A community survey has identified housing, population, and the development of Main Street Oak Ridge and retail shopping as top issues, Mayor Warren Gooch said Tuesday.
Other top issues include jobs and economic development, and public relations efforts to promote the city.
High priorities on a list of potential capital investments or projects include infrastructure improvements, a new preschool, and funding of an incentive program for people buying or renovating a house.
Ten groups have participated in the survey since January 1, Gooch said. Those groups include the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, the three Rotary clubs, Oak Valley Baptist Church, Anderson County Tea Party, Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce coffees, Leadership Oak Ridge, Neighborhood Watch awards banquet, and citizens at large.
Gooch, who gave a speech to the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge on Tuesday, said residents can still participate in the survey.
Here are survey results as of April 30, 2015:
What is the most important issue facing Oak Ridge?
(259 community responses)
|Ranking||Issue||No. of Responses|
|1||Housing—lack of attractive/affordable housing, code enforcement||66|
|2||Population—attracting young families, aging population; DOE/contractor employees living outside Oak Ridge||57|
|3||Development of Main Street and lack of retail shopping||35|
|4||Jobs and economic development||24|
|5||Public relations efforts to promote the city/image of the city||21|
|6||Inadequate support from DOE (U.S. Department of Energy)||8|
|7||Maintaining the quality of our schools||7|
|10||Manhattan National Park and tourism||3|
|Visionary strategy for the city based upon input from citizens||3|
|Inadequate tax revenue||3|
|13||New senior center or services for seniors||2|
|Quality of parks and recreation||2|
|Quality of life||2|
|Leadership of elected officials||2|
|Transparency in government||2|
|Management of police department||2|
|21||More friendly business environment||1|
|Equal respect for all citizens||1|
|Construction of UPF (Uranium Processing Facility at Y-12)||1|
|Fluoride in water||1|
Potential capital investments or projects by the City of Oak Ridge:
(1 highest – 10 lowest)
(201 completed surveys)
|Ranking||Capital Investment or Project||Average Score|
|1||Infrastructure improvements (i.e., water plant, storm water runoff, streets, and sidewalks)||3.44|
|3||Funding of an incentive program for individuals buying or renovating a house||3.71|
|4||Enhancements to parks, recreational areas, greenways, hiking and biking trails, and Melton Lake waterfront||4.59|
|5||Revitalization of Jackson Square, including Blankenship Field||5.00|
|6||New school administration building||6.12|
|7||Transfer of American Museum of Science and Energy and Clark Center Park to the city||6.49|
|8||New senior citizens center||6.72|
|9||Limited or no commitments for new capital spending for FY 2016, which begins July 1, 2015||7.69|
|10||Refurbishment and repairs to the structure for the International Friendship Bell with public funds||7.75|