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2012-13 Draft Community Development Block Grant Annual Action Plan available for review

clock June 25, 2012 17:04 by author Jeff Quibell

The City of Blue Springs is publishing the Draft 2012-2013 Annual Action Plan for review. The Annual Action Plan describes the specific Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) activities that the city will undertake in each fiscal program year of the 5-Year Consolidated Plan.

The purpose of this Notice is to invite the public to review and comment on the Draft 2012-2013 Annual Action Plan.

The general public has a period of 30 days from Saturday, June 23, 2012 to offer comments on the proposed 2012-2013 Annual Action Plan. The City shall consider the views of citizens, public agencies and other interested parties in preparing its final submission and attach a summary of such comments as they relate to the plan. Following the 30 days, the City Council will approve the Annual Action Plan. The Annual Action Plan will then be submitted to HUD for their review and approval.

Beginning Saturday, June 23, 2012, any interested parties may examine a copy of the 2012-2013 Annual Action Plan at the Community Development Department or on the City of Blue Springs website at http://www.bluespringsgov.com/. Written comments may be submitted to the City of Blue Springs Community Development Department, Attn: Community Development Director, 903 West Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015

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City opens Vesper Hall as a Cooling Center

clock June 25, 2012 15:25 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, 2012

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

                        Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

City opens Vesper Hall as a Cooling Center

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs has opened Vesper Hall as a Cooling Center in response to the heat advisory for Jackson County issued by the National Weather Service. 

Blue Springs residents can find refuge from the extreme heat at Vesper Hall during normal operating hours of Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday/Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Vesper Hall will be available as a cooling center all week due to the warm forecast.

“We are encouraging our residents to take heed to the warnings of excessive heat and make all efforts to protect themselves from the dangerous weather,” said Mayor Carson Ross.  “Please be sure to pay special attention to senior citizens, young children and those with health or breathing problems and outdoor pets.”

Heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer. On average, excessive heat causes more than 1,500 death per year in the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  That average death tally exceeds the average caused by tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and lightning combined.

Health officials recommend avoiding the excessive heat by staying in an air-conditioned building if possible.  The Jackson County Health Department also gives these heat health recommendations:

  • Drink more water. Don't wait until you are thirsty. Avoid liquids containing alcohol or caffeine.
  • Schedule outdoor activities before noon or in the evening.
  • When temperatures reach into the 90s, a cool shower can offer more help than a fan.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • If you must work in the heat, monitor the condition of co-workers and ask them to do the same for you.
  • Rest often in shady areas or, if possible, in air-conditioned facilities.
  • Wear wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself.

To see other Jackson County Cooling centers, visit www.jacksongov.org or contact the United Way at 2-1-1 and receive a list of near-by cooling stations by providing your zip code.

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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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“Be a Good Neighbor” Fireworks Education Campaign Launches Today

clock June 19, 2012 12:04 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:              June 19, 2012

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

                        Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

“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 will continue its “Be a Good Neighbor” Fireworks Education Campaign for the 2012 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 2012 “Be a Good Neighbor” fireworks education campaign is to emphasize the assertive police enforcement that will take place prior to and during the 4th of July holiday.

“Our goal this year is to make sure citizens 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. Approved dates and times are July 1-3, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on July 4, 2012 from 10 a.m. to Midnight. Police Officers will exercise increased street patrol and law enforcement measures during these times to make sure residents 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, including the location of the violation to Crimes (274637).

Think Safe reminds citizens 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 citizens 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 launched this week, distributing more than 20,000 postcards from Mayor Carson Ross to every household in Blue Springs. The Mayor’s letter 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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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


Stuff to do this weekend – 6/15-6/17

clock June 15, 2012 15:36 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Farmers Market – Saturday, June 16 from 7 a.m. to noon in downtown Blue Springs.  Home grown fruits, vegetables, meats and other items for sale that are locally grown or made by hand. The University of Missouri Extension Office will be giving a ‘Cooking of the Day’ class.

Kids Triathlon –The first ever Blue Springs Kids Triathlon will be on Saturday, June 16 beginning at 7:30 a.m.  The Triathlon starts with swimming at the Blue Springs Family, biking on Adams Dairy Parkway and a running through Young Park.  Registration is closed, but everyone is welcome to cheer on the kids! 

Let’s Move! Saturdays – Saturday, June 16 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Blue Springs Ballet & Performing Arts in downtown Blue Springs. Join us for a free Zumba Class.

Music in the Park Concert – Sunday, June 17 from 4-6 p.m. Little Shell & the Blues Thang takes the stage. Harper performs from 6:30-8:30 p.m. from the gazebo at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, 600 NW Vesper Street.  Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy this free concert event.

Centennial Pool – Open daily from noon to 7 p.m. through Labor Day. Features two giant water slides, a 25-yard indoor, 50-meter outdoor, and a wading pool. Daily admission is $5 for ages 4 and older (3 and under free), season memberships also available. 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.

 

Weather radio programming and CodeRED signup event

clock June 5, 2012 17:10 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: May 31, 2012

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Weather radio programming and CodeRED signup event

CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. – The Central Jackson County Emergency Management Agency is teaming up with Chief Meteorologist Chris Suhan to host a weather radio programming and CodeRED signup event.

The event will be on Saturday, June 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at Price Chopper North, 1100 NW Highway 7, Blue Springs, MO.

“We encourage everyone to bring their weather radios or purchase one at the event and have it programmed to our area so you can keep up to date with the latest weather alerts for Jackson County,” said Todd Farley, Emergency Management Director for the Central Jackson County Emergency Management Agency. “You can also sign up for our CodeRED Emergency Notification System and receive information on how to start your own Family Emergency Plan.”

Project Community Alert (PCA) is a community-wide effort to distribute weather alert radios. The Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee (MEMC) has partnered with Price Chopper grocery stores to sell the radios at a special price, $29.95. To locate a store near you, visit www.mypricechopper.com and click on "Store Locator." To learn more about the program, visit www.preparemetrokc.com.

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New emergency alert system can deliver warnings directly to cell phones

clock May 30, 2012 15:47 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:              May 30, 2012

CONTACTS:   

Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer, 816.655.0497, knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Andy Bailey, National Weather Service, 816.540.6134, andy.bailey@noaa.gov

Todd Farley, Emergency Management Director, CJCEMA, 816.229-9118, tfarley@cjcfpd.org

New emergency alert system can deliver warnings directly to cell phones

CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. – Emergency management officials know that in weather emergencies, such as tornados, warnings can save lives. But they can’t always rely on traditional warning methods — television, radio and outdoor sirens — to reach everyone. Beginning in June, through a partnership with FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, officials will also be able to send warnings directly to cell phones.

Using the new Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system, the National Weather Service will send warnings for tornados, flash floods, blizzards and ice storms in the Kansas City area to cell towers that serve affected counties. The warnings will go automatically to any newer-model cell phones within range of the towers.

“While these warnings may look like text messages, there won’t be any charges on your phone bill,” said Todd Farley, Emergency Management Director for the Central Jackson County Emergency Management Agency. “This is just one more way to be alert for imminent dangers, whether you’re at home or on the road.”

The short messages will provide very basic information, such as the type of warning, affected areas and duration. “When you get this warning message, we encourage you to turn to other sources for more detailed information about what to expect and what actions you should take,” said Farley.

Whether and how you’ll receive the alerts depends on your cell phone and service provider. About 10 percent of the cell phones in use today are already capable of receiving the alerts; others, such as newer iPhones and Android models, will soon receive software updates that add this feature. The wireless industry estimates that by 2014 nearly all phones on the market will be WEA-capable.

The alerts are delivered directly from cell tower to cell phone through a one-way broadcast. The system will not track or locate individual cell phones or phone numbers — it simply broadcasts to all phones within range. Unfortunately, in some cases, this may result in overwarning.

“For example, if we issue a warning for Jackson County, it will go to all towers that serve that county. If you live in an adjacent area, such as Cass or Clay counties, you may get the warning, too,” said Andy Bailey, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill. “Towers in urban areas generally serve a radius of two to five miles, and in rural areas up to 10 miles, so the warning message may reach a little beyond the warning boundaries.”

The alerts will include a unique ring tone and vibration. They will not interrupt any phone calls or downloads in progress. If you’re on the phone when the warning is issued, you’ll get the message after you end your call.

In addition to weather alerts, the system can broadcast AMBER alerts and presidential alerts for national emergencies. On newer phones, these alerts will be turned on by default. Procedures for opting out of the alerts will vary by carrier.

“Like any new system, we’ll no doubt have some issues to work through,” said Farley. “We hope people will be patient and not opt out of these potentially life-saving messages. The system will get better with time, but it’s too important to wait any longer.”

To learn more about preparing for emergencies, visit www.preparemetrokc.

To find out if your phone is capable of receiving the alerts, visit your cell phone carrier’s website.

Verizon: http://support.verizonwireless.com/faqs/Wireless%20Service/emergency_alerts_faq.html

AT&T: http://www.att.com/esupport/article.jsp?sid=KB410692&cv=820&title=A+Guide+to+Wireless+Emergency+Alerts%2C+or+CMAS+(Commercial+Mobile+Alert+System)#fbid=sh9s9iaa-QL

Sprint: http://support.sprint.com/support/article/Learn_more_about_Wireless_Emergency_Alerts_and_how_they_work/case-gz982789-20111108-232218/?ECID=vanity:wirelessemergencyalert

T-Mobile:

http://www.t-mobile.com/Company/CompanyInfo.aspx?tp=Abt_Tab_CompanySafety&tsp=Abt_Sub_WirelessEmergencyAlerts

Cricket Wireless: http://www.mycricket.com/support/topic/commercial-mobile-alert-system-cmas

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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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Stuff to do in Blue Springs Weekend of 5/12/2012

clock May 11, 2012 10:19 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Farmers Market – Saturday, May 12 from 7 a.m. to noon in downtown Blue Springs.  Home grown fruits, vegetables, meats and other items for sale that are locally grown or made by hand. The University of Missouri Extension Office will be giving a ‘Cooking of the Day’ class.

Free Kids Fishing Derby (ages 5-14) – Saturday, May 12 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake, 600 NW Vesper Street.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Catfish, Sunfish & Bluegill.  Lots of contests and prizes.

Let’s Move! Saturdays – Saturday, May 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. Free bowling at Lunar Bowl, 2001 NW Highway 7.

Centennial Pool – Saturday, May 5 – Swimnastics Up! (Intermediate to Upper Level Fitness) from 10:45-11:45 a.m. or Aqua-Aerobics 11 a.m. to noon each at $4. Lap Swimming from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. for $3. 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.


Things to do this weekend–April 14-15

clock April 13, 2012 17:03 by author Jeff Quibell

Let’s Move! Saturdays – Saturday, April 14 at Club 7 Fitness, 1241 SW Highway 7. Fitness events from 8-10 a.m., Nike SPARKS agility class from 10-11 a.m. and Kids Yoga from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public.

Centennial Pool – Saturday, April 14 – Swimnastics Up! (Intermediate to Upper Level Fitness) from 10:45-11:45 a.m. or Aqua-Aerobics 11 a.m. to noon each at $4. Lap Swimming from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. for $3. 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.

NEW Blue Springs Community Garden that is now available for planting. For just $50 a season, you can ‘reap what you sow’ from now until October 31.  The plots, located at 10th & Walnut, may be shared by more than one person/family/group.

Register now or soon for the Pooches on the Parkway Fun Walk & Dog Agility Clinics scheduled on Sunday May 6th.  Pre-registration discounts through April 30th.

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


Police Department Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

clock January 4, 2012 09:59 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: December 30, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Police Department Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy announced today that assessors from the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will conduct a public hearing on February 7, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Jackson County Fire District’s Training Facility, 4715 W. Highway 40. Blue Springs Mo. Public comments will be taken as part of the Blue Springs Police Department’s process to gain national accreditation. Chief Daniel Boring, ret., Virginia Police Department and Lieutenant Thomas Wilkes, Aurora, Colorado Police Department will conduct the on-site assessment.

The accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services. The assessor will review documentation, interview individuals, and visit areas where compliance with CALEA standards can be observed.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the public are invited to offer comments to the assessors by calling (816) 228-0174 on February 7, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. Copies of the standards are available for review at the Blue Springs Police Department at 1100 SW Smith Street, Blue Springs, Mo. You may also Contact Sergeant Linda DeMo at (816) 220-4567.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Blue Springs Missouri Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Gainesville, Va. 20155.

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Dennis Dovel named as new Director of Parks and Recreation

clock December 9, 2011 11:42 by author Jeff Quibell

CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

NEWS 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:              December 9, 2011

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651-6449

                        Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

DennisDennis Dovel named as new Director of Parks and Recreation

Blue Springs, Mo. – Dennis Dovel has been named as the new Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Blue Springs effective Tuesday, January 17.  Steve Willman, operations manager, has been serving as interim director since long-time director Roscoe Righter retired in September 2011.

“Dennis is a proven parks and recreation professional with great experience,” said City Administrator Eric Johnson.  “I am confident he will provide the vision and skills necessary to lead the Parks and Recreation Department established by Roscoe into its next chapter of excellence.”

As the director, Dovel will direct, plan and oversee the work of the Parks and Recreation Department, including 19 parks consisting of 816 acres of land and an annual budget of over five million dollars.  In addition to the highly utilized and widely recognized parks system, Dennis will also serve as the liaison to the City’s Public Art Commission.  The Parks & Recreation Department also manages the Buildings & Grounds Divisions for the City.

“I am very excited to be able to serve a vibrant and growing community like Blue Springs,” said Dovel.  “Over the years, Blue Springs has created an excellent parks system and I look forward to working with the City Administrator, City Council, the Park Commission, staff, and many other community stake-holders to continue its tradition of high-quality parks and recreation services.”

Prior to accepting this position, Dovel served as the Director of Parks and Recreation Department for the City of Liberty, Mo.  Over the course of his 23 year parks and recreation career, Dovel has served as the Sports Complex Manager for the City of Liberty, Mo., the Superintendent of Recreation for Jackson County, Mo., and held various recreation program coordinator roles.

Dovel is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism.   He is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional by the National Recreation and Park Association and a member of the National Recreation and Park Association and the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association.

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