Steamboat’s community surveys are on their way |

Steamboat’s community surveys are on their way

Downtown Steamboat Springs from a vantage point near Old Town Hot Springs. The city is in the process of sending out its 2022 community survey, which will help identify what residents think of various aspects of life in Steamboat Springs. Results will be compiled and compared to previous years' surveys.
City of Steamboat Springs/Courtesy photo

The 2022 Steamboat Springs community survey will soon find its way into the mailboxes of 2,000 randomly selected residents of Steamboat Springs. 

“The information from the survey is vital to understanding the community’s values and vision for the future,” Winnie DelliQuadri, the city’s special projects manager, wrote in a press release.

According to DelliQuadri, the survey should only take about 20 minutes to complete. 

Initial postcards are being mailed this week, and on Wednesday, September 7, the survey questionnaires will be mailed out and are expected to show up in mailboxes about a week after that. The city is asking residents to fill out the surveys and return them as soon as possible. 

The survey is meant to help identify what the community thinks is working well, what can be improved, and how the community believes the city should proceed on various important matters in the coming years. 

The results of the survey will be tabulated and compared to previous years’ statistics and results are expected to be released in December.

A community survey committee developed the survey during meetings over the course of several months. The committee scripted 47 questions to address quality of life, community characteristics, housing, city services and long-term funding, recreational activities, tourism impacts and environmental initiatives; followed by demographic questions. 

The surveys will be mailed through the U.S. Postal Service to randomly selected members of the community to ensure the compilation of information is statistically valid.  

“These statistically valid surveys are hugely helpful to both council and staff in terms of setting policy and the quality of our service delivery,” said City Manager Gary Suiter. 

The surveys are each registered to a unique address to ensure households only receive one, however two copies will be sent to the recipients at different times — early and late September — in case the first copy was misplaced. 

Both full-time and part-time residents are eligible to receive the surveys, and recipients will be asked whether they live in Steamboat full-time of part-time. 

The recipients of the community survey from 2020 voiced a general approval of the city and its staff on most issues, including improved levels of satisfaction over previous years with animal control, street repair, public information and communications services, city recreation facilities, municipal court, city recreation programs, economic development efforts, overall customer service by city employees, police services, financial support of nonprofit organizations, crime prevention, storm drainage and overall quality of life. 

The 2020 survey selected 2,500 residents and yielded a 36% response rate. 

“A small amount of your time will pay huge dividends for the community as we chart the future course on important matters facing us all,” wrote DelliQuadri. “Thank you in advance for helping create a better city!”

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