Updated: Oct 7, 2021
MOUND CITY – A second round of surveys is needed to get more responses. That was the message Linn County Economic Development Director Jessica Hightower told Linn County Commissioners on Tuesday, Sept. 7.
Hightower told the commissioners that the committee had decided that a second survey was needed to get more responses.
The survey will be available for two weeks and is online. Committee members will pass out 10 to 15 paper copies of the survey apiece, and others will be handed out at schools, senior centers, and the meals on wheels program, she said.
“We are going to try to get a better result this time,” Hightower said.
Hightower said the topics on the surveys were the most important topics that the committee, answers on the previous survey and responses from the community meetings had raised. From this survey, she said, we will want to see the top five topics that rise to the top.
That will be narrowed down to five or ten topics from which the committee can create goals for the comprehensive plan, she said.
The committee will then go through them and help evaluate which ones based on the survey results are important, and we will write them into the comprehensive plan, said Hightower. We will then decide which departments can bring services of that sort to the community.
Jennifer Reinhardt from the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) has been amazing to work with, said Hightower. She is the new representative that is working on our comprehensive survey, she is very responsive, she has a lot of good ideas, she created the survey based on input from the committee and she has just been awesome, she added.
Hightower told the commission that the comprehensive plan committee is going to wait until the surveys are done and Reinhardt can compile the results. The next meeting will be toward the end of this month.
We are trying to get the comprehensive plan portion completed by the end of the year, said Hightower.
Commission Chair Rick James indicated he had his doubts about the process earlier. However, he said he had a much better feeling about it now.