Regular members of the St. James City Council met Wednesday, Nov. 7, and those officials who were up for re-election can breath a sigh of relief.
Mayor Gary Sturm, Alderman Don Mackey and Alderman Joshua Haseman all won the election for which they filed and the votes were canvassed after the city council meeting Nov. 7.
This didn’t come as a surprise for most, as all three ran unopposed in their races and won them quite handedly.
In other staffing news, Connie Konz announced her retirement to the St. James City Council after 34 years of service at the St. James Police Department.
“Thank you Connie for your 34 years of service at the department and we wish you a happy retirement,” said Mayor Sturm on behalf of the St. James City Council.
St. James City Council decided not to waive the statutory tort limits from the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust. This decision came unanimously based on past decisions. The St. James City Council has also chosen not to waive the statutory tort limits in previous years.
Their decision will mean that an individual claimant would be able to recover no more than $500,000 on any claim to which the statutory tort limits apply and all claimants would be able to recover for a single occurrence at most $1.5 million.
EDA Director Molly Westman introduced a resolution for permission to submit an application for testing at a property located at 255 5th St. South in St. James.
The testing would be done through the Minnesota Targeted Brownfield Assessment Program and funded by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. There would be no cost to St. James, because St. James is a municipality.
“Testing requires soil and water samples and would not be completed until March or early spring,” said Westman.
The St. James City Council passed the resolution unanimously.
The city council meeting was short, just reaching 15 minutes.
Joe McCabe, St. James city manager, thanked election officials and judges to conclude the meeting.
“I’d like to thank the election judges and the voters of this community. We had a fantastic turnout – lines at times – good rotation and respectful,” said McCabe.