Waite Park Mayor Says ‘City’s Vision is Clear’ During State of the City Address
WAITE PARK -- "Not only does Waite Park have a vision, it's a very clear one and we are very proud of what we've created."
That was message give at the 9th Annual Waite Park State of the City Address today (Wednesday) at the Waite Park American Legion.
Mayor Rick Miller says with the city's recent growth the last several years, establishing an identity is an important step in 2016.
"I think it will be good for businesses and the community. I think there is a need and desire for it and I think we should be known for who we are," says Miller.
The city is still working on wrapping up several projects from 2015 including the four hotel developments.
Along with city rebranding, other goals for 2016 include completion of the amphitheater and public works facility, upgrade security in the council chambers and hiring a payroll and human resource clerk.
City Administrator Shaunna Johnson says they've been very busy over the last year and are starting to see their hard work over pay off.
"We have been a very busy city. We've had a lot of exciting things going on and we're very excited about the opportunities that have yet to come," says Johnson
Police Chief Dave Bentrud says they received 331 more calls then last year. They are also trying to do more with technology and dealing with human trafficking.
Fire Chief Jim Aleshire says the department is looking at buying a new fire truck and conducting some new training. They are also looking for more volunteer fire fighters to add to their department.