A recent survey in Onalaska suggests that residents
are happy with the services provided to them on a
News 8's Brittany Schmidt joins
us now with the details.....
This past April, more than nine-thousand residents
were asked to complete a survey about the city.
Just under 13-percent returned the survey.
giving the city a rating of four out of five when
it comes to services that it provides.
However, there is always room for improvement.
And one of the main suggestions would help one business
as she continues to grow her cycling business.
NATPOP- Bike wheel turning
Emily Vance has been in the bike business since she
Of course started out bottom of the totum poll, crushing
cardboard, cleaing toilts, doing basic things.
Now she is the proud owner of River Trail Cycles in
Onalaska just seemd to be a great fit for our business,
our close proximity to the bike trail was definitely
Emily couldn't be happier with how business is going,
but she knows there is always room for improvement.
Back in April, Emily filled out a survey for the City
I remember just some aspects as looking for what kind
of connections does your business have with other
The City of Onalaska is in the process of updating
its comprehensive plan for 2015
Every policy that the city does and the majority of
the decisions that we make have to be found within
So what people have to say here is definitely going
to have the opportunity to update, to remove objectives
or goals that are no longer valid.
Of the nearly 9,300 surveys sent out, a little more
than 1,000 returned.
Our highest was police and fire and they're number
two category was exceleent so we are definitely doing
very well in emergency response to the community.
However, there are some other areas residents would
like to see improvements
Having a public and healthy and active community was
very well shown within the area, people love to be
People want to see more trails, and they want bike
lanes and bike paths and they want more connectivity.
Something Emily would be supportive of...afterall,
it's one of the reasons she moved her business to
Onalaska in the first place.
Been one of the best moves I have made in the 8 1/2
years of business.
In Onalaska, Brittany Schmidt, News 8
The last survey the city of Onalaska conducted was
back in 2003.
However, the same three areas of concern showed up
in the 2014 survey as well.
Those areas include maintaining a good school system,
retaining and expanding local employers and maintaining
The planning and zoning inspector says that just shows
the city is already moving in the right direction.
If you would like to take a look at the full survey,
we have a link to
it on our website, news-8-thousand-dot-com