News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

There is nothing like a little Family Feud

clock April 22, 2009 20:19 by author Jeff Quibell

Today the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce hosted a little Family Feud at their annual Administrative Assistant Luncheon.  The "A-Team" (Administrative Assistants) squared off against the "B-Team" (Bosses) in a battle to figure out the most common answer to a boat load of questions.  In the end the "A-Team" won and generated close to $1000 for the Standup Dental Program for Children.  There is nothing like a little feuding to help our local charities.  You can find more pictures at: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2021569&id=1405337531&l=86cd12f45f 


Blue Springs Honors American Idol David Cook with a City Limit Sign

clock April 22, 2009 20:00 by author Jeff Quibell

P1010003P1010007 Mayor Carson Ross presented Season 7 American Idol winner, David Cook with a replicated version of Blue Springs city limit signs designating Blue Springs, Missouri as the “Hometown of David Cook, American Idol 2008”

Since David was not able to be present for the actual installation of the signs along I-70 in Blue Springs, the City has teamed up with the David Cook’s management group, 19entertainment to present him with a replica of the signs, which have been installed along both the east-bound and west-bound roadways of I-70 at Blue Springs city limits.

See more pictures at: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2021565&id=1405337531&l=6927eda26e


Community Services League Outpouring of Hope will be April 24, 2009

clock April 22, 2009 19:22 by author Jeff Quibell

image_thumbThe Outpouring of Hope is one of the two largest fund raisers for Community Services League each year. Last year the event drew over 275 people. The event will be held at Adams Pointe Conference Center from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM on Friday, April 24th.  The cost is $60 per person in advance and $65 at the door.  This year we are offering a free ticket to anyone that donates a bottle of wine with a current value of at least $100 to the silent auction.  The event provides the opportunity for participants to taste over 100 wines including premium wines, sample food from 10 local restaurants and participate in a raffle for a weekend for 2 to Napa Valley.  In addition, we will have a large selection of commercially and privately produced beers and a silent auction.   We are also offering a private wine and food pairing opportunity during the larger event presented by award winning chef, Charles DaBlaing for an additional $40 per person.  Reservations are limited to the wine and food pairing so sign up today.  Please contact Marge McAdams at 816-254-4100  for additional information.

Shhh, don't tell anyone else!  For those of you who don't get your advanced tickets and still want get the advance price, all you have to do is show up and tell them at the door that I sent you and your tickets will still be $60!

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Remember Magic with the Mayor? Now there is Magic with the Professor!

clock April 22, 2009 19:21 by author Jeff Quibell

Dear Friends & Family,

As most of you know, during my tenure as the mayor of Blue Springs, I pulled out some of my old magic tricks and I became actively involved with the local magic organization in the Kansas City area.  This spring I am producing two great magic shows as fund-raisers for our club that will feature some of the best professional and amateur magicians in the area.  One show will take place on Saturday, May 2nd in Oak Grove, Missouri and the other one will occur in Richmond, Missouri on the following Saturday, May 9th.  Both two-hour shows begin at 7:00 pm.

Both shows will feature a variety of family entertainment that will include comedy, large stage illusions, audience participation, and much more.  All of the seats in the Oak Grove show are reserved and can be purchased for as little as $10 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under.  To get this price and reserve your tickets you will need to call 816-224-8259 and ask for the “Sonic” discount when you call for your tickets. 

The show in Richmond on May 9th is being presented as a co-fundraiser with the Farris Theatre.  All seats are $10 and can be ordered by going to the theatre’s website:  farristheatre.com .

Here is the promotional flyer of the upcoming show in Oak Grove.  I look forward to seeing you at one of the shows!

Thanks

Steve Steiner

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Take time to set the record straight

clock April 22, 2009 19:21 by author Jeff Quibell

DSC04411 Over the predictable objections of Councilmen Ron Fowler and Sheila Solon, who represent the residents of southern Blue Springs in District 3, the City Council voted 4-2 to continue to advance the Adams Dairy Landing project.

RED Development asked the council to consider allowing the issuance of bonds to pay for the street improvements earlier than originally anticipated and to allow the bond underwriters to consider the city’s credit rating when selling the bonds. It should be noted that this isn’t without risk, but city staff worked very conscientiously to mitigate that risk and put multiple layers of protection into the plan should sales tax revenue decline further.

While I doubt anyone was surprised by the comments of the various councilmen, given the history of this project, I was baffled by Councilman Solon’s comments as she read from a script. As I watched the meeting on the city Web site – http://tinyurl.com/bscouncil – I observed Councilman Solon tracing each word in her statement with her finger as she stated her opposition to the proposal. You might ask, what is wrong with that? It shows that she is prepared when she comes to the meeting.

Councilman Solon has long been praised by some of her constituents for coming to meetings well prepared. However, Dan Lowe, president of RED Development, was so surprised by her misstatements that he reapproached the podium and said to her, “In my opinion your comments may be a bit half-baked and certainly aren’t on target.” He went on to outline point by point the inaccuracies she was using to justify her vote. Based on the information provided in the meeting, Mr. Lowe was right on target with his comments.

The concern in this situation, as I see it, is that by pre-determining her position and writing her statement before hearing the full presentation, Councilman Solon’s statement no longer reflected the facts, making her position on the issue look arbitrary. This is the kind of behavior that results in lawsuits and wastes taxpayer money, as recently occurred on the Parkway West project. This is not a new behavior with Councilman Solon, as misstatements and a failure to follow the city attorney’s advice almost resulted in her removal from the Planning Commission several years ago.

In the end, the calm voice of reason was Councilman Kent Edmondson. He did an excellent job of describing the risks and benefits that the council was considering, and showed that he carefully, and without prior prejudice, weighed risk versus reward. His thorough evaluation indicated that the benefits far outweighed the risks in considering this resolution. In the end the council made the right decision to keep the project moving forward.


Blue Springs Hazardous Waste Recycling Event a Big Success

clock April 20, 2009 09:19 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Hazardous Waste Recycling 2009 006 Blue Springs' Saturday recycling event was a big success.  The line wound its way through Pink Hill Park past James Lewis Elementary and down 7 Highway to the Library.  Pictures can be found at http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2021355&id=1405337531&l=bf512cd50b

In the picture is one citizen helping another when they had to leave to go to their children's ball game.  It is always great when we work together to accomplish a goal.


Blue Springs City Council Mayor Pro Tempore election on April 20

clock April 19, 2009 11:58 by author Jeff Quibell

Jeff2007 The Blue Springs City Council will elect its Mayor Pro Tempore at the April 20 City Council Meeting.  The position of Mayor Pro Tempore is defined by the city charter as follows:

"The City Council shall elect annually from among its members a mayor pro tempore. The Mayor Pro Tempore shall assume the powers and duties of the Mayor during the absence or disability of the Mayor and, if a vacancy occurs, shall become Mayor until the next regular municipal election. The election shall occur in accordance with the election laws of the State of Missouri."

Time is short, contact your City Council members to give them your guidance as to who you believe should represent our city as Mayor Pro Tempore.  Contact information for your city council can be found at http://tinyurl.com/bscontact.

You can watch the council meeting starting at 6:30pm on Monday April 20, 2009 on Comcast Channel 7 or on the internet at http://tinyurl.com/bscouncil.


Don't miss the Blue Springs Rotary Car Raffle!

clock April 18, 2009 08:00 by author Jeff Quibell

clip_image002The first time I attended the Blue Springs Rotary Car Raffle I had no idea what to expect. What I found was an exciting evening of great food, community fellowship, and an opportunity to win a new car.

The car raffle is Blue Springs Rotary’s premier fund raising event of the year. The money raised goes directly back into the community in the form of grants to Rainbow Center, Hope House, Community Services League, The School of Economics, YMCA, and many other projects and organizations. For example, the club recently donated $6,500 towards the development of the new Disc Golf Park at Young Park. Over the years the club has donated $100,000 towards the development of Rotary Park at Railroad Lake.

clip_image004If you have ever taken your children to the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Rotary Park, you will have seen the club members assisting the Easter Bunny putting out eggs and candy for the kids to find. The list goes on and on, suffice it to say that Blue Springs Rotary is an organization that is deeply rooted in Blue Springs and worthy to support.

On April 18, 2009 the Blue Springs Rotary Club will hold its 18th Annual Car Raffle. The event will be at Adams Dairy Conference Center starting at 6pm. A single ticket comes with dinner for two, a chance to win a car, and costs $120. A second chance at winning the car can be bought for an additional $30, bringing the ticket price to $150.

[It is too late now to purchase your tickets in advance.  Just show up at the door to make your purchase, there are 50 tickets left as of April 18, 2009 at 9am when this article was updated!  Please let them know Jeff Quibell sent you!] 

To buy your ticket to the Raffle contact Jeff Quibell at 816-224-2890 or print the flyer off of my web site at http://tinyurl.com/bsrcarraffle and deliver it along with your check for $150 made out to Blue Springs Rotary, 1200 NW South Outer Road, Blue Springs, MO, 64015.

Only 375 tickets will be sold so don’t miss this exciting event. Wanda and I will be there and we look forward to you joining us for all the fun and excitement!


Next Household Hazardous Waste Recycling on Saturday April 18, 2009

clock April 17, 2009 11:57 by author Jeff Quibell

Household Hazardous Waste Recycling

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Household Hazardous Waste 2009 Events

clip_image004The 2009 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) events are quickly approaching. The Blue Springs HHW event will be held April 18, 2009 (8am – noon) at Pink Hill Park. We are in need of approximately 15 volunteers. Breakfast, snacks and a light lunch are provided for volunteers. Volunteers must be age 18 or over to help with unloading cars. Please call 816-220-4504 to sign up to volunteer or if you have any questions.

The Blue Springs event is a full HHW event. This means that the following items will be accepted: automotive products, antifreeze, batteries, CFL light bulbs, fertilizers, flammables, fuels, hazardous cleaners, hazardous liquids, household cleaners, lawn & garden products, paint, pesticides, photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, solvents, thinners, and used oil.

Blue Springs residents can attend any mobile event or either of the two permanent drop-off facilities in Kansas City or Lees Summit. The event dates, locations and times are listed below. Any event that includes the initials ABOP in parenthesis means that only Antifreeze Batteries, motor Oil and Paint are accepted. Please bring an ID with proof of residency.

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April 4: Independence 9 am–1 pm

April 18: Blue Springs 8 am–Noon

May 16: Harrisonville 8 am–Noon

May 30: Lone Jack (ABOP) 8–11 am

June 6: Gladstone (ABOP) 8 am–Noon

June 27: Grain Valley (ABOP) 8–11 am

August 1: Belton 8 am–Noon

August 15: Platte County 8 am–Noon

September 12: Cass County (ABOP) 8 am–Noon

September 26: Kearney (ABOP) 8 am–Noon

October 10: Riverside 8–11 am

October 24: Liberty 8 am–Noon

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Dropping off materials at a regional drop-off facility helps avoid waiting in line at events. Be sure to call and schedule an appointment if you plan to go to a drop-off facility:

  • The Kansas City HHW Facility is located at 4707 Deramus (just south of the Chouteau Bridge in the east river bottoms) 816/784-2080. They are open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Appointments are required.
  • The Lee’s Summit HHW Facility is located at 2101 SE Hamblin Rd. (at the Lee’s Summit Resource Recovery Park) 816/969-1805. Appointment required. Open on first Saturday of the month, 7 a.m.–Noon; third Wednesday of each month, year round, 2–6:30 p.m. (paint only on Wednesdays). 100-pound limit per visit.

A brochure listing information about the Household Hazardous Waste Program is available online at http://www.marc.org/Environment/SolidWaste/pdfs/hhw_brochure.pdf


Up close on a shift with the police

clock April 17, 2009 11:45 by author Jeff Quibell

DSC04394 Public safety is an important part of the services that a city provides. In Blue Springs we are fortunate to have a great police department whose members care deeply about the safety of our citizens. Early in my service as a council member, the mayor suggested I participate in several ride-along opportunities to learn more about how our officers serve our community.

Riding with a police officer during a shift was an eye-opening experience. When we weren’t responding to calls, we were traveling through the neighborhoods looking for anything that was out of place or might indicate a problem.

Our first call for help came relatively quickly, a domestic violence complaint. When we arrived, with the officer’s permission, I stepped out of the car and immediately heard someone call out my name. One of the witnesses happened to be a customer of mine. Imagine my surprise that I would know someone at the scene of the incident. The officer handled the situation professionally and compassionately, and we returned to patrolling the neighborhoods. I was impressed with how many neighborhoods could be covered by a single officer on a shift.

The city now has a Citizens’ Police Academy that gives each of us the opportunity to learn more about our Police Department. Experiencing how they protect us will enable our citizens to be more effective in working with our police to prevent crime. Wanda and I have signed up for the next available academy class. There is a waiting list for September; if no spots open up, we will be participating next January.

At Mayor Ross’ urging, most of our City Council members have already participated or signed up for a class. I want to compliment Council Members Reed, Shaver, Lauer and Edmondson for responding to the mayor’s call to participate in the academy, as well as the mayor and his wife. Hopefully the remainder of the council will participate soon as well. Our police deserve the active involvement of our elected leaders. The Citizens Academy is a great way to show support, improve communication and increase understanding of the department’s needs in the future.

I would encourage each of you to participate in the academy as well.  By learning more about how our police department functions and provides protection for each of us, we can help them keep our city a safe place to live, work, and raise our families!