1, Issue 2
Into Blue Springs
Your Personal Leadership
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.
Resident's Named "Citizens of the Year"-
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.
Council Approves Street Rehabilitation Program-
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.
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.
$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.
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
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.
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!
Recent Appointment to the Mid-America Regional
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Blue Springs Mayor