Dublin Villager

Discussions begin on community survey


A look at Dublin community surveys could provide an idea of what city officials will make decisions on in the upcoming year.

Dublin City Council members met last week with Martin Saperstein of Saperstein Associates in an Administrative Committee of the Whole meeting to go over ideas for a future city survey.

According to Saperstein, Dublin can use information gathered in the survey to inform decisions.

A 2010 survey broke down several city services that were rated excellent by residents.

Surveys that tell cities what they already know aren't useful, Saperstein said, and the survey should focus on potential problem areas and future decisions.

"The harder part for me is to understand decisions you, as decision-makers, need to make in the year ahead," he said.

The library was an issue council members want resident input on, both in location and offerings. A council goal has been providing 21st-century learning opportunities for residents, which could include a new and improved library.

Discussions have been under way for some time regarding a move for the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library from 75 N. High St. to elsewhere in the city.

Councilman John Reiner also recommended surveying residents about traffic: Would they like to see more officers on traffic patrol in troubled areas or see more speed trailers around town?

Councilman Michael Keenan suggested polling residents on the three worst traffic lights.

Possible park amenities and a riverside park were also suggested by council members.

Vice Mayor Amy Salay said they might also want to measure resident opinion on development versus nature for any riverside development.

Saperstein said he would meet with the city staff to solidity questions and get other information before the phone poll is conducted early next year.

"The data you get is only as good as the questions you ask," he told council members.

Some Dublin residents might have already taken a survey recently. The city sent out 2012 National Citizen Surveys this month to "gauge resident perceptions about city services and budgetary prioritization and to help compare Dublin's performance to other communities nationwide," information from the city said.