City to survey citizens

Don't be surprised if the phone rings and it's the city on the line. In February, Whitehorse will start dialing residents' numbers for its bi-annual citizens' survey.

Don’t be surprised if the phone rings and it’s the city on the line.

In February, Whitehorse will start dialing residents’ numbers for its bi-annual citizens’ survey.

Every two years, the city conducts a citizens’ survey to guide its strategic and working plans.

Administration has already pulled 1,000 names, at random, from the enumeration list for the 2010 survey. It’s expected that anywhere from 300 to 500 people will respond to the survey, enough to create a representative picture of the city, said administrative director Robert Fendrick.

The survey book, about a half-inch thick, lists around 100 questions asking citizens such things as, whether they think the city is environmentally sustainable, whether the city should re-introduce fluoride into its water system and whether residents want a user-pay, multi-level downtown parkade.

The city has been administering a citizens’ survey since 1996 when it was singled out in a city strategic plan as being necessary.

The survey results will be compiled in March and should be released to the public shortly after that.

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