SARTELL -- As 2019 nears an end, Sartell officials are looking back at their goals for the past year and what to expect in the future.

Mayor Ryan Fitzthum gave the annual State of the City address Tuesday afternoon. He says 2019 was a big year on many levels, not just from a city government standpoint but community wide.

It was a phenomenal year for Sartell. We look at our school levy passing, having the new High School operational, breaking ground on the Toppan Merrill expansion, breaking ground on our new Public Safety Facility and most importantly cutting our tax rate.

He says looking ahead to 2020, the city council will put a strong focus in local branding and residential growth.

We are working with multiple different developers right now on a couple of different projects that will be large in scale, one that we haven't seen in Sartell before. Others are great expansion of resident growth specifically in single-family residential growth.

Earlier this year the council voted to put a one-year moratorium on new multi-family housing to allow the council to review and consider changes to the city's comprehensive plan.

Fitzthum says they are also looking into providing high speed fiber internet in the MedTech district in hopes to attract new businesses and help develop that area more.

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