Snowmass council wants answers on survey before committing funds |

Snowmass council wants answers on survey before committing funds

Jill Beathard
Snowmass Sun

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.

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