News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Once in a while, just kick back

clock June 30, 2010 13:37 by author Jeff Quibell

JeffQuibell201002 Rotary Park at Railroad Lake is one of the most popular in our city park system and one of my personal favorites.Out in Public and Misc 021

Each Sunday evening throughout the summer, the gazebo on the south side of the pond comes alive with the sounds of blues, jazz and rock ’n’ roll. Residents bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the free concerts with family and friends. This past Sunday, the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce sponsored the concert that featured The Elsea Smith Band, hosted its annual member appreciation event with hamburgers and hotdogs and provided free ice cream for everyone who attended the concert.

As Wanda and I enjoyed the fellowship and music with our friends, neighbors, and fellow chamber members, I realized these events and activities are just a part of what makes our small town a great community. I say small town, yet Blue Springs is the tenth largest city in Missouri.

As Blue Springs has grown, we have maintained a welcoming, small-town, bedroom community feel without inhibiting the growth required to provide for our citizens. As I looked across the park, I saw friends and neighbors listening and laughing, enjoying the beautiful evening together. I saw business associates benefitting from the opportunity to build relationships outside of the confines of the workday, meeting family members and networking together. In the shelter house, a young child practiced her first steps, the newest addition to the chamber family slept in Daddy’s proud arms, and twins took in their first chamber picnic.
Life should be more than just work. Play is important too! A well-rounded life includes time for work, time for rest and time for fun. Seek out community events, and share time with friends and neighbors. We are so fortunate to live in a community that provides a wide variety of recreational events and opportunities to enrich our lives. Walk the paths, pack a picnic lunch, enjoy the art pieces in our parks, or just sit and listen to the music.

The complete concert schedule is available at

Vandalism leads to sanitary sewer overflow

clock June 29, 2010 11:04 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs, Mo. – On Saturday, June 26 at 7 p.m. the Blue Springs Police dispatch was notified of a manhole overflowing in the woods behind 2909 NW Hunter Drive.  Blue Springs Public Works crews responded and discovered the manhole was full of debris resulting in the overflow of sanitary sewer waters into a near by creek.

Vandals removed the manhole cover, threw it into the creek and filled the manhole with debris, causing the overflow.  Public Works crews found a 21-inch television, plastic birdbath, rocks, sticks, bricks and an 8-foot log in the manhole, which created a major obstruction to the 12-inch sewer main.  As a result of the blockage, an estimated 85 percent of the flow was diverted into the creek.  The debris was removed and flow returned to the system by 8:30 p.m., Saturday night.

Public Works crews cannot ascertain when the debris was placed or how long the overflow occurred so there is no way to calculate the total spillage at this time.  The outflow was estimated at 250-300 gallons per minute.

The City of Blue Springs is coordinating its clean up efforts with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources sent a representative out Saturday night to meet with the crew and investigate.  The representative took information for his report and suggested locations for sign placement marking the water contaminated and not safe for swimming or fishing.  The signs are expected be needed for approximately five days.

The City of Blue Springs Public Works Department setup a pump system to recapture some of the overflow in the creek and place it back into the sewer system.  Crews setup a pump 350-feet down stream, pumping water out of the stream for three hours at a rate of 400-gallons per minute, which was all of the flow in the creek.  This action was approved by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Assistant Director of Public Works Chris Sandie said, “The only way to effectively confront these violations and maintain an efficient sewer system is to have city residents help identify and report problems or suspicious activity whenever they arise. A quick response will help resolve these problems before they spiral into bigger and more costly repairs.”

Residents can help by reporting unauthorized uncovering of sewer manholes, disposal of materials into manholes or drainage, vandalism of manholes, overflow or spills, and strong sewage odor in or around sewer lines.

It is against the law for any unauthorized person to open, enter or dispose of anything into a sewer manhole. Only city sewer maintenance crews are authorized to open city sewer manholes. Other agency personnel have authority to open their respective manholes, and will be in uniform or in agency marked trucks when servicing their manholes.

The Blue Springs Police Department is investigating this case of vandalism.  If you have any information on this case or to report vandalism, suspicious activity around manholes, or spills and strong sewage odors, contact (816) 228-0195 during regular business hours or (816) 228-0150 after hours.
For additional information, contact Chris Sandie, assistant director of Public Works at (816) 228-0195.
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“Be a Good Neighbor” Fireworks Education Campaign

clock June 24, 2010 13:21 by author Jeff Quibell

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“Be a Good Neighbor” Fireworks Education Campaign


This campaign is designed to help build resident awareness for fireworks safety and to educate community members about City rules and regulations regarding fireworks.

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“Be a Good Neighbor” Fireworks Education Campaign Launches Today – Emphasizes Increased Law Enforcement and Fireworks Safety for Independence Holiday

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs and the Blue Springs Police Department want to help keep families safe this Independence Holiday. To do this, the City continues its “Be a Good Neighbor” Fireworks Education Campaign for the 2010 fireworks season.

The campaign is designed to help build resident awareness for fireworks safety and to educate community members about City rules and regulations regarding fireworks. Additionally, a primary goal for the 2010 “Be a Good Neighbor” fireworks education campaign is to emphasize the assertive police enforcement that will take place prior to and during the Fourth of July holiday.

“Our goal this year is to make sure residents are not only enjoying the liberty of discharging fireworks in Blue Springs, but are doing so in consideration for others and within the limitations of City law” said Police Chief Wayne McCoy.

This year’s campaign once again, focuses on three major components, Be Legal, Think Safe and Play Smart, reminding citizens about the need to exercise good decision making when participating in fireworks activities.

Be Legal encourages residents to observe the days and hours fireworks are legally allowed to be discharged within Blue Springs City limits. This year, these dates and times are July 1 - 3, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on July 4, 2010 from 10 a.m. to Midnight. Blue Springs Police Officers will also exercise increased street patrol and law enforcement measures during these times to make sure citizens are complying with the regulations provisioned by the City’s Fireworks Ordinance. To report fireworks violations, call (816) 228-0151 or Text-A-Tip; text “BSPD plus your message” to Crimes (274637).

Think Safe reminds residents to use City-approved fireworks only. These fireworks include those sold by 18 licensed nonprofit organizations in Blue Springs only. The discharge of bottle rockets is prohibited by the City. A list of these organizations can be obtained from the Blue Springs Tax Department at City Hall or on the City’s website at

Play Smart encourages residents and their family members to have fun, but be safe when discharging or detonating fireworks. “An adult should be present when fireworks are discharged, and people should avoid discharging fireworks in dry areas and around or near pets and animals” said Chief McCoy.

Residents are also asked to be mindful of neighbors, surrounding buildings or structures, to dispose of all debris after discharging fireworks, and to use proper first aid or burn care in case of an emergency. For life-threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1.

The “Be a Good Neighbor” fireworks education campaign launches today, distributing more than 20,000 postcards with a message from Mayor Carson Ross to every household in Blue Springs. The Mayor’s message represents the official declaration of this year’s campaign in which he asks for residents’ help to “keep the Blue Springs community operating as a safe, clean and enjoyable place to live and celebrate.”

Additional fliers will be distributed to approved fireworks retailers, City libraries, neighboring businesses and patrons of City Hall. For additional information about the campaign or fireworks safety visit


Subway to open in former Steamin’ Bean Location

clock June 23, 2010 13:03 by author Jeff Quibell

Thought you might like to know that we recently signed a new lease for the former Steamin' Bean Coffee shop at 1875 NW Highway 7. Thus, the location didn't remain vacant for long. This free-standing building is located out in front of the Dickinson Theatre location.

The building will become a new Subway restaurant. Having a drive thru will be a relatively unique feature among area Subway units.

Marty Hugo
Real Estate Dynamics, Inc.
6045 Martway, Suite 101
Mission, KS 66202
Phone: 913.432.8800

CodeRED Emergency Notification & Weather Warning System Coming To Blue Springs

clock June 23, 2010 12:46 by author Jeff Quibell

photos of peopleCode RED® logoThe City of Blue Springs, Missouri and the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District (CJCFPD) have contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution. The CodeRED system provides officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire covered region. This service is available to all Blue Springs residents and those covered in the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District.

Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy, cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them. "If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called." One of the reasons the CodeRED system was selected is it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the system's database, this is an extremely important feature.

“No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included,” McCoy said urging all residents and businesses to visit either the City of Blue Springs Website, or the CJCFPD Website,, and follow the instructions on the site. Those without Internet access may call the CodeRED hotline at (816) 220-CODE (2633) to supply their information over the phone. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number, additional phone numbers can be entered as well.

All businesses are encouraged to register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number.

Central Jackson County Fire Protection District Fire Chief Steven P. Westermann explained, "CodeRED allows geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. The system works for cell phones too, but we need to have an associated street address to provide relevant messages."

Westermann stated, "CodeRED gives those who want to be included an easy and secure method for inputting information. The data collected will only be used for emergency notification purposes."

For more information about the CodeRED system, please contact Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager at (816) 655-0497.
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Blue Springs South Cheer Booster Club Pancake Breakfast at Applebees on Saturday June 19th

clock June 16, 2010 16:49 by author Jeff Quibell





1100 N. 7 Hwy., Blue Springs

SATURDAY, JUNE 19TH 8:00-10:00am $7.00 per person – tickets may be purchased from any BSS cheerleader or at the door clip_image004