Spring weather is here and the city of St. James has started some of its annual cleaning projects. Last week, the Sanitation Department held its annual citywide cleanup and the Street Department is working on cleaning streets of yard debris.
Warm, sunny weather brought a large crowd out to participate in the St. James Sports Club annual Easter egg hunt. Over 4,000 eggs were spread out around fields in Nelson Hart Park, with participants winning candy and Easter baskets.
Work to repair West Springfield Street is underway, as the city of St. James has requested bid proposals to repair sections of the intersections near Tammy Lane and Sports Club Drive in anticipation of a larger repair project, which will see most the road repaved later this summer.
Voters turned out to the polls Tuesday, April 6, to decide between two full-term city council seats and one partial-term seat. Tracy Edwards, incumbent of Ward 2 beat challenger Keith Livingston and David Watkins, of Ward 3, defeated incumbent Shane Anselm. Michael Gray was also chosen to fill a one-year partial term in Ward 4.
St. James Mayor Rick Krawiecki provided an update on electric costs due to the winter freeze in February, which caused the entire Midwest to see utility rates skyrocket due to increased demand. The city will be providing a flyer in municipal utility customers’ bill to help explain how these costs will impact the city.