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September 24, 2007


 Insight Into Blue Springs

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Mayor Steve SteinerIt's the final week of September, and already the month of October is fast approaching. I'm glad you've joined us for yet another informative and enlightening edition of the Insight Newsletter that is sure to meet your City information needs. This issue, we'll touch on more community highlights including upcoming events around town, a neighborhood church providing safe family fun in October, and the approval of the 2007-2008 Blue Springs budget that includes some much needed rehabilitation of Woods Chapel Road.

While I've probably said it many times before, I just can't help saying it enough: Blue Springs is on the move toward great progress and growth. It is because of such positive movement and the support of you, our citizens, that Blue Springs is quickly becoming the community of choice, to live, work and play!


Development News

Woods Chapel Road, on the "Road" to Improvement -  On Monday, September 17, the City Council approved the final reading of the city's budget for the 2007-2008 fiscal year. A large part of the budget passed includes approximately $1 million dollars to be used for road improvements at Woods Chapel and Woods Chapel Road photo by Julie ScheideeggerInterstate 70. As you probably know, the improvements include widening the westbound I-70 entrance ramp and re-striping the overpass to accommodate a much needed extra lane. More importantly, these improvements will help many of our residents enjoy a much smoother morning and evening commute as they drive in and out of Blue Springs from Woods Chapel and I-70. As your mayor, I am glad to see another instance in which City Council and City Staff are working to meet your needs, all for the sake of enhancing your quality of life in Blue Springs.


Community Highlights

An Unforgettable Fall Fun Fest! - The 37th annual Blue Springs Fall Fun Festival proved to be another great success, supported by the Chamber of Commerce, hundreds of volunteers, several committed community organizations, and you Fall Fun Festivalour citizens.  The festival was attended by an estimated 30,000 or more people throughout the weekend, with the Saturday morning parade as one of the major highlights of the event. I want to personally thank all of this year's volunteers, festival-goers, sponsors and supporters that helped to a make this event another unforgettable experience for the entire community. I look forward to another spectacular festival again next year!


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Nunsense: The Mega-Musical - Remember last issue when I shared with you that my pet parrot, Toby and I would be guest performers during Act 2 of  Nunsense"Nunsense", the new Blue Springs City Theatre musical? Well we performed all right, and Toby of course, stole the show! Toby and I both enjoyed ourselves tremendously as we performed 10 minutes of magic. Toby, however, seemed to enjoy the show the most, chatting all the way through his ten minutes of fame.  "Nunsense" had its final performances  this past weekend at the Civic Center located on the campus of Blue Springs High School.  


On Saturday, October 13, I will be performing once again at the Civic Center with members of the International Brotherhood of Magicians in "An Evening of Halloween Magic". The evening’s magical performers will include: Duane Fields, Terry Magelsson, Dread Pirate Steiner (myself) and his birds, Kyle Scheel, Greg Lane and Alabama Jones. The evening event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will feature a frighteningly funny visit from Frankenstein, safe, family-friendly magic, and a costume contest for the kids!


The cost of general admission is $8.00 and tickets are available for purchase at Blue Springs Park and Recreation at City Call. This event is co-sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Blue Springs City Theatre as a fundraising event for the Boy Scout Pack 306 of Blue Springs.

In This Issue

Development News

Community Highlights

Current and Upcoming Events

News Around the Arts


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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!



Current and Upcoming Events

Stewart Title Red FridayStewart Title Paints Blue Springs "Red"  -  On Friday afternoon, I, along with the staff, customers and supporters of Stewart Title celebrated Red Friday in Blue Springs at a customers appreciation tailgate party. Several "tailgaters" joined Stewart Title at its location on R.D. Mize to show their support for the Kansas City Chiefs and the great sense of community in Blue Springs, as they attempted to "paint the town red". Many well known faces around the community were also present including  Council Jeff Quibell, the Chiefs own KC Wolf and KMBC Channel 9 Meteorologist Pete Grigsby. It was great to see so many friends enjoying great food and great company with one another.


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BMX Finals In Blue Springs -  Friday also marked the beginning of the American Bicycle Association (ABA) Redline Central Finals for Bicycle Motocross (BMX). The finals took place at the Blue Springs BMX race track in Pink Hill Park. If you're BMXcurious about what exactly BMX racing is, it is the newest sporting event added to the 2008 Olympic Games to be held in Beijing China, and draws female and male riders from 18 states of all ages and sizes. Competitors race on a track made entirely of dirt about 1,000 feet long and full of big jumps, bumps and curves! The tournament ran through Sunday, turning out more than 2,500 competitors, spectators, and avid race fans.










Dedication of "Blue Spring" To complete an event-filled Friday, I had the privilege of joining the Blue Springs Public Art Commission, the Chamber of Commerce and members of City Council in an official ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for Blue Springthe "Blue Spring" public art sculpture. As you know, the "Blue Spring" is located on the northwest corner of I-70 and Highway 7, and has called Blue Springs home for the last several months. The art sculpture has provided a very unique and noticeable impact in our community, adding to the landscape and dynamic character this City is known for. It was wonderful to have so many citizens and community leaders attend this significant event to learn more about the "Blue Spring" and meet the sculpture's creator, Brower Hatcher.


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"Blue Spring" Dedication "Blue Spring" Dedication




Family Fun Day with City Church -  Looking for something to do with the kids that's fun, family-City Churchoriented and free? On Saturday October 6th, City Church of Blue Springs is sponsoring its 7th Annual Fall Family Fun Day at White Oak Plaza, located at 1132 SW Luttrell Rd in Blue Springs. There will be blow up moonwalks, games, prizes, food and entertainment - all of which is free to the public! Mark your calendars now, and plan to be a part of the fun.



Calling All Princesses! -  October is turning out to be a very busy month in the City Princess Partyof Blue Springs. Also on Saturday October 6th, the Blue Springs WellLink Dental for Kids program will host its annual Princess Party fundraiser. Young ladies ages 2-12 are once again invited to be the royal guests of honor at the Princess Party from Noon-4:00 p.m. at Valley View High School, 5000 NW Valley View Road in Blue Springs. The cost to attend the Princess Party is $10.00 for girls, and $5.00 for each adult companion. The admission price includes activities such as decorating a cookie, creating a certificate, story telling, a visit with the Tooth Fairy and much more! Lunch and snack foods will also be available for purchase. You can order your tickets through the WellLink website at www.bluepringswelllink.org


News Around the Arts

Public Art CommissionSale of Public Art 

The Public Art Commission announced last Monday that the pieces of public art from the 2007 Spring/Summer temporary art exhibit are now for sale. The art, which was installed in different parts of the city in March will be on display through September 30th. One piece, "OH!" created by Artist Diane Mattern, has already sold. Many of you may be familiar with this piece from the front cover of the 2007 Spring/Summer issue of the Blue Springs Magazine. The buyers of "OH!" have decided to give the art sculpture back to the city for public display. The permanent location of the sculpture is still being decided.


Public Art for Sale


The public art pieces still available for purchase include "Providence" by Don Lawler (in front of the Police Department), "American Identity"  by Juniper Tangpuz (in front of City Hall) and "Angelic Interlude" by Shawn Morin (inside City Hall, next to Administration). Any individual, corporations, charities or art collectors desiring to purchase the art, can do so through October 1st. Please call Roscoe Righter, Director of Parks and Recreation at 816-228-0187 or rrighter@bluespringsgov.com for more information on purchasing art.


Your Servant,

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



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