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"You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can't please all of the people all of the time."
— John Lydgate

While only 23 community survey responses have been received out of approximately 235 households, they tend to be very diverse. With responses being at each end of the spectrum and few in the middle.

For example, question #24 asked what improvements or changes over the last decade were the best and which were the worst. The downtown project and beautification projects were mentioned many times as a favorite, but in contrast three people ranked it as the worst; two wanted to bulldoze the round planters, and one didn't like the "flower crap."

Four people praised the city administrator and staff, while another felt she was rude and two thought maintenance staff lazy. Another commented that they appreciated what staff were able to accomplish with limited resources. One survey listed City Clerk, Peggy Haines as one of the city’s greatest assets.

We will list some of the results and comments in the next few newsletters.

Library

The library and golf course were the highest rated items on the survey. For the library, the results averaged 6.58 (19 responses):

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Only one person had a negative comment: "I try to [use] but have found the staff (not the librarian) very rude, both to me and my children."

Annexation

Question 5 asked how residents felt about the potential annexation of Tourist Commercial / Light Industrial zoned land at the north entry to town. The majority were opposed for an average of 3.77 (22 responses):

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Several people felt more information was needed and a town hall meeting. The city has not actually received a formal annexation application yet, but did have a session at the May 18 council meeting where people could come in and ask questions and Kent Madison outlined some of his plans/concepts. The minutes from that meeting can be read, along with those from other meetings where the issue was discussed.

The main oppositions listed to the annexation were traffic congestion and too much demand on city services, particularly water.

[Echo is in Sage Gulch Critical Groundwater area and no new water rights are issued. Ground water levels in wells continue to decline even with the state Water Resources Department cutting back allocation for junior water right holders. The city has had wells go dry twice and our Well #5 (the newest well) started out artesian, but due to declining groundwater levels, the city has had to lower the pump bowls and put in larger pumps several times over the last few years].

Police

Several people were interested in having the police report included in the newsletter. We will try to put at least highlights of the police report in from now on. However you can visit the Police Activity Website and find up to date information, including activity maps online.

If you don’t have a computer and want to browse this report/site, drop by the library and we can set you up on one of the public access computers. Police ranking information from the survey averaged 5.69 (23 responses):

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02 00 01 02 05 04 03 06 23
Golf Course

Comments included the need for irrigation upgrades, praise for Randy who does a tremendous job, course a great asset, golfers drive too fast, comments from friends always favorable, golf course should be improved, which could also improve local recreation with careful planning. Results averaged 6.97 (23 responses):

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We will list more of the results and comments in the next few newsletters.

Community Survey, Echo Oregon

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