At the St. James City Council meeting on Tuesday night, the council adopted two resolutions for FAA/MNDOT grants.  The grants will be used to buy a new snow blower and crack sealant to improve the airports condition.  This topic had been discussed at a previous meeting.

Mediacom’s lease for the land their transmission building occupies has expired, and the city approved of a new 15-year term, with a rental price of $3,564 a year.

The council accepted the resignation of Tara Martin of the St. James Police Department, who has accepted a new job in New Ulm.  They also hired David Krzmarzick as a new police officer.  Krzmarzick is from Sleepy Eye, and is currently working security for MSU.   He will be able to start with the police department on August 25.

Police Chief Mark Carvatt brought up the topic of over night parking and parking rules within the city. current traffic laws say that there is no street parking from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m., with violators receiving a $10 ticket. 

Councilman Don Mackey was passionate about the topic, and thought that it was wrong to punish people for parking in the city over night because many of them may leave their cars their after they've been drinking.  Carvatt understood Mackey’s concern, but pointed out that the current parking rules are in place to prevent renters from parking on the street and taking up spots for potential costumers during business hours.

For the complete story check out the August 7 issue of the St. James Plaindealer.