St. James City Council met at their regularly scheduled Tuesday, Sept. 17 meeting. Council members moved quickly to approve the consent items as well as the agenda and payment of bills.
Consent items included training for five city employees, who will be sent to various conferences, meetings and refreshers. Steve Carson will be attending a continuing education International code conference for $250 in Eagan, Minn. Mark Anderson will be heading to a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Biosolids Refresher in Rochester, Minn., for $200 of city funds. Adam Koch of the light department will be heading to the Sioux Falls 2013 Missouri River Energy Services meeting taking place Oct. 29. Others will be going to the MEMSA conference later this month.
The council then moved on to new business, beginning with a presentation by Chris Henjum of the Coalition of Greater MN Cities.
Henjum let council members know what happened at the last session regarding the coalition and what they have planned for the next session. The coalition lobbies to help rural communities when state legislation taking place in the twin cities.
Mayor Gary Sturm asked if there was any kind of help the city could get in funding the Highway 4 project that will be taking place in 2016. Henjum said the CGMC will be focusing on infrastructure and road funding this next session.
Following Henjum's presentation, city council members moved to renew the franchise agreement with Mediacom unanimously. Mediacom requested the renewal of the franchise agreement for a term of 15 years. The current deal with Mediacom is a franchise agreement with a 15 year term and a fee of three percent.
The city agreed to similar terms with a three percent franchise fee for 15 years. The current franchise fee is paid to the general fund and is approximately $34,000.
This is a nonexclusive agreement, so if any other company would like to move into the city to install cable, they would be allowed.
The St. James City Council members voted unanimously to charge an impound fee of $25 and $10 per day after a three day holding period for any animal that has been impounded by animal control. This change went into effect Sept. 17. There was no previous ordinance and the fee has not been reviewed for a significant period of time.
Council members set a date for special meeting regarding the fire department building improvements. The special meeting will be held next Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m.