Archive for Thursday, October 2, 2008

Community survey results familiar

October 2, 2008

The results of a survey sent to about 1,000 homes in Eudora mirrored what had been discussed at three prior meetings community visioning.

The 305 respondents to the survey said the biggest issues in Eudora were water quality, pedestrian concerns and building a larger business tax base.

The results were announced Tuesday at the fourth meeting of the 2030 community visioning group, which began meeting in November 2007.

Those who received the survey were selected at random and were city utility customers.

Shawn Strate of the engineering and planning firm Bucher, Willis and Ratliff said the number of surveys returned was about what was expected.

“If we would have just sent it out as a random survey, we probably wouldn’t have gotten a lot of feedback. But it’s a small community and people knew what the survey was about,” he said.

Statistically speaking, Strate said there was a 90 percent rate of confidence in the results according to the amount of citizens who responded.

City Administrator Cheryl Beatty said the results were an affirmation that what had been discussed in the meetings was a reflection of what most Eudora citizens think.

“It means we’re on the right track,” she said.

The 20 or so participants at the fourth meeting further discussed issues such as the need for better roads and sidewalks, as well as how to plan for the influx of drivers as a result of the coming Interstate 70 interchange near Tonganoxie

The information from the meetings will result in a culminating report and meeting in early 2009.

The findings of the report will not just be used to help plan for future land use in Eudora, but also will aid the efforts of Forth Worth, Texas-based economic development firm Buxton Company.

The Eudora City Council added $90,000 to the budget for the fiscal year 2009 to pay Buxton for a report that would help the council select businesses that would be successful in Eudora.

“If we don’t get some commercial growth, we may not be able to fund these projects,” Beatty said.

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