July 2016

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Mayor’s Office

John Gwaltney, Mayor

Does it seem possible that we are now in the second half of the year?  On July the 1st we reached the half way point and at this rate, Christmas will be here before you can say “Bob’s your uncle.”  The year of 2016 has been a fun year, a safe year, a busy year and a blessed year in the city of Edmundson.  We have been under attack from outside forces trying to destroy our small city way of life.  Other small cities have folded and others are folding.  We are standing firm and keeping our standards up.  Our streets and park are well maintained while continuing to offer services to our residents that even some larger cities do not provide.  This is due, in no small part, to you as you have responded to the call for help from the board and myself.  When the call went out, you stepped up to the plate and knocked the ball out of the park.

June Jam was a success.  Everyone seemed to have had a good time.  The weather was a little hot and, to my knowledge, only one person had a problem with the heat.  We had the water cooled fan by the beer garden and the city hall was kept open as a cooling center.  The Senior Citizens Club sold out of Ted Drews ice cream both days. I’m already looking forward to next year’s June Jam.

This was the coldest and wettest Independence Day celebration that I can remember.  I’m sure there have been others that were just as wet and cold, but I don’t remember when.  With the cancelation of the Ritenour Community Fireworks, Rhoda and I ended up watching New York’s fireworks on TV.  They put on a good show, but it’ just not the same as watching them live with your friends and neighbors gathered around, oohing and awing at each bright burst of color in the sky.  The Ritenour Community fireworks display has been rescheduled to September 4th or 5th. (Labor Day weekend)  More on that as we draw closer to time.

The concert in the park for July will be held on Thursday, the 21st @ 6:30 PM.  The band is the Rhythm Rockers.  They were such a crowd pleaser last year that we have invited them for a return engagement.  Mark your calendars so that you don’t miss this performance.  New this year is that we now have a soda machine in the park.  If you forget to bring a drink to go with your hot dog and popcorn, you won’t have to go back home to get something, you can just purchase one out of the machine.

The splash pad won’t be completed by the time of the concert, (it would be turned off during the concert anyway) but should be in operation by the end of the month.  The splash pad will serve a dual purpose.  First, we have a wet spot in the park that needs a drain.  Second, we don’t have room for a swimming pool to cool off in.  Because the splash pad requires much less space than a pool and costs much less to maintain, this will accomplish both purposes and it is being paid for with a park grant.


Here are a couple other dates to mark down so that you can be involved with your good neighbors and events of the city.  The Senior Citizen Club will meet on Tuesday, July 19th @ 7:00 PM in city hall.  The Neighborhood Watch group meets on Wednesday, July 20th @ 6: 30 PM, also in city hall.


I want to remind you of the Community Development Block Grant program that is available to help with repairs to your property.  You can get a 5 year forgivable loan, up to $5000m for many kinds of repairs.  You are probably eligible to take advantage of this.  The money is provided by H.U.D. to our city and each year the board allocates the money to be used by our residents.  So, if you have a project that you need help with, check with city clerk Phelps on how to make application


Thought to ponder:  Living for the future puts today in perspective. — Be a good neighbor.  ¨

Concerts in the park:

July 21st @ 6:30 PM – Rhythm Rockers

August 18th @ 6:30 PM – The Newcomers Band

September 15th @ 6:30 PM – Decades ApartDrums


City Clerk’s Office

Ronda Phelps, City Clerk


Pursuant to Section 79.160 RSMo, the Board of Aldermen hereby sets forth the receipts and expenditures for its general fund and special funds for the time period January 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016. It should be noted that, during this same time period, the City had no indebtedness.

Receipts for the General Fund for the 6-month reporting period:          $   973,530

Expenditures for the General Fund for the 6-month reporting period  $ 677,464

Receipts for Special Funds:

Capital Improvement Fund:  $    147,718

Sewer Lateral Fund                 $      _5,272

Park & Storm Water Fund     $    185,136

Economic Development Fund $ 178,026

Expenditures for Special Funds:

Capital Improvement Fund:  $   207,782

Sewer Lateral Fun:                   $       2,393

Park & Storm Water Fun:       $   149,802

Economic Development:         $       5,951

A complete copy of current Financial Statements for the City of Edmundson may be obtained by making a request for same to the City Clerk, 4440 Holman Lane, Edmundson, Missouri 63134, (314) 428-7125 x 116

Public Works – Code Enforcement

Chuck Nunn, Public Works Director

Please ensure your carports are free of clutter & debris.

No open burning of tree limbs or leafs.

Gutters must be maintained and kept free of all debris.

Standing water will breed mosquitos!! Empty all standing water: gutters, flower pots, 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

There is still money available to qualifying home owners. 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

Future Meetings: July 14th & Aug 11th

Edmundson Police Department

I hope everyone had a safe 4th of July this year.

The Edmundson Police Department has recently hired two new members; Officer Alex Mink and Officer Adrian York. Both new officers were present at this year’s June Jam or you may have already seen them patrolling the streets.  I believe the two officers’ will make a fine addition to the Edmundson Police Department.

I would also like to congratulate Cpl. Anton on making a sizeable drug arrest. Officer Anton seized approximately 5 ounces of methamphetamine and a small baggie of “China White” heroin with a street value of approximately $4,000.00!

The Edmundson Police Department strives to try and keep your city a safe place to live and work. Please let us know if there is something we can do to try and help you.


Chief David Ansell & the Edmundson Police Department

Neighborhood Watch

The Neighborhood Watch Committee will be participating in the National Night Out this year on:

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

7:00 pm – 10:00pm

Three locations have been selected for residents to meet each other and members of the Edmundson Police Department. Hot dogs will be donated to each location for all to enjoy.  The fire Department will also have a truck for viewing.

Treadway (Past Charm Ct.)

Beverages & Deserts

       Traverse & Heath:



Cookies & Melons

Safety Information

Please plan on attending one or all of the Neighborhood Night Out event locations. You will have a great time meeting your neighbors.  Please contact your Neighborhood Watch Block Captain if you would like to help out at the event or call the police department oat 314-428-4577.  Thank you and we hope to see everyone on August 2nd!!

Article written by Ilene Fields, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator