Saint Peter City Administrator’s Update

Saint Peter City Administrator’s Update

Saint Peter City Administrator Todd Prafke talked with KNUJ this past week about projects and other initiatives in town. 

“We’ve had lots of projects going on this year,” Prafke said. 

Prafke mentioned the newly opened roundabouts in town, like the one near the high school. 

“One of the most important things that we’ve been working on this year is some of the planning we’ve been doing related to parks planning, and relating to what ultimately will be our comprehensive plan,” he said. “And so our comprehensive plan is really this document that talks about, ‘where do we want to be in the next 10, 15, 20, 25 years?’, and so there’s a lot of things that we work on kind of leading up to that.”

That work will be done during the first quarter of 2024, Prafke explained to listeners. The planning process involves “big picture” thinking on city amenities such as parks, roadwork, athletic fields, etc. 

“Part of what’s come from that is a master plan for Gorman Park,” he said. 

There is a plan to reinvest in the park near the community center and build a new Treemendous Park area. The master plan for Gorman Park is already complete. The overall parks plan is about 90 percent complete, he told listeners. It is planned to be fully complete by the first quarter of 2024. 

“That kind of becomes one major chapter in this comprehensive plan,” he explained. 

There are other chapters as well including a housing study in 2024, a transportation study/plan and so forth. Prafke said there will be lots of opportunity for public input during the planning phases of the comprehensive plan. The last comprehensive plan was updated in 2015 or 2016 as Prafke recalled. He said it is something the city should revisit every ten years or thereabouts. The planning and updating cycle that happens once a decade is to look ahead about 20 years. 

Prafke also talked about new businesses in town, including a new unique record store. Prafke said the business climate in town is as healthy as is typical for the area and new developments and businesses continue to fill space in the community. Much of this focus is downtown Saint Peter. 

“We have such wonderful business owners in the downtown,” Prafke commented. 

Prafke also mentioned that a new restaurant will also be coming to town in the downtown area as well. Prafke said this trend of downtown development is a stark contrast to the trends nationally.

Prafke said there will be groups and organizers planning for the upcoming Winterfest celebration in town. 

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