St. James City Council members approved minutes of previous meetings and an agenda for the Tuesday, Aug. 6 meeting unanimously before moving on to regular business during their regular August meeting.
All consent items were approved unanimously without much discussion. Consent items included payment of the bills and the approval to send employees to workshops. City Council Members approved the paying back a large ($171,000) utility revenue bond from 2004 early, which will save the city some money in interest during the next few years. This expedited payment was approved unanimously during the consent items process.
In new business, Water Superintendent Mark Sturm requested the city approve putting in a pressure reducing valves at the water plant. The valve will allow for the city to run water through the plant and keep pressure in the town.
Two bids were received from the project and both are considered reputable companies by Superintendent Sturm. KHC and Magney were the two bidders. KHC has been used in the past, but Magney came in at low bid of $30,900. Both companies believed they would be able to finish the project before winter.
In the future if any other mechanical problems come up, they'd be able to keep water running while they make repairs.
"It's a non-budgeted item but something that needs to be done and there is money to do it," said Mayor Gary Sturm.
This was budgeted to be done in a year or two, but now that the recirculation pump at the tower stopped working and the valves are bad they need to bypass the tower and fix the pump.
The engineer estimate for the project was $30,000. The city approved the low bid from Magney unanimously.
The airport commission has received requests for additional airport hanger storage. MDOT has a hanger loan revolving account program which provides 80 percent interest free repayment over ten years. They also pay 50 percent of the prep grant and engineering is prorated.
The airport commission requested that TKDA be authorized to prepare a cost estimate and a hangar concept for the city and MNDOT. Funds from MNDOT may not be available for two years. Their request was approved unanimously Tuesday night.
In a separate resolution, the council approved a grant agreement for airport maintenance and operation. MNDOT pays a fraction of maintenance, up to $18,000 a year at the St. James airport.
The city declared some supplies to be surplus Aug. 6 during their meeting, including 23 meeting chairs in the community center that have never been used. The city also received 50 theater seats from St. Peter.
The theater seats were given to St. James for free and will be used to replace some of the 186 seats in the princess theater.
The city officially declared intent stating the expense can be reimbursed in a bond on the 10th Ave. N and 11th St. N project.
Page 2 of 2 - A delegate for MN municipal utilities was named. The city has an opportunity to be in regular meetings with a vote at the MN municipal utilities conferences. Adam Koch, the electric superintendent was named the delegate with Ray Hector of the street department and City Manager Joe McCabe filling in as alternates.
A $3,000 permit fee was waved for the county on the human services roof project.
Code enforcement has been out a lot lately. The city is asking for residents to continue to take care of lawns. This includes the cleaning of debris and leaves as well as regular mowing.