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Survey program could be beneficial tool

September 9, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

The City of Weirton is working on acquiring a new tool to obtain feedback on its future projects or ideas, and, if all goes well, we feel it could be a major benefit.

Weirton is joining many other communities in the state to purchase a Qualtrics Survey Tool in the hope of gaining better insight from within city government and, most importantly, from the public.

The purchase had already been budgeted, so it will not affect the recently announced $249,999 surplus, for which the city continues to hold discussions on a possible use.

The program, when used, will allow city officials to create a survey geared toward specific projects taking place, and, hopefully, residents will respond with their thoughts.

There are other possible uses though, and we hope they are all explored. Water line breaks, fires, traffic adjustments or other special announcements could be made using this system.

Officials already have discussed the possibility of using an email blast or the city's website, as well as municipal utility bills to distribute the surveys.

Those would all be good methods as the point is to be able to get the information into the hands of those who are impacted the most by council's decisions - the citizens of Weirton themselves.

It is important for the citizens of a community to take an active role in their government. One doesn't necessarily have to run for public office - although that is welcome - to do so. They can attend government meetings or serve on a board or committee.

Not everyone can make it to these meetings; however, and they don't always have the time to commit so many hours each month to serve. This is one new avenue to help make sure the citizens on this community are able to have their voices and concerns heard.

We thank the city of Weirton for looking into this new tool, but most importantly, we encourage our residents to voice their opinions when they see one of these new surveys.

It is your town and you should be heard.

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