Resident survey responses mostly positive
Results of a general resident survey paint a pretty rosy picture of life in Rosemount. Now it’s now up to the Rosemount City Council and staff to figure out how to use those results to continue moving the city forward.
Mayor Bill Droste said he’s been anticipating the results of the survey, which was conducted this past spring. He said the information will help the city council plan and respond to the city’s needs.
“I love data and having good data is so valuable,” said Droste.
The city hired the Morris Leatherman Company to conduct the phone survey. Company representative Bill Morris said the company spoke with 400 randomly-selected residents to conduct the survey. Those surveyed included a mix of landlines and cell phone-only homes. This is the first time since 2007 the council has commissioned a resident survey.“We believe we had a representative sample,” Morris told the council during his presentation Tuesday night.The survey consisted of 150 questions that asked residents about a variety of aspects of life in Rosemount. While most of the information showed Rosemount in a favorable light, city administrator Dwight Johnson said the results are hard to interpret without a fair amount of context.As such, Morris compared the current survey results with previous surveys done to see how attitudes have changed. He also shared information about how other communities in the metro area compare.After receiving the results of the survey, council member Jeff Weisensel asked what the city council can take from the survey results and how they could be used to make meaningful changes.Morris made a few suggestions based on respondents’ comments. In particular, Morris said residents have come to a point of impatience with bringing amenities to town, including shopping opportunities. Additionally, Morris said the city needs to be cognizant of traffic issues and respond to road needs.Johnson said the city council and staff will get ongoing value from the survey, especially as the council budgets for the next year and creates goals for the future.“There’s a lot of good information for us,” said Johnson.
Results at a glanceWhen asked to rate the quality of life in Rosemount, 46 percent rated it excellent and 50 percent rated it good. Only 4 percent rated the quality of life as fair. On that same note, 97 percent of those surveyed said they feel accepted and valued in the community.The biggest issue residents expressed concern about was the city’s rate of growth, at 24 percent. However, 25 percent of respondents stated there were no major issues facing Rosemount.When asked to rate the general sense of community in Rosemount, 38 percent rated it excellent, 55 percent rated it good, 6 percent fair and 1 percent rated it as poor.The survey touched on specific areas such as roads, parks and overall city services. Morris said generally Rosemount rated higher than or comparable to other communities.Specifically, Morris said the city’s street maintenance received respondents’ worst rating. Forty-nine percent rated the streets as good and 31 percent as fair. Morris said those numbers are comparable to responses they see in other cities.The specifics are where the city will glean the most direction. Johnson said the survey was designed to so more detailed analysis can be conducted of specific questions. On any given question, staff can identify differences in response based on location in the community, demographic information such as age, income and more.To see survey results, visit the city’s website at ci.rosemount.mn.us.