Library and wastewater treatment plant among Petersen’s highest priorities while still in office

Logan Mayor Craig Petersen has made it official. He announced on <a href=”″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s For the People program Wednesday</a> that he will not be seeking a second term.

The mayor said it’s not because he wouldn’t like to run again because he has thoroughly enjoyed the job. And he is proud of what has been accomplished with help from a lot of city workers and community people.

Petersen said he will not go down as a mayor who took a lot of so-called ‘junkets’ at city expense. In fact, his only trip paid for by the city was one to Boston last week.

“Our purpose in going back is there are two plants near Boston that use the same technology that we are proposing to use for our wastewater plant,” Petersen said. “Before we made the final decision on that we wanted to have eyes and hands on experiences of those plants to make sure they worked.

“We had three professionals as part of our wastewater advisory committee who went with us and we all concluded that the technology will work.”

He said it isn’t really “rocket science” but rather technology that has been used in the mining industry for years.

Petersen also said that he realizes he will not be able to finish all the projects he wants to but he hopes to make headway on one particular project before he leaves office.

“The one thing that will be my number one priority is moving the library project forward,” he continued. “Clearly it’s not going to be done, (but) hopefully we can have it.

“We just put out a request for proposal last week for architectural services to do a design, so that was the first step. I think we’re going to get a great deal of interest from some of the state’s best architectural firms.”

Petersen said he is most proud of what has been done with beautification of the city, work that has been done downtown and working together with six other cities for the new wastewater treatment facility.

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