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Advancing DeKalb County launches community survey

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 11:26 p.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – DeKalb County residents can voice what issues they consider most important to them in a new survey.

The DeKalb County Community Foundation survey, available both online and in hard copies through June 30, is part of the Advancing DeKalb County initiative, which will allocate grant money for one or two projects geared toward improving quality of life.

"There aren't many opportunities that each of us individuals have the opportunity to provide input on quality of life issues," said Anita Zurbrugg, DeKalb County Community Foundation program director. "That's what this attempts to do and provide everyone the opportunity to do."

Launched Wednesday, the survey includes additional questions that residents only from the village of Hinckley, city of DeKalb and DeKalb County will be able to answer. Other municipalities were asked to provide their own questions for the survey but elected not to do so.

Sycamore chose not to add questions because they already received community input when formulating their newly updated comprehensive plan, Sycamore City Manager Brian Gregory said.

County residents can expect questions about whether they think county services such as juvenile justice and planning and zoning are important. They will also be asked about specific public health issues and where people get information from County Board meetings, DeKalb County Administrator Gary Hanson said.

"It just seemed like a good chance to get a cross section of citizen comments," Hanson said. "It's a unique opportunity for us."

DeKalb County Community Foundation will get instant results from surveys taken online and will physically enter data for the paper surveys. Afterward, they will analyze the results with field experts to determine what issues are a priority, Zurbrugg said.

The results of the survey will be revealed in the Advancing DeKalb County summit Sept. 18. The results will help leaders decide which projects could have the most impact on the quality of life in the county and could affect future funding decisions.

To take the survey online in English or Spanish, visit advancingdekalbcounty.org.

Hard copies of the survey are available at DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, libraries, municipal buildings, senior centers and public housing complexes.

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