I am pleased to FINALLY announce that the 2nd Annual Citizen Survey should be delivered to your mailbox beginning Monday, January 8 or Tuesday, January 9. Above is a postcard sample of what it will look like.
WHO SHOULD BE RECEIVING THE INVITATION?
Those who are eligible are registered with the Rockwall County Elections Office by December 1, 2017 or own property inside the City of McLendon-Chisholm.
These types of surveys is a common practice that municipalities do. Some produce a survey maybe annually, 2 or 4 years. It just depends. I hope that many appreciate the efforts that we are supporting this sort of engagement with the Citizens.
My expectation is that the survey will affirm the direction we are taking the City is indeed representative of the people and has served as the Council’s compass to guide our future plans. It’s also been an empirical tool to refute the vocal minority when they make claims to represent the will of the majority. Two things that I learned from the last survey that is a constant reminder for me is:
2. Do not pass a bond without Citizen’s support. (For example, Remember the City Hall bond.)
This is your opportunity to be heard by your City Council, without fear of repercussion, as individual responses will be kept strictly confidential and data will be reported only in the aggregate. You can review the 2016/2017 Survey to see clearly it is anonymous.
How Many Questions?
There are 28 questions in this survey, which are more comprehensive than last year to help ensure that respondents are fully informed about the questions being asked. Questions marked with an asterisk (*) are required before moving to the next section. Most every section in the survey includes an opportunity for open-ended comments.
This Is My Suggestion Of My Two Cents
Please do share your opinion, but consider this as an opportunity to share ideas of “improvement” to even things to thoughtfully consider. Let’s be constructive in what we share in bringing solutions. Months ago, a Citizen shared an idea with me that related to an alternative funding option. It was a good idea and I followed through in making some calls and added it to a proposal of options.
For those who have or currently working for a city/municipality such as in law enforcement, fire, and/or EMS. Share your experience in working as an employee of a city/municipality. Share any experience during the transition phases from volunteer to city/municipality owned departments. What were some resolutions that were helpful. You may understand the growing pains that we are in a lot better than most. I thank those who have already shared, but it would be nice so that others would know too.
Please note that any comments made that may be interpreted as offensive or defamatory toward individuals will be redacted/removed. Your survey responses will be strictly confidential and data will be reported only in the aggregate. Contact the City Secretary at 972-524-2077 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you experience any trouble taking the survey.
Thank you for taking time to share your opinions, ideas and solutions.