Into Blue Springs
Personal Leadership Connection
to the final October issue of the Insight
Newsletter, your information headquarters for
timely and adequate news and information about the
current events and developments of Blue Springs.
As we come closer to the season of celebration and
giving thanks, I can't help but reflect on and
become more grateful for the many positive
improvements the city has seen in the past year.
More importantly, it is with great anticipation
that I, like you, continue to look forward to the
many significant improvements to come. We are
certainly growing today for a brighter, more
dynamic future tomorrow.
Annual Mayor's Community Prayer Breakfast - This
year, the words "giving thanks" will have
a very special meaning for the many Vietnam veterans
to be honored at the 2007 annual Mayor's Community
Prayer Breakfast. The Mayor's Community Prayer
Breakfast, held on Friday, November 9, 2007 at 6:30
a.m., is an event sponsored each year by the local
Blue Springs chapter of the Christian Business Men's
Committee in honor of a number of men and women who
either their local communities, or on a national
frontier, in order to enhance the quality of life
for their fellow citizens.
year, in honor of our Vietnam veterans, the Prayer
Breakfast will center on the theme of healing. The
event will take place at the Courtyard Marriott
Hotel and Conference Center at 1500 NE Coronado
Drive, and will feature guest speaker, Debbie Riess-Roam
Ms. Roam will be sharing a testimony of personal
healing and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US
Army for Human Resources, Mr. John P. McLaurin III
(left), will also be addressing our Vietnam
Veterans, and assisting me to award each of them a
specially-made Mayoral Medal of Valor.
are $15.00 per person and may be purchased by
contacting Mr. Dale Walkup of the Christian
Business Men's Committee at 816.589.3975.
Add Water Pool Feasiblity Study -
Tuesday evening, citizens from throughout the Blue
Springs area gathered at the Howard B. Brown Public
Safety Building to provide their input in the city's
2007 pool feasibility study. The study which is
being conducted by the Blue Springs Parks and
Recreation Department, is designed to gather
information on how residents feel about a number of
aquatics facilities issues including:
city's current indoor and outdoor aquatic
opportunity or need to consider possible
renovations or the building of new, expanded
importance of site location, facility features
and program offerings with today's
multi-functional aquatic facility
encourage citizens to join fellow residents in
discussing these issues and more at the next
public forum event to be held on Tuesday, November
13th from 7-9 p.m. The meeting will be
held once again at the Police Department's Public
Safety Building at 1100 Smith Street. Guests
attending the event will receive a free single-day
pool pass and will also be entered into a raffle
drawing for a Summer Season Family Pass to be
awarded at the end of the study.
Family Supports Blue Springs K-9 Unit -
of us may have experienced the feelings that come
with the loss of a close relative or loved one. It
takes a special person or people, however, to turn
into concern and compassion for others, and that's
just what members of the Owens' family have done
for our Blue Springs Police Department.
Wednesday October 17th, members of the
media and the public were given the opportunity
to meet and speak with Mr. Clifford and Mrs.
Jackie Owens of Blue Springs, who have made a
significant contribution in the amount of
$2,000.00 toward the Blue Springs Police
Unit, in honor of their son. The Owens' family
tragically lost their son several years ago after
he walked out of his home in Blue Springs and was
found approximately one year later deceased. As a
result of the incident, Jackie Owens chose to
establish a special funds program to help support
and expand the Police Department's K-9 Unit.
Currently, the Department has one K-9, Urich
am encouraged and equally touched by the selfless
gift of the Owens' family to support the
public safety of our residents in Blue Springs.
Those of you wanting to join the Owens' family by
making a contribution to the Owens' K-9 support
fund may contact Sergeant Don Rapp of the K-9 Unit
or by calling 816.228.0150.
you unable to attend the last City Council Meeting?
Want to find out what you missed? Now you and your
family are able to watch City Council and Planning
Commission meetings live from the comfort
of your own home.
Tune into the city's Government Access Channel,
CTV 7, which is broadcast on Comcast Cable Channel
7. City Council meetings are held every 1st and
3rd Monday of the month and Planning Commission
meetings are held on alternate weeks, every 2nd
and 4th Monday of the month.
Meetings are also available for viewing on the
city's web site at www.bluespringsgov.com
and are archived on the site for three months.
Meetings are rebroadcast on CTV 7 regularly.
Be sure to stay informed, and keep connected with
the current news and information of Blue Springs!
Homes Unveiled at Chapman Farms -
one of the areas experiencing the greatest change in
Blue Springs and Eastern Jackson County, the South
Development Area of Blue Springs, specifically the
residential land area known as Chapman Farms, is
quickly becoming an area of citizen destination.
Last Friday, October 19th, several members of City
Council, Blue Springs staff, development and
business communities attended a private showing of
the new homes at Chapman Farms located off of South
7 Highway and SW 2nd Street. The private showing was
sponsored by Green Development & Consulting,
Inc. who provided guests with an up close and
personal tour of the homes, one of which was a 2007 Parade
of Homes Contestant.
of a Good "Deal" are everywhere! -
the last issue of Insight, I pointed out
how we can now see the many signs of positive
development, progress and growth
around the retail areas of South 7 Highway. The new
Goodwill, former Wal-Mart space, had its grand
opening on Saturday, October 13th, and its
neighboring retailer, Deals, is on its way.
Deals, which is an extension of the
national Dollar Tree chain, is in the
process of occupying the final space of the former
Wal-Mart building, and is scheduled to open in early
and Upcoming Events
Springs" Harvest Fest & Trick-or-Treat
As a final note, remember this weekend, dozens of
eager treat-seeking children will venture down Main
street to visit several downtown businesses, outdoor
booths, inflatables and games as part of the annual Boo
Springs Harvest Fest. The Fest is on
Saturday, October 27th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
and is free and open to the public. Boo Springs is
sponsored by the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce,
Parks and Recreation and the Blue Springs Main
Center Redevelopment Corp.
sure to bring the children out once again, on
October 31st, Halloween night for a fun,
safe Halloween alternative at Vesper Hall on 400 NW
Vesper St. Trick-or-Treat
Street takes place form 6-7:30 p.m. and is
sponsored by Blue Springs Sunset Optimists and the
Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department. This
event is also free, and is open to children ages 10