The St. James Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual awards dinner on Friday, February 7 at Just a Taste. The evening will see awards presented to several individuals, businesses, organizations, youth, and other community members to celebrate the many wonderful things that have taken place in St. James. Tickets are on sale now and the Chamber requests RSVPs leading up to the event.
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The St. James City Council discussed lowering the fund balance goals of the Municipal Utility Department, as the fund balances are much lower than the goals established in 2011 and are not in compliance with the ordinance regarding fund balances. At the January 13 council meeting, acting on the recommendation of the city utility board, the council decided to establish decreased balance goals moving forward and will hold a final vote next month on the proposed change.
The City of St. James has agreed to a voluntary compliance agreement with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to study the source of Inflow and Infiltration (I&I) into the city storm water system and is working to develop a plan to abate the issue. Last month, the city hired C.M. Archer group for engineering services on the sewer system and the agreement with DNR will give the city more time to conduct the study and implement the necessary changes to the system.
The St. James City Council held discussion on Monday, January 13 about setting up a special perpetual care fund to help with maintenance costs of the city cemetery. The first reading of an ordinance was held which would set up a fund for care of the cemetery that could eventually offset the costs to the parks department of maintaining the property.
Gavin Jewell and Tessa Meerts were crowned as this year’s courtwarming king and queen on Friday, January 10, at John F. Hodge High School. The king and queen were each one of five senior boys and girls up for the honors, with the winners selected by their peers. Crowning was held between the varsity and junior varsity games on the court.