LOS LUNAS — Los Lunas residents have the opportunity throughout March to make their opinions known on a variety of quality-of-life issues in the village, opinions that will play a role in decision-making down the road.
The survey, available online or in hard-copy form, seeks public input to help village councilors and administrators set priorities for quality of life amenities, including library and cultural services, parks and recreation, and transportation for the coming years, according to village Community Services Department Director Jason Duran.
The department developed the survey, which will cost about $25,000, in conjunction with Consensus Planning, an Albuquerque urban design and planning service.
“This was driven by the mayor and council,” Duran said. “It’s never been done before in the village, and the goal is to get citizen input on the wants and needs of the community. We have so much going on here that the council wanted to get an idea what direction the people wanted, not just their own ideas.”
The survey is just the beginning of the process, not the end, he said. After the March 31 deadline for return of the survey, Consensus Planning will conduct community and stakeholder meetings to share the results and get further input. That, in turn, will help the council shape policy.
The survey asks a range of questions regarding how often respondents use these facilities, their relative satisfaction with services and facilities, capital improvement priorities and other topics, Duran said. For instance, it includes questions about community attitudes toward a swimming pool in the wake of the high school closing its pool, and questions about whether a new library is needed.
On the other hand, there are no questions about a golf course, a facility the village long ago determined to be infeasible.
Although the survey is confined to Los Lunas services, residents inside and outside the village can participate. Respondents are asked to indicate where they live, but the survey is confidential with no names or addresses used.
It takes about 10 minutes or so to complete.
The survey is available online on the Survey Monkey site: www.surveymonkey.com/r/LosLunasQOL. Hard copies of the survey are available at Village Hall, Los Lunas Transportation Center, Los Lunas Public Library, and the Fred Luna Multi-Generational Center. Duran said logistical issues prevented the village from including the survey in the water bills, but it will be referenced with links in the March newsletter.
For information, contact the Los Lunas Community Services Department, 352-7663, or Jackie Fishman at Consensus Planning, 505-764-9801.