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Blue Springs Councilmembers Appointed to NLC Committees

clock January 8, 2014 15:47 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:             January 8, 2014

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

                        Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Blue Springs Councilmembers Appointed to NLC Committees

Blue Springs , Mo. – National League of Cities (NLC) President Chris Coleman, mayor, St. Paul , Minn. , has announced the appointments of two Blue Springs Councilmembers to 2014 steering committees. 

Councilman Chris Lievsay has been appointed to the Finance, Administration & Intergovernmental Relations Steering Committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving national economic policy, general financial assistance programs, liability insurance, intergovernmental relations, census, municipal bonds and capital finance, municipal management, antitrust issues, citizen participation and civil rights, labor relations, Native American sovereignty and municipal authority.

Councilman Jeff Quibell has been re-appointed as Vice Chair of the Information Technology & Communications Committee.  This committee is responsible for developing policy positions on issues involving telecommunications and information systems (and public access to these systems), privacy concerns, cable TV, phone services, spectrum issues, communications tower siting, universal service, broadcasting, and defense of city rights-of-way from degradation caused by installation of communications facilities.

“As a members serving on these important committees, Blue Springs’ councilmembers play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions, while advocating on behalf of America’s cities and towns on Capitol Hill, with the Administration, and at home,” said NLC President Chris Coleman. “Their experience and commitment bring great value to NLC, communities around the country, and the efforts of the committees on which they serve.”

For more information on NLC’s other committees and councils, visit http://www.nlc.org/influence-federal-policy/policy-committees.

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

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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


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 www.bluespringsgov.com.

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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.

History

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.

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Council District 1 Residents Invited To Attend a Town Hall Meeting

clock September 25, 2013 16:58 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs , Mo. – District 1 Councilmen Dale Carter and Jeff Quibell will host a town hall meeting on Thursday, September 26 at Pointe of Hope Church, 1215 NW Highway 7, beginning at 6:30 p.m. to talk with community members about city government issues.  The councilmen will provide information about the Dedicated Parks Sales Tax Initiative, field questions from residents and facilitate dialog about district priorities. 

“This Town Hall meeting is a great way for residents to learn more about the Dedicated Blue Spring Parks Sales Tax Initiative and other city initiatives,” said Councilman Dale Carter .  “I invite all Blue Springs residents to attend and bring their questions, concerns and ideas not only about our district, but about our community as a whole.”

“Town Hall meetings are a great way for elected officials to get out there, talk with residents in a one-on-one format and hear their thoughts, concerns and priorities,” said Councilman Jeff Quibell .  “We hope to create a two-way conversation about important issues in our district and help to make Blue Springs the best community it can be.”

Refreshments will be available at this meeting.  For more information about the town hall meetings, email Councilman Dale Carter at dcarter@bluespringsgov.com or Councilman Jeff Quibell at jquibell@bluespringsgov.com.

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Blue Springs Paper Shredding event aims to help residents dispose of personal documents safely

clock August 6, 2013 10:32 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: August 6, 2013

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Blue Springs Paper Shredding event aims to help residents dispose of personal documents safely

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs and the Blue Springs Solid Waste Management Commission are sponsoring a mobile drive-up paper shredding event on Saturday, August 17 from 9-11:30 a.m. at City Hall, 903 W. Main Street.
Blue Springs businesses and residents will able to drop-off up to four paper grocery bags of documents to be shredded on-site. All paper collected during the event will be recycled.

“Blue Springs residents and business owners can dispose of their confidential files and documents safely at this event,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “This paper shredding event is an opportunity for residents to reduce their potential for identity theft and support recycling in our community.”

For more information about the event contact Lauren Gowdy in the Community Development Department at 816-220-4504 or via email at lgowdy@bluespringsgov.com.​

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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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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


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

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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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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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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