August 2016

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Mayor’s Office

John Gwaltney, Mayor

I doubt that this has been a record setting year as far as rain is concerned, but we certainty have had a wet year.  However, we have continued with being blessed with the rain stopping just in time for our city events to happen.  July’s concert in the park was not an exception, it stopped raining in time for the soil to not be muddy at that time.  The temperature was pretty hot but we had a big water cooled fan blowing on the audience area.  I heard a lot of comments about how comfortable it was.  I did feel sorry for our staff that was fixing the food because they sacrificed their comfort so that the audience could enjoy the comfort of the cooling fan.  The band, Rhythm Rockers, put on an excellent show and it turned out to be a very pleasant and entertaining evening.  Thank you to the staff, for your selfless dedication and hard work.

The concert for this month will be held in the evening of the 18th, starting at 6:30PM.  I suggest that you go mark your calendars now, so that you don’t miss out on this evening of entertaining music and fellowship with your neighbors.  The name of this month’s band is “The Newcomer’s.”  As always, I expect it to be a good event.

The rain has slowed down the installation of the new splash pad in the park.  Several times, when the workmen came to work, they would find the hole filled with rain water.  Because the rain had ceased on the night of the concert, they worked late until they lost the daylight.  The concrete has now been poured in the pad part and it now has to “cure” for a while before proceeding.  I’m not making any promises, but it should be in operation after the third week of this month.  I realize that the worst of the summer heat will probably be over by then, but we had to start sometime and we will get to use it for a while this year.  However, next year, we will have it all summer.

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Board of Aldermen

Adele Crown, Alderman Ward 1

I would like to send a big THANK YOU to our neighborhood Watch members for putting together another important “National Night Out” event. This year we were very happy to have almost our entire police force out there with us.  It was great to see neighbors meeting with neighbors (sometimes for the first time), children having fun clowning around with our police officers, glow lights dancing in the night, and people sitting down together to talk and share food.

I’d like to give a special thanks to our Neighborhood Watch members who offered to host this event; Randy and Chuck Von Bokel on Treadway, Roy and Louise Rice on Heath, and Tony and Cathy Mikulus on Crilly.  If you were not able to join us this year, we hope you will next year.

Also, a special thanks to our police department for so enthusiastically joining us. We are grateful to Chief Ansell for his contributions and suggestion and to Cpl. Anton for attending our meetings and assisting us with our projects.

According to the National Crime Prevention Council, Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer.  Members hold regular meetings to help residents get to know each other and to decide upon program strategies and activists.  It is NOT for them to assume the role of the police.  It is their duty to ask neighbors to be alert, observant, and caring – and to report suspicious activity or crimes immediately to the police.

National Night Out is a community police awareness-raising event in the United States, held the first Tuesday of August. This event has been held annually since 1984 and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.  It is meant to increase awareness about police programs in communities such as drug prevention, neighborhood watch, and other anti-crime efforts.

We hope all our residents will join us in making Edmundson a safe and fun place to live. We meet the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:30, in our city hall.


Edmundson Neighborhood Watch

Ilene Fields, Coordinator

The Edmundson Neighborhood Watch group would like to thank Cpl. Matt Anton, Chief Ansell & the Edmundson Police Department for their outstanding presence at our National Night Out on Tues, August 2nd, raising awareness to America’s Night Out Against Crime.  The police handed out glow sticks and ice pops to resident children.

A thank you to our sponsor,  BP On the Run who donated the hot dogs for the event, our city’s Public Works director for helping to deliver other supplies, & our Neighborhood Watch members that donated their time, money and homes for this event.  Glow sticks, safety flyers and plenty of food were available to all.

If you missed this event, feel free to attend our next meeting on August 17th at 6:30 pm at the city hall to voice any safety or crime issues or to just meet your neighbors or learn about our next event coming soon to our city.  Meetings are 1 hour and 10 minutes long and we have refreshments afterward.  Bring a neighbor!

Public Works – Code Enforcement

Chuck Nunn, Public Works Director

A dumpster is still 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. Citations will be issued for non-compliance.

Store trash and recycling cans behind the front of house.

Gutters must be maintained and kept free of all debris.

Standing water will breed mosquitos!! Empty all standing water; gutters, flowerpots, toys, tires, etc.

Edmundson Information:

City Hall   428-7125     City Clerk   x 116

Court Clerk x 117

Public Works                 568-5130

Police Department        428-4577

Dispatcher                       427-8000

Emergency                        911

Community Fire              428-1128

Allied Waste                     (636) 947-5959

Residents may leave a message for the mayor or an alderman at the below extensions:

Mayor John Gwaltney –  428-7125 x 121

Alderman Adele Crown – 428-7125 x 125

Alderman Rhoda Gwaltney – 428-7125 x 124

Alderman Tony Mikulus – 428-7125 x 122

Alderman Roy Rice –        428-7125 x 123

In Observance of Labor Day:

City Hall offices will be closed on

Monday, September 5th

Have a safe and Happy Holiday!

City Hall hours for the remainder of the week will be 8:30 – 4:30

Future meetings Aug. 11th & Sept. 8th


 Aug. 18th @ 6:30 PM – “The Newcomers Band”

 Sept. 15th @ 6:30 PM – “Decades Apart”

Edmundson Police Department

I would like to congratulate Officer Joseph Lynch and Corporal James Nerviani for a job well done. One July 26th, while Officer Lynch was patrolling, he witnessed a vehicle pull of the B.P. gas station lot and struck another vehicle.  The striking vehicle then attempted to leave the scene.  Officer Lynch gave a short chase of the suspect vehicle.  The vehicle was majorly damaged from the crash and was not able to make it very far.  The vehicle spun out and the chase came to an end at Easts Bound I-70 @ the Natural Bridge exit.  Cpl Nerviani arrived on scene to assist Officer Lynch and the suspect was taken into custody without incident.  The Officer’s located a bag of approximately 75 – 100 capsules believed to be containing heroin and approximately $1,300.00 cash on the suspect.  The also located a 9 mm handgun loaded with an extended 30 round magazine.  The suspect was also wanted for questioning out of the St. Louis City Police Department for a homicide.  Congratulations to both Officer’s for a job well done and continuing the fight to try and keep Edmundson a safe place to live and work.

I also want to thank the Neighborhood Watch for their effort in putting on this year’s National Night Out and to all the residents who got out and participated in this great event.

Be safe and have a great rest of the summer!

Chief David Ansell & the Edmundson Police Department