Survey says SE fire, ambulance, medical services rate high

Staff photo by Fritz Busch Anticipated quality of the new Sleepy Eye Event Center is high, according to a recent city survey. A grand opening for the facility including live music is set for 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21.

SLEEPY EYE — A 20-question survey mailed to one-third of the Slepey Eye population in August shows fire, ambulance and medical services are rated the highest by respondents, according to surveyreturns to the City of Sleepy Eye.

City Manager Mark Kober said 200 of 550 surveys mailed out were returned.

“Surveys sent out were based on (utility) meters,” said Sleepy Eye City Manager Mark Kober. “Some people didn’t fill out all the questions, but getting that many responses back is pretty good. Most of the written responses were pretty positive.”

Kober said the surveys are part of Minnesota’s Best Practices program that pays for part of the survey costs and allows cities to be relieved of tax levy limits the following year.

Overall service and effectiveness of the fire department and ambulance service were rated excellent by 126 survey responses.

Overall quality of hospital, clinic and medical services and the Sleepy Eye Hospital Foundation were rated excellent by 109 survey respondents. Anticipated quality of the new Sleepy Eye Event Center was ranked excellent 68 times.

The brand new Sleepy Eye Event Center will host a grand opening, 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21. Music will be provided by popular local musicians Heide & The Good Old Boys and Sandra Lee and The Velvets.

“Good” survey responses dominated many survey questions including overall value received for city tax dollars and fees, city overall image and appearance, overall quality of city services, overall service and effectiveness of the mayor and city council, overall service and effectiveness of the city manager, city clerk, public works director, building inspector and permitting, overall housing quality and availability, service and effectiveness of the electric, sewer, water and storm water departments, streets, alleys and sidewalks; snow removal, police, senior center, parks, recreation, trails and lakes, library and recreation programs.

The only question that had low “excellent” responses and was dominated by “fair” responses was overall quality and effectiveness of economic development, Snow Farm development and downtown redevelopment.

“Blight was the weakest number,” Kober said. “The city council just addressed it (with a new blight ordinance approved Tuesday).

Kober said surveys will be mailed out to one third of the community next year.


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