City officials are concerned about the resent winter weather and what it means for the cost of electricity and natural gas over the past week. Frigid temperatures and a high energy demand caused the city to urge residents to conserve energy as much as possible in fear of rolling blackouts due to demand on the energy grid.
St. James News
Discussion was held on Thursday by the St. James Board of Education regarding the board vacancy left open after board president Carl Behr gave his resignation due to moving outside of the district. Over the past month, the board has accepted applications from interested parties for the seat, with only two voicing applying.
The St. James City Council discussed a proposed ordinance which would amend Chapter 405 of the zoning code to make it illegal to reside in a recreational vehicle or to use a storage container as an accessory building during its February 8 meeting. Rules are established in the ordinance that would allow visitors to stay in a recreational vehicle for up to 30 days as well as requirements for containers to be removed from property after a given time.
St. James High School FFA advisor Tim Davis made a request to the St. James City Council on Monday, February 8, to allow his class to house chickens for educational use. Last year, extensive discussions were held on the subject after former FFA advisor Charity Satterfield made a similar request, but a proposed ordinance was voted down.
Extreme cold and icy conditions have come to the area and the city of St. James and Intercounty Electric Cooperative are urging residents to conserve energy as much as possible, as demand is stressing power grids. The Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA) has also issued an alert warning of the need conserve power as much as possible.