News about what is happening in Blue Springs, MO

Correction of the facts regarding how Blue Springs has funded Ambulance Service over the years

clock July 17, 2013 12:54 by author Jeff Quibell

Following the distribution of my July 17, 2013 Newsletter, Councilman Fowler contacted me to let me know that I had misstated the information in his motion that I referred to in my newsletter. He is correct, I said he was talking about a sales tax, his motion was regarding the city’s property tax. The remainder of my comments remains accurate as to how I viewed his motion.

What are the facts regarding how Blue Springs has funded Ambulance Service over the years?

clock July 17, 2013 05:00 by author Jeff Quibell

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In 1974 the city passed a general sales tax.  The ballot language was as follows:

“Shall the sales tax ordinance be approved?

Ordinance No. 760 of the City of Blue Springs, Missouri, passed September 19, 1974, imposing a city sales tax at the rate of one percent (1%) on the receipts from the sale at retail of all tangible personal property or taxable services at retail if such property and services are subject to the sales tax imposed by the State of Missouri, for a period of five (5) years.”

In 1979 the ballot language for renewal was as follows:

“Shall the City’s 1% sales tax be retained?”

Both ballot measures were approved.  Over the years the city has added and removed many services that are/were paid for by the 1% general sales tax.  But as you can see, there is no dedicated tax for ambulance service in Blue Springs and there never has been.

Councilman Ron Fowler’s motion at a recent council meeting did not adequately define what amount he would remove from the general sales tax that currently only provides a partial subsidy for the ambulance service in Blue Springs.  His motion also did not make a persuasive case for adjusting the sales tax because the tax is not dedicated to the purpose we were discussing and changes in revenue distribution occur every year within our general budget.  As the needs of the city change the Council must have the flexibility to adjust funding to meet those needs.

For many years the City of Blue Springs has held the ambulance license for the entire area that is covered by Central Jackson County Fire Protection District (CJC), including areas outside the city limits.  We contract ambulance service to CJC and subsidize the service.  Until recently the city collected the fees billed to the users of the ambulance and our taxpayers subsidized any short fall out of our general fund.  There is no dedicated funding source for ambulance service.  In addition, when we subsidize this service we are doing it for areas of unincorporated Jackson County, Grain Valley, and Lake Tapawingo at no direct cost to them.  The City of Blue Springs is the only entity responsible for the subsidy.

Blue Springs has agreed to transfer the ambulance license to CJC and the issue on the ballot is how CJC is proposing to eliminate the Blue Springs subsidy.  When we transferred the license to CJC recently we also transferred the user payments to them as well.  The end result will be all of us in the CJC district will contribute directly to the service we receive including the County, Grain Valley, and Lake Tapawingo residents.  This allows money that currently subsidizes the ambulance service to be redirected to meeting needs in the Blue Springs community.

If the issue fails to pass, the license will transfer back to Blue Springs along with the fee revenue.  Things would then return to as they were before we transferred the license to CJC.   If this happens, the city will have to look at alternatives, but our options are not set in stone.  We believe the CJC provides the best service in the area and the best way to continue to receive that level of service is for it to be fully under their control.

Finally Blue Springs at 2% continues to have one of the lowest city sales tax rates in the metropolitan area. In recent years the City has also fixed our sales tax leakage problems by encouraging new retail developments in our city. Because of this, some of our sales tax revenue is paid by shoppers from outside our city. It is great to have these low tax rates and to be able to continue to provide quality services to our citizens!

I would encourage you to support CJC’s ballot issue in August and share this information with your friends. Thank you for the opportunity to be of service!

Jeff Quibell
District 1 Councilman
City of Blue Springs

Blue Springs Historical Society

clock April 4, 2013 10:48 by author Jeff Quibell

Dear Blue Springs Historical Society Friends and Members,

Our Annual Meeting, Dinner and Program is Tuesday, April 16th at 6:00 pm, at the Masonic Lodge, 908 W Main Street, downtown Blue Springs.  I have attached a flyer about the evening.  It tells about the program, cost of meal and where to purchase a ticket.

Our guest speaker is Barbara Hughes always informative and a delight to hear.  She will speak on “Inflamed, Desperate Jackson County August 1863!”.  She will speak on Order # 11 that effected the counties of Jackson, Cass, Bates, and Vernon during the Civil War.  She is a historian, researcher, storyteller and speaker.

Mayor Carson will give an update on the City of Blue Springs.  Steve Greer, 1926 Chicago & Alton Depot Restoration Project Manage will inform us on what has been accomplished and what we still need to do. 

Hope to see you on Tuesday, April 16th for a great home cooked meal, informative speakers and getting see old friends and make new friends.

Thank you for your support and service to our Blue Springs Historical Society.

Mary Potter

Blue Springs Historical Society, Inc., president


“Inflamed, Desperate Jackson County August 1863!”

clock April 1, 2013 15:18 by author Jeff Quibell

Barbara Hughes historian, researcher, storyteller and speaker
makes these Civil War words come alive.

Join the Blue Springs Historical Society, Inc. on
Tuesday, April 16th at 6:00 p.m.
at the Masonic Lodge, 908 W Main Street, downtown Blue Springs

Hear Barbara speak on effects of Order # 11,
Enjoy a home cooked meal by Eastern Star women,
Get a City Update from Mayor Carson Ross, and
Project Manager Steve Greer on restoring
Our 1926 Chicago & Alton Depot

Silent Auction

Ticket Price: $15.00 per person Reservation required by Fri., April 12th

Missed Reservation Deadline, YOU may pay at the door
For Reservation or Information Contact: or 816-797-4870

Tickets may be Purchased at:

· Blue Springs Chamber, 1000 W Main St., Blue Springs: 816-229-8558
· America’s Community Bank, 1100 W Main, Blue Springs: 816-228-2300
· Special Events, 1101 W Main St. # A, Blue Springs: 816-220-1233
· Memories on Main, 1105 W Main St., Blue Springs: 916-229-3311
· Historic Soda Fountain, 1112 W Main St., Blue Springs: 220-9498
· Christine’s Salon, 7 and Main St., Blue Springs: 816-229-8724
· Kennedy’s Custom Jewelers, 900 S 7 Hwy, Blue Springs: 816-229-0505
· Meyer Music, 1512 US 40, Blue Springs: 816-228-5656
· Petals and Potpourri, 708 SW US 40, Blue Springs: 816-229-4266
· Village Gardens, 650 NW Mock Ave., Blue Springs: 816-228-9500
· Board Members and other Blue Springs Historical Society Members

Learning, Preserving and Educating

JOIN the Blue Springs Historical Society for a BENEFIT to RESTORE Our Train DEPOT!

clock March 4, 2013 09:47 by author Jeff Quibell



(Photo from CD Album)

And a Silent Auction

Featuring a Guitar and Case from Meyer Music,

Women’s Seiko Watch from Kennedy’s Jewelers


Friday, March 8th ~ 7:00 p.m.

First Baptist Church Auditorium

15th & Main Street, Downtown Blue Springs, MO

Admission: $10.00/person or

$25.00/family (any number of people)

Questions: Shirl Quick 220-0232 or

Residents invited to Downtown Historic Survey Kick-off meeting

clock January 22, 2013 15:19 by author Jeff Quibell





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


DATE: January 17, 2013

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Residents invited to Downtown Historic Survey Kick-off meeting

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

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

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

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

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


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4th Annual Blue Springs Has Talent dinner and entertainment celebrating the Historical Society’s 35th birthday and the Civil War’s 150 year anniversary.

clock October 3, 2012 12:21 by author Jeff Quibell


Contact: Mary Potter

Phone #: 816-797-4870

Date: October 3, 2012

Who:  Blue Springs Historical Society

What: 4th Annual Blue Springs Has Talent dinner and entertainment celebrating the Historical Society’s 35th birthday and the Civil War’s 150 year anniversary.

When:  Tuesday, October 16, 2012 – 6:00 pm

Where:  Blue Springs High School, 2000 N.W. Ashton Road, Blue Springs, MO 64015     

Join the Blue Springs Historical Society in celebrating the 1920’s and the historical significance to our Blue Springs Chicago & Alton Depot.  The 4th annual Blue Springs Has Talent will commemorate saving and now restoring the 1926 Depot. 

Blue Springs railroad history changed in the 1920’s decade.  The 1879 Blue Springs two-story Chicago & Alton Depot burned.  Then, two railroad box cars became the town’s depot and in 1926 the one-story depot was build.  In July 2011 the community – businesses and individuals, rallied to save an important part of their heritage from demolition.  With generous donations on June 29, 2012, the building was moved to its new home at Central Park, 1108 SW Walnut St, Blue Springs, MO 64015. 

Entertainers will take you back in time to the 1920s.  It was a time of contradictions.   You will enjoy soloists, guitarist, and pianists as you listen to the gospel music of a tent revival and the jazz and ragtime in a speakeasy.  You may even have the opportunity to learn the Charleston which is all the rage.  But, our speakeasy will not break the 18th amendment of no liquor.  Houdini will not be able to attend, but former Blue Springs Mayor Steve Steiner will have a few tricks up his sleeve and rapper Nick Malick is back by popular demand.

The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a meal cooked by the Blue Springs Eastern Star ladies.  A short video of the history of the railroad in Blue Springs and entertainment will follow.     A silent auction will benefit the restoration of the depot.   These items include a guitar with lessons from Meyer Music, a watch from Kennedy’s Jewelers, and many, many more.

The meal and entertainment for one person is $18.00 and for two people $35.00.  At the Dillingham-Lewis Museum, 101 SW 15th Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015, reservations may be purchase on Sundays from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.  We accept charge cards, checks and cash and the day of the event.  Reservations may also be mailed with a check to: Blue Springs Historical Society, Attention: BS Has Talent, P.O. Box 762, Blue Springs, MO 64013.  To pay at door or after October 12th you may email: or call at 816.797.4870. 

Calling all photographers!–The Blue Springs Historical Society is holding a depot photo contest.

clock July 23, 2012 17:02 by author Jeff Quibell


Contact: Mary Potter                                                                          FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 20, 2012                                                                         

Cell Phone: 816-797-4870


Blue Springs, Missouri – Calling all photographers!  The Blue Springs Historical Society is holding a depot photo contest.  The calendar will tell the story of the depot from the Save Our Depot rally in front of the depot, July 28, 2011, moving day, June 29, 2012 and today at its new home in Central Park.

Only color photos may be submitted using a minimum of 4 megapixel camera with a 300 dpi.  Contestants may submit a maximum of five (5) photos with a maximum of two (2) photos to be included in the calendar. The photographer should submit a caption for each photo submitted along with their contact information.  The winning photographers will receive recognition in the caption of their picture and a free calendar.  The Blue Springs Historical Society has set Friday, August 17, 2012, as the deadline to receive photos.  All submitted photos become the property of the Blue Springs Historical Society.  The December 2012 through December 2013 calendar will go on sale in September. Photos and their information may be emailed to Michele Cole at or mailed to Blue Springs Historical Society, P.O. Box 762, Blue Springs, MO 64013 with attention Michele Cole.   

Twenty-six supporters of the Save Our Depot, move and restoration, are being given the opportunity of advertising at the bottom of a month.  There will be two advertisements on each of the 13 months.  The size of an ad is 1 1/3” x 5” width with a cost of $75.00.

Mary Potter, Blue Springs Historical Society, president and chair of Save Our Depot, said, “This calendar will become a part of our city’s history by recording the story of our community’s efforts to save a small but significant piece of our history.”  


Michele Cole, Photo Contest Chair, or 816.229.1065

Mary Potter, Advertising Supporter Chair, or 816.797.4870

Did you know that Blue Springs has its own Central Park?

clock June 28, 2012 15:30 by author Jeff Quibell

This undeveloped gem nestled in our downtown district will soon be the home of a historic building, thanks to the generous donations of local Blue Springs residents and the tenacious efforts of the Blue Springs Historical Society. Over the past year the Blue Springs Historical Society, in conjunction with the City of Blue Springs and the Kansas City Southern Railroad, have raised funds and gathered support to save our downtown train depot from demolition. On July 29th at 10am, the depot will begin its move down Main Street to its new home in Central Park. If you would like to participate in the celebration of the saving of our depot, join us on Main Street Friday morning and join the parade as we escort the depot to its new home.

Also located in Central Park is the city’s first Community Garden. A part of the Let’s Move initiative, the city provided the park land and infrastructure for the garden, and collaborated with StandUp! Blue Springs to manage and implement this exciting new amenity for our residents. The following pictures show the success of the garden.

It’s hard to dispute, when Blue Springs residents set their minds to accomplishing a goal, exciting things happen!

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Help make Blue Springs history!

clock June 25, 2012 15:46 by author Jeff Quibell

On Friday, June 29, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. the 1926 Chicago & Alton Train Depot will leave it’s home and travel down Main to 11th Street, then across Walnut into Central Park.

After the Depot passes by you,

pLease join the parade to Central Park. 

Bring a flag to Wave and your Sign to thank our

community for Saving Our Depot 

We’ll Bring Balloons and refreshments!