News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Parks & Recreation seeks public input on bike and trail routes

clock August 8, 2011 10:37 by author Jeff Quibell

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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

PRESS RELEASE

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903 W. Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0110 — F: 816.228.7592 — W: www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: August 8, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Parks & Recreation seeks public input on bike and trail routes

Blue Springs, Mo. – Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department will hold a series of three public hearings in regard to future plans for bike and trail routes within the City.  The City recently completed construction and opened phase I of its bike and trail system over a year ago.  The current planning process is designed to gather public opinion about facilities constructed in phase I and to solicit input for the next phase of development. 

Schedule for public hearings will be from 6-7:30 p.m. on the following days:

Thursday, August 11 District 1 Brittany Hill Middle School, 2701 NW 1st Street

Thursday, August 25 District 2 Blue Springs Freshman Center, 2103 NW Vesper Street

Thursday, September 8 District 3 Cordill-Mason Elementary School, 4001 SW Christiansen Road

The open house format and information will be identical at each hearing so if residents cannot attend the hearing in their district they are encouraged to attend one of the other hearings.  Participants will have the opportunity to review the current bike route and trail locations, chart on maps where they would like to see future improvements, and complete a short survey to help determine their personal or family use/interest, and priorities for the next phase. 

We encourage the public to attend, everyone from serious or recreational cyclists to novice trail users are welcome.  Information gathered at these public hearings will be used in the future to develop and project budgets for additional phases of construction. 

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National Night Out Against Crime Cancelled Due to Extreme Heat Warning

clock August 2, 2011 14:38 by author Jeff Quibell

Due to the excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service, the National Night Out Against Crime event in downtown Blue this evening has been canceled.

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a dangerous situation where heat illnesses are likely. We regret any inconvenience this will cause, but the safety of all participants is of primary concern.

This event has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.


Events in Blue Springs this weekend–July 29-31, 2011

clock July 28, 2011 11:37 by author Jeff Quibell

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Events in Blue Springs this weekend

Punt, Pass & Kick Competition – Friday, July 29, 6 p.m. (registration starts at 5:30 p.m.) Boys and girls ages 8-15 compete in a fun and engaging forum. The free event is held at Hidden Valley Park, 6500 NW Valley View Road.

Farmers Market – Saturday, July 30 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 11th and Main Street.  The market specializes in home grown fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats and many other items that are grown or made by hand.  For additional information visit http://www.bluespringsfarmersmarket.com.

Paper Shredding Event – Saturday, July 30 from 9-11 a.m. at 11th and Main Street. Participants should enter this drive-up event from south 10th Street as access from the north will be blocked.  You will able to drop-off up to four paper grocery bags of documents to be shredded on-site. No need to remove paper clips, staples, folders, plastic covers or binding. All paper collected during the event will be recycled. For more information about the event contact Lauren Gowdy in the Community Development Department at 816-220-4504 or via email at lgowdy@bluespringsgov.com.

City Auction – Saturday, July 30 at Pink Hill Park, 1400 NW Park Road; doors open at 8 a.m. and the auction begins at 10 a.m.  This inside auction features seized or unclaimed property.  Just about everything is on the block, including bicycles, lawn mowers, DVD players, stereos, video games, electronics and tools.

Radio Disney Splash Party at Centennial Pool-Plex – Saturday, July 30 from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Centennial Pool-Plex.  Don’t forget that you are eligible for employee passes!  Contact Parks & Recreation today at (816) 228-0137 to learn how to get your employee pass.

Centennial Pool-Plex – Open 12:30-7 p.m. daily.  The pool, located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive, features a zero depth wading pool w/water features and two giant waterslides.

Music in the Park Concert Series – Sunday, July 31 at Rotary Park located at 400 NW Vesper.  This free concert series features a different band every Sunday night. This week Loose Change (variety) takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and food or drink. Concessions are also available. To see the complete 2011 concert lineup, see the attached flier.

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

 
 


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

clock July 25, 2011 08:58 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  —  W: www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:              July 25, 2011

CONTACT:      Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

                        Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

                        Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

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

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs and the Blue Springs Solid Waste Management Commission are sponsoring a mobile drive-up paper shredding event on July 30 from 9 -11a.m. at 10th & Main Street in Downtown Blue Springs in cooperation with the Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce and Blue Springs Downtown Alive! group.  Participants should enter the drive-up event from south 10th Street as access from the north will be blocked.
Blue Springs businesses and residents will able to drop-off up to four paper grocery bags of documents to be shredded on-site. No need to remove paper clips, staples, folders, plastic covers or binding. All paper collected during the event will be recycled.

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

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

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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


Citizen Workgroups move forward on initial eight Let’s Move! project ideas

clock July 20, 2011 12:05 by author Jeff Quibell

City Press Release (reference http://www.bluespringsgov.com/civicalerts.aspx?AID=351) follows:

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – By the end of 2012, citizen workgroups of Let’s Move! Blue Springs plan to increase physical fitness activities for residents, plant community gardens, and provide additional food resources for children in need in the Blue Springs School District.

On July 9 Citizen Summit, participants prioritized more than 150 ideas that were generated in the June 18 Summit. Through a multi-voting approach the group narrowed the list to eight initial project ideas.

The project ideas are:
• Community-wide fitness event
• Community Gardening
• Expansion of the Blue Springs School District Back Snack program
• Girls on the Run
• Healthy Foods in Schools/Nutrition Classes in the Schools
• Let's Move! Saturdays
• Livable Streets with Walking Trails
• Let's Move! Signage/PR

Residents are encouraged to join these workgroups by calling StandUp Blue Springs at (816) 478-4500 or emailing LetsMove@StandUpBlueSprings.org. Each workgroup is seeking to recruiting additional members. Several groups already have their first meeting scheduled.

“The commitment of those who participated in the summits is evidence that citizens want to focus on building generations of healthy citizens. Now we are asking the community to respond by helping us accomplish these citizen-driven goals,” said Dave Wright, Board President of StandUp Blue Springs.

Already moving forward are plans to present a “Livable Streets” policy to the Blue Springs City Council for consideration by the end of this year to ensure that safe places to walk, bike and hike are integrated into future city planning. Addressing infrastructure policy in Blue Springs is only one of many ideas that citizens attending previous Let’s Move! summits.

“I applaud the residents who attended the Let’s Move! Summits and invite anyone who is interested in becoming involved in any or all of the project ideas to contact StandUp Blue Springs,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “Workgroups like these demonstrate how just working together we can help solve the problem of childhood obesity in Blue Springs.”

These are just the first round of projects selected during summits held this summer by StandUp Blue Springs, in conjunction with the City of Blue Springs and other local community partners. Nearly 100 residents of Blue Springs participated in the summits.

Blue Springs was officially designated as a Let’s Move! Community in March 2011 and has taken an innovative approach to engage all citizens through its “summit process.” The nationwide Let’s Move! initiative was created by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Department of Health and Human Services as part of a national effort to raise a healthier generation of children. This initiative is a comprehensive approach to engage the many sectors that reach children, including parents, families, schools, community leaders, municipalities and businesses. The Let’s Move! goals are based on four pillars: 1) make healthy family choices, 2) create healthy schools, 3) provide access to healthy, affordable food; and 4) promote physical activity.

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Waste Disposal Task Force Continues Meetings and Encourages You To Attend

clock July 20, 2011 12:02 by author Jeff Quibell

Hello!

The Waste Disposal Task Force is still in the process of monthly meetings and the next scheduled meeting is August 4, 2011.  This meeting is located on the City’s Events Calendar and can be seen at http://www.bluespringsgov.com/CurrentEvents.aspx?EID=1320.  These meetings are open to the public and we encourage any resident to attend! 

The Waste Disposal Task Force information has been posted to the City’s Home Page since November of last year.  To see who serves as members of the Task Force, I encourage you to visit their Web page:  http://www.bluespringsgov.com/index.aspx?nid=853

You can also see all the Waste Disposal Task Force Minutes on via their page or by clicking here http://www.bluespringsgov.com/index.aspx?NID=909.

To contact all the Waste Disposal Task Force members via email, send a note to wastedisposal@bluespringsgov.com.

If you have any more questions, please let me know!

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


Stuff to do this weekend in Blue Springs (July 8-10, 2011)

clock July 7, 2011 08:28 by author Jeff Quibell

Vesper Hall Ice Cream Social (50-Plus)  – Friday, July 8, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper Street. Enjoy ice cream, cakes & pies with live musical entertainment. Donations accepted for Vesper Hall Site Council.

Blue Springs Let’s Move! Citizen Summit – Saturday, July 9, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Blue Spring School District Freshman Center, 2103 NW Vesper Street. Join the Blue Springs initiative & help us build generations of healthy citizens.

Music in the Park Concert Series – Sunday, July 10 at Rotary Park located at 400 NW Vesper.  This free concert series features a different band every Sunday night. This week the Vantage Point (Top 40) takes the stage at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Bring lawn chairs, food/drink or concessions available.

Centennial Pool-Plex –  Open 12:30-7 p.m. daily.  The pool, located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive, features a zero depth wading pool w/water features and two giant waterslides. Both daily admission fee and summer membership passes are available.


Blue Springs Events for June 24th through June 26th 2011

clock June 23, 2011 14:43 by author Jeff Quibell

Street Flick – Free activities and outdoor movie Friday, June 24, 7:15 p.m. - Kids activities, 8:45 p.m. - The Karate Kid. 12th Street & Main Street in Downtown Blue Springs. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, bleacher seating also available. Pre-movie activities include chalk art with feature artist Doug Bennett. Also face painting, bounce house, games, and kids crafts.

Music in the Park Concert Series – Sunday, June 26, at Rotary Park located at 400 NW Vesper.  This free concert series features a different band every Sunday night. This week the Elsea Smith Band (blues & rock) takes the stage at 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.  Bring lawn chairs, food/drink or concessions available.

Blue Springs Centennial Pool-Plex –  Open 12:30-7 p.m. daily.  The pool, located at 2401 NW Ashton Drive, features a zero depth wading pool w/water features and two giant waterslides. Both daily admission fee and summer membership passes are available.

For additional information on these and other activities sponsored by Blue Springs Parks & Recreation visit www.bluespringsgov.com/parks, or call the Department Office at (816) 228-0137.


“Be a Good Neighbor” Fireworks Education Campaign Launches Today

clock June 23, 2011 10:06 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 23, 2011

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 2011 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 2011 “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. This year, these dates and times are July 1-3, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on July 4, 2011 from 10 a.m. to Midnight. Police Officers will also 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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Police Department responds to a request from SEMA for Joplin disaster aid

clock June 12, 2011 10:13 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: May 18, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Police Department responds to a request from SEMA for Joplin disaster aid

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs has received an official request from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to send a police team to aid in the recovery operations of Sunday’s devastating tornado in Joplin, Mo. The Blue Springs Police Department team consisting of 1 commander and 5 officers will perform traffic and security duties during their assignment to the Jasper County Emergency Operations Center. The team left for Joplin this afternoon at 4 p.m. and are expected to be deployed for the next 5 days.

The Joplin Emergency Operations Center is coordinating all requests for assistance though SEMA as part of the National Incident Management System (NIMS.) This system streamlines requests, eliminates redundancies and ensures getting the correct resources at the right time.

“When news of the devastation in Joplin reached us, we wanted to respond immediately. But our emergency management training taught us that unsolicited responders compete with disaster victims and first-responders for food, water, valuable cell phone band width and lodging,” said City Administrator Eric Johnson. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to respond and confident that our assistance will be well coordinated by those managing this enormous recovery effort.”

SEMA has requested that all donations (financial/blood/shelter volunteers) be coordinated through the American Red Cross and the United Way.  To donate to the Red Cross, you can visit any Price Chopper, text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. You can volunteer time or make a donation by calling the United Way at 2-1-1 in most areas in Missouri.

The Red Cross has also partnered with the Blue Springs Family YMCA to host a blood drive this Friday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  You can make an appointment at www.redcross.org and enter sponsor code BLUESPRINGSYMCA or by calling the Blue Springs Family YMCA Welcome Center at 816.224.9620.

The City of Blue Springs would like to extend our sympathy to the entire community of Joplin as they cope with the devastation and loss of life, and best wishes to them as they begin to rebuild lives and property.

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