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Resident Surveys Arrive!

The borough mailed out its resident surveys this week in an attempt to gauge public opinion on the worth of various borough services and amenities.

The borough mailed out its to all Fair Lawn property owners and renters this week, a few days earlier than anticipated.

The two-page double-sided surveys, which ask residents to answer questions about demographics, municipal engagement and social service preferences, must be completed and returned to the borough -- via mail or borough building drop-off -- by Oct. 1 to be considered.

The responses provided by residents will inform the council’s future budgetary decisions around what services the town may be forced to reduce or eliminate in wake of today's harsh economic realities.

"If you don’t exercise your right to respond to a survey, then don’t complain about your elected officials making the best judgment that they make,” Deputy Mayor Ed Trawinski, a supporter of mailing out the survey, said in July.

Personal information about residents, who are identified only by their block and lot number, will not be revealed to employees analyzing the data. 

A July Patch survey that sought to gauge resident support of the borough's attempt to poll the public found that 72 percent of respondents believed it was "a good idea," assuming a decent response rate.

As of early Tuesday afternoon, assistant borough manager Jim Van Kruiningen said two residents had already returned their completed surveys.

Who's going to be next?

For more information, call the Borough Manager’s Office at 201-794-5314.  

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es August 29, 2012 at 08:00 PM
44 cents may mean a lot to you, but not to the USPS which demands 45 cents.
Stuart Pace August 29, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Wait, so our council met with thousands of people, just last year, as they campaigned and then they send out a questionnaire to find out residents likes and dislikes? Ummmmmmmmmmm, was anyone listening when they met with the (ahem) thousands of residents during their campaign? Strange way to spend 7 grand, 10 months after being on the streets all summer.
Zak Koeske August 30, 2012 at 10:27 AM
@NothingdoneRIGHT - From Board of Ed president Mike Rosenberg: "The Community School is self-funding and it does not cost the taxpayers any money. In fact, it saves the taxpayers money."
Tommy P August 30, 2012 at 06:47 PM
When you ran for council, you never knocked on my door. The only candidate that did wasn't even running for council. The reality is they know full well the vast majority will not respond. I just got home today, looked through my mail and no survey. I suspect I am not alone. The reality is 100% of borough and BOE employees who live here (unlike Tom Metzler) will respond and the vast majority won't. We will see some skewed results and nothing will change. Tom Buck is right, these questions belong on a ballot as binding referendum, not junk mail that creates more "work" for borough hall.
Stuart Pace August 30, 2012 at 07:11 PM
I didn't say me TP. A few council people said they knocked on thousands of doors. So didn't they discuss the residents concerns then? DId the concerns change in 10 months?

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