Into Blue Springs
Your Personal Leadership
want to welcome you to another informational edition
of the Insight Newsletter. As your mayor, it is my
goal to provide you with the most up-to date,
relevant information that is most important to you,
giving you a better insight into what
positive things the City is doing.
this issue we'll look primarily at the exciting events
and exceptional citizens making Blue Springs'
community news. Another new business establishing
roots in our city, the international recognition of a
local Fire Chief, and of course, the much anticipated
annual Fall Festival are just a few of the wonderful
things taking place in our community. We are truly a
city on the move, and we need you, Blue Springs, to
help continue this positive drive toward progress and
the Fall Fun Fest! -
37th annual Blue Springs Fall Fun Fest kicks
off today at Noon and runs through September 16th
at 6:00 p.m. As always, the Chamber of Commerce
sponsored festival takes place downtown and truly has
something for everyone from a petting zoo and
performance stage to a nine-ball open pool tournament.
This year, the entertainment headliner will be Johnny
Lee and the Urban Cowboys, sponsored by country music
The festival will also include one of our citizen's
favorite attractions, the Blue Springs Chamber of
Commerce Fall Festival Parade which takes place at 10:00
a.m. on Saturday, September 15th. The parade
will begin at 15th and Vesper and travel
south to Main street. Be sure to bring the entire family
for a time of fun, food and festivities. Remember to be
safe during this festival weekend and I'll see you at
Blaze Off was a Blast -
to everyone who attended and participated in the 24th
Annual Blue Springs Barbeque Blaze off last weekend.
Crowds were plentiful, weather was pleasantly warm and
the food of course, was the highlight of the event. I
want to extend my personal thanks to the many
volunteers who worked to direct parking, act as event
attendants and clean up crews for putting on another
seamless Barbeque Blaze Off.
"Congratulations" are also in order to
barbeque contest winners:
Champion - Smoke on the Water
Grand - Big Creek BBQ
The Mega-Musical -
Blue Springs City Theatre's production of "Nunsense"
will begin this weekend at the Civic Center located on
the campus of Blue Springs High School.
I am pleased to announce that my pet parrot, Toby, and
myself will be quest performers during Act Two of the
show and perform 10 minutes of magic. The
show runs September 13, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22 &
23 with show times at 7:30 PM on Thursday, Friday and
Saturday and 2:00 PM on Sunday. Tickets are
available at the door.
Blue Springs High
School Football Battle-
you're a resident of Blue Springs, you know this weekend
marks one of the biggest rivalry high school football
games in the city. On Saturday, September 15th
the Wildcats of Blue Springs High School will host the
Jaguars of Blue Springs South High School at Peve
game will be featured live on radio station 1030 AM KCWJ
with the ReMax Heartland Game Night at 6:00 p.m., Blue
Springs Economic Development Council Pre-Game Show at
6:30 p.m. and kick-off at 7:00 p.m.
Don't forget to root your team on to victory!
at the Mall at Fall Creek
Coming, Culver's is Coming! - Residents
driving South on Highway 7 may soon find themselves
tempted by the mouthwatering smells of homemade hamburgers
and fresh fries, and the thought of flavorful frozen
custards. Building its new home on the northwest corner
of Highway 7 and Victor Drive, the new Culver's
restaurant is scheduled for completion in the late Fall
of this year. Culver's is most commonly known for its
signature ButterBurger®, chicken and fish dinners and
fresh frozen custard
deserts. I'm glad to see yet another high-end
restaurant favorite make its home in our City!
Additional Provisions for Mirror Image Car Wash -
September 5, the City Council approved additional
provisions for the development of the future Mirror
Image Express Car wash to be built on the corner of
southwest Clark Drive and South 7 Highway. The
provisions passed will allow developers to build the
upscale, drive-through car wash on approximately one
acre of land located in the Mall at Fall Creek.
locally owned car wash, which is operated out of
Independence on 40 Highway, offers a range of services
ranging from the Express Signature Wash to the Mirror
Image Full detail. I believe that both of these new
businesses will provide additional traffic to the
center, and promote a healthy retail climate for the
Open For Business - This
past Wednesday, Councilman Quibell, along with members
of city staff and the Chamber of Commerce attended a
ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Horizon Automotive
located at 609 S. 7 Highway, just north of 40 Highway. I
would like to extend a warm Blue Springs welcome to the
owners of Horizon Automotive, and wish them much success
in doing business in our community.
you unable to attend the last City Council Meeting?
Want to find out what you missed? Now you and your
family are able to watch City Council and Planning
Commission meetings live from the comfort of
your own home.
Tune into the city's Government Access Channel, CTV
7, which is broadcast on Comcast Cable Channel 7.
City Council meetings are held every 1st and 3rd
Monday of the month and Planning Commission meetings
are held on alternate weeks, every 2nd and 4th
Monday of the month.
Meetings are also available for viewing on the
city's web site at www.bluespringsgov.com
and are archived on the site for three months.
Meetings are rebroadcast on CTV 7 regularly.
Be sure to stay informed, and keep connected with
the current news and information of Blue Springs!
Chief Steven Westermann! -
is my privilege to congratulate Chief Steven Westermann
of the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District (CJCFPD)
on his recent installation as President to the
International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). As
president, Chief Westermann will provide leadership to a
20-member board for the association located in Fairfax,
Virginia and will serve as the primary spokesperson for
the association on matters of national and international
interest. Chief Westermann has served as Chief of
Department to the CJCFPD for over 20 years. On behalf of
the entire city, we commend you Chief Westermann on this
tremendous honor and your many accomplishments.
Local Athletes Earn
National Titles - It's
amazing to think about how much youth talent resides
within our City. In the last issue of Insight,
we spotlighted Blue Springs athletes Tiffany Davenport
and Ivana Hong, who have excelled tremendously in local
and national athletics. This week, I would like to
recognize a talented team of athletes from the Acro
Explosion and Acro Gymnastics teams of Ronda's Total
Technique in Dance in Blue Springs - Allison Mock of
Blue Springs, Megan Muehlberger of Blue Springs and Mia
Medina of Lee's Summit who earned a place on the Junior
Olympic National Team.
Median and Brooke Mummaw of Blue Springs also earned a
spot on the national teams as a competitive pair. And
it's often said, where there are good athletes to be
found, there are also good leaders and coaches. Ronda
Frances, owner of Ronda's Total Technique in Dance was
also named the elite Coach of the Year for acro
gymnastics. Congratulations Ronda and acro gymnasts for
your wonderful accomplishments, and thank you for
representing our city so well.
Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort held each
September and is designed to increase public awareness
about the importance of preparing for emergencies and
engaging citizens in pre-event preparedness
Americans, including the citizens of Blue Springs
should act now to take some simple steps to prepare
for emergencies. Emergencies can happen any time, and
it is these small steps that help save lives.
our Communications Department the City of Blue
Springs, as am I, are encouraging families to begin
practicing 3 basic steps this month to get better
Informed and Get Involved
for more information on National Preparedness Month.