News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Open House for Planning US 40 Highway

clock August 30, 2012 10:25 by author Jeff Quibell

Good morning,

Just sending a quick reminder that tonight is the final Public Open House this week for the first steps in MARC’s Creating Sustainable Places 40 Highway Corridor Plan development. The first open house was held in Independence on Tuesday and was featured in The Examiner:

Tonight is Blue Springs’ turn to host, and the open house is scheduled from 5-8 at William Bryant Elementary at Sunny Side & ADP. There are two repeat presentations slated for 5:30 and 7:00. (


We hope to see you there!




Scott H. Allen, AICP

Community Development Director

City of Blue Springs

903 W. Main St.

Blue Springs, MO 64015

(816) 228-0211

Twitter: @scotthallen

Blue Springs Downtown Post Office May Be Relocated

clock August 21, 2012 13:05 by author Jeff Quibell

Following is a letter from the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce to the Chamber Members.  The information is relevant for all of our citizens, so please forward to your friends or let them know they can read this on the website.  Note that the contact information didn’t format well because this page is not wide enough. 

Dear Chamber member,

It is my understanding from my contacts that the Blue Springs Downtown Post Office is planning to close in 6-8 months.  I believe this will have a negative effect on our community.  I understand that there will not be nor is it required to have a public hearing because they are NOT closing the post office, just moving the location or consolidating.  They plan to move the office to the current annex off 7 Highway.

The advice that I was given is that the squeaky wheel gets the oil so we need to make as much noise as possible to let the post office know the location is important to us and that we want it to remain.  Below are the steps outlined that we need to get as many people as we can to do all of these and ask for a response with each contact.

  1. Use to file a complaint.  Once you log into the website, click customer service on the top bar; under email us, click send us an email; once it loads, click the Inquiry type:  Problem; you will then need to choose an area for the encounter of the problem.  I would say customer service because if this happens, we will not have customer service.  Then you will need to choose from several drop downs, the first I picked Support, then Community Issues and finally Other, click Continue, you will then have a box you can type additional information but are limited to 4000 characters so make it count.  You can then continue and it will ask for your contact information.
  2. Leave a complaint call at 1-800-ASK-USPS
  3. Mail a letter of complaint to:  Eric Henry, Manager of Postal Operations                 ALSO:  Gail Hendrix, District Manager

                                                                 United States Postal Service                                                     United States Postal Service

                                                                                300 W. Pershing, Ste. 207                                                           300 W. Pershing, Ste. 207

                                                                                Kansas City, MO  64108                                                               Kansas City, MO  64108

  1. I was told for us to each contact our Congressman and tell them the USPS is planning on closing the post office between 11th/12th Streets and why we don’t want it to move.  This means our congressman that represents us in Washington as well as our State Representative and State Senator.  If our Congressman, Representatives and Senators get enough contact on the matter, they will contact the post office as well.

Here is there contact information:

State Senator                                    State Representatives

Will Kraus                                                               District 54                                              District 55                                                              District 56

(573) 751-1464                                                       Jeanie Lauer                                          Sheila Solon                                                          Mike Cierpiot                                   (573) 751-1487                                      (573) 751-8636                                                       (573) 751-0907


Senator Roy Blunt                                                 Senator Claire McCaskill                                      Congressman Sam Graves                                  Congressman Vicky Hartzler               Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II

(573) 634-2488                                                       (816) 421-1639                                                       (816) 792-3976                                                       (816) 884-3411                                       (816) 833-4345

REMEMBER AFTER EACH POINT  OF CONTACT, ASK FOR A RESPONSE!  Don’t just send the correspondence or phone call and be done with it.  Make them do their work and respond to each of us.  Each member in all of our organizations can do all these steps individually.  Our organizations themselves and the City can draft proper correspondence to SAVE OUR POST OFFICE as well.  We need to make a huge impact if we are going to get any attention.  We need letters from the City, the Chamber, Blue Springs Downtown Alive!, Blue Springs Business Association and any other organizations willing to contact the post office to keep this office open.

I am working on making my contacts now.  If we want to keep the post office in our downtown area, we must show them how much it means to us as a community.

Hope this helps.  As I learn any additional information, I will keep you all informed.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact me directly at 622-3122 or




Donna Best
Kansas City, MO Area Escrow Manager

Chair of the Board, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce

Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce

816.229.8558 Office         816.204.5048 Cell 1000 W Main Street   Blue Springs, MO 64015

The mission of the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce is to develop, promote and facilitate a strong economic environment in which the business community can grow and prosper.

Fall Fun Festival

September 14th, 15th, and 16th 2012

Downtown Blue Springs


2012 Blue Springs Pooches in the Pool

clock August 20, 2012 16:35 by author Jeff Quibell

Saturday, September 15

12 noon – 3 pm

‘The Blue’ Blue Springs Centennial Pool-Plex, 2401 NW Ashton Drive

$6 Dog Swim (Fundraiser for the Blue Springs Dog Park)

New this year – MOKAN DockDogs Demo!

Pooches in the Pool 2012 flyer

ATK Small Caliber Systems to present a $10,000 check for the Veterans Way Memorial

clock August 20, 2012 10:43 by author Jeff Quibell




DATE: August 20, 2012

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


ATK Small Caliber Systems to present a $10,000 check

for the Veterans Way Memorial

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – ATK, which operates the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant adjacent to Blue Springs, has volunteered to be a lead partner for the Veterans Way Memorial. Kent Holiday, the vice president and general manager of ATK Small Caliber Systems, will present a $10,000 check to Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross on Friday, August 24, at 8 a.m. in a special ceremony in front of Blue Springs City Hall, 903 W. Main Street.

“We are honored to be a lead partner in this unique memorial dedicated to veterans of all wars fought in defense of our nation,” said Holiday. “ATK is proud to be the operator of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant and a community steward for the City of Blue Springs. Every employee at Lake City is proud to support and honor all the men and women who served in our armed forces.”

“We are grateful to ATK for being one of the lead partners of The Veterans Way Memorial. Blue Springs is fortunate to have excellent business partners to help bring this memorial to our community,” said Mayor Carson Ross.

The Veterans Way Memorial is dedicated to the sacrifice, courage and valor of all veterans who served our nation. The memorial identifies the site where “The Wall That Heals” was exhibited in Blue Springs in 2010. It serves as a place for personal contemplation or reflection for veterans and veterans’ families and friends, and provides a site for educating youth about the historical significance of wars fought in defense of our nation.

The Veterans Way Memorial is being funded by private donations. All funds are set up with the Truman Heartland Community Foundation, a 501-C-3 organization.

For more information, contact Eleanor Frasier, Veterans Way Memorial Chair at (816) 655-0490 or visit the memorial’s Web site,


BSSD Media TV News Update

clock August 15, 2012 11:10 by author Jeff Quibell

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Weekend Activities in Blue Springs 8/10-8/12

clock August 10, 2012 09:59 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Farmers Market – Saturday, Aug. 11 from 7 a.m. to noon in downtown Blue Springs.  Home grown fruits, vegetables, meats and other items for sale that are locally grown or made by hand. The University of Missouri Extension Office will be giving a ‘Cooking of the Day’ class.

Let’s Move! Saturdays – Saturday, Aug. 11 from 2:00–4:00 p.m. Lunar Bowl, 2001 NW 7 Highway. 

Music in the Park Concert – Sunday, Aug. 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. the band, Johnny Rampage (classic rock) will perform from the gazebo at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, 600 NW Vesper Street. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy this free concert event.

Centennial Pool – Open daily from noon to 7 p.m. through Labor Day. Features two giant water slides, a 25-yard indoor, 50-meter outdoor, and a wading pool. Daily admission is $5 for ages 4 and older (3 and under free), season memberships also available. The pool is located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive.

Adams Pointe Golf Club – 1601 NE RD Mize Road. 18-hole championship course and a practice facility. Call (816) 220-3673 for daily fees and a Tee Time.

For additional information visit or call the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 228-0137.

Pam Buck

Recreation Superintendent

City of Blue Springs Parks & Recreation

office 816-228-0238

cell 816-645-0287

Grow Blue Springs startFEST+DEMO

clock August 9, 2012 09:47 by author Jeff Quibell

Grow Blue Springs



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startFEST+DEMO is a social gathering with an aim to create relationships among startup-oriented entrepreneurs, innovative companies, and members from the investment community. startFEST+DEMO will have 10 new and growing businesses DEMOing innovative solutions.

Each business will be demonstrating their innovations throughout the night, and each entrepreneur will present a 60-second pitch for their business.

Fine beverages, sweets, and hors d'oeuvres will be provided to encourage lively social interaction.

August 21, 2012
(6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

Central Jackson County Fire Protection District Education Center
4715 W US 40 Highway
Blue Springs, MO 64015

For more information, Contact:

Oncologist Joins St. Mary’s Medical Center

clock August 7, 2012 16:51 by author Jeff Quibell

For immediate release Contact: Cyndi Fahrlander, 816-943-2565

Oncologist Joins
St. Mary’s Medical Center


Blue Springs, Mo.– David Bouda, MD, recently joined the medical staff at St. Mary’s Medical Center. Dr. Bouda is board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. He specializes in hematology and oncology.

Dr. Bouda earned his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Bouda completed his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

Dr. Bouda is practicing with Midwest Cancer Care in Kansas City, Mo.

St. Mary’s Medical Center is an active organization in the community offering our patients a caring environment with a wide range of services and expertise. With 146 licensed beds and over 340 active physicians, U.S. News and World Report named St. Mary’s one of the 10 best hospitals in Kansas City.

St. Mary’s is the only hospital in eastern Jackson County earning the Magnet Designation for excellence in nursing care. St. Mary’s also offers a full range of services for women. This includes the Women’s Health Institute composed of the Birthing Center, the first in Missouri, and the Breast Center, complete with Certified Breast Patient Navigators for more personal patient care.

Carondelet Heart Institute at St. Mary’s provides 24-hour cardiac care, diagnostics and interventions. In a National Quality Award, St. Mary’s was named
top performer.

Remember to Vote On August 7, 2012!

clock August 6, 2012 10:02 by author Jeff Quibell

clip_image002Tomorrow is Election Day and with it will come the end of the first round of negative advertisements, half-truths and exaggerated claims of who voted for what and why. One local candidate stands head and shoulders above that negativity, focused solely on the positive and responding honestly and with integrity to the issues that concern the residents.

Chris Lievsay, a colleague of mine on the Blue Springs City Council, is running to represent Blue Springs in the Missouri House of Representatives. While his opponent has joined the chorus of negative campaigning, Chris has remained focused on what is best for Blue Springs.

During Chris’s time on the city council he has been an advocate for the development of the Adams Dairy Landing shopping center. This important development has brought quality shopping to Blue Springs, supports our local economy by bringing new jobs and growth, and is fully supporting itself financially without subsidy from the city of Blue Springs, while bringing additional sales tax revenue.

Chris worked with the rest of the council to insure that the Woods Chapel Road redevelopment projects began on time and as promised. These important updates to our Western boundary will bring new opportunities for long-awaited development.

Along with 60% of our residents Chris supported substantial improvements to public safety in our community. Improvements include a new digital radio system mandated by the federal government and the addition of 17 new positions within the police department, 10 of which are on the street protecting our residents.

Chris actively supports the priorities of the Blue Springs School District and will protect the school district funding that insures that our schools remain the best in the nation. As a strong education advocate, this is one of the highest priorities for Chris.

Chris’s dedication and commitment to Blue Springs has been vital to the growth and betterment of our community. Now more than ever we need an advocate at the state level who truly understands and represents the needs of our community. I heartily give my endorsement to Chris Lievsay to be the first State Representative of the new District 31 which will represent a substantial portion of our city. Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 7, 2012 is Election Day. I encourage you to vote and support Chris Lievsay. He is the best choice, the right choice to represent us in Jefferson City.

BSHS 3rd Annual Football Auction

clock August 1, 2012 11:45 by author Jeff Quibell

BSHS 3rd Annual Football Auction

August 11th at the BSHS Commons

Come join us for Olive Garden for dinner

followed by our silent and live auctions!!

Dinner is $12.50

This is a great way to help support our BSHS Wildcat players and have fun while doing it!

Doors open at 5:15

Dinner at 5:30 and Live Auction bidding starts at 6:15pm

Items include: Home game side line passes, Pre-Game Dinner Deck Parties, Branson Condo Get-a-way packages, Chiefs Signed Footballs, 2 Reserved Student parking spots for an entire semester and much more!!

Contact Renee Weddle at with any questions