News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Annual Citizen Survey Reflects Improvements in Citizen Satisfaction

clock November 16, 2010 11:17 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: November 16, 2010

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, which was conducted during the Fall of 2010, Blue Springs residents are pleased with the City overall, particularly in the areas of public safety, parks facilities and the leadership and quality of customer service of the city staff and elected officials.

The DirectionFinder Survey, which is 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 (79%) are pleased with the quality of the police services and protection of the Blue Springs Police Department, 73% are satisfied with the quality of the City’s water and sewer utilities, 81% are pleased with the quality of City parks facilities and 81% are satisfied with the City’s primary communication source with residents, the Blue Springs Magazine.

Citizens are also satisfied with the overall customer service the City provides its residents through various programs and services. According to the survey, 82% of residents who had utilized City Services in 2009 and 2010, 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 November 15, 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 last year’s results, with several areas improving by at least 10%.”

Tatham also noted that of the 87 areas that were assessed in 2009, the City of Blue Springs improved or stayed the same in 73 of those areas. Some of the more significant increases included:

· Flow of traffic and congestion management (+12%)

· Availability of info about City programs/services (+15%)

· City managing its growth (+10%)

· Availability of bicycle lanes (+17%)

· Availability of walking and biking trails (+17%)

· Maintenance of neighborhood streets (+12%)

· City efforts to keep you informed on local issues (+12%)

“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 2010, 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 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.

“In April 2008, I was elected by the citizens of Blue Springs to create 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 process and Council strategic planning. We can attribute the success of the 2010 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 (1) maintenance of City streets and sidewalks, (2) the flow of traffic and congestion in Blue Springs, and (3) the effectiveness of community planning.

“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 develop 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 seventh time Blue Springs conducted a DirectionFinder Survey. The first DirectionFinder was administered in 2000. The full report of the 2010 citizen survey results is located on the City’s website at www.bluespringsgov.com/citizensurvey.

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Public Meeting of the Blue Springs Public Safety Citizens Advisory Board–November 16

clock November 16, 2010 11:12 by author Jeff Quibell

Meeting Notice from Blue Springs City Clerk

City of Blue Springs
903 W Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015
Ph: (816) 228-0110 | Fx: (816) 228-7592 | W: www.bluespringsgov.com

Notification of the November 16, 2010 Public Meeting of the
Blue Springs Public Safety Citizens Advisory Board has been posted
to the City's website. 
November 16, 2010
Public Meeting Notice
For questions or more information,
contact the Blue Springs City Clerk at (816) 228-0110.


Construction Begins on Downtown Crosswalk Upgrades

clock November 16, 2010 11:10 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: November 9, 2010

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Construction Begins on Downtown Crosswalk Upgrades

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – On Wednesday, November 10, construction will begin on the 2011 Community Development Block Grant Program's Downtown Decorative Concrete Crosswalk project on Main Street between 8th, 9th and 10th Streets.

Two-way traffic will be maintained on most of Main Street, but will be shifted over to the south side of the road during construction. On-street parking will be reduced to accommodate the through traffic lanes.

The intersection of 10th and Main Street will be closed to traffic due to intersection upgrades. This intersection will be closed beginning Monday, November 15 and will be detoured to 11th Street between Main and Vesper Streets until improvements can be completed.

This project is scheduled to be completed by December 25; weather pending. Amino Brothers is the contractor for this project.

The City of Blue Springs was designated as an Entitlement Community under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Downtown Decorative Concrete Crosswalk project is fully funded by this grant.

For more information about the project call Jeff Sell, Public Works Engineering Manager at (816) 228-0115 or to learn more about the Community Development Block Grant, visit www.bluespringsgov.com.

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Blue Springs Police Department Newsletter

clock November 16, 2010 11:09 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.2

 
 

In This Issue

Public Safety Board Seeks Community Input

Meet Your BSPD

BSPD To Receive Patriot Award

7th BSPD Citizen Academy Class Graduates!

Mike Russell, Jeff Sargent Promoted to Sergeant!

Quick Links

BSPD Text-A-TIP

C.Y.O.U.

Who We Are (BSPD)

Join Our Mailing List

Blue Springs

Public Safety Board

Forum 
November 9, 2010

On November 9 at 6 p.m., the Blue Springs Police Department and the Blue Springs Public Safety Citizens' Advisory Board (PSB) will host its second annual public forum to discuss a series of issues related to public safety in Blue Springs.

The PSB established the following topics for the forum:

1.  What changes in staffing, facilities, equipment or technology would you like to see the BSPD consider to meet the public safety needs of the future in Blue Springs?

2. The Blue Springs Police Department has made a concerted effort to increase visibility in the neigborhoods.  What improvements, if any, have you seen in the past 12 to 36 month period, and what additional suggestions do you have?

3.  What changes in coverage or services provided by our Animal Control Unit would you like to see?

4.  What other issues related to public safety should be addressed by the PSB?

The public forum will take place at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, 1100 SW Smith Street.

 

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.

Lt. John Kingsolver Employee of the Month 2010

Lieutenant John Kingsolver recently received the BSPD Employee of the Month Award from Chief McCoy.

"Bandit" on the trail of a burglar

"Bandit" Joins the Force!

The Blue Springs Police Department are please to announce that their newest K-9 Unit is officially on active duty beginning this week.  Bandit and his handler, Officer Weston Kendall recently completed the specialized K-9 training necessary to be cleared for active duty.

"K-9 units provide direct patrol responses in both retail areas and residential neighborhoods, ensuring that Officers and residents are safe in response to crimes in progress," Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy said.  "Additionally, their use in locating missing persons, tracking escaped suspects or locating illegal drugs is a cost-effective way to ensure community safety.

During his training, Bandit has already assisted the department by participating in the search for a young runaway child who was found unharmed.  We greatly appreciate the support of the Rotary Club of Blue Springs and Blue Springs City Council in addressing this important need."

The new K-9 Unit joins Urich, and his handler, Officer Robert Unruh who previously served as the Blue Springs Police Department's only K-9 team.  The original K-9 team was made possible by a Federal grant in September 2006.

Greetings!

Chief Wayne McCoyIt is my pleasure to welcome you to the October 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. 
There are a number of exciting items in this issue, as it has been a busy year at the BSPD working for our community!  With seven adult and two youth citizen academies having now graduated, our partnership continues to grow. 

We are honored to receive the Patriot Award in Blue Springs, as our Department has significant participation in the military through activations, reserves and family members.

As the City Council, Public Safety Board, and Police Staff look for ways to address public safety needs, we'll be asking for your input and support to continue our goal of making this the safest city in the metro in which to live.

Please pass this newsletter along to friends and family, as I'll have more news coming soon!

 

City of Blue Springs Receives the "Patriot Award" for support of City Employees in the Military!

BSPD Officer Mark Grote During Military Service

BSPD Officer Mark Grote

During Military Service

The City of Blue Springs, Mo., was recently honored with the Patriot Award from the Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Blue Springs Police Officer Mark Grote, who also serves as a Chief Petty Officer with the US Navy, nominated the City of Blue Springs for the award.

The award will be presented by James Carver, Administrative Support Technician of the Missouri Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve at the Blue Springs City Council Meeting on November 15.  Council meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, 1100 SW Smith Street.

"The Patriot Award was created to publicly recognize American Employers who provide extraordinary patriotic support and cooperation to their employees that have answered their nation's call to serve," Carver said.

"Supportive employers are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation's National Guard and Reserve units."

The Patriot Award recognizes companies that go above and beyond with their policies for employees who participate in the National Guard and Reserve force. The award is for companies who provide leadership and provisions for these employees.

"The City of Blue Springs is a great organization to work for," said Grote. "They are always supportive of my commitment to our country and I am glad to be a part of their team."

 

Graduation for the 7th B.S.P.D. Citizen Police Academy 11-03-10

On November 3, 2010, the Blue Springs Police Department held a graduation ceremony for the sevent graduating class of the BSPD Citizens Police Academy.  The ceremony represented the culmination of nine weeks of hard work from its twenty graduates.  The ceremony was held in the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building's multi-purpose room.

Chief Wayne McCoy introduced Mayor Carson Ross who addressed the cadets, thanking them for taking time to participate in the program.  Mayor Ross knows first hand how it feels to graduate from the Citizens Police Academy; he and first lady Eloise were two of the early graduates in the first year of the citizen academy.

Crime Prevention Sergeant Allen Kintz was the MC for the event, and presentedt each graduate a certificate of completion and a class photograph.

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.

 

New Sergeants!

Sergeants Mike Russell and Jeff Sargent promoted October, 2010

Sergeants Mike Russell and Jeff Sargent

The Blue Springs Police Department is proud to announce the promotions of Mike Russell and Jeff Sargent to the rank of Sergeant.  Each will assume their supervisory roles over a squad of Officers in uniformed patrol.

Sergeants Russell and Sargent were presented with their new badges at the department's customer service "pot luck" event held at Rotary Park on October 13, 2010.  Sergeant Russell's badge was pinned on by his wife Shannan; Sergeant Sargent received the similar honor from his wife Dianne.

The Sergeant position in uniformed patrol is one of the most important roles in any police department.  The direct supervision of major incidents, oversight and training of Officers, and the availability to assign and direct personnel are essential for maintaining our partnership with the community.  We are proud to announce that these two veteran officers have stepped up to continue serving the public in their new roles as Sergeants.

 

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.

This month I greatly appreciate Mr. Jones for noticing some of the things that are not often noted - like this Officer who took the time and effort to make sure a garage was secure in the middle of the night.

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Date:Tuesday, October 05, 2010 8:38 AM
To: Police
Subject: Thanks

Good morning Chief!
I want to thank you for obviously developing a stellar team of police officers.  I received a call from dispatch at 1:20 AM this morning that my garage doors were up and a patrol person was outside waiting until I closed them.  Please thank that person so much for me and my family. 

I had the pleasure of meeting one of your Special Tactics team members on September 25 at Keystone Park while he was on detail with some youths.  A real pro! 

I bought my house in April of 2009 and didn't move in until June but would go there at night to do things.  My neighbors didn't know me at the time and called the police.  I encountered the BSPD and again, nothing but professionals.  
Leadership comes from the top.  It is very apparent that you are in-deed a great leader.
Thank you sir,
Lewis B. Jones

 

 

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


City offices will be closed on Wednesday, November 24 due to a citywide furlough day

clock November 5, 2010 14:45 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: November 5, 2010

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

City offices will be closed on Wednesday, November 24

due to a citywide furlough day

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs will observe a citywide furlough day on Wednesday, November 24, in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is traditionally a low traffic day, and therefore, the effects on operations should be minimal.

The City will officially be closed except for essential public safety services. All city buildings will be closed, including the city-operated state license bureau located at City Hall and Recycling Center located in Pink Hill Park. Police Headquarters will remain open to support essential public safety services.

“There is no shortage of news coverage reminding us all of the tough economic times we are living in,” said City Administrator Eric Johnson. “The City Council and I were faced with making some tough but necessary decisions to find additional cost savings to maintain a balanced budget while still providing quality services to our residents. To help achieve this goal, we are moving forward with the furlough program detailed in the approved budget plan for selected City employees. Executing such a plan attempts to avoid additional staffing reductions during these difficult times and allows the City to continue providing essential services to our residents.”

The 2010-11 Fiscal Year Budget adopted by the City Council in September, calls for two citywide furlough days. The second mandatory furlough day has not been scheduled yet, but is expected to be sometime in the Spring/Summer of 2011.

In addition to the two mandatory furlough days, pay raises for employees have not been budgeted and travel, training and overtime expenses have been reduced to help meet budget shortfalls.

“I truly thank all of our city employees for their understanding, their patience and most importantly, their shared sacrifices,” Johnson said. “We will overcome these challenging financial times by working together and continuing look for efficiencies in all areas of our organization.”

City offices will also be closed on Friday, November 26 as part of its normal Thanksgiving holiday observation. For more information, call Todd Pelham at (816) 228-0110.

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Park Commission Wednesday, November 3, 2010

clock November 3, 2010 10:15 by author Jeff Quibell

Meeting Notice

There will be a meeting of the Park Commission

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

6:00 pm

City Hall
East Conference Room
903 West Main
Blue Springs MO

For more information call the Parks Department at (816) 228-0137.
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Public Safety Advisory Board Seeks Resident Input at Public Forum – November 9, 2010

clock November 3, 2010 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 — W: www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: November 6, 2010

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Public Safety Advisory Board

Seeks Resident Input at Public Forum – November 9, 2010

Blue Springs, Mo. – On November 9 at 6 p.m., the Blue Springs Police Department and the Blue Springs Public Safety Citizens’ Advisory Board will host its second annual public forum to discuss a series of issues related to public safety in Blue Springs. The forum will take place at the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, 1100 SW Smith St. and is open to the public. This meeting marks the third public meeting, including the original Mayor’s Task force meeting, in effort to increase resident-police partnerships in the community.

Advisory Board Chairman Tom Echerd will preside at the forum and encourages any interested persons to attend. “We hope residents will come to the forum and actively participate in a positive way. These meetings represent the Board’s ongoing efforts to keep residents informed and engaged in the activities of our Blue Springs Police Department,” said Echerd.

At a recent meeting, the Board established the following topics that are of great interest to the community and will be on the agenda for the November 9 public forum:

  • What changes in staffing, facilities, equipment or technology would you like the Blue Springs Police Department to consider to better meet the present and future public safety needs of our community?
  • The Blue Springs Police Department has made a concerted effort to increase visibility in neighborhoods. What improvements, if any, have you seen in the past 12 to 36 month period, and what additional suggestions do you have?
  • What changes in coverage or services provided by our Animal Control Unit would you like to see?
  • What other issues or topics related to public safety should be addressed by the Public Safety Citizen’s Advisory Board?

“I encourage all residents to come and provide any input they may have. It is through the community’s partnership with the Blue Springs Police Department that we will be able to create and maintain the safest community possible,” Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy said. “We value everyone’s input; by working together we can celebrate our successes while gaining an understanding of those areas where residents feel we can do better.”

About the Blue Springs Public Safety Citizens’ Advisory Board

The Blue Springs Public Safety Citizens’ Advisory Board was created by City Ordinance in August 2009 as a recommendation of the Mayor-appointed Public Safety Advisory Task Force. The six-member board is comprised of two residents from each City Council District, along with non-voting ex officio members that include representatives from the Blue Springs Police Department, City Council and a student from the Blue Springs School District. The Board has met monthly since its inaugural meeting in August, 2009.

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Domestic Violence initiative receives a $400,000 grant

clock October 21, 2010 15:50 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: October 21, 2010

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Domestic Violence initiative receives a $400,000 grant

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – A $400,000 federal grant, which comes during Domestic Violence Awareness Month, was recently was awarded to the City of Blue Springs and Hope House to help develop and strengthen effective responses to violence against women.

“The grant program encourages communities to treat domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking as serious crimes by strengthening the criminal justice response to these crimes and promoting a coordinated community response,” said Susan B. Carbon, Director of the Office on Violence Against Women. “Victim safety and offender accountability are the center piece of projects funded under the program.”

The two-year grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, to the City of Blue Springs and Hope House and the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office to fund the Domestic Violence Collaborative Initiative.  The grant provides funding to the City for one full-time domestic violence detective, domestic violence training, departmental costs, a portion of the Municipal Court Prosecutor and Jackson County’s Prosecutor’s Office for domestic violence prosecution. Hope House receives grant funding for a full-time domestic violence advocate, programming and personnel staff.

"The grant award recognizes the work of the Domestic Violence Collaborative Initiative on a national level," Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy said. "The department will be able to commit the necessary resources to more effectively deal with domestic violence incidents in our community."

“Funding from the Office on Violence Against Women Fiscal Year 2010 Community-Defined Solutions to Violence Against Women Program will be used to facilitate a coordinated response in Blue Springs, Missouri,” said Mary Anne Metheny, chief executive officer of Hope House. “Together, partners ensure a holistic response to victim safety and domestic violence offender accountability."

Domestic violence affects more than 32 million Americans. The federal government reports that approximately 1,300 people are killed by their abusers each year. Nationally, an estimated 70 percent of domestic violence victims do not show up to court when their abusers go to trial, forcing prosecutors to drop the charges.

For more information about the grant, call Dave Williams at (816) 228-0145.

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Mayor Ross appoints Waste Disposal Task Force members

clock October 21, 2010 12:13 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: October 21, 2010

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Mayor Ross appoints Waste Disposal Task Force members

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Mayor Carson Ross today announced he has established the Waste Disposal Task Force, comprised of twelve community members to advise the council on refuse- and recycling solutions. The Task Force has been formed to develop recommendations and support community benefits detailed by Alice Fuerst, Solid Waste Management Commission Chairperson, at the August 16th City Council meeting. These objectives include:

  • Lower disposal costs for residents
  • Reduce road maintenance costs
  • Save landfill space through increased recycling

“Blue Springs strives to be a regional leader in sustainability and environmental issues,” Mayor Carson Ross said. “Responsible waste management is an issue that all communities are facing – ignoring the problem isn’t an option. I’ve appointed a group of individuals that include council members, neighborhood leaders, community/business stakeholders, City employees and solid waste industry representatives. I have the utmost confidence that this task force will come back with a recommendation that reflects the best interest of our community.”

The members of the Waste Disposal Task Force are:

  • Lyle Shaver, Chairman, former Councilman District 1
  • Dale Carter, Councilman District 1
  • Chris Lievsay, Councilman District 2
  • Grant Bowerman, Councilman District 3
  • Chad Tipton, Solid Waste Management Commissioner
  • Byron Craddolph, Solid Waste Management Commissioner
  • Maureen York, EnviroStar Waste Service, Inc.
  • Paul Howe, Deffenbaugh Industries, Inc.
  • Bill Landrum, The Vespers Home Owners Association
  • Bert West, Park Avenue Home Owners Association
  • Robert Fasl, Renew The Blue
  • Lara Vermillion, Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce

“This task force will focus on how this is a win-win opportunity for Blue Springs residents,” said Lyle Shaver, task force chairman. “We will be evaluating all alternatives and seeking public input in the coming months to accomplish the objectives outlined by Mayor Ross. Our first meeting in November will start by getting all of the issues on the table and begin working through them.”

Waste Disposal Task Force meetings will be open to the public and the agendas will be posted to the City’s website. Residents are encouraged to send their questions/concerns to the task force email address, wastedisposal@bluespringsgov.com.

“This task force is a vital step in achieving the City of Blue Springs’ commitment to the Mid-America Regional Council Solid Waste Management District’s goal of achieving 80% waste diversion by 2023,” said Scott Allen, director of the Community Development Department. “Staff will work closely with the task force to ensure any recommendations brought forward could be implemented.”

The Waste Disposal Task Force will present their recommendations to the City Council by November 2011. Recommendations would need to be approved by the City Council and, if recommended by the task force, a two-year notification process for city contracted trash and recycling services would then need to be authorized.

For more information, call Scott Allen at (816) 228-0211. To contact the task force, email wastedisposal@bluespringsgov.com.

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Tennis Courts at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake reopen

clock October 18, 2010 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 — www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: October 18, 2010

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Tennis Courts at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake reopen

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – The tennis courts at Rotary Park at Railroad Lake are now open to the public. Located at 600 NW Vesper, the courts recently underwent surface crack repairs and received a new color coating.

These repairs are part of routine maintenance and upkeep associated with tennis courts. Proper maintenance ensures that the park facilities stay in optimal condition.

For more information, contact Steve Willman, Parks and Recreation Operations Manager at (816) 228-0237.

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