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Paine Reflects, Looks forward to Future in State of the City Address

Ryan Juntti
Updated: April 29, 2019 10:33 PM

While looking ahead to the future, Superior Mayor Jim Paine also reflected on a historic year during his second State of the City Address.

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Paine says he hopes to improve economic development and specifically improvements to public transportation.

"This is what cities do. Cities are supposed to bring people together, and we do that in a couple of ways. First, our highest responsibility is public safety, and we need to make sure that we are protecting our citizens comprehensively," said Paine. "We need to make sure that our transportation systems work for everybody," he said.

He says the city will also develop the site of the former Central High School into a housing and retail development.

"It will be a mix of housing, everything from affordable student housing to luxury housing in apartments, and then retail along the bottom to help bring more shopping options to our downtown," said Paine.

Paine points to challenges the city has faced over the last year such as the Husky Oil Refinery Fire, and the flooding, but says these challenges have also made the city stronger.

"This has been very challenging, but the people of Superior are a people that rise to the occasion. They take their challenges, and they turn them into opportunities, and that's what's happened over the last year or two. We are better at the end of this year than we were at the start," said Paine.

Regarding Husky, Paine says he will continue to work with the refinery as they rebuild and reopen. He also stresses he will seek the support of outside agencies to require Husky to look for alternatives to Hydrogen Fluoride.

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