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. ¨