John Gwaltney, Mayor
I would like to take this time to thank those that voted in last month’s election. The winners in the election for alderman were , in Ward 1, Rhoda Gwaltney and in Ward 2, Roy Rice. Alderman Rice will be sworn in and officially take his seat on the Board during the May 12th Board of Aldermen meeting. I give our thanks to outgoing alderman Randy Von Bokel for her many years of dedicated service to the city. Like a true concerned citizen, Mrs. Von Bokel has volunteered to serve on the Board of Adjustment.
This is the time of year for me to make appointments to our various boards and committees. We have positions available on the Board of Economic Development, Planning and Zoning Committee and the Board of Adjustment. If you are willing to serve on any of these boards or committee, please give your name and contact to myself, City Clerk, Ronda Phelps or your alderman. Our contact information is listed elsewhere in this newsletter. These are volunteer positions, but you will be rewarded with knowledge that you have taken part in the operation of our city. These are very important positions. Please respond as quickly as possible, because I must interview each person before I recommend you to the Board of Aldermen for approval. The most efficient method would be to call or visit Ms. Phelps or leave your information on my city voice mail, making sure to speak your contact information clearly.
HAPPY MOTHERS’S DAY to all you moms on the 8th. We want to thank you, first of all, for bringing us into the world and honor you for nurturing us with Love, Care and Sacrifice. There is no way to quantify your importance to us as a society and individuals.
This month, we have two other dates in which we honor those that serve us and sacrifice for us. The first one is Armed Forces Day on the 21st. Armed Forces Day was established in 1949 to honor all branches of the military when they became unified under the Department of Defense. Last, but not least, is Memorial Day on the 30th, honoring those that gave everything, including their very life that we might continue to enjoy the fruits of this great nation. I get a little insulted when I hear some politicians say that they are going to make our country great again. In my opinion, we are now and have always been the greatest nation this world has ever known. We have many men and women that have given their lives to insure that it continues to be so.
There will be a Memorial Day ceremony honoring those that made the ultimate sacrifice on the 30th @ 9:30 AM at the Woodson Terrace War Memorial in their city park. The war memorial is located just west of the swimming pool and they have extended an invitation to all of us to join them. It is an impressive ceremony with songs and tributes to all branches of the military. I have attended each year as a veteran and as a representative of our city. I am always impressed and touched emotionally and I encourage each of you to attend also.
Are You Ready for Some Music? Our summer season of concerts in the park is set to begin on Thursday the 19th @ 6:30 PM. The band, Midnight Moon, will be here to help us kick off the season again this year. Their music program is Classic Rock and Rhythm and Blues. They have been very entertaining in the past and should appeal to almost everyone. The music starts at 6: 30PM, but come early enough to get your lawn chairs and/or blanket set up for good viewing and get some free hot dogs and popcorn before the music starts. So put your dancing shoes on and come on out to the park for a fun evening with your family and neighbors. — Mark your calendars for the 19th @ 6:30PM.
I hope you have already marked your calendars for our “June Jam” on the 10th and 11th of June. This is the big event of the year and you wouldn’t want miss it. It is a time of fun, food and music. In past years, some of our residents have even planned family reunions to coincide with the June Jam. Take a look at the schedule of events included in this newsletter and you will find that every minute is filled and over lapping with fun things to do. The tickets for the “Big Raffle” are now on sale at the city hall. There will be many winners of some pretty neat stuff given away on the evening of the 11th. The more tickets that you buy; the greater your chance is of winning.
I informed you in a past newsletter that the city is putting a splash pad in the park to help cool off in the hot summer months. Construction of the splash pad is scheduled to start after the June Jam so that it won’t be in the way during those activities but will be in place before the hot weather of July and August.
On the 26th of April, I attended the final planning session for the Ritenour Community Fireworks display. Everything is in place for this year’s fireworks display at Ritenour High School athletic field. This year, the display will be held in the evening of July 3rd. I will give you more information on start times, parking and etc. in next month’s newsletter.
Thought to ponder: Hate destroys the hater more than the hatted — Be a good neighbor ¨