News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Residents invited to Downtown Historic Survey Kick-off meeting

clock January 22, 2013 15:19 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 17, 2013

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Residents invited to Downtown Historic Survey Kick-off meeting

Blue Springs, Mo. – Residents are invited to participate in a kick-off meeting for the Downtown Historic Survey on Wednesday, January 23 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, 1100 SW Smith Street, Blue Springs, Mo.

The Historic Preservation Commission will oversee this survey effort with the assistance of a professional consultant, Rosin Preservation, LLC. Over the next month, the project team will be conducting in-depth archival research and fieldwork to document historic properties including taking photographs of the building’s exterior and documenting physical condition and alterations. The survey area will concentrate on structures from Highway 7 to 19th Street and Main to Walnut Streets.

The survey and inventory work plays a critical role in historic preservation. This research will provide the city with a record of its historical development, as well as help identify potential historic resources and/or historic districts within the survey area.

The City received a service-based grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, State Historic Preservation Office to update its existing inventory and survey for the first time since 1986.

If you have any questions, concerns or if you would like to share any information such as historic photographs or maps, please contact Michael Peterman, principal planner at (816) 228-0142.

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Residents invited to attend the second community center feasibility meeting

clock January 6, 2013 16:06 by author Jeff Quibell

Mayor Ross and the City Council of Blue Springs are considering the feasibility of building a Community Center. On Tuesday, January 8th, our citizens will have an opportunity to participate in the process. I encourage each of you to consider attending if your schedule permits. Following is the press release from the city:

Residents invited to attend the second community center feasibility meeting

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City Council and Park Commission invite residents to attend the second community center feasibility meeting on Tuesday, January 8, 6:30 p.m. at the Blue Springs Freshman Center, 2013 NW Vesper Street. The meeting will be in the Commons area.

This meeting will feature a presentation to the Park Commission as to the status of the feasibility study. The presentation will include information regarding market analysis, final survey results, preliminary center features and next steps. After the presentation, residents are invited to participate in a question and answer session.

This public meeting is part of a feasibility study conducted by SFS Architecture partnering with Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture to examine options related to size, amenities, programming and community support. A final report, expected in April, will also include a market analysis, construction cost estimates, projected operating expenses and potential facility locations.

For more information on the feasibility study or other issues related to a potential community center, contact Dennis Dovel, Director of Parks & Recreation at (816) 228-0265.

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Jeff Quibell Appointed Vice Chair of National Information Technology & Communications Policy Committee

clock January 1, 2013 17:56 by author Jeff Quibell

NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES

For Immediate Release

December 18, 2012

Contact

Gregory Minchak

202-626-3003

Minchak@nlc.org

Ally Freeman

202-626-3186

Freeman@nlc.org

Jeff Quibell Appointed Vice Chair of National Information Technology & Communications Policy Committee

Washington, DC – Jeff Quibell, Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Blue Springs, Missouri, has been appointed as vice chair of the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Information Technology & Communications Committee in 2013.  Quibell’s appointment was announced today by NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, AZ. 

The Information Technology & Communications 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. These positions are considered annually by NLC membership and incorporated into the National Municipal Policy. They also help guide NLC’s federal advocacy efforts.

Working with Quibell on the committee are Larry Kitchens, Chair, and Beth Humenik, Vice Chair.

“Our committee leadership plays an integral role in shaping NLC’s policy positions. I look forward to working with these dedicated city leaders as we advocate NLC’s message and priorities on Capitol Hill, with the Administration and in our cities and towns across the country,” said Mayor Lopez Rogers. 

“It is truly an honor to have the opportunity to assist in the formation of NLC’s technology policy positions.  I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Information Technology & Communications Committee,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Jeff Quibell.

The National League of Cities 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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Blue Springs names Chris Sandie as Interim Public Works Director

clock October 25, 2012 15:04 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: October 25, 2012

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Blue Springs names Chris Sandie as Interim Public Works Director

Blue Springs, Mo. – City Administrator Eric Johnson has recently named Chris Sandie as Interim Public Works Director. Sandie will work in an Interim role for the next six months, due to the passing of long-time Public Works Director Oliver DeGrate last month. Sandie has over 28 years of public works experience with the City of Blue Springs and has served as the Assistant Public Works Director since 2006.

“While saddened with the sudden loss of Oliver De Grate, we are very fortunate to have someone in our organization with the experience and knowledge to fill this critical role in our organization and community at this time,” said City Administrator Eric Johnson.  "His extensive experience in all areas of public works operations, broad working knowledge of Blue Springs’ infrastructure, and long-standing commitment to the community make him the perfect fit to guide our department over the next few months.”
Mr. Sandie will have oversight of both the Engineering and Operations sections of the Public Works Department and will continue to serve as the City’s Emergency Management Coordinator. Mr. Sandie has lived and worked in Blue Springs since 1973, and is a graduate of Blue Springs High School and the University of Central Missouri.

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Woods Chapel Road RR Track Crossing To Be Closed

clock October 12, 2012 16:04 by author Jeff Quibell

We have been notified that Kansas City Southern Railway will close the Woods Chapel Road crossing on Monday, October 15th for track realignment. They will be raising the track to smooth out the track run through Blue Springs.  City crews will be assisting with the asphalt leveling on either side of the crossing for a smooth transition. The project is expected to be completed in one day.  If it is raining on the 15th, the project will be completed on the next available day.


Blue Springs Police Department names Bob Muenz as new Deputy Police Chief

clock October 2, 2012 14:48 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: October 1, 2012

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Blue Springs Police Department names Bob Muenz as new Deputy Police Chief

Blue Springs, Mo. – Chief Wayne McCoy and the Blue Springs Police Department have selected Bob Muenz to become the first Deputy Chief of Blue Springs.  Muenz has 20 years of law enforcement experience and has served as the Police Chief of Oak Grove, Missouri for over 13 years.
“I feel very fortunate to be able to bring someone of Bob's experience and talents on board,” said Chief Wayne McCoy.  "His extensive experience in police operations will make him a tremendous asset for our department and our community."
The Deputy Chief position was created as part of the voter-approved Dedicated Public Safety Sales Tax initiative in 2011.

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Blue Springs Announces Memorial Services for Dr. Oliver De Grate III

clock September 21, 2012 11:55 by author Jeff Quibell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:              September 17, 2012

CONTACT:      Todd Pelham, Deputy City Administrator

                        Phone: 816.228-0110, Cell: 816.935-7732

                        Email: tpelham@bluespringsgov.com

Blue Springs Announces Memorial Services for Dr. Oliver De Grate III

Blue Springs, Mo. It is with extreme sadness, that the City of Blue Springs, Missouri announces the passing of Public Works Director, Dr. Oliver De Grate III.  Dr. De Grate, a native of Manhattan, Kansas passed away on Friday, September 14th from a recent illness, and will be missed by family members, fellow employees, citizens, and the entire professional engineering community.  Dr. De Grate was a key member of the city’s management team, and a licensed Professional Engineer with nearly 40 years of experience in city government.  Dr. De Grate began his career with the City of Blue Springs in 1993, and provided leadership and oversight for many of the city’s major infrastructure projects including Adams Dairy Parkway, Sni-Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant, Chapman Farms Neighborhood Improvement District, and most recently transportation improvements to Woods Chapel Road, among numerous other projects.

Our sincere condolences go out to Dr. De Grate’s wife, Deborah Ann and his eight loving children. Dr. De Grate will be sorely missed, but his commitment to improving the quality of life in Blue Springs will be celebrated for years to come due to the legacy he leaves behind.

A memorial service, hosted by the family, will be held to honor the memory and service of Dr. De Grate on Friday, September 21st at 6:00 p.m. at the Adams Pointe Conference Center, 1400 NE Coronado Drive, Blue Springs, Missouri 64014.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Watchtower-Relief, 25 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, New York 11201.

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2012 Blue Springs Pooches in the Pool

clock August 20, 2012 16:35 by author Jeff Quibell

Saturday, September 15

12 noon – 3 pm

‘The Blue’ Blue Springs Centennial Pool-Plex, 2401 NW Ashton Drive

$6 Dog Swim (Fundraiser for the Blue Springs Dog Park)

New this year – MOKAN DockDogs Demo!

Pooches in the Pool 2012 flyer


ATK Small Caliber Systems to present a $10,000 check for the Veterans Way Memorial

clock August 20, 2012 10:43 by author Jeff Quibell

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PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: August 20, 2012

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

ATK Small Caliber Systems to present a $10,000 check

for the Veterans Way Memorial

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – ATK, which operates the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant adjacent to Blue Springs, has volunteered to be a lead partner for the Veterans Way Memorial. Kent Holiday, the vice president and general manager of ATK Small Caliber Systems, will present a $10,000 check to Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross on Friday, August 24, at 8 a.m. in a special ceremony in front of Blue Springs City Hall, 903 W. Main Street.

“We are honored to be a lead partner in this unique memorial dedicated to veterans of all wars fought in defense of our nation,” said Holiday. “ATK is proud to be the operator of the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant and a community steward for the City of Blue Springs. Every employee at Lake City is proud to support and honor all the men and women who served in our armed forces.”

“We are grateful to ATK for being one of the lead partners of The Veterans Way Memorial. Blue Springs is fortunate to have excellent business partners to help bring this memorial to our community,” said Mayor Carson Ross.

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.

The Veterans Way Memorial is being funded by private donations. All funds are set up with the Truman Heartland Community Foundation, a 501-C-3 organization.

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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Fike Corporation to present a $10,000 check for the Veterans Way Memorial

clock July 31, 2012 10:36 by author Jeff Quibell

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: July 31, 2012

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Fike Corporation to present a $10,000 check

for the Veterans Way Memorial

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Fike Corporation located in Blue Springs, has agreed to be a lead partner for the Veterans Way Memorial. Chuck Kopoulos, President and CEO of Fike Corporation, will present a $10,000 check to Blue Springs Mayor Carson Ross on August 3 at 9 a.m., in a special ceremony in front of Blue Springs City Hall, 903 W. Main Street.

“We are honored to be a lead partner for this historic memorial dedicated to veterans of all wars fought in defense of our nation,” said Chuck Kopoulos, President and CEO of Fike Corporation. “Fike Corporation is proud to be known as an active business partner and a supporter of our veterans in the Blue Springs community.”

“We are grateful to Fike Corporation for being one of the lead partners of The Veterans Way Memorial. Corporations like Fike help make Blue Springs the outstanding community that it is,” said Mayor Carson Ross.

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.

The Veterans Way Memorial is being funded by private donations. All funds are set up with the Truman Heartland Community Foundation, a 501-C-3 organization.

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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