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Blue Springs Paper Shredding event aims to help residents dispose of personal documents safely

clock August 6, 2013 10:32 by author Jeff Quibell





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


DATE: August 6, 2013

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


Blue Springs Paper Shredding event aims to help residents dispose of personal documents safely

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs and the Blue Springs Solid Waste Management Commission are sponsoring a mobile drive-up paper shredding event on Saturday, August 17 from 9-11:30 a.m. at City Hall, 903 W. Main Street.
Blue Springs businesses and residents will able to drop-off up to four paper grocery bags of documents to be shredded on-site. All paper collected during the event will be recycled.

“Blue Springs residents and business owners can dispose of their confidential files and documents safely at this event,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “This paper shredding event is an opportunity for residents to reduce their potential for identity theft and support recycling in our community.”

For more information about the event contact Lauren Gowdy in the Community Development Department at 816-220-4504 or via email at​


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Paper Recycling Challenge a huge success!

clock November 30, 2011 09:50 by author Jeff Quibell





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


DATE: November 30, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651-6449


Paper Recycling Challenge a huge success!

Blue Springs, Mo. – The Blue Springs Solid Waste Management Commission challenged residents to increase their paper recycling between November 2 and November 16 in celebration of America Recycles Day. The goal for the two-week challenge was to recycle 2,800 pounds of cardboard and 4,200 pounds of paper, or a total of 3.5 tons.

Significant participation efforts helped in far surpassing the recycling goals. A total of 16,960 pounds of cardboard and 12,570 pounds of paper were collected at the Pink Hill Park Recycling Center during the two-week challenge.

In comparison, since the recycling center has been open (July 2010) the monthly average weight of cardboard collected is 5,529 pounds and on average 7,773 pounds of paper is collected each month. Cardboard had the highest collection amount to date, exceeding the highest collection month in July 2011 of 11,490 pounds.

Diverting paper and cardboard products from the landfills not only helps the environment, but also provides funding for the operation of the facility. The City earns 50 percent of the income from all paper and cardboard products collected at the center.

“We would like to thank all of those who participated in the recycling challenge and helped divert a tremendous amount of paper and cardboard products from the landfill,” said Alice Fuerst, Solid Waste Management Commission Chair. “While the recycling challenge might be over, I want to encourage residents to continue recycling their waste products.”

The Blue Springs Pink Hill Park Recycling Center located at 2725 NW Park Road is open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays in the winter from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Materials accepted at the center include, paper, newspapers and magazines and shredded paper, cardboard, paperboard, plastics (#1-7), aluminum cans, steel/tin food cans, glass jars and bottles and phone books. Please remove food from containers and covers from bottles prior to disposal. Recycling center attendants are located on-site during regular hours of operation if assistance is needed.

For more information contact Lauren Gowdy in the Community Development Department at 816-220-4504 or visit the City’s website at to learn more about the community recycling center.


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Blue Springs City Council Decides on Waste Hauling Issue

clock November 9, 2011 00:59 by author Jeff Quibell

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Controversial issues come in all shapes and sizes, with the latest focus on the methods and options for trash removal in our community and the definition of public input. Thursday’s Examiner “Our Opinion” column suggested that “It is simply not good enough [sic] tell them to fill out comments cards and, trust us, your input, will be taken into account”. Permanently recording, by written word, the input of the residents of Blue Springs could, in my humble opinion, be considered superior to the spoken word. Sixty-nine residents completed comment cards and gave detailed responses to the questions before them. In this context, by definition input is a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information and a statement is a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts.

The editorial writer suggests that we should have sat through “a couple of hours of grief” because it is part of our job. Frankly, I would never consider communicating with my constituents “grief”. In this instance, there were simply too many people to allow everyone the opportunity to speak in the time available. Chairman Lyle Shaver made a wise decision to insure everyone that wished to share their input was given the opportunity to provide their statements. I sincerely appreciate the residents who took the time to provide us with their detailed comments and recommendations, along with the other four Councilmen who attended and interacted with the residents prior to and immediately following the meeting.

Chairman Shaver began the meeting with an explanation of how public input would be received due to the large number of people attending. What is interesting was the total absence of objection to his approach. Not even a murmur went through the crowd. Normally, if disappointment or disgruntlement were occurring, it would be fairly apparent. Instead, the crowd listened intently to the presentation and immediately following, began completing the comment cards, giving their input in written statements. Following the presentation, many stayed afterward to talk with the councilmen and members of the taskforce one on one or in small groups.

Many people I communicated with were upset about the false and/or misleading information they had heard or received. Once we had discussed their initial concerns and began discussing facts, the message was clear: the residents of Blue Springs are satisfied with the current method of trash hauling in our city and want it to remain the same.

Monday evening, the City Council received the recommendations from the taskforce. The five council members present listened to the input of our residents and agreed. The current system works for Blue Springs. We were not distracted by the misinformation or misdirection that was published, and focused on what was important to our residents.

I am a firm believer that anything worth debating should be debated with facts. Then, and only then, can we focus on and arrive at a consensus. The process works when we allow it to follow through to its proper conclusion.

Blue Springs City Council Considers Waste Disposal Task Force Recommendations on Monday 11/7/2001

clock November 5, 2011 16:28 by author Jeff Quibell

2011-councilphoto-webpage.jpgHaving listened to the input of hundreds of Blue Springs citizens, the Blue Springs City Council will consider the recommendations of the Waste Disposal Task Force on Monday evening, November 7th.  Come see your city council in action, or watch the council meeting live on Comcast Channel 7 or AT&T Uverse Government Access Channel or streamed over the internet at  The council meeting will begin promptly at 6:30pm.

America Recycles Day 2011

clock November 1, 2011 17:57 by author Jeff Quibell

Blue Springs Community Recycling Challenge

Join Us!

The Blue Springs Solid Waste Management Commission challenges YOU to recycle your paper products in celebration of America Recycles Day!


We’re aiming high with a community-wide goal to collect 2,800lbs of
cardboard and 4,200lbs of paper (that’s 3.5 tons!) from
November 2 – November 16

The recycling center is open Wednesdays 10am-4pm &
Saturdays & Sundays 8am-4pm

YOU can do it!

Bring your paper products (junk mail, paper bags, newspaper,
magazines, office paper, cereal boxes, cardboard boxes, etc.) to the
Pink Hill Park Recycling Center at 2725 NW Park Rd. in Blue Springs.

For more information or questions
or call 816-220-4504.

Waste Disposal Task Force Public Meeting

clock October 20, 2011 18:04 by author Jeff Quibell


Waste Disposal Task Force

Meeting Notice

Thursday, October 27, 2011

7:00 p.m.

City of Blue Springs

Howard L. Brown Public Safety Facility

1100 SW Smith St., Blue Springs, Missouri, 64015

Waste Disposal Task Force Continues Meetings and Encourages You To Attend

clock July 20, 2011 12:02 by author Jeff Quibell


The Waste Disposal Task Force is still in the process of monthly meetings and the next scheduled meeting is August 4, 2011.  This meeting is located on the City’s Events Calendar and can be seen at  These meetings are open to the public and we encourage any resident to attend! 

The Waste Disposal Task Force information has been posted to the City’s Home Page since November of last year.  To see who serves as members of the Task Force, I encourage you to visit their Web page:

You can also see all the Waste Disposal Task Force Minutes on via their page or by clicking here

To contact all the Waste Disposal Task Force members via email, send a note to

If you have any more questions, please let me know!

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


Mayor Ross appoints Waste Disposal Task Force members

clock October 21, 2010 12:13 by author Jeff Quibell





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


DATE: October 21, 2010

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449


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,

“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


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”.  ( My original column can also be read at

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