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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • City water and sewer rates taking a hike

  • The St. James City Council approved the first reading of two resolutions amending the Sewer and Water rate effective April 15, 2012. The increase will go into effect after the second reading of the resolution at the next city council meeting.


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  •     The St. James City Council approved the first reading of two resolutions amending the Sewer and Water rate effective April 15, 2012. The increase will go into effect after the second reading of the resolution at the next city council meeting. The end effect to residents and commercial properties for sewer rates will be an average of 45% increase. Water rates will increase 10% over current rates. This has come about with a review of the operating costs for these two departments with recent upgrade to both plants. In comparison a 2-person household will see an increase of $26.66 per month on the average with the increase in Electrical, which was done at the last meeting along with sewer and water increases. The city is planning a special mailer to go out to all users in the next couple of weeks.
        Approved an ordinance amending the limits and boundaries of election wards. Ward 1 is all of the area the lies west of Armstrong Boulevard North and Armstrong Boulevard South, excluding property south of 10th Ave. South and east of Fifth Street South. Ward 2 is all of the area east of Armstrong Boulevard North and South and includes the property south of 10th Avenue South and east of Fifth Street South.
        Approved the authorizing and issuance and awarded the sale of $255,000.00 General Obligation Equipment Certificates at a rate of 2% to be paid off by February 1, 2018. The issuing bank is Pioneer Bank of St. James.
        Approved the purchase of 2012 Elgin Pelican Street Sweeper with trading in the 2001 TYMCO at a net cost to the city of $167,943.38.
        Accepted the offer of several residents to develop a Task Force to Save the Princess Theater. This group of volunteers will work to raise $70,000.00 by October 31,2013. This will be to purchase a Digital Projector as the film industry is going away from film switching to digital.
        Also approved were several Conferences and Workshops for city employees.

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