News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

JOIN the Blue Springs Historical Society for a BENEFIT to RESTORE Our Train DEPOT!

clock March 4, 2013 09:47 by author Jeff Quibell



(Photo from CD Album)

And a Silent Auction

Featuring a Guitar and Case from Meyer Music,

Women’s Seiko Watch from Kennedy’s Jewelers


Friday, March 8th ~ 7:00 p.m.

First Baptist Church Auditorium

15th & Main Street, Downtown Blue Springs, MO

Admission: $10.00/person or

$25.00/family (any number of people)

Questions: Shirl Quick 220-0232 or

City offices closing tomorrow (2/21/2013) due to severe winter weather warning

clock February 20, 2013 16:58 by author Jeff Quibell





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


DATE:              February 20, 2013

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


City offices closing tomorrow due to severe winter weather warning

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – For the safety of City employees, all non-essential staff will not report to work tomorrow and Blue Springs City Hall and the Vesper Hall Community Center will be closed to the public. Public Works and Public Safety staff will continue to perform normal operations.  City Hall and Vesper Hall will reopen Friday, February 22 at 8 a.m. 

Both home delivery and onsite meal programs offered through Vesper Hall will be suspended and all recreation programs are canceled tomorrow.

The National Weather Service issued a major winter storm warning for the Kansas City region. The storm system is expected to bring 6-10” of snow along with strong winds beginning early Thursday morning and continue throughout the day.

Due to this warning, the City of Blue Springs urges residents to avoid unnecessary travel tomorrow and move vehicles off all streets for the duration of the storm.  Vehicles parked on streets impede plowing efforts and can slow emergency response vehicles.

Public Works primary crews will be pre-treating the roads in anticipation for tonight’s storm and are expected to enter Phase I operations early tomorrow morning.  Crews will be working in 12-hour shifts until the storm subsides and streets are clear.

Updates will be available on the City’s Web site and social media outlets.  Residents are encouraged to follow the City on Twitter at or become "fans" of the City's Facebook page at  Links to both sites can be found by visiting the City’s Web site at


Follow us on Twitter at or become "fans" of the City's Facebook page at  Links to both sites can be found by visiting the City’s Web site at

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


Twitter:  bluespringsgov

Downtown Post Office Closing–Help with the Appeal By Feb 22

clock February 18, 2013 12:23 by author Jeff Quibell

Hello Friends of Downtown Alive!

I am forwarding an email to you from Todd Pelham with the City regarding the decision of the Postal Service to close the Main Post Office located in downtown Blue Springs and relocate to the Carrier Annex on South Avenue.  Please review the email below and a copy of the attached letter to Mayor Ross from the Postal Service representative.


Because of the potentially negative impact this will have on downtown, it is an important issue that all Blue Springs Citizens must be made aware of.  Any member of the community may appeal the decision.  If you choose to prepare a formal letter of appeal, please forward your letter directly to:

            Mr. Russ Rainey

            Vice President, Facilities

            US Postal Service Facilities Office

            7500 E. 53rd Ave., Room 1108 

            Denver, CO   80266-9918

The formal appeal letter from Downtown Alive has been prepared and approved by your Board of Directors and is also attached for your review. At a minimum, if the decision is final and the Main Post Office must be closed, our collective letters of appeal may be enough for the Postal Service to consider a “Village Post Office”, which would benefit downtown and continue to provide a draw for traffic that might not otherwise come downtown.

Thank you for your continued support of Downtown Alive!

Cindy Miller

DTA President

Cindy Miller

Executive Vice President

America's Community Bank

1100 W. Main Street

Blue Springs, MO 64015

P - 816-228-2300

F - 816-220-0005

NMLS MLO #931365

Institution NMLS #795385

From: Todd Pelham []

Subject: Formal Appeal of Post Office Relocation

Dear Community Partner,

Yesterday, Mayor Carson Ross received the attached letter from the Postal Service stating that they were proceeding with the relocation of the Downtown Post Office to the Carrier Annex located at 500 SW South Avenue.

The City has 30 days to appeal this decision from the date of the letter - February 1, 2013.  We received the letter on February 6th.

Mayor Ross has indicated a strong desire to formally appeal the decision and has instructed staff to develop a response. 

Please note that the attached letter is currently displayed in the lobby of the Main Downtown Post Office for 30 days and "any member of the community may appeal the decision" within the next 30 days.   We believe that we should make the public aware of their ability to individually send a formal appeal directly to the Post Office and we will be notifying our citizens through our social media channels.

We would also like to have your organization be a part of our appeal by providing us an appeal letter that we can include in our formal response.

If you so choose, we would like to have those appeal letters by February 22, 2012.  You can either email me the letter at this address or send it to my attention at:

Todd Pelham, Deputy City Administrator

City Hall, 903 W. Main Street

Blue Springs, MO 64015

The cities formal response has not been developed yet, but will focus on the impact to Downtown, and highlight site limitations at the Annex site such as lack of parking,  traffic counts, and possible impacts to our capital budget should infrastructure improvements be necessary to the adjacent streets. 

Please let me or Mayor Ross know if you have any questions.  Please feel free to distribute this email to any community partner or individual that might be interested.

Thanks so much, we appreciate your attention to this very important Downtown issue.


If you are interested in watching the City Council meeting video where the relocation was discussed please go to the cities website:

and click on "City Meeting Webcast"

click on City Council Meetings

and choose the December 3, 2012 meeting.  The presentation starts about 8 minutes into the meeting and ends around the 30 minute mark.

Summer Day Camp Registration Begins March 1st

clock February 18, 2013 12:18 by author Jeff Quibell

News from the City of Blue Springs



903 W Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 
|  P: 816.228.0137 |  F: 816.228.7592 | 

Registration for summer day camp begins March 1st.   Register for one week or the entire summer. Camp includes field trips, swimming, games, crafts and more!
Summer Camp Information
For questions or more information, call Parks and Recreation at
(816) 228-0266.


GIVING not GETTING for her 11th Birthday

clock February 14, 2013 12:34 by author Jeff Quibell

February 14, 2013
Jill Calvert, Director of Development
GIVING not GETTING for her 11th Birthday!
Instead of getting gifts for her 11th birthday celebration, Harper Snyder is deciding to give! She is inviting 10 of her friends to join her tomorrow for a “VOLUNTEER BIRTHDAY PARTY” to help Rainbow!
Harper’s father has served on the board, so she is familiar with our mission of helping children and adults with developmental disabilities. She’s participated
and attended many Rainbow events and activities over the years, so we are
very proud of her willingness to volunteer and share our mission with her friends.
This should be a fun and giggly group of 10 and 11 year-old volunteers sharing their smiles with Rainbow on Friday, February 15 starting at 2 pm!
Harper, age six, helping her dad at a Rainbow event!
Board of Directors Justin Beets, Lisa Campbell, MD, Lyndon Davis, Kelvin Fisher, J’Nan Kimak, Colleen Foudree, Theresa Garza Ruiz, Mary Grimaldi, Greg Grounds, Chair, Rena Lopez, Lydia Jeter, Paul Midtbo, Mary Ann Rhoads, Mike Trollinger
Ambassadors Jerry Britton, John Carlson, Shirley Charde, Emagrace Colley, Laura Fitzmaurice, MD, Jeanine Fletcher, Mark & Kim Foudree, Joe Haney, Danan Hughes, Jim Kennedy, Chuck Kleinhagen, Mike & Jan McGraw, Deryl Roberts, Nancy M. Rogers, David Seay, Steve Silverstein, MD, Ryan Snyder, Sarah Soden, MD, Bob Walls
Executive Director Marilu W. Herrick Director of Development Jill Calvert
Rainbow Center & Rainbow Options I
900 NW Woods Chapel Road • Blue Springs, MO 64015
Rainbow Center 816.229.3869 • Fax 229.4260
Rainbow Options I 816.228-7900 • Fax 228.7901
Rainbow Options II
3420 NW Kingsridge Drive • Blue Springs, MO 64015
816.228.1373 • Fax 228.1159

Hatteys on Main is having a moving sale

clock February 14, 2013 12:29 by author Jeff Quibell

Just a reminder that our moving sale for Hatteys on Main 1005 W Main, Blue Springs, Mo begins Thursday February 14th and runs through February 23rd.  Here are the dates and hours.  February 14th and February 15th 10-4pm.  February 16th – Saturday 10-3pm.  Next week…same days and same hours.  Entire shop is 25% off of listed price.  Any furniture purchased must be removed from shop by 3PM February 23rd.  Thank you and we hope to see you. 

Happy Valentine’s Day from everyone at Hatteys on Main and Estate Sales by Bonnie & Son.


Bonnie, Rusty and our Great Team

Estate Sales by Bonnie & Son

Retreat Transforms Lives

clock February 14, 2013 11:59 by author Jeff Quibell

News from the Cincinnati Shriners for Children Hospital

JAG TV #18

clock February 8, 2013 08:54 by author Jeff Quibell

Are YOU Ready for a Disaster? Free Community Preparedness Classes Offered

clock February 7, 2013 17:35 by author Jeff Quibell

CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. – Disasters can happen anytime and anywhere. When disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond. In a large-scale disaster, local officials and relief workers will not be able to reach everyone immediately. Help could come in hours, or it may take days. Will your family be ready?

The Central Jackson County Emergency Management Agency (CJCEMA) is offering a series of free community preparedness classes throughout Blue Springs, Grain Valley and Lake Tapawingo.

“These presentations will cover what disasters are most likely to happen in our area, how emergency response works in our region, and what steps you can do to better prepare your family for disasters,” said Todd Farley CJCEMA emergency manager. “As we head into severe weather season, I invite you to attend one of these free community classes and meet your local emergency management team.”

Class Schedule:
• Tuesday, February 19 from 7-8 p.m., Mid-Continent Library, Blue Springs North Branch, 850 NW Hunter Drive, Blue Springs
• Tuesday, March 5 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Lake Tapawingo Club House, 244 Dockside Drive, Lake Tapawingo
• Tuesday, March 12 from 7-8 p.m., Mid-Continent Library, Blue Springs South Branch, 2220 S Highway 7, Blue Springs
• Tuesday, March 26 from 7-8 p.m., Grain Valley City Hall, Board Chambers, 711 S Main Street, Grain Valley

The CJCEMA is an emergency management agency consisting of the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, the City of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Lake Tapawingo and surrounding unincorporated areas. The EOC is located at the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District’s Training Facility and brings together representatives from Police, Fire, Public Works and Emergency Management agencies.


Gov Bobby Jindal to address MO Lincoln Days

clock February 7, 2013 09:39 by author Jeff Quibell

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Countdown to Victory

Gov Bobby Jindal to address MO Lincoln Days

Dear friend,

We are excited to announce that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will serve as the keynote speaker during our Saturday evening banquet at the 2013 Missouri Lincoln Days celebration.

Governor Jindal brings a unique perspective on how we move forward as a party—and at a time when Republicans are searching for answers, it is important that we hear and consider every idea.

Currently in his second term in office, Gov. Jindal has amassed an impressive conservative record: he has cut the state budget by 26%, signed the largest income tax cut in state history, championed some of the strictest ethics requirements in the nation, and enacted historic education reform.  In October 2011, Gov. Jindal was re-elected to his second term with an overwhelming 66% of the vote.  Throughout 2012, Gov. Jindal traveled the country on behalf of the Romney-Ryan ticket.

If you haven’t already registered, please sign up today at

As a reminder, the 2013 Missouri Lincoln Days celebration will take place February 15-17 at the Renaissance Grand in St Louis.  US Senator John Barrasso (WY) will keynote the Friday evening banquet.

We look forward to seeing you in St Louis.

All the best.

Ed Martin

Paid for by the Missouri Republican State Committee, 105 E. High
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101 (573) 636-3146, Richard C. Peerson, Treasurer. This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate committee.

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