News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Blue Springs Agriculture Science students planting flowers at Baumgardner Park

clock May 31, 2010 20:36 by author Jeff Quibell

IMG_4936 IMG_4939The Blue Springs Agriculture Science students have been working on planting flowers at Baumgardner Park. The class is a Landscape Design class, which is made up of Junior and Senior Ag Science/FFA members.










Temporary parking for the Howard Brown Public Safety Building

clock May 28, 2010 14:29 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs, Mo. – The Blue Springs water tower located at 1100 SW Smith Street is currently undergoing cellular communications mounting upgrades and repainting resulting in the loss of 21 parking spaces.  The primary parking lot at the Howard Brown Public Safety Building will be closed until the project is completed in September.

Temporary parking will be available to visitors of the Blue Springs Public Safety and the Community and Youth Outreach Buildings, Municipal Court, Planning Commission, and City Council meetings on the east side of 11th Street.  Handicap accessible parking will be available in the municipal parking lot at 200 SW 11th Street.  Signs are posted at the entrance of the temporary lot for ease of identification.

The parking lot is also used for the Farmers Market on Saturday mornings and Tuesday afternoons and will be unavailable for parking.  Visitors will need to use on-street parking when the Farmers Market is in session.

For more information, contact Chris Sandie, Assistant Director of Public Works at (816) 228-0195.
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ATK Small Caliber Systems to present a $15,000 check to The Wall That Heals

clock May 28, 2010 14:27 by author Jeff Quibell

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs, Blue Springs Public Art Commission, Blue Springs School District and area businesses and veterans’ organizations have formed a partnership to bring the traveling exhibition of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall to Pink Hill Park Thursday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 3.  The exhibit will be free to the public and includes a special welcome home to all Vietnam War veterans. 
“This famous Vietnam memorial has inspired and healed many people. But not everyone can get to Washington, D.C. to see it. So, we’ve worked for many years to bring it here,” says Eleanor Frasier, chairman of the Public Art Commission. “We invite all Vietnam War veterans to come see The Wall That Heals, and all parents and children to participate in the events to learn about this painful time in America’s history.”

ATK, which operates the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant adjacent to Blue Springs, has agreed to be a lead partner for the event.  Mark Hissong, the vice president and general manager, will present a $15,000 check to Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross on Tuesday, June 1, in a special ceremony at 1 p.m. to launch the major fund drive for other sponsorships.  That event will be in front of Blue Springs City Hall, 903 W. Main Street.

“We are honored to be a lead partner in this historic event for our community of Blue Springs and for all Kansas City area Vietnam Veterans,” said Mark Hissong, of ATK Small Caliber Systems, the operator of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant. “This plant supported these soldiers with more than 14 billion rounds of ammunition during the conflict. As we continue to support today’s modern day war fighter, we’re proud to give Vietnam Veterans the welcome home they deserve.” 

“We are grateful to ATK for being one of the lead partners of The Wall That Heals event.  Blue Springs is fortunate to have excellent business partners to help bring this exhibit to our community,” said Mayor Carson Ross.

The funding for the Blue Springs “The Wall That Heals” is all by donations.  All funds are set up with the Truman Heartland Community Foundation, a 501-C-3 organization.

For more information, contact Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager at (816) 655-0497, visit the Web site, or Wall That Heals Blue Springs on Facebook.
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Blue Springs Centennial 50-meter outdoor pool closed for Memorial Day Weekend

clock May 28, 2010 14:26 by author Jeff Quibell

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Due to mechanical problems, the 50-meter outdoor pool at the Blue Springs Centennial Pool Plex, 2401 NW Ashton Drive, will be not be open this Memorial Day Weekend.  The 25-yard indoor pool, outdoor wading pool and concession area will be open from 12:30-7 p.m. on Saturday, May 29, Sunday, May 30 and Monday, May 31.  Lounge chairs will be added to the concession and grass area for those wanting sun exposure.

The Centennial Pool Plex will be closed Tuesday, June 1 through Wednesday, June 2 while the Blue Springs RIV District Schools are in session. 
The Centennial Pool Plex will reopen for the summer session on Thursday, June 3 pending mechanical problems being resolved.  The summer operating hours for the Centennial Pool Plex are 12:30-7 p.m. daily.
For more information contact Steve Willman, Parks and Recreation Operations Manager at (816) 228-0237.
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Future Farmers of America Plant Sale at Blue Springs South High School – May 21

clock May 24, 2010 10:14 by author Jeff Quibell

  The plant sale will be open during 5th, 6th, and 7th hours during school and until 4 p.m. after school every day until the greenhouse is emptied.


One month left until the St. Mary's Medical Center Golf Classic

clock May 21, 2010 12:31 by author Jeff Quibell

Animated golf putterOne month left until the

St. Mary's Medical Center

Golf Classic 

Presented by the St. Mary's Medical Center Medical Staff

Golf logo Sponsorships Available

Reservation Deadline is Friday, June 11.

Early bird sponsors include Anesthesia Services; Consentino Charity Foundation; Control Service Company; Haldex Corporation; Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C.; HMN Architects, Inc.; Kansas Counselors; Media Services; Metcalf Bank; St. Mary's Surgical Center; St. Mary's Medical Center Medical Staff; Two Rivers Behavioral Health; and UMB Bank


30th Annual St. Mary's Medical Center Golf Classic

DATE: Monday, June 21, 2010

LOCATION: Blue Springs Country Club

     Check-in: 7:30 a.m.

     Breakfast: 8 a.m.

     Shotgun Start: 9 a.m.

     Lunch: on the course

     Award Ceremony: 3 p.m.

MORE: Individual players are $175. Funds raised will go towards the expansion and renovation of St. Mary's Surgical Services.

Call Malinda Maddox at 816-655-5363 or email for reservations.


St. Mary's Medical Center Foundation | 201 NW R.D. Mize Road | Blue Springs | MO | 64014

Best Time to Purchase Your Summer Pool Pass is Now!

clock May 21, 2010 12:18 by author Jeff Quibell

Now is a Great Time to Purchase

Your Summer Centennial Pool Pass!

You know that it is going to get hot this summer and the Centennial Pool-Plex will be the place to be for your leisure fun.  By purchasing your pass before Memorial Day you will receive 5% off the purchase price.  Purchase your family summer pass by Memorial Day and also receive two free single day guest passes to take friends to the pool.  You will receive one free single day guest pass with each individual summer season pass purchased.

See the attached flyer to get more information on the Centennial Pool-Plex and how to save money purchasing your summer season pool passes.  

See you at the Pool.


Blue Springs Parks and Recreation | 903 W. Main Street | Blue Springs | MO | 64015

Mizzou Center Opens in Blue Springs

clock May 19, 2010 10:41 by author Jeff Quibell

Tuesday May 18, 2010 marked the opening of the Mizzou Center in Blue Springs as a part of Missouri Innovation Park.


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Economic group pushes ahead

clock May 19, 2010 10:32 by author Jeff Quibell

JeffQuibell201002 When I began my term on the City Council in 2005, I quickly discovered I had a lot to learn about many diverse subjects. The Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation was just beginning to take shape, and one of the most challenging issues we faced at that time was how to improve the economic development environment in Blue Springs, effectively and efficiently.

The city examined ways to shift the function of economic development from a city department into a public/private partnership that would engage the business community. Business and development leaders worked collaboratively with city staff and elected officials to focus on finding solutions to the issues that were holding back our city.

As the EDC officially structured its organization, private businesses became investing partners by pledging financial support and leadership resources. Founding members included business leaders from all over the area. A complete listing of the current investors of the Blue Springs EDC is available at

Wanda and I discussed the opportunity of investing and decided to make a three-year commitment to the organization through our company, CPros. We have since renewed our investment for a second three-year commitment, in support of the EDC and recognition of the success it is achieving as our city restores the focus on positive development, and the quality of life in our city continues to improve.

My business, CPros, is a local company, but over the years, I have learned that my business is not easy to understand. CPros was begun in 1987 by Glenn Beasley, providing custom computer programs for businesses. I joined Glenn in 1994, and our mission has always been to help businesses increase their profitability through computer automation. For example, if you take a music lesson or rent an instrument from Meyer Music, our software helps them manage that process. If Ryan Lawn & Tree takes care of your yard, our software creates the invoices you receive.

CPros expanded about 10 years ago, adding computer network-support options for our customers. We maintain computers and networks for small- to medium-sized businesses, serving as an IT department. We also sell computers, including desktop systems and servers.

Mayor Ross has appointed me to serve on the EDC board of directors, as a representative of the city. As a local public/private partnership, there is always the possibility of conflicts of interest when serving in such a capacity, and I feel it is important that I disclose my company’s affiliation with the EDC. CPros provides technical support and maintains the EDC’s computer network. I take my representation of the city very seriously and will recuse myself from any discussion or vote that might involve my company’s service to the EDC or any conflict that may arise from our business relationship. I appreciate the opportunity to represent our city in this capacity and for Mayor Ross for appointing me to serve on this board.