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St. Cloud survey gauges public on city issues

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Feb 24, 2012 at 4:17 pm

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - St. Cloud's campaign to survey 26,000 city households on varied issues affecting city operations and its future will ramp up Saturday as volunteers begin canvassing city neighborhoods door-to-door to complete those survey.

The anonymous 47-question survey should only take about 5 minutes to answer as it attempt to gauge reaction to St. Cloud projects and gather ideas for the future, St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis said.

"It makes you think...it gives you the opportunity to speak your mind," Kleis said.

Questions tackle a wide range of issues, including what issues the city should address next year, whether folks attend St. Cloud neighborhood events and if residents feel safe walking city streets.

"A lot of questions are about neighborhods, public safety, infrastructure. We're not just asking feel-good questions that we can't do anything about. But if it's a question of public safety or infrastructure, we want to know what's on people's minds," Kleis said.

After kicking off Thursday, volunteers will convene at City Hall at 9 a.m. Saturday to go door-to-door to help get those surveys filled out. If no one is home, surveys along with a self-addressed envelope will be left. The city hopes to get all the surveys completed by March 19.

Survey answers will be analyzed by researchers at St. Cloud State. The results will be released in April.

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