News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Sni-A-Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant Ribbon Cutting

clock July 30, 2013 15:36 by author Jeff Quibell

The City of Blue Springs along with the City of Grain Valley will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, July 31 to celebrate the completion of the Sni-A-Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion project. The ceremony begins at 4 p.m. and will be held at the Sni-A-Bar Wastewater Treatment plant located at 4600 S Seymour Road, Grain Valley, MO 64029.

“This joint project between the City of Blue Springs and Grain Valley has been a huge success,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “This expansion highlighted our desire to be environmentally sensitive, fiscally prudent, and to collaborate on a mutually beneficial project.”

The Sni-A-Bar Wastewater Sewer plant is shared resource between The City of Blue Springs and the City of Grain Valley. The expansion project increased plant capacity from 6 to 10 million gallons a day and allows the plant to address environmental regulations and meet growth projections for the next 20 years.

This project incorporated an innovative ‘green’ solution for solid waste treatment, which reduces the processing costs. The new ‘green’ feature is the implementation of reed bed technology. Specially designed reed beds offer a simple, robust and cost-effective means of wastewater solids treatment. The reeds planted in the beds naturally pull out impurities found in the sludge and transforms a wastewater byproduct into a useable material.

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 the 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. The Colbern Road and Highway 7 Intersection improvements were completed in January 2012. Phase 1 of the Woods Chapel Road Project is on schedule and utility relocations have begun on Phase 2 with construction beginning this fall.

For more information, contact Chris Sandie, at (816) 228-0121.

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Blue Springs City Council Work Session July 29 2013 on EMS Service Subsidy

clock July 30, 2013 11:51 by author Jeff Quibell

The following video was recorded on an iPad at the work session meeting.  This is because the City of Blue Springs does not currently record and broadcast work sessions.  Note that the audio is complete, but the video is not managed like is possible with the camera equipment permanently installed in the room.  I recorded this session at the request of numerous constituents that were unable to attend the meeting and wanted to hear the council’s rational for what ever decisions might be made at the meeting.

Hopefully in the future we will broadcast these meetings using the city’s equipment.  I will certainly be advocating that during the August 2013 budget session for the 2013-2014 year and continuing forward.  Giving our citizens the opportunity to understand the rationale for the decisions we make was one of the original reasons for televising our council meetings.  Work sessions should not be treated any differently.

Sincerely,

Jeff Quibell


Formula for calculating the effect of a property tax increase on personal property taxes such as on your car

clock July 18, 2013 14:58 by author Jeff Quibell

In order to calculate the impact of the property tax proposed by CJCFPD on personal property:

Calculation: Value of the vehicle X assessment rate for personal property tax X property tax rate /100 = Increase in property tax

Sample: $10,000 X .33 X .15/100 = $4.95

The CJCFPD tax will be implemented over a three year period, so in the above example, the new taxes would be:

2013 - $1.65
2014 - $3.30
2015 - $4.95


Temporary Closure of Walnut Street

clock July 18, 2013 14:51 by author Jeff Quibell

Hello!

Just an FYI, Please be advised that Walnut Street , between SW 11th and SW 15th Streets, is scheduled to be closed for curb replacement and sidewalk repair.

Weather permitting, the closure will begin July 22 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily for over one week, excluding weekends. Traffic will be detoured to Main Street .

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

Kim Nakahodo
Communications Manager
City of Blue Springs , Mo.
903 W. Main Street
Blue Springs , MO 64015
Phone:   (816) 655-0497
             (816) 651-6449
Fax:       (816) 228-7592
Email:    knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com
www.bluespringsgov.com
Twitter:  bluespringsgov
www.facebook.com/bluespringsgov


Stuff to do this weekend–July 20-21

clock July 18, 2013 14:36 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Farmers Market – Saturday, July 20 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.

Let’s Move! Saturdays – Saturday, July 20 11 a.m. to noon. Dynamic Dance, 1901 SW Hwy 40 – Sock Hop Dance Party, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Watson Rolladium, 513 WE Keystone Drive. Open roller skating.

Music in the Park Concert Series – Sunday, July 21, 6-8 p.m. in Rotary Park at Railroad, 400 NW Vesper Street . Featuring Knuckle Busters – blues & rock  sponsored by B2 Lighting FX.

Centennial Pool-Plex – Open noon to 7 p.m. daily.  25-yard Indoor, 50-meter outdoor pool featuring two water-slides, and zero-depth wading pool area with children’s water features. The pool-plex 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 www.bluespringsgov.com/parks or call the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 228-0137.


Correction of the facts regarding how Blue Springs has funded Ambulance Service over the years

clock July 17, 2013 12:54 by author Jeff Quibell

Following the distribution of my July 17, 2013 Newsletter, Councilman Fowler contacted me to let me know that I had misstated the information in his motion that I referred to in my newsletter. He is correct, I said he was talking about a sales tax, his motion was regarding the city’s property tax. The remainder of my comments remains accurate as to how I viewed his motion.


What are the facts regarding how Blue Springs has funded Ambulance Service over the years?

clock July 17, 2013 05:00 by author Jeff Quibell

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In 1974 the city passed a general sales tax.  The ballot language was as follows:

“Shall the sales tax ordinance be approved?

Ordinance No. 760 of the City of Blue Springs, Missouri, passed September 19, 1974, imposing a city sales tax at the rate of one percent (1%) on the receipts from the sale at retail of all tangible personal property or taxable services at retail if such property and services are subject to the sales tax imposed by the State of Missouri, for a period of five (5) years.”

In 1979 the ballot language for renewal was as follows:

“Shall the City’s 1% sales tax be retained?”

Both ballot measures were approved.  Over the years the city has added and removed many services that are/were paid for by the 1% general sales tax.  But as you can see, there is no dedicated tax for ambulance service in Blue Springs and there never has been.

Councilman Ron Fowler’s motion at a recent council meeting did not adequately define what amount he would remove from the general sales tax that currently only provides a partial subsidy for the ambulance service in Blue Springs.  His motion also did not make a persuasive case for adjusting the sales tax because the tax is not dedicated to the purpose we were discussing and changes in revenue distribution occur every year within our general budget.  As the needs of the city change the Council must have the flexibility to adjust funding to meet those needs.

For many years the City of Blue Springs has held the ambulance license for the entire area that is covered by Central Jackson County Fire Protection District (CJC), including areas outside the city limits.  We contract ambulance service to CJC and subsidize the service.  Until recently the city collected the fees billed to the users of the ambulance and our taxpayers subsidized any short fall out of our general fund.  There is no dedicated funding source for ambulance service.  In addition, when we subsidize this service we are doing it for areas of unincorporated Jackson County, Grain Valley, and Lake Tapawingo at no direct cost to them.  The City of Blue Springs is the only entity responsible for the subsidy.

Blue Springs has agreed to transfer the ambulance license to CJC and the issue on the ballot is how CJC is proposing to eliminate the Blue Springs subsidy.  When we transferred the license to CJC recently we also transferred the user payments to them as well.  The end result will be all of us in the CJC district will contribute directly to the service we receive including the County, Grain Valley, and Lake Tapawingo residents.  This allows money that currently subsidizes the ambulance service to be redirected to meeting needs in the Blue Springs community.

If the issue fails to pass, the license will transfer back to Blue Springs along with the fee revenue.  Things would then return to as they were before we transferred the license to CJC.   If this happens, the city will have to look at alternatives, but our options are not set in stone.  We believe the CJC provides the best service in the area and the best way to continue to receive that level of service is for it to be fully under their control.

Finally Blue Springs at 2% continues to have one of the lowest city sales tax rates in the metropolitan area. In recent years the City has also fixed our sales tax leakage problems by encouraging new retail developments in our city. Because of this, some of our sales tax revenue is paid by shoppers from outside our city. It is great to have these low tax rates and to be able to continue to provide quality services to our citizens!

I would encourage you to support CJC’s ballot issue in August and share this information with your friends. Thank you for the opportunity to be of service!

Jeff Quibell
District 1 Councilman
City of Blue Springs


Blue Springs Kiwanis Supports CJCFPD Levy to be voted on April 6th

clock July 16, 2013 15:55 by author Jeff Quibell

By a unanimous vote today the Kiwanis Club of Blue Springs voted to endorse the EJC Fire Protection District Levy to be voted on Aug 6th.

If you’d like more info click the link below.

http://www.cjcfpd.org/cjc/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=89:2013-levy-presentation&catid=1&Itemid=100100