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Volunteers needed for test survey

The city of Steamboat Springs is looking for 15 to 20 people to survey about its survey.

On June 20, the city plans to hold a test run of its 2005 Community Survey and would like 15 to 20 volunteers to take the survey and give feedback about it. The volunteers would spend two hours filling out the survey and would give input about how to improve the final version.

The city hopes to fine-tune the survey after getting feedback and then send it out to residents, City Manager Paul Hughes said. City officials hope to have the results of the survey back before the 2006 budget meetings this fall.

For the past few months, the city has been working to shorten the survey. The city had to cut 60 to 80 questions, Hughes said.

The city was able to cut the questions down to 120, which officials think is a reasonable number for residents to answer.

The 120 questions include those geared toward second-home owners — the answers from which will be included in a study being done by the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments.

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At the request of the Orton Family Foundation, the city added one question to the survey at the last minute, Hughes said. The question asks residents to define what they think is the “heart and soul” of the community. It is a question the Orton Family Foundation is hoping to ask in many towns.

“If a community can define what the heart and soul is, it is easier to make sure the community plans protect that heart and soul,” Hughes said.

The city intends to mail 2,000 to 3,000 surveys. Recipients will be selected randomly from the voter registration list, the Routt County assessor’s homeowner list and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s business owner list.

Those who receive surveys can fill them out online or on paper, Hughes said.

Anyone interested in taking the test survey can sign up with Deputy City Manager Wendy DuBord by calling 871-8219 or e-mailing wdubord@steamboatsprings.net. The test survey will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 20 at Centennial Hall. Lunch will be provided.

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