Superior's New Plan for Infrastructure

By KBJR News 1

August 5, 2011 Updated Aug 6, 2011 at 12:37 PM CDT

Superior, WI (Northlands NewsCenter) - Superior's mayor has some big plans to improve the city. A three year, long-range plan, to make improvements throughout the city of Superior is shifting gears.New mayor Bruce Hagen says the community needs a face lift. He plans to pay for the upgrades by re-directing money from the terminal tax.

"What we did, we also removed from the debt retirement, the terminal tax moneys that come to the city. It's about 1.2 million dollars in favor of reinvesting in our assets, infrastructure. Streets, parks and so forth."

"Continuing and putting money into our street maintenance program is a great idea and almost doubling that is something that people really recognize and can touch and are intangible," said Jason Serck Planning and Port Director for Superior.

"The new CIP, Capital Improvement Program will be focusing its efforts on the roadways of Superior. For instance, Tower Avenue and Belknap Street, which Jason Serck says is the most important aspect for Superior at this point."

Step one is a wide-ranging street repair, including paving over pothole riddled streets. The next step is to build a new Animal Shelter. Mayor Hagen thinks it's time for a new look in Superior.

"This is a new administration. My vision and the council's vision may be different than what it was in the past and it's my opinion but we haven't paid close enough attention to our infrastructure."

The plan is already in full swing with road re-building scheduled to begin next year and work on the animal shelter construction to begin in April. Mayor Hagen hopes the image of Superior will be enhanced while enticing businesses and people to stay in the area. Hagen's plan does not include raising taxes.