LAKE STATION | City officials remain focused on improving the quality of life for residents, Mayor Keith Soderquist said.
Those improvements include small touches, such as adding a colorful planter near 35th Avenue, as well as major projects such as an $11 million overhaul of the city's water system.
"Improving the quality of life of residents continues to be one of our slogans," Soderquist said.
Soderquist gave his state of the city address at a chamber of commerce luncheon Thursday.
The improvement project that Soderquist touted is today's groundbreaking on the first phase of the new water distribution system.
Soderquist said officials hired American Structurepoint to conduct a study of Lake Station's antiquated water system, portions of which date back to the 1950s.
The study showed there was a drastic decline in the water capacity as well as the water quality.
"The water quality was getting close to non-acceptable," Soderquist said.
The new drinking water treatment plan is expected to be in full operation in 2014.
Other improvements planned for the future include the possibility of expanding the city's garbage service by buying another truck.
The new truck would free up one of the city's rear loaders, which would be used for yard waste and leaf pickup, Soderquist said.
Each resident would be issued a roll-out can for yard waste, which would save the city from having to issue the disposable bags.
City officials also completed a third Field of Dreams baseball diamond. The site will be the home of the newly formed Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball league.
Other projects in the city's future include plans to start a new bike trail, demolition of the old City Hall/Police Department and downtown beautification.
Soderquist said the city has applied for grants to assist in both the demolition work and the downtown beautification.