St. James News
Veterans Home administrator leaving for St. Louis
Missouri Veterans Home Administrator Mark Fontana will be leaving the facility on August 1, when he will transfer to the St. Louis Veterans Home in the same position. After two years serving in St. James, Fontana has been great for the facility, with many accomplishments, including the addition of the BBQ Bivouac last year. Kathy Haynes, who has been a member of the facilities staff for many years, will replace Fontana.
Asphalt going down on new all-weather track
The St. James Board of Education was given an update on construction occurring in the district on July 17. Lloyd Pooker, of Creative Construction Solutions, informed the board that construction is moving forward and will be completed prior to fall sports. Weather delays have pushed the project back a bit, but it should still be finished soon.
A proposed 30-cent property tax levy will appear on the August 5 ballot to fund the future operation of the James Memorial Public Library. The tax would provide funding to allow for yearly operation and is required if the facility is to remain open. Voters will not only determine if St. James continues to have a public library, but will also decide if the city keeps the St. James Park recently acquired from the James Foundation.
Council approves police car bids
On Monday night, police car bids were reviewed by the St. James City Council, which accepted a low bid from Joe Machens Ford. This is part of an initiative started in 2012 to get new cars for the department and has been an ongoing process during that time to replace older vehicles in use.
Pool refinancing could save taxpayers $200,000
The St. James City Council is once again hoping to refinance pool bonds to save money on the issue. Last year, the council attempted to get a better interest rate, but rates spiked suddenly during the process. Joy Howard, of WM Financial Strategies, informed the council Monday night that rates are down once again and there is nearly $200,000 in savings available to the city.