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August 10, 2007

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streetBack-to-school time is here again! The month of August means many things to many people. For some, it is the time to purchase school supplies - new clothes, backpacks, pens and textbooks. For others, it's a sign that the weather will soon start changing and the city around us will look more colorful and more festive every day. For the City of Blue Springs, the month of August means we're moving closer to some very important activities and events including the close of the Red, White and Blue Springs for Art temporary public art display, significant improvements in the downtown district and along 7 Highway, and the final festivities of summer including the Music in the Park Concert Series and summer Street Flicks. All of these things are signs of growth and progress, and we thank you Blue Springs for sharing it with us. 

Community News
Bob Evans 

Local Restaurant Receives Regional Honor - 
On Monday, June 25th, District 1 Councilman, Lyle Shaver, and myself attended a special recognition ceremony for the Bob Evans Restaurant on 7 Highway along the North Outer Road. This year Bob Evans Restaurants named its Blue Springs restaurant one of its six "Restaurants of the Year".  General Manager Gary Anderson is equally pleased about the award saying, the Blue Springs location at 1117 N. Missouri 7 was honored based on "sales, customer service, employee turnover and safety." Congratulations to the staff of Bob Evans in their recognition of such quality work in our community.

Missouri Elks Visit Blue Springs - Last weekend, Councilman Joe Stubblefield participated in the opening ceremony for the 39th Annual Missouri Elks Golf Association State tournament held at Adams Point Golf Club and the Country Club of Blue Springs on August 4th and 5th 


The tournament, which welcomed 556 golfers and approximately 300 spectators and tournament supporters to Blue Springs, was created to benefit charities associated with the Elks. Some of these charities include the Elks Mobile Dental Services (locally affiliated with area hospitals and clinics), annual college scholarships and to fund various drug awareness and patriotism programs. The Elks plan to return again to Blue Springs next year for the same event!  Councilman Stubblefield commented that the Elks' are looking forward to shopping and dining at the new retail center of Coronado Place in 2008!

New Coffeehouse Opens on South Side -
Ribbon Cutting at Scooter's 

This past Monday, Councilman Jeff Quibell and I had the opportunity to join members of the Chamber of Commerce in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Scooter's Coffee House located in front of the Price Chopper on South 7 Highway.  I join with all the coffee drinkers on the south side of town in welcoming them to our city!

Scooter's Owner with Council & Mayor    Scooter's
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Development News & Information
New Village GardensOut with the Old!
The developments along 7 Highway just continue to flourish. And no one knows that better than Village Gardens owners Tom, TJ and Dana Nigro.  The Village Gardens, located at 7 Highway and Mock Avenue boasts a clear view from Highway 7 to its new building, as the old Village Gardens, formerly a remodeled gasoline station has been torn down.  Nothing to report as of yet, but future development plans for the vacant lot include a sit-down family style restaurant.   
Downtown Improvements on their Way! -This past Monday, the City Council approved the plan for Community Development Block Grant Funding for 2008.  The plan includes street and lighting improvements in our downtown area and now only awaits final approval from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Look for the downtown improvements to begin very shortly.          
  Downtown Streets to Be Improved          
Downtown Lighting to Be Improved
Local Restaurant Revitalized - After sitting vacant for several years, the Old Country Kitchen along 7 Highway and the South Outer Road, is finally being remodeled and resurrected for business.  The new restaurant which is scheduled to open very soon, will offer Mexican Cuisine in a sit-down type of atmosphere. 
Enterprise Rent-a-Car is Moving -  Enterprise Rent-a-Car will be vacating it's present location on 7 Highway and relocating down the street in front of Hobby Lobby in the building that formerly housed Captain D's Restaurant.  Their old facility will soon make way for another compatible business in the newly transformed Copperleaf Shopping Center.
News in the City
 Blue Springs PolicePraise to our Police Department! - This past week, our police officers were involved in saving at least two lives!  In the much-publicized kidnapping event at a local motel, they prevented, what appeared to be a possible murder from taking place.  They also helped save the life of an apparent suicide victim by tracking down and transporting the individual to St. Mary's Hospital just in the nick of time.  All of us offer our sincere gratitude and thanks for the great work our police and firemen do each day.
Missing Your Bike? We Might Have It! - The Blue Springs Police Department wants residents to know that they are storing a number of bicycles that individuals may have lost or had stolen from them. Residents may request that a search of the Department's database be made for recovered bicycles by contacting the Property and Evidence Unit at 816.228.0239. Police Department staff are requesting you have this important information close-by when making your inquiry or report:   

        Your Blue Springs Police Department report number (the bicycle must first be reported lost or stolen before it can be researched and recovered)

         Serial number of the bicycle, if you have obtained one since filing the report

        Proof of ownership (may not be available depending on the age of the bicycle)




        Any identifying marks (this is extremely important since proof of ownership and serial numbers may not be readily available)


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, August 12th with contemporary music group Mighty Moe-Joes, sponsored by Chris Henning & Keller Williams Realty. Remember, the final Music in the Park Concert is quickly approaching on September 2nd. 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.
Back to School
Back to School! - The first day of school for the Blue Springs School District is Thursday, August 23rd. As you drive in and out of your sub-divisions in the coming weeks, please be conscious of the school buses and students as they begin their new school year. 
Street Flix - Finally, don't forget to 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,

Steve Steiner, Blue Springs Mayor
City of Blue Springs
                                                                                              ssteiner@bluespringsgov.com 816.228.0110
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