Into Blue Springs
is here, and fun festivities are happening in
the community all around us. Thank
you for taking time to join us for this, the
first fall issue of the Insight Newsletter,
where City information, current events and
entertainment meet. In this issue, we'll
highlight yet another example of positive
economic growth along South 7 highway, look at
plans for important upgrades to the City's
website, and recognize members of city staff who
provide quality customer service and leadership
to our citizens and customers each and every
for Everyone -
and now visible progress is underway to redevelop
the intersection at 40 & 7 Highway, former
home to Wal-Mart and K-Mart, and current home to
grocers, hardware stores, banks and many other
businesses. Residents traveling along this
intersection can't help but notice the new
"Goodwill" sign, a significant improvement
for the once vacant building, assuring citizens
that certainly "Goodwill" is on its way.
The new Goodwill store will occupy the space in
the former Wal-Mart building, boasting
considerable improvements both inside and outside
including new flooring, light fixtures, external
landscaping and a repaved parking lot. Like many
of you, I am eager to see how this new business
along with the additions of the new Culver's
restaurant and the soon to be Mirror Image Car
Wash will help continue the momentum of
revitalizations in the south area of our
Homes Planned for the Parkway - On
October 1st, the City Council
approved final plans for the new Parkway Estates
residential development. The Parkway Estates
will consist of several one and two-story,
single family homes, to be located north of Moreland
School Road, along both the east and west sides
of Adams Dairy Parkway. Bringing both new
residential and commercial development to the
Parkway, is something I am very excited about.
The Parkway Estates, along with the RED retail
development will enable residents to enjoy a
top-of-the-line shopping experience, all the
while, in the comfort and closeness of their own
quality residential community.
Chief Wayne McCoy -
is my privilege to congratulate Chief Wayne
McCoy of the Blue Springs Police Department on
his recent election as 2008 Chairman to the
Executive Board of the Jackson County Drug Task
Force (JCDTF). Chief McCoy,
a 33-year career law enforcement officer,
has been a member of the JCDTF board since 2002.
As Chairman, Chief McCoy will oversee the
operations of the JCDTF board, which is the
governing body for the Jackson County Joint Task
Force. This group is comprised of Officers through
the Jackson County area. Chief McCoy will fill the
seat of Chief Ken Conlee of the Lee's Summit
Police Department, whose term expires at the end
of the year. On behalf of the entire city, we
commend you Chief McCoy on this tremendous honor
and your many years of service to the Blue Springs
of the 2007 PD Trading Cards Contest -
3, 2007 prizes for the Blue Springs Police
Department Trading Card Contest were awarded at
the Bike Stop.
Destiny, Jaylynn, Kaylee, and Gavin
Gibson were all surprised to hear they were the
only contestants to collect all 100 trading
owner of the Bike Stop talked with the three
sisters who were eligible for the drawing and
discovered twin sisters Jaylynn and Kaylee were
in desperate need of new bicycles.
Destiny had received a new bike as a
birthday gift from her Uncle in July.
John Pennington decided to donate two
bikes instead of one as previous planned.
Jaylynn and Kaylee were surprised and
very happy with this decision.
Sergeant Colby Lalli presented Destiny
with $125 in Wal-Mart gift cards.
Gavin was awarded a BSPD water
bottle containing a $5.00 Wal-Mart gift card for
his hard work. Congratulations to the
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 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!
News and Information
in Progress for City's Website -
you ever find yourself in what seems like a never
ending search for important city documents on the
Blue Springs' website? Well very soon, visitors to
the City's website will have to search no more! On
September 17, 2007, City Council approved the
contract to initiate an extensive website upgrade
and redesign project for the City's website. While
the result of the project will be a website with a
much enhanced look and feel, the main benefit will
be experienced by you the residents, enabling you
to find the information and resources you need,
quickly and conveniently. Also, the new upgrades
will improve how we as City staff can better serve
the citizens of our community. Look for more
information to come on what things will be new and
improved on the website!
Staff Celebrate Customer Service Appreciation
week, City customer service representatives were
recognized during the 19th annual
National Customer Service Appreciation week,
which is observed during the first
full month of October. National Customer Service
Appreciation Week is a U.S. Congress nationally
proclaimed event devoted to recognizing the
importance of customer service, and honoring the
people on the front lines of quality service
delivery, all over the world. We have some very
special customer service associates in all of
our City departments, and we thank them for the
many of hours of hard work, and the commitment
to help and to serve others year around.
Staff Participate in Walktober this
October - This
month, city staff are also taking a step toward
better health by participating in a national
wellness program called Walktober.
is a 31-day walking challenge that helps people
get stepping during October and all year long.
Walking is one of the most popular and
refreshing physical activities that is easy to
do and offers numerous benefits like weight
control, increased flexibility, improved heart
health, more energy and better sleep. Staff
members participating in Walktober are
challenged to set monthly goals for the number
of steps or the number of minutes they desire to
walk by the end of the month. At the end of the
program, employees meeting their goals have the
opportunity to win great prizes, and best all,
earn a healthy feeling of satisfaction and
wellness! You too can get walking during
Walktober. Visit www.walktober.com
for more information on how to get involved.
and Upcoming Events
Forget! Family Fun Day with City Church -
11a.m. to 7p.m. you can join me, members
of the Jackson County Fire Department, the
Missouri Highway Patrol and several others when
City Church of Blue Springs sponsors its 7th
Annual Fall Family Fun Day at White Oak Plaza.
There will be plenty of inflatables games,
prizes, food, giveaways and entertainment - all
of which is free to the public! Be sure to come,
and I hope to see you there!
Evening of Halloween Magic -
Be sure to mark your calendars for October 13 at
7:30p.m. when I, also with my friends and members
of the International Brotherhood of Magicians will
be performing in "An Evening of
Halloween Magic" at the Civic Center at Blue
Springs High School. 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 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 Fall fundraising event for both the
Blue Springs City Theatre and Boy Scout Pack 306
of Blue Springs.