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Survey results to be shared at city council meeting

May 1, 2002

The results are in.

Baldwin City Council Member Todd Cohen said the results from January's city-wide survey have been tabulated and will be shared with the public during a power point presentation at the beginning of Monday's Baldwin City Council meeting.

"Overall people were happy," Cohen said of the survey results, "but there are some areas we need to look at."

The city received around 500 responses, about a 30-percent response rate, from Baldwin residents, he said.

"People took advantage of the opportunity to give feedback," he said. "Thirty percent, I think, was good. It could be better, but it's adequate."

Cohen said he was pleased with the wide range of demographics of people that completed the survey.

"This survey could be looked upon as pretty valid. We got a pretty good cross section of people," he said. "We're happy to see that. It's good because it shows people are interested in the city."

Scott Rieger, a Baker University senior, tabulated the survey results for free as part of a school project, Cohen said.

"He did a phenomenal job," he said. "We got more than we bargained for."

He said Rieger put together the power point presentation as well as put the survey in a database, which will allow the city to do another survey, by mail or online, in the future with relative ease.

"It was a great collaboration between the city and Baker," he said. "It's a benefit to the student and certainly a benefit to residents. We'd certainly be interested in doing it again."

Cohen said results would also be available Monday at the city's Web site at and copies would also be available at the city council meeting as well as city hall.

"This is the first time the city has done this," he said. "It will be interesting to get feedback on the survey itself."

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