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Examiner
  • Blue Springs voters to decide two issues

  • Two issues will be on the April 2 ballot in Blue Springs – one that relates to the city’s position on the Tri-County Water Authority and the second to improve safety and security issues at Blue Springs schools.

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  • Two issues will be on the April 2 ballot in Blue Springs – one that relates to the city’s position on the Tri-County Water Authority and the second to improve safety and security issues at Blue Springs schools.
    Both were presented during the March Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce Luncheon Thursday at the Adams Pointe Conference Center.
    The “yes” or “no” water district question asks if the city can enter into a contract with the Tri-County Water Authority. It would allow the city to purchase water directly from Tri-County.
    Currently, the city purchases most of its water from Independence and Kansas City, but it also purchases a small amount from Tri-County. The city entered into an agreement with Grain Valley in 2005 to purchase water from Grain Valley, which purchases it from Tri-County. However, the agreement with Grain Valley does not allow Blue Springs to vote on any issues or sit on the board.
    If voters approve the question, Blue Springs will be able to hold a voting position on the Tri-County Water Authority board, guaranteeing input in the future.
    “This helps us to control our costs,” said Chris Sandie, public works director for the city of Blue Springs. “It also puts us in a better position to grow in the future.”
    The $20 million bond issue on the ballot is to improve safety and security issues at more than half of the schools in the Blue Springs School District. While a majority of the funding would go toward that, about $6 million would be used on other projects such as replacing the turf around the elementary playground equipment, enlarging the media center at the Freshman Center and creating multipurpose rooms at James Lewis, James Walker and Sunny Pointe elementary schools.
    The bulk of the money would go toward moving the front offices at seven elementary schools, all four middle schools and the Freshman Center to the front of the buildings. At the middle schools, this means a 5,000-square-foot addition, and at the Freshmen Center, a 3,000-square-foot addition would be constructed. Other safety updates would include the installation of bullet-proof glass, panic buttons and telephones in every classroom.
    If approved, the bond issue would not raise taxes.
    “We originally planned to go for this bond a year from now,” said Board of Education member Dave Wright. “But after the nation dealt with the issue in (Newtown) Connecticut last year, we discovered that no place is completely secure. The decision was made to go forward with this initiative now.”
     
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