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An Open Letter to All Blue Springs Residents

clock January 30, 2009 15:31 by author Jeff Quibell

I recently received the following letter from the developer of Parkway Place.  It is addressed to the residents of Blue Springs and I provide it here for your viewing.

LtrtoCitizensconcerningParkwayPlaceandParkwayWest.pdf (8.44 mb)

To contact your Mayor and City Council please click on the following link:

http://www.aboutbluesprings.com/page/City-Council-Contact-Info.aspx

The text of the letter follows:

January 27, 2009

To: All Blue Springs Residents

Re: Parkway Place and Parkway West

As many of you may know, Adams Dairy Investors, LLC has been working with the City

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Our leaders need to hear from us

clock January 29, 2009 12:00 by author Jeff Quibell

Jeff2007 I recently received the following message from a subscriber of my newsletter:

“I think your recent actions are an embarrassment to our community and are still part of your vendetta against those who worked to make sure your narrow views of what is important to our community got you beaten by a large majority in the mayoral election. With yur (sic) love of Blue Springs and computer skills it is indeed a tragedy that you don’t focus on the real issues of our city.”

I chose to include the message as a reminder that each of us may have differing viewpoints regarding what is important in our city. My opinion is no more or less important than any other citizen in Blue Springs. For our elected leaders to successfully serve their constituents, we have an obligation to let them know our opinions. This enables them to formulate policies that reflect our common values.

While our representatives will never please everyone, it is their responsibility to accurately represent the majority view. Too often our elected leaders only hear from us when we are unhappy with their decisions. By keeping the lines of communication open, we are able to encourage our leaders to listen and respond objectively to our concerns.

What are the “real issues of our city?” As I contemplated that question, I realized that defining “real issues” is complicated. For a local business owner, the real issue may be how best to promote their business within the confines of the city’s sign ordinance. For a resident, the real issue may be traffic congestion or retail and restaurant options. For a developer, the real issue could be the willingness of the city’s leaders to welcome growth and new development. I certainly don’t have all of the answers, but if there is an issue you would like me to explore in more detail, send me an email at jeffq@cprosinc.com

I have learned that by keeping an open mind, carefully considering what others believe about an issue and comparing comments and opinions, I am better able to see issues from all sides. Intelligent people often disagree on the best course of action. In a plural society, more than one view is not only acceptable, it is encouraged.

The Examiner has a great blog engine as a part of its Web site, www.Examiner.net and my own website, www.AboutBlueSprings.com is specifically setup as an interactive blog site. Please take the time to share your comments on either site. The more we communicate, the easier it will be to come together with a common vision for our community!

I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve our wonderful community.


Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Newsletter

clock January 29, 2009 09:16 by author Jeff Quibell

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Public Meeting Notice: Board of Zoning Adjustment February 11, 2009

clock January 27, 2009 15:22 by author Jeff Quibell

Meeting Notice from Blue Springs City Clerk

City of Blue Springs
903 W Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015
Ph: (816) 228-0110 | Fx: (816) 228-7592 | W: www.bluespringsgov.com

Public Notification of the February 11, 2009 meeting of the
Blue Springs Board of Zoning Adjustment has been posted
to the City's website. 
February 11, 2009
Board of Zoning Adjustment Meeting Notice and Agenda

For questions or more information,
contact the Blue Springs City Clerk at (816) 228-0110.


Planning Commission Meeting Canceled

clock January 26, 2009 15:11 by author Jeff Quibell

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Blue Springs EDC Board Endorses Blue Springs School District Bond Election

clock January 26, 2009 14:18 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation
Blue Springs, Missouri
For Immediate Release
January 26, 2009

Contact Information
Ann Judd, 816-228-0208
www.bluespringsedc.com

From: Lisa Franklin, Chairman

Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation

Brien Starner, President
Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation

Date: January 26, 2009

Subject: Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation Endorses Blue Springs School R4 School District

                 Bond Issue For February 3, 2009 Election

The Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation (EDC) meet for its regular monthly board meeting on January 21st, 2009, and with a quorum of board present they reviewed and voted unanimously to endorse the Blue Springs R-4 School District’s February 3rd bond election concerning a “No Tax Increase” vote.

The EDC board regularly considers matters that are deemed to have a broad or specific impact on Blue Springs which affects the community’s ability to support and sustain investment, redevelopment and growth, and maintain or improve the community’s overall quality of life. The merits of this bond issue were discussed by the EDC board, who voted unanimously to endorse this “No Tax Increase” bond issue. 

The latest census figures show that Blue Spring’s population grew at an annual growth rate last year of 2.0%.  Our current population and future growth trends demonstrate that timely investments in Blue Springs most critical and valued assets are needed, which on February 3rd will include the educational resources and facilities offering our students a safe and productive educational environment.

The EDC board weighed several significant reasons for endorsing the passage of this “No Tax Increase” bond issue. 

  • This bond issue will fund the necessary projects that will increase safety and security, update classrooms and facilities and address projected growth in populations of pre-K through 12 students, which better ensures the delivery of quality education for today and for the future. 
  • The $86.5 million is a “No Tax Increase” bond issue recommended by the Blue Springs R-4 Board of Education following their careful deliberation of the priority needs of the district. The bond issue will fund renovations to both high school facilities, create an additional grade reconfiguration at Cordell-Mason and make renovations to both Thomas Ultican and Chapel Lakes elementary schools, among a host of other necessary capital improvement projects.
  • The $86.5 million no-tax increase bond issue will maintain the district's quality educational programs, meet the ongoing physical needs, improve the classroom environments and maintain appropriate classroom sizes for improved learning.
  • Finally, the Blue Springs EDC Board recognizes that preserving the high quality of the Blue Spring School District’s programming and assets is extremely important to the near and longer-term attraction, retention and expansion of businesses to Greater Blue Springs.
Blue Springs continues to be recognized for its quality of life, excellent schools, and attractive lifestyle choices for its residents. Please show your support for home, business and our future by voting “Yes” to the Blue Springs R-4 School District bond issue which will be held February 3rd, 2009.

Blue Springs Chamber Announces Business of the Year and Business Person of the Year Nominees

clock January 26, 2009 10:31 by author Jeff Quibell

Award Nominees
Congratulations!

Business of the Year Nominees

Tandem Paving
Sonic Drive-Ins
The Fountains at Greenbriar
Village Gardens
Side Pockets
M & I Bank
7 Hwy Chiropractic
Haldex Corporation  
Vital Signs

Business Person of the Year Nominees

David Chinnery
Bill Wrisinger
Christine Smailys
Joe Haney
Christy Gillespie 
Glen Nash
Ben Pettus


Residents speak out on Adams Dairy Parkway - Is the City Council listening?

clock January 24, 2009 11:56 by author Jeff Quibell

DSC04409 As I enjoyed my lunch one day this week in the new Panda Express restaurant, I gazed out toward the new Adams Dairy Landing site in Blue Springs. We are so fortunate to have developments coming to our community after so many years of waiting.

What changed in our processes that allowed these developments to come to fruition? Over the past few years, stagnant policies of the past were modified, roadblocks were identified and eliminated and efficiencies were found to streamline the processes without sacrificing quality. Our city became a more inviting place for investment. The results of those efforts are obvious.

For the past two and a half weeks, the comments and votes of the City Council on Jan. 5 have been a hot topic in Blue Springs. The manipulative vote to deny the necessary, always anticipated financial support for road and traffic improvements surrounding the Parkway Place project have caused many to question the vision and integrity of certain members of our City Council. This project will bring additional restaurants, retail opportunities, and the first new commercial offices to the parkway in more than a decade.

With accusations of misstatements of facts, claims of missing information that clearly was available, and possible Sunshine Law violations, there appears to be a pattern of obstructive behaviors that threaten to bring our progress to a halt.

Many are questioning what benefit these councilmen believe they are bringing to our city. Often as citizens we sit back and watch the theater of city politics play out without getting involved. Our elected officials clearly believe they are representing our interests. Are they representing yours?

On Tuesday, 110 people stood united at the council meeting in support of progress for our community, and their voices were heard. Now is the time for you to join the chorus and let your leaders know your expectations for the future of our community!

Full contact information for your Mayor and City Council can be found at http://www.aboutbluesprings.com/page/City-Council-Contact-Info.aspx.