At Tuesday evening's St. James City Council Meeting, the council reviewed the 2013 Audit. For the full story, check out the June 19 edition of the St. James Plaindealer.

At Tuesday evening’s St. James City Council Meeting, the council reviewed the 2013 Audit.  The city’s expenses were down from $3,467,215 in 2012 to $3,086,099 in 2013, with the majority of the cuts coming out of the public safety department.  The largest increase in expenditures was in the Public Works Department.    Governmental fund debt is down from $5,688,00 in 2012 to $3,101,000 in 2013.  

The city has re-advertised for a ramp structure that will be used for the Princess Theater ramp renovation project.  No bids were provided during the initial time period, so the council will table any decisions until the July 15 meeting.

The city of St. James accepted financial gifts from the American Legion and VFW for the Fourth of July fireworks display.  They acknowledged and thanked all those who have donated for the 2014 show.  Those organizations are V.F.W. Auxiliary, St. James Rotary, St. James Sertoma, Eagles Auxiliary, St. James Lions, American Legion Auxiliary, Mason’s, Eagles, American Legion and the V.F.W. Post.

In closing, Mayor Gary Sturm addressed the city about the recent flooding due to the rain early in the week, explaining that there isn’t much the city can do to prepare for flash flooding. Over 3.5 inches of rain fell on Monday night alone, and rain fell again Tuesday evening.  Many basements in the city had taken water during the storm and street crews have barricaded sections of road that are having trouble with drainage.  Residents should take caution when driving near large puddles, and should not drive through water or move the barricades out of the way.

Some areas of the city that have drainage problems are scheduled to be upgraded in 2016 as part of highway renovation projects.