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October 5, 2007

 Insight Into Blue Springs

Your Personal Leadership Connection


Mayor Steve Steiner

Fall 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 day.

Development News

Goodwill for Everyone -  Plans, 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 Goodwill Storeimprovement 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 community.

 New 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.

Citizen Spotlight

A Special Surprise for Officer Ralph Covington - Last Friday, Blue Springs Resource Officer Ralph Covington received a very good and unexpected surprise. Principal Dallas Truex and Officer Ralph CovingtonOfficer Covington has served as a Police Resource Officer at Brittany Hill Elementary School in Blue Springs since 2006, where he teaches children about the importance of staying drug and alcohol-free. Earlier this year, Officer Covington's German shepherd was stolen from hisOfficer Ralph Covington and Family home in Independence. Knowing that Officer Covington had a soft spot for dogs, members of the Brittany Hill Against Drugs student body held an assembly on Friday to give him a 12-week-old German shepherd puppy to replace his stolen canine friend. Our City's Public Information Officer, Merideth Parrish, as well as members of the media were there to capture photos of the heart-warming event. Congratulations Officer Covington for the newest addition to the Covington family.



Congratulations Chief Wayne McCoy -  It 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 Chief Wayne McCoyMcCoy, 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 community.

 Winners of the 2007 PD Trading Cards Contest -  On Wednesday, October 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 cards. 

Gibson Family - Trading Contest Winners

John Pennington, 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 Gibson family!

In This Issue
Development News
Citizen Spotlight
City News and Information
Current and Upcoming Events
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Get Connected 

City News CTV7Were 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!


City News and Information

Upgrades in Progress for City's Website  - 

 Bluesprings Current Website

Do 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!

 City Staff Celebrate Customer Service Appreciation Week - 

This week, City customer service representatives were recognized during the 19th annual National Customer Service Appreciation week, which is observed during the Customer Service Appreciation Weekfirst 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.




City 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. 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.



Current and Upcoming Events

Don't Forget! Family Fun Day with City Church -  Remember, tomorrow, from  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!

Princess Party Reminder - Another important calendar event happens tomorrow, Saturday October 6th, when the Blue Springs WellLink Dental for Kids program hosts its annual Princess Party fundraiser. The event is open to all young ladies ages 2-12 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 http://www.bluespringswelllink.org. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

An Evening of Halloween Magic 

Finally, 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.


Your Servant,

Steve Steiner, Blue Springs Mayor
City of Blue Springs,
ssteiner@bluespringsgov.com 816.228.0110
This email was sent to mparrish@bluespringsgov.com, by mparrish@bluespringsgov.com
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