News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Rep. Jeanie Lauer Named to House Majority Whip Team

clock January 31, 2013 12:37 by author Jeff Quibell


From the Office of

Representative Jeanie Lauer

32nd District


January 29, 2013

CONTACT: Representative Jeanie Lauer

(573) 751-1487


Rep. Jeanie Lauer Named to House Majority Whip Team

Jeanie Lauer will serve as Deputy Whip for the 2013 Legislative Session

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Rep. Lauer, Republican-Blue Springs, was named to the Majority Whip team in the Missouri House this week – a position that will give him/her a more prominent role in determining the outcome of priority legislation. Lauer was named to the team by House Majority Whip, Rep. Sandy Crawford, R-Buffalo.

As part of the Majority Whip team, Lauer will be responsible for assisting Rep. Crawford in rounding up votes on critical issues and communicating policy positions to other members of the majority. As one of four Deputy Whips, Lauer will be responsible for coordinating the activities of 6 floor whips who will assist in informing caucus members on key issues and votes.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to play a much greater role in the legislative process,” said Lauer. “This position offers me a great opportunity to better represent the interests of the 32nd district. I look forward to working to help ensure the passage of legislation that will be of great benefit to the people in our area, as well as the entire state of Missouri.”

Lauer added that her new post allows her to become more involved in a wider variety of legislative matters.


Chili Dogs, Let’s Move, Etc. Things to do in Blue Springs this weekend!

clock January 31, 2013 10:06 by author Jeff Quibell

Chili Dog Dinner & Auction (Fundraiser for Blue Springs Dog Park) – Saturday, Feb 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper Street. Lots of food, DJ music, raffles, dog tag game & over 40 silent auction items.

Let’s Move! Saturdays Saturday, Feb 2 from 11 to noon. Dance Party at Dynamic Dance, 1901 SW 40 Highway.

Centennial Pool-Plex - Lap Swim – Saturday, Feb 2 from 11 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.  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

Invest 2 Fight Hunger Pilot Program

clock January 22, 2013 17:09 by author Jeff Quibell

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Contact: DeLoss Jahnke, 317-802-4218

“Invest 2 Fight Hunger Pilot Program”

INDIANAPOLIS – The National FFA Organization has selected the Blue Springs and Blue Springs South FFA chapters to participate in the Invest 2 Fight Hunger (I2FH) Pilot Program. Only 30 chapters were extended this opportunity across the nation. Blue Springs and Blue Springs South FFA will be hosting at least four educational workshops regarding hunger and its related issues.

The National FFA Organization is committed to helping combat hunger by providing its chapters and members with resources and opportunities to engage in this important cause. The Invest 2 Fight Hunger (I2FH) Pilot Program will provide opportunities for students to put their FFA leadership skills into action by educating their community. In addition, the chapter will partner with its local ADM grain elevator and Feeding America Food Bank to help provide relief for needy area citizens.

The Invest 2 Fight Hunger Pilot Program is sponsored by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

About the Howard G. Buffett Foundation

Established in 1999, the Howard G. Buffett Foundation’s primary mission is to combat hunger and improve the standard of living for vulnerable populations throughout the world. The Foundation invests in a full spectrum of initiatives to address global hunger and food insecurity including: direct humanitarian aid for populations in crisis; agricultural development for smallholder farmers, particularly women; livelihood improvement for smallholders through commercial market access; academic and field research to increase farmer productivity in resource-constrained contexts; and advocacy campaigns to sustain and scale best practices. Learn more at

About The National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization, formerly known as the Future Farmers of America, is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.



Home in Need of Some Minor Repairs? 2013 Minor Home Repair Program Still Accepting Applications

clock January 22, 2013 17:02 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs, Mo. – Residents looking to make minor repairs to the exterior of their homes may be eligible to do so through the Blue Springs Minor Home Repair Program. The Minor Home Repair Program (MHRP) will accept applications through Friday, February 1, 2013. The MHRP was developed in response to the City Council's implementation of Blue Springs’ Property Maintenance Code.

The MHRP is designed to offer a program that primarily assists homeowners who do not have the financial means to respond to code violations that may exist at their single-family, residential property. The funding for the program is from the City’s Community Development Block Grant received from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“The Minor Home Repair Program brings value and opportunity to residents and their neighborhoods alike,” said Community Development Director Scott Allen. “Through this program, our goal is to provide some much-needed repairs for those who otherwise may not have the ability to make such improvements.”

The emphasis of the MHRP is on neighborhood conservation, and only minor exterior home repairs are eligible. In 2012, eight participants received grants that totaled over $39,000 to make repairs to their homes. The MHRP encourages a high level of maintenance among property owners in a neighborhood and helps to cure the most visible home defects which may adversely affect the value of the home as well as surrounding properties.

For more information or to apply for the Minor Home Repair Program, contact Lauren Gowdy, Associate Planner at (816) 220-4504 or visit


Residents invited to Downtown Historic Survey Kick-off meeting

clock January 22, 2013 15:19 by author Jeff Quibell





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


DATE: January 17, 2013

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Residents invited to Downtown Historic Survey Kick-off meeting

Blue Springs, Mo. – Residents are invited to participate in a kick-off meeting for the Downtown Historic Survey on Wednesday, January 23 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, 1100 SW Smith Street, Blue Springs, Mo.

The Historic Preservation Commission will oversee this survey effort with the assistance of a professional consultant, Rosin Preservation, LLC. Over the next month, the project team will be conducting in-depth archival research and fieldwork to document historic properties including taking photographs of the building’s exterior and documenting physical condition and alterations. The survey area will concentrate on structures from Highway 7 to 19th Street and Main to Walnut Streets.

The survey and inventory work plays a critical role in historic preservation. This research will provide the city with a record of its historical development, as well as help identify potential historic resources and/or historic districts within the survey area.

The City received a service-based grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, State Historic Preservation Office to update its existing inventory and survey for the first time since 1986.

If you have any questions, concerns or if you would like to share any information such as historic photographs or maps, please contact Michael Peterman, principal planner at (816) 228-0142.


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Call To Artists for the Blue Springs Fine Art Show

clock January 7, 2013 17:04 by author Jeff Quibell

DATE: January 6, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: Blue Springs Art League

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Call To Artists for the Blue Springs Fine Art Show

The Blue Springs Art League and its co-sponsors, the City of Blue Springs Parks and Recreation Department and ImageMakers Photo Club invite artists to submit entries in the Blue Springs 35th Annual Fine Art Show. This very popular and unique art show will take place March 9 & 10, 2013 at Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper, Blue Springs, Missouri. Admission is free to the public.

All artists must preregister. The entry fee is $35 per artist for a maximum of two pieces. Early registration is encouraged due to space limitations. Artist registration forms are available at the Vesper Hall information desk (400 NW Vesper), Blue Springs Parks and Recreation desk (City Hall, 903 Main) and both Blue Springs Mid-Continent Libraries (850 NW Hunter Drive and 2220 SW 7 Highway). The deadline for entries is February 22, 2013.

For additional information, please call one of the Fine Art Show Co-Chairs: Teddy Jackson (816-224-4634) Joanne Sutherland (816-697-2908) or Phyllis Wilkins (816-229-0742).

There are eleven categories: Transparent (watercolor), Opaque (oil or acrylic), Pastel, Mixed Media (2 or more mediums), Drawing (pencil, charcoal, pen & ink, colored pencil), Animal/Wildlife (all mediums, no photography), Portrait (human only, all mediums, no photography), 3-D Sculpture (free-standing), Photography-Color, Photography-Black & White, and Photography-Wildlife.

Cash awards will be given: Best of Show ($150), Best of Show–Photography ($150), Second Best of Show ($100), Third Best of Show ($75), and First ($50), Second ($35) and Third ($25) Places in each category.

Residents invited to attend the second community center feasibility meeting

clock January 6, 2013 16:06 by author Jeff Quibell

Mayor Ross and the City Council of Blue Springs are considering the feasibility of building a Community Center. On Tuesday, January 8th, our citizens will have an opportunity to participate in the process. I encourage each of you to consider attending if your schedule permits. Following is the press release from the city:

Residents invited to attend the second community center feasibility meeting

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City Council and Park Commission invite residents to attend the second community center feasibility meeting on Tuesday, January 8, 6:30 p.m. at the Blue Springs Freshman Center, 2013 NW Vesper Street. The meeting will be in the Commons area.

This meeting will feature a presentation to the Park Commission as to the status of the feasibility study. The presentation will include information regarding market analysis, final survey results, preliminary center features and next steps. After the presentation, residents are invited to participate in a question and answer session.

This public meeting is part of a feasibility study conducted by SFS Architecture partnering with Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture to examine options related to size, amenities, programming and community support. A final report, expected in April, will also include a market analysis, construction cost estimates, projected operating expenses and potential facility locations.

For more information on the feasibility study or other issues related to a potential community center, contact Dennis Dovel, Director of Parks & Recreation at (816) 228-0265.


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clock January 6, 2013 15:23 by author Jeff Quibell


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Carondelet Heart Institute Earns Echocardiography Accreditation

clock January 2, 2013 16:16 by author Jeff Quibell

For immediate release

January 2, 2013                                                                                Contact: Cyndi Fahrlander 816-943-2565

Carondelet Heart Institute

Earns Echocardiography Accreditation

Kansas City, Mo.—The Carondelet Heart Institute has earned a three-year accreditation in echocardiography by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

The inpatient and outpatient services for the Carondelet Heart Institute at St. Joseph Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center and its Lee’s Summit clinic all earned the accreditation in the area of Adult Transthoracic and Adult Transesophageal. It shows the Carondelet Heart Institute has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The accreditation is earned only by those facilites found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a conprehensive application process and detailed case study review.

Echocardiography is a painless tests that uses sound waves to create moving pictures of the heart. The skill of the sonographer, the type of the equipment used, and the knowledge of the interpreting physician are critical to quality testing. In earning the accrediation, patients coming to the Carondelet Heart Institute can rest assured the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations.

“The accredition is a ‘seal of approval’ from the commission,” says Amy Mehaffy, Director of Cardiology Services for Carondelet Health. “Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. Echocardiography is one of the tools we use to diagnose heart disease and patients coming to the Carondelet Heart Institute can know they can rely on us.”

The IAC encourages patients to inquire about the accreditation status of the facility where their examinations will be performed.

Cyndi Fahrlander

Sr. Marketing and Communications Specialist

Carondelet Health

816-943-2565 (St. Joseph)

816-655-5361 (St. Mary’s)

Jeff Quibell Appointed Vice Chair of National Information Technology & Communications Policy Committee

clock January 1, 2013 17:56 by author Jeff Quibell


For Immediate Release

December 18, 2012


Gregory Minchak


Ally Freeman


Jeff Quibell Appointed Vice Chair of National Information Technology & Communications Policy Committee

Washington, DC – Jeff Quibell, Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Blue Springs, Missouri, has been appointed as vice chair of the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Information Technology & Communications Committee in 2013.  Quibell’s appointment was announced today by NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ. 

The Information Technology & Communications Committee is responsible for developing policy positions on issues involving telecommunications and information systems (and public access to these systems), privacy concerns, cable TV, phone services, spectrum issues, communications tower siting, universal service, broadcasting, and defense of city rights-of-way from degradation caused by installation of communications facilities. These positions are considered annually by NLC membership and incorporated into the National Municipal Policy. They also help guide NLC’s federal advocacy efforts.

Working with Quibell on the committee are Larry Kitchens, Chair, and Beth Humenik, Vice Chair.

“Our committee leadership plays an integral role in shaping NLC’s policy positions. I look forward to working with these dedicated city leaders as we advocate NLC’s message and priorities on Capitol Hill, with the Administration and in our cities and towns across the country,” said Mayor Lopez Rogers. 

“It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to assist in the formation of NLC’s technology policy positions.  I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Information Technology & Communications Committee,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Jeff Quibell.

The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.