St. James News

Sidewalk installation has begun at the library

            A sidewalk surrounding the James Memorial Public Library is being installed after the area has been closed since last year, when it was deemed dangerous to walk on.

            Work to tear out some of the existing sidewalk began last week, with the city Street Department tearing out a section along Scioto. Approximately 60 feet of new sidewalk has been installed in its place, with an additional 60 feet to be constructed this week.

Sanitation Supervisor gives update on recycling program

            The city of St. James has seen many residents taking part in the recycling program and the additional recycling bins distributed earlier this year. Sanitation Supervisor Ron Fraser gave an update on Friday, advising patrons to be mindful of the products they recycle.

Pool sees increase in rules violations

      Tiger Shark Water Park opened for the season two weeks ago, but there has been an increase this year in patrons violating pool rules. Park staff, made up of mostly young lifeguards, are having to focus more on policing patrons who don’t follow the rules instead of focusing on the safety of users in the water.

Council agrees to lease barn and arena to school district

            The St. James City Council approved a final version of a lease agreement with the St. James School District for use of the barn and arena at Nelson Hart Park. The district will pay for all utilities and will maintain the property and allow the St. James Chamber of Commerce to use the site for the annual Grape and Fall Festival.

City sees continued issues with yard waste pickup violations

            Mayor Rick Krawiecki reported the city has seen issues so far this summer with people participating in yard waste removal the city conducts each summer. Throughout the warm months, residents can put their limbs, gumballs, and other debris at the back of the curb, but the city has seen several instances of debris being placed in ditches or in roadways.