Questions for a public input survey have been finalized, city planning officials announced earlier this week. Starting Monday, area residents who wish to participate will have two weeks to complete the 20-question survey, which asks for constructive criticism about life in Clinton.
City Planner Mike Reynolds said information from the survey will be reviewed by himself and representatives from the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA). That information will be relayed to attendees of a community-wide visioning event May 3 at the Ericksen Community Center to help guide discussion.
“When people go (to the May 3 event), they can actually see what people said on the survey, so when people express themselves as to what they want the city to be ...they can have a frame of reference what Clinton people actually said in response,” Reynolds said.
The information from the surveys will also help guide two focus sessions to be held in advance of the May 3 event. Planned for April 19 and 24 at the Ericksen Center, these day-long discussions will help Reynolds and ECIA members determine how best to present information on May 3, and what questions or concerns are priorities for area residents.
Each session will focus on one of four areas of concern — infrastructure, economic development, housing and parks and recreation. Those in attendance will be able to pick the brain of a person familiar with each discussion area.
“We wil meet with various experts about these subjects,” Reynolds said. “As an example, when we’re talking about parks and rec, we will talk with (recreation director) Gregg Obren and at least one or more representatives from the parkland and facilities development commission.”
If you wish to participate in the survey, an electronic version is available on the city of Clinton website. Hard copies can be picked up at either library branch, City Hall, and the Ericksen Center. Completed surveys can be turned in at any of these locations as well.