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Blue Springs City Council considers bond issuance for Adams Dairy Landing & changes for a possible grocery store on Woods Chapel

clock June 1, 2009 14:50 by author Jeff Quibell

This evening (June 1, 2009) the Blue Springs City Council will be considering the early issuance of bonds to allow the Adams Dairy Landing project to continue to progress towards completion.  They will also be considering changes to the Planned Unit Development for the Oaks at Woods Chapel where a possible grocery store is again in the works for western Blue Springs.  I am looking forward to the debate!


Take time to set the record straight

clock April 22, 2009 19:21 by author Jeff Quibell

DSC04411 Over the predictable objections of Councilmen Ron Fowler and Sheila Solon, who represent the residents of southern Blue Springs in District 3, the City Council voted 4-2 to continue to advance the Adams Dairy Landing project.

RED Development asked the council to consider allowing the issuance of bonds to pay for the street improvements earlier than originally anticipated and to allow the bond underwriters to consider the city’s credit rating when selling the bonds. It should be noted that this isn’t without risk, but city staff worked very conscientiously to mitigate that risk and put multiple layers of protection into the plan should sales tax revenue decline further.

While I doubt anyone was surprised by the comments of the various councilmen, given the history of this project, I was baffled by Councilman Solon’s comments as she read from a script. As I watched the meeting on the city Web site – http://tinyurl.com/bscouncil – I observed Councilman Solon tracing each word in her statement with her finger as she stated her opposition to the proposal. You might ask, what is wrong with that? It shows that she is prepared when she comes to the meeting.

Councilman Solon has long been praised by some of her constituents for coming to meetings well prepared. However, Dan Lowe, president of RED Development, was so surprised by her misstatements that he reapproached the podium and said to her, “In my opinion your comments may be a bit half-baked and certainly aren’t on target.” He went on to outline point by point the inaccuracies she was using to justify her vote. Based on the information provided in the meeting, Mr. Lowe was right on target with his comments.

The concern in this situation, as I see it, is that by pre-determining her position and writing her statement before hearing the full presentation, Councilman Solon’s statement no longer reflected the facts, making her position on the issue look arbitrary. This is the kind of behavior that results in lawsuits and wastes taxpayer money, as recently occurred on the Parkway West project. This is not a new behavior with Councilman Solon, as misstatements and a failure to follow the city attorney’s advice almost resulted in her removal from the Planning Commission several years ago.

In the end, the calm voice of reason was Councilman Kent Edmondson. He did an excellent job of describing the risks and benefits that the council was considering, and showed that he carefully, and without prior prejudice, weighed risk versus reward. His thorough evaluation indicated that the benefits far outweighed the risks in considering this resolution. In the end the council made the right decision to keep the project moving forward.


Blue Springs to Begin 2009 Street Rehabilitation Program

clock April 12, 2009 19:39 by author Jeff Quibell

CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI
MEDIA ADVISORY

903 W Main Street Blue Springs, MO 64015 |  P: 816.228.0110 |  F: 816.228.7592 | 
W: www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: April 9, 2009

CONTACT: Merideth Parrish, Public Information Officer

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.935.4176

Email: mparrish@bluespringsgov.com

Blue Springs to Begin 2009 Street Rehabilitation Program

Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs will soon begin its 2009 street rehabilitation program which involves milling, patching and overlay on approximately 15 miles of residential streets in Blue Springs.

The 2009 street program is administered by the City’s Engineering Department and will be executed jointly with contractor, Superior Bowen Asphalt Company of Kansas City, Missouri.

“Each year the City identifies capital improvement projects such as street maintenance and rehabilitation through its Capital Improvements Program (CIP)” says Public Works Director Oliver DeGrate, III. “This year’s CIP again identified street rehabilitation as a key priority of both the City Council and the residents of our community. The 2009 street program is a reflection of the City’s efforts to respond to these priorities with visible action and results.”

The project map for the 2009 street program indicates which streets are scheduled for maintenance this year, barring any unforeseen circumstances. This map can be viewed through the City’s website at www.bluespringsgov.com/09streets.

Residents living on streets scheduled for maintenance will receive a door hanger prior to any street work which will include instructions for the period in which work will be performed. The maintenance process involves 3 steps. The first step is milling, a process which grinds down about two inches of existing roadway to make room for the new asphalt. Second, if needed, asphalt patching will be completed. Finally, the new asphalt driving surface will be placed. The entire process should be completed within approximately one week on most streets.

Residents should expect some traffic delays and are asked to avoid active work areas if at all possible. All work scheduled for the 2009 street program should be completed by summer 2009. The City of Blue Springs extends its thanks in advance for the community’s cooperation during this project. For questions or additional information, contact the Blue Springs Engineering Department at (816) 228-0121.

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