St. James News

Council hears update on tree replacement, other business

    The St. James City Council met on Monday night to discuss a variety of issues including tree replacement and burn notices.

Council discusses animal control transition

    Last month, the St. James City Council agreed a change in who operates animal control in St. James should be reevaluated, opting to not renew a lease agreement between the city and the Tri-County Humane Society. During Monday night’s meeting, the council discussed how to transition to provide time for the Humane Society to vacate the premises to allow for the Phelps County Animal Rescue organization to move in.

City extends state of emergency order

    The St. James City Council has extended the local state of emergency order during Monday night’s meeting. The order gives the Mayor power to take measures to aid with the public safety of city employees and residents of St. James during the COVID-19 pandemic should an outbreak be seen locally. The order was extended until December 31, 2020.

Council discuss budget amendment to fund SRO

    The St. James City Council is considering a budget amendment to help fund one School Resource Officer (SRO) to assist the St. James School District when it reopens in August. For the past several months, the SRO position has been discussed, having been eliminated in this year’s budget due to projected lower sales tax dollars due to the city’s stay-at-home order, but the council has continued to seek a way to fund the position.

Senior Center expanding always available menu and availability

    The St. James Senior Center is expanding its “always available” menu and time to eat at the facility. Now, meals will be served from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and will include a breakfast option for those seeking an earlier meal.