The city of St. James is seeking census takers for the 2020 Census and will hold a recruitment night on Thursday, January 23 at the James Memorial Public Library beginning at 8 p.m. City and library personnel will help those interested in getting signed up to be a census taker throughout the evening and will be available to answer any questions interested parties might have.
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The St. James Kiwanis Club presented Alyssa Dorris (below) and Micah Bartle (bottom) with the second half of their Education Grant on January 6, 2020. Both have completed their first semester of college and will be returning for their second semester.
The St. James Chamber of Commerce will be holding its annual awards dinner on Friday, February 7 at Just a Taste. The evening will see awards presented to several individuals, businesses, organizations, youth, and other community members to celebrate the many wonderful things that have taken place in St. James. Tickets are on sale now and the Chamber requests RSVPs leading up to the event.
The St. James City Council discussed lowering the fund balance goals of the Municipal Utility Department, as the fund balances are much lower than the goals established in 2011 and are not in compliance with the ordinance regarding fund balances. At the January 13 council meeting, acting on the recommendation of the city utility board, the council decided to establish decreased balance goals moving forward and will hold a final vote next month on the proposed change.
The City of St. James has agreed to a voluntary compliance agreement with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to study the source of Inflow and Infiltration (I&I) into the city storm water system and is working to develop a plan to abate the issue. Last month, the city hired C.M. Archer group for engineering services on the sewer system and the agreement with DNR will give the city more time to conduct the study and implement the necessary changes to the system.