December 2016

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Mayor's Office

John Gwaltney, Mayor

I hope each of you had a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.  Rhoda and I had a great time, not just because we enjoyed two wonderful meals, but because we got to be with many friends and family.  We hosted our dinner on Friday and had relatives travel from as far as Indiana and Colorado.  We had twenty two in attendance filling our house with love and laughter.  To me, that is what Thanksgiving is about, love and showing thanks to the one that has made it all possible through His providence and love.

As I look back on this year of 2016, I find that it has been a very busy year, starting with a new website and new email addresses for everyone at city hall including myself and the Board of Aldermen.  You will find that new contact information listed in this newsletter.  We also had to deal with those that are trying to make it difficult for small cities in St. Louis County.  Edmundson has stood strong and survived by staying informed and being pro-active.  When the board and I asked you for a tax increase on commercial property, you voted yes.  Realizing that our commercial businesses are our corporate citizens and also realizing that as their businesses go, so goes the city. The staff, the board and I put our heads together and came up with a way to keep the tax increase from being such a blow to their pocket book. (Much thanks goes to city attorney, Stephanie Karr for her hard word and thinking out of the box.)  The most recent attack is from the Missouri Supreme Court with a ruling that will cause us to have to reorganize our court, even though our court was not guilty of the things that caused the ruling.  We have had meetings of our court, police/prosecutor and administrative departments and devised a way for us to be in compliance.  We are ahead of the game and it would be difficult for anyone to gig us for noncompliance

As I look back at 2016, there have been many other things that have caused this to have been a busy year that I could name but there is not space here to tell.

A really bright spot this year has been the addition of the splash pad in the park.  It has been even more popular than I had hoped for, and due to the warm weather we were able to use it up into October.  Next year we will be able to enjoy it all summer and I’m sure it’s popularity will not wane.

Here is a wakeup call for all you procrastinators — Christmas is only three weeks away.  With the gift buying and exchanging there will be extra paper, boxes and etc. to be disposed of.  Please recycle all that you can.   If you have misplaced your list of what is recyclable, they are available at city hall for the asking.

On December 18th, Officer Joe Lynch will be leaving us for several months because his Missouri Army National Guard unit is being deployed to Qatar.  If you see him before he leaves, thank him for his service and wish him God Speed.  We pray for his safe return.

Don’t forget to bring the little ones out to visit with Santa and his reindeer that will be stopping by our park on Saturday the 17th from 11:00AM to 1:00 PM. There will be hot cocoa and cookies served.

The next regular meeting of the Edmundson Senior’s Club will be January 17th @ 7:00PM in the city hall.  I tell you this now because there will be no newsletter in January.

Let me take this time to wish each of you a happy holiday, whichever one that you celebrate.  Rhoda and I are Christians, so we will be celebrating Christmas.  I also wish you a safe and Happy New Year.

Thought to ponder:  There is joy in the journey when we walk alongside each other. — Be a good neighbor.  ¨

City Clerk’s Office

Ronda Phelps, City Clerk


April 2017 Election

Candidate filing begins December 13th at 8:00 AM and continues through January 17th at 5:00 PM.


The position of Mayor for a term of 2-years and two Board of Aldermen positions will be open: one from Ward 1 and one position from Ward II, both for a term of 2-years.  To declare your candidacy for one of the positions, you must register with the City Clerk during the dates and times stated above and meet the following qualifications:


Mayor Qualifications:  25 years old, a citizen of the United States, and an inhabitant and resident of the City for one (1) year prior to his/her election and during the entire time that he/she serves in such office.  An inhabitant and resident” shall mean a person who both maintains a residence where he/she sleeps, cooks, and carries on a household and maintains a physical presence as to clearly exclude the possibility or appearance of any other perceived place of residence.


Alderman Qualifications:  No person shall be an Aldermen unless he/she shall be at least twenty-one (21) years of age, a citizen of the United States, and an inhabitant and resident of the City for one (1) year prior to his/her election and during the entire time that he/she serves in such office. In addition, an Aldermen shall be an inhabitant and resident of the ward which he/she represents for at least one (1) year prior to his/her election and during the entire time that he/she serves in such office. For purposes of this Section, “inhabitant and resident” shall mean a person who both maintains a residence where he/she sleeps, cooks, and carries on a household and maintains a physical presence so as to clearly exclude the possibility or appearance of any other perceived place of residence.

Future Meetings:

 December 8th & January 12th

City Hall will be closed in observance of the below holidays:

Christmas – Dec. 26th

New Year’s Day – Jan. 2nd

Martin Luther King Jr Day – Jan.16th


8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Edmundson Park!!

Santa Claus and his live reindeer is coming to the City of Edmundson Park

Saturday, December 17th from

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Cookies and Hot Cocoa will be provided.

Parents are welcome to bring cameras for pictures.

 Need to dispose of a real Christmas tree?

Allied Waste / Republic Services will pick up real Christmas trees at curbside the first two weeks of January. Trees cannot be larger than 4-feet in length.  Please remove all tinsel and garland.

Recycling – Remember to recycle your holiday wrapping paper, gift bags, and boxes. (No foil wrap, plastic, ribbons or tissue paper.)


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 a Board member 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

City of Edmundson Board Members & employee’s email addresses:

Mayor John Gwaltney – 

Alderman Adele Crown –

Alderman Rhoda Gwaltney –

Alderman Roy Rice –

 Alderman Tony Mikulus –

City Clerk Phelps –

Court Clerk Wallace –

 Public Works Director Nunn –

 Chief Ansell –

 Lt. Patrick –

 Cpl. Kick –

 Police Clerk Gines –

 Ptn. White –

 Cpl. Nerviani –

 Cpl. Anton –

 Det. Heisse –

 Ptn. Lynch –

 Ptn. Mink –

 Ptn. York –

Does your home need repairs?   Do you have Code Violations?  Why not take advantage of the St. Louis County Home Improvement Program?

St. Louis County provides 5-year forgivable home improvement loans to low- and moderate-income homeowners to make necessary improvements to their homes. These loans are limited to a maximum of $5,000 and are available to Edmundson residents. Interested residents should call (314) 615-8232 to make an application.  This program is only available to owner-occupants and participants must be current on their real estate taxes.

Eligible Repairs funded by the Home Improvement Program include:

  • Roof Replacement
  • Concrete and Masonry Repair/Replacement
  • Tree Removal
  • Hand Rail Installation
  • Major Electrical Repairs
  • Major Plumbing Repair/Replacement
  • Furnace and Air Conditioner Replacement
  • Major Waterproofing
  • Insulation


2017 Animal tags are due by December 31st.  You must bring the receipt for the current rabies-vaccination for each animal.

The fee for the pet tag is $10.00 per animal and will be waived with proof the animal has been spayed or neutered.

Puppies and kittens do not have to be registered until they are 6 months old.


Edmundson Police Department

Christmas is right around the corner and that means the criminals tend to step up their game during this busy shopping season. We wanted to pass on some general safety tips and reminders so you can lower the odds of falling victim to these criminals.

When parking your vehicle to go shopping, remember where you parked it! Always park in a well-lit and well-traveled area. Do not park in a remote dark area.

When you return to your vehicle, scan the interior of your car to be sure no one is hiding inside. Check to see if you are being followed.

Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. You will be ready to unlock the door and will not be delayed by fumbling and looking for your keys.

When storing items purchased at the stores, place them out of sight. The best place is in a locked trunk.

Do not leave your purse, wallet, or cellular telephone in plain view.

Don’t resist if someone tries to take any of your belongings. Don’t chase someone who robs you, they may have a weapon. Instead call 911.

If you go to an automatic teller machine for cash, check for people around and make sure it is well lit and in a safe location.

Carry only the credit cards you need and avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

Beware of the “a good deal” scams. Things are not always what they appear to be.

If you are purchasing toys for small children, be sure that they are safe. You will be surprised what a small child can swallow or what can injure them.

Drive defensively. Traffic is heavier during the holidays. Drivers may also have indulged in too much holiday spirits.

Hope everyone has a safe Holiday Season this year!


Chief David Ansell & the Edmundson Police Department