Mansfield takes survey of residents for planning

MANSFIELD — Residents will receive a survey in the next week that village officials hope to use for long-range planning.

The survey, to be mailed out Dec. 14 to about 475 households, asks for opinions on subjects ranging from how safe residents feel in town to whether they want Mansfield to build a water treatment or sewer plant.

The survey, in the works for several months, was discussed at the Mansfield Village Board earlier this month.

"There are several things we would like to do, and we want to make sure the people also want them; like helping the water system, or a sewer system, things like that," said Village President Steve Gaines. "We'll go over them the first part of the year, and they will help us with our five-year plan," added Gaines.

It also queries whether the village should levy taxes for a school crossing guard at an estimated annual cost of $5 per household, as well as the importance of a Facebook page.

The village also contributes funds to several local events, including the town homecoming celebration, youth sports, Christmas decorations, the Easter Egg Hunt, Piatt County Toy Drive and one band event per year. The poll asks if those efforts should continue, and/or be expanded to other activities.

Those within the village limits who did not receive a survey can obtain one by calling Village Clerk Melissa Place at 217-649-6088 or emailing her at vomclerk@gmail.com. Surveys are to be returned to the village water payment drop box by Jan. 1.

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