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Presentation for elected officials and public with results and recommendations for town-wide survey, Parma, NY, 2008

Presentation for elected officials and public with results and recommendations for town-wide survey, Parma, NY, 2008

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Envisioning A New Library Envisioning A New Library Presentation Transcript

  • Envisioning a new Library/Community Center in the Town of Parma, New York Citizen Participation in Community Decision-making
  • Value of Citizen Participation
    • First, the public expects to participate in decisions affecting their communities'-their "backyards"-and they resent being excluded .
    • Second, public participation legitimizes the decision-making process and encourages support for policy choices.
    • Third, public participation ensures that policy problems will be defined in social, economic, and political terms, as well as technical terms. (what looks good on paper does not always work in reality)
    • The sense of effectiveness gained through community action also pays off in terms of increased public confidence in local government .
    • Waugh (2002)
  • You can please some of the people some of the time… But you can’t please all of the people all of the time… Community Voice can add a balance to special interest stakeholders in decisions that affect property taxes and quality of life in their communities.
  • Community feedback is Critical!
    • Town has outgrown it’s library
    • Town has outgrown it’s Community Center
    • Combining the facilities is an option
    • Projected population growth*
    • Major project for the town financially
    • Local officials have opposing viewpoints on proposing project
    • Feedback from community will guide the town in moving forward with the project.
    • *Genesee Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council
  • Questionnaire
    • Data collection- self-developed questionnaire transposed through internet survey software (ISS) all close-ended items
    • Data analysis- descriptive statistics- mean and SD, percentages, and cross-tabulations (ISS)
    • Three major themes in questionnaire:
    • Envisioning a new library
    • Envisioning a new community center
    • Concept of combining the functions of the library and the community center in one structure
  • Survey says… 58% liked Combined Structure concept, 25% neutral, 17% disliked
  • Conclusions/Recommendations
    • Specific site locations should be identified and pursued based on the community feedback of key factors
    • Once identified- information on location, cost, and tax implications should be presented in a series of announced public meetings
    • Second questionnaire with all offerings including specific location, costs, pros and cons for consideration
    • Results from 2 nd questionnaire to be used to narrow down locations and focus on the top choices to offer in the fall referendum.
    • Recommend creating a town listserv
    • Use for e-newsletters, 2 nd questionnaire, community wish list, etc.