News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Private Lakes and Taxpayer Money

clock October 28, 2009 12:01 by author Jeff Quibell

Jeff2007 When is a lake not just a lake? When it also functions as a storm-water detention basin! A lake that functions as a storm-water detention basin is called a wet retention basin.

Now, what’s so important about detention/retention basins? The big issue is actually the maintenance of detention basins and who is responsible for the different components of the system. As the City Council prepares to address this issue, we need to think about the potential cost to all of us, as taxpaying citizens.

Here’s some background. Throughout our city is a network of detention basins that are a part of our stormwater management system. Our city requires developers to participate in expanding our stormwater system whenever they build a new subdivision. By law, a development must manage the on-site storm water so it leaves the property at the same rate or less than before the development was built. Detention basins provide for the storage and slow release of excess water during a storm. This helps protect our homes and property from water damage.

Here’s where it gets a little murky. Some developers choose to combine an amenity such as a lake with their detention basins. These lakes serve two primary functions: controlling storm water runoff and adding beauty, recreational opportunities and increased value to the homes in the subdivision. This provides a desirable private amenity for the use and enjoyment of the property owners.

Currently, our city provides for the maintenance of all of our city’s detention basins, including those that are combined with private lakes in some of our upscale subdivisions. It is the city’s responsibility to ensure that our stormwater system functions properly, that the basin is able to adequately manage the flow of water and properly release it. As taxpaying citizens, we all share in that responsibility through our taxes.

Recently, a number of homeowners whose subdivisions include these lake/detention basin combinations have approached the City Council, requesting to have the city pay for maintenance of their lake. Over time, lakes fill up with silt and periodically have to be dredged. Dredging is expensive, and doing it – or choosing to let the silt fill in – has no effect on the ability of the basin to control storm water. Dredging simply maintains the amenity for the subdivision.

I am confident that the city will continue to meet its responsibility of maintaining all of our stormwater detention basins, as it has for many years. The question is whether we, the taxpayers, should also have the responsibility of maintaining private lakes. If you have an opinion on this important issue, you should call your city councilman and let them know. Their contact information is available at

Help support Pack 205!! Join us for this tasty Chili Cookoff fundraiser

clock October 27, 2009 09:23 by author Jeff Quibell



Help support Pack 205!!

Join us for this tasty fundraiser

Get your Chili Recipes Ready!!

$50 Cash Prize for Judges Choice (1st)

$10 to enter cook-off; includes 2 meal tickets

Must be registered by November 9

Must provide at least 1 crock pot of chili & checked in by 4:00 pm

Saturday, November 14

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Good Shepherd Christian Church

111 S. Woods Chapel Road; Blue Springs 64015

Don’t have a recipe?

Sample all the chili you wish

$5 advanced tickets (by November 9)

$7 at the door

(Chili, Dessert, Beverages)

Contact: Jeff Dutzel OR 816-805-7964

St. Mary’s Manor is sponsoring Safe trick or treating for children

clock October 26, 2009 09:26 by author Jeff Quibell

Trick or Treat

Come join us for

Spooky Boo at the Manor

St. Mary’s Manor is sponsoring

Safe trick or treating for children

12 and under, October 31st

6:00-8:00 PM

111 Mock Ave,

Blue Springs, MO



You are invited to join the Heritage Philharmonic as we kick-off our 65th season

clock October 22, 2009 15:47 by author Jeff Quibell

You are invited to join the

Heritage Philharmonic

as we kick-off our 65th season on

Saturday, October 24, 7:30pm

We will be performing

Grieg's In Autumn

Stravinksky's Suite No. 1

Mozart's 6 Contradances

Bizet's Children's Games

Cowell's Hymn & Fuguing Tune No. 3

Bartok's Rumanian Folk Dances

Beethoven's German Dance No. 12

Sibelius' Finlandia

The concert is at Tri-Cities Ministries

4500 Little Blue Parkway, Independence, MO.

Tickets will be available at the door.

$10 adults/$5 students.

Support your local Community Orchestra and Musicians and enjoy excellent music!

clock October 21, 2009 09:00 by author Jeff Quibell

This weekend the Heritage Philharmonic will be performing in Independence at Tri-City Ministries. The concert will be on Saturday, October 24th starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 at the door for adults and $5 for students. This concert will feature a variety of music with something for everyone. This community orchestra features musicians from all over the area. Please come out and support the orchestra as we begin our 65th year of bringing excellent music to Eastern Jackson County!

Training helps cities avoid trouble

clock October 21, 2009 08:55 by author Jeff Quibell

Jeff2007 Typically, items on a consent agenda are routine. If discussion of a particular item is requested, that item is removed from the consent agenda. At Monday’s city council meeting Councilmen Solon made a request to discuss whether or not our city would approve the name change of the company that provides area municipalities with insurance from MARCIT to Midwest Public Risk.

However, the discussion didn’t center on the name change, but instead the issue discussed was District 3 Councilmen Solon and Fowler’s complaint that the insurance wouldn’t cover them if they are sued for land uses issues. It’s hard to understand the correlation with the primary issue, which was renaming a company. But it gives me a great opportunity to discuss what I feel is the heart of the issue, which is why a councilman might be sued on a land use issue and why insurance companies might choose not to cover them.

A properly trained councilman that has participated in land use education provided by the Missouri Municipal League has a very low likelihood of being sued by a landowner. To take that a step further, if our Councilmen formulate their decisions regarding land use based on the current state laws and city ordinances as they are required to do, they are well protected. Our Councilmen and our city are at risk when decisions are made based on personal bias rather than following the law.

Our councilmen should focus on approving appropriate land use ordinances and should make every effort to attend the annual training events provided by the Missouri Municipal League. They should familiarize themselves with our state land use laws and make their decisions based on those laws, as they are required to do. These training events, including those provided by the city’s insurance company, are a cost effective training opportunity and a worthy investment of our taxpayer dollars.

Perhaps if all of our Councilmen would participate in these important educational opportunities, we could stop wasting valuable time on things such as stopping the simple name change of our city’s insurance company and focus on the really important issues that face our city. You can learn more about our city’s insurance at

Blue Springs Text-A-Tip: Anonymous Crime Tips

clock October 20, 2009 11:43 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Text-A-TIP
The City of Blue Springs is pleased to announce its newest Public Safety Communications program, Blue Springs Text-A-TIP.
About the Program
What is Text-A-TIP?

“Text-A-Tip” is a texting service that will allow citizens to anonymously send TIPs on suspected criminal activity to the Blue Springs Police Department as text messages or via the Web.  By sending anonymous crime tips, citizens are :

  • Assisting with neighborhood watch,
  • Engaging in crime prevention activities,
  • Staying alert to suspicious or suspected criminal activity


For more information go to

Community Foundation Program, Jackson County Free Health Clinic, presents 1st annual “Scopes for Hope” event

clock October 16, 2009 11:03 by author Jeff Quibell



Contact: Nicole Stevens, 816.836.8189

Community Foundation Program, Jackson County Free Health Clinic, presents 1st annual “Scopes for Hope” event

HEARTLAND NEWS (October 16, 2009) – What began nine years ago as a localized initiative of the Community Foundation to meet the health needs of those underserved in our communities has now grown to a regional effort. Staffed by a newly hired Executive Director, Tracye Laun, the Jackson County Free Health Clinic will host its first-ever annual “SCOPES for HOPE” event on Friday, November 6th, 2009 at the Sheraton Kansas City Sports Complex.

Throughout the past nine years, the Jackson County Free Health Clinic (JCFHC) has been working to assist low-income, underserved adults living in Eastern Jackson County. With the goal of forging partnerships with patients, medical staff and the local community to provide quality health care and medications to uninsured adults, area citizens are able to live healthy, productive lives without the complications of chronic illness. The Free Health Clinic provides services specifically to those who suffer from diabetes, asthma and hypertension and is open every Tuesday evening.

Tracye Laun shares, “The issue of those without health care is a very complicated one, but we can work together to address it in our community. Our upcoming benefit will help solve a national problem on a local level by expanding public awareness and medical services to the communities that we will serve.”

The evening will include a dinner, a silent and live auction and special entertainment by medical professionals throughout the region. For reservations, donations, and support or general information: Please visit for more information on this event or contact

Truman Heartland Community Foundation is a public charity committed to improving area communities by promoting private giving for the public good. After 27 years of service, THCF continues to serve the region with assets reaching $23 million and annual grants surpassing $6.7 million. THCF provides a wide range of services to more than 1,000 donors who plan to leave lasting and meaningful legacies in the communities they care about. To learn more about the Community Foundation and charitable giving, visit us online at or call the office at 816.836.8189.


St. Mary's Medical Center Auxiliary Holiday Fair and Cookie Baking Contest

clock October 16, 2009 10:47 by author Jeff Quibell

Cookie contest

St. Mary's Auxiliary Holiday Fair

St. Mary's Medical Center Education Center (new vendors, new location)

DATE: Friday, November 13th

TIME: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

MORE: Shop for holiday gifts and baked goods from more than 25 vendors featuring crafts, jewelry, children's toys and much more.

St. Mary's Cookie Baking Contest

Anyone can enter! Tell your friends.

Cookie baking contest entry categories:

  • Employee Department Entries are FREE
  • Individual - $5 per entry
  • Business - $10
  • Professional - $10

Prizes will be awarded in each category.

Proceeds benefit medical student scholarships.

Turn in form to the foundation office at 201 NW R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, Missouri 64114; or email to; or fax to 816-655-5371 by November 9. Cookies will need to be turned in November 13 by noon. Bring one dozen and your entry fee to the information desk at the main entrance to St. Mary's Medical Center

Cookie Baking Contest Form

Name: ___________________________

Phone Number: ____________________

Cookie: ___________________________

Entry Category: ____________________

Copy this this form and paste into e-mail to: