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Peters: Let Comp Plan guide us

Andru Peters

Editor's note: This Q&A is part of a series highlighting City Council candidates for Lake City. Read about the other candidates here

Andru Peters

  • Age: 77
  • Address: 1009 Safari Way, Lake City, MN 55041
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  • Education: MS University Southern California (systems management); BA Macalester College (economics/political science); AA DeAnza College (transportation)
  • Family: Single/Divorced
  • Occupation: Retired
  • Civic involvement: Currently American Legion (District 1 Vice commander; Wabasha County; & Adjutant Lake City Post 110 commander); Lake City Kiwanis president 2014-2015 & 2018-2019; former vice chair Minnesota High Speed Rail Commission; former chair of Hiawathaland Transit Advisory Board; former president of Southeast Minnesota Association of Regional Trails; former sitting member of the Greater Minnesota Parks & Trail Commission; former Goodhue County District 4 Parks & Trail commission representative; former Board member Wabasha County Historical Society; active with the Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance; Local Board 018 member for the Minnesota Area Office 005, Selective Service System; member of the Lake City Athletic Booster Club; member of the Great River Ridge Trail board.


What differentiates you from other the other candidates in this primary election?

I am a dedicated, committed, forward-thinking and involved individual who keeps the best interest of our city in the forefront. I am well connected with other political entities and know the process in reaching the right people to make things happen. When on the council, I attended an average of 165 meetings/year for a total of 600-plus hours. I attended many council general meetings, agency related meetings which include meeting with officials from MnDOT, DNR, MDH, USACE, MPCA, Parks & Trail Council, etc., other political venues which included meeting area state legislators and congressional leaders, along with county boards, and local elected officials; and finally attended meetings with LMC venues. My knowledge base covers a range of disciplines: economic development, tourism development, workforce housing, property tax relief, LGA, transportation initiatives including roads, bridges, trails, passenger and freight railroads, commuter travel, water way/port authority.

What do you think is one critical issue facing Lake City now, and how would you propose to solve it?

One area that I believe is an oversight vs. a weakness is that the city has not followed the City Comprehensive Plan recommendations. This oversight needs to be revisited and coincide with using the Comp Plan as a working city document and then develop the 10-year Capital Improvement Plan. We take this plan and identify and prioritize projects using project duration time, and estimated project cost as performance metrics.

Staff can work a few projects plus performing their daily duties, but don't have excessive time available to work on multiple projects simultaneously. Community members need to understand we cannot implement all projects at once.

The final metric is prudent financial planning, and seek other funding sources where city funds is considered the matching component. Thus we need to do a better job in prioritizing these projects based on staff and funding availability.

Steve Gardiner

Steve Gardiner taught high school English and journalism for 38 years in Montana and Wyoming.  He started working at the Republican Eagle in May 2018.  He focuses on features and outdoor stories.  

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