Mayor Justin Taylor announced last week that the city is looking for more input from its residents, and offering them an opportunity to provide it.


Mayor Justin Taylor announced last week that the city is looking for more input from its residents, and offering them an opportunity to provide it.
During a City Council meeting on Monday night, March 21, Taylor said the city will be sending out surveys to gauge public opinion on a wide range of important issues.  He stated that residents have complained about a perceived lack of communication between the City and themselves, and Taylor said this will be a way to remedy that problem.
Community Development director Christine Tocki-Mulvey noted that the first survey would be published in this week’s edition of the Carbondale News.  Residents to complete the survey and return it to the City by April 15.
The survey asks residents to rate their level of satisfaction with various services currently being provided by the city.  It also asks them to answer such questions as:  How satisfied are you with the current property tax rate vs. level of services provided?  Is there a reason that you do not attend City Council Meetings?  Would you attend Town Hall Meetings led by the administration with structured topics followed by question/answer/suggestion session?
Tocki-Mulvey said the surveys will also be posted on the city’s website, allowing residents to access them online if they choose by going to www.carbondale-pa.gov.  Surveys can also be accessed at the NEWS website at www.thecarbondalenews.com, or pick them up in paper form at City Hall.  They should be mailed to:  Community Survey, 1 N. Main St., Carbondale PA 18407; faxed to 282-2131; or scanned and e-mailed to info@themainstreetexperience.com.
Tocki-Mulvey noted that, in addition to rating the city’s services, residents will be asked what new services they would like to see instituted.
“We’d also like them to tell us how they think these things should be paid for, if there’s an increase in services,” she related.
She said the second survey will go out next month and be due back in May.  That survey will focus on the downtown, including issues like the appearance of storefronts and availability of parking.
“We’ll also use that survey to try to measure sales leakage into other communities like Honesdale,” she offered.
City officials say the information that’s collected will assist them in determining how to best allocate the city’s resources, in part by identifying areas of most concern to the greatest number of people who reside in Carbondale.  The surveys can also be used to help downtown merchants and prospective new business owners develop strategies for attracting local customers into their stores.
Mayor Taylor told the NEWS that “the city has never really provided its residents, who ultimately fund the operation of the city, with a venue to rate the services they are receiving.  With limited funding to run a government, the people need to understand the cost of government, have a say in what they are paying for, and suggest how to pay for new or expanded services.”
In other matters at last week’s meeting, council:
•approved Taylor’s appointment of Michael Moffitt, 132 East Garfield Ave., to the Carbondale Industrial Development Authority, to replace Robert Farber after he resigned from the board;
•agreed to allow the Miss C Softball organization to erect a storage shed at the West Side Field.