April 2016

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Mayor's Office

John Gwaltney, Mayor

The Easter egg hunt on March 19th was well attended and we were blessed with good weather.  The sun was shining and the rain stopped in time for the soil to dry out some and then resumed later that day.  There is always some glitches that need corrective action before the next event, but we always start working to correct those right afterwards.  All in all though, it seemed to me that almost everyone had a great time and the children were happy with the contents of their eggs.  Thanks to our excellent staff for all the hard work and extra effort they provided to make it a successful event.

The June Jam this year will be held on June 10th and 11th.  For those of you that are new to our “Good Neighbor” community, the June Jam is our annual city festival, held in the city park.  We call it “June Jam” because it is always in June and throughout the whole event there is music, both live and DJ, filling the air.  There are lots of activities for all ages plus lots of food and drink available to consume.  Best of all, everything but the food and drink is free.  There will be more details on this in future newsletters, but for now, go ahead and mark your calendars for this fun event.

We have managed to get a park grant that will pay most of the cost to put a splash pad in the park.  I think, during the hot summer months, this will be a very popular feature, especially for the children.  The splash pad will actually solve two problems. There is an area of the park that has a drainage problem and often has standing water during some of our park events.  Our park is too small to have a swimming pool to cool off in.  By placing the splash pad where we have the drainage problem, we eliminate the drainage problem while providing a fun and safe area to cool off in.  Construction is scheduled to begin soon after the June Jam and, hopefully, be in operation before the really hot weather arrives.

Here is another “mark your calendars” event.  Our, first of the season, concert in the park will be May 19th with the music starting at 6:30PM.  As always, there will be free hot dogs and popcorn.  The performing artist will be Midnight Moon.  This is a good band that provides an eclectic program of music that can be enjoyed by almost everyone.  So, plan to come on out and enjoy an evening of good music and visiting with friends and neighbors.

The 4th of July fireworks display at Ritenour High School will be held on July 3rd, with a rain date of July 4th.  It seems strange to me also to have the 4th of July fireworks on the 3rd of July, but I was out voted in committee.  The committee is made of representatives from all the cities in the Ritenour School District.  It has been a great event in the past years and I’m sure it will be again this year.

The Edmundson Seniors Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 19th in the city hall.  The meeting starts at 7:00 P.M. and all Edmundson senior citizens are invited and encouraged to attend.

Thought to ponder:  Contentment is not getting what we want but being satisfied with what we have. – Be a good neighbor.

Public Works – Code Enforcement

Chuck Nunn, Public Works Director

A dumpster is now available for a limited time at city hall for residents to use to dispose of garbage, trash & junk.  Items NOT ACCEPTABALE:  televisions, tires, paint, appliances, yard waste, computer monitors, or chemicals.

  • Grass must be kept mowed less than 8 inches in height. Do not mow or blow grass into street; all grass debris must be removed from street. Fence lines must be grass and weed free.
  • Store trash and recycling cans behind the front of house.


· Gutters must be maintained and kept free of all debris.

City Clerk's Office

Ronda Phelps, City Clerk

The below article is provided by Consumer Affairs

New Analysis by ConsumerAffairs.com shows Edmundson, MO among safest cities in U.S.

Residents of Edmundson can sleep easy at night. According to a study and interactive crime map released by  consumerAffairs.com, Edmundson was recently named one of the safest cities in the nation.

According to the FBI’s annual report Crime in the United States, there were more than 8.27 million property crimes in 2014 costing victims approximately $14.3 billion. Even though the estimated number of property crimes decreased 4.3% in 2014 compared to 2013, those numbers are pretty alarming. Here’s the bright side – ConsumerAffairs.com analyzed FBI and Census Bureau data to create an interactive map displaying the safest cities in the United States, and their analysis showed that Edmundson was 6th in the state for most police officers per capita.

The free interactive crime map, available exclusively at https://www.consumeraffairs.com/homeowners/aaa_alarm_systems.html#safest-cities-policeper10k-mo-edmundson, combines crime data from the FBI and population data from the Census Bureau to rank every city in the continental U.S. according to five criteria: burglary odds, change in burglary rate, number of police officers per capita, overall crime rate, and number of crimes/day.

“Consumers have the right to make informed decisions about how they spend their money,” said Zac Carman, CEO of ConsumerAffairs. “According to the FBI, around 400,000 burglaries occur in the United States during the months of November and December each year, a huge increase over the rest of the year. This tool provides consumers with the information they need about crime in their area to make better decisions about how they protect their homes and the people they love.”

Listed among the top 600 websites in the United States, ConsumerAffairs.com offers free resources, news and tools for more than 8 million visitors each month. A leader in consumer advocacy, ConsumerAffairs has been featured in a number of prominent media outlets including The New York Times, CNN, Forbes and AARP. For more information, visit www.ConsumerAffairs.com or contact Natalie Donohue at (918) 236-6032.

Future Meetings: April 14th & May 12th

Eater Egg Hunt


Easter Bunny and Kolten Marsh


Peyton Wallace and Aaliyah Hanlon

Thank you to everyone who attended the Easter egg hunt and to the Easter bunny for stopping by to visit and Officer Keith White for volunteering and making the event successful!!!

Autism Awareness Month

autism-awareness-monthAutism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys.

Autism prevalence figures are growing.

Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S.

Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average.

Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism.

There is no medical detection or cure for autism.

Edmundson Police Department


If you haven’t already seen them patrolling the streets, I wanted to let you know that the police department has four new Ford Explorer Police Interceptors.  They are very nice and if you would like to see one up close, stop one of the officers when you see them patrolling and they will be glad to let you take a look.  We will also try and have one on display this year at the June Jam (June 10th & 11th).

I also wanted to let you know that we will have a new officer very soon.  Officer Joseph Lynch graduated from the Eastern Missouri Police Academy on April 7th, and will start his field training on Monday, April 11th with Cpl. Matt Anton.  Congratulations to Officer Lynch with his new career as an Edmundson Police Officer.

There have been a number of complaints about derelict autos within the city.  If you still have an unlicensed / inoperable vehicle, you need to make arrangements to get rid of them or bring them to compliance with City Code / Ordinance.

Section 215.150 Open Storage of Inoperable Vehicles or Public Safety Hazards Prohibited:

The open storage of inoperable vehicles or other vehicles deemed by the City to constitute a public safety hazard is prohibited. Nothing in this Section shall apply to a vehicle which is completely enclosed within a locked building or locked fenced area and not visible from adjacent public or private property, nor to any vehicle upon the property of a business licensed as salvage, swap, junk dealer, towing or storage facility so long as the business is operated in compliance with its business license and the property is in compliance with applicable zoning ordinances.

Officers have been and will be enforcing the complaints we have received decisively.  Thank you in advance with your cooperation in taking care of these matters and to help keep Edmundson a safe and wonderful place to live.


David M. Ansell

Chief of Police