Holmes Street residents get city survey

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

More than 1,000 survey forms have been sent to residents of the Holmes Street and Thorn Hill area in an effort to gauge the community's priorities.

Ramona Newman, city grants specialist and special projects coordinator who chairs the Holmes Street Task Force Committee, told city commissioners at the Monday night work session that response so far has been good to the survey mailed to area residents. Holmes Street residents have until Jan. 12 to complete the six-page survey and return it to the city.

Newman updated commissioners on what the Holmes Street Task Force Committee had discovered since its inception in September 2003 and asked that the time frame for the committee be expanded.

Members of the committee agreed in November to change focus after learning that plans for a new road through the Holmes Street area aren't included in the Transportation Cabinet's current six-year plan. Survey results will be used to recommend improvements in the area.

The task force's next meeting won't be scheduled until after the survey results have been returned and tabulated, Newman said.

City Commissioner Tracey Turner Thurman said she believes some people are unaware of all the city has done to improve the infrastructure in the Holmes Street area and would like to see updates provided on some of those improvements.

Thurman also requested commissioners be given copies of any future surveys in advance.

"I would like a copy of surveys before they go out in case a citizen calls us with a question," Thurman said.

Commissioners passed a resolution to extend the term for the Holmes Street Task Force to meet through December 2004.

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