The St. James city council was one member short at their regularly scheduled Tuesday, June 4 meeting, with Council Member Josh Haseman not in attendance.
The previous meeting’s minutes were approved unanimously. Consent items were also approved unanimously.
Council members continued business as regular and heard a presentation on Bike St. James Day, which will take place Saturday, June 15. No parking signs will be placed for the event on the south side of 10th Ave. S and the north side of 10th Ave. N. Bike St. James is still looking for any interested volunteers to help set up for the event. They are hoping to have somewhere between 25 and 100 in attendance for the event.
The Pentecostes Church received a vending wagon license at no cost for the Railroad Days celebration. The Pentecostes stand will be located in the parking lot near the eye clinic in downtown St. James. They will be open from noon until 7 p.m. the day of the parade and will be selling hot dogs, nachos and mexican corn on the cob along with other food and drink items. The Pentecostes Church agreed to clean up following the event and will provide insurance for their stand.
With the purchase of a new imaging camera by the St. James Fire Department, the department has found themselves with a surplus of cameras. Community support allowed the fire department to purchase a state of the art imaging camera. City council approved the public sale of the surplus Scott Eagle Imager Camera Tuesday night. The new camera has been purchased and will likely arrive in two weeks.
Bolton and Menk received bids for utility improvements to take place on 10th Ave. N and 11th St. N in St. James. There were three companies bidding for the project, but Bolton and Menk recommended accepting the bid of Civil Ag Group, Inc., who sent in the low bid.
The city will be reimbursed for storm sewers along the streets by the county, which will save the city about $60,000.
Council members accepted the low bid from Civil Ag Group in the amount of $472,424.91 for the project.
The St. James City Council voted to purchase a new squad car for the St. James Police Department at the Tuesday night meeting. The police department decided to go with an SUV rather than a compact car because an SUV allows for better handling in the winter and more space within the car – which can sometimes become cramped.
The total price for the new squad car is about $27,194. Police Chief Mark Carvatt said there was a total budget for the item of $37,500 and that the squad will likely use a majority of that budget on the squad car even though the car came in under budget. He did, however, say that the squad will not go over that budgeted amount.
Page 2 of 2 - A police SUV costs about $2,000 more than a car, but gets about the same gas mileage. Many items from the six year old squad car the department is replacing will be used in the new SUV.
The compost site will be open on Mondays this season. The council voted unanimously to have the compost site open on Mondays from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Adequate income is being received to offset the costs of keeping the compost site open on Mondays. Currently the compost site is open on Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Approved the closing of streets for Railroad Days.
Approved the receipt of bids for a trencher/backhoe in the light dept. – estimated cost for the equipment is about $60,000.
Approved loan request from Runge Trucking to retrofit the lighting in both Runge Buildings – this is the last year rebates are available to businesses for retrofitting their lighting.
The city is patching black top this month and asks that people avoid the orange cones in the area. The northeast corner of town will be receiving seal coating.