ALPENA - In October the City of Alpena and Northeast Michigan Council of Governments issued a public survey for city residents in which the data collected would be used toward updating the city's comprehensive plan. During Tuesday's Alpena Planning Commission meeting Denise Cline of NEMCOG shared how residents responded to the online polls. Overall 104 people took the city survey.
Cline said compared to similar surveys, the number of people who took the time to submit the questionnaire was higher than what was anticipated and the information will be useful in setting goals in the plan.
"I think it turned out much better than what we expected," Cline said. "We have done a lot of surveys lately and online for the last five years and I think this was the best one. I was really impressed with the the age range of the people who filled it out, and I was impressed that a large amount of professionals filled it out. I was impressed with the comments people made and how candid they were. They said what they felt."
Now that the results are in, NEMCOG will take the information and combine it with the updates the planning commission already has proposed for the plan. Cline said when she returns to give another update she will take what already has been done and mesh in things the people want to see.
"I'm going to look at the goals and objectives and I'm going to look at what the survey results say and see if there is anything missing," Cline said. "Is there something that is not going to be addressed in the plan? Are there things we need to add in because of what people want to see or don't see? We'll incorporate that."
The survey covered issues from environment, police and fire coverage, shopping, parks and almost everything that makes up the city. A special meeting is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 22 to continue to work on the plan.
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