City will survey residents for opinions on development
The Hudson City Council decided Monday night to mail questionnaires to all of the city's approximately 4,400 households seeking input on development issues before a new city plan is drafted.
The Survey Research Center at UW-River Falls initially proposed sending surveys to 1,065 randomly selected individuals, saying that number would be enough to provide a relatively accurate picture of residents' wishes.
But council members agreed with the Plan Commission's recommendation that all households be surveyed.
Mayor Jack Breault said the commission didn't want any resident to feel that he or she hadn't had the opportunity to provide input on the comprehensive plan the city is getting ready to draft.
The cost of sending an eight-page survey to all city households and businesses, and having the results compiled, will be $16,500 to $19,500, depending on how many responses the city receives. A smaller survey would have cost several thousand dollars less.
"If we're going to do this, let's do it the right way," said District 2 Alderman Dennis O'Connell.
The motion to go with the more expensive survey was adopted on a unanimous voice vote. District 5 Alderwoman Carah Koch was absent. The District 1 council seat is vacant following the recent resignation of Michael Laatsch.
In other matters, the council: