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Public Safety Advisory Board Seeks Resident Input at Public Forum – November 12

clock October 30, 2013 09:58 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs, Mo. – On November 12 at 6 p.m., the Blue Springs Police Department and the Blue Springs Public Safety Citizens’ Advisory Board will host their annual public forum to discuss a series of issues related to public safety in Blue Springs. The forum will take place at the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District’s Training Center, 4715 W. Highway 40 and is open to the public.

Advisory Board Chairman Tom Echerd will preside at the forum and encourages any interested persons to attend. “Treanor Architects, MWL Architects and Burns & McDonnell will give a presentation on the status of the Public Safety Building expansion and remodeling project approved as part of the Public Safety Sales Tax,” said Echerd. “These meetings represent the Board’s ongoing efforts to keep residents informed and engaged in the activities of our Blue Springs Police Department.”

At a recent meeting, the Board established the following topics that are of great interest to the community and will be on the agenda for the November 12 public forum:

• The Blue Springs Police Department's Traffic Control Unit has made a concerted effort to reduce speeding violations in areas where accidents frequently occur, school zones and other areas in response to citizen's requests. What concerns do you have regarding the enforcement of traffic ordinances in our community? What suggestions do you have?
• What changes in coverage or services provided by our Animal Control unit would you like to see?
• What other services related to public safety would you like the Blue Springs Police Department provide or help coordinate?

“I encourage all residents to come and provide any input they may have. It is through the community’s partnership with the Blue Springs Police Department that we will be able to create and maintain the safest community possible,” Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy said. “We value everyone’s input; by working together we can celebrate our successes while gaining an understanding of those areas where residents feel we can do better.”

Blue Springs Public Safety Citizens’ Advisory Board
The Blue Springs Public Safety Citizens’ Advisory Board was created by City Ordinance in August 2009. The six-member board is comprised of two residents from each City Council District, along with non-voting ex officio members that include representatives from the Blue Springs Police Department, City Council and a student from the Blue Springs School District.

Public Safety Sales Tax
In April 2011, voters passed the 1/2 cent dedicated Public Safety Sales Tax to address needs found in the Public Safety Citizen's Advisory Board analysis. The Public Safety Advisory Board, made up of Blue Springs citizens, is charged with oversight of the tax. The Advisory Board makes regularly scheduled reports to the City Council on spending of funds collected by the tax and report on performance goals. These reports can be found on the City’s Web site by visiting


Kansas City Star recommends a yes vote for Blue Springs Parks

clock October 24, 2013 10:49 by author Jeff Quibell

The Star’s recommendation

Vote for better parks in Blue Springs

Updated: 2013-10-24T00:54:35Z

October 23

Blue Springs is one of the few large Missouri cities without a dedicated tax for parks improvements and one of the few in the Kansas City area without a community center.

City officials have put together a strong plan that would dramatically change that equation.

On Nov. 5, voters are being asked to approve a permanent, half-cent sales tax increase that would raise $3 million a year to finance parks-related projects, including a new recreation center.

The Star recommends a “yes” vote on the question.

Mayor Carson Ross recently praised the city’s park commission for spending a great deal of time evaluating the city’s needs. Members spoke to longtime residents as well as high school students to determine what activities and amenities would appeal to them.

Clear, sensible priorities emerged for this forward-looking community.

• Better maintain the city’s current parks, trails, tennis courts, playgrounds and shelters.

• Construct a community center that appeals to all ages with activities such as an indoor aquatic center, basketball and volleyball courts, an indoor track, meeting space and teen center.

Add park programs for seniors and others, and complete trails and improvements such as youth soccer fields in three existing parks.

Under a different city administration, Blue Springs officials tried but failed to pass a parks-related tax in 2001. The city has added about 4,000 people since then, and the need has grown to maintain aging parks and trails. Meanwhile, several area cities have built their own community centers.

Blue Springs voters should take advantage of this opportunity to invest in public assets that make the city attractive to residents and businesses.

City to Celebrate the Completion of Phase I of the Woods Chapel Road Reconstruction Project

clock October 21, 2013 14:03 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, October 23 to celebrate substantial completion of Phase I of the Woods Chapel Road Reconstruction Project. The ceremony begins at 4 p.m. and will be held overlooking the Diverging Diamond Interchange from the parking lot of Pizza Hut, 1512 Woods Chapel Road, Blue Springs, Mo.

“This investment in our infrastructure addresses long-identified traffic flow concerns in past citizen visioning sessions and our annual Citizen Satisfaction Surveys,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “The reconstructed Woods Chapel Road corridor has dramatically streamlined rush hour congestion, better serves our existing businesses and creates a beautiful western gateway into Blue Springs.”

“This infrastructure investment has spurred new business interest to locate along the re-developing Woods Chapel Corridor,” said City Administrator Eric Johnson. “In August 2012, the concept plan for the Oaks at Woods Chapel was approved unanimously by the City Council and the first tenant, CVS, opened in August 2013.”

Construction on Phase I of the Woods Chapel Road Project began in April 2012 with a project cost of approximately thirteen million dollars. The City saved over ten million dollars by incorporating a diverging diamond interchange into the project design which repurposes the existing bridge over I-70. Over 30,000 vehicles travel through the Woods Chapel Road corridor daily.

Phase II of the Woods Chapel Road Reconstruction Project is currently undergoing utility relocations and is expected to be under construction throughout 2014 with substantial completion in the spring of 2015.


In August 2008, Blue Springs residents passed two bond issues for street and sewer improvements.

Question 1 authorized the use of a $35 million revenue bond for sewer facility improvements to meet mandated environmental regulations and to take advantage of low-interest state financing.

Question 2 authorized the issuance of $28 million in general obligation “No Tax Increase” bonds for road and intersection improvements including the widening of Woods Chapel Road, improvements to Duncan Road at Woods Chapel Road/R.D. Mize Road intersection, the extension of Moreland School Road to Liggett Road and improvements to the Colbern Road and Highway 7 intersection.

In September 2010, the City celebrated the completion of Moreland School Road to Liggett Road Extension Bond project. In January 2012, the Colbern Road & Highway 7 Intersection improvements were completed and in July 2013 the City of Blue Springs and the City of Grain Valley celebrated the completion of the Sni-a-Bar Waste Water Treatment Facility improvements.

For more information, contact Jeff Sell, Assistant Director of Public Works at (816) 228-0121.