August 28, 2013 | VOL. LXXIII, NO. 22

City's Survey Results Reported

City’s survey results reported

A city of Grand Coulee survey, developed by Councilmember Erin Nielsen and sent out to 575 residences in the city, received 61 responses, according to a report at the recent council meeting.

Comments of concern included law enforcement, city nuisance enforcement and the city’s overall looks.

Nielsen said the survey was designed to help city government know what citizens are most concerned about and alert the council to anything that might affect the city budget.

Of the respondents, 36 noted that they had attended city council meetings, and 25 said they never had attended.

Streets, overall looks and the city’s nuisance ordinance got the most attention.

Of all the citizens who have engaged the council at its meetings, the nuisance issue and overall look of the town has gained the most attention.

At least one city resident has expressed repeatedly her frustrations that the city doesn’t respond favorably when concerns are shared.

Comments include the promotion of business, creation of a city website, city hall being closed during noon hour (it was suggested that workers there stagger their hours so someone is available from noon to 1 p.m.), a request for a speaker system so the audience can hear what’s going on, a shorter term for mayor and interest in the city getting a new city hall/police/fire department complex.

Nielsen said that the council can study the replies and see how to respond to them.

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