The town of Ennis continues to collect surveys from residents covering a variety of topics including how to deal with the deer populations, need for a community center, paving streets and bike lanes.
“I’m very pleased with the response, plus the comments,” said Ennis Mayor John Clark. “I think it’s going to be a good road map for the council and the mayor on what the public expects and wants and how to proceed in the future.”
The town sent out about 700 surveys more than two weeks ago and has received 200 back, he said.
The survey is relatively simple and basically asked residents how they feel about certain issues and if they’d be willing to increase taxes to support things like paved streets, deer removal and trails.
From the responses thus far it doesn’t seem like Ennis citizens support paving streets, sidewalks, streetlights, an extra police officer, part-time animal control officer or bike trails, Clark said. About half of the responders thus far feel there’s a need for more public meeting facilities.
The survey responses will give the town commission a good idea of what people want and are willing to pay for, he said.
“If it doesn’t look like we have the support of the people then we’re not going to waste our time and money to pursue it,” Clark said.
The town will collect surveys through the first of March and then publish the results in The Madisonian.
Survey’s can be picked up at town hall in Ennis. For more information call 682-4287.