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 Apart