City Council to discuss results of citizen survey

rarriaza@vagazette.com

City staff and Morgan Adams of the National Research Center will provide City Council with the results of the 2018 National Citizen Survey at its meeting Thursday.

The survey, which was sent out to 1,600 randomly selected Williamsburg households, gave city residents a chance to provide input on issues including the quality of life in Williamsburg, the overall quality of city services and how well the city is following through on its expressed vision statement. About 379 of those selected returned their surveys with responses.

The city has commissioned the survey from the National Research Center since 2008, and its implementation costs the city $14,985.

The presentation of the National Citizen Survey results mark the first step in the city’s Biennial Goals, Initiatives and Outcomes plan, which will outline milestones council would like to see the city accomplish over the next two years.

“The National Citizen Survey provides the opportunity for the city to determine priorities based on bench-marked citizen input,” said interim City Manager Andrew Trivette at a May City Council meeting. “Using this data, the city can identify areas of service that need improvement or new services to initiate.”

According to an agenda item summary from Trivette, the report shows respondents were satisfied in eight areas: safety, mobility, the natural environment, the built environment, the local economy, recreation and wellness, education and enrichment and local community engagement.

Following the presentation, the city is expected to hold workshops and retreats around developing the city’s goals, initiatives and outcomes for the next two years from September and October, resulting in the adoption of the 2019-2020 GIOs at a council work session Nov. 8.

City Council will also consider approving the purchase of a replacement fire engine for the Williamsburg Fire Department.

The city budgeted $918,000 to replace the vehicle.Fire Chief Pat Dent will be at the meeting to request the city purchase a 2019 Pierce Enforcer Pumper to replace the fire department’s 18-year-old Fire Engine 20. The total cost of the new fire engine is estimated to be $599,817.

According to the agenda summary, the existing 2000 Pierce Saber fire engine will be removed from the city’s fleet and sold at fair market value or used as trade-in on the purchase of the new engine.

Meeting information

When: 2 p.m. Thursday

Where: City Council Chambers, Stryker Center, 401 N. Boundary St.

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