News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Council Handled Project Respectfully

clock October 27, 2010 09:31 by author Jeff Quibell

JeffQuibell201002 One of the most important tasks of a councilman is to weigh the evidence and to evaluate how each project fits the city’s plan. The City Council recently considered and approved a change to a controversial project, Parkway Estates, a housing development originally approved when I was on the council in 2006. As I watched the meeting, I experienced a bit of a déjà vu moment, as many of the same citizens were present to express their opposition to the changes requested by the landowner.

I was proud of the entire council for the respectful manner in which they addressed the developer’s request and the citizen’s concerns. The council members invested significant time studying the issues and history surrounding this development, as well as listening and considering the points of view of the neighbors and constituents throughout the city.

Evaluating a change to an existing development requires familiarity with the city’s comprehensive plan as well as the many development ordinances. It was clear from the meeting that our councilmen did their homework. As each councilman spoke of his reasons for voting either for or against the request, their commitment to their position and to the integrity of their oath of office was apparent. Each drew from their own experience and evaluated the developer’s request based on what they believe is best for the City of Blue Springs, and I applaud their honesty and dedication.

A friend who has lived in Blue Springs longer than I have shared that when the Timber Oaks subdivision was completed, the developer came to the city for approval of an additional street, with the intent of building smaller patio homes. He stated that the neighbors came out in force, concerned that the new smaller homes would destroy property values, along with a variety of negative arguments to attempt to stop the project. Ultimately that project was approved and built. Today you would never know it was a separate project. These well-kept homes have been an excellent addition to the area, adding another choice of homes for buyers.

The Parkway Estates project will bring quality homes to the city that fit the plan for the area. While the neighbors did not get all they asked for, their input into the process was vital to improving the quality of the resulting proposed project. Citizens with concerns should always participate in the process of project review. That is the purpose of public hearings. In the end, the council effectively evaluated the project and achieved a fair conclusion to the process. Watch the meeting at

We are blessed to have a diverse and dedicated council in Blue Springs. One of them, Jeanie Lauer, has chosen to seek the office of State Representative in District 54. Jeanie has proven her leadership during her time on the council and will be a great advocate for our city and the other cities in District 54. I encourage each of you to remember to vote on November 2, and if you live in District 54, to cast your ballot for Jeanie Lauer.

WREATHS & WITS 2010 – Rainbow Center’s Benefit for Children and Adults with Special Needs

clock October 22, 2010 15:02 by author Jeff Quibell

October 8, 2010


Jill Calvert
Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders
900 NW Woods Chapel Road
Blue Springs, MO 64015
Phone: 816-229-3869
Fax: 816-229-4260


Do you like fun, food and friendly competition? All this and more are in store for you during Rainbow Center’s fourth annual WREATHS & WITS event to benefit children and adults with special needs.

Make plans now to attend this fun TRIVIA COMPETITION on Saturday, November
20th at the Ararat Shrine Temple, 5100 Ararat Drive, Kansas City, Mo. Guests will enjoy music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a silent auction of WREATHS and gift
baskets when the doors open at 5:30 p.m. The WITS trivia competition begins at
6:30 p.m. featuring Bryan Busby, KMBC Chief Meteorologist, as the guest MC! Your
table of eight will compete as a trivia team. Each person on the first place team will
get “bragging rights” and a holiday bag stuffed with goodies!! Individual tickets are
only $30 for this evening of fun!

Join us as we seek to make a significant educational difference for children and adults with disabilities. Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders provides specialized day school programming for children from 19 metropolitan school districts, and day habilitation for adults from Eastern Jackson County. Rainbow Center is a non-profit, nationally accredited, private agency for persons with disabilities. Contact Rainbow Center at 816-229-3869 or for more information, to purchase tickets or inquire about sponsorship and donation opportunities. To download a brochure or purchase tickets online, click the Events link at We hope to see you there!


Board of Directors John Carlson, Lyndon Davis, Reggie Davis, Mark Fletcher, Colleen Foudree, Theresa Garza Ruiz, Mary Grimaldi,

Greg Grounds, Lydia Jeter, Paul Midtbo, Sarah Soden, MD, Ryan Snyder, Chair, Mike Trollinger, Barry Viesselman, Betsy Wenzel

Ambassadors Mary Adams, Robert K. Barker, Jerry Britton, Vince Burget, Shirley Charde, Leslie Cochran, Emagrace Colley, Laura Fitzmaurice, MD, Jeanine Fletcher, Mark & Kim Foudree, Joe Haney, Michael Harris, Mary Helber-Jamboretz, Danan Hughes, Jim Kennedy, Chuck Kleinhagen, Mike & Jan McGraw, Brooks Rainer, Deryl Roberts, Nancy M. Rogers, Jim Shultz, Steve Silverstein, MD, Bob Walls

Executive Director Marilu W. Herrick Director of Development Jill Calvert Director of Finance George N. Martin Program Manager Louann Garrett

Domestic Violence initiative receives a $400,000 grant

clock October 21, 2010 15:50 by author Jeff Quibell





903 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0110 — F: 816.228.7592 —


DATE: October 21, 2010

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Domestic Violence initiative receives a $400,000 grant

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – A $400,000 federal grant, which comes during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, was recently was awarded to the City of Blue Springs and Hope House to help develop and strengthen effective responses to violence against women.

“The grant program encourages communities to treat domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking as serious crimes by strengthening the criminal justice response to these crimes and promoting a coordinated community response,” said Susan B. Carbon, Director of the Office on Violence Against Women. “Victim safety and offender accountability are the center piece of projects funded under the program.”

The two-year grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, to the City of Blue Springs and Hope House and the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office to fund the Domestic Violence Collaborative Initiative.  The grant provides funding to the City for one full-time domestic violence detective, domestic violence training, departmental costs, a portion of the Municipal Court Prosecutor and Jackson County’s Prosecutor’s Office for domestic violence prosecution. Hope House receives grant funding for a full-time domestic violence advocate, programming and personnel staff.

"The grant award recognizes the work of the Domestic Violence Collaborative Initiative on a national level," Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy said. "The department will be able to commit the necessary resources to more effectively deal with domestic violence incidents in our community."

“Funding from the Office on Violence Against Women Fiscal Year 2010 Community-Defined Solutions to Violence Against Women Program will be used to facilitate a coordinated response in Blue Springs, Missouri,” said Mary Anne Metheny, chief executive officer of Hope House. “Together, partners ensure a holistic response to victim safety and domestic violence offender accountability."

Domestic violence affects more than 32 million Americans. The federal government reports that approximately 1,300 people are killed by their abusers each year. Nationally, an estimated 70 percent of domestic violence victims do not show up to court when their abusers go to trial, forcing prosecutors to drop the charges.

For more information about the grant, call Dave Williams at (816) 228-0145.


Mayor Ross appoints Waste Disposal Task Force members

clock October 21, 2010 12:13 by author Jeff Quibell





903 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0110 — F: 816.228.7592 —


DATE: October 21, 2010

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Mayor Ross appoints Waste Disposal Task Force members

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Mayor Carson Ross today announced he has established the Waste Disposal Task Force, comprised of twelve community members to advise the council on refuse- and recycling solutions. The Task Force has been formed to develop recommendations and support community benefits detailed by Alice Fuerst, Solid Waste Management Commission Chairperson, at the August 16th City Council meeting. These objectives include:

  • Lower disposal costs for residents
  • Reduce road maintenance costs
  • Save landfill space through increased recycling

“Blue Springs strives to be a regional leader in sustainability and environmental issues,” Mayor Carson Ross said. “Responsible waste management is an issue that all communities are facing – ignoring the problem isn’t an option. I’ve appointed a group of individuals that include council members, neighborhood leaders, community/business stakeholders, City employees and solid waste industry representatives. I have the utmost confidence that this task force will come back with a recommendation that reflects the best interest of our community.”

The members of the Waste Disposal Task Force are:

  • Lyle Shaver, Chairman, former Councilman District 1
  • Dale Carter, Councilman District 1
  • Chris Lievsay, Councilman District 2
  • Grant Bowerman, Councilman District 3
  • Chad Tipton, Solid Waste Management Commissioner
  • Byron Craddolph, Solid Waste Management Commissioner
  • Maureen York, EnviroStar Waste Service, Inc.
  • Paul Howe, Deffenbaugh Industries, Inc.
  • Bill Landrum, The Vespers Home Owners Association
  • Bert West, Park Avenue Home Owners Association
  • Robert Fasl, Renew The Blue
  • Lara Vermillion, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce

“This task force will focus on how this is a win-win opportunity for Blue Springs residents,” said Lyle Shaver, task force chairman. “We will be evaluating all alternatives and seeking public input in the coming months to accomplish the objectives outlined by Mayor Ross. Our first meeting in November will start by getting all of the issues on the table and begin working through them.”

Waste Disposal Task Force meetings will be open to the public and the agendas will be posted to the City’s website. Residents are encouraged to send their questions/concerns to the task force email address,

“This task force is a vital step in achieving the City of Blue Springs’ commitment to the Mid-America Regional Council Solid Waste Management District’s goal of achieving 80% waste diversion by 2023,” said Scott Allen, director of the Community Development Department. “Staff will work closely with the task force to ensure any recommendations brought forward could be implemented.”

The Waste Disposal Task Force will present their recommendations to the City Council by November 2011. Recommendations would need to be approved by the City Council and, if recommended by the task force, a two-year notification process for city contracted trash and recycling services would then need to be authorized.

For more information, call Scott Allen at (816) 228-0211. To contact the task force, email


Service to Others Matters Most

clock October 20, 2010 16:33 by author Jeff Quibell

JeffOnSeqway Growing up, I knew that my father and two uncles were Masons. My father was also a Shriner and was very active in the local Corinthian Lodge 265 and Hound Dawg Shrine Club. He never talked much about it with me, but I could see from observation that the members were very active and respected members of the community. As a young adult, I spoke with my father regarding his membership and asked that he tell me more about Masonry. Soon afterward, I began the process of learning and ultimately becoming a Master Mason. Six years ago I petitioned Ararat Shrine and was accepted into that brotherhood as well.

Many will recognize the names of Masons from history: George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, Beethoven, Henry Ford, John Glenn, Mark Twain, Gerald Ford, H. Roe Bartle, and Harry Truman, just to name a few. Masons come from all walks of life.

This past weekend, I had the privilege to participate in welcoming 28 new Shriners at the Ararat Shrine Fall Ceremonial. Many may think of the Shriner’s presence in community parades throughout the summer, but there is so much more to being a Shriner than the parades. Camaraderie, deep friendships and good fellowship are also part of being a Shriner. Following is information published by the Missouri Grand Lodge in a brochure titled “Be A Mason, Making A Difference”

“Membership in the brotherhood of Masons means many things. It means being part of an unbroken tradition that stretches back over 500 years to a time when guilds of freemasons traveled throughout Europe laying the stones of the great Gothic cathedrals.

It means sharing the values of our nation’s founding fathers; men who believe in the brotherhood of man are firmly rooted in the Constitution of the United States.

It means becoming a better person while helping to improve the quality of life for others. It means forming deep and lasting friendships that transcend the boundaries of race, religion and culture, as well as those of geography.

But most of all, being a Mason means the kind of deep satisfaction that comes only from selfless giving; from doing for others without asking, or expecting, anything in return.”

Being a Mason is a prerequisite to becoming a Shriner. Shriners support what we believe is the world’s greatest philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals For Children, that provide burn and specialty pediatric care to children under the age of 18. All children are welcome regardless of their parent’s financial status and the care is always provided.

The Masons are always looking for new members who wish to improve themselves. If you are interested, seek out a Mason or Shriner that you know and ask to learn more. Join us! Information is also available at

Tennis Courts at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake reopen

clock October 18, 2010 10:22 by author Jeff Quibell





903 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0110 — F: 816.228.7592 —


DATE: October 18, 2010

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Tennis Courts at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake reopen

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The tennis courts at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake are now open to the public. Located at 600 NW Vesper, the courts recently underwent surface crack repairs and received a new color coating.

These repairs are part of routine maintenance and upkeep associated with tennis courts. Proper maintenance ensures that the park facilities stay in optimal condition.

For more information, contact Steve Willman, Parks and Recreation Operations Manager at (816) 228-0237.


Free Business Seminars at Mizzou Center in Blue Springs

clock October 17, 2010 11:17 by author Jeff Quibell

Information & Learning at


1600 NE CORONADO DRIVE * BLUE SPRINGS, MO 64015 * (573) 884-0282


Charting the Path to Improved Performance

Every organization wants to improve its performance, but finding the right path can be expensive and time consuming. This session will introduce you to the Performance Pyramid, a model and set of tools that cuts costs, saves time and charts your path to improved performance.

Presented by: John Wedman - Professor & Director, University of Missouri

c October 15, 2010 7:30 – 9:00 am c Breakfast Provided

Business Intelligence for Free: Clients, Competitors & Suppliers

Learn to make informed decisions by using the business information offered free through your local public libraries. This session will highlight the ReferenceUSA database to find sales prospects, competitors and suppliers for your company. The MidContinent Public Library resources will be featured.

Presented by: Chris Le Beau - Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Missouri

c October 22, 2010 7:30 – 9:00 am c Breakfast Provided

What do your website users REALLY want?

Do you know if your website is producing the expected results? Learn the steps your organization can take to ensure the best website user experience. Apply website usability testing techniques and explore advanced methods for more comprehensive usability evaluation.

Presented by: Sanda Erdelez - Associate Professor, University of Missouri

c October 29, 2010 7:30 – 9:00 am c Breakfast Provided

Leading from the Sidelines: Essential Coaching Skills

The coaching process is central to performance management. By creating the appropriate climate, environment, and context to empower individuals and teams, great coaches are able to achieve extraordinary results. This professional development workshop examines the coaching process and provides many tools and techniques to help shape your employees’ behavior on the job.

Presented by: Dewey Thompson - Business Trainer and Consultant, The Missouri Training Institute

c November 5, 2010 11:30 – 1:00 pm c Lunch Provided

Cultivating Trust

High-performance organizations are built on a foundation of trust. Vital leadership skills include personal strategies to strengthen trust at work and ways to overcome common trust traps. This session builds awareness of barriers to trust and strategies to cultivate trust, helping leaders create an environment in which people take risks, identify and solve problems and work together. We’ll provide you with hands-on, proven strategies for building trust in the workplace

Presented by: Rea Lee - Business Trainer and Consultant, Missouri Training Institute

c November 12, 2010 11:30 – 1:00 pm c Lunch Provided

People Power: Winning Through HR

Are employees your greatest asset? Are your employees engaged and committed to the success of your organization? The ultimate goal of the Human Resources function is to ensure that the right people are in the right positions and the organizational systems allow for employees to contribute fully to the accomplishment of the organizations goals. In this session, we’ll discuss how to shape your organizational culture, create systems for empowering employees, and align HR and organizational strategies for a cohesive approach to managing human capital.

Presented by: Gay Albright - Director of Business Development, The Missouri Training Institute

c December 3, 2010 11:30 – 1:00 pm c Lunch Provided

Strategic Planning

An organization’s competitive advantage starts with its strategic plan. By deciding where you want to go and how you want to get there you can engage stakeholders to move towards the common mission, values, and goals of your organization. This session will explore the purpose and value of strategic planning, identify the steps in the strategic planning process, and provide you with the tools you need to effectively develop and/or leverage a strategic plan for your organization.

Presented by: Alan St. John - Director of the Missouri Training Institute

c December 10, 2010 11:30 – 1:00 pm c Lunch Provided



School of Information Science & Learning Technologies

Missouri Training Institute

Sponsored by: Blue Springs Economic Development Corporation

Registration Required:

Need Info? Contact: Andrea Smolanovich - -

(573) 884-0282

You are invited to join the Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City and the Heritage Philharmonic on October 23, 2010 for a FREE concert!

clock October 14, 2010 13:00 by author Jeff Quibell

You are invited to join the

Metropolitan Chorale of Kansas City

and the

Heritage Philharmonic

in concert on

Saturday, October 23, 7:30pm

We will be performing

Orgo Mundi by Ryan Main (World Premiere, commissioned by the Metropolitan Chorale)

Four American Folk Hymns by Mack Wilberg

Requiem Mass by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The concert is at the Community of Christ Temple,

1001 West Walnut, Independence, MO 64050.

Admission is FREE--donations appreciated.

For more information go to:

The Annual Blue Springs South Jaguar Pride Marching Band Garage Sale!

clock October 12, 2010 13:32 by author Jeff Quibell

The Annual Blue Springs South Jaguar Pride Marching Band Garage Sale!

Saturday, October 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Clothing, toys, furniture, kitchen stuff, tools, home décor, books, antiques. 

American Legion, Post 499, located at 499 SW 7 Highway, Blue Springs

Public Safety Citizens’ Advisory Board Meeting – Discussion on Funding Public Safety in Blue Springs

clock October 7, 2010 16:59 by author Jeff Quibell


Tuesday, October 12, 2010
6:00 p.m.
City Hall East Conference Room
903 W Main St
Blue Springs, MO 64015

1. Call meeting to order
2. Approve minutes from September 21, 2010 meeting
3. Review Mayor's Task Force Recommendations Update
4. Update from City Staff regarding Public Safety Tax
5. Review recommendation for new Youth Member
6. Review/approve recommendation regarding equipment/training database
7. Update on plaque for Chris Lievsay
8. Future schedule
9. Visitors