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Blue Springs Police Department names Bob Muenz as new Deputy Police Chief

clock October 2, 2012 14:48 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: October 1, 2012

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Blue Springs Police Department names Bob Muenz as new Deputy Police Chief

Blue Springs, Mo. – Chief Wayne McCoy and the Blue Springs Police Department have selected Bob Muenz to become the first Deputy Chief of Blue Springs.  Muenz has 20 years of law enforcement experience and has served as the Police Chief of Oak Grove, Missouri for over 13 years.
“I feel very fortunate to be able to bring someone of Bob's experience and talents on board,” said Chief Wayne McCoy.  "His extensive experience in police operations will make him a tremendous asset for our department and our community."
The Deputy Chief position was created as part of the voter-approved Dedicated Public Safety Sales Tax initiative in 2011.

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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

www.facebook.com/bluespringsgov


“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


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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City Looking At A Year Of Progress

clock January 4, 2012 10:06 by author Jeff Quibell

2011-12-08 10-40-58.261The changing of the calendar to a new year is typically seen as a time for fresh starts and new beginnings.

For Blue Springs, 2012 will be the year in which we see visible progress on the Missouri Innovation Park on Adams Dairy Parkway. As the University of Missouri prepares to break ground at its permanent location in Blue Springs, its involvement and commitment will raise the visibility and viability of MIP to the world’s animal-health-related companies, along with other entities and organizations.

It will take time, but we anticipate the demand for locations within the MIP will result in new, high-quality jobs for Blue Springs residents and those in the surrounding areas.

This year will also see the installation of the new digital radio system for our Police Department. This system, paid for by the public safety tax that Blue Springs voters approved last year, will substantially improve our Police Department’s communication ability and will help make our city safer. The improvements to the public safety building will enhance downtown and provide an improved workplace for our police officers.

Hopefully, 2012 will see progress on the regional transit proposal, which could bring even more activity to our downtown in the coming years.

The redevelopment of Woods Chapel Road continues, and residents will see utilities relocated this spring in preparation for the widening and resurfacing from Duncan Road on the north all the way south to Walnut Street. Right-of-way acquisition is under way, and we should see work on the road begin this year, with scheduled completion scheduled for 2013. The new diverging diamond interchange at Interstate 70 will improve the flow of traffic, especially during rush hour, and the signalized intersection at Duncan Road will make that area safer and less congested.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express my sincerest appreciation for the many cards, notes, copies of the newspaper and kind words regarding the story of the Christmas ornaments from my birth mother. To Martin Augustine of KMBC Channel 9 News and Lee Hill Kavanaugh of The Kansas City Star, thank you for telling the story in such a wonderful and compassionate manner. The response has been overwhelming and very much appreciated. For those who missed the stories, they can be viewed at http://bit.ly/QuibellOrnaments and http://bit.ly/AnnChristmas.
Happy new year, everyone! I look forward to another year of sharing with you all of the great things happening in Blue Springs!


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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First nationwide test of Emergency Alert System scheduled for Nov. 9

clock November 7, 2011 21:55 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: November 4, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

First nationwide test of Emergency Alert System scheduled for Nov. 9

CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. – For years, local television and radio stations have periodically tested the Emergency Alert System with familiar tones followed by “This is a test…,” but on Wednesday, Nov. 9, for the first time ever, a nationwide test of the alert system will take place.

While the Emergency Alert System is often used by state and local emergency managers for weather warnings, it has never been used or tested at a national level.

“In a major disaster that affects large areas, such as an earthquake, this system could be used to broadcast life-saving information very quickly,” said Todd Farley, Emergency Manager for the Central Jackson County Emergency Management Agency. “This test will ensure that the system will work as intended if a nationwide alert needs to be issued.”

At 1 p.m. CST on Wednesday, Nov. 9, radio stations, local television stations, wireline video services, and cable and satellite providers in the Kansas City metropolitan area will join other broadcasters across the country for a simultaneous test of the system. Although the test will be similar to the routine monthly tests most of us are familiar with, there are a few key differences:

  • The nationwide test will last longer than normal — approximately three minutes.
  • While the audio message will include the words “This is a test” and be the same for everyone, the video test may vary due to differing technologies. Viewers should be aware that the video messages may or may not include the words “This is a test” in the background image or scroll at the bottom of the screen.
  • The test will be conducted through broadcast media only — it will not include NOAA weather radios, mobile devices or outdoor warning sirens.

The nationwide Emergency Alert System test will be conducted jointly by the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Communications Commission and National Weather Service. These agencies selected the date, Nov. 9, because it is near the end of hurricane season and before the severe winter weather season begins. The time (1 p.m. CST) was selected to occur during working hours in time zones across the nation, minimizing disruption by avoiding traffic rush hours.

“The best time to prepare for a disaster is before it happens,” said Farley. “While the alert system can provide basic instructions during an emergency, we all need to take personal responsibility to make sure we’re ready.”

For more information on how you can prepare your family, visit Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee’s website at www.preparemetrokc.org. This site has preparedness tips for various types of disasters, as well as an online tool for creating a family plan.

For more information about the nationwide Emergency Alert System test, visit www.fcc.gov/guides/emergency-alert-system-nationwide-test-eas.

The CJCEMA is an emergency management agency consisting of the Central Jackson County Fire

Protection District, the City of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, LakeTapawingo and surrounding unincorporated areas. The EOC is located at the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District’s Training Facility and brings together representatives from Police, Fire, Public Works and Emergency Management agencies.

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Public Safety Advisory Board Seeks Resident Input at Public Forum – November 8

clock October 31, 2011 12:40 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: October 27, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Public Safety Advisory Board

Seeks Resident Input at Public Forum – November 8

Blue Springs, Mo. – On November 8 at 6 p.m., the Blue Springs Police Department and the Blue Springs Public Safety Citizens’ Advisory Board will host its third 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.

Advisory Board Chairman Tom Echerd will preside at the forum and encourages any interested persons to attend. “We will be giving a presentation on the status of the implementation of the new radio system approved as part of the Public Safety Sales Tax passed in April. 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 onthe agenda for the November 9 public forum:

· The Blue Springs Police Department has made a concerted effort to increase the visibility in our neighborhoods and shopping areas. What improvements, if any, have you seen in the past 12-month period? 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 services related to public safety would you like the Blue Springs Police Department provide or help coordinate?

“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 are commendation 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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Upcoming Crime Prevention Activities

clock August 16, 2011 15:33 by author Jeff Quibell

The following are upcoming BSPD crime prevention activities; please let us know of any questions.

8/27/11 - Waterfield North @ 2125 NE Springbrook
4 p.m., contact Carrie Rothove 679-4573

8/28/11 - Willow Brook HOA @ Baumgardner Park
4 pm.  Personal safety & neighborhood watch - Bob Williams is the contact, 665-8701

8/30/11 - Waterfield North HOA @ 2513 NE Adams Dairy Rd
7 p.m. - Neighborhood Watch, contact is Tosha Grotenhuis @ 674-8831, 201-4148 or 228-1445.

9/10/11; WCE @ 601 NW 39th St
3 p.m., Neighborhood Watch community party Officer Friendly & Bike Safety, contact is Maureen Johnson @ 868-0480 or 220-5554;

9/12/11, Willowbrook HOA @ 817 NW 19th St,
7 p.m. - Site survey & neighborhood watch, contact Bob Williams @ 665-8701 or 224-3241

9/14/11, First night of 10th BSPD Citizen Academy at CYOU training room (generally every Wednesday with exceptions)
6:00 p.m.

9/21/11, Block Captain kickoff meeting in the multi purpose room
6:30 pm. 

10/01/2011, @ Home Depot, contact Alice Raisback, 229-2902,
10 am to 2 pm for Child ID

10-25-11 @ 1st Baptist Church on Main Street
10:30 a.m. for 20-30 minutes per class with two classes, Officer Friendly for Mothers Day Out, Mattie Prawl is the contact at 896-6184

10/29/11 @ First Bible Baptist Church, 1441 SE ADP
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., DARE car, contact is Dawn Pratt @ 220-2337 or 813-2526

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Tentative Future Dates:

November 2, 2011 for graduation of 10th BSPD Citizen Academy, 8 p.m.

November 5, 2011 for the “Shop With a Blue Springs Cop” Spaghetti Dinner

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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.