News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Blue Springs First Time Home Buyer (FTHB) Program

clock November 7, 2011 22:05 by author Jeff Quibell

Program Description
This program is a collaborative effort between the City of Blue Springs and area mortgage lenders to bring home ownership within reach of low to moderate income families and individuals who are first time homebuyers by disbursing annual Community Development Block Grant Entitlement funds through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A description of the main components, the principal participants and their roles are shown below.

Click the following link to get the full details on the City’s website!

http://bit.ly/v23jnj


Blue Springs City Council Considers Waste Disposal Task Force Recommendations on Monday 11/7/2001

clock November 5, 2011 16:28 by author Jeff Quibell

2011-councilphoto-webpage.jpgHaving listened to the input of hundreds of Blue Springs citizens, the Blue Springs City Council will consider the recommendations of the Waste Disposal Task Force on Monday evening, November 7th.  Come see your city council in action, or watch the council meeting live on Comcast Channel 7 or AT&T Uverse Government Access Channel or streamed over the internet at http://www.bluespringsgov.com/index.aspx?nid=131.  The council meeting will begin promptly at 6:30pm.


Waste Disposal Task Force Public Meeting

clock October 20, 2011 18:04 by author Jeff Quibell

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Waste Disposal Task Force

Meeting Notice

Thursday, October 27, 2011

7:00 p.m.

City of Blue Springs

Howard L. Brown Public Safety Facility

1100 SW Smith St., Blue Springs, Missouri, 64015


3rd Annual Blue Springs Has Talent Dinner

clock October 20, 2011 10:22 by author Jeff Quibell

Who:  Blue Springs Historical Society

What: 3rd Annual Blue Springs Has Talent dinner and entertainment celebrating the Historical Society’s 35th birthday and the Civil War’s 150 year anniversary.

When:  Tuesday, October 25, 2011 – 6:00 pm

Where: Blue Springs High School, 2000 N.W. Ashton Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015

Some of the performers’ tunes will take you back to 1861.  Barbara Hughes, as an Eastern Jackson County settler 150 years ago, will tell about the “happenings”.  Blue Springs Councilman Grant Bowerman as MC will display his since of humor while keeping the program moving.  Other performers are former Mayor and Magician Steve Steiner and the City Councilmen’s skit, still to be disclosed, will keep you laughing.  It has not been disclosed if Scarlet or Jose or some other dancer will make an appearance.    Songs by guitarists, fiddlers, and vocalists will be reminiscent of the War Between the States.  And, can you believe a Civil War Rap song?  Of course, ELVIS will reappear and yes, when you listen to him sing, you will think the “real” Elvis really did drop by.  Other talent may still apply.  David Cook put Blue Springs on the map with his singing ability.  Now, the public has the opportunity to hear other Blue Springs entertainers on the same stage, some for the first time.

There will be a silent auction held for the benefit of Save Our Depot.  The money will be used to reach the $20,000.000 it takes to move the depot before July 29, 2012.

The Blue Springs Historical Society will celebrate their 35th birthday by honoring the charter members.  Without their vision and hard work there would be no museum in the 1906 home of Morgan and Melvin Dillingham, builders, and second owner Narra Lewis Birthday cake will be served. 

The potato bar and a variety of salads will be cooked by the Eastern Star ladies.  The meal and entertainment for one person is $18.00 and for two people $35.00.  Your reservation(s) check should be mailed to Blue Springs Historical Society, P.O. Box 762, Blue Springs, MO 64013 by October 21st.  After this date to pay at the door  reservation, please contact: Mary Potter, Blue Springs Historical Society, president @ 816.797.4870 or MPotterEducation@comcast.net For more information go to our website www.BlueSpringsHistory.org


Plans Lead to Progress (Woods Chapel & New Stores at ADL)

clock October 19, 2011 17:04 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResThe first six months of my current term in office are now behind me. It’s been an interesting change from my previous term in office just a few years ago.

The Blue Springs City Council is working well together, without the frequent angst that we sometimes experienced in the past. The hard questions are still being asked and we don’t always all agree, but good outcomes are occurring with regularity. Scripted political agendas have disappeared, and a true spirit of cooperation has brought a breath of fresh air to the political climate of our city.

A frequent question lately regards progress on the Woods Chapel Road expansion. This important project is ongoing and actually moving along at a pretty good clip behind the scenes.

Planning and progress at the beginning of a large road project aren’t visible in the first few years. The project is first designed and rights of way purchased from the hundreds of property owners on each side of the road. Construction contracts go out for bid. Significant amounts of work occur before the first shovelful of dirt is turned, but I assure you we are moving forward and are on schedule.

The final steps in acquiring the last few properties needed to construct the road have been set in motion, and an agreement with Kansas City Power & Light is approved to begin moving the utilities in preparation for the new roadway. This will be the first noticeable change that will occur.

A funding agreement is now approved with the Missouri Department of Transportation for the construction of Woods Chapel from Castle Drive to Walnut. This piece of the project is an expansion of the voter-approved improvements from Duncan Road down to the railroad tracks.

This week RED Development provided an update on the Adams Dairy Landing project. This TIF-funded project is paying great dividends for our community. New shopping is available to our residents to buy products at a lower tax rate than they were paying in other retail venues while also saving on the gas they spent to get there. The new tax revenue generated by the project is helping our city maintain services in difficult economic times. Because of a carefully crafted TIF policy and bond issues coinciding with store openings, the project cash flow is positive and paying its own way as expected. It is a benefit for our residents, the city and the people employed at the new stores.

RED Development announced several new stores that will be opening over the next year: Ross Dress for Less, T.J. Max, Home Goods, Charming Charlie, Rue 21, Yogurtini, Ulta Beauty, Arby’s and Chick-Fil-A.


New Businesses Opening and Personal Achievement are Good for Blue Springs

clock August 17, 2011 01:01 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResGood things continue to happen in Blue Springs, in spite of tough economic times. This past Sunday I had the privilege to attend the Eagle Court of Honor for Riley Kramer of Troop 1058 at First United Methodist Church. Riley’s Eagle Scout project involved placing identifying signposts in Rotary Park at the new Arbor Walk around Railroad Lake. Of all scouts nationwide, only about 5% achieve the highest rank, the rank of Eagle Scout. It is indeed an achievement, and indicative of their commitment, involvement and leadership. Eagle Scouts often grow up to be active in their communities and leaders in industry.

Overlapping with Riley’s Court of Honor was the groundbreaking ceremony for Pointe of Hope Church, which took over the building once used as 84 Lumber, located just North of I-70. The church expects to be open for services in November. I’m sure many of us are excited to see the improvements on this site.

Next to Point of Hope, the new Quik Trip is opening soon, which many in the northern portion of the city have been excited to see. This redevelopment of the former Sinclair station along with the development of Point of Hope church is a significant improvement of this section of 7 Highway.

The City Council will have a work session on the 2011-2012 budget at the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District training facility on 40 Highway on Thursday, August 18 at 6:30pm. The council will discuss options for the allocation of resources, meeting the priorities of our residents, and planning for future projects that will occur as a result of the passage of the Public Safety Tax. The meeting is open to the public, and I encourage you to attend.


District 1 & 2 Town Hall Meeting–Save the Date

clock August 2, 2011 14:33 by author Jeff Quibell

On September 29, 2011 Senator Will Kraus, Representative Jeanie Lauer, District 1 Councilmen Jeff Quibell & Dale Carter, and District 2 Councilmen Kent Edmondson & Chris Lievsay will host a Town Hall Meeting at the Blue Springs Country Club from 6:00pm until 7:30pm.

The meeting will focus on both local and state topics including:

An update on State issues 
        Results of the Special Session 
        Results of the Veto Session
        Emphasis for Next Session

Discussion on Local issues 
        Waste Hauling Issues 
        Open Discussion of General Topics


Waste Disposal Task Force Continues Meetings and Encourages You To Attend

clock July 20, 2011 12:02 by author Jeff Quibell

Hello!

The Waste Disposal Task Force is still in the process of monthly meetings and the next scheduled meeting is August 4, 2011.  This meeting is located on the City’s Events Calendar and can be seen at http://www.bluespringsgov.com/CurrentEvents.aspx?EID=1320.  These meetings are open to the public and we encourage any resident to attend! 

The Waste Disposal Task Force information has been posted to the City’s Home Page since November of last year.  To see who serves as members of the Task Force, I encourage you to visit their Web page:  http://www.bluespringsgov.com/index.aspx?nid=853

You can also see all the Waste Disposal Task Force Minutes on via their page or by clicking here http://www.bluespringsgov.com/index.aspx?NID=909.

To contact all the Waste Disposal Task Force members via email, send a note to wastedisposal@bluespringsgov.com.

If you have any more questions, please let me know!

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


Help us identify projects around healthy eating and active living!

clock July 7, 2011 08:30 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs WellLinkSaturday, July 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Freshman Center,
2103 NW Vesper, Blue Springs, MO 64015.

Let’s Move! Blue Springs is a citizen-led initiative.  So far, Summit participants have generated nearly 200 ideas to promote nutrition and physical fitness in Blue Springs.  YOU are critical to this initiative.  We want as much participation July 9 as possible.Let's Move  Feel free to forward this email to encourage others of all ages to participate.  This is the opportunity to have your voice heard concerning Blue Springs health and wellness! 

This event is free and open to the public.  To register, respond to this email with your name and contact information, or simply take a moment now and visit www.StandUpBlueSprings.org/events

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Blue Springs Encourages Citizens to Help Create a Healthier Community

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Working toward the goal of making Blue Springs a healthier community, StandUp Blue Springs invites citizens to the second Let’s Move! Citizen Summit on Saturday, July 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Freshman Center, 2103 NW Vesper Street, Blue Springs, MO.  The Summit is open to the public to help set the community agenda to promote healthier lifestyles through physical activity, healthy eating, and new programs or amenities.

Those in attendance will prioritize more than 150 ideas generated in the first Citizen Summit on June 18.  It is anticipated at least 10 ideas will be carried forward for planning and implementation.  As ideas are implemented, additional ideas from the list and new ideas will be addressed by the citizen workgroups.

“I often speak about civic engagement and this Let’s Move! Citizen Summit is your chance to get involved and make a difference for the next generation,” said Mayor Carson Ross.  “This is a community-wide effort and we need your help choosing projects to help us solve the problem of childhood obesity in Blue Springs.”

StandUp Blue Springs is facilitating these Summits, in conjunction with the City of Blue Springs and more than 10 other local community partners.  Blue Springs builds upon the national Let’s Move! initiative with a local focus on building generations of healthy citizens.

“The energy we have experienced throughout the Summit process has been absolutely amazing.  We know these planning and implementation teams will stop at nothing to help make Blue Springs the healthiest possible community,” said Dave Wright, Board President of StandUp Blue Springs.

Blue Springs was officially designated as a Let’s Move! Community in March 2011 and has taken an innovative approach to engage all citizens through its “summit process.”  The nationwide Let’s Move! initiative was created by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Department of Health and Human Services as part of a national effort to raise a healthier generation of children.  This initiative is a comprehensive approach to engage the many sectors that reach children, including parents, families, schools, community leaders, municipalities and businesses.  The Let’s Move! goals are based on four pillars:  1)  make healthy family choices, 2) create healthy schools, 3) provide access to healthy, affordable food; and 4) promote physical activity.

The summit is free and open to the public and we encourage all interested to attend and help us shape our plan.  Interested citizens are encouraged to attend and do not need to register in advance.  For information or if you want to register in advance, call StandUp Blue Springs at (816) 478-4500 or visit www.StandUpBlueSprings.org/events.  To access the new community calendar to view free and low-cost activities that supports the Let’s Move! Blue Springs initiative, visit www.BlueSpringsGov.com/LetsMove.


Back to School for Elected Folks

clock July 7, 2011 08:14 by author Jeff Quibell

75ES3358 4x5 @ 72 ResThe Missouri Municipal League hosts training sessions for elected officials, providing advice and training to assist us in understanding our roles in city government and to teach us what and even more importantly, what not, to do.

I recently attended this training session in Jefferson City to refresh and update my knowledge. The laws of our state change frequently, and I believe that it is important for elected officials to be as knowledgeable as possible about the position and responsibilities we have accepted.

Topics include the history and structure of Missouri municipal government. There are actually several types or designations of cities in our state, with the Missouri Revised Statutes providing the guidance for each type of city. In the case of Blue Springs, we are a home rule charter city. Cities with a home rule charter are guided by a written charter, approved by a vote of their citizens. Our Charter was adopted on April 5, 1994 and set the rules by which our city is run. You can read a copy of the Charter on the city website at http://bit.ly/BlueSpringsCharter.

Other topics taught include “Revenue Sources and the Hancock Amendment,” “Municipal Budget Process,” “The Missouri Open Meetings and Records Law,” “Parliamentary Procedures, Citizen Dialog and Conflict Resolution.” “Ethics” and “Liability and Risk.”

Exciting stuff.

The “Liability and Risk” class is very important because elected officials who do not fully understand this issue may unwittingly put our residents at risk or cause additional costs to be borne by the taxpayer. Our responsibilities also include enacting ordinances and resolutions as necessary to achieve the objectives of the city and respond to the needs of our residents.

Ministerial decisions are another responsibility of an elected official. A ministerial duty or decision can be defined as one in which a public official is required to perform under a given state of facts, in a prescribed manner, in obedience to the mandate of legal authority.

Basically, if all discretionary precursors to an official act have been completed, and all that remains to be done is the act itself, courts may compel a municipal official to perform such action. In these decisions, there is often little or no room for discretion.

For all these reasons, it is a good policy for councilmen to periodically attend these types of training sessions.

You never know what tidbit of knowledge will help save precious taxpayer dollars.