Strong Growth, Top Amenities Key to Sartell’s Success in 2016
SARTELL -- Managed growth and top notch amenities were praised during Tuesday's Sartell State of the City Address.
Mayor Sarah Jane Nicoll addressed members of the community discussing the reasons behind the city's success in the past year. She says there has been a lot of changes throughout the community which have been vital the city's success.
"What the city has accomplished has been tremendous. A large part of that is the half-cent sales tax extension, but we also have some big changes with the school district too. The city has seen a lot of change and have a lot of great things moving forward," says Nicoll.
Looking forward to 2017, Nicoll says they are wrapping up the community center project, expected to open in August. She adds there are several big road construction projects slated as well.
"We're still working on the 4th Avenue extension to Heritage Drive, but we are also planning for our Pinecone Road North project which is going to be a big undertaking," says Nicoll.
In other city notes, the Sartell Police and Fire departments had a successful 2016. The police department hired three new full-time officers, as well as growing their senior outreach and youth programs. The fire department added a new fire chief and continue to operate with high efficiency having an ISO rating of 4 within the city.
The city is also looking into a new public safety facility to house both departments.
Nicoll says the city would not be where it is today without strong community partners and citizen engagement.