St. James City Council met during their regularly scheduled Sept. 3 meeting in what was a longer than average meeting. It began with the unanimous approval of the previous meeting's minutes before approval of the consent items.
St. James Fire Chief Jason Monnens requested the council approve the funding and construction of a new storage facility to be located on the east end of the existing fire hall. The members of the fire department would construct the building on a concrete base next year.
Monnens attained quotes for the construction of a base in the hopes that the concrete could be laid sometime this fall. Quotes came from Civil Ag Group, BKC and ICS. Civil Ag Group was the low bid at $17,500, but BKC was recommended by the department because they can get the work done this fall on the base. The BKC bid was $18,152.
One complication in the project is that the construction of an addition to the building would require a special use permit, since the building is located in a residential area. This will put off the project until at least the beginning of October.
A special council meeting will be held to discuss this project at the end of September.
MNDOT requested that a trackless mower in the amount of about $150,000 be purchased to improve the quality of the St. James airport. Two-thirds of this project is funded by MNDOT with just one-third of the costs falling to the city of St. James.
Money for the project will come from the capital equipment fund. In the future, money for these types of projects will come from the airport fund. The city council approved the resolution for financial assistance on the improvement project unanimously.
A resolution authorizing an interfund loan for TIF District 1-4 was presented to the city council. The residential subdivision was developed for the purpose of promoting the construction of single-family and multi-family housing within the community. Since this cost is excessive, an interfund loan was unanimously approved to cover the cost of the project that is not reimbursed through the sale price. This loan is taken from one city fund and placed into another city fund, with three percent interest. The total amount approved was $6,280.
Bolton and Menk met with the council to discuss the reconstruction of Trunk Highway 4 within St. James which is planned to take place 2016. The cost of the project is about $3 million.
St. James Public Utilities and the Minnesota Vally Action Council came to an agreement unanimously approved by the city council for the energy assistance program delivered in FFY 2014.