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Blue Springs Holds Annual Electronics Recycling Event - October 9

clock October 6, 2010 09:48 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 5, 2010

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Blue Springs Holds Annual Electronics Recycling Event - October 9

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs is teaming up with Surplus Exchange of Kansas City to sponsor its annual electronics recycling event on October 9 from 8 a.m. to Noon, in Pink Hill Park, 2715 Park Road, Blue Springs. The 2010 Electronics Recycling Event is open to all residents and businesses from Blue Springs and surrounding areas. Residency is not required to participate in this event. The 2009 Electronics Recycling Event collected more than 39,000 pounds of unwanted electronics including personal computers, printers and TV units.

“As families upgrade to flat screen TV’s and newer computers, the used TV’s and monitors end up in landfills. This electronic waste is of concern because of the toxicity and carcinogenicity of some of the substances” said Jim Holly, event coordinator.

Electronic waste includes toxics such as lead, mercury and cadmium and carcinogenic substances such as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). A typical computer contains 6% lead by weight. Without proper disposal, these substances can end up in landfills where there is a potential for the toxins to eventually end up in the water or air.

“Because of the community’s great support, our electronics recycling events continue to be well received, collecting a significant amount of electronics to be recycled” said Holley. “It’s wonderful to see the level of involvement and concern our community has in doing their part to help preserve our environment.”

The following fees will apply in order for proper recycling of the electronics:

  • TV's - $10 for 19" or under, $15 for 20"-27", $20 for 27" and up and $30 for console TVs
  • Computer Monitors:  $10
  • Small Items (Desktop Printer/Fax/Scanner)  $5
  • Free Items:  Most other home electronics including CPUs, keyboards, mice, VCRs, CD players and stereos, cell phones, pagers and hand-held video games or devices
  • Items containing refrigerant or have broken bulbs will not be accepted. Light bulbs, lamps and appliances are also not accepted.

For specific item questions, call Surplus Exchange at (816) 472-0444. This event is presented by the City of Blue Springs Community Development Department. For more information about the event, call the City’s Recycling Hotline at (816) 228-0228 or visit www.bluespringsgov.com/recycling. The City welcomes volunteers for the electronics recycling event. To sign up as a volunteer to assist in unloading cars, please call (816) 220-4504.

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First Task: Gather, Assess the Facts

clock September 1, 2010 11:53 by author Jeff Quibell

JeffQuibell201002 Differing opinions, and the discussions that come as a result, contribute to our society and provide a necessary vehicle to reaching a good decision. As I read Michael Freeman’s Op-Ed column in Saturday’s Examiner, I realized that it presents an excellent opportunity to discuss the difference between personal opinion and representative leadership, along with the attributes that we should seek in our elected officials. I encourage you to read his article, “Quibell column distorts trash debate”. http://bit.ly/mf201008  ( My original column can also be read at http://bit.ly/jq100825)

Over the years, I have occasionally been critical of our elected officials in my articles, primarily for two reasons. The first is when I view behavior that appears disrespectful to the people coming before the council in order to do business with our city. The second is for pre-determination of their positions on the important issues that they decide for our citizens. The first is an issue of common courtesy. The second is a matter of state law.

Mr. Freeman presumes that I have made up my mind on the issue of trash hauling and even goes so far as to suggest what my opinion might be. He, like some I have criticized in the past, appears to have made up his mind before he has all the facts. Personally, I value our freedoms and prefer to have the right to choose my own trash hauler. I have used several over the years and like the locally based company that I currently use.

Our elected officials, if they are following the law, do not have the freedom to predetermine their decisions. They are obligated to consider all of the facts presented to them and make their decision based on the facts, representing the best interest of our citizens. Our finest elected officials sometimes find themselves voting opposite of their own personal opinion when the facts support a different conclusion. Regardless of the decision they make, it is impossible to please everyone. At times, they even disappoint themselves.

I am flattered that Mr. Freeman considers me as an Uncle, although I can confirm that we are not related. As for Councilman Fowler, while we do not always agree, he is a passionate elected official who has served our city for many, many years, and certainly not someone I would characterize as evil. City Councils exist to work out the differences between competing interests and to make the best possible decisions for their citizens. It is sometimes thankless work and often opens the official up to public criticism.

My encouragement to our City Council is to obtain and review all the facts, and then and only then, make the best decision for all involved. This decision will affect all of our citizens, the businesses who serve them, and the employees of those businesses who live in and around our community. Like many, it is a complex issue when viewed outside the bubble of personal opinion. I am confident that this Mayor and Council will keep those things in mind and do their job with integrity and in the best interest of all.


Which way will city go on trash?

clock August 27, 2010 17:03 by author Jeff Quibell

JeffQuibell201002 It seems some in our community, both residents and elected officials, are passionate about trash. It is interesting how certain issues generate such passion. The topic of discussion at the most recent City Council meeting is trash hauling in Blue Springs. Should it be managed by the city or left to the individual?


Trash disposal issues have come up before. In 2008, the city reviewed a trash transfer station in an industrial area on the north side of town. Passionate citizen discussion followed, and ultimately the project went away.


The city surveys the citizens, usually about once per year, to help the council set policy direction on a variety of issues. In the last survey the question was asked “How supportive would you be of having your city coordinate your residential trash and recycling services?” Seventy-three percent of respondents were supportive while only 10 percent were not supportive. When a survey shows that level of support, it is important for our council to further examine the issue and consider how best to respond.


Appropriately, the city’s Solid Waste Management Commission began studying the issue and made a preliminary presentation to the council last week. Councilman Fowler, who serves as council liaison on the commission, seemed out of sync with the report of the commission and, in a public e-mail to the rest of the council, seemed unsupportive of the commission’s work. In fact, Mayor Ross even reminded Fowler of his role on the commission. Fowler expressed concern that trash haulers would be put out of business if the commission’s initial recommendations were adopted.


Some areas of our city have already consolidated control of trash hauling. For example, the Sherwood Village homeowners association made the decision several years ago to manage the contracting of trash pickup, periodically bidding the contract to local trash companies.
No one knows the commission’s final recommendation, but it is important for everyone to keep an open mind, allowing the commission to complete its study, with public input. By law, our council members should not predetermine their response to this issue. It will be interesting to watch our mayor and council, both new members and those more experienced, as they examine the issue, seek residents’ input and reach a consensus. If you have an opinion on this or any issue affecting our community, please contact your City Council representatives. You can find their contact information at http://bit.ly/bscouncil.


Renew the Blue and Blue Springs High School Partnership a Recycling Success!

clock June 9, 2010 15:51 by author Jeff Quibell

The Renew the Blue Committee and Blue Springs School District’s efforts on recycling are paying dividends!  The data is very impressive.  Imagine the mound of trash that was kept off of the steps of city hall!  Through this effort, the idea of “environmental responsibility” is being realized in Blue Springs.  The BSSD School with the most recycled material should receive a presentation of an “E-excellence” award!

With 327,490 lbs recycled per quarter!  That’s over a million pounds annually!  Annually that amounts to nearly $8000.00!  This is really encouraging news.

Following is detailed information about the material recycled by the School District during the first quarter 2010:

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The information in this article are excerpts from an letter received from Bob Fasl who served on the Renew the Blue Committee and helped encourage and organize this very successful recycling effort.  Kudos to Bob for his work in this area!

City procedures usually work well

clock November 25, 2009 08:43 by author Jeff Quibell

Mayor Ross admonishing the District 3 Councilmen to follow proper protocol Mayor Ross, along with the majority of our city councilmen, are working together to effectively handle the large and small issues of city government in Blue Springs.

Our council is most efficient when all of our elected leaders are respectful to each other and are willing to listen to each point of view on every issue. It is through careful consideration and thoughtful evaluation of all available information that great decisions take place on behalf of our citizens.

Our city’s charter defines three geographic districts from which our city councilmen are elected. Two councilmen are elected to serve the residents of each district. Councilmen are expected to respond to issues within their own district and to seek the advice of our professional staff. As a matter of protocol and courtesy, information is typically forwarded to the appropriate district councilmen if they are contacted on issues outside of their own district.

The primary issue at the Nov. 16 council meeting resulted from a citizen complaint regarding a potential code violation. A permanent outbuilding, in place for several years and constructed from what appeared to be a former portable container, was the basis for the complaint.

While the issue itself was relatively minor and easily addressed, the larger discussion was how the complaint was brought to the attention of the city and how it was handled by the District 3 councilmen, Ron Fowler and Sheila Solon, who represent the southern part of the city. The property in question is in the far north end of the city, an area represented by our District 1 councilmen, Jeanie Lauer and Lyle Shaver.

E-mails copied to the city clerk and comments made in the council meeting suggest that our District 3 councilmen directed staff to take action regarding this issue, without involving the District 1 councilmen. When Mayor Ross requested an explanation from Fowler and Solon as to why the issue was not directed to the appropriate councilmen, their answer was ambiguous at best. What is very clear to me from their comments is that our District 3 councilmen believe that it is their job to personally address issues not only in their district but throughout the entire city. This line of thinking is disrespectful to the voters who chose their elected representatives.

Kent Edmondson Our District 1 and District 2 councilmen addressed this issue in a professional and respectful way. Councilman Kent Edmondson was again a calm voice of reason in the meeting, despite Councilman Fowler’s repeated interruptions. Our city attorney,  Bob McDonald & Lyle ShaverBob McDonald, showed patience and restraint as he explained the legal basis for his response.  The meeting is available for viewing on the City Website at http://tinyurl.com/bscc091116.

People who are willing to serve, to give of their time and work positively for the common good are sometimes difficult to find. In Blue Springs, our councilmen are compensated for their service, both with salary and benefits. It is our responsibility as residents to ensure that we are getting what we are paying for in our representatives. Candidate filing for the April election of a councilman for each of the three districts begins Dec. 15 and ends Jan. 19.


Next Household Hazardous Waste Recycling on Saturday April 18, 2009

clock April 17, 2009 11:57 by author Jeff Quibell

Household Hazardous Waste Recycling

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Household Hazardous Waste 2009 Events

clip_image004The 2009 Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) events are quickly approaching. The Blue Springs HHW event will be held April 18, 2009 (8am – noon) at Pink Hill Park. We are in need of approximately 15 volunteers. Breakfast, snacks and a light lunch are provided for volunteers. Volunteers must be age 18 or over to help with unloading cars. Please call 816-220-4504 to sign up to volunteer or if you have any questions.

The Blue Springs event is a full HHW event. This means that the following items will be accepted: automotive products, antifreeze, batteries, CFL light bulbs, fertilizers, flammables, fuels, hazardous cleaners, hazardous liquids, household cleaners, lawn & garden products, paint, pesticides, photographic chemicals, pool chemicals, solvents, thinners, and used oil.

Blue Springs residents can attend any mobile event or either of the two permanent drop-off facilities in Kansas City or Lees Summit. The event dates, locations and times are listed below. Any event that includes the initials ABOP in parenthesis means that only Antifreeze Batteries, motor Oil and Paint are accepted. Please bring an ID with proof of residency.

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April 4: Independence 9 am–1 pm

April 18: Blue Springs 8 am–Noon

May 16: Harrisonville 8 am–Noon

May 30: Lone Jack (ABOP) 8–11 am

June 6: Gladstone (ABOP) 8 am–Noon

June 27: Grain Valley (ABOP) 8–11 am

August 1: Belton 8 am–Noon

August 15: Platte County 8 am–Noon

September 12: Cass County (ABOP) 8 am–Noon

September 26: Kearney (ABOP) 8 am–Noon

October 10: Riverside 8–11 am

October 24: Liberty 8 am–Noon

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Dropping off materials at a regional drop-off facility helps avoid waiting in line at events. Be sure to call and schedule an appointment if you plan to go to a drop-off facility:

  • The Kansas City HHW Facility is located at 4707 Deramus (just south of the Chouteau Bridge in the east river bottoms) 816/784-2080. They are open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Appointments are required.
  • The Lee’s Summit HHW Facility is located at 2101 SE Hamblin Rd. (at the Lee’s Summit Resource Recovery Park) 816/969-1805. Appointment required. Open on first Saturday of the month, 7 a.m.–Noon; third Wednesday of each month, year round, 2–6:30 p.m. (paint only on Wednesdays). 100-pound limit per visit.

A brochure listing information about the Household Hazardous Waste Program is available online at http://www.marc.org/Environment/SolidWaste/pdfs/hhw_brochure.pdf


Residents Recycle

clock October 23, 2008 01:10 by author Jeff Quibell

This past Saturday, the city held its 2nd Electronics Recycling event. Nearly 300 residents showed up at Pink Hill Park to drop off old electronic equipment, TVs and computers. I want to thank those of you who volunteered to unload the equipment from the cars. Without your support, this event would not be possible.


Blue Springs Electronics Recycling Event

clock October 2, 2008 14:20 by author Jeff Quibell

Saturday October 18, 2008 from 8am to Noon at Pink Hill Park!
  www.bluespringsgov.com/electronics08

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District 1 Resident Interested in Recycling

clock July 6, 2008 01:00 by author Jeff Quibell
I continue to receive email regarding the need for a recycling center in Blue Springs.  Following is an email I recently received from a District 1 resident. More...