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November 12, 2007

 Insight Into Blue Springs

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Hello, and thank you for joining me in another edition of the Insight Newsletter. This issue is particularly special to me, as it comes following a very significant event in Blue Springs, the annual Mayor's Community Prayer breakfast. During this time of fellowship and honor among our Vietnam War Veterans, I observed many things - smiles, hugs, a few tears, but most importantly, a genuine spirit of community. As I expressed to the many heroes of our country's armed forces and the citizens of our City, I have been humbled and encouraged by the warmth and strength of our community, and I am confident this will continue to be our legacy for many years to come.

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In This Issue
Prayer Breakfast: Photos and Highlights
City Staff Celebrate United Way Fundraising Success
Keeping Your Tax Dollars with the City
Explore Blue Springs through GIS
Blue Springs Teacher Wins National Education Award
Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting Event
Spirit of Caring Concert
Joys of Thanksgiving
Mayor's Community Prayer Breakfast: Photos and Highlights
Mayor's Community Prayer BreakastThe 2007 Annual Mayor's Community Prayer Breakfast was certainly a wonderful success. The event drew over 500 citizens from Blue Springs and neighboring communities, including various statesmen and legislative representatives, in celebration and honor of the heroic legends we know as our Vietnam Veterans. In addition to the moving testimony of Debbi Riess-Roam and the inspirational remarks of John McLaurin III, perhaps an equally moving moment came when I had the privilege of pinning a bronze star on John Allen, a Blue Springs' own, World War II Veteran. Mr. Allen was honored by Congress in 1947 for his service and valor in the Battle of the Bulge, which ultimately led to victory in the war with Germany. Friday morning's event concluded with each one of our Vietnam Veterans receiving a medallion of honor for their commitment and selfless service to our country and our nation's citizens.
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Mayor's Steiner with WWII Veteran, Mr. John Allen


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City Staff Celebrate United Way Fundraising Success
United WayIn October, Blue Springs City employees participated in their annual United Way Campaign effort in order to help raise funds for the many programs and initiatives sponsored by United Way in various communities.

Through generous contributions of staff, the City was able to collect a total of $3,716.10, making for an approximate $500.00 increase in funds raised from the 2006 United Way Campaign.

I want to personally congratulate and thank the employees of Blue Springs who worked so diligently to raise funds for such an important cause, which impacts not only the Kansas City metro region, but also our own Blue Springs community.

How Residents Can Help Keep Their Tax Dollars with the City
While it's probably not your most favorite time of the year- the time has come for us to once again pay our personal property taxes, and we can help the City of Blue Springs when we do. By paying your property taxes with the City of Blue Springs, Jackson County, Missouri compensates the City, returning 1% of your property taxes to the City. So while we cannot always enjoy the season of property taxes, we can breath a little sigh of relief knowing a small part of our taxes can come right back into the city.

To pay your personal property taxes with the City, stop by City Hall at 903 W. Main Street and pay at the tax counter, or drop tax payments off in the Water Payment and Tax Collection drop box outside of City Hall.

If you're not able to make it to City Hall, personal property tax payments can also be mailed to:

Blue Springs City Hall

Attn: Revenue Collections

903 W. Main Street

Blue Springs, MO 64015

Explore Blue Springs through GIS
You may have heard that the City of Blue Springs is currently utilizing a new technology called GIS (Geographic Information Systems) to help research and create plans for new developments, as well as perform a variety of other City services and functions.
National GIS DayThe Geographic Information Services Division, which is housed in Community Development, maintains mapped data to provide all City departments with information to help serve the public more efficiently.

If you would like to explore the City of Blue Springs, including your very own neighborhood, through GIS, I encourage you to stop by the lobby of City Hall this Wednesday, November 14 for GIS Day in Blue Springs. GIS Coordinator, Gail Porter will host a table in the lobby of City Hall, showcasing the many features of GIS mapping through a laptop computer.

For more information about the national GIS day initiative visit: http://www.gisday.com/about/index.html, or call Gail Porter at 816.228.0119.

Blue Springs Teacher Wins National Education Award
Sara Crump, Milken National Educator Award WinnerFor many years, the Blue Springs School District has held a tradition of sound education and student enrichment that is made possible by the committed men and women that serve the District as teachers and staff. On November 1, Blue Springs High School Communication Art teacher, Sara Crump was announced as a winner of the 2007-2008 Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award. This prestigious award recognizes up to 80 outstanding American educators in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Ms. Crump was also awarded a cash prize of $25,000 for this significant achievement. Congratulations to Ms. Crump and the Blue Springs School District for such a monumental honor.
Mayor's Christmas Tree Lighting Event
Mayor's Christmas Tree LightingPlease join me, members of staff and the many musical groups of our community at the annual lighting of the Mayor's Christmas Tree in Blue Springs on Tuesday, December 4. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. and I will be joined, once again, by Pete Grigsby of KMBC Channel 9 who will be assisting me as master of ceremonies. Pete will broadcast live from downtown Blue Springs at the top of the 6:00 p.m. newscast, with the countdown to the tree lighting taking place live on Channel 9, around 6:20 p.m. Be sure to bring the children for plenty of hot dogs, warm cocoa and of course, a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause!
Spirit of Caring Concert
Each year, the Community Services League sponsors the Blue Springs Spirit of Caring Concert in order to spread a generous dose of holiday cheer and to help those in need in our community. This year's concert will be held on Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m. at the Barbara Landes Performing Arts Center at Blue Springs South High School. Concert goers should prepare to be entertained and embraced by the melodious sounds of bands, choirs and ensembles of students throughout the Blue Springs Schools as well as other members of our community. Concert admission is $4.00, tickets will also be sold at the door.
Joys of Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving, from the City of Blue Springs!Finally, since this is our last issue of the Insight Newsletter before the Thanksgiving holiday, I would like to extend each and every one of you a spirit-filled "Happy Thanksgiving" from all of us here, at the City of Blue Springs. Myself, City staff and members of City Council hope your family remembers all those things and most importantly, those people that mean the most to you, especially during this time of year.

And remember, with Thanksgiving night comes the first signs of Christmas lights. The Chicago Street lights display will begin on Thanksgiving night. You can drive through and see all the wonderful displays from 5:30 p.m. to midnight each night until December 31. The display begins at Highway 7 and Walnut Street, and is nearly one mile long, and includes 60 houses.


Your Servant,

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