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Johnsburg's downtown focus of survey

JOHNSBURG – A survey on Johnsburg's downtown didn't generate a whole lot of surprising results, a village trustee said.

The results of the survey were presented to the Johnsburg Village Board at its meeting Tuesday, triggering little in terms of discussion, said Trustee John Huemann.

Huemann is the chairman of the Economic Development Committee, which was in charge of coordinating the study with the village's engineering and planning firm, HR Green.

The approximately 650 online responses fell in line with the 30 or so responses the village got in 2006 when it conducted a mailed-out survey of the 82 downtown residential and commercial property owners, Huemann said.

The respondents agreed that low crime, appearance of the community and the quality of education were the most important factors in determining the quality of life in a community.

And for the most part, respondents rated the village positively in those aspects.

Other priorities, though, including access to recreational opportunities, sidewalks and access to retail business, didn't do as well.

Sixty-eight percent of respondents said the village of Johnsburg failed to meet expectations or met some expectations but not all on sidewalks, and 82 percent of respondents thought the village could do better on access to recreational opportunities.

"We’re all kind of surprised that there were no surprises," Huemann said. "We all know the elements that the people are after. They want sidewalks. They want restaurants in our downtown area. They’re happy with our schools. They’re happy with the parks that we have."

The village is set to address some of the wants, including more activities in the downtown area and parks. Sidewalks will be installed and streetscaping improved as part of the Johnsburg Road project.

But for the rest, the plan is to develop long-term and short-term goals, using the results from the 2006 survey, the recent village-wide survey and town hall meetings planned for next year.

Huemann's hope is that these improvements and the plans will build a consensus and feed improvements in the area.

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