John Gwaltney, Mayor
It’s not your imagination; this month’s newsletter is a little early. The reason for that is to satisfy the notification requirements for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) public hearing. Just prior to the June Board of Alderman meeting on the evening of the ninth, we will hold a public hearing on how we allocate those funds. Basically, HUD provides these funds to help keep our housing stock in good repair. In the past years we have allocated these funds to be used by resident property owners in the form of a five year forgivable loan to make repairs to their property. Such things as driveway repairs or replacement and tree removal, the list goes on. There are some income requirements, but the majority of our residents meet those requirements. More specific information is provided elsewhere in this newsletter and will also be available at the hearing.
It has been gratifying to see the park filled with families enjoying the good weather and beautiful surroundings of our city park on a daily basis. We have been so blessed again this year with good weather for all of our park events. The Easter egg hunt in March and the concert in the park in May had great weather. Both times, there had been rain that stopped in time for the grass to dry out and with very comfortable temperatures. I hope this trend continues with the June Jam and the remaining park events this year.
We have a great lineup of entertainment and fun activities planned for the June Jam. For those of you that are new to our community, the June Jam is our main event for the year. It is a time for the city to come together and enjoy a few hours bonding with neighbors, becoming friends as well as neighbors. It doesn’t matter if you have lived here one day or a hundred years, you are invited to be a part of our Community of Good Neighbors, where we care for each other and watch out for each other. Take time to review the schedule of events, so that you can maximize your enjoyment of the June Jam. To help defray the cost of this wonderful time, the city is selling raffle tickets for items that have been donated by area businesses and others. There will be many winners and the tickets can be purchased at city hall now or at the June Jam ticket booth during the festivities.
Since the July newsletter will arrive too late for me to remind you of the Independence Day fireworks display, consider this your last notice. The Ritenour Community fireworks display will be held on the evening of Sunday, July 3rd. Edmundson does contribute to the event and I sit on the planning board. I hope you will plan to attend. In the past years, this has been a great display and this year will be even better and you won’t have to travel far to see it. Attached, you will find more information concerning this along with times and parking. Rhoda and I plan to be there. Holler and/or wave if you see me and I’ll do the same if I see you.
Well, it’s that time of the year again that we have to prepare the annual budget. By law, it has to be in place before July 1st. By approving those two tax propositions last year, this year’s budget should be a little easier to figure out. Thank you again, for helping out. Our goal is to provide as many services as we always have plus to improve on what we already have. We have not yet realized the benefit of that tax vote, but we will later in the year. It is absolutely necessary that we keep the infrastructure in good repair and keep our police department well equipped, staffed and well trained. You will soon be seeing a new piece of police equipment that some might consider frivolous. On closer consideration, I think you will agree that it is an improvement in both services and financially. That piece of equipment is and ATV type vehicle that will make the officers more accessible to the public, like walking the streets or riding a bicycle would, yet being able to respond quickly to a call within the city. It will, at the same time, be a lot more economical to operate than an automobile. It will only be used if there is another officer on duty in a patrol car somewhere in the city.
The Edmundson Senior’s Club will be selling Ted Drews ice cream at the June Jam again this year. The Senior’s club meeting for this month will be the Tuesday, the 21st. The meeting starts at 7:00 PM in the city hall with a short unorthodox business meeting followed by a game and snacks. It’s always a fun time. So, if you are an Edmundson senior, come on out and have a nice evening with your peers, a group that understands what it is like to be your age.
We have a very active neighborhood watch committee that meets at 6:30 on the third Wednesday of the month in the city hall.
It is coordinated through the police department and an officer is present at each meeting. If you are not already involved, I encourage you to start attending the meetings. Although I am seldom able to attend because I have another meeting at the same time, I do monitor their activities and they have some interesting activities planned for this year. Come on out and be a part of it. It’s neighbors watching out for neighbors.
Thought to ponder: What we teach our children today will influence tomorrow’s world. — Be a good neighbor. ¨