Missoula leaders look for further input on citizen survey

Posted at 4:57 PM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 18:57:42-04

MISSOULA – Missoula leaders are hoping to hear more detailed public input as they sponsor a special open house this week, following up on a survey which showed people want the city to pay more attention to its streets.

The survey, released earlier this spring, is the first the city has done in seven years. It found that while people are content, especially with police and fire services, most believe Missoula could do more to fix streets.

11 percent of those surveyed said Missoula taxes are “too high”, even as most “strongly support” spending more on streets and roads.

But the survey has raised questions for Missoula leaders, who will sponsor an open house Tuesday night in hopes of gathering more specific input.

“And offer a little color, a little more depth to the survey results we have," said Missoula Mayor John Engen. "Whether it’s people express concerns over street conditions, is it potholes, is it congestion, is it construction, is it stripes. Give us some more detail. Help us understand where your concerns are.”

The open house will give people a chance to focus on specific stations such as streets and housing that will be set up in the Missoula City Council chambers from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening.