Into Blue Springs
Personal Leadership Connection
and thank you for joining me in another edition of the
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.
Community Prayer Breakfast: Photos and Highlights
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
Staff Celebrate United Way Fundraising Success
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.
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.
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.
Residents Can Help Keep Their Tax Dollars with the
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.
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.
you're not able to make it to City Hall, personal
property tax payments can also be mailed to:
Springs City Hall
W. Main Street
Springs, MO 64015
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
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.
Springs Teacher Wins National Education Award
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.
Christmas Tree Lighting Event
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!
of Caring Concert
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.
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.
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.