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Reverend Doctor Ed “Doc” Golden honored with Civic Leadership Award

clock July 28, 2010 09:05 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 19, 2010

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

                        Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

City of Blue Springs Honors 2010 "Civic Leadership Award” winner

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Mayor Carson Ross is proud to announce that the 2010 Missouri Municipal League Westgate Division’s recipient of the “Civic Leadership Award” was Blue Springs residents, Reverend Doctor Ed “Doc” Golden.

The Civic Leadership Award celebrates the work of outstanding business and civic leaders and their contributions to the improvement of their communities. Mayor Carson Ross describes Golden as an “extraordinary resident that has enabled positive growth and community partnerships in Blue Springs.”

Golden was honored at the Missouri Municipal League’s Civic Leadership Awards Dinner on Thursday, July 15, 2010 at the Gladstone Community Center in Gladstone, Missouri.

Ed currently serves as Chaplain for the Blue Springs Police Department and Inter-City Fire Protection District in Kansas City. He is also the Volunteers In Police Service volunteer supervisor, managing the day to day operation of the program under the guidance of the Crime Prevention Supervisor.  Golden is the founder of the Community and Youth Outreach Unit (CYOU) Scholarship that awards college scholarships to Unit graduates.   Ed has been a constant supporter, mentor and volunteer with the CYOU since 1994.

Ed was awarded the Lifetime Presidential Volunteer Service Award for more than 4,000 hours of volunteer service in 2009.

Golden is the Founder and President of Celebration of Life Counseling & Consulting.  He has been published in magazines, and other periodicals on Personal and Spiritual Development, Motivation and Goal Achievement, Addiction Recovery, Family and Marriage issues, in articles, poetry, programs, and books. Current works include, "From Skid Row To The Front Row, or When Drugs And Poverty Stop Working".  Ed is also the CEO and Chairman of the Board for Operation Thermal Reunion, Inc., a not for profit organization that hosts charity golf tournaments to raise funds to purchase Thermal Imaging cameras for fire fighters.

“I am honored to recognize ‘Doc’ Golden for his amazing commitment of service and the contributions he has made to the City of Blue Springs,” said Mayor Ross. “It is with gratitude that I extend this honor for his many years of work to make our City one of progress and promise.”

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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


Blue Springs Police Department Mission Possible!

clock July 28, 2010 09:03 by author Jeff Quibell
 

B.S.P.D. Mission Possible

Preserving and Promoting a Safe Community

An e-news publication of the Blue Springs Police Department 

                                                                                             Volume 5, No.1

 
 

In This Issue

Crime-Free Program Expands to Hotel/Motel Certification

New Technology Coming to BSPD

1st BSPD Youth Academy Class Graduates!

Cats Need Care too!

Mayor Ross recognizes good Detective work!

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BSPD Expands the

"Crime-Free" Program

to help make hotel and motel properties safer.

Door damage can occur in a motel burglary.

Door damaged during break-in

BSPD's Crime Prevention Unit has introduced the Crime-Free Hotel/Motel program, a complementary program to the Crime-Free Multi-housing program. 

We are very excited to offer this program that specifically addresses the safety needs of the many hotels and motel properties in Blue Springs that have different crime prevention needs than other businesses. 

Crime Prevention Officer Doug Heishman has the direct responsibility for oversight of this program, and is ready and able to assist area property managers in making their property safe.

The Hotel/Motel program includes a four hour training class provided to owners, managers, and employees of the hotel.  Class topics include crime prevention through environmental design (C.P.T.E.D.), drug identification, registration processes, combating crime, and liability issues.

Prior to certification as a Crime-Free property, an officer from the BSPD Crime Prevention Unit inspects the property to ensure minimum requirements are met.

CPTED minimum requirements include:
· Deadbolt locks;
· Eye viewers;
· Sliding glass doors;
· Landscape maintenance;
· Adequate lighting;
· Posting of certificates;
· Positive photo I.D. from guests;
· Recording of serial numbers; and
· Key control.
Upon completion of the four hour seminar and the minimum CPTED standards,  managers and owners are granted the use of display signs on the property and use of the Blue Springs Police Department's program logo in all advertisements.

If you have questions or need any assistance regarding the Crime-Free program, please call the Blue Springs Police Department Crime Prevention Unit at (816) 228-0178.  We will be glad to help in any way possible. 

Congratulations
to BSPD Employee of the Month

Employee of the Month Richard Dec

Richard Dec,

BSPD Traffic Unit Officer

Come Tour Your 

Blue Springs

Police Department

Police Department Tours Now Available!

Group tours of the Blue Springs Police Department are offered to students and youth.

Call the Crime Prevention Unit at (816) 228-0178 to arrange a tour for your group.

Blue Springs Animal Control Helps Protect Pets in Winter

BSPD Animal Control helps Protect Animals all Year Long

Greetings!

Chief Wayne McCoyIt is my pleasure to welcome you to the July 2010 edition of the Police Department's electronic newsletter, BSPD Mission Possible. 
Our goal is to provide you with the most up-to-date information related to our organizational activities and progress. 
In this issue, you'll read how the City Capital Improvement budget will improve our technology to help us do our jobs better, and see several instances of customer service and good police work.

Cats (like Lightning and Thunder, pictured below) are a popular pet, so our Animal Control provides thoughts on cat care.

You can read about out successful first ever Youth Police Academy, and meet Officer Richard Dec.

BSPD is committed to helping minimize the risk of crime and encouraging citizen involvement in maintaining the safety of our community.  I hope that you will partner with us to make Blue Springs the safest it can be.

 

Improved Technology on the way for BSPD!

BSPD Main Headquarters

On June 21, 2010, the Blue Springs City Council and Administration demonstrated their commitment to providing public safety technology for our community with the rollout of the "Code Red" emergency notification system, as well as approvals for Mobile Data Terminals (MDT) and Automated License Plate Recognition system made during the annual Capital Improvement Program budget (CIP).
The Code Red system - which received an all-call test at 1:00 p.m. on July 8th, 2010 - is designed for BSPD and the Central Jackson County Fire District to alert residents in a specific area of an emergency quickly.  For example, if police are looking for a dangerous person in a residential area, we can immediately notify those in that area to be prepared and on the alert for any suspicious people.  Additionally, residents may "opt-in" to receive emergency weather notifications.  Please go to the city website at www.bluespringsgov.com for further information.
The 2010-11 Blue Springs CIP will include MDT's for Blue Springs police cars.  These computer terminals in the patrol cars will allow officers to remain on the street while completing report documentation, meaning that they are available for quicker emergency response.  Officers can access records more quickly, meaning that at a traffic stop or other contact, motorists can get back on their way sooner.   At the same time, the system will allow location of a vehicle by other Officers when help may be needed, and prevent an overload of radio traffic from blocking a call for backup.
The budget also includes the addition of automated license plate reader technology for two vehicles.  This item constantly (without the Officer being taken from other tasks) automatically looks for license plates that are wanted because of being stolen vehicles or because they have been used in a crime.  This is a very efficient and important function - criminals often use a stolen car while committing other crimes, as it is then harder to track them when they are seen by witnesses - the computer will automatically notify the officer when a stolen car license plate is near the officer.
In the future, BSPD will need to address a federal FCC mandate for 2013 to upgrade our communications system.  This technology will not only be needed to meet Federal guidelines, but will be needed to continue to provide the prompt, efficient response for which BSPD is known.  It is important for our citizens to know that the police administration, city officials, and city council are working to ensure that technology we strive to obtain is beneficial in providing faster, more productive service in a that preserves resources allocated for our use.

 

1st BSPD Youth Academy Classs  

BSPD 1st Youth Academy Graduates!

BSPD 1st Youth Police Academy Graduates!

Youth as well as adults can now be involved in the BSPD citizen academies. and they come away with a new understanding of the police-community partnership.  Milestones were reached in May, 2010 with the graduations of the 6th Blue Springs Police Department Citizen Police Academy on May 13, 2010 and our 1st ever Youth Academy on May 11, 2010.  Both ceremonies were held at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, with 19 adults and 17 youth graduating respectively.
The BSPD Youth Academy, a shortened version of the adult academy, lasts for five weeks.  The Youth Academy is designed to give youth from 14 years old up to those in their senior year of high school the opportunity to see the realities of police work and obtain behind the scene information into the life of Police Officers. 

Blue Springs Police Department Citizen and Youth Academies are ongoing; if you are interested in participating in a future class, call Sgt. Allen Kintz at 816-228-0178 or send an e-mail to the police department at police@bluespringsgov.com.

 

Cat Care 

Cats of all ages need care to become great pets.

Thunder and Lightning at 7 weeks

By BSPD Animal Control Officer Angela Strack
Cats evoke strong emotions in people; love them or not . . . cats are here to stay.  Their companionship can be a wonderful supportive force for many people, adding a positive aspect to quality of life.

In today's fast paced society, cats can be a good pet for a busy family.  Blue Springs Animal Control would like to remind our citizens that cats have many of the same needs as dogs:  wholesome food, fresh water and shelter, preferably indoors where it's warm.  Remember, cats were originally desert animals.  These fascinating animals need veterinary care, yearly vaccinations against rabies virus and a rabies tag affixed to their collar.
Leash laws that pertain to dogs also apply to cats.  Leash laws prevent unwanted litters and protect animals and people alike.  Low-cost spay and neuter services are provided by local veterinarians, Humane Society and other not-for-profit organizations.  Cats that are altered are less likely to wander away from home, fight other cats, yowl and disturb the peace or even be abandoned and killed.  Cats can live for up to twenty years, so a lot of unwanted litters could occur in that length of time. 
With animal shelters overwhelmed by too many stray dogs and cats, and when their budgets are tightened during difficult economic times, the Blue Springs Animal Control Unit reminds you to follow these simple guidelines and be courteous to your neighbors.  Let's treat our felines with fairness and keep all our Blue Springs house cats healthy, happy and home where it's safe.

The Blue Springs Animal Control Unit (816-228-0149) welcomes calls for information or assistance.  Our three full-time Animal Control Officers will be glad to assist you with more detailed information regarding keeping pets safe.  Please don't hesitate to call; we will do our best to answer all of your pet questions.

 

"It was excellent police work by Detective Dickstein and your department.  Hats off to all of you!" Mayor Carson Ross

Mayor Ross and I were appreciative of a recent case solved by Detective Jeremy Dickstein that resulted in an arrest of a suspect in a high value theft from an auto in June, even though no one saw the theft occur. 

Through the use of parking lot video, area interviews, intelligence information and good old fashioned diligence, Detective Dickstein solved the case and recovered valuable property for the victim.  We are proud of Jeremy and our Detective Unit efforts!

 

Is has been my pleasure to bring you the latest news in Blue Springs public safety.

Did you enjoy this issue of Mission Possible? Be sure to send me your feedback on how we can continue to improve this publication.  

Sincerely,
Wayne McCoy, Chief of Police

Blue Springs Police Department

We are

Making a Difference!

During each new issue of the Mission Possible newsletter, this section will be used for comments we have received from you, our citizens, recognizing the customer service efforts of our Blue Springs Police Department.

Chief McCoy,
Staff Sergeant Retired Thomas E. Lewis stopped by to compliment BSPD Traffic Officer William Ely.

After a medical incident, the family car had gone over the curb at 40 Highway near 15th Street, down into the ditch on its side.  Officer Ely arrived on the scene to help keep everyone calm until Mr. Lewis could arrive to be with the family.

Mr. Lewis stated: "Officer Ely did an outstanding job of taking care of my wife and grandchildren before I got there.  He transported everyone in his patrol car and didn't make them walk on the roadway.  Officer Ely also helped me get everyone into my vehicle.  Officer Ely went above and beyond as far as I am concerned."

-Staff Sergeant Thomas E. Lewis, ret.

City of Blue Springs | 903 W. Main Street | Blue Springs | MO | 64015


Blue Springs named one of the ‘Best Places to Live’

clock July 28, 2010 09:02 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

MEDIA ADVISORY

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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:              July 12, 2010

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

                        Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Blue Springs named one of the ‘Best Places to Live’

MONEY Magazine releases annual “Best Places to Live” list

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs has earned a place on MONEY Magazine’s, “Best Places to Live” list, which ranks America’s best small cities in 2010.

Blue Springs, ranked 49th out of a total of 100 cities recognized. MONEY Magazine partnered with OnBoard Informatics, a New York-based provider of real estate analysis, to select cities with a population of 50,000 to 300,000.  The initial list consisted of 746 candidate cities; the selections were then narrowed by looking at housing affordability, school quality, arts and leisure, safety, health care, diversity and several ease-of-living criteria.

In the report, Blue Springs was praised for its low cost of living, nationally-recognized schools, low tax rates and a central location among other things.

“I am extremely proud that our city is recognized by MONEY Magazine as one of the Best Places to Live in the country,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “This recognition by MONEY Magazine places a national spotlight on Blue Springs and validates the efforts of our resident, businesses, elected officials and many other community partners to make Blue Springs an attractive place for families, businesses and visitors.”

Mayor Ross continued, “Our residents recognize the high quality of life that is offered through our affordable homes, beautiful neighborhoods and excellent community partners like the highly acclaimed Blue Springs School District”.

“It speaks well to the hard work and commitment of city staff and the residents of Blue Springs.  A high standard has been set and the City looks forward to distinguishing itself as an excellent place to live and work,” said Blue Springs City Administrator Eric Johnson.

For more information about MONEY Magazine’s 2010 “Best Places to Live” list, visit http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2010/index.html.

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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


Vandalism leads to sanitary sewer overflow

clock June 29, 2010 11:04 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs, Mo. – On Saturday, June 26 at 7 p.m. the Blue Springs Police dispatch was notified of a manhole overflowing in the woods behind 2909 NW Hunter Drive.  Blue Springs Public Works crews responded and discovered the manhole was full of debris resulting in the overflow of sanitary sewer waters into a near by creek.

Vandals removed the manhole cover, threw it into the creek and filled the manhole with debris, causing the overflow.  Public Works crews found a 21-inch television, plastic birdbath, rocks, sticks, bricks and an 8-foot log in the manhole, which created a major obstruction to the 12-inch sewer main.  As a result of the blockage, an estimated 85 percent of the flow was diverted into the creek.  The debris was removed and flow returned to the system by 8:30 p.m., Saturday night.

Public Works crews cannot ascertain when the debris was placed or how long the overflow occurred so there is no way to calculate the total spillage at this time.  The outflow was estimated at 250-300 gallons per minute.

The City of Blue Springs is coordinating its clean up efforts with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources sent a representative out Saturday night to meet with the crew and investigate.  The representative took information for his report and suggested locations for sign placement marking the water contaminated and not safe for swimming or fishing.  The signs are expected be needed for approximately five days.

The City of Blue Springs Public Works Department setup a pump system to recapture some of the overflow in the creek and place it back into the sewer system.  Crews setup a pump 350-feet down stream, pumping water out of the stream for three hours at a rate of 400-gallons per minute, which was all of the flow in the creek.  This action was approved by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Assistant Director of Public Works Chris Sandie said, “The only way to effectively confront these violations and maintain an efficient sewer system is to have city residents help identify and report problems or suspicious activity whenever they arise. A quick response will help resolve these problems before they spiral into bigger and more costly repairs.”

Residents can help by reporting unauthorized uncovering of sewer manholes, disposal of materials into manholes or drainage, vandalism of manholes, overflow or spills, and strong sewage odor in or around sewer lines.

It is against the law for any unauthorized person to open, enter or dispose of anything into a sewer manhole. Only city sewer maintenance crews are authorized to open city sewer manholes. Other agency personnel have authority to open their respective manholes, and will be in uniform or in agency marked trucks when servicing their manholes.

The Blue Springs Police Department is investigating this case of vandalism.  If you have any information on this case or to report vandalism, suspicious activity around manholes, or spills and strong sewage odors, contact (816) 228-0195 during regular business hours or (816) 228-0150 after hours.
For additional information, contact Chris Sandie, assistant director of Public Works at (816) 228-0195.
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“Be a Good Neighbor” Fireworks Education Campaign

clock June 24, 2010 13:21 by author Jeff Quibell

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“Be a Good Neighbor” Fireworks Education Campaign

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This campaign is designed to help build resident awareness for fireworks safety and to educate community members about City rules and regulations regarding fireworks.

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“Be a Good Neighbor” Fireworks Education Campaign Launches Today – Emphasizes Increased Law Enforcement and Fireworks Safety for Independence Holiday

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs and the Blue Springs Police Department want to help keep families safe this Independence Holiday. To do this, the City continues its “Be a Good Neighbor” Fireworks Education Campaign for the 2010 fireworks season.

The campaign is designed to help build resident awareness for fireworks safety and to educate community members about City rules and regulations regarding fireworks. Additionally, a primary goal for the 2010 “Be a Good Neighbor” fireworks education campaign is to emphasize the assertive police enforcement that will take place prior to and during the Fourth of July holiday.

“Our goal this year is to make sure residents are not only enjoying the liberty of discharging fireworks in Blue Springs, but are doing so in consideration for others and within the limitations of City law” said Police Chief Wayne McCoy.

This year’s campaign once again, focuses on three major components, Be Legal, Think Safe and Play Smart, reminding citizens about the need to exercise good decision making when participating in fireworks activities.

Be Legal encourages residents to observe the days and hours fireworks are legally allowed to be discharged within Blue Springs City limits. This year, these dates and times are July 1 - 3, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on July 4, 2010 from 10 a.m. to Midnight. Blue Springs Police Officers will also exercise increased street patrol and law enforcement measures during these times to make sure citizens are complying with the regulations provisioned by the City’s Fireworks Ordinance. To report fireworks violations, call (816) 228-0151 or Text-A-Tip; text “BSPD plus your message” to Crimes (274637).

Think Safe reminds residents to use City-approved fireworks only. These fireworks include those sold by 18 licensed nonprofit organizations in Blue Springs only. The discharge of bottle rockets is prohibited by the City. A list of these organizations can be obtained from the Blue Springs Tax Department at City Hall or on the City’s website at www.bluespringsgov.com/fireworks.

Play Smart encourages residents and their family members to have fun, but be safe when discharging or detonating fireworks. “An adult should be present when fireworks are discharged, and people should avoid discharging fireworks in dry areas and around or near pets and animals” said Chief McCoy.

Residents are also asked to be mindful of neighbors, surrounding buildings or structures, to dispose of all debris after discharging fireworks, and to use proper first aid or burn care in case of an emergency. For life-threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1.

The “Be a Good Neighbor” fireworks education campaign launches today, distributing more than 20,000 postcards with a message from Mayor Carson Ross to every household in Blue Springs. The Mayor’s message represents the official declaration of this year’s campaign in which he asks for residents’ help to “keep the Blue Springs community operating as a safe, clean and enjoyable place to live and celebrate.”

Additional fliers will be distributed to approved fireworks retailers, City libraries, neighboring businesses and patrons of City Hall. For additional information about the campaign or fireworks safety visit www.bluespringsgov.com/fireworks.

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CodeRED Emergency Notification & Weather Warning System Coming To Blue Springs

clock June 23, 2010 12:46 by author Jeff Quibell

photos of peopleCode RED® logoThe City of Blue Springs, Missouri and the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District (CJCFPD) have contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution. The CodeRED system provides officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire covered region. This service is available to all Blue Springs residents and those covered in the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District.

Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy, cautioned that such systems are only as good as the telephone number database supporting them. "If your phone number is not in the database, you will not be called." One of the reasons the CodeRED system was selected is it gives individuals and businesses the ability to add their own phone numbers directly into the system's database, this is an extremely important feature.

“No one should automatically assume his or her phone number is included,” McCoy said urging all residents and businesses to visit either the City of Blue Springs Website, www.bluespringsgov.com/codered or the CJCFPD Website, www.cjcfpd.org/codered, and follow the instructions on the site. Those without Internet access may call the CodeRED hotline at (816) 220-CODE (2633) to supply their information over the phone. Required information includes first and last name, street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes), city, state, zip code, and primary phone number, additional phone numbers can be entered as well.

All businesses are encouraged to register, as well as all individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number.

Central Jackson County Fire Protection District Fire Chief Steven P. Westermann explained, "CodeRED allows geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. The system works for cell phones too, but we need to have an associated street address to provide relevant messages."

Westermann stated, "CodeRED gives those who want to be included an easy and secure method for inputting information. The data collected will only be used for emergency notification purposes."

For more information about the CodeRED system, please contact Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager at (816) 655-0497.
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Temporary parking for the Howard Brown Public Safety Building

clock May 28, 2010 14:29 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs, Mo. – The Blue Springs water tower located at 1100 SW Smith Street is currently undergoing cellular communications mounting upgrades and repainting resulting in the loss of 21 parking spaces.  The primary parking lot at the Howard Brown Public Safety Building will be closed until the project is completed in September.

Temporary parking will be available to visitors of the Blue Springs Public Safety and the Community and Youth Outreach Buildings, Municipal Court, Planning Commission, and City Council meetings on the east side of 11th Street.  Handicap accessible parking will be available in the municipal parking lot at 200 SW 11th Street.  Signs are posted at the entrance of the temporary lot for ease of identification.

The parking lot is also used for the Farmers Market on Saturday mornings and Tuesday afternoons and will be unavailable for parking.  Visitors will need to use on-street parking when the Farmers Market is in session.

For more information, contact Chris Sandie, Assistant Director of Public Works at (816) 228-0195.
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