Edmundson has the best employees of any city, anyplace. When you have a small staff, as we do here in Edmundson, one person missing from the workplace can mean that the whole department is shut down, causing problems and delays in all departments. On July 18th, city clerk Ronda Phelps had surgery on her back, which will keep her on disability leave until August 14th. In many cities this would have been a disastrous situation because Ronda has many job titles. Here things have kept rolling along because the rest of the employees have stepped up to help in some way. A special tip of the hat goes to Debbie Wallace and Chuck Nunn, but the contributions of the rest of the employees have not gone unnoticed. Because of her love for our city plus her dedication to and ownership of her job, Ronda has been doing much of her work ( i.e. payroll and this newsletter) from home via computer, in spite of her pain.
The Board of Aldermen meeting for August has been cancelled because of Ronda’s illness. Most of the preparation for the meeting can only be done here and only by Ronda, plus there was no pressing business that couldn’t wait until September, so the board agreed to cancel the August meeting.
The national night event that was sponsored by the neighborhood watch group and the police department was, in my observation, the most successful one so far. Those that hosted the event at their homes deserve a round of applause and a hardy “Thank you” for their hard work and sacrifice to make it something we can be proud of. The neighborhood watch meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month @ 6:30 PM in the city hall. We are always looking for new members and more involvement. The meetings are always informative, insightful and entertaining. Come on out and get involved, it is time well spent.
Projects for improvement almost always involve years of planning and execution of other steps before the actual completion of the project.
We have just been awarded a grant for a project that we have been working on for over a year. This project will make it safer for our children to go to and return from school. This grant funding is for the first phase of the total project and other phases will be starting before the completion of this phase in 2019. When it is all finished, I think you are going to say “Wow, that’s nice.” I will keep you informed as more information becomes available.
Speaking of going to and from school; the first day of the next school year is Wednesday, August 16th. Please be mindful of the children walking in the streets, especially in the morning and afternoon about 3:00 P.M.
The concert in the park for this month will be on Thursday, August 17th. The band will be “The Great Escape”. Starting at 6:30 PM; I hope you can make it to the park for an evening of entertaining music and a good time with your friends and neighbors. `
Thought to ponder: As light overcomes darkness, goodness overcomes evil. Be a good neighbor.
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