August 2017

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Mayor’s Office John Gwaltney, Mayor

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.

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
Republic/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


Edmundson Neighborhood Watch Ilene Fields

Through our fundraisers, BP on the run and others we were able to provide free food and beverages for all plus some free hand-outs were passed out at some locations.  Our 50/50 drawing will help us to provide another great event for our residents of Edmundson.

The next Neighborhood Watch meeting will be Wednesday, August 16th at 6:30 PM at the Edmundson City Hall.  All residents are welcome to attend.  Refreshments will be served.

I will be stepping down as Coordinator for personal reasons and we will have an “election” to vote on a new Coordinator for our Neighborhood Watch at this next meeting.  On the ballot will be Randy Von Bokel and Sherri Martin.  I hope all members will attend and place their votes.  If you can’t attend, you may place an absentee vote to me by email.  My Vice-Coordinator, Randy Von Bokel, will be our temporary Coordinator between August 2nd and August 16th when we will place our votes for Coordinator (and maybe Vice Coordinator).

Hope to see you at our Neighborhood Watch meeting!  Bring a neighbor.

Aug. 17th @ 6:30 PM

“The Great Escape Band”

 The August 2017 Board Meeting has been canceled.

Edmundson Police Department

The Edmundson Police Department is now on Facebook!! You can check it out and “Like Us” online at There is also a direct link from the City Website ( under the police department section. Just please remember, do not post complaints, requests for assistance, or notifications about emergencies on this page. Please call (314) 427-8000 for dispatch or 911 for emergencies. The purpose of this site is to present matters of public interests in the City of Edmundson such as events etc.

Also, OfferUp, an online buying / selling website, (similar to Craigslist) has donated a “MEETUP SPOT” sign for an internet purchase exchange location. This sign will be located at City Hall under surveillance cameras to help offer better safety for internet purchase exchanges. If you purchase something from the OfferUP site or other similar website, you can make arrangements to meet them for the exchange at the sign located at City Hall. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Edmundson Police Department and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Your safety is ALWAYS our priority!

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