Archive for Thursday, May 8, 2008

Visioning committee discusses survey

May 8, 2008

Members of the 2030 Vision committee met Monday night to discuss making a survey that will be sent out to Eudora residents in early June.

The random survey, which consists of about 50 questions and focuses on the main issues discussed by the committee during meetings in November and January, will be sent to about 2,100 city utility customers with their bills.

Scott Michie, Senior Vice President and Community Planning Team Leader for Bucher, Willis and Ratliff, said a return of 15 to 20 percent was needed to get a statistically valid reflection of what residents think.

In November, the city of Eudora had the first community-planning meeting - called Vision meetings - where citizens came together to plan for Eudora's future.

The initial meeting consisted of a diverse group of about 20 citizens who discussed how to fix problems that exist and accentuate the positives of the community.

The second meeting was attended by about 30 people, with many more city officials in attendance than at the previous meeting. The attendees were broken into four groups - infrastructure, economic development, quality of life, future land use - charged with figuring out possible solutions to the issues addressed in the previous meeting.

Only nine people attended the session Monday night, but the group consisted of members of the planning commission as well as other city officials.

The survey will consist of questions about land use, safe routes to schools and general questions about the community of Eudora. Those who take part in the survey will do so anonymously.

The results of the survey will be presented in town meetings that will take place in late August after school is back in session.

City Administrator Cheryl Beatty said this would ensure that more people would be in town and able to attend the meeting.

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