EM Plan Commission survey results tabulated Residents want community center, library, assisted living

By LeAnn R. Ralph

ELK MOUND — A new survey sent out by the Elk Mound Plan Commission reveals that village residents want a community center, a library, an assisted living facility, and a Laundromat in the village.

Even though the Elk Mound Plan Commission did not have a quorum for their December 19 meeting, Pat Hahn, village clerk-treasurer, handed out the tabulated results from the survey to those members who were present.

Hahn and the plan commission have been working on updating the village’s comprehensive plan, and part of the update included the survey sent out to village residents.

In addition to a community center, a library, an assisted living facility and a Laundromat, residents also said they wanted a way to connect foot and bike traffic between the village’s two parks on the north and south side of town, and that a Railroad Quiet Zone should be established in the village.

Here are the results to the questions on the survey:

• Do you feel the village could use a community center that would be funded by private donations? — Of those who responded to the survey, 39 said “yes” and 11 said “no.”

• If a community center was built, would you use it? — 34 said “yes” and 19 said “no.”

• If the village had a community center funded by private donations, and if a library were included in the facility, would you use it? — 37 said “yes” and 19 said “no.”

• If the village had a community center with a library and in that facility was a basement with an at-grade entrance for a storm shelter, would you use the facility as part of your severe weather planning? — 14 said “yes” and 42 said “no.”

• Do you feel the need for a Laundromat to be located in the village? — 34 said “yes” and 20 said “no.”

• Do you feel the need for a car wash in the village? — 30 said “yes” and 26 said “no.”

• Do you feel the need for privately-owned assisted living/senior housing in Elk Mound? — 41 said “yes” and 15 said “no.”

• Would you like to connect foot and bike traffic to Lower Mound Hill Park from North Holly Avenue and from the footbridge crossing I-94 to the village park on South Holly? (Extend the sidewalks on North and South Holly to reach the parks?) — 42 said “yes” and 9 said “no.”

• Do you think a Railroad Quiet Zone should be established in the village, preventing train whistles from sounding during the evening hours? — 35 said “yes” and 20 said “no.”

People who responded to the survey also were asked to rate certain projects on a scale of 1 to 7, with 1 being the most important and 7 being the least important.

The most important project, with 35 respondents giving it a rating of “1,” was the community center/library/storm shelter/ senior center building.

The least important project, with 23 respondents giving it a rating of “7,” was an additional ball field at the village park.

Of the other projects listed, upgrading or replacing play equipment at the village park was fairly important and received the highest rating of “1” from 6 people, received a “2” from 14 people, and a rating of “3” from 15 people.

Installing lighting on ball fields two and three at the village park was rated a “1” by 3 people, was rated a “3” by 10 people and a “6” by 13 people.

Walking trails expanded on Lower Mound Hill Park was rated a “2” by 16 people with the rest of the ratings receiving fairly even responses up to a rating of “7.”

A pavilion at Lower Mound Hill Park was less important and received the highest rating of “1” by 5 people, a “6” by 6 people and a “7” by 10 people.

A second pavilion at the village park also received a fairly low priority with only 3 people rating it “1” and 3 a “2” and 4 people a “3” while 12 people rated it a “5,” 4 people rated it a “6” and 10 people rated it at “7.”