PUEBLO—The City of Pueblo recently received the results of the bi-annual community survey sent by mail to Pueblo citizens. The survey featured 33 questions ranging from demographic information of residents to overall satisfaction with City services and feedback of services that should receive the most emphasis over the next two years.
“The survey we conduct bi-annually is important for our work and the direction of the Mayor’s Office,” said Mayor of Pueblo Nick Gradisar. “We appreciate the honest feedback and take this as an opportunity to evaluate our work, improve our services and hone our focus to meet the needs of the community.”
Citizens of Pueblo were especially pleased with 84 percent of respondents citing satisfaction with the quality of fire/emergency medical services offered by the City of Pueblo. Additionally, there was growth in satisfaction of the Stormwater runoff/stormwater management system from the 2020 survey to the 2022 survey results. Major priorities suggested for focus for the City of Pueblo include city streets, city code/ordinances and police services.
Thankfully the 2021 ballot measure which debruced the city of $10 million excess tabor funds allowed for road repair throughout the city to occur throughout 2022. More than five miles of newly paved roads will be completed for the project to address the number one concern of Pueblo residents.
“The feedback received confirms much of the work we are already doing now to improve city services, we just have not been doing them long enough for some of the results to be seen or the difference to be felt yet,” said Gradisar. “We know Pueblo citizens will notice the roadwork this year and we look forward to the opportunity to provide more safety to the community with updates in services from the Pueblo Police Department.”
The City of Pueblo Police Department recently implemented the Directed Investigations Community Engagement (DICE) Team to receive input from community partners about some of the major crime issues around the city and to work on homeless outreach. The DICE team was implemented only a month ago which has seen an increase in warrant arrests and citations in the short period of time. The Pueblo Police Department has also assisted Code Enforcement with clean ups for additional support. The community survey showed that 70 percent of residents would be likely to support the continuation of the 2018-2022 Public Safety Sales Tax on the 2022 ballot.
The community survey reported Pueblo citizens are pleased with the location, number and maintenance of city parks. The feedback showed areas of improvement included diversity of recreation programs and availability of info about parks/rec programs. Pueblo Parks and Recreation recently received City Council approval for new pickleball courts at Mineral Palace Park and has hosted pickleball lessons at Pueblo City Park Tennis Center. The City of Pueblo is currently working on ways to engage the public more efficiently and asked how individuals received their information about public matters, which included television, social media and the newspaper as the preferred methods of communication.
More results from the community survey can be found on the website here. Mayor Gradisar will host a Community Connections meeting on Friday, Aug. 5 to discuss the community survey results with the public. Pueblo City Council will receive and in-depth presentation at the Monday, Aug. 8 Work Session meeting.