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July 20, 2007 Vol 1, Issue 2

Mayor Steve Steiner 

Insight Into Blue Springs

Your Personal Leadership Connection
 
Welcome
It's a great time to live in Blue Springs! As we approach the end of summer, it's important to reflect on the significant progress we have made towards making our City the best community it can be. In this issue, we will spotlight some of our economic development successes, our street rehabilitation program and recognize two outstanding citizens who made a huge impact in our city this year. All of these things make me proud to be your Mayor.
In This Issue
Citizen Spotlight
Capital Improvement
Development News
Regional News
News in the City
 
Citizen Spotlight
jeanie rickLocal Resident's Named "Citizens of the Year"- This year, I have the honor of announcing the 2007 "Citizens of the Year" are Jeanie Lauer and Rick Nelson. This award celebrates the work of outstanding leaders in our City and their overall contributions to the improvement of our community. Both Jeanie and Rick will receive the Missouri's Municipal League's "Civic Leadership" award and the 2007 "Citizens of the Year" award given by the Truman Heartland Community Foundation. Many of you may know Jeanie and Rick for their joint effort as co-chairs of the Blue Springs Re-New the Blue citizen-driven visioning process, created to increase citizen participation in city government and community development issues. Both Jeanie and Rick are founders and managers of their own businesses here in Blue Springs, and are certainly deserving of this honor for their many years of work in our City.
Thank you Jeanie and Rick for your selfless service and commitment to Blue Springs.
Capital Improvement
streetCity Council Approves Street Rehabilitation Program-
For years, residents have voiced their needs for smoother, safer roads throughout our City.  I am glad to say that city staff and City Council have heard your requests, and positive improvements are underway. At the June 18th City Council meeting, Council members approved a significant increase in our road rehabilitation capital improvement plan.  This plan will increase new funds for street rehabilitation by $5.1 million during a six-year period, and calls for spending $2.5 million per year on the plan. By reallocating funds from other areas of the capital program, the City is able to transition from a maintenance program to a rehabilitation program. This rehabilitation program differs from our past practice of street maintenance in that with these reallocated funds we can put a heavier emphasis on adding or replacing asphalt material to the existing pavement structure, as opposed to the "maintenance" activity of patching cracks with the use of slurry seal.  This true rehabilitation program will provide 12-18 miles of overlay each year. 
 
Woods Chapel Road Improvements - Included in the Captial Improvement plan recently approved by Council is $1 million on Woods Chapel Road improvements, an opportunity that will certainly appeal to potential business developers and of course you, our residents.
 
The $1 million will fund improvements to the interchange on I-70 at Woods Chapel Road.  Specifically, a lane will be added to the westbound on ramp to the highway and the lanes on the overpass will be reconfigured to accommodate dual left turn lanes.  The intersection will be similar to the one just to the east at Missouri 7 and I-70.  These improvements will greatly reduce the congestion experienced on Woods Chapel Road from Kingsridge Drive to the interstate. 

We are equally encouraged that the approval of this plan is a positive indicator of the city's response to citizens' needs. In the 2006 Citizens Survey, residents expressed their concerns of traffic congestion and street safety, and the approval of this plan provides evidence that your concerns are being heard and met as efficiently as possible.

Development News
 McArthur Place Approved Under New Downtown Development Code - At a special City Council Meeting on June 27th, Council members approved the final plat for a newly proposed downtown residential development called McArthur Place. The project will subdivide two vacant lots, totaling about one-half acres at the southwest corner of McArthur and 15th street, building five single-family homes boasting a touch of modernism and urban living. The new downtown development code was passed by City Council in April to help promote the revitalization of downtown Blue Springs and encourage positive, economic growth and development for the City. We are very excited to see such a significant improvement to the downtown area taking off with great momentum.

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Red Development "Thank You Blue Springs" Event- On Sunday, June 24th members of RED Development and Block and Company, Inc sponsored the "Thank you Blue Springs" concert as a part of the Parks and Recreation Music in the Park Concert series. The "thank you" celebration honored Blue Springs residents for welcoming the RED Development team and its newest development project, the Adam's Dairy Landing to the community. A pre-show presentation lead by Economic Development Director Brien Starner featured RED Development staff and Councilmen Joe Stubblefield and Jeff Quibell. Citizens were also entertained throughout the evening by the blues and rock tunes of Cold Blue Band sponsored by ABC Towing. Congratulations to RED Development and the City of Blue Springs on the launch of another successful economic development opportunity!

Regional News

My Recent Appointment to the Mid-America Regional Council Board - This month, I had the privilege of being selected by the Eastern Jackson Betterment Council to represent cities in Jackson County (excluding Independence, Kansas City, and Lee's Summit) on the Mid-America Regional Council Board of Directors.

The Mid-America Regional Council, commonly referred to as MARC, serves as the association of city and county governments for the bistate Kansas City region. More importantly, many of our city's development and improvement projects are supported not only by your tax dollars, but also by federal funds from various government agencies. MARC often times acts a channel through which these funds and programs are administered.

The MARC Board consists of 32 locally elected leaders from nine member counties. I am both honored and enthusiastic about this wonderful opportunity to represent the City of Blue Springs on a regional level for various government and community improvement issues. Our city's presence on the MARC Board of Directors will continue to foster and enhance that spirit of connection and collaboration that is native to our City.

MARC - Mid-America Regional Council

News In the City

City of Blue Springs Has New PIO- If you have visited City Hall recently, you may have noticed that the Administration Department has a new face. Merideth Parrish was named the new Blue Spring Public Information Officer in June, and is the successor of former Public Information Officer, Betty Blackmore. Merideth's responsibilities include informing residents about available services and other offerings that influence quality of life and encourage citizen participation here in Blue Springs. She is currently working on the fall issue of the Blue Springs Magazine, our city's news and information magazine which is published three times annually. We are very excited to have Merideth as a new addition to our Administration staff. Merideth says she and here family are also looking forward to becoming new residents to Blue Springs as well. Welcome Merideth to our City!

Blue Springs Welcomes AFA Girls Softball Tournament - Beginning next week, you may see a few more new faces, families and uniforms within the city limits. Blue Springs, in conjunction with the Blue Springs Girls Softball Association is proud to welcome the American FastPitch Association "A" 16 & under and 10 & under Girls National Softball Tournament taking place the week of July 23 at the Hidden Valley Park Complex.

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Blue Springs has had the distinction of hosting this national tournament for several years, and is equally delighted to welcome the tournament during the month of July, which is designated as National Recreation and Parks month. During this month and throughout the tournament, we are proud to recognize recreation establishments like the American FastPitch Association who are dedicated to improving the quality of life for millions of residents through parks and recreation activities. Our own Parks and Recreation department is heavily involved in this event, and we encourage citizens to come and enjoy a game or two next week. Best wishes to all tournament participants.

Don't Forget this Music Event! - This Sunday evening, and every Sunday evening this summer, another great family event takes place at 6:30pm in Rotary Park. The Music in the Park Summer Concert Series continues this Sunday, July 22nd with variety music group Loose Change, sponsored by Joe's Standard Bar and Grill. Attending a Sunday music concert in Rotary Park is a great way to wind down the weekend with great music, food and fun for the whole family.    Click Here for More Information!

 
The Goonies Street Flix - Finally, last Friday I attended the second of three scheduled outdoor Street Flix in downtown Blue Springs. We had great weather and a great turnout! I especially enjoyed meeting and greeting all the residents and their families in attendance. I also enjoyed the movie Madagascar, too. Make sure you mark your calendars for the next street flix movie night on Friday, August 17th beginning at 7:15 pm for the showing of The Goonies. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and get ready for a wonderful time of family fun. See you there!         
 
Your Servant,
Blue Springs Mayor
Steve Steiner

ssteiner@bluespringsgov.com
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