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City of Nacogdoches urging residents to complete Nac Wise survey

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NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

What quality of Nacogdoches are you the most proud of?

How would you rate the quality of police services?

These are just a couple of the questions residents will be faced with if they choose to take the Nac Wise community survey.

"We want to engage them we want to know how they feel about City Hall what they think we're doing good what we have room to improve on," said Sarah O'Brien, Main Street Director.

The city launched nacwise.com in January the website features a 14 question comprehensive survey and a community voice module.

Nacogdoches Mayor Roger Van Horn says the website is a stepping stone in improving the process of government and letting the community become a part of that process.

 "People think there is a separation of the government and city staff and the people they've elected that they don't feel like they can get in touch with them," said Van Horn.

Main Street Director Sarah O'Brien says the city's dog park is an example of what happens when residents share their ideas with city officials which is why she is encouraging residents to take advantage of the website's community module.

 "City council members are signed up so they see those comments they are paying attention to what the general public is saying," said O'Brien.

600 residents have completed surveys and once the survey closes the city staff will present the findings to the city council in May.

 "We had sort of thought that police and fire would get the highest marks and that's been true and that economic development would get the lowest and that's been true," said O'Brien.

 City officials say the website keeps them accountable and reminds them that communicating with citizens will help make the city of Nacogdoches a better place.

The survey closes April 15th and then city staff will present the findings to the city council in May. Then the council will decide how to move forward with the community's responses.

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