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February 1, 2008

 Insight Into Blue Springs


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Greetings!

Welcome to February's first issue of the Insight newsletter, a publication that brings both need-to-know information and the latest Blue Springs city government news together. Last month brought many things to our City including significant movement on a major retail development project, Council progress in action on important issues that affect residents' quality of life, and of course, cold Winter weather! Nevertheless, the City remains on its course of positive momentum. I encourage you to join myself and the Council in support of the many new opportunities this course will bring.

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In This Issue
Second Reading of City Smoking Ordinance
Honoring the Memory of a Leader
Citizens Honored at Annual Chamber Banquet
Support for our Local Service Men and Women
City Government Channel CTV-7
Progress is evident at Adams Dairy Landing
Don't Forget to Vote
 
Second Reading of City Smoking Ordinance

 

At the last City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 22, city staff presented an ordinance amending the current smoking regulations as defined in the City's Municipal Code. If adopted by the City Council, this ordinance will contain stronger restrictions on the practice of smoking throughout various areas and establishments within the City.

 

The proposed ordinance was approved by the City Council during its first reading last Tuesday, and will be presented to Council once again, on Monday, February 4. Should the ordinance be approved during its second reading before the Council, the enforcement of the revised smoking regulations for the City would begin on May 1, 2008.

 

We have heard from a number of residents regarding this issue, letting us know how important it is to the people in our community. The City Council and I would like to thank everyone for their input and their continued interest in quality of life issues that affect our City. I encourage all of our residents to visit the City's website at www.bluespringsgov.com to view the full ordinance proposed by Council, directing any questions or concerns about the ordinance to your respective City Council leaders.

Honoring the Memory of a Leader
Martin Luther King Jr.

Last week, several Blue Springs residents, visitors and neighboring church members gathered to honor the memory of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. at First Christian Church in Blue Springs, Missouri. This year marked the fourth year a number of Blue Spring churches assembled to sponsor the event, recognizing the significance of the words and work of the late Martin Luther King Jr. I had the privilege of attending the event on behalf of the City, offering welcoming remarks and my reflections on the importance of equality and opportunity in our country and our city. It was certainly a warming experience to be among so many people who shared similar values of community closeness and cooperation.

Citizens Honored at Annual Chamber Banquet

 

Emagrace Colley, 2007 Outstanding Citizen of the YearLast week brought a number of special occasions to our city including the 2008 Annual Chamber banquet hosted by the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce. Each year, the Chamber holds its annual banquet to celebrate its organizational achievements from the previous year, and present its goals for performance and service excellence for the year the come. A special 'congratulations' is due to the following honorees from this year's recognition celebration: 

 

  • Emagrace Colley: 2007 Outstanding Citizen of the Year
  • Christy Gillespie: 2007 Chamber Connector of the Year
  • Carolyn Pittsenbarger: 2007 Connector Recruiter of the Year
  • Judy Qualkinbush: 2007 Business Person of the Year
  • St. Mary's Medical Center: 2007 Outstanding Business of the Year

 Additional nominees for the 2007 Outstanding Citizen of the Year award included:

  • Ralph How, Blue Springs Parks and Recreation
  • Chris Hennings, Community Services League
  • Mary Potter, Chapter 428, Order of the Eastern Star
  • Virginia Krueger, Blue Springs Art League

Again, congratulations to you all for being recognized for your continued service and commitment to our city.

Support for our Local Service Men and Women

 

For the last few issues of the Insight newsletter, I have shared information about the many opportunities the City has taken to recognize the men and women who have served and are currently serving our country in the armed forces. Many of these men and women are members of families who have special needs during times of war, when one or more members of the family may be away serving in battle. I occasionally receive requests from the family members of soldiers and even the soldiers themselves who are in need of care packages for either themselves or their families while they are away.

 

One such solider, Mr. Britt Weir, Operations Clerk for the US Army, is a Blue Springs native, currently serving in Iraq. Mr. Weir writes that he and his fellow soldiers are in much need of "a little piece of home" and could really benefit from a local care package program that may be available to his platoon.

 

Should you desire to get involved and support Mr. Weir and many soldiers and families like Mr. Weir, please contact Merideth Parrish, Public Information Officer for the City of Blue Springs at mparrish@bluespringsgov.com or call 816-228-0110 for more information. Your considerations of such a small token will quickly generate the appreciation of so many.

 

City Government Channel CTV-7 Improved for Citizen Viewing

 

CTV 7You may have noticed from the last City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 22, that Comcast Cable Channel 7, also known as CTV-7 experienced a few issues during the meeting related to sound quality. Like many technology-based systems, oftentimes errors and equipment glitches can occur without forewarning, and can be beyond the City's control. Residents can rest assured, however, the City's Information Services Department and City Communications division are working more diligently to alleviate these problems in the future and have created a new testing procedure for equipment used to broadcast all city meetings, prior to each meeting. The full broadcast of the January 22 City Council meeting is now available online, with sound at: http://www.bluespringsgov.com/Administration/CTV7/Council.htm.
Progress is evident at Adams Dairy Landing
Ariel view of Adams Dairy Landing site

Even though blankets of snow lace the landscape of dirt at the Adams Dairy Landing retail development site, you can't help but notice the great amount of movement and progress taking place. As the massive cranes and loaded MACK trucks move in and out of the area, you can almost start to visualize what a significant retail development project this will be for our City. I applaud the staff and contractors of RED Development who are leading the charge on this project, despite the cold and snow that continues to come. It won't be long before ground is leveled and building frames start to emerge. What a great time for Blue Springs!

Don't Forget to Vote!
Vote!As a final reminder, I encourage all citizens to get out and vote on Tuesday, February 5, 2008 for the Presidential Preference Primary Election. For more information about Tuesday's elections or voting locations in Blue Springs, visit the Jackson County Election Board at
 

Your Servant,

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