News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Progress coming in Blue Springs

clock April 14, 2011 00:11 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @300 ResAnother election day has come and gone, and the voters of Blue Springs have spoken. I am honored to once again represent District 1 residents as their voice on the city council. I will continue to provide information and updates on issues of concern to the residents of Blue Springs through my newsletters on and articles in our local newspapers. As we work together to make our city the best it can possibly be, interaction and discussion with the citizens is crucial. Please share your thoughts with me; 816-223-2865 or

I am eager to work with the Mayor and other members of the Council. Significant effort will be required to realize the vision of Missouri Innovation Park, the revitalization of our downtown area and the continued redevelopment on MO-7Hwy and US-40 Hwy. Progress, at times, seems painfully slow. However, I believe that we are moving deliberately and conscientiously forward in the direction of our goals for Blue Springs.

The plan for the expansion and upgrade to the Woods Chapel corridor now includes a 3 million dollar grant that will extend the road improvements from Duncan Road just North of I-70 south to Walnut Street, just past Old Mill Park. The timeline for full completion of this critical project extends into 2013, and includes significant enhancements to the corridor that will encourage quality development of this gateway into our city. We are all anxious to see this project advance as quickly as possible.

In future articles, I will address these and many other issues that are facing the city, along with items of interest as they arise. Thank you for the wonderful support over the years and for the opportunity to again be of service to the citizens of Blue Springs!

Blue Springs to hold Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

clock April 12, 2011 14:14 by author Jeff Quibell

City Press Releases
Posted on: April 12, 2011

Blue Springs to hold Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs will host its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will be held at Pink Hill Park located at 2715 NW Park Road in Blue Springs, MO, just west of James Lewis Elementary School off North 7 Highway.

Those attending the event are asked to access Pink Hill Park using Park Road, located on the south side of the park. Traffic to the Pink Hill Park Recycling center is expected to be impacted due to the popularity of this event. The Pink Hill Park Recycling Center is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a full Household Hazardous Waste event which means items that will be accepted include: automotive fluids, batteries, CFL light bulbs, household cleaners, hazardous liquids and solvents, lawn and garden products, pesticides, pool chemicals, paints and related products. Explosives, tires, asbestos, and yard, medical and commercial waste will not be accepted at any Household Hazardous Waste mobile event.

This event is free to Blue Springs residents as well as other participating communities in the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program.

For those unable to attend this event, permanent drop-off facilities for these materials are available to Blue Springs residents year-round at the Kansas City Recycling Facility, at 4707 Deramus, in the east river bottoms, (816) 513-8400 or the Lee’s Summit Resource Recovery Park, 2101 SE Hamblin Rd, (816) 969-7516. Please contact these facilities directly for directions and hours of operation. Appointments are required at drop-off facilities.

For more information on this program or for other participating community’s event locations and times, contact Nadja Karpilow at the Mid-America Regional Council at (816) 701-8226, visit the City’s website at or call the recycling hotline at (816) 228-0228. For additional questions or to volunteer at the event, please contact Jim Holley, Blue Springs Community Development, (816) 228-0124.


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Blue Springs Farmer’s Market opens on May 7th

clock April 10, 2011 11:12 by author Jeff Quibell

I promised Christine Williams, the manager of the Blue Springs Farmer’s Market, that I would help get the word out that the market’s opening day will be Saturday, May 7th!  Times are 7am-1pm.  11th & Main Street in Downtown Blue Springs!

Eat healthy!  Eat Fresh & Organic!  Fresh Fruits and vegetables, homemade pastas, pies, jams & jellies, Flowers & plants, hobbies and décor.  Some of the best homemade bread I have ever tasted!

Start your weekend off right!  Stop, shop and socialize with neighbors.  Visit downtown Blue Springs!  This should be the year that the Farmers Market really takes off!

For your good health,

Bill Essmann

Remember to Vote on April 5th

clock April 2, 2011 15:23 by author Jeff Quibell


Thank you for your support of our community!

First Blue Springs event on the ‘Civil War’s 150 Year Anniversary’~ April 19, 6:00 – 9:00 pm

clock April 2, 2011 15:22 by author Jeff Quibell

First Blue Springs event on the ‘Civil War’s 150 Year Anniversary’~ April 19, 6:00 – 9:00 pm ~ Masonic Hall, 308 S.W. Main Street, downtown Blue Springs ~ Civil War Speaker Greg Higginbotham ~ Overview of the Civil War; Missouri and Jackson County’s Role ~ Speaker Mayor Carson Ross ‘Growing Up in Arkansas 100 years after the Civil War ~ Blue Springs Historical Society sponsor at their 35 year dinner/meeting ~ Meal cost $15.00/person ~ Public invited. RSVP by April 15 to Mary Potter – or 797-4870

JAG TV just keeps getting better

clock April 2, 2011 15:05 by author Jeff Quibell

Very impressed. Their reporting skills keep getting better.  Not only are all these stories "strong" and touching, but please notice the structure of their writing and how they voice the content in each peace.  BTW - they came up with their own story ideas.....I was just there to help and guide these talented young broadcasters.

This runs only 12 minutes...please find the time to watch and share. Oh..and if any of you want to send a message (fan mail) to Jag TV Students...send it to me via this e-mail...I'll print it out and share with these kids. They work very hard and I think it's time for some fan mail!!!  Enjoy the's the link.

Pete Grigsby

Thank you for supporting CPros!

clock April 2, 2011 15:02 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @300 ResThe open house at my business, CPros, was a very special event.  After 24 years of providing computer services to Blue Springs and the Kansas City region, CPros finally has a permanent home in Blue Springs.  People started showing up around 1:30pm and the building was continuously full until 6pm.

The crowd was so large that I was unable to talk with everyone, so I want to personally thank all of you who came by to visit.  I appreciate your support of our business and for honoring us with your presence.

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