Results from a recent survey indicate over 90 per cent of respondents are satisfied with quality of life in Sparwood.
The District conducted a citizen satisfaction survey, seeking feedback on what’s working and what needs to be improved.
Mayor Cal McDougall says he’d like to see more people get involved, but the results show things are going well for the community.
“We’ve come through a bit of an economic downturn and we’re still postering for a real strong revival from that. I think its starting to come around,” McDougall says. “We’re having more inquiries for businesses and residential builds and things like that. I’ve got a positive outlook over the next year or so.”
A total of 216 surveys were filled out, up 60 per cent from 2015.
Cal McDougall says while over 90 per cent of those surveyed are pleased with life in the community, only five per cent of the District’s 4,200 residents actually responded.
He says more needs to be done to reach out to residents.
“We won’t do one now for another three years or so,” McCormick says. “200 is better than the last one we did, but we certainly would like to get more response to it. We’ll work on different ways of getting out to the people and seeing if we can increase that number.”
According to the report, most respondents were satisfied with fire rescue services, water and sewer systerms, recreation and garbage pick-up.
They felt cuts could be made in the areas of arts and culture, bylaw enforcement and engineering.
Respondants thought community growth and economic development, affordable housing and air quality were the most important municipal services to emphasize.
Areas of concern for residents include limited amenities to attract young families to the community, health care and speeding vehicles.
Several comments were made regarding the organizational make-up of the District, while over 75 per cent of residents preferred to increase taxes to expand municipal services.
The insight gained from this research will help the District with their ongoing strategic planning process.
The full report can be viewed at https://sparwood.civicweb.net/FileStorage/EA2A3E55A01541CE8B107AF08AAB94FB-2017%20Citizen%20Satisfaction%20Survey%20Results.pdf
– Sparwood Mayor Cal McDougall
– Jeff Johnson