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Surveys to be sent to Waynesboro-area residents

April 25, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Ten percent of households in Waynesboro and Washington Township will be asked to complete surveys questioning their shopping habits, views on municipal spending and wishes for the future.

Responses from recipients, randomly chosen from tax rolls, will be woven into a joint comprehensive plan being developed by municipal officials and contracted engineering firm Spotts, Stevens and McCoy of Reading, Pa.

Officials have said the plan will serve as the "road map" for the next 10 years, covering topics like transportation, land use and government services.

The Washington Township and Waynesboro planning commissions met Tuesday to delete, add and clarify questions on the surveys. Township and borough residents will be receiving two surveys in the same envelope.

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"The idea is that everyone would answer the longer form, and then depending on the municipality you live in, you'd answer the supplemental form," said Glenn Neuhs of Spotts, Stevens and McCoy.

One section of the main form asks the respondent to agree or disagree with statements about housing. Another questions what the emphasis should be on planning issues like reuse of vacant industrial buildings and truck traffic.

Borough of Waynesboro residents will primarily be asked about their use and perceptions of the downtown.

The main focus of the Washington Township survey, however, is possibilities for facilities like the Pa. 316 armory and existing township offices.

"These are loaded questions. They all involve how and where the township is going to spend its money," Washington Township Planning Commission Member Elena Kehoe said.

The main survey has been expanded to glean more information about demographics like employment status, household income and age. Neuhs said that, once computerized, the responses can be sorted by those demographics.

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