WHO: Blue Springs City Council

WHEN: Monday, June 16

MEETING HIGHLIGHT: Hope House, a domestic violence service, is seeking a Community Development Block Grant from the city of Blue Springs.

WHY IT'S IMPORTANT: Hope House CEO Maryanne Metheny addressed the council asking for a CDBG grant that would help fund individual and group therapy programs for victims of domestic violence in Blue Springs.

"We're much more than a shelter," she told the Council. Despite having shelter locations in both Independence and Lee's Summit, Metheny said Hope House does have an outreach office in Blue Springs that provides services for those in need. She added that Hope House has partnered with both St. Mary's Medical Center and Blue Springs Police for decades, notably an arrest grant program with BSPD that allows a detective dedicated strictly to domestic violence cases and a court advocate.

"There is still a need in helping domestic violence victims in Blue Springs," she said.

The Council approved a draft of the 2014-15 CDBG Annual Action Plan that has seven other projects, such as tennis courts at Baumgardner Park, Community Service League and facade renovations in downtown Blue Springs, being considered for funding, along with Hope House. This draft would allow the public to comment on what organizations or project should receive CDBG funding before the Council convenes Aug. 4 and decides what should be awarded funding by the Aug. 15 deadline.

OTHER TOPICS OF NOTE: The council approved the addtion of Section 220.790 in the Blue Springs Code of Ordinances that makes it unlawful to invade the privacy of another.

– Brandon Dumsky