Snowmass council wants answers on survey before committing funds
The Snowmass Village Town Council on June 3 requested more information about a potential community survey to be conducted.
Director of Communications Kelly Vaughn proposed an update to the 2007 community survey to council at the May 6 meeting. At that time, the officials expressed concern with the cost, which was budgeted not to exceed $16,500, of hiring a research company to conduct the survey as well as with the benefits of doing it.
On June 3, Vaughn presented some more affordable alternatives for conducting the survey. She recommended hiring a research company to help develop a long-term survey program that the town could administer year-to-year in-house. The total cost of that option is estimated to be $10,300 in 2013 and $7,300 in years after.
Council members wanted to know how secure the survey would be to prevent people from participating more than once and ensure that only Snowmass residents and guests are responding.
“There’s a feeling that there’s a disconnect” between town government and the community, Councilman Jason Haber said. “An electronic survey kind of maintains that disconnect. … To me the sanctity (of who is responding) isn’t as important as getting a broad (group).”
Councilman Chris Jacobson said he agreed with the purpose of a survey but wanted more information before agreeing to fund one.
A motion to approve the recommended option failed for lack of a second. Council members requested Vaughn and Town Manager Russ Forrest to return with answers to their questions about security and how to increase the number of respondents.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
The Aspen Camp of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has received a $5,000 grant from the Rocky Mountain Health Foundation that will help the Old Snowmass camp offer a winter retreat for adults who are deaf or hard of hearing.