Stephenville City Administrator Pat Bridges says that following the June 7 city council meeting, an online survey requesting citizen input regarding the city’s capital improvement plan will be open to residents.

“A capital improvement program coordinates community planning, financial capacity and physical development," Bridges said. “The program is composed of two parts – a capital budget and a capital program. The capital program is a plan for capital expenditures that extends five years beyond the capital budget. It is one of the most important responsibilities of local government officials.” 

Bridges emphasizes that citizen input is vital in prioritizing how city funds will be spend.

“We want everyone who is interested to fill out the survey online or by paper ballot. We’ll be holding two town hall meetings to hear direct input from people − and for those who prefer it, Stephenville residents will be able to do the survey on this at those meetings," he said.

The meetings will be held June 9 and June 16 at 6 p.m. in the Rec Hall on Long Street.

"We’ll have laptops at the meetings as well as paper surveys people can fill out,” Bridges said. 

Asked to give an example of the questions on the survey, Bridges pointed to the first question as one of the most important. It’s about the city’s need for major work on the East Side Sewer and its basins that act as collection points in the system and must routinely be cleared.

That question provides some background information on the sewer, and estimated costs for water and sewer line rehabilitation. It includes:

• Annual replacement of failing and/or undersized utility lines estimated at $1,000,000

• A full water system evaluation with an estimated cost of $120,000

• Rehab to the Garfield 750,000-gallon ground storage tank estimated at $550,000

As with all the items on the survey, people can select:

• Should not be included

• Need for the community

• Moderately important

• Very important

• Urgent now

“We really hope people will respond in good numbers because we need to know what they think on a whole variety of issues covered in the CIP,” Bridges says.