REDMOND, OR -- Redmond City Councilors reviewed the results of the first community survey, at Tuesday night’s meeting. Nearly 1500 citizens answered the 40-question survey in May and June, and Mayor George Endicott says he hopes to make it an annual study. "We want to do this over time to see if there are trends, as well. It’s too early to tell that, but right now we’re doing snapshots of just how people feel living and working and playing in Redmond."
The survey looked at everything from parks and airport usage to downtown cleanliness. Mayor Endicott tells KBND News, "People feel safe, people love our parks, people do not engage – or don’t know how to engage very well with the government – which kind of surprises me; and then, they think the town is pretty clean, overall." He says that while most respondents said roads are clean, smooth and not congested, non-vehicle traffic could be improved. "We have some work to do on things like how to handle bike and ped safety; and that’s probably the biggie I see in here, in terms of an area where we need to do some work."
He also points out that overall livability ranked high; however, affordable housing remains a concern. "We are doing our best to attract developers. We have the new Housing Works development going in that’s going to offer one and two-bedroom apartments to seniors and others, right new Lowes. We are a capitalist society; we have to rely on developers that want to do some of those things. The best we can do is encourage them and try and offer some incentives."
City Manager Keith Witcosky presented the full results to City Councilors. He says various departments are already making changes based on the feedback.