With Menifee growing in size, councilmembers Darcy Kuenzi, Sue Kristjansson, and planning commissioner Bill Zimmerman, took the time to hear from Menifee citizens on which direction they want the city to steer in.
Setting up a booth at the 4th of July festival held at Wheatfield Park June 30th, this team handed out over 500 informal surveys and received nearly 150 responses.
“This was really a great way to give candidates a chance to reach out and listen,” says Darcy Kuenzi, who is in the running for mayor in the upcoming election. “It gave us the opportunity to hear from residents and engage with them to see what they wanted to see next in Menifee.”
|Left to right: Planning Commissioner Bill Zimmerman, Councilmembers|
Sue Kristjansson, Darcy Kuenzi
Along with the inclusion of basic information, the survey consisted of several basic questions: a list of services that citizens used, the importance of several issues in the community, and lastly, in five words or less what they wanted for, or expected from, the city at large.
Responses to this last question ranged from complaints about traffic and nearby bridges to the desire for more family oriented activities to become available nearby.
“We received a good blend of information,” stated Sue Kristjansson. “I was excited to see that a good amount of people were interested in the arts, so that is definitely something to keep in mind.”
Bill Zimmerman, who is also running for city council in the upcoming election, also noticed a trend in the responses they received. “People seemed very interested in entertainment and the amount of jobs available in the area,” he remarked.
Also available at the booth was the chance to enter a raffle for several prizes, including a cooler full of goodies, which was won by Menifee citizen Josh Hinman.
The results from this survey will give the entire staff a chance to dive deeper into the issues at hand as they prepare for their upcoming campaigns. This data will eventually be broken down into percentages to help understand the demographics of the area as well.