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Bennington

‘Community Attitude’ survey in the works

BENNINGTON — To assist the Planning Board with updates to the Master Plan, the board will issue a Community Attitude Survey to gain community input that will guide the board with developing the town in the years to come.

The survey would capture the “pulse of the community,” Town Administrator Dee French said at the meeting. The survey essentially asks residents: “How do we want to grow the community and based on what work in progress?” French said.

The town’s Master Plan has not been updated for seven years, French said. The survey would function as a guide for the Planning Board on what the town should focus on for the next ten years, Select Board member Osienski said on March 26.

The Select Board discussed the best way to administer the survey at their meeting on March 26. Board member James Cleary said they could mail it to every resident – but you can’t be sure how many will send it back. he said. The idea of making the survey available online was one suggestion, but Cleary was concerned with how many residents go online. Osienski suggested leaving a stack of surveys in the Clerk’s Office but that process would take a long time to cycle through a large number of residents.

Chairman of the Planning Board, David McKenzie, said in an interview on Monday that the board will probably mail out the survey although one board member is researching how to make it available online. The board will further discuss the distribution of the survey at their meeting on Monday night he said, and residents can expect more information on the survey in the near future.

Lindsey Arceci can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 232, or larceci@ledgertranscript.com.

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