On Monday, September 15, Brittany Marston was appointed to serve out the remainder of the year as Ward 4 councilwoman after Beth Keyes moved outside her ward and was no longer eligible to serve in the position. Marston had run for the seat in the June 2 election, but lost to Bob Smith.
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Phelps County Animal Rescue is readying its building for takeover in the next few weeks, with the organization providing animal control for St. James. The non-profit organization is taking over for Tri-County Humane Society, after the St. James City Council decided to choose a new organization to handle the animal needs of the city.
The St. James City Council has approved WM Financial Strategies to serve as advisor on a refinancing with bonds originally issued in 2012 for sewer repairs. The city is currently working with the firm in requesting a State Revolving Loan Fund application as well as working on previous refinancing of city bonds.
The St. James City Council received a budget review from City Administrator Jim Fleming on the year to date standings of the city. Due to COVID-19, the council has kept a sharp eye on this year’s budget, as reduced revenues from earlier this year have made for a tight budget and the council is hoping to make changes as needed as the year progresses.
An outbreak of COVID-19 was reported at the Missouri Veterans Home-St. James over the weekend. Jamie Melchert, communications director for the Missouri Veterans Commission stated steps are in place to keep residents and staff safe as the facility deals with the outbreak.