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Guest Column

May 25, 2013

A closer look at the Oneonta town survey

The Town of Oneonta conducted a survey of town residents during February and March of this year.

The survey was conducted by JZ Analytics. Thirty eight hundred surveys were mailed to registered voters and property owners. There were 986 responses or about 25 percent, nearly double what JZ Analytics would have typically expected. The complete results may be found on the Town of Oneonta website at www.townofoneonta.org.

The survey indicated that generally town residents are satisfied with the quality of services provided and they are happy to live here. They want to balance the quiet, rural way of life we have with additional commercial development and environmentally sound practices.

• 83 percent would like the town to grow or remain the same in terms of population.  70 percent would like more commercial development. 77 percent would like that development to occur within existing zones. 140 respondents said the West End was the preferred area followed by 138 preferring commercial areas in general, and 124 wanting more growth on Southside.

• 59 percent would like to see industrial development. 64 percent would like that to be within existing zones. The most widely selected areas are West End 58, Industrial Park 53, Pony Farm Rd 48, within existing zone 47, and anywhere 42.

When asked about expansion of water and sewer 44 percent want us to expand services, 32 percent stay the same, and 23 percent were not sure. Areas to be considered for expansion were: Southside 100 percent, West End 49 percent, everywhere 35 percent, and East End 30 percent.

Looking at recreation residents wanted to see more opportunities developed. By ranking they are:

• Walking paths: 73 percent.

• Bike trails: 67 percent.

• Cross-county trails: 56 percent.

• Ice skating: 39 percent.

In order to develop these items, 64 percent felt they should be paid for with a combination of public and private funding.

When asked about financially supporting the soccer fields at the former Soccer Hall of Fame 50 percent said no, 26 percent said yes and 24 percent were not sure.

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