Into Blue Springs
Personal Leadership Connection
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
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!
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 Interstate 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
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 our
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!
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", 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.
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.
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
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!
and Upcoming Events
Stewart 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
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 curious
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.
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 the "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.
Fun Day with City
Church - Looking for something to
do with the kids that's fun, family-oriented 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.
Princesses! - October is turning
out to be a very busy month in the City of 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
Sale 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
The public art pieces still available for purchase include
by Don Lawler (in front of the Police Department), "American
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information on purchasing art.
Steve Steiner, Blue
City of Blue Springs, email@example.com - 816.228.0110