June 2017

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Mayor’s Office John Gwaltney, Mayor

I hope each of you had a safe and happy Memorial Day holiday weekend.  I know that sounds like an oxymoronic statement, to be happy at a time that we are honoring those that have died.  However, we should be happy as we enjoy the freedoms and way of life that they fought and died for.  As we stop and reflect on their sacrifice, let us always appreciate those loved ones that are still with us.

Memorial Day marked the unofficial start of Summer with the opening of swimming pools and etc.  We turned the city’s splash pad on for use on Monday the 15th.  There were children playing on it that very afternoon.  Even I, unintentionally, got a little wet that day as I was inspecting it’s operation.  At first, I was a little startled, but then I thought, “Hey, that feels pretty good.”

The weather for the concert in the park could not have more perfect.  The audience was smaller than usual, but I attribute that to it being the first concert of the year and bad weather had been forecast.  The crowd grew as the night wore on and the music drifted across the city.  The “Everyday People” band put on a very entertaining show.

There won’t be a regular concert in the park this month because of the June Jam which is scheduled for the 9th and 10th.  For those of you that are new to our community of good neighbors, the “June Jam” is our annual city festival that occurs on the second weekend in June.  We call it the June Jam because we will be “jamming” with good music all during the event.  When live bands are not performing, we have DJ music filling the air in the park.  This year, we are going to try something new by having karaoke during an afternoon session. If, for some reason, the karaoke doesn’t work out we will revert back to DJ music until time for the next live band to start.  As always, the food and other vendors will be here for your wants and needs.
The Senior Citizens Club will be selling Ted Drewes ice cream again this year, and that is always a popular item.  New this year, the Neighborhood Watch group will be selling snack items also to help finance their functions such as National Night Out.  Each year we have a new game or attraction to keep things fresh and interesting.  This year, one of the new attractions is called Knocker Balls. ( I call it Bouncy Bodies ).  In this game, you slip a large air filled plastic ball over your body and everybody runs around running into each other.  It looks like it will be great fun.  Of course many of the usual attractions like the bounce house and others will be returning.  We are able to keep this a mostly free event by donations from corporate sponsors.  You will see their banners and other forms of advertising around the park.  If you get a chance, patronize their businesses or at least thank them and let them know that you saw their advertisement.  Remember, it is next weekend, starting at 4PM on Friday the 9th and noon on Saturday the 10th.

The Seniors Club meeting for this month will be on Tuesday the 20th.  It starts at 7PM in the city hall.  If you are an Edmundson senior, I encourage you to join in on the activities.  There is always a good time to be had.

Thought to ponder :  Anger builds walls; Love breaks them down. — Be a good neighbor.

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
Republic/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

7TH ANNUAL JUNE JAM

JUNE 9TH & JUNE 10TH 

Friday June 9th

      4:00 PM – 11:00 PM      

4:00 – 11:00: – Beer Garden

4:00 – 9:00 – Mechanical Bull, Giant Slide, Zero Gravity Ball, Inflatable Golf, Candy Playland, Tee Ball Extreme & Knockerballs

5:00 – 8:00 – Face Painting & Balloon Twisting – BeBe The Clown

7:00-11:00 – Live Music – “FATPOCKET”

Saturday June 10th

12:00 Noon – 11:00 PM

    12:00 Noon – 11:00 – Beer Garden

1:00 – 5:00 – Petting Zoo&Pony Rides–Cindy’s Zoo

1:00 – 3:00 – Pet Clinic – Ferguson Animal Hospital

1:00 – 9:00 – Mechanical Bull, Giant Slide, Zero Gravity Ball, Inflatable Golf, Candy Playland, Tee Ball Extreme & Knockerballs

3:00 – 7:00 – Karaoke  – “THAT DJ”

5:00 – 8:00: – Face Painting & Balloon Twisting – BeBe The Clown

6:00 – 8:00 – Bubble Bus

7:00 – 11:00: Live Music – “HOLLYWOOD 5”

      Edmundson Senior Citizen Group will be selling Ted Drewes Frozen Custard.

Neighborhood Watch Committee will be selling popcorn.

Happy 4th of July

Alderman’s Corner Roy Rice, Alderman Ward 2

EDMUNDSON ACTION NEWS

Thank you Edmundson for making our first

pre-Mother’s Day celebration a successful event.  Thanks again to the Board of Aldermen and the youth for the help.  Now let’s have a pre-Father’s Day celebration!  For all Fathers, PaPa’s, Padre’s, uncles, etc.

On Saturday, June 17th, bring your favorite BBQ dish or best loved recipe to the Edmundson Park at 1:00 P.M. to share in making our day special too.  Drinks will be supplied or bring your preferred beverage.

I will also celebrate my pre-birthday/Father’s Day event with a favorite rib & pork steak selection.

Thank you again and let’s continue the celebration of community & family.  Mark your calendar and be there on June 17, 2017!!!

Public Notice

The City of Edmundson will hold a public hearing to discuss the allocation of $20,000.00 in Community Development Block Grant funds which will become available after January 1, 2018.  The public hearing will be held at 7:00 PM on June 8, 2017, at Edmundson City Hall, 4440 Holman Lane, Edmundson, MO. 63134.

To further its commitment to fair and equitable treatment of all citizens, the City of Edmundson has enacted and/or enforces the following:

A Fair Housing Ordinance prohibiting unlawful discrimination against any person because of race, sex, color, religion, disability, familial status or national origin;

A Policy of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in the admission or access to, or employment in, its federally assisted programs or activities;

A Policy of Equal Opportunity To Participate in Municipal Programs and Services regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, familial status, national origin, or political affiliation;

A requirement for bidding on CDBG activities that promotes employment opportunities created by HUD funding and that these opportunities be afforded low-income community residents and businesses.

If you would like information regarding the above policies or if you believe you have been unlawfully discriminated against, contact the following municipal official or employee who has been designated to coordinate compliance with equal employment opportunity requirements referenced above.  Additionally, if you are unable to attend the public hearing, you may provide written comments regarding the Community Development Block Grant Program to the following municipal official:

Ronda Phelps

4440 Holman Lane

Edmundson, MO 63134

(314) 428-7125 Ext. 116

If you are a person with a disability or have special needs in order to participate in this public hearing, please contact Ronda Phelps no later than June 5, 2017.

For More Information Call:

(314) 428-7125 Ext. 116

1-800-735-2466 RELAY MISSOURI VOICE

1-800-735-2966 RELAY MISSOURI TDD

Equal Opportunity Employer

Edmundson Police Department

The Edmundson Police Department hired a new officer, Stephanie Schmidt.  Officer Schmidt was a graduate of the Eastern Missouri Police Academy.  She was in the same graduating class as Officer’s Alex Mink & Joe Lynch.  Officer Schmidt started on May 17th and is currently being field trained by Corporal Matt Anton.  Please give a warm welcome to Officer Schmidt!

Spring & Summer Crime Tips:

With the onset of spring and the upcoming summer season, offenders use this time as an opportunity to commit confidence crimes and burglaries for financial gain. The Edmundson Police Department is offering the following information to help safeguard against these crimes.

About These Crimes

  • Offenders attempt to gain entry into residences using scams such as offering to check water, and offering to clean gutters, rooftops, etc.
  • Upon gaining entry, the offenders may rummage through the residence.
  • Offenders take cash and other valuables then flee.

About the Offender(s)

  • Offenders often wear clothing similar to real utility uniforms.
  • Offenders are usually males who work in pairs or small groups.
  • Offenders trade clothing and disguises in order to avoid being identified.

What You Can Do?

  • Be aware of this situation and alert your neighbors.
  • If you have a security system in your residence, keep it maintained and learn its proper use.
  • If you have video surveillance in your home, keep it maintained and up to date. Also, ensure that you know how to operate the device and how to retrieve images.
  • Call 911 to report any suspicious activity in your neighborhood.
  • Should you become the victim of a crime, preserve the area until police officers can process the scene for evidence.
  • Keep exterior windows clear of obstructions such as shrubs and trees to ensure a clear view of the front of your residence.
  • Attend Neighborhood Watch meetings to stay informed about crime in the City.

Edmundson Neighborhood Watch

Common Myths About Breaking and Entering

Breaking and entering is a term often associated with burglary, but did you know that nothing has to be stolen in order for this to be a crime????  People break into homes for all sorts of reasons – many of which are to steal or cause harm – but some break-ins happen as a result of people looking for shelter or perhaps a place to party when no one’s home.

Do you live in a “safe” neighborhood?  Can you leave your front door and your windows unlocked without worrying about someone letting themselves in?  If you answered yes to these questions, you are making yourself a prime target for a breaking and entering crime!  Why? Because no neighborhood is safe from burglary and other crimes.

Be a good Neighbor!  Look after your Neighbor’s properties and vacant homes that may be next to yours. Don’t have a false sense of security just because you have a dog or a weapon in the home.  Be alert and notify the police of any suspicious activity and do not take the law into your own hands.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at: anton449@cityofedmundson.com

Reminder, our next meeting is June 21 at 6:30 P.M. at Edmundson City Hall where we will discuss Personal Safety.