Surveys could be mailed to residents in a month

Will also be available online

DIXON – Surveys could arrive at Dixon households in about a month as the city starts gearing up for strategic planning.

On Thursday, a handful of residents tested a 17-question survey, which was prepared by Sikich, a Naperville-based accounting and consulting firm.

Some residents filled out a paper survey, and others did it online, City Administrator David Nord said, adding that Sikich will compile the feedback from the residents and create the final survey, which could be mailed in a month.

The city will try to send a survey to every household, but it will also be available online.

Having surveys available on paper or online will allow for households with several members to express their own views, said Dixon Administrative Assistant Amanda Bradshaw, who took the survey Thursday as part of the testing.

According to Bradshaw, survey questions touched on the following topics, among others:

• Quality of life in the city

• Interaction with elected officials and city staff

• Important issues for the city in the next 3 to 5 years

• Important city services

• One aspect of the city to change

The survey will end with some demographic questions, Bradshaw said, and the city hopes to get a baseline read on what residents want and expect from the city government.

Bradshaw said the survey took 15 to 20 minutes to finish.

There were no questions on the survey, she said, about what the city should do with the remaining money for the settlement with its former auditors and bank.