TCEDC releases online community survey

Murphy: Survey results can be used to determine priorities of Traill cities

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Posted: Friday, July 26, 2019 6:00 am

Residents longing for a bike path in Buxton or another hotel in Hillsboro have an opportunity to share their opinions in a new online survey.

The Traill County Economic Development Commission on Thursday released a survey on Facebook and Twitter seeking input about how locals view their communities.

TCEDC Executive Director Jim Murphy said results of the community pulse survey will be shared with cities in the county to help them shape their futures.

“It’s important that we find out from the residents of Traill County what it is they want from their communities,” Murphy said Monday.

“How do you know which direction to go if you don’t know where you are?”

The fact-finding mission through SurveyMonkey splits residents into five areas: Hillsboro, Buxton-Reynolds, Mayville-Portland, Hatton and Clifford-Galesburg.

The survey covers basic questions about the age, employment and annual income of households for all five areas.

Respondents in Buxton and Reynolds have 19 questions to answer, including whether they own a business and their opinions on what constitutes affordable housing.

People in Hillsboro are asked 24 questions such as whether they’d like to see more cultural events, restaurants or lodging in town and why they chose to live here.

Another handful of questions center on community education courses and if respondents would enroll in courses on basic car maintenance, snow sculpting and dance classes.

“I hope there are a few gems that come out of this,” Murphy said. “Maybe we can identify a business that would be a really good fit here and someone in one of these communities will step forward and say ‘You know, I’ve always wanted to do that.”

The survey will remain open for roughly a month and Murphy said he hopes to collect up to 250 to 500 responses from the county’s 8,100 residents.

TCEDC board members reviewed the pending launch of the survey during the group’s monthly meeting July 18 in Hatton.

In other business during the meeting, TCEDC board members:

  • Received word from Murphy that a Fargo business was engaged in talks about splitting a part of its operations and opening a second location Hillsboro. Murphy didn’t identify the name or nature of the business.
  • Briefly discussed a funding request submitted by Pat Muller, president of Total Ag Industries in Hillsboro, to the North Dakota Agricultural and Products Utilization Commission. According to a July 18 press release from the state Department of Commerce, Muller requested $26,250 in APUC funds to develop a prototype for new harvesting equipment for high-CBD hemp.
  • Learned from Murphy that Xcel Energy representatives planned to meet with American Crystal Sugar to discuss bringing natural gas to the sugar beet factory north of Hillsboro. Dakota Natural Gas, based in Le Sueur, Minn., also has been in talks this year to bring a natural gas pipeline to Traill County by 2020 or 2021 to serve American Crystal and homes and businesses in the area.
  • Received word from Scott Hovde, assistant vice president at Goose River Bank, that Finley Motors agreed to purchase the former Shopko building in Mayville. Shopko closed its department store along Highway 200 in Mayville in February.

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