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Chatfield reviews resident survey

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Government

Intern Jordan Boysen detailed the results of a resident survey at their June 25 meeting. The city participated in the State Auditor’s Performance Measurement Program. The intention of the survey is to measure the effectiveness of city services and elicit opinions of those services from city residents. Mayor Don Hainlen and councilor Josh Thompson were absent.

City Clerk Joel Young noted about 1,000 surveys were sent out, from which there were 225 responses. He added that public comment helps out. Space for commentary was next to each question. Boysen said most questions elicited a satisfactory response or better from about 90 percent of respondents. Nearly 60 percent of respondents have been residents of the city for 20 or more years.

The two greatest concerns were the number and condition of empty store fronts and the city’s water pressure. Comments were made citing a need for the city to draw in more business.

Most all residents feel safe with less than two percent feeling somewhat unsafe. Residents were generally satisfied with fire protection and the quality of the streets. There was some dissatisfaction with the street surfaces, especially in the west Chatfield area. Although residents were satisfied with the responsiveness of the snow plows, there was some negative comment about snow build-up on sidewalks.

Residents were satisfied for the most part with the water and sewer systems, but there were complaints about the cost. Some suggested there should be a senior discount. Garbage service was not part of the survey, but some respondents felt there should be competitive pricing.

There were positive comments on the city’s recreational facilities. It was suggested there could be a bicycle trail connecting Chatfield with another city.

Other Business In Brief

•Tom French explained the request from the Chatfield VFW for monetary help from the city to purchase new flags and poles. He said they would like to be able to do it before Western Days. The VFW has been putting up the flags in the spring for about 10 years and taking them down in the fall. French said they replace flags every year as needed. The flags are displayed from Potter Auditorium to Stevens Motors. The council approved $2,000 for one-time funding to help with the purchase of new flags and poles.

•Dave Morrill, McGhie and Betts, described the areas for water distribution improvement projects for 2012, including Winona Street to Main Street and Second Street to CR 2. Approval was given to advertise for bids.

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