St. James City Council met Tuesday, Nov. 20 with Alderman Don Mackey away on vacation. The rest of the council members were quick into business and received a request from Jason Monnens, St. James fire chief, for funds to purchase from Newark Truck and Tractor a used 2004 Freightliner chassis at a cost of $48,500.
The chassis the fire department was looking to buy has about 150,000 miles on it and is in decent shape. All modifications necessary for the chassis to work with a St. James tanker were included in the price received from Neward Truck and Tractor.
A tank will have to be bough separately, and will cost about $110,000 or $125,000.
St. James City Council approved the request unanimously and the chassis will be available to be picked up by Dec. 1.
First Lutheran Church request a house located at 712 4th Ave. S which has been demolished and removed be exempt from the city ordinance dealing with the disconnection of the water service at the water main. Staff recommended that city council act on each request individually and indicate that the property owners of the house are responsible for any repairs for a water leak. With that understanding, the St. James City Council approved the request unanimously.
Another utility request was heard, this one from Kevin Thompson of Burnsville, Minn. Thompson’s mother passed away Oct. 26, and Thompson had just recently got around to sorting through current bills. He was hoping to remove the penalty for late payment of a utility bill of $12.29 due to extenuating circumstances. St. James City Council agreed to approve the request unanimously.
A long standing contract between Lutheran Social Services and the city of St. James was up for renewal at the Nov. 20 meeting. The contract allows businesses like Meals on Wheels to use a city provided kitchen in exchange for a small rental fee. Pursuant the original contract, the rental fee increased five percent with the increase of utility costs this year. The motion to approve the annual renewal of the contract passed unanimously.
St. James City Council also received a request from the street and water department for the purchase of a new 2012 John Deere 410k backhoe which will be billed in Jan., 2013, but can be delivered in October. The plan for a new backhoe and budget was approved Sept. 1, and the amount budgeted for the project was $104,000. The state bid price came in significantly under budget at $81,118. With that in mind, the city council approved the request unanimously.
All consent items and minutes were approved in the meeting which went just over 18 minutes. A reminder to St. James public that December meetings will take place at the normal time of 7 p.m.