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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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Blue Springs is taking back unwanted prescription drugs on April 27

clock April 10, 2013 10:22 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:              April 10, 2013

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

                        Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Blue Springs is taking back unwanted prescription drugs on April 27

Blue Springs, Mo.On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Blue Springs Police Department has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to give residents an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to the Blue Springs Public Safety Building located at 1100 SW Smith Street.  This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.  Due to the drop-off nature of this program, no needles of any kind are accepted.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds—over a thousand tons—of pills. 

Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.  DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act.  Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Blue Springs Police Department and the DEA will continue to offer prescription drug take-back events.

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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

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Blue Springs to hold Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

clock April 8, 2013 11:00 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 — www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: April 8, 2013

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Blue Springs to hold Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs will host its annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, Saturday, April 20 from 8 a.m. to noon.  The event will be held at Pink Hill Park located at 2715 NW Park Road in Blue Springs, Mo., just west of James Lewis Elementary School off North Highway 7.

Those attending the event are asked to access Pink Hill Park using Park Road, located on the south side of the park.  Traffic to the Pink Hill Park Recycling center is expected to be impacted due to the popularity of this event. The Pink Hill Park Recycling Center is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a full Household Hazardous Waste event which means items that will be accepted include: automotive fluids, batteries, CFL light bulbs, household cleaners, hazardous liquids and solvents, lawn and garden products, pesticides, pool chemicals, paints and related products.  Explosives, tires, asbestos, and yard, medical and commercial waste will not be accepted at any Household Hazardous Waste mobile event.

This event is free to Blue Springs residents as well as other participating communities in the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program. 

For those unable to attend this event, permanent drop-off facilities for these materials are available to Blue Springs residents year-round at the Kansas City Recycling Facility, at 4707 Deramus, in the east river bottoms, (816) 513-8400 or the Lee’s Summit Resource Recovery Park, 2101 SE Hamblin Rd, (816) 969-1805.  Please contact these facilities directly for directions and hours of operation.  Appointments are required at the Lee’s Summit drop-off facility.

For more information on this program or for other participating community’s event locations and times, contact the Mid-America Regional Council at (816) 474-8326 or visit the City’s website at www.bluespringsgov.com/hhwaste. For additional questions or to volunteer at the event, please contact the Blue Springs Community Development Department, (816) 228-0207.

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Public invited to attend the Veterans Way Memorial Dedication on April 2

clock March 31, 2013 13:28 by author Jeff Quibell

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The Veterans Way Memorial Committee invites the community to attend the memorial dedication on Tuesday, April 2 at 3 p.m. at Pink Hill Park, 2715 Park Hill Road.  This historic ceremony will feature a unique program that honors every major war and the veterans that defended our nation. 

“It was an honor to serve our country, and it is a great privilege to have worked on this project,” said Mayor Carson Ross.  “I invite everyone to join us as we dedicate this remarkable memorial and I want to thank the donors, partners and community members for their efforts to bring this memorial to our community.”

The Veterans Way Memorial is dedicated to the sacrifice, courage and valor of all veterans who served our nation. The memorial identifies the site where “The Wall That Heals” was exhibited in Blue Springs in 2010. It serves as a place for personal contemplation or reflection for veterans and veterans’ families and friends, and provides a site for educating youth about the historical significance of wars fought in defense of our nation.

“One of the early concepts of the memorial was to serve as an educational site about the historical significance of wars fought in defense of our nation,” said Eleanor Frasier, Veterans Way Memorial Chair.  “This dedication program aims to not only honor our veterans, but serve as a reminder of the great sacrifices we as a nation have made to protect and preserve the freedoms that we enjoy each and every day.”

The dedication program participants include Col. Don Ballard (ret.), Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient, Lake City Army Ammunition Plant LTC Lawrence Cannon, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps from both Blue Springs High School and Blue Springs South High School and several veteran groups.  Malena Marcase from Blue Springs High School and the Circuit Riders will provide musical renditions that observe the music of each war era.

The Veterans Way Memorial Committee would like to thank the Blue Springs Public Art Commission, Fike Corporation, Quanta Services, John R. Colson, ATK Alliant Techsystems, Blue Springs Elks Lodge 2509, Tandem Paving Company, the City of Blue Springs, the Blue Springs School District and the many other donors and supporters of this memorial.

The Veterans Way Memorial was funded by private donations.  For more information, contact Eleanor Frasier, Veterans Way Memorial Chair at (816) 655-0490 or visit the memorial’s Web site, www.bluespringswallthatheals.net.

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Additional Outdoor Warning Siren Testing Tomorrow (3/6/2013)

clock March 5, 2013 17:26 by author Jeff Quibell

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CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

PRESS RELEASE

CJCFPD Training Facility | 4175 US 40 HWY | Blue Springs, MO | P: 816.229.9118 | eoc@cjcfpd.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: March 5, 2013

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Additional Outdoor Warning Siren Testing Tomorrow

CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. – The Central Jackson County Emergency Management Agency (CJCEMA) participated in the statewide tornado drill today to test its network as part of the national Severe Weather Awareness Week.

Recently, the outdoor warning sirens and the radio system underwent upgrades in response to federal narrow-banding mandate. Technical problems with the upgrade were diagnosed during today’s test of the outdoor warning sirens and resulted in sirens either not responding or not responding as expected.

As a result, CJCEMA will be conducting another test of the outdoor warning sirens tomorrow, March 6 beginning at noon across Blue Springs, Grain Valley and Lake Tapawingo. Representatives from CJCEMA, Motorola, Blue Valley Public Safety and Commenco will be conducting repairs on the outdoor warning system throughout the afternoon. Please be advised that sirens will be sounding throughout the afternoon as crews work on individual sirens.

Every effort is being made at this time to correct these concerns as quickly as possible. We thank you for your patience as we work to make these repairs to our outdoor warning system.

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.

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

clock February 20, 2013 16:58 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  — www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:              February 20, 2013

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

                        Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

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 www.twitter.com/BlueSpringsGov or become "fans" of the City's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bluespringsgov.  Links to both sites can be found by visiting the City’s Web site at www.bluespringsgov.com

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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

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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.

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Chili Dogs, Let’s Move, Etc. Things to do in Blue Springs this weekend!

clock January 31, 2013 10:06 by author Jeff Quibell

Chili Dog Dinner & Auction (Fundraiser for Blue Springs Dog Park) – Saturday, Feb 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper Street. Lots of food, DJ music, raffles, dog tag game & over 40 silent auction items.

Let’s Move! Saturdays Saturday, Feb 2 from 11 to noon. Dance Party at Dynamic Dance, 1901 SW 40 Highway.

Centennial Pool-Plex - Lap Swim – Saturday, Feb 2 from 11 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.  The pool is located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive.

Adams Pointe Golf Club – 1601 NE RD Mize Road. 18-hole championship course and a practice facility. Call (816) 220-3673 for daily fees and a Tee Time.

For additional information visit www.bluespringsgov.com/parks or call the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 228-0137.

Pam Buck

Recreation Superintendent

City of Blue Springs Parks & Recreation

office 816-228-0238

cell 816-645-0287

www.bluespringsgov.com/parks


Home in Need of Some Minor Repairs? 2013 Minor Home Repair Program Still Accepting Applications

clock January 22, 2013 17:02 by author Jeff Quibell
 

Blue Springs, Mo. – Residents looking to make minor repairs to the exterior of their homes may be eligible to do so through the Blue Springs Minor Home Repair Program. The Minor Home Repair Program (MHRP) will accept applications through Friday, February 1, 2013. The MHRP was developed in response to the City Council's implementation of Blue Springs’ Property Maintenance Code.

The MHRP is designed to offer a program that primarily assists homeowners who do not have the financial means to respond to code violations that may exist at their single-family, residential property. The funding for the program is from the City’s Community Development Block Grant received from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“The Minor Home Repair Program brings value and opportunity to residents and their neighborhoods alike,” said Community Development Director Scott Allen. “Through this program, our goal is to provide some much-needed repairs for those who otherwise may not have the ability to make such improvements.”

The emphasis of the MHRP is on neighborhood conservation, and only minor exterior home repairs are eligible. In 2012, eight participants received grants that totaled over $39,000 to make repairs to their homes. The MHRP encourages a high level of maintenance among property owners in a neighborhood and helps to cure the most visible home defects which may adversely affect the value of the home as well as surrounding properties.

For more information or to apply for the Minor Home Repair Program, contact Lauren Gowdy, Associate Planner at (816) 220-4504 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com/mhrp.

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