Discussion was held on Monday night regarding updating the professional codes in the city code book, many of which are outdated or no longer relevant, and of reviewing the process of adopting updated codes. The council will have to hold a 90-day public viewing period before approving any updates.
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Noah Coleman Chapter will resume its usual meeting schedule after the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, on the third Saturday of the month. The January 19 meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Sybill’s in St. James.
The St. James City Council voted to move forward with an ordinance that would allow residents to own and house chickens within the city limits. Two ordinances were presented to the council to choose from, one with more regulations included and one that was less restrictive, and the council chose the simpler of the two, which will be voted on in February and could be adopted officially in March.
The St. James Fire Protection District has a new fire chief after the board of directors selected John M. Douglas II to take over the duties of chief, following the retirement of long-time fire chief Bruce Parton at the end of the year. Douglas had been a volunteer fire fighter with the district for a number of years before accepting the position last month.
The St. James City Council passed an ordinance Monday night that enters the city into a cooperation agreement with the Phelps County Emergency Service Board (PCESB). Under the agreement, the city will join with a countywide implementation of an information system that will be shared by all local and county law enforcement and emergency services to better connect those services.