News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

City Council Holds Annual Budget Work Session

clock August 12, 2008 19:34 by author Jeff Quibell
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On Wednesday, August 13, 2008, the Blue Springs City Council will hold its annual budget work session for the 2008-2009 budget year.  The meeting will be held at 6pm downtown in the Howard Brown Public Safety Building in the Council Chambers.  The meeting is open to the public.  The official public meeting notice can be read on the city's web site at http://www.bluespringsgov.com/CurrentEvents.asp?EID=441

Unlike city council meetings, work sessions are not televised.  Hopefully the city will eventually include these meetings in the web and television broadcasts at some point in the future.  Until then, if you have an interest in observing the process of working through the budget, you must attend the meeting in person.


4-H Exchange Student Visits Blue Springs

clock August 12, 2008 19:20 by author Jeff Quibell

Kosuke Tokunaga, a Japanese 4-H exchange student is visiting with the Alter family for three weeks. Click the following link to see the July 24, 2008 Blue Springs Examiner story: http://www.examiner.net/archive/x390638242/Far-from-home. Besides touring and becoming a member of the Blue Springs community, Kosuke has been traveling to other areas of the Metro. He attended the First Friday Art Fest, in Kansas City, attended his first Major league baseball game at Kauffman stadium. Toured Lake Tapawingo, visited city hall. Kosuke has enjoyed the rural areas in north central Missouri. He experienced the Amish country store. Toured the Chillicothe Iron and Steel Company. "It is quite breath taking to see so much corn, soybeans and cattle," Kosuke states. "The food is so plentiful here in Missouri."

To view information about Missouri 4-H's Global Eduction program go to the following link: http://4h.missouri.edu/programs/globaled/

Missouri 4-H's main website can be viewed at: http://4h.missouri.edu/


Multi-Family Task Force - Sixth Meeting Video

clock August 10, 2008 17:38 by author Jeff Quibell

Following are links to the Sixth multi-family task force meeting videos. If the video links are not visible click more to bring up the full article. More...


Old Kinney Shoe Store being Demolished

clock August 10, 2008 09:56 by author Jeff Quibell

Kenny Shoe Store Demolition 002 In 1968 Kinney Shoes constructed a shoe store at the corner of Highway 7 and R.D. Mize Road in Blue Springs.  Kinney Shoes was a subsidiary of F.W. Woolworth Company.  In 1998 Woolworth decided to close all Kinney Shoe stores nationwide.  Although other companies have occupied the store over the years, it has sat empty off and on much of the last decade.

If you drive by the site of the store today, you will notice that this blighted building it is being demolished to allow for the completion of the Copperleaf Village project.  This effort has been two years in the making and it is exciting to know that this block of Highway 7 will now be fully redeveloped.

Source information for this article regarding Kinney Shoes can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinney_Shoes.


Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Bond and Sales Tax Issues

clock August 6, 2008 16:37 by author Jeff Quibell

On August 5, 2008 the voters of Blue Springs and the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District approved three “no tax increase” bond issues and one “sales tax” issue. 

The fire district’s sales tax issue passed by an overwhelming 73% majority, in spite of the public opposition from Mayor Ross and Councilmen Fowler, Solon, and Shaver.  Let us hope that those who expressed opposition to this issue will respect the will of the voters and work together with our fire district for the good of the community. 

I want to personally thank our fire fighters for visiting over 6,800 homes to advocate for all four issues and to answer questions from our citizens.  We are truly blessed in Blue Springs to have firefighters willing to risk their lives every day for our safety and still take their personal time to visit so many homes to get the word out about these important issues.

Information about the election issues is available at http://www.aboutbluesprings.com/category/Elections.aspx.

You should always feel free to contact your elected officials about this or any issue regarding your city and to let them know your opinion on issues they are considering. Following is a link to complete contact information for our Mayor and Council Members: http://www.aboutbluesprings.com/page/City-Council-Contact-Info.aspx.

You can also add your comments to this post by clicking on the Comments link below.


Night Out Against Crime Pictures

clock August 6, 2008 15:57 by author Jeff Quibell

Click on more to see pictures from the Blue Springs 10th Annual National Night Out Against Crime! More...


Property Maintenance Code Enacted

clock August 5, 2008 14:50 by author Jeff Quibell

image At the August 4th, 2008 council meeting, the City Council approved a new property maintenance code to improve the quality of exterior building maintenance in our city.  Unfortunately the council did not provide staff to enforce the new code even though funding was available to do so.  If you have thoughts on this important issue please leave your comments by clicking on the comments link below.  Also you should always feel free to let your elected officials know how you feel about issues that are important to you.  Contact information for the Mayor and City Council is available at http://www.aboutbluesprings.com/page/City-Council-Contact-Info.aspx.  A Webcast of the council meeting is available at mms://streaming.premierstudios.com/cityofbluesprings_vod/videos/cc/cc20080804.wmv.

I would like to compliment The Examiner on their coverage of the August 4th, 2008 council meeting.  They were right on target in their observation that no new code inspector would be hired to respond to the calls generated by the new ordinance.
 
As many of you know, I worked on this ordinance with city staff for two and a half years before leaving office in April.  Councilmen Fowler, Solon, Shaver, and Reed are aware from prior Property Maintenance Committee presentations that there will be significant increases in the number of calls based on the experience of our neighboring cities.  What benefit will our citizens actually receive with the ordinance in effect, but without the necessary resources for its successful implementation?

Our elected officials often do not receive praise for their accomplishments and it is easy for us, as citizens, to criticize without all the facts.  I am thankful to see this much needed ordinance passed.  However, I believe our citizens will only be pleased with the results when our council provides the resources to fully support the implementation.


Redevelopment of Hotels Along I-70

clock August 4, 2008 22:19 by author Jeff Quibell

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Many of our residents will be pleased to learn that improvements are in the works near the Woods Chapel/I-70 interchange.   H&S Hotel Partnership has purchased the Super 8 next to Harley Davidson on Jefferson Street along Interstate 70 as well as the three hotel buildings at the west end of Jefferson Street near Woods Chapel.

The goal of the new owners is to help make the Woods Chapel exit and the strip along Jefferson Street more attractive to travelers and the residents of Blue Springs.  Security has been boosted and the clientele will be better screened.

The Super 8 Hotel has been refurbished with new furniture, carpeting, drapes, beds, and bedding.  Corporate Extended Stays will be finished and ready for tours on September 1st, 2008.  The Nights Inn & Suites has been remodeled with clean new furnishings, beds, and carpet.  20 Kitchenettes have been added for extended stays.

The oldest building, which long time residents may remember as the old Interstate 8 from the 1970’s, will be totally demolished and replaced with a modern LaQuinta Inn & Suites.  This new facility is scheduled to open in March 1st, 2009.


Multi-Family Task Force - Fifth Meeting Video

clock August 4, 2008 21:15 by author Jeff Quibell

Following are links to the fifth multi-family task force meeting videos. If the video links are not visible click more to bring up the full article. More...