News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Rainbow Center Hosts 1st Annual Colours of the Rainbow Garden Tour on June 6

clock May 31, 2009 18:47 by author Jeff Quibell

Six area gardens will be featured on the June 6  Rainbow Center's first annual tour, "Colours of the Rainbow". The gardens, some of them have never been open to the public before, will also have outdoor living experiences such as demonstrations and tablescapes. The gardens open at 10 am and will close at 4 pm. Advanced tickets are $12 and the day of the tour at the sites $15. Tickets are now available at the Rainbow Center and Colonial Nursery. For more information call 229-3869 or visit http://www.rainbow-center.org/newsEvents/events.aspx#garden.

Proceeds will benefit the Rainbow Center.

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City needs a broader discussion

clock May 21, 2009 02:07 by author Jeff Quibell

Shrine Parade and Homecoming 001 This past weekend, I joined other local Shriners at the American Legion parking lot to sell Vidalia onions to help support both our local Shrine Club and the Ararat Shrine.

As I talked with friends from Blue Springs, the topic turned to the opportunities for progress in our city. We discussed how we don’t always agree on the best ways to achieve that progress, and yet we are able to talk about our differing ideas and viewpoints respectfully. We often find common ground on issues and yet have spirited debate when we disagree. I’ve often heard that the best decisions are made when intelligent people disagree, and through discussion and compromise arrive at mutual agreement.

Our discussion this past weekend turned to the ways in which our City Council conducts the city’s business. Anyone who has watched a Blue Springs City Council meeting would agree that our elected leaders have strong opinions. But most of the dialog in the meetings is not really a discussion as much as they are statements of position. Unfortunately, it is rare when actual discussion occurs between our council members, with each one listening to the others and formulating their opinion based on that discussion and the facts presented.

In a recent speech regarding a controversial issue, President Obama shared that a constituent had admonished him during his presidential campaign to “speak about this issue in fair-minded words.” Our council members need to speak to the issues they are considering in fair-minded words, listen carefully to each other, seek common ground in their discussions, and then make the best possible decision for our city. All members of our City Council need to approach topics and issues with an open mind and seek the best decision through meaningful dialogue.

Each of our elected leaders has a passion to make our city the best possible place for us all to live, work, and raise our families. Our mayor has the skill and capability to lead such discussions and allow the council to approach solutions to controversial issues through serious dialog and working as a team. Our councilmen should be encouraged to take advantage of the mayor’s expertise and work together to improve the decision-making processes they follow.

In completing our work selling onions on Sunday, I join all Shriners in thanking everyone who helped support our local Shrine club by purchasing a bag of onions.


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8th Annual Blue Springs Police Department Fallen Officer Memorial Service

clock May 14, 2009 13:25 by author Jeff Quibell

News from the City of Blue Springs

CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI
POLICE DEPARTMENT

MEDIA ADVISORY

1100 SW Smith Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 |  P: 816.228.0150|  F: 816.228.0147| 
W: www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: May 14, 2009

CONTACT: Officer Luis Virgil, Blue Springs Police Department

Phone: 816.228.0164

Email: lvirgil@bluespringsgov.com

8th Annual Blue Springs Police Department Fallen Officer Memorial Service

Department honors men and women who have given their lives for the safety of all

Blue Springs, Mo. – Tomorrow, May 15 at 3:00p.m., the Blue Springs Police Department will host its 8th Annual Fallen Officer Memorial Service, honoring those who have fallen while working in the line of duty.

The Memorial Service will take place at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, 1100 SW Smith Street in Blue Springs, Missouri. The event will include the reading of names of fallen officers, a commemorative rifle salute, and will feature guest speaker Lieutenant Jim Ripley of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The event is free and open to the public.

According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, there are more than 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers currently serving in the United States. This is the highest figure in law enforcement history. The national agency reports that a total of 1,1671 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 53 hours or 167 deaths per year.

Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy believes it is important to recognize the significant contribution that law enforcement officers make every day, both locally and across the nation.

He states, “The Fallen Officer Memorial Service was created to honor the officers and families of officers who have given the ultimate sacrifice. This annual event is always a moving experience that allows both members of our Department and our community, to honor the memory of these officers and reflect upon the ongoing need for dedication to public safety.”

For more information about the event, contact Officer Luis Virgil, Blue Springs Police Department, (816) 228-0164.

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Leaders must weigh issues carefully

clock May 14, 2009 09:48 by author Jeff Quibell

DSC04450Residents on the west side of Blue Springs have long been asking when the city would pay more attention to Woods Chapel Road and the west side of Blue Springs. Hopefully, they may soon get their answer.

The City Council is to hold a May 18 hearing for the “Petition to Establish the Oaks at Woods Chapel Community Improvement District,” and many are eager to see the details of the proposal.  Seeing the item is on the agenda is an indication that the Oaks at Woods Chapel project is again trying to move forward. With the road improvements recently approved by Blue Springs voters, there may soon be a lot of activity on the west side of town.

On the Adams Dairy Landing project, discussion in the press has centered on whether the city will provide backing for an early offering of a portion of the bonds for road improvements that have already been completed and paid for by RED Development. Councilman Ron Fowler recently wrote, “What this really comes down to is the developers profit vs. taxpayer risk.” The question under consideration has taxpayer risk on both sides of the equation. If the city takes action that allows the project to fail, there is a risk of blight created by a partially completed project at a major intersection and entrance to our city.

Councilman Fowler is correct to suggest that the council needs to carefully consider the risks to the taxpayer. This deserves meaningful council discussion and debate. Perhaps in the future we will see that debate, with each council member discussing the positive and negative aspects of the question and working together to find the best solution.

The TIF projects approved in recent years had many layers of protection built in to protect our taxpayers’ interests. One such protection deals with the profit that the developer may make in return for an investment. The TIF agreements protect our taxpayers by requiring the developer to share their profit with our city, should the project exceed the profit range detailed in the TIF agreement. Think about that for a moment. By working together with the developer and helping them succeed, the taxpayers may get a bonus by sharing in any extra profits. That certainly deserves consideration.

I encourage our leaders to carefully evaluate the details of the TIF agreement, have a meaningful discussion of the pros and cons, and then and only then make their final decision on backing the bonds.


Dale Carter for City Council Kickoff Party

clock May 14, 2009 09:47 by author Jeff Quibell

Host:
Friends of Dale Carter

Location:

Blue Moon Lounge at Lunar Bowl
2001 NW 7 Hwy
Blue Springs, MO 64015 US
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When:
Friday, May 15, 5:00PM

Phone:
816-419-2444

Like you, I love our town.  That's why I have decided to run for 1st District City Council seat in April of 2010.  I will ask the tough and important questions that need to be asked but, at the end of the day, I will weigh each decision on whether it benefits our community or not. 
Blue Springs is a wonderful town with tremendous potential.  Let's work together to make our community's potential a reality.

Dale Carter
Please Join Dale Carter, his friends and family for the official "Dale's Running for City Council" Kick-off Party!


4th Annual Pooches on the Parkway set for May 17, 2009

clock May 13, 2009 12:29 by author Jeff Quibell

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This fun event raises money for improvements at the Blue Springs off-leash dog park.  Bring your pooches on Sunday, May 17th from 11-4 at Young Park in Blue Springs. 1, 2, or 3 mile walk, pet related vendors, agility demonstrations and much more.  See our Events page for more details.


Blue Springs Shrine Club of Ararat Shrine Selling Vidalia Unions

clock May 6, 2009 20:19 by author Jeff Quibell

Jeff2007 The members of the Blue Springs Shrine Club of the Ararat Shrine will be selling 10lb bags of Vidalia Onions for $10 for the next few weeks.  To pre-order your onions, just send me an email at jeffq@cprosinc.com and let me know how many bags you would like to purchase.  When the onions arrive, I will contact you and arrange for delivery and pick  up your payment. 

Thank you for supporting your local Shriners!

Jeff Quibell

For more information about Ararat Shrine, The Shriners of North America, and the Shriners Children's Hospitals please explore the following web links:

http://www.araratshrine.com

http://www.shrinershq.org/

http://www.shrinershq.org/Hospitals/Main/

http://www.shrinershq.org/Admission/

 

If you are aware of a child who might benefit from the care provided by the Shriners Hospital System don't hesitate to contact me (jeffq@cprosinc.com), any local Shriner, or the Ararat Shrine Temple (816-923-1319) for assistance!


Heritage Philharmonic Young Artists Competition Concert

clock May 6, 2009 19:55 by author Jeff Quibell

image The Heritage Philharmonic will showcase the winners of our annual Young Artists Competition at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2009, in the Blue Springs High School Performing Arts Center. Bring this article with you and get two adult tickets for the price of one. Children under 12 are free.