St. James News

December city council notes

    The St. James City Council met on Monday, December 10 to discuss several matters pertaining to the city. During the meeting, the council:
•    Heard from citizen Louis Lehmer, who asked the council for an update on the Derby gas station near his home. He was informed the city currently does not have a nuisance officer to rule on nuisance cases now, but a search is ongoing to fill that position. Letters have been issued to the property owner, but the city is at a standstill until the position is filled.

City receives MCB awards

The St. James City Council recognized the St. James Missouri Community Betterment volunteer group for their fourth-place award at this year’s awards banquet. The youth group was also awarded a certificate of merit for their entries. Cities were judged on their ongoing community betterment projects. MCB member Robert Tessaro showed the awards with Mayor Jim White.

Sober living home holds open house

    An open house for Ronnie’s Retreat, a new sober living home, was held on Friday, December 14. The home was created by Craig and Gail Daniel, whose daughter Veronica Jo Davis died of a fentanyl overdose in December of 2016, and who was the inspiration for the facility, which will provide a safe place for sober young women as they transition into life without addiction.

Cops Care helps local children shop for Christmas

    Area law enforcement participated in the 29th annual Cops Care program on Saturday, December 15. Approximately 200 children from Phelps County elementary schools shopped for gifts at the Rolla Walmart, teaming with law enforcement to make their selections.

City moving forward with hiring new city administrator

    Monday, December 17 was the deadline for applicants to submit resumes for the position of city administrator. Current administrator Harold Selby is set to retire at the end of the year and a search for a replacement is underway.