November 2016

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Mayor’s Office

John Gwaltney, Mayor

Greetings neighbors, I hope each of you had a pleasant Halloween.  We certainly had wonderful weather for it.  It is rather discouraging when it is wet and cold on Halloween night and the little ones have to cover their costumes with coats and rain gear.  That is one of the blessings of having such a warm autumn.

This Sunday is the end of daylight savings time for this year.  Don’t forget to turn your clocks BACK one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.  The joy of this is that you regain that hour of sleep that you lost back in March.

The movie in the park last month was well attended.  I counted close to one hundred attendees.  Of course that count has a margin of error with everyone especially children moving about all evening.  The main point is that everyone seemed to be having a good time.  The staff and I have been exploring ways to improve the viewing pleasure and there will probably be a few changes next year to accomplish that goal.  The Neighborhood Watch Group has started selling snacks and drinks at the concerts and movies to help raise funds for their activities.  The city however will continue to provide free hot dogs and popcorn.

We also had very warm weather for the “Chili Cook-Off” last month.  It was so warm that day that we turned the splash pad on for a while.  The 1st place winner received a plaque and a cash award while the 2nd and 3rd place winners received cash awards.  The judging was done by me, the board of Aldermen, plus one citizen.  The judging was done completely blind, in that there was no way for us to know whose chili we tasted. 

There were fourteen pots of chili to judge.  Next year; we are considering a “People’s Choice” award allowing attendees to vote on their favorite chili.

Tuesday the 8th is Election Day in America.  Don’t forget to vote for your preferences.  It is a wonderful privilege that we should never fail to exercise.  Whether or not your choice wins it is a cause for celebration as it brings a close to all those dreadful TV commercials and political flyers in our mail boxes.

Friday the 11th is the day that our nation stops to thank our military veterans for their service and sacrifice to keep and maintain our way of life.  In some cases they sacrificed good paying jobs and homes to fulfill their obligation to our country.  They all laid their life on the line; some returned whole, some returned damaged for life and some never returned.  They are worthy of their nation’s gratitude because regardless of how they returned or didn’t return when the nation called they said “Here am I, send me.  Thank a Vet for their sacrifice.  The Woodson Terrace Veteran’s Committee has extended an invitation again this year for us to join with them for their Veteran’s Day observance at the Veteran’s Memorial in their city park.  It is scheduled to start at 9:30 AM on Saturday the 12th.  It is a nice ceremony and I encourage you to attend if possible.  I plan to be there.

Here is a “Mark your calendar” event.  Santa and his reindeer will be stopping by our park on December 17th from 11AM to 1PM.  Bring your cameras and kids for this wonderful event.  Now if you haven’t done so yet grab a pencil and go mark that calendar.  We sure wouldn’t want any child to miss out because someone forgot to mark it down.  As always; there will be free hot chocolate and cookies served.

The next Senior’s Club meeting will be on November 15th at city hall starting at 7PM.  All Edmundson Seniors 50+ are encouraged to take part in this monthly event.

I want to take this time to wish all of you a joyous Thanksgiving holiday.  I hope each of you are able to gather with loved ones to celebrate that love and give thanks for the bounty of the season.  Let your gatherings be about love and Thanksgiving and not about shopping on Black Friday.

Please recycle all that you can.  It is good for the environment and the city’s bottom line.

Thought to ponder:  Real love is helping others for the sake of good, even if they can never return the favor. — Be a good neighbor.

Edmundson Neighborhood Watch

Ilene Fields, Coordinator

The week of October 9-15 was Fire Prevention Week and keeping that in mind, the Neighborhood Watch contacted the Fire Department and obtained a start-up of 24 smoke detectors.  Some of them were distributed at our October meeting and we will continue to distribute at our November meeting as well. Altogether, the Fire Department can give us 96 smoke detectors for our community.  The Neighborhood Watch would like to make sure each household in Edmundson has at least 2 working smoke detectors in each home. For minimum protection, smoke detectors should be in each bedroom and on each level of the house; including the basement.   If any resident of Edmundson would like to have a smoke detector, please contact your Block Captain or any Neighborhood Watch member by November 18th.  These are free to residents and help to promote Fire Prevention.

Our next meeting is Wednesday, November 16th at 6:30 pm at the City Hall.  Refreshments will be provided.  Bring a neighbor!¨


New picnic tables have been ordered to go under the pavilion; so we need to find a home for the six (6) old ones. Will are going to have a raffle drawing on Wednesday; November 23rd at 10:00 a.m.  If you are interested in obtaining one of these FREE tables; you will need to come up to city hall, enter your name, address and phone number.  The raffle is only open to Edmundson residents.  You do not need to be present to win.  For questions; call 428-7125 x 116.

City Hall will be closed

City Hall will be closed in observance of the below holidays:

Veteran’s Day November 11th

Thanksgiving-November 24th & 25th.  THE REMAINDER OF THE WEEK WE WILL BE OPEN 8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.

Future Meetings:

November 10th & December 8th


Edmundson Police Department

The 2nd Annual Edmundson Chili Cook-off was a great time.   If you were unable to attend, you missed a great event and lots of wonderful chili.

I hope everyone had a safe Halloween and the kids enjoyed the popcorn that the officer’s passed out.

The Police Department has received several complaints in reference to kids playing basketball near or in the roadway.   Ordinance 215.017 Basketball Hoops in or near the right-of-way (roadway) prohibited.  The Officers have given several warnings and will begin issuing summons to the responsible adult or homeowner of the residence in violation.  This is a safety issue and we don’t want anyone accidentally getting hurt so your compliance is paramount.

Thank you all for taking the time to read the City’s Newsletter and helping make Edmundson a safe and wonderful place to live.


David M. Ansell

Chief of Police

Santa Claus Is Coming

Santa Claus Is Coming To Edmundson Park!!

Santa Claus and his live reindeer is coming to the City of Edmundson Park

Saturday, December 17th from

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Cookies and Hot Cocoa will be provided.

Parents are welcome to bring cameras for pictures


Thanksgiving is an observed holiday for Allied Waste. Thursday, November 25th’s trash will be picked up on Friday, November 26th.   The yard waste and recycling will be picked up as usual on Wednesday.

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 a Board member 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