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January 11, 2008

 Insight Into Blue Springs

Your Personal Leadership Connection


With the month of January comes a New Year, a season of new opportunities and a chance to create some new visions of how we can continue to revitalize and improve the City of Blue Springs. Welcome to 2008's first issue of the Insight newsletter, an electronic publication designed to meet your City information and current events needs. This issue will feature some of the organizational successes taking place both in and around the City including:

         Highlights from the 2006-2007 Citizen Survey results

         Achievements presented in the EDC's quarterly report

         Upcoming priorities facing the City Council to be discussed at an important City Council Work Session on Saturday, January 12.

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In This Issue
R.D. Mize Road Closure
City Council Work Session
EDC Quarterly Update
Citizen Survey Results
Veterans Honored by Mayor and City Council
Pay Your Water Bill Online
Road Closure of R.D. Mize through Spring 2008

R.D. Mize Road ClosureThursday, January 10 marked the beginning of the extended road closure of R.D. Mize Road, east of Adams Dairy Parkway to all traffic. The road closure will take place through spring 2008. The roadway will be reconstructed and brought up to City standards in preparation of the Adams Dairy Landing retail development. This project, which involves a large amount of excavation, has been coordinated with all local business and utility companies utilizing this stretch of R.D. Mize, making for minimal impact to you, our residents. Commuter access to the Adams Pointe Golf Course can be made by taking Coronado Drive on to Cortez Circle, passing through the Courtyard by the Marriott Hotel parking lot. For additional information regarding the road closure, contact Jeff Sell, Assistant Director of Public Works at 816-228-0121.

City Council Work Session
Tomorrow, January 12, the City Council will convene at the Public Safety Building Multipurpose Room (1100 Smith Street) to hold an important work session to discuss a number of issues and priorities for the City and its residents. The work session will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and is open to the public. Some of the items to be discussed at tomorrow's work session include: the downtown development code, Blue Springs growth opportunities, and examination of smoking ordinances and policies. For the complete work session agenda, visit www.bluespringsgov.com.
EDC presents Quarterly Update to Council


EDC logoThe first City Council meeting of 2008 included a number of presentations and reports, including the quarterly status report made by William Esry, presiding Chair of the City's Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Board of Directors. In his report, Mr. Esry described the positive momentum and business development taking place at the EDC, and how the organization's mission to Lead, Initiate new ideas, Facilitate consensus, and Educate the masses has helped create new LIFE and new direction in the City of Blue Springs. My many thanks to Mr. Esry and the entire EDC staff for their hard work and commitment to making this organization so successful.

2006-2007 Citizen Survey Results


Also presented at Monday's Council meeting, Blue Springs City Survey Administrator Chris Tatham with ETC, Inc. indicated this year's survey results to show significant improvements in certain areas of City service, where before positive results were lacking. At the top of the City's list for resident satisfaction were: performance and quality of parks facilities (81%), the quality of water/sewer utilities (74%), the quality of City Communications through pieces like the Blue Springs Magazine (80%) and the quality of the Police Department (72%). While the City has a number of areas where success and support for services is growing, the survey also provided a substantial indication of where program focus, vision and positive direction are also needed. Both City Council and City staff will continue to research information around the survey results, and will work to develop strategic plans of action to address some of these very important citizen and city government service areas. To view the full report of the 2006-2007 Citizen Survey results visit www.bluespringsgov.com.


Veterans Honored by Mayor and City Council


Veterans Honored by CouncilAt the opening of Monday's City Council meeting, I along with the members of City Council recognized our Blue Springs Vietnam Veterans with special "Freedom Team Salute" certificates and pins for their time of service to our nation in times of war. It was certainly an honor to see so many returning faces that were initially honored at the Mayor's Community Prayer Breakfast last year, to return for an even higher commendation on behalf of the US Army. I would like to especially thank Mr. Warren Parker once again, for helping to coordinate these momentous awards and for considering such an important group of Blue Springs citizens to bestow this honor upon.

System Upgrades Complete: Online Utility Bill Pay Now Available!
Pay Your Water Bill Online!Residents wanting to pay their water and sewer utility bills online over the holidays may have found that the online payment system through the City's website was unavailable. Good news, the scheduled upgrades to the City's new utility bill payment system have been completed, and the system is now available for residents to use online. Residents can go to www.bluespringsgov.com and look for the link that reads: System Upgrades Complete: Pay Your Water Bill Online where they will be directed to the utility payment system. Payments can also be made in person at the Water Department located in City Hall during regular business hours.
New Blue Springs Website Launches February 2008!
New Blue Springs Website Coming Soon!You may have heard by now, the City is on the verge of entering a world of improved technology and information communication, as it prepares to launch its new website in February. Last September, City Council approved a contract to upgrade the City's website, which will ultimately help to increase the functionality of the website while providing residents and visitors with increased access to government information. The new site will include many enhanced features currently not available online as well as many of the wonderful features the City currently has including:
  • Web casting of City meetings
  • Continued access to online utility bill pay
  • Continued access to Council and Planning Commission agendas and minutes
  • Ability for site users to sign up for e-mailing lists and notifications from various departments to ensure users are up-to-date on City events and information.

For questions and additional information about the City website, contact the City Communications division at 816-655-0497.


Your Servant,

Steve Steiner, Blue Springs Mayor
City of Blue Springs,
ssteiner@bluespringsgov.com - 816.228.0110
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