CONTINENTAL— And the survey says….
During the Village of
Continental’s second Neighborhood Revitalization Grant (NRG) meeting on
March 8, the results of the community needs survey were revealed and
discussions on improvement priorities began.
from Poggemeyer Design Group, said the Village received 125 responses to
the survey from residents. “I think we had a tremendous response!” he
announced. “That is a turn-in ratio of about 30 percent. We were pleased
with that response.” The Village is partnering with Poggemeyer’s on the
NRG, as that company will put together estimates for each project.
distributed handouts to each audience member, which detailed residents’
top suggestions for improvements in the Village. He said in order to
get a better understanding of the results, he tallied the top ten
categories by percentage when aggregating the great, moderate, and
slight need responses within each category, as this composite ranking
presented a more Village-wide perspective of community need. Those
categories included: street improvements; sidewalks; demolition;
recycling; park and recreation facilities; water facility improvements;
flood and drainage facilities; streetlights; neighborhood facilities;
street curb and gutters.
“With those top items, we will be able to
come up with some recommendations and projects,” Tecpanecatl said. “We
need at least three (projects), and I think we can come up with four.”
He said that some residents included comments in their surveys
will be competing with other communities around the state for the NRG.
Grant awards will be based on need, low- and moderate-income population,
and citizen input.
The attendance at this meeting increased by
more than 25 percent from the previous meeting. This impressed both
Tecpanecatl and Mayor Matt Miller. “The point of the meetings is
community participation,” Miller noted. “Thank you to everyone who has
come out and shown an interest. This is a group effort.”
said the Village is getting a better idea of what projects they will
target, according to the survey. They will select a minimum of three
projects, and can receive up to $500,000 in grant monies. “Our goal is
to spread as much of the money as possible and have the greatest impact
in the Village as we can,” Miller related.
Village resident Toby Sullivan had completed the survey and was present for the meeting. “The results were about what I had expected,” he confirmed.
and Darla Moran were also in attendance, as they had a specific need
they would like to be addressed. The couple was able to speak with the
Mayor regarding their issue.
NRG meetings three and four will be
held on the same day, April 11 to accommodate residents’ schedules.
Meeting three is slated to begin at 1 p.m., and will be a review of the
information presented thus far. Meeting four is set for 6:30 p.m.; the
agenda will include looking at specific projects and costs. Both
meetings will take place at the American Legion Winnow-Arn Post 541,
located at 109 South Fifth Street.