COVID-19 and Blue Springs
March 23, 2020
Blue Springs Prepares for Jackson County Stay at Home Order
Blue Springs, Mo. – Jackson County has issued a Stay at Home Order effective 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, March 24, requiring residents to stay-at-home except for essential needs. The intent of this order is to ensure the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The City of Blue Springs falls under the jurisdiction of the Jackson County Public Health State of Emergency, therefore, the Stay At Home Order implemented by Jackson County Executive Frank White applies to residents and businesses in Blue Springs.
There are exceptions for travel to meet basic needs and to provide essential services. Jackson County has provided a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help guide residents through this process. Residents may call Jackson County Health Department for additional questions at 816-881-1391.
During this time, the City of Blue Springs will continue to provide vital City Services while modifying staff hours to follow the most current Centers For Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. City Hall and all City facilities, including the Howard L. Brown Public Safety Building, 1100 SW Smith Street; Vesper Hall, 400 NW Vesper St; The Fieldhouse, 425 NE Mock Ave; and Public Works Operations, 500 SE Sunnyside School Rd will remain closed to the public until April 24.
City phones will still be active and we encourage residents to call 816-228-0110 or use our website www.bluespringsgov.com to determine the appropriate email or phone number to contact each department directly.
Police Department staff will continue to perform normal operations, but the Public Safety Building will be closed to the public. Call 911 for emergencies and (816) 228-0151 for non-emergency police services.
Blue Springs Municipal Court will be postponing all dockets in April to a later date. Court staff will be notifying defendants and lawyers of new dates soon.
The Adams Pointe Golf Course will close in accordance with this order. City Parks will remain open, however, due to recommendations from the CDC, playground use is discouraged.
This is a rapidly changing situation and the City is monitoring it closely and continuously communicating with other government and health agencies. We will continue to provide updates and take additional measures as needed for the safety of our residents and employees as the situation warrants.
Building Inspections and Land Use Permits
The City is expanding its efforts to help protect residents from the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and has temporarily suspended in person services at all City Hall facilities. Building permits and land use applications can now be submitted electronically, via mail, or dropped off at City Hall. Please follow the instructions to assist you in submitting your proposal or for resubmitting documents. You may also submit select permits and license applications by visiting our Citizens Self Service Portal.
Backflow Preventer Inspection Due Date Extension
In an effort to protect the health of the community by preventing the spread of COVID-19, the City of Blue Springs will grant an extension until May 30, 2020 for backflow preventer inspections that are located inside businesses or homes. All inspections for outside devices will be due as scheduled.
For more information, call City of Blue Springs Public Works Operations Division at (816) 228-0195.
April 7 Municpal Election postponed to June 2, 2020
Pursuant to Governor Mike Parson’s Executive Order declaring a state of emergency in response to COVID-19, Governor Parson ordered all Missouri municipal elections previously scheduled for April 7, 2020, to be postponed to June 2, 2020. More Information
Water Non-Payment shut-offs Suspended
The City understands water is critical to the health and safety of our residents and is ensuring Utility customers have uninterrupted access to water and sewer utility services. Therefore, the City has decided to suspend the implementation of Water/Sewer Utility shut-offs for nonpayment during this time.
Effective Monday, March 16, 2020 through April 30, 2020, all dockets are postponed/continued to a later date to assist in eliminating the spread of the new strain of coronavirus. The Blue Springs Municipal Court office will remain staffed during this time. All prisoner arraignments will continue as usual via video conferencing. The Court staff will be working with both Judges to set cases appropriately and notify all attorneys and defendants of the new dates as soon as possible.
Effective Monday, March 16, Vesper Hall will be closed until April 24. Vesper Hall is utilized by a population that is considered “high risk” when it comes to COVID-19 and the City wants to ensure the continued health and safety of our senior residents. At this time the senior home meal delivery service will continue, however, our drivers will be taking additional precautions recommended by the Mid-America Regional Council to ensure the safety of our volunteers and patrons during deliveries.