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Red, White and Blue Springs! City Fireworks Features Fun, Fireworks and Music

clock July 3, 2013 10:35 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: July 1, 2013

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Red, White and Blue Springs! City Fireworks Features Fun, Fireworks and Music

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs invites residents to an Independence Day celebration on Thursday, July 4 at Peve Stadium, 2000 NW Ashton Drive. Guests are welcome to arrive as early as 6:30 p.m. to get a good spot and concessions will be available for the event.

The City has partnered with KFKF-FM Country 94.1 to present a special concert beginning at 7 p.m. featuring Columbia Nashville recording artist Tyler Farr with special guest 6 Degrees West kicking off the free show.

The fireworks display will begin after the concert at 9:30 p.m. Watching a professional fireworks display is a safe, family-friendly way to enjoy the holiday – and it’s free! In case of inclement weather, the display will be moved to Friday, July 5.

This year’s display is sponsored by the City of Blue Springs, KFKF-FM Country 94.1, the Blue Springs McDonalds and the Blue Springs Courtyard by Marriot.

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Looking for the Jaycees Fireworks Booth? They have moved

clock July 3, 2013 10:33 by author Jeff Quibell

If you are wondering where the Jaycees Fireworks Tent is located this year, look diagonally across the street from their old location at the former Food Barn now Wal-Mart Neighborhood market.

They are located in the south parking lot of the Blue Springs 8 Cinema this year.  Have a safe and fun 4th of July!


Red, White and Blue Springs - City Fireworks Features Fun Fireworks and Music

clock July 1, 2013 14:24 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

MEDIA ALERT

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: July 1, 2013

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Red, White and Blue Springs! City Fireworks Features Fun, Fireworks and Music

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs invites residents to an Independence Day celebration on Thursday, July 4 at Peve Stadium, 2000 NW Ashton Drive. Guests are welcome to arrive as early as 6:30 p.m. to get a good spot and concessions will be available for the event.

The City has partnered with KFKF-FM Country 94.1 to present a special concert beginning at 7 p.m. featuring Columbia Nashville recording artist Tyler Farr with special guest 6 Degrees West kicking off the free show.

The fireworks display will begin after the concert at 9:30 p.m. Watching a professional fireworks display is a safe, family-friendly way to enjoy the holiday – and it’s free! In case of inclement weather, the display will be moved to Friday, July 5.

This year’s display is sponsored by the City of Blue Springs, KFKF-FM Country 94.1, the Blue Springs McDonalds and the Blue Springs Courtyard by Marriot.

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Blue Springs 8 Announces Grand Opening–Come see our newly remodeled movie theatre

clock June 25, 2013 16:02 by author Jeff Quibell

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION
imageBlue Springs 8 Theatre Announces the GRAND Opening of the New 8-Screen All-Digital Movie Theatre in Blue Springs, MO.

Under new ownership and management, the Blue Springs 8 Theatre will open the New 8-screen, all-digital movie complex on Thursday, June 27th, 2013. The New 8 located at 1901 NW Hwy 7, Blue Springs MO 64015 will showcase new screens, new concession, new seats, enhanced sound systems, and digital presentation in every auditorium. The theatre will feature RealD 3D capability in three of the auditoriums.

"The newly renovated Blue Springs 8 will be the perfect complement to the incredible community of Blue Springs” states Bob Hartley, Blue Springs 8 Owner. "We've experienced overwhelming support and great encouragement from so many within this community. City staff, School District Personnel, Students, local business men and women and pretty much everyone we have encountered on this journey have cheered us on. It was this overwhelming support from the community at large that convinced us that providing Blue Springs with a top quality local movie theatre, was the right investment to make. It is our commitment to always provide the Blue Springs Community the best entertainment experience they could wish for. “

The New 8 offers the latest technology, cutting edge amenities and customer-preferred options all under one roof. The amenities include:

  • State-of-the-art viewing environment. 
  • Digital projection powered by NEC projectors; RealD 3D capability. 
  • Custom digital surround sound system featuring the latest in sound technology that will enable customers to hear the movie as the filmmakers intended. 
  • A completely renovated lobby with a new crew-serve concession stand - offering freshly-popped popcorn, Coca-Cola fountain beverages and favorite candy brands, nachos, pretzels, hotdogs and so much more. 
  • A lounge area in the lobby that can easily be set up for small parties. 
  • All new plush seating in all auditoriums. 
  • 54” row spacing allowing plenty of leg room between seats. 
  • The friendliest professional staff guided by a seasoned management team committed to you, the community.

Several grand opening activities and offers are planned. Our ribbon cutting ceremony, with Pete Grigsby as the master of ceremony, will be held at 4:00 pm on Thursday June 27th. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday of our opening weekend (6/28, 6/29 & 6/30), all customers will enjoy $5.00 discounted ticket pricing for the 1pm show time. 3D shows are only $8.00 at the 1pm shows. In addition, all show times will offer $1 medium soda and $1 medium popcorn pricing. More information and show times can be found at http://www.bluesprings8theatre.com/

For daily updates please follow us on Face book - Blue Springs 8 Theatre, and on Twitter – BlueSprings8


Woods Chapel Road Construction Update Carl Felt Road Closure - New Traffic Pattern on Bridge

clock June 25, 2013 15:51 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

PRESS RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: June 25, 2013

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Woods Chapel Road Construction Update

Carl Felt Road Closure; New Traffic Pattern on Bridge

Blue Springs, Mo. – Carl Felt Drive will be closed at Woods Chapel Road for over one month beginning Thursday, June 27, weather permitting. This will allow the reconstruction of the southbound lanes of Woods Chapel Road. Traffic will be detoured onto 36th Street to the South Outer Road.

In conjunction with this closure, traffic will shift from the west side of the bridge to the east side of the bridge. Due to this new traffic pattern, the road narrows to two lanes increasing congestion during peak periods.

Motorists are advised to exercise caution in this area, plan their travel accordingly and seek alternate routes for the next 6 weeks.

For more information, contact Public Works Department at (816) 228-0121.

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8th Annual Pooches on the Parkway!

clock May 7, 2013 09:13 by author Jeff Quibell

SAVE THE DATE!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Young Park

1200 SE Adams Dairy Parkway

Our 8th annual event features a leisurely dog walk at 9 a.m. then stop by the exhibit area to view dog related products, services, and adoption groups. Watch demonstrations and join in various games and contests which makes this one of our most popular events!

Click here for event information and registration


Blue Springs Residents Give High Marks for City Services

clock May 7, 2013 09:06 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

PRESS RELEASE

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: May 6, 2013

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Blue Springs Residents Give High Marks for City Services

Annual Citizen Survey Reflects Improvements in Citizen Satisfaction

Blue Springs, Mo. – Results of Blue Springs’ annual DirectionFinder Citizen Satisfaction Survey are in, and findings reflect significant improvements in citizen satisfaction with City programs and services. According to the most recent survey, conducted during the Winter of 2013, Blue Springs residents are pleased with the City overall, particularly in the areas of public safety, city maintenance, city communications, parks facilities, leadership from elected officials and city administration, and the quality of customer service from city staff.

The DirectionFinder Survey, administered by ETC Institute, is designed to assess citizen satisfaction with the delivery of major city services and to help determine priorities for the community as part of the City’s ongoing planning process.

Findings from the survey indicate that a majority of residents (81%) are pleased with the quality of the police services and protection of the Blue Springs Police Department, 78% are satisfied with the quality of the City’s water and sewer utilities, 81% are pleased with the quality of City parks facilities and 87% are satisfied with the City’s primary communication source with residents, the Blue Springs Magazine.

The survey reports that 83% of residents feel that commercial areas in Blue Springs are better than they were 5 years ago, 81% of residents are satisfied with the overall quality of shopping opportunities in the city and that 90% of residents want the City to take proactive measures to encourage existing and new business redevelopment along major business corridors in Blue Springs.

Citizens are also satisfied with the overall customer service the City provides its residents through various programs and services. According to the survey, 79% of residents rated City employees as courteous and polite and indicated employees were easy to contact.

During his presentation of the survey results to the City Council on May 6, Chris Tatham of ETC Institute said, “the City should be very proud of this year’s results, many communities across the nation have experienced significant declines in citizen satisfaction due to the current economic environment, Blue Springs has continued to improve on survey results with several areas improving by double digits in recent years.”

Tatham also noted that of the 90 areas that were assessed in 2010, the City of Blue Springs improved or stayed the same in 65 of those areas. Some of the more significant increases included:

· Effectiveness of community planning (+8%)

· Maintenance of major City streets (+8%)

· Availability of bicycle lanes (+8%)

· Effectiveness of the City Administrator and staff (+7%)

· Types of new commercial/retail redevelopment in the City (+7%)

· Maintenance of City streets and sidewalks (+6%)

· How well the City is planning for future growth (+6%)

· Effectiveness of City communication with the public (+6%)

“This type of significant improvement in major service areas where communities around the country are generally seeing decline, is commendable” said Tatham. “The City of Blue Springs can be proud of its accomplishments in 2013, and should continue exercising the planning and implementation necessary to maintain quality services for its residents.”

Other major findings show significant increases in citizen satisfaction with the quality of Blue Springs’ leadership, which increased in all categories by 20% since 2007. Mayor Carson Ross said he attributes such high marks to a vision that he believes is shared by City Council, staff and many community stakeholders.

“I was elected in 2008 and reelected in 2012 by the citizens of Blue Springs to create and implement a cohesive vision and direction for our community. Together with staff and the City Council, we established a number of new programs, citizen engagement efforts and new spending priorities to meet citizens’ needs for a quality community. We continue to implement and plan for many of the ideas and priorities set forth in our citizen visioning processes and Council strategic planning. We can attribute the success of the 2013 survey to the efforts of our city leaders to listen, plan and act accordingly.”

City Administrator Eric Johnson, while pleased with the results from this year’s survey, said he is focused on the importance of using the annual assessment document for future planning efforts.

“We are pleased to know that residents have become increasingly satisfied with city services,” said Johnson. “Perhaps more important, however, is how we will use the survey as a planning tool to help guide important program and service decisions in the future. Our purpose for conducting the survey is to gauge not only how well we’re doing, but to determine what areas need additional attention in the upcoming year. Our goal is to always understand the expectations and priorities of our residents and customers and use feedback to continuously help us improve everything we do.”

While results reflected significant improvements in several areas, the survey also provided indication where additional focus is warranted. According to the survey, the three major areas that residents thought should receive the most emphasis from the City over the next two years include maintenance of City streets and sidewalks and the flow of traffic and congestion in Blue Springs.

“Each year the City attempts to address these areas of citizen concerns through its annual Operating Budget, Capital Improvements Program (CIP), and best practice implementation,” said Johnson.

“As an example, the City Council has continued to use the DirectionFinder Survey results to define an aggressive Street Maintenance Program that allocates $2.5 million a year to rehabilitate streets throughout the City. In the future we will continue to utilize the DirectionFinder survey as a mechanism to help align citizens’ service priorities with the policy goals of our City Council,” Johnson added.

Although the City has been conducting regular citizen surveys since 1989, this was the eight time Blue Springs conducted a DirectionFinder Survey. The first DirectionFinder was administered in 2000. The full report of the 2013 citizen survey results is located on the City’s website at www.bluespringsgov.com/citizensurvey.

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