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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

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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.

 

Stuff to do this weekend from BSP&R

clock June 7, 2012 17:46 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Farmers Market – Saturday, June 9 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.

Skateboard Competition – Saturday, June 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Old Mill Skate Park, 112 NW Woods Chapel Road.  For ages 10-19 years old, but fun to watch!

Let’s Move! Saturdays – Saturday, June 9, 8-10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Medical Center Track, 201 NW R.D. Mize Road. Walk 3 laps around the track to equal 1 mile.  AND 1:30-3 p.m. at the Metro East Tennis Center, 3019 Vesper. Join us for tennis activities!

Blue Springs Night Bike Ride Saturday, June 9, 11:30 p.m. beginning at Centennial Pool-Plex.  Experienced cyclist can choose between a 10, 14 or 19 mile route. On-site registration starts at 10:30 p.m.

Music in the Park Concert – Sunday, June 10 from 4-6 p.m. BluzBenderz take the stage. Southbound 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.

KIDS TRIATHLON – Registration has been extended to June 12!  The first ever Blue Springs Kids Triathlon will be on Saturday, June 16 beginning at the Blue Springs Family Y with body marking starting at 6:15 a.m. Participants will compete in one of three categories: Tri for Tots – 4-5 year olds; 6-10 year olds and 11-14 year olds. Details and registration information can be found at www.bluespringsgov.com/kidstriathlon or by calling the Blue Springs Parks & Recreation Department at (816) 228-0137.

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

 

City Considers Allocation of Block Grant Funds

clock May 30, 2012 16:21 by author Jeff Quibell

When the Federal Government provides funds to local government, there are always strings attached and requirements that must be met to receive those funds.  

When the population of Blue Springs reached 50,000 residents we met the eligibility requirements to receive Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the federal government.  The 2012-2013 budget that begins October 1st includes an estimated $211,866 from this program.   Following a presentation by city staff regarding previous use of CDBG funds at the most recent council meeting, the City Council began the discussion regarding the best use, as allowed by the program, of those funds.

From the time when Blue Springs began receiving CDBG funds we have received nearly one million dollars from the Federal Government and have allocated those funds in the following manner:

  • Parks - $65,000
  • Streetlights - $166,884
  • Sidewalks - $563,299
  • Programs
    • Minor Home Repair - $84,093
    • First Time Home Buyer - $46,837
  • Administration - $5,556

This year we are considering the following opportunities:

  • Historic District Sidewalks - $50,000
  • Main Street Lighting -$75,000
  • Main & 15th St Crosswalks - $50,000
  • Missouri Main Street (Downtown Alive!) - $5,000
  • Downtown Commercial Façade Grant Program - $50,000
  • Historic Building Restoration - $100,000
  • Minor Home Repair Program - $60,000
  • First Time Home Buyer Program - $39,000
  • CDBG Administration Funds - $6,000

As you can see, there are substantially more opportunities than anticipated funding would support, requiring the council to evaluate each opportunity and decide the best options for our community.  This is one of the responsibilities of the city council and, with input from our constituents, the council is able to direct funding to the programs and infrastructure enhancements that meet the goals of the residents of Blue Springs.

Councilman Fowler’s comments Monday evening raised the issue of the importance of balancing the funds between commercial and residential uses.  Balance is a word we frequently hear in politics today, especially at the federal level.  Balance is important, but to be meaningful it must be clearly defined both on the federal level and locally.   Finding the appropriate balance for all funds the city administers within its budget is a complex and lengthy process, as we carefully consider all aspects of balancing the needs and wants of government and residents.  

Utilization of CDBG funds can provide benefits to our residents and businesses both directly and indirectly.  As the council evaluates and decides on the best use of these funds, I am confident we will find an appropriate balance, and your input is an important component in the process.  Please share your thoughts with your city council representatives; contact information is available at http://bit.ly/BSCouncilContacts

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Let’s Move February Volunteer Opportunities

clock February 1, 2012 11:13 by author Jeff Quibell

February Volunteer Opportunities

We need YOUYou can help with greeting and signing-in participants at Let's Move! Saturdays events in February.  You'll be paired up with a seasoned Let's Move! Saturdays volunteer to facilitate event sign-in for the duration of each event.  

  • Feb 4, 1:30-4:00pm and 7-9pm: Watson Rolladium (Open Skate)
  • Feb 11, 8-10am: Club 7 Fitness (Fitness activities)
  • Feb 18, 11am-12noon, 12noon-5:00pm: Blue Springs Family Y (Family Class, open swim from 12noon-5:00pm)
  • Feb 25, 10:30am-12noon: Gage Center (Tumbling Activities for children)

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these events, please reply to this email or contact Renee Parks at (816) 478-4500 -- preferrably at least one week in advance of the event.  Thank you!

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Blue Springs Parks & Rec Upcoming Holiday Season Special Events

clock December 14, 2011 10:57 by author Jeff Quibell

Holiday Express Train Wed. Dec 21, 4 pm – 7 pm. Main Street RR crossing at 12th downtown Blue Springs. Free. Santa Claus in a KCS six car lighted & decorated train.

Chipping of the Green, Christmas Tree Recycling Program Dec 26 – Jan 15. Drop off location is Pink Hill Park, 2715 NW Park Road. Safe & environmentally friendly way to dispose of your Christmas tree.

New Years Eve Party at Vesper Hall Sat. Dec 31, 7:30 pm.  $10 in advance. The party, hosted by BSP&R Dept staff, is geared to adults ages 50 and over but all welcome.

Chili Dog Dinner & Silent Auction Sat. Jan 21, 5:30 - 7 pm. Vesper Hall.  $6 adult, $4 age 12 & under, 3 & under free. This is a fund-raiser for the Blue Springs Dog Park


Blue Springs First Time Home Buyer (FTHB) Program

clock November 7, 2011 22:05 by author Jeff Quibell

Program Description
This program is a collaborative effort between the City of Blue Springs and area mortgage lenders to bring home ownership within reach of low to moderate income families and individuals who are first time homebuyers by disbursing annual Community Development Block Grant Entitlement funds through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A description of the main components, the principal participants and their roles are shown below.

Click the following link to get the full details on the City’s website!

http://bit.ly/v23jnj


New Balance Girls on the Run 5K–a Let’s Move! Blue Springs Event

clock November 7, 2011 21:51 by author Jeff Quibell

RACE DETAILS:

Date/Time: 9 am, Saturday, November 12th

Location: Downtown Blue Springs

Packet Pick up: Friday, November 9th Saturday November 12th

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Blue Springs City Hall Downtown Blue Springs

903 W Main St.

Blue Springs, MO 64015

REGISTRATION:

Complimentary Registration VIA SPONSOR

Participants may also register online at: www.active.com


Blue Springs CDBG Minor Home Repair Program 2012–Accepting Applications

clock November 1, 2011 16:26 by author Jeff Quibell

The Community Development Department will begin accepting applications for the Minor Home Repair Program on Tuesday, November 1st.  We will accept applications through Friday, January 28, 2012.  The emphasis of this program is on neighborhood conservation, and only minor exterior home repairs are eligible.  For more information about the program, eligibility and the application form please visit http://www.bluespringsgov.com/mhrp or contact Lauren Gowdy at 220-4504.