the focal speaker celebrating the combination of Martin Luther King's message of hope with our own hope for the future. I will also speak at this event as I have in the past before and after becoming Mayor.  The theme for this year's celebration is "There is More Still To Do."  Please join us for this inspiring evening presented by Holy Hill Baptist Church, Capernaum Baptist Church, Grace Unlimited Baptist Church, Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, St John LaLande Catholic Church and First Christian Church.  For more information about this celebration, contact the First Christian Church at 229-8400 or
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Blue Springs Snow RemovalWhile most of us were dreaming of a white Christmas, the City's snow removal team was warming up the snow plows and loading trucks with sand and salt to keep our streets passable and safe.         I have received a number of phone calls and emails from residents expressing their gratitude for a job well done by our snow removal team over the Christmas holiday and past two weeks.  We are proud to say that the City's snow plow drivers have consistently received top honors in the Kansas City American Public Works Association regional "Snow Plow Rodeo" which tests and sharpens skills prior to the snow removal season.  A huge thank you to the Streets, Water, Sewer, Parks, Fleet Maintenance and Engineering crews!

Visit if you would like more information about the snow removal process and to view maps indicating how Blue Springs' streets are prioritized and cleared during the City's snow removal process.  If you have any questions regarding the plowing procedures, contact the Streets Division at (816) 228-0195.   

City's Public Information Officer Leaves for Federal Job Opportunity
 Merideth Parrish, Blue Springs PIO
I wanted to take a moment to once again publicly thank someone who has worked with me over the past two years and provided our great city with a high level of service that I am truly proud of.  Meredith Parrish, the City's Public Information Officer since 2007, resigned her position with the City to take another job opportunity with the Department of Homeland Security/ Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Meredith began her new position as a Regional Public Affairs Specialist this past week. 
Meredith provided an incredibly high level of public information to our citizens and the media, and she will not be easily replaced. We wish Meredith the best of luck in her new role, and want to again thank her for her service to Blue Springs.
Citizen Police Academy Begins Fifth Class 2008-09 Annual City Budget 

The fifth class of the Blue Springs Citizen Police Academy began on January 5, 2010.  Academy members complete a 9-week training course in the "behind the scenes" workings of the Blue Springs Police Department. During the Academy, students are 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, and vehicle stops and building searches. The Fifth Academy class will graduate in a ceremony on March 2, 2010.  Members of the Fifth Academy class are Anthony Candillo, Christine Candillo, Eileen Cooper, Will Cumberford, Gail Echerd, Diane Ellis-Jones, Steve Gerber, Doc Golden, Pam Hamilton, Chris Henning, Tonilynn Jones, Bill Landrum, Sandy Parker, Ronald Parker, Charles Priest, Jeff Quibell, Wanda Quibell, Oscar Renfrow, Roger Stephenson and Ryan Witt.  I encourage all Blue Springs residents interested in learning about the policies, performance and administrative practices of our Blue Springs Department to participate in an upcoming Citizen Police Academy.  For more information about the Citizen Police Academy, contact Sergeant Allen Kintz at (816) 228-0178 or visit the Citizen Police Academy Alumni website at
20th Annual Chipping of the Green Christmas Tree Recyling Program
Chipping of the GreenThe Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department is offering its annual "Chipping of the Green" Christmas Tree Recycling Program for the community. The program runs through Sunday, January 17th, and is free to individual residents that would like to dispose of their used Christmas trees in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Commercial vendors may also participate for a nominal fee.
Residents may take their used tree, with all ornaments, tinsel and plastic wrapping removed, to Pink Hill Park, 2715 Park Road, located just west of 7 Highway, anytime daily from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm. Trees will be accepted for drop-off at the west parking lot, near the Park Maintenance Garage. Following the completion of the program, the trees will be chipped by departmental staff into fertilizer mulch for use with trees and plant beds throughout the park system.
Since 1990 the program has disposed of 25,482 trees.
For further information, contact the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 228-0137.
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
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.