Ordinances approved for sidewalk project
The St. James City Council approved two ordinances on November 14 for the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) to move the Safe Routes to Schools project forward. A supplemental agreement was reached with MoDOT on a preliminary design and the project is proceeding to create a safe pedestrian walkway from the Middle School across the overpass and a path to the high school from Kathryn Drive.
City moving to demolish derelict building
Progress has been made on the matter of a building in danger of collapsing on Washington Street. The city of St. James has petitioned the courts to allow it to take the building down out of safety concerns and put a lien on the property. After more than a year of legal maneuvers, a court hearing scheduled for December 17 could bring things one step closer to completion.
City officials received clean audit report
The St. James City Council heard from auditor Mark Kean, of Kean & Associates in Rolla, who gave the city a clean audit opinion on November 12. After working with city officials to prepare the documents presented to alderman, Kean said the city is in good shape with its finances and is accounting for its money correctly.
Veterans Home resident has discovered his artistic side
Robert Klem, a veteran living at the Missouri Veterans Home in St. James, served in both the Merchant Marines in World War II and the Army during the Korean War. Throughout his service, Klem had the opportunity to visit many places and experience many cultures. He continued to be a positive influence after his time in the military and now enjoys sharing his talents with the friends he has made at the facility.
Choir hosting dinner and auction
John F. Hodge High School choir students will be holding an annual choir dinner on November 16 at 6 p.m. Held at the St. James Middle School, the dinner serves as the biggest fundraising opportunity students put on each year and assists improving equipment for the choir as well as funding competitions and trips.
Missouri Veterans Home officials plan to make BBQ Bivouac an annual event
The Missouri Veterans Home in St. James hosted the first annual BBQ Bivouac on Friday and Saturday. Officials reported that planned-to-be annual event went off splendidly, raising more than $10,000. Veterans Home staff is very pleased with the results and is already planning to make next year’s event bigger and better.