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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • St. James water levels good

  • The water department would also like to stress the importance of water conservation. There are eight wells in the area ranging from 48 to 194 feet deep that draw water from the quaternary water table and quaternary buried artesian aquifer.
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  • The regularly scheduled St. James City Council meeting began with a short silence for the victims of the Boston Marathon attack.
    “Our prayers go out to all the folks in Boston,” said St. James Mayor Gary Sturm.
    The City of St. James Water Department announced to the city council that they met all federal and state requirements for quality of water and services delivered to the St. James Area.
    A consumer confidence report has to be held annually and will be published in the Shopper’s Guide by unanimous agreement of the St. James City Council.
    The water department would also like to stress the importance of water conservation. There are eight wells in the area ranging from 48 to 194 feet deep that draw water from the quaternary water table and quaternary buried artesian aquifer.
    “We are very lucky to be in the place where we are at,” said Water Superintendent Mark Sturm. “In the last three years I’d say it’s gone down maybe two feet. We are still sitting at a very decent, acceptable range.”
    There is some concern with the ongoing drought about what will happen with the water supply. The water table is not being replenished as quickly as it has been in the past. Once the water is used it is very difficult to get it back.
    The St. James City Council lowered the wine license requirements from 50 guests to just 25 pursuant the state statute.
    “We can’t go below 25, we can go down to 25,” said St. James City Attorney Steve Sunde.
    The change allows businesses with seating for 25 guests to purchase a 3.2 alcohol license. This meets the state statute which allows for businesses with 25 guests to have 3.2 alcohol licenses.
    Along with the guest ordinance, the council had a first reading for an amendment to last meetings ordinance restricting the hours of restaurants that have a liquor license for 3.2 beer. This reading passed unanimously.
    The amendment reads: “…except wherein a restaurant whose primary business is the sale of food, may open at the commencement of its regular business hours for opening, but may not sell alcohol, beer, wine or non-intoxicating malt liquor until such time as is allowed by law.
    The St. James City Council approved a resolution setting building permit fees in regard to permits for construction projects within the corporate limits of the city of St. James.
    The city will charge $50 for siding and shingles on residential structures, $50 for the demolition of all buildings within the corporate limits of St. James, $20 for mechanical permits, $20 for a plumbing permit and charge all other projects that are required under the Minnesota State building Code according to the 1997 Uniform Building code Appendix A with a value of project of $1,000 or more. There will also be a $5 surcharge in addition to the above fees in regard to construction permits.
    Page 2 of 2 - If construction is undergone without application for a permit, the permit fee will be doubled as a penalty.
    This resolution will commence June 1, 2013.
    Other Business:
    Previous minutes approved unanimously without any discussion.
    The St. James City Council has approved the service agreement with Ziegler Power Systems for the maintenance of the six Caterpillar generators at a discounted rate of $30,488.
    The electrical department was approved to hire a new electrical line worker out of 33 applicants.
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