What do you like about Fruita? Fill out survey

Fruita residents can make a difference just by giving their opinions.

Answers to the community survey that queries residents on a host of detailed questions about their satisfaction with city services, shopping options, recreation opportunities and economic development can mean long-ranging changes.

“It’s a pretty important document,” said Debra Woods, deputy city clerk for the city of Fruita. “Actually the city council uses the survey to set goals and they also use it in the annual budget process.”

Surveys can be completed and returned to city hall through the next three weeks.

City officials thought they had sent out 5,000 surveys with the first mailing, but only 3,000 were sent to residents. The city then sent out the other 2,000 surveys, Woods said.

Fruita residents can also have their voice heard by taking the survey online at http://www.fruitasurvey.org.

City officials are comparing the results of this year’s responses with a survey that asked similar questions in 2009.

In a preliminary report about the survey that doesn’t include all the responses, residents said the city should focus on street and sidewalk projects in the next two years. Residents love the Fruita Community Center, especially the Mesa County Library branch and the pool, but the fees to use the facility are too high.

Initial responses also indicate residents enjoy living in Fruita for its small town atmosphere and the majority of people feel safe in their neighborhoods and in downtown Fruita. Residents think the city is too lax on allowing neighbors to have junk in their yards and there isn’t enough enforcement against out-of-control weeds, according to initial results.

After all surveys are received and tallied, city officials will post a summarizing document on its website, http://www.fruita.org.

Fruita generally conducts a community survey every two years, but it hasn’t been offered since 2009 because of budget constraints. Work on the 2013 survey was contracted out to ETC Institute of Olathe, Kan., for $13,650. The company also did the survey in 2009 when 920 people responded to the survey.


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