Candidates interested in filing for open seats on the city council, school board, ambulance district, or fire district board of directors have until next Tuesday, December 28, to file for those seats. This year’s filing window was shortened and candidates must declare prior to the deadline to have their name on the April general election ballot.
St. James News
The St. James R-1 School District is considering adding a new communications director to aid with getting information to the public about the district and to aid with branding. The Board of Education heard a presentation from Gina Zervos, Communications Director for Rolla 31 Schools, who spoke about what the position offers.
The St. James Board of Education recently held discussion about adding credit card scanners or an ATM, after an outside party requested to add an ATM machine to schools. The board agreed to consider both options, as it would provide another option for students and visitors to pay for things such as concessions while on campus.
The city of St. James has started installing a new phone system to replace an aging system currently used at city hall. HFL has been contracted to do the work, which started over the weekend and will completely update how calls are connected.
A bridge on St. Johns Avenue was closed last week after the city identified it as a safety concern. Public Works Director Lyle Thomas informed the mayor and members of the St. James City Council about his concerns after a safety inspection found it and another bridge in town to be failing.